The 13 Children of
Edwy Liles Vardaman
Lucinda K. Mauk
Some history of this page: For some time, I'd been hearing about a Vardaman genealogist named J. H. "Jack" Vardaman of Alpharetta, Georgia, who "knows more about the Vardaman family than anyone else" but was not "on line". I even wrote a snail-mail letter to him but never mailed it, thinking he was probably too busy to send me anything, and besides, someone else had already sent me an online version of much of his work. To make a long story short, Jack and I are second cousins, and while we'd been in contact by telephone and snail-mail, in Jan 2002, we were able to complete a whirlwind tour of east-central Alabama together! He'd been trying unsuccessfully to make contact with the Gwin side of his family for some time. He is a son of Jesse H. Vardaman, who was a son of Marshall E. and Clara "Odie" Vardaman, my paternal grandmother's brother and sister-in-law. Much of the material below is being updated based on his contributions.
While talking to my father, Adrian Sutton Gwin (grandson of John Forsythe Vardaman, the only one of Edwy's and Lucinda's sons to survive the Civil War), in March 2000 (a year or so before Dad died), I mentioned that I had some new information on his grandfather's dad, Edwy Liles Vardaman, and I pronounced Edwy as I had always assumed it was pronounced, /ED-wee/.
He quickly corrected me, saying ED-WHY in a loud voice (because he was very hard of hearing). "Edwy! Grandmother spoke of him often, and she never called him anything but Mr. /ED-why/ Vardaman."
Lending perfect support to this pronunciation is Jack Vardaman's note on the 1840 census for Meriwether Co., GA, that "Edwy L. Vardaman is erroneously listed on this census as 'Edward Y. Vardaman'..."
So, cousins, meet the family of your
ancestor, ED-why Liles
Vardaman! : - )
1810: ELV, b. 2 Feb 1804 in Jefferson Co., GA, should be age 6, lvg. w/parents Thomas and Annie Vining, in Putnam Co., GA; however, 1810 Census records for GA and other states destroyed when British burned Washington, DC, in War of 1812.
1820: ELV, age 16, at home w/ parents in Putnam Co., GA, one of two males listed in 16-18 age group. But four other--unknown--males are shown living there: two under age five and one each in 5-10 and 16-18 YOA gps., though ELV is only known son b. to Th. and An. V. before 1820.
1830: ELV, 26, Meriwether Co., GA, m. (1825); he and wife Lucinda are the M and F in the 20-30 YOA gp.; had 3 dau. under 5 YOA: Mielda b. 1826, Minerva b. 1828, and Cynthia b. 1829; Mienda (Mielda's twin) d. as infant.
1840: ELV listed in error as Edward Y. Vardaman [due, no doubt, to the pronunciation of his name: ED-why--see above] in Meriwether Co.; age 36 (in 30-40 gp.); LMV age 34, listed same gp.; 2 sons: John F. b. May 1835 in 5-10 gp. and Wm. S. b. Jun 1840 in 0-5 gp.; 7 dau.s: four in 10-15 gp: Mielda b. 1826, Mienda (Mielda's twin) d. as inf., Minerva b. 1828, and Cynthia b. 1829; three in the 5-10 gp: Frances b. 1831, Mary B. b. 1832, and Nancy A. b. 1833; one in 0-5: Ziphia (Puss) b. 1836.
Above, left, is my transcription of an obituary of Edwy L. Vardaman, an actual photo of which appears to the right of it. I don't know from what newspaper it came, but my grandmother--his granddaughter, Adrian Belle Vardaman Gwin--had it glued in her old scrapbook my own late father gave me in early 2000. In the photo, notice her handwriting in the right margin in blue pen: "My Grandfather". Also notice that she used pencil to line out the 15 in the date of his death and to write in the correct 25 above it.
John Gwin, 5 May 2009
Cousin Jack Vardaman and I just spoke on the telephone this afternoon. He had called to confirm some data regarding Edwy and Lucinda's graves. My dad had told me on numerous occasions of his mother taking them--her four children--to the cemetery at Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church (as well as to many other local cemeteries) on many a "Decoration Day" or cemetery work day.
They'd cut the weeds, place or plant new flowers, straighten fallen fences, and restack older stones that had slipped or fallen when the casket beneath had finally given way to rot and had caved in, lowering the surface of the grave slightly and causing the stone's loosened foundation to let the stone teeter or fall. And while there is no stone there today to memorialize their burials, we know today that gg-grandparents Edwy and Lucinda Vardaman are indeed buried at Smyrna Cemetery from the verbal testimonies of my father and his brother, Uncle James B. Gwin, the latter of whom created a metal plaque in their memory and placed it near their graves.
