In my entry for Valentine Zimmerman, I said I am unsure who his parents are.

The family oral tradition says he was the son of German immigrants, and his name was meant to be spelled Valentin Zimmermann.

However, I found this online which has caused some consternation.

Tree_Zimmerman-4151

Are these the parents of Valentine or a mistake? Has oral tradition led us astray? Here’s the info, help me decide.

Edited to add: while gathering information for this post, I happened across this previously undiscovered baptismal record on findmypast.com which I think may be the smoking gun.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births & Baptisms Transcription

First name(s) Valentin
Last name Zimmerman
Year 1814
Birth year 1814
Birth date 19 Oct 1814
Baptism year 1815
Baptism date 01 Jan 1815
Father’s first name(s) Georg
Father’s last name Zimmerman
Mother’s first name(s) Catharina
Mother’s last name Zimmerman
Place Reading
Diocese Berks
State Pennsylvania
Country United States
Institution Births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, burials
Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Register Baptism
Date range 1751-1904
Record set Historical Society Of Pennsylvania, Births & Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
Subcategory Parish Baptisms
Collections from Americas, United States

https://search.findmypast.com/record?id=us%2fbmd%2fpenn-bap%2f00219292&fulfillmentTypeKey=8655

Valentine Zimmerman

Vital Statistics from Ancestry.com

Valentine Zimmerman

1814–1877

BIRTH 19 OCT 1814  Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA

DEATH 6 OCT 1877  Elk, Vinton, Ohio, United States

George Zimmerman

Vital statistics from FamilySearch.org

 
Sex
 
 
Death

From Find a Grave Index

BIRTH
DEATH 24 Sep 1835 (aged 51)
BURIAL

SunburyNorthumberland CountyPennsylvaniaUSA

MEMORIAL ID 130640652 · View Source

Sources:

Wikitree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Zimmerman-4202

FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KCBK-VVQ

Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/73391501/person/290189142685/facts

Catherine Hartzell

Vital Statistics from FamilySearch.org

Sex
Birth
Death

Sources:

Wikitree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hartzell-376
FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KH2N-91F
Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/73391501/person/290189142821/facts

 

To be continued…

 

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