Re: Carpenter: Noah, Rachel, John, Sampson at Mercer, OH
According to my notes, a Verena Zimmerman was born c. 1630 at Steffisburg, Berne, Switzerland. She was married there on Dec 12, 1651 to to Christian RUCHTI. He was born in same place c. 1626 and he died Lancaster, PA after 1736.
I have the names and dob for theoir 7 children. I don't have any other Zimmerman data.
Those named Beery seem to come from the 1727 immigrant Nicholas Bieri. He was from around Schangnau, Berne, Switzerland, but came via the German Palatinate to Philadelphia.
After compulsary military service was enacted in Switzerland about 1698, many of the Mennonites left or were expelled to the German Palatinate.
Those I've found who retained the name Bieri are from Swiss immigration around 1850s.
Eldon F. Beery