John Gwin, 9 December 2012
20.00--John Vardaman, b. unk.,possibly 1670-80 but prob. earlier, prob. in Sweden; may have been of German, Swedish, or Danish descent, as all these countries have frontage on the Baltic Sea; d. 1714 leaving one adult son who was already married and away from home and 3 minor children.
, prob. b. in
Sweden ca. 1695-1700, since court records in 1758 list his age as
"about sixty"; m1. 1720 in New Castle Co., DL to Magdalena
Petersson--proven by church records; William I had
moved from Delaware to Virginia by 1734 and many years later to
Newberry Co., SC, (1766); he had four sons and an unknown number of
daughters; (m2?). to an Elinor Herd/Heard--(suggested
3?) to Bridgit Tinkler (Jack's and my
ggggg-grandmother); 4 sons
21.00--“Old” William Vardeman;
22.04--James Vardaman, d. 1797 (proven by estate papers); moved into SC with his parents in 1766; m1. Jack believes this first wife of James may have been Sabra Liles/Lyles for two reasons: (1) her married name is Vardaman, and from census records, she's the only possible person who could've been married to him; and (2) the name Liles is the middle name of Jack's and my gg-grandpa, Edwy Liles Vardaman (who would become Old William's g-grandson); Sabra was the mother of William's first two children and possibly the first three; (m2. Jane Johnson); seven children
25.01--MiElda B. Vardaman, b. ca. 1827 in Putnam Co., GA, 16 Sep 1826 (twin); d. 22 Jan 1884; bd. Concord Cem., New Market, Madison Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 16610635); m. 22 Nov 1842 in Meriwether Co., GA, to Israel Thomas Kilpatric (b. ca. 1818 in Fayetteville, TN; d. 1898; bd. Concord Cem., New Market, Madison Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 16610626); 11 ch.
25.02--MiEnda Vardaman, b. in Putnam Co., GA, 16 Sep 1826 (twin); died as infant--(data on MiEnda provided by M. R. Cunningham, above); of course, no children DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE
25.03--Minerva Vardaman, b. in Putnam Co., GA, 18 Mar 1828; d. 17 Jul 1842, about age 14--smothered while playing in the cottonseed; bd. Meriwether Co., GA; no children DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE
25.04--Cynthia M. Vardaman, b. 3 or 13 June or July 1829 in Meriwether Co., GA; d. 24 Dec 1905, bd. at Rock Springs Bapt. Ch. Cem., Clay Co., AL; m. 5 Aug 1859 in Tallapoosa Co., AL, to Kenny M. Hannon (some say Hammond?) (b. unk. date in SC; d. unk.--killed in the Civil War; bd. unk.); no kn. children DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE
[listed as Syntha M. Hannon, widow, age 71 and b. Jun 1828 in GA/GA/GA, in the 2 Jun 1900 census of Pinckneyville Pct., Clay Co., AL, and lvg. w/her sister, Mary Adair]
25.05--Frances Cemyra Vardaman, b. 11 Jan 1831 in Meriwether Co., GA; d. 13 Jun 1910, bd. at Hatchet Creek Presby. Ch. Cem., Brownsville, Clay Co., AL; m. 20 or 23 Feb 1854 in Tallapoosa Co., AL, to George Voulentine House (b. 29 Apr 1829; d. 11 Feb 1906); 3 children
25.06--Mary Bruce Vardaman, b. 18 Apr 1832 in Meriwether Co., GA; d. 2 May 1909, bd. Rock Spgs. Bapt. Ch. Cem., Clay Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 35623411; m. 22 Aug 1852 to Edward Martin Adair (b. ca. 1827; d. 1897; EMA is bd. in hard-to-find Hammond plot near Shady Grove, AL); 8 ch.
25.07--Nancy Ann Vardaman, b. 18 Jul 1833 in Meriwether Co., GA; d. 17 Oct 1844, age 11; bd. in Meriwether Co., GA; no children DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE
25.08--John Forsythe Vardaman, b. 19 May 1835 in Meriwether Co., GA; d. 17 Jul 1906 at home near Goodwater; bd. Smyrna Primitive Bapt. Ch. Cem., near Goodwater, Coosa Co., AL; m. Julia Ann Flynn; 4 ch., 12 grandchildren;
[John M. Gwin Note: At left is my transcription of the obituary, a photo of which appears above, of John Forsythe Vardaman of Coosa Co. I found it in a scrapbook belonging to my grandmother, Adrian "Ada" Belle Vardaman Gwin. In her pencilled hand at the top it says, "The Kellyton Advertiser", and in the right margin, in pen, also in her hand, it says, "my father."
