Friday, April 26, 2019

52 Ancestors - Week 275: #452 Johannes Trimmer (1700-1750) of Germany and Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Johannes Trimmer (1700-1750) is #452 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married  #453 Mary --?--(1700-1738)  in about 1720 in Germany.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #226 Matthias Trimmer (1722-1793), married #227 Anna Martha Nachbar (1724-1770) in 1742.
*  their son, #112 Johannes Abel (1758-1818), married #113 Sophia Trimmer (1755-1811) in 1777.
*  their son #56  John Auble (1780-1831), married #57 Anna Row (1797-1860) in 1804.
*  their son #28 David Auble (1817-1894), married #29 Sarah Knapp (1818-1904) in 1844.
*  their son #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916), married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
*  their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*   Name:                     Johannes Trimmer[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:      Johannes Tremer[4]  

*  Sex:                         Male  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                       about 1700, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1]    

*  Immigration:          28 October 1738 (about age 38), ship "Davy", Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[1]    

*  Naturalization:       12 November 1744 (about age 44), New Jersey, United States[1]    

*  Death:                    before 22 February 1749/50 (before about age 50), will proved; Amwell, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[1-4]    

*  Probate                 22 February 1749/50 (about age 50), will proved; Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[4]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:              Mary --?-- (1700-1738)    

*  Marriage 1:           about 1720 (before about age 20), Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany[3]    

*  Child 1:                Matthias Trimmer (1722-1793)    
*  Child 2:                Anthonius Trimmer (1725-1754)    
*  Child 3:                Andreas Trimmer (1726-1793)    
*  Child 4:                Amos Trimmer (1727-    )    
*  Child 5:                George Trimmer (1728-1807)    
*  Child 6:                Harman Trimmer (1730-1810)    
*  Child 7:                Hannah Trimmer (1733-    )    
*  Child 8:                Mary Trimmer (1737-    )    

*  Spouse 2:              Elsje Catharina "Alice" Engel (1713-1748)    
*  Marriage 2:           after 1738 (after about age 38), New Jersey, United States[3]
*  Child 9:                Anna Trimmer (1739-    )    
*  Child 10:              Christina Trimmer (1740-    )    
*  Child 11:              Johannes Trimmer (1740-1821)    
*  Child 12:              William Trimmer (1742-    )    
*  Child 13:              Nicholas Trimmer (1745-1825)    
*  Child 14:              Judith Trimmer (1746-1798)    
*  Child 15:              Henrich Trimmer (1747-    )    

*  Spouse 3:             Maria Catharina --?-- (1710-    )    
*  Marriage 3:          1749 (about age 49), Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[3]  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Information about this family was obtained from:

a)  the book Early Germans of New Jersey by Chambers with family history information[1].

b)  the book More Palatine Families, some Immigrants to the Middle Colonies 1717-1776 and their European Origins, Plus New Discoveries on German Families Who Arrived in Colonial New York in 1710 by Henry Z. Jones[2].  

c)  An e-book published by Hartman and Byrd titled The Descendants of Johannes Trimmer with bare genealogical information[3].  

Johannes Trimmer's birth date, birth place and parents names are not known.  He was probably born in Rheinland-Pfalz or Baden in about 1700[3].  Some online trees indicate his parents were Anthonius Trimmer and Anna Katharina Witzel of Feldkirchen in Rheinland-Pfalz. 

Johannes Trimmer and Mary --?-- (some references say Dierdorf) were married in about 1720, and had eight (?)  children, probably all in Rhineland-Pfalz[1].  They were:

*  Matthias Trimmer (1722-1793), married Anna Martha Nachbar (1724-1770).
*  Anthonius Trimmer (1725-1755), married Elisabeth Houshall (1723-1781).
*  Andreas Trimmer (1726-1793), married Susanna Houshall (1729-????).
*  Amos Trimmer (1727-????).
*  George Trimmer (1728-1807), married Catherine --?-- (1724-1773).
*  Harman Trimmer (1730-1810), married Martha Case (1733-????).
*  Hannah Trimmer (1733-????).
*  Mary Trimmer (1737-????).

Johannes Trimmer probably arrived at Philadelphia in the ship "Davy" on 28 October 1738[1].  His name is signed by the clerk to the oath of allegiance as Hans Timmer.  His first wife, Mary, the mother of his first eight (?) children, is said to have died on the voyage.

