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This is the story of William Zeigler son of Nicholas. It was originally
written for a book on the history of Crawford Co GA. Honey Lanham Dodge
WILLIAM ZEIGLER of Crawford County Georgia
1799 - 1855
Although he lived most of his life in Crawford County, Georgia, William
Zeigler chose to be buried in the prestigious Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon,
Bibb County, Georgia on Magnolia Ridge block 2 lot 9. In his will, he left
detailed instructions for an elaborate burial site to be constructed by his
nephew and executor John Washington Dent (who lived in Crawford County and
married Elizabeth Hoy, daughter of James Hoy). Outside the vault which was
built into the hillside along the Ocmulgee River, a separate monument was
inscribed: "William Zeigler Born Nov. 18th 1799 Died June 11th 1855 He was
born in Orangeburg District South Carolina whence he removed to Georgia in
the year 1827 and resided in Crawford County where he was respected and
esteemed by many friends during his life of usefulness. He lies here at his
special request. May he rest in peace."
William was the son of Nicholas Zeigler (born circa 1765 in South
Carolina and died 20 January 1841 in Autauga County, Alabama) and his unknown
first wife. On 4 February 1820 in Richland County, South Carolina, Nicholas
Zeigler gave each of his children at that time a Deed of Gift. Nicholas
named two slaves, Sy and Phebe, to be given to William when he "attained the
age of twenty-one." In 1827, Nicholas and most of his family left South
Carolina for Georgia and eventually Autauga County, Alabama. William stayed
William Zeigler had three siblings: Catherine (born 10 May 1797 in
South Carolina and died 3 June 1834 at his home in Crawford County) who
married William Dent of South Carolina; Henry (born 1802 in South Carolina)
who married Nancy Zeigler; and Lewis (born 1803 in South Carolina) who
married Sarah (Sally) Zeigler. Henry and Lewis moved to Autauga County,
Alabama. Catherine and her husband William Dent later separated. Catherine
lived with her brother William while her estranged husband lived in Madison
County, Tennessee with Hepsobah Gartman from South Carolina with whom he had
There is no evidence that William Zeigler ever married. He was listed on
the 1820 Census of Edgefield District, South Carolina with no family and 9
slaves. He was listed in the 1830 Census of Crawford County living with an
older male and 25 slaves. In the 1840 Census of Crawford County, he had 67
slaves. In the 1840 tax roll, he had 405 acres in Crawford County and 40
acres in Cherokee County. In the 1850 Census of Crawford County, he was
listed as a Planter with property valued at $40,110. It is said that he had
three plantations. Upon his death in 1855, William left cash gifts totaling
$432,500 (the equivalent of $8,189,488.67 in 2001 dollars).
In his will dated 28 July 1854 in Crawford County, William directed "that
the colored children of my Woman Slave Mary, be taken to a state where the
laws thereof will tolerate their Manumission." Each child was also given
$30,000, and Mary received $10,000 as well as her manumission. Because of
his generosity and concern for her children William Henry, Malinda Ann, and
Octavius, we can assume that William was their father. The will directed
that his other slaves be sold in family groups.
William's will directed that John Washington Dent, the son of his sister
Catherine, receive five slaves and several pieces of property. William Dent,
a great nephew and the oldest son of John, received $500 perhaps a namesake
gift. After his other properties were sold and his debts paid, the remainder
of William's estate was to be divided among his siblings who eventually
realized $80,000 each. As his sister Catherine had predeceased him, the will
stated that her share be divided among her four children: Mary (Polly)
Caroline Dent May, Jane Ann Dent White, John Washington Dent and Mary Ann
Dent Early. William's will specifically excluded his half-siblings from
John Washington Dent followed the directions of his uncle's will and took
Mary and her children to Ohio. An unknown friend penned William's obituary
saying, "In his business habits he was very attentive and economical, whereby
he was enabled in twenty-eight years to increase his capitol from ten
thousand to three hundred thousand dollars; thus furnishing indubitable
evidence that a farmer may become rich. In his dealings he was strictly
honest. In times of scarcity he would bid the rich and monied, who wished to
buy provisions of him, to go to a distance and buy; that they had money and
credit and could buy anywhere, and submit to the inconveniences and expense
of transporting or carriage; that many of his neighbors had neither money nor
credit, and that they must have corn and meat; thus he was a benefactor to
the less fortunate. He never attached himself to any Church, but his faith
was right. Over a year ago he remarked to the writer of this notice, that he
relied upon the mercy of his Maker, and hoped for salvation through the
merit's of the Redeemer's blood."