Below the obituary, in my father's hand, is written, "Edwy was my great-grandfather --J. F. was his son, my grandfather; and Peter L. was my great-granduncle. Adrian Gwin -- 1983"
25.09--Zilpha Thommie Hollaway "Puss" Vardaman, b. 1 Nov 1836 in Meriwether Co., GA/GA/GA; d. 24 May 1922, bd. at Hatchet Creek Presby. Ch. Cem., Brownsville, Clay Co., AL; m. John McLean McPhail (b. Jan 1837 in NC/NC/NC; d. unk.; bd. unk.); no children (but became stepmother to her husband's two sons by his first wife; DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE
b. 12 Jun 1840 in Meriwether Co., GA; d.
5 May 1862 in Civil War, battle of Williamsburg, Va.; never married;
enlisted in Co. A 14th Alabama Infantry--private; no known
25.11--James Mathis Vardaman, b. 16 May 1842 in Meriwether Co., GA; d. 30 Mar 1865 below Petersburg, Civil War; enlisted in Co. C 16th (or 60th?) Alabama Infantry--rank, private; bd. at Rock Springs Bapt. Ch. Cem., Clay Co., AL; no known children DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE
25.12--Adeline Elizabeth Vardaman, b. 14 Nov 1843 in Meriwether Co., GA; d. 25 Mar 1923, bd. at Rock Springs Bapt. Ch. Cem., Clay Co., AL; unmarried; no children DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE
25.13--Annie Lovedia Vardaman, b. 25 Oct 1845 in Meriwether Co., GA; d. 31 Aug 1922, bd. at Rock Springs Bapt. Ch. Cem., Clay Co., AL; m. 29 Feb 1873 in Clay Co., AL, to Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Luker (b.; d.); 7 ch.
From the 7 Jan 1850 census of Twp. 24, Tallapoosa Co., AL
From the 19 Nov 1850 census of Twp. 20, Tallapoosa Co., AL
From the 3 Jul 1860 census of Walnut Hill P. O. , Beat 6, Tallapoosa Co., AL
From the 29 Aug 1860 census of Pinkneyville P. O.,
Western Div. Beat 10, Tallapoosa Co., AL
From the 10 Aug 1870 census of New Market P. O.,
Twp. 1, Range 1 E, Madison Co., AL
From the 20 ___ 1870 census of Pinkneyville,
Fractional T22 R6, Clay Co., AL
From the 10-11 Jun 1880 census of Beat 12, Madison Co., AL
[listed as Edward M. Adair, age 53, in the 1880 census of Wicker and Pinckneyville, Clay Co., AL]
From the 1880 census of Wicker and Pinckneyville, Clay Co., AL
From the 18 Jun 1900 census of Pct. No. 3, Socapatoy, Coosa Co., AL
From the 30 Jun 1900 census of Meridianville, Pct. 11, Madison Co., AL
[listed as , age , in the 2 Jun1900 census of Pinckneyville Pct., Clay Co., AL]
From the 2 Jun 1900 census of Pinckneyville Pct., Clay Co., AL
Clay County Alabama USGenWeb Archives Cemeteries
Temporarily borrowed from the excellent page at:
Clay County Alabama USGenWeb Archives Cemeteries....Rock Springs Cemetery
Copyright. All rights reserved.
This file is copyrighted and contributed by:
Linda S. Ayres
October 2002 Updated Jan-2010
Rock Springs Cemetery
is located in
Township 22, Range 6, Section 2
Millerville, Clay Co., AL [Near the Coosa Co. Line]
Luker & Catherine Crook]
Luker, Infant of J.B & E.J. B/d Oct 21, 1892
ZACHARY TAYLOR KILPATRICK
Jesse H. "Jack" Vardaman, Jr.
March 16, 2013
1850 U.S.Census for Tallapoosa County, AL
ZACHARY TAYLOR KILPATRICK, son of Israel Thomas and Mielda (Vardaman) Kilpatrick, first appears in documented records in the household of his parents, on the 1850 U.S. Census for Tallapoosa County, Alabama where he is listed as Z. Taylor Kilpatrick, age 3, and born in Georgia.
