Tracing Our Roots
By Schuyler Brossman
Column No. 1605/July 23, 1997
Poorman Family of Palmyra, PA
Poorman's original spelling was Burman and Purman. Hans Georg Burman, the immigrant German ancestor, along with five stalwart sons, settled in Lancaster County, PA. He was a widower, having later married Agnes Dorrin on 5 Oct 1740. This marriage is found in the Muddy Creek Church records of Lancaster Co., PA.
Descendants are scattered all over the country, but a large group are found in the Palmrya area of Lebanon County.
Beverly (Poorman) Albert, 1752 Running Deer Drive, Lake Wynonah, Auburn, PA 17922 seeks any information on the families below: John Poorman, great-great-grandson of Hans Georg Burman, was born 26 Feb 1821 in Londonderry Twp., the son of Heinrich Burman and wife, Anna Maria (Berry) Burman. John married Leah Gruber, born 3 May 1827, on 11 Jun 1846. John died 1 Apr 1902 and his distraught wife, Leah, passed away within 48 hours of her husband's death. She died 3 Apr 1902. They were buried "side by side" in one grave at the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Palmyra, as stated in the Lebanon Daily News on 4 Apr 1902.
The children of John and Leah Poorman are as follows: 1. Jerome b 31 Dec 1846, died 23 Sept 1853, buried in the Old Palmyra Cemetery; 2. Oliver, b 11 Dec 1848, died 2 Oct 1853, buried in the Old Palmyra Cemetery; 3. Cosmos b 14 Oct 1850, declared dead in Mar 1903.
Cosmos's wife, Emma Stuckey, dau of John and Mary (Kratzer) Stuckey, was killed by a fall from a hay rake on 8 Nov 1878 while pregnant with their third child at age 24. Emma and her parents are also buried at Gravel Hill Cemetery. A distraught Cosmos headed west on 14 Jan 1884. He was headed to Alaska's gold rush. Cosmos left behind two small sons, John Cosmos Poorman and William Stuckey Poorman in the care of their grandparents. His whereabouts were unknown. Family had not heard from him in over seven years. After Cosmos's parents died in 1902, his sons had Cosmos declared dead after attempts were made to locate him. Any information on Cosmos is needed. He is the writer's great-great-grandfather.
4. Lucretia b 14 Nov 1852, died 10 Oct 1882, wife of Daniel Heilman, buried at Gravel Hill; 5. Lousia b 21 Mar 1855, died 9 Feb 1901, never married, buried at Gravel Hill; 6. Mary C. b 20 July 1857, died 20 Dec 1904, wife of Joseph Stuckey, buried at Gravel Hill; 7. Catherine "Kate" b 1 Apr 1859, died 14 Feb 1931, wife of John Fornwalt, buried at Gravel Hill.
8. John b 31 Mar 1861, died 1863, buried at the Old Palmyra Cemetery; 9. John Henry b 16 Mar 1863, died 2 Oct 1934, wife was Emma Hemperly, buried at Gravel Hill; 10. Leah b 28 June 1865, died 26 Feb 1955, married B. Frank Fegan, buried at Hill Lutheran Church, North Annville; 11. Martha b 15 Jan 1868, died 8 May 1884, buried at Gravel Hill; 12. Lizzie b 11 May 1871, died 18 Mar 1873, buried at Old Palmrya Cemetery (*note - Heinrich and Anna Burman are buried at the Old Palmyra Cemetery on W. Cherry St.); 13. Philip b 9 Feb 1874, died 14 Sept 1950, married Emma L. Henning, buried at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Bellegrove in North Annville.
The bodies of the Poormans buried at the Old Palmyra Cemetery on W. Cherry St. were re-interred from another location. These graves are in the corner of the cemetery along with many other folks re-interred from other cemeteries or family plots. Does anyone have any information on why the bodies were brought to the Old Palmyra Cemetery?
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