Johannes married, secondly, Elsje Engel (1713-1748), probably in New Jersey, in about 1739[3].  They had seven children between 1739 and 1747.  The births of the sixth and seventh children, Judith and Henrich, were recorded in the Zion Lutheran Church records[1].  The children were:

*  Anna Trimmer (1739-????).
*  Christina Trimmer (1740-????).
*  Johannes Trimmer (1740-????).
*  William Trimmer (1742-????).
*  Nicholas Trimmer (1745-1825), married Catherina --?-- (1750-????)
*  Judith Trimmer (1746-1798), married Matthis Dufford (1738-1816).
*  Henrich Trimmer (1747-????).

Johannes and his son Matthias Trimmer were naturalized by act of the New Jersey Assembly on 12 November 1744[1].

After Elsje's death in December 1748, Johannes married, thirdly, to Mary Catrina --?--, probably in 1749[3];  she is mentioned in the will of Johannes Trimmer. 

In the book of deeds in Flemington, New Jersey, the following is found[1]:  

"Whereas John Trimmer stood possessed at the time of his decease of a tract of land in Amwell of 300 acres, bounded on the south by land of Jacob Hand, westerly by land formerly William Bings, now Paul Couls, northerly by land of John Jarell's and part of Neshaning (Neshanic) Brook, Adam Bellowsfelt's and Jacob Stout's land, and easterly by William Bellowsfelt; and did agree to will to his eldest son, the said Matthias Trimmer, of Long Valley near Fox Hill, party to these presents, 105 acres, part of the above mentioned tract, for 425 pounds, on 4 November 1748;  and the said John Trimmer died before any conveyance was made out and no provision was made in his will to give a title to the said lands; as the money had been paid by said Matthias Trimmer, the sons and legatees of John Trimmer, Tunis, Andrew, George, Harman, William, John, Nicholas and Henry, sign a release of said land unto their eldest brother, the eldest son of John, viz. Matthias, 31 May 1750."  

On 4 April 1751, Matthias sold this land to Philip Kels[1].

There are no death or burial records for Johannes Trimmer or any of his three wives.  He died after 10 January 1749/50 when he wrote his will, and before 22 February 1749/50 when the will was proved[1-4].

In his will, dated Readington, 10 January 1749/50, probated 22 February 1749/50, Johannes Trimmer names his wife Mary Catrina and his children:  by his first wife: Tys (Matthias), Toenes (Anthony), Ry (Andrew), Georg, Herbert (Harman in the deed);  by his second wife, Anna, Christina, William, Hannis (John), Niclas, Judit, Hendrick;  the witnesses were Adam Bellisfelt, Matthias Housel, and Godfrey Peters.  Mathias and Andrew Tremer were sworn as executors[4].        

The inventory of the estate totaled £126.15.3 and includes 3 books and a Bible; it was made by John Jewel and Mathias Housell[4].   


1. Theodore Frelinghuysen Chambers, The Early Germans of New Jersey: their history, churches, and genealogies (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1982), pages 533-539, Trimmer Family sketch; digital images, FamilySearch Books (

2. Henry Z. Jones, Jr., More Palatine Families, some Immigrants to the Middle Colonies 1717-1776 and their European Origins, Plus New Discoveries on German Families Who Arrived in Colonial New York in 171, (Rockport, Me. : Picton Press, 1991), Johannes Trimmer sketch, pages 289-291.

3. Jeanine Hartman and Nancy Byrd (compilers), The Descendants of Johannes Trimmer (Tooele, Utah : FamilyHart, 1994), page 1, Johannes Trimmer sketch.

4. A. Van Doren Honeyman, editor,, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: First Series -- Volume XXX: Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc., Volume III -- 1730-1750 (Somerville, N.J.: The Unionist Gazette Association, Printers, 1918), page 487, Johannes Tremer will abstract; digital image, (


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2019 to 312 Ancestors in 312 Weeks.

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1 comment:

Vicky said...

I descend from:
Mary Dierdorff Trimmer who died at sea. Andreas Trimmer
Sophia (Trimmer) Brugh
Elizabeth (Brugh) Bower
Moses Bower
David Bower
Rose (Bower) Foley
Ernest Foley
David Bower and wife Sarah (Hamilton) Bower are buried behind a Methodist church in Mesopotamia, Ohio.
Rose (Bower) Foley was born in Ohio and was a Methodist in Oil City, Pennsylvania. The first Bower immigrant was from Germany but his dad was from Switzerland. Intermarriages of Brethren, Mennonite and Lutheran roots. My Bower relatives in Ohio loved Abraham Lincoln and many Bowers died while in service during the Civil War. Distant cousins killed distant cousins. It was a terrible loss to our country. My ancestor David Bower survived with a leg wound. My mom moved to California 1943. My dad joined her there in 1946 after the war. They had terrible lives and died broke age 49 and 52 in Hollywood, California.