Israel T. and Mielda (Vardaman) Kilpatrick were married in Meriwether County in west-central Georgia, 22 November 1842 and, on this 1850 census, have two children older than Zachary Taylor -- (1) daughter Minerva Caroline "Carrie" Kilpatrick, age 7, born January 1844, as reported for her on the 1900 U.S. Census for Madison County, AL and the year 1844 (no month or day) inscribed on her grave stone at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, AL, and (2) son James Edwy "Bud" Kilpatrick, age 4, born 24 March 1846, as reported for him on the 1900 U.S. Census for Denton County, TX (month and year only) and on his grave stone (complete date) at Highland Cemetery in Lawton, Comanche County, OK.
Note: The birth date (Jan. 1844) cited above for Carrie would result in her being only age six, not seven, on this 1850 census dated the 29th of November, 1850. However, she would be only about one month shy of her seventh birthday. A correction of her age on the 1850 census, from seven to six, would then agree with her age of sixteen reported on the 1860 U.S. Census for Tallapoosa County for this family.
We have no record that furnishes us with an exact birth date for Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick, however an age of three on the 1850 census (which is dated 29 November 1850), if correct, would extrapolate to a date of birth sometime between December 1846 and November 1847. A birth date between July and November of 1847 would also agree with his age as shown on the 1860 (age 12), 1870 (age 22) and 1880 (age 32) censuses. I believe that this enables us to comfortably state that he was born in the latter half of 1847 (i.e., between 29 August 1847 and 29 November 1847).
The exact date of the move of the Israel T. Kilpatrick family from Meriwether County, GA, to Tallapoosa County, AL. is not known. However, our first record for Israel Kilpatrick in Tallapoosa County, AL, is from a deed to property that he purchased in the Walnut Hill area of southern Tallapoosa County, dated 23 January 1849 This definitely places him in Tallapoosa County at that time but still does not furnish any clue as to exactly when he may have arrived in that area. Since the birth place of all three children listed on this census is reported as Georgia, the date of the move is indicated to have come after the birth of the last child, Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick, in the latter part of 1847. I believe that this effectively places the date of the move as sometime during the year 1848.
This does not, in any way, disagree with the place of birth (Georgia) reported for Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick on this census. It is reasonable to assume that the head of household (Israel Kilpatrick) furnished the census taker with the information reported on this census and there is no reason to believe that he would not have known or might be mistaken regarding exactly where his three young children of that date were born.
Note: The year 1848 is also the year in which Edwy Lyles Vardaman, father of Mielda (Vardaman) Kilpatrick, moved his family from Meriwether County, GA, to Tallapoosa County, Alabama. Although the Edwy Vardaman family settled in the Pinkneyville area located in the northwest corner of Tallapoosa County while the Israel Kilpatrick family settled in the southern portion of the County, might the two families have made this move together?
1860 U.S.Census for Tallapoosa County, AL
Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick, son of Israel T. and Mielda (Vardaman) Kilpatrick, is still in the household of his parents on the 1860 U.S. Census for the Walnut Hill District of Tallapoosa County, Alabama, where he is listed as Taylor Kilpatrick, age 12, born in Georgia.
His age on this census (dated 3rd of July 1860) agrees with his calculated birth date (see above) during the last half of 1847. His place of birth is again reported as Georgia which is in agreement with the information on the 1850 census.
The two older children listed on the 1850 census (Carrie, now age 16 and James Edwy, now age 13) are also still in the household together with seven additional children who have been added since the 1850 census.
1870 U.S.Census for Madison County, AL
Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda (Vardaman) Kilpatrick, together with his brother, James Edwy Kilpatrick, is now found in the household of John W. Howard in the New Market District of Madison County, AL, located in the far northern portion of Alabama on the state border with Lincoln County, Tennessee. He is listed as Z. T. Kilpatrick, age 22, on this census which is consistent with his calculated birth date in 1847.. His older brother, James Edwy Kilpatrick, is also listed in this same household as J. E. Kilpatrick, age 23,.and both men are reported to have been born in Alabama. They are also both reported as farm workerss.
Note: The reported place of birth for both men has now changed from Georgia, as reported on previous censuses, to Alabama. But, also note that this is the first census on which the two Kilpatrick brothers are no longer at home with their parents and the data regarding their place of birth has been furnished to the census taker by someone other than their parents. Based on the earlier, more reliable information, this change in the place of their birth is obviously incorrect for both men.