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Thanks for the response. I know about the X marks. But his does look
different. I thought he might be making a version of an N or Z with a slash
through it though. Plus, it was a way to reveal that he could not write in
It sounds like your ancestor may have signed his will with an "X." Once
people left the East Coast, particularly, they sometimes never learned much
reading or writing. Often a document signed thus would have "His" written on
the line above and "mark" on the line below the X.
Dane Bowen in Alexandria, Va., researching Bowen, Bacon, Carlton (Carleton),
Luker, Sanders (Saunders), Chaudoin (Chaudoins), Maverick, Richey (Ritchie,
Richie, Ritchey), Spence, Sumner, Way, and Wells families.
The following is a narrative of the life of our ancestor Nicholas Zeigler.
The original article was written for The Heritage of Autauga County, Alabama
a few years ago. However, we have found quite a bit more about him since
then. If any of you have any additions or corrections, I would welcome them.
Honey Lanham Dodge hslanham(a)aol.com
Nicholas Zeigler of Orangeburgh District SD & Autauga Co AL
circa 1765 - 1841
"THIS Tribute of respect is inscribed to the memory of my dear Husband
NICHOLAS ZEIGLAR, by his weeping Wife to whom he endeared himself by uncommon
tenderness and affection. He sustained the last principal cene. With all of
his affectionate Family around his bedside weeping. Oh, weeping; he exibited
an example of calm resignation to his Family. His departure was on the 20th
of January 1841, in the 75th year of his age. And the tears of his relations
and Friends watered his grave. "Oh! merciful God." is carved into the white
Alabama marble of the large, false crypt of Nicholas Zeigler. He is buried in
the Hall Family Cemetery which is located near Autaugaville, Autauga County,
Alabama with his second family.
His parents and his first wife are not known. She probably lived, married,
and died in South Carolina. They had four surviving children. Their eldest
was Catherine Zeigler born 10 May 1797 in South Carolina and died 3 June 1834
in Crawford County, Georgia. She married William Dent of Sumter, South
Carolina, and they had four known children.
Nicholas' next child was William Zeigler born 15 Nov 1799 in Orangeburgh
District, South Carolina and died 11 June in 1855 in Crawford County,
Georgia. There is no evidence that William ever married. But he probably
had three children by his slave Mary as evidenced by his concern for and
generosity to them in his will which also conveniently named all of William’s
living siblings and half-siblings.
Nicholas' son Henry was born in South Carolina about 1802. He and his wife
Nancy are listed in the 1840, 1850 and 1860 censuses of Wetumpka, Autauga
County, Alabama. Nancy was born in South Carolina about 1800. She was a
daughter of Jacob and Catherine Zeigler, neighbors and probably relatives.
They had at least one son. They are both buried in the Zeigler Cemetery at
Baptist Church which is now in Elmore County, Alabama.
Lewis was the youngest child of Nicholas' first marriage and was born about
1803 in South Carolina. His wife Sarah "Salley" Zeigler was born in 1805 in
South Carolina. She was the sister of Henry’s wife Nancy. Lewis and his
family also lived in Wetumpka. But, by 1856, they migrated to Jackson
Parish, Louisiana. They had nine known children.
Nicholas Zeigler's second wife was Mildred, known as Milley, who was born
1805 in South Carolina. They were probably married there. They had five
Their first child was Louisa W. who was born in South Carolina. Her husband
was William Terrell Hall who was born in Georgia and was a son of Dixon Hall
Junior and Amy Goodwyn Mitchell. Louisa married him on 16 June 1836 in
nearby Montgomery County, Alabama. They had at least thirteen children.
Her tombstone, next to her husband’s in the Hall Family Cemetery in Autauga
County, reads that she was born 20 October 1820 and died 18 July 1862.
However, there is evidence that she was born earlier. On 4 February 1820,
Nicholas gave her the Deed of Gift in South Carolina.
Edward Jefferson Zeigler was born about 1822 in South Carolina. He married
Caroline C. Booth on 4 December 1844 in Autauga County, Alabama. They had
two daughters before she died. They were all on the 1850 census in
Independence Beat, Autauga County. After his wife Caroline’s on death 30
July 1853, he married Susan Catherine "Kate" Withers on 13 July 1854. They
also had a daughter who was born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio in 1857.
