Timanus Family Beginning – Family Series – Part II

It all begins with Johan Jacob Timanus, October 11, 1732, aboard the Ship Pleasant, J. Morris, Master from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, PA:

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These lists of immigrants from Europe, usually of German descent, came from a well-known publication called “A Collection of 30,000 Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania – From 1727 to 1776, by Professor I. Daniel Rupp, 1876.

This book is available online here. (from archive.org)

Jacob was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1755.

There are newspaper articles and historical / biographical books that have items in them about the immigrant ancestor of the Timanus family, John Jacob Timanus, most of which I have found to be incorrect, specifically in regards to his children and where they moved to.

The earliest newspaper article I found (Newspapers.com©) is from 1783 in the Pennsylvania Gazette (newspaper published in Philadelphia from 1728-1800), regarding one of Johan Jacob Timanus’s horses named Grand Duke, “covering mares” (mating service) for a $4 dollar fee, by Conrad Charles Timanus (Johan Jacob’s son):

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John Jacob Timanus was also known as Jacob Timanus.  His wife was Rosanna Wotherson.

Some of the children are spelled out in Jacob’s will, as well as Jacob’s wife.  Jacob died in Upper Dublin, Philadelphia Co., PA in 1783. Found on Ancestry©:

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Another entry on Ancestry for this same record mentions a Robert Strahorn and Joseph Miller.

Here are the children of John Jacob Timanus (1712-1783) and Rosanna Wotherson (1723-1800) – not all children were mentioned in the will of Jacob Timanus:

Carolus Timanus (1747-?)

Anna Elisabeth Timanus (1750-? )

Jacob Timanus (1742-1798) b. in PA d. in MD m. Dorothy Shearmiller (1758-1826)

Catharine Timanus (1763-? )

Conrad Timanus (1747-1800)

Henry Timanus (1761-1799)

John Timanus (1765-1799)

Jacob Timanus (1742-1798) that is mentioned, is my 6x great-grandfather.  He was born in 1742 in Montgomery Co., PA., according to his church confirmation record of 1759 at the age of 17 years. Found on Ancestry©:

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He was married to Dorothy Shearmiller (1758-1826), the daughter of Gottlieb Shearmiller (1730-1781). Mother is unknown.

Jacob died in 1798 and is buried in the Mount Olive Cemetery in Randallstown. Maryland, as are many of the Timanus family.

These are the children of Jacob Timanus and Dorothy Shearmiller:

Charles Timanus – b. 1779 d.  1843?   m. 1801 to Jane Lester

George Timanus  –  b. 1781 d.  1847?   m. 1802 to Lydia Weaver

C. Timanus –  b. 1783 d. 1784 (died in infancy)

Jesse Timanus –  b. 1784 est. d. before 1820 m. 1802 to Ruth Baker

Jacob Timanus –  b. 1785 d. 1854 m. 1801 to Jane McCullough, 2nd m. 1825 to Margaret Mansfield

Mary Timanus            –  b. 1786  d.          m. ?

Elizabeth Timanus     – b. 1788 d.           m. 1810 to John r. Bowen

Henry Timanus           –  b. 1792  d.          m. 1818 to Mary Capit

John Timanus             –  b. 1792  d.          m. 1815 to Eliza Wall

Clarissa Timanus        –  b. 1798  d.          m. 1836 to Aaron Holt

“Fighting Timanus” Update

According to the Baltimore Genealogical Society, and the “Old Defenders” Project and Surname Index, Jacob Timanus (1785-1854) is on the list as the 6th Timanus brother that defended Baltimore in the Battle of North Point and Bombardment of Ft. McHenry, War of 1812.


Things to remember…

  • Sometimes, records for an ancestor are hiding behind misspellings or phonetic spellings of your ancestor’s surname, whether very unique or more common. With a name like Timanus, it was a forgone conclusion that I would have to use other methods of searching that name to find records.  Here were some of the examples I had to use: Simanus, Fimanus, Tomanas, & Timmons to name a few.


  • There are many Timanus family trees on Ancestry and Wikitree with some good information, but the vast majority had information on them that did not pan out in my research.  For me, the best thing to do is, if you do not have a record regarding a certain time or event in your ancestor’s life, leave it as is.  An example of this is my 5 times great-grandmother, Ruth (Baker) Timanus.  I’m not sure when or where she passed away.  I did find a record for a Ruth Timanus that was born in 1785 and died in 1849 in Iowa.  The dates fit, but I do not know for sure that it is her.  Until I have further proof, I am leaving it as is.

Featured image from the Library of Congress

Special thanks to the Baltimore Genealogical Society, specifically, David Powell, President

Special thanks to the Maryland Historical Society

Brian S. Miller


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