Israel T. Kilpatrick, the father of J. E. and Z. T. Kilpatrick, has also moved his family, now consisting of himself, his wife Mielda and seven minor children, from Tallapoosa County, AL, to the New Market District of Madison County, AL, sometime between 1860 and 1870. This move is reported by one descendant to have occurred after the close of the Civil War which would place it ca 1865-1870. There is little doubt that the two oldest sons, now found residing in the John W. Howard household in Madison County (see preceding paragraph), made the move from Tallapoosa County, AL, to Madison County, AL, with their parents before leaving home to reside in the John W. Howard household.
It is critical to note that I. T. and Mielda Kilpatrick's oldest child, daughter Minerva Caroline "Carrie" Kilpatrick, has married James W. Carter, son of Milton and Manerva Carter, 8 March 1866, in Madison County, AL, and is in her husband's household on this 1870 U.S Census for Madison County, AL. If the marriage date and place is correct (and there is no known information which disagrees) this places the Kilpatrick family move from Tallapoosa County, AL, to Madison County, AL, prior to March 1866 (i.e.sometime between July 1860 ,the date of the 1860 Tallapoosa County census, and March 1866, the date of the marriage) and could still have occurred after the close of the Civil War.
1875 Marriage of Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick to Emma Corn
Taylor Kilpatrick (sic) (Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick), son of Israel and Mielda (Vardaman) Kilpatrick married Emma Corn, daughter of John A. and Sarah (Moore) Corn, 25 January 1875 in Lincoln County, Tennessee (source: Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002, Tennessee State Library and Archives Microfilm). The locating of this marriage in Franklin County, TN, which appears on several family trees on the internet, is incorrect.
Emma Corn, the daughter of John A. and Sarah (Moore) Corn, was born sometime in 1850. She is in her parent's household in Franklin County, TN , on the 1850 U.S. Census, age "0". This census page is dated October 1850 (no day of month shown) so we know that Emma was born prior to October 1850 but has not yet reached the age of one at the time of the census.
Her age on all subsequent censuses -- for 1860 (age 10), 1870 (age 20) and 1880 (age 30) -- are totally consistent. She was born in Franklin County, Tennessee, where she spent her early childhood through the age of 10 as the family is in Franklin County for both the 1850 and 1860 censuses. However, sometime between 1860 and 1870, John Corn moved his family from Franklin County to next door Lincoln County where he is found on the 1880 census and that is where Emma met and married Taylor Kilpatrick.
Note for orientation purposes: Franklin County, TN, lies on Tennessee's southern border with the state of Alabama, and is situated between Lincoln County, TN, to the west and Marion County, TN, to the east. The next county along Tennessee's southern border, east of Marion County, is Hamilton County, home of the city of Chattanooga. Lincoln, Franklin and the western part of Marion County are all adjacent to the Alabama state line while the eastern half of Marion County and Hamilton County (and the city of Chattanooga) are adjacent to Tennessee's state line with Georgia.
Fayetteville, the county seat of Lincoln County, is 93 miles directly west of the city of Chattanooga, the county seat of Hamilton County. The town of Winchester, the county seat of Franklin County, lies on the direct route west from Chattanooga to Fayetteville as does the town of Jasper, the county sear of Marion County.
The above information may have some relevance to future items to be shown below.
1880 U.S.Census for Dallas County, TX
Z. T, Kilpatrick (Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick), son of Israel and Mielda (Vardaman) Kilpatrick, is found, head of his own household, on the 1880 U.S. Census, at Hutchins, a small town in south Dallas County, TX, on the outskirts of the city of Dallas He is again listed as Z. T. Kilpatrick (as he was in 1870 back in Alabama), and age 32, which is consistent with his calculated birth date. His place of birth on this census is reported as Alabama with Georgia reported as the place of birth for both his father and mother. This place of birth for him, while consistent with that shown on the 1870 census, is incorrect as is the place of birth for his father which should be South Carolina, not Georgia.
His wife Emma, age 30, is in the household with him. She is reported as born in Tennessee with both parents reported as born in Virginia. These places of birth for Emma and her parents appear to be correct as they are consistent with the places of birth reported for them on other censuses and various family trees. Zachary Taylor and Emma have no children, however another couple, Antony and Eliza Lax, are included in their household.
It is interesting to note that Z. T.'s brother, James Edwy Kilpatrick, with whom he appears to have traveled in the past, is now also found in Ellis County, TX, located in the same general area of the state. Ellis County abuts Dallas County on the south and the town of Hutchins (in Dallas County) lies no more than ten miles north of the Dallas County border with Ellis County.
