The story begins when Cathrine the Great wed Peter III, who later died, leaving Cathrine the Empress of Russia. Catherine encouraged Germans to immigrate to Russia. She promised better circumstances, more rights, religious freedom and the moon and stars to go with it. When my ancestors made it to Russia, however, it was not what they expected. They struggled to survive in this strange new land.
One day, a summons came from America calling for a Joseph Zimmerman with twelve children from the small, remote town that my g-g-g-g-grandfather lived in. The description fit my ancestor's family, except that some of their children had died in infancy. The excited family made the trip to America, pre-paid by the gentleman in America who had sent for them.
When the Zimmerman family arrived, they went to the address indicated and knocked on the door. The gentleman opened the door to see a German man with his wife and children standing at his threshold.
It was the wrong Joseph Zimmerman. With twelve children. From the same little town.
Talk about a God moment!
My grandfather begged the man not to send them back, but allow them to stay here in America and promised to pay back every penny that it cost to get his family here. He worked the rest of his life to pay off the debt, but finally did so.
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