Edward may have died and been buried there. Kate married Wyatt George
Mallard Golson on 25 August 1859 in Autauga County.
Daughter Mary Eliza was born about 1826 probably in South Carolina. On 27
November 1839, she married Doctor Kennon Jones in Autauga County. She died
on 20 August 1840, six days after the birth of their daughter. She is buried
next to Nicholas in the Hall Family cemetery.
Daughter Caroline Dixon Zeigler was born 4 March 1829 in Alabama and married
Thomas Hunt Hall on 28 July 1842 in Autauga County, Alabama. Thomas was a
brother of William Terrell Hall. She and Thomas had at least three children.
She died on 28 April 1883 in Autaugaville. They are also buried in the Hall
Son David George Washington Zeigler was born on 19 February 1838 in Alabama
and died on 5 September 1861. He appeared on the 1850 and 1860 censuses in
Independence Beat. On 21 March 1857 in Autauga County, he married Martha
Aurelia Davis who was the daughter of Major Benjamin Franklin Davis and
Martha Taylor. David George and three children of their children are buried
in the Hall Family Cemetery.
On 4 February 1820 in Richland District, South Carolina, Nicholas recorded
five Deeds of Gift to his five oldest children. He gave two slaves to
daughter Catherine Dent plus one slave to his granddaughter Mary "Polly"
Caroline Dent. He gave six slaves to Lewis, ten to Louisa, six to Henry, and
two to William. All the slaves except those given to Catherine and her
daughter Polly were to be held by Nicholas until his children attained the
age of 21.
Someone named Nicholas Zeigler served on the first jury ever summoned in
Autauga County, Alabama on 12 April 1820. Our Nicholas Zeigler and his
family probably arrived in Autauga County in 1827. Nicholas probably
originated in Orangeburgh District, South Carolina, moved to Richland
District, South Carolina, may have lived in Edgefield District, South
Carolina, and probably went through Crawford County, Georgia on his way to
Autauga County, Alabama.
Nicholas was on the 1800 census of Orangeburgh District, South Carolina with
a wife and six children. He was still there in 1810 with a wife, eight
children and twelve slaves. He next appeared with a wife, four children and
thirty-nine slaves on the 1830 census of Autauga County, Alabama. Between
1827 and 1831, Nicholas purchased five land patents from the US government
totaling 400.15 acres of land in Autauga County, Alabama. On 1 February
1831, he was a witness to the will of Bolling Hall in Autauga County. He
appeared on the 1840 census of Autauga County, Alabama with a wife, three
children and fifty-nine slaves.
In his will dated 28 August 1840, Nicholas left his estate to his youngest
three children and his wife Milley. They shared about 800 acres; 44 slaves;
furniture, including a piano forte, books, and maps; plantation equipment;
livestock; food and crops. He noted that his five older children had received
their shares of his estate earlier. He signed his will with a mark that
looked like the number four or a backwards capital N at a slant.
Nicholas' widow Milley married Henry P. David about 1842 in Alabama.
I have found evidence of a Luke Patrick in this time period.
The Luke Patrick I believe related to my line:
---1790 SC Census, Orangeburgh, SC, p 26 & 27-original
Luke Patrick 1 M>16
2 M <16
(Possibly related to Lewis Patrick and/or Mrs. Frances Patrick listed in the
same 1790 census)
ORANGEBURGH LAND RECORDS (possibly a forebear of this Luke Patrick)
Peter MOORER 21 Oct 1735 150 Peter Murer sold Lot 160 to Luke Patrick.
.....Twp. Lot Ref: 0009 003 0018 00516 02
Peter MOORER 17 Sep 1736 150 Surv. 21 Oct 1735. Sold to Luke Patrick (Tavern
......Twp. Lot 160 Ref: 0002 005 0034 00543 01
William COOPER 26 Feb 1744 400 Wife Sarah. Plat 4 Jun 1735. To Brad
Pendarvis to Luke Patrick.
.....Twp. Lot Ref: 0007 001 02C0 00140 00
On Sunday August 29th in Orangeburg Church. Jonathan, son of Joseph &
Martha WOOD; born July 14th 1756. Suret: Luke PATRICK, Lewis PATRICK &
Susannah Barbara GIESSENDANNER.
Does anyone out there know the children, parents, or wife of this Luke
Patrick found in 1790?
In a message dated 11/20/2002 9:36:17 AM Eastern Standard Time, Jollyclean
> I'm passing this along...favor to a friend...Charles is offline...trouble
> with AOL...not sure what...but he asked me to request that anyone who might
> need to send him anything...just send it to me...and I will see that he
> gets it.