James E. Kilpatrick has married Zerelda Rebecca "Ella" Gibson, daughter of Hawkins Martin and Sarah Ann "Sally" Bryan (Bradley) Gibson, 15 February 1875 in Dallas County, TX. He is listed on the 1880 census as head of his own household which includes his wife and four year old son, W. B. (sic) Kilpatrick (William Bryan Kilpatrick). As can be noted, the two brothers, Z. T. and J. E., are still living not far from each other. It is also to be noted that on this census James Edwy reports his place of birth correctly as Georgia, not Alabama as was reported for him in 1870, but he also cites both his father and mother as being born in Georgia, the same as in 1870, which is incorrect for his father. The two brothers have now reported the place of birth of their father incorrectly as Georgia on two consecutive censuses.
It is interesting to note while James Edwy Kilpatrick again correctly reports his place of birth on the 1900 census as Georgia, he reverts to reporting it on the 1910 census incorrectly as Alabama (as in 1870). On both the 1900 and 1910 censuses he continues to incorrectly report his father's place of birth as Georgia (instead of South Carolina) and his mother's place of birth, correctly, as Georgia. He died in 1918 so the 1910 census is the last on which he appears.
Did the two brothers move to Texas together? While that is not impossible, it appears highly unlikely. Although Zachary Taylor has married 25 January 1875, back in Lincoln County, TN, before moving to Texas, James Edwy does not marry until .15 February 1875 in Dallas County, Texas
The move of the two brothers to Texas together is not likely as such a scenario would have required James Edwy to make the move to Texas after the 25th of January 1875 (the date of Zachary Taylor's marriage in Tennessee) which would then have left James less than three weeks to find, woo and marry a wife - a very improbable occurrence. James has undoubtedly made the move to Texas sometime prior to his brother's move to that state. But,,,,,,who knows when?
Or did the two brothers move to Texas together prior to Taylor's marriage to Emma Corn in 1875 and he, then, later, journeyed back to Tennessee to claim her for his bride and return to Texas with her. I rather doubt this scenario but it certainly is not impossible.
Now, it appears, we may have arrived at the end of our story about Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick as there are no further records that can be located for him. No death or burial record or subsequent census record can be found. The only further records that have some relevance as to what may have happened to him are as follows:
Chattanooga, Tennesse, City Directory Records for Emma Kilpatrick
1892 Chattanooga, TN, City Direcory:
Mrs. Emma Kilpatrick, residence rear 510 Market.
No further information. Is this the wife of Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda (Vardaman) Kilpatrick? I believe that, in all probability, it is -- see next record.
1894 Chattanooga, TN, City Directory:
Emma Kilpatrick, widow of Taylor, residence 516 Sidney
Note: The name "Kilpatrick" in implied for the "Taylor" mentioned in the above record.).
No further information. However, this entry clearly indicates that this must be Emma (Corn) Kilpatrick, wife of Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick, and that he has died leaving her a widow.
1897 Chattanooga, TN, City Directory:
Miss Emma Kilpatrick, clk D. B. Loveman Co., bds 722 E. 9th, residence same
Mrs. Emma Kilpatrick, grocer, 722 E. 9th, residence same
No further information.
An analysis of the above three records:
(1) The 1894 record citing her as the widow of "Taylor" surely establishes her as the widow of Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda Kilparick.
(2) Lacking any further information, this same record appears to establish that Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick has died leaving his wife a widow.
(3) Widow, or not, it appears that Emma has returned to Tennessee, without her husband and the 1897 record suggests that she has a daughter with the same name, Emma, who has now reached an age to be able to obtain work outside the home as a clerk in a commercial establishment.
(4) If (3) above is correct, the daughter, Emma, would be the only known child of Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda Kilpatrick.
Does this close the case on Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick?
I'm afraid not! Further research has suggested another possibility!
The Second Zachary T. Kilpatrick
1900 U.S.Census for Coleman County, Texas
Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of unknown parents, is found, age 38, born May 1862 (as reported on this census). residing as a boarder in the household of James L. Duncan, on the 1900 U.S. Census, for Coleman County, TX. He is reported as "S" (single), not "wd" (widowed) or "dv" (divorced) and has no wife or children. He is also reported as born in Alabama and that both his father and mother were born in Georgia.
Note: His birth date of May 1862 reported on this census does not agree with his date of birth of 6 May 1860 which is inscribed on his grave stone (see below). Assuming that his date of birth on the grave stone is correct, he would correctly be age 40, not 38, at the time of this 1990 census.
Despite extensive and intensive research, no record of this individual can be found on any preceding census or as a member of any family tree available for research on the internet.
