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Judge Nathan M. Zimmerman Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

Judge Nathan M. Zimmerman Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • Judge Nathan M. Zimmerman is a son of Michael and Phoebe (Houk) Zimmerman, both of whom were natives of North Carolina.

    They were married in their native State, and all of their children, five in number, were born and reared there.

    Being wise parents they influenced their sons to learn trades, and Nathan M. became a first-class carpenter, and worked at his trade for many years.

    Michael Zimmerman and wife moved to Missouri in 1848, and located in Bollinger County, where they spend the remainder of their lives.

    Nathan M. was born in the Old North State in November, 1821, and was married there in 1846 to Sarah E. Bowman.

    On December 23, 1848, they removed to Bollinger County, Mo., and after a residence of fifteen years removed to Randolph County, Ill., where they remained until 1870, when they returned to their farm in Bollinger County.

    Before removing to Illinois Mr. Zimmerman was elected coroner and magistrate, and while filling those offices began the study of law.

    In 1874 he was elected judge of Bollinger County, and was re-elected in 1886.

    His official acts have always been recognized by the people as most praiseworthy, and in him, both as a private citizen and an officer, they have the fullest confidence.

    Being a progressive agriculturist, he has done his part toward the improvement of the country of his adoption.

    His wife died in 1885; she was a devoted wife, mother and a consistent Christian, and was a member of the Methodist Church.

    Nine children graced the union of Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman, viz.:
    James M. (who married Emily McKelvey),
    Mary E. (wife of H.A. Sanders),
    Daniel C. (who married Mrs. Mary E. McKelvey),
    Deck, Elvira (deceased, was the wife of William Rhodes), Nathan A. (who married Pink Tucker),
    George B. (who wedded, first Cassie A. the daughter of Judge David Stevens, and after her death, Miss Emeline Watts),
    Susan (Mrs. Reuben Watts),
    John (who married Lizzie Kelley)
    and Cicero.

    The last named is a classic graduate, and, for several years has been engaged in teaching school.

    He was married to Miss Lottie Miller, of Cape Girardeau County, Mo., June 3, 1888. [p. 857]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 857]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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