> Colleen N. Jolly
> Bamberg, SC 29003
Well done, Jim! Thank you and all those responsible.
Jim Rickenbacker wrote:
> We have just completed a major update to the OGSGS web site:
> Hopefully this will make it easier to use and more useful. Some changes
We have just completed a major update to the OGSGS web site:
Hopefully this will make it easier to use and more useful. Some changes
1) Expanded coverage of OGSGS services and publications including a
printable publication order blank as well as a printable membership
application and Tables of Contents for the last Newsletter issues.
2) Addition of a History and Research section with historical
information and the new First Families Biographies.
3) A Resources section with expanded information on research in the
Orangeburg area and an easier to use Index of Colonial Land Records.
Also, in support of this list, we've included an updated page of
instructions for managing your subscription (subscribe, unsubscribe,
change email, etc.).
I am trying to locate the Cherry family from the 1820-1840 in Orangeburg, the
only one that is listed in the census. The husband died prior to 1840 and
Elizabeth, the mother married a Stephenson. Before 1850 they moved to
DeFuniack Springs, FL. Others in the family stayed. This would be the
family that produced Peter Rowe Cherry, b. 1840. The original Cherry coming
into Orangeburg/Barnwell could have been William or Noah Cherry, or they
could have been brothers. John, James and Jesse are also listed. One
faction of this family went to Autauga Co., AL and I have them documented.
Their brother Jesse left a will in Barnwell. The rest were in Orangeburg.
Any help would be appreciated.
Glenn---this is Ron's wife, Betsy. He just pays my internet bills. I'm not
sure about the BAIR or BAER connections. Could be. Tell me about your
grandmother's family. Perhaps there is a connection.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn Whitcomb" <whitcomb(a)hal-pc.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: [ORANGEBURGH_SC] BAIR
> My maternal grandfather was named (middle name) for a Baer. Might the
> have been an Anglicization of the German Baer?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "RONALD EARLEY" <RON.EARLEY(a)prodigy.net>
> To: <ORANGEBURGH_SC-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 1:13 PM
> Subject: [ORANGEBURGH_SC] BAIR
> > I've been working on my husband's BAIR family---his grandmother, Gussie
> Hydrick BAIR, daughter of Daniel Fred BAIR and Martha Catherine BOZARD,
> married Thomas Edward EARLEY, son of Steven Edward BOZARD/ EARLEY and
> M. BREEDEN.
> > Daniel Fred BAIR was the son of Amos BAIR and Margaret ---?---. Does
> anyone know who Margaret was before she married Amos BAIR?
> > Thank you.
> > Betsy EARLEY
> > Ohio
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I've been working on my husband's BAIR family---his grandmother, Gussie Hydrick BAIR, daughter of Daniel Fred BAIR and Martha Catherine BOZARD, married Thomas Edward EARLEY, son of Steven Edward BOZARD/ EARLEY and Mary M. BREEDEN.
Daniel Fred BAIR was the son of Amos BAIR and Margaret ---?---. Does anyone know who Margaret was before she married Amos BAIR?
Dear List Members: The Orangeburgh List site is up and running. There have been very few queries of late, so you all need to get busy and send some in to the List or Digest. Jim is working on the Orangeburg German-Swiss web site, and it is up as well. Visit the Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society web site at:
www.rootsweb.com/~scogsgs or www.ogsgs.org
I want to thank those folks who wrote in response to the question of our site and lack of activity. Shows you all are looking in and keeping up. Let me know if I can help you in any way. Johnnie Riley-White, List Administrator, ORANGEBURGH_SC-L(a)rootsweb.com
Does anyone know of a Rose Browning who lived in Orangeburg, possibly
Rowesville, born c. 1880?
Also, looking for info on Shad Williams, possibly Theo Williams, who appears
to be about same age.
Both would have frequented Rowesville.
Thanks, Carolyn Auvil aauvil(a)charter.net
The OGSGS Website has a new webmaster, Jim Rickenbaker. Jim is busy at work
revamping the site and giving it a new look. I am not sure when he will be
done with his work. Hopefully, not too long. I would think this should not
affect the traffic on the list.
021104 added update and scans due to request; burials 63 - 76
Best regards from the Netherlands
Liebe Grüsse aus Holland
Met vriendelijke groeten
(update 021104) including:
* originals Book of Record (1737-1761)