1910 U.S.Census for Coleman County, Texas
Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of unknown parents, is found, age 47, head of his own household, on the 1910 U.S. Census for Coleman Couny, TX. He now has a young wife, Bertha E. Kilpatrick, age 26, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Parker, and the couple reports that they have been married 5 years which places the date of their marriage as ca 1905. They have no children at the time of this census. He again reports that he was born in Alabama and that both parents were born in Georgia. Beulah (Parker) Kilpatrick reports that she was born in Texas and that her father was born in Tennessee and her mother in Mississippi.
Note: If his date of birth as inscribed on his grave stone (6 May 1860) is correct, he would correctly be age 49, not 47, at the time of this census (dated.18th-19th of April, 1910) and would have been age 44 or 45 at the time of his marriage to Beulah. and close to 25 years older than his bride. This apparent two year error in his age on this census is consistent with the same apparent error in his age on the 1900 census.
1920 U.S.Census for Coleman County, Texas
Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of unknown parents, is found, age 59, head of his own household, on the 1920 U.S. Census for Coleman County, TX. His wife, Beulah E. Kilpatrick, age 36, is listed in the household, as is their son, John P. Kilpatrick, age 5 & 6/12, Zachary T. again reports that he was born in Alabama and both parents in Georgia while Beulah again reports that she was born in Texas, her father in Tennessee and her mother in Mississippi. Their son, John P. Kilpatrick is reported as born in Texas with his father born in Alabama and his mother in Texas.
Note: Unlike his age on the 1900 and 1910 censuses, Zachary T.'s age of 59 on this census (dated 7th and 9th of February, 1920) now agrees with the date of his birth (6 May 1860) inscribed on his grave stone.
I have found these three people, at findagrave.com on the internet, buried at the Talpa Cemetery in Talpa, Coleman County, TX, and have pictures of their grave stones:
Grave Stone Inscriptions
Z. T. Kilpatrick
born May 6 1860, died March 16, 1927
Beulah P. Kilpatrick
born Oct. 4, 1883, died Jan. 17, 1968
(born June 6, 1914, died Dec. 26, 1950
I also have copies of the death certificates for both Beulah E. Kilpatrick and her son, Parker Kilpatrick, as well as a copy of Bertha's obituary. None of these documents contains any information about Zachary T. Kilpatrick other than his name. The son, John Parker Kilpatrick, was listed as "feeble minded" and died in the Texas State Mental Hospital in Austin, Texas. The death certificate for Beulah Kilpatrick reports that she died at the "Abilene State School Hospital" of uremia and hypertensive cardiovascular disease and that she suffered from severe mental retardation with epilepsy.
WHO IS THIS SECOND ZACHARY T. KILPATRICK WHO SUDDENLY APPEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1900 AT THE AGE OF 38 OR 40?
The last confirmed record that we have for the first Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda Kilpatrick, is his appearance on the 1880 census for Dallas County, TX, at the fairly young age of 32, with a wife but no children. We have only one very tenuous, record after that date which appears to apply to him.
Conversely, the very first record that we have for the second Zachary T. Kilpatrick is his appearance at the age of 38 (sic) or 40, with no wife or children, on the 1900 census in Coleman County, TX. The first thought that comes to mind is can these two Zachary T. Kilpatricks be the same person?
So, let us examine the similarities and differences in the two sets of records.
(1) They have the same name. Yes, both are named Zachary T. Kilpatrick. However, the full name of the son of Israel and Mielda Kilpatrick is confirmed as Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick. The records indicate that he was probably familiarly called "Taylor" (his middle name). Born in 1847, he was surely named in honor of General Zachary Taylor who led the U.S. Army to victory in the Mexican War of 1846-1848. A national hero, Zachary Taylor was elected the 12th President of the United States in November 1848. He took office in March 1849 and served until July 9, 1850, when he took ill and died, prematurely ending his term in office
However, we do not know the full name of the second Zachary T. Kilpatrick. While it is tempting to assume that he, too, was named after the General and later, President of the U.S., Zachary Taylor, we do not know this although it could well be the case. All of the records that we have identify him only with the middle initial of "T" for his middle name. In addition, it is noted that he was born in May 1860, 10 years after the death of General (and President) Zachary Taylor. This lapse of time might lessen, to some extent, the possibility that he was named in honor of that individual. As far as we know, his middle name may have been any name beginning with a "T". So, it is not certain that the complete names of these two individuals are exactly the same.
(2) Both men identify their place of birth as Alabama and the place of birth of their parents as Georgia. While we know that the place of birth of Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda Kilpatrick, was Georgia, not Alabama, and that his father was born in South Carolina, not Georgia, these incorrect places of birth, reported for him and his father on both the 1870 and 1880 censuses, to not detract from the fact that both of the Zachary T. Kilpatricks report their place of birth as well as that of their parents in exactly the same place.
(3) Both men claim Alabama as their place of birth, and Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda Kilpatrick, is found in Tallapoosa County, AL, on the 1850 and 1860 censuses and in Madison County, AL, on the 1870 census, confirming his presence (although not birth) in Alabama prior to a move to Texas.
We have no records of any sort to tell us where the second Zachary T. Kilpatrick may have resided during the period from his birth in 1860 (the date inscribed on his grave stone) to 1900 when he is found in Texas on the 1900 census.
As previously noted, Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda, is located in Dallas County, TX, in 1880 while the second Zachary T. Kilpatrick is found in Coleman County, TX, on the 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses and he died and is buried at Talpa in Coleman County..
If the reported data on available records is correct, this second Zachary T. Kilpatrick would have been age 10 at the time of the 1870 census and, in all probability, still at home with his parents, assuming that his father did not die during the Civil War. In 1880 he would have been age 20 and there would be no certainty that he would still be in his parent's household even if they were still living at that time.
Note that Coleman County, TX, is located in west Texas near the city of Abilene in Taylor County, TX, about 180 miles west of Dallas County. While the lack of close proximity of the locations for these two men does not necessarily lessen the potential for them to have been one and the same person, it certainly does nothing to augment that possibility either
(4) In 1880, Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda, .has a wife, Emma (Corn) Kilpatrick and no children. In 1900, the second Zachary T. Kilpatrick is single but will later (ca 1905) marry a much younger Bertha E. Parker.
Based on certain Chattanooga, TN, City Directory records (as previously outlined) we know that Emma (Corn) Kilpatrick returned to Tennessee sometime after the 1880 census and no later than 1892, claiming to be a widow of Taylor Kilpatrick and apparently with a daughter, also named Emma. Note that, based on previous records, Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda, was apparently familiarly called "Taylor", his middle name.
The above City Directory records lead us to understand that Zachary T. Kilpatrick, son of Israel and Mielda, has died, possibly in Texas, leaving his wife a widow and that she has returned to the southeast Tennessee area where she was born, raised and married and has Corn family kinfolk.
However, it is known that, in that era, divorced women often categorized themselves as widows. With this possibility in mind, it is easy to imagine a scenario in which Emma and her husband could have divorced in Texas after 1880 with Emma, together with a young daughter, returning to be with her Corn family relatives in Tennessee. This would have left Zachary T. as a single man in Texas. who would later marry a second wife and start a new family.
(5) The single largest problem with trying to meld these two Zachary T. Kilpatricks into one individual is their age and date of birth. For these two men to be the same individual the original Zachary T. Kilpatrick would have had to shave 12 years from his age and change his birth date from the latter part of 1847 (confirmed - see previous discussion on pages 1 and 2) to May 6, 1860 which is inscribed on the grave stone of the second Zachary T. Kilpatrick and which agrees in general with that person's age as reported on the 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses.
The available records that we have for the original Zachary T. Kilpatrick include nothing that might warrant such a change and it would be sheer speculation with no confirming data, however flimsy, to support such an assumption.
Careful consideration of the above analysis fails to support a conclusion that all of these records are for the same individual.
Despite some similarities in the two different sets of data, the most critical and determining factor leading to this conclusion is the difference in the age and birth dates reflected in the two different sets of records, for which no reasonable explanation can be envisaged.
Until such time as additional, relevant information may come to light, my conclusion is that these records apply not to the same person but to two separate individuals.
As a result, the date and place of death and burial for both Zachary Taylor Kilpatrick (son of Israel and Mielda Kilpatrick) and his proven wife, Emma (Corn) Kilpatrick, remain unknown although the existence of a previously unknown daughter (Emma) appears valid.
At the same time, the parents of the second Zachary T. Kilpatrick, as well as his history prior to his appearance at the reported age of 38 on the 1900 census also remains unknown.
The following two questions remain unanswered.
WHAT HAPPENED TO ZACHARY TAYLOR KILPATRICK, SON OF ISRAEL AND MIELDA (VARDAMAN) KILPATRICK AND HIS WIFE EMMA AFTER 1880?
WHO IS THE SECOND ZACHARY T. KILPATRICK WHO SUDDENLY APPEARS, OUT OF NOWHERE, ON THE 1900 CENSUS?