William Zeigler

William Zeigler

Male 1799 - 1855  (55 years)

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  • Name William Zeigler 
    Born 15 Nov 1799  Orangeburgh District, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    WILL 29 Jan 1855  Crawford County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Washington Dent (1817-1880) Executor of will of his uncle
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    Georgia
    Crawford County

    I William Zeigler of said County
    being of sound mind & disposing
    Memory & conscious that I must die do make,
    Ordain and Publish this my last Will & Testament
    Hereby Revoking all others by me made.

    Item 1st My soul I submit to God with a hope that he
    may Transport it to Eternal Bliss its passage I hope
    having been provided for, as I hope by the Blood of
    our saviour Jesus Christ.
    My Body I direct my Executor hereafter
    to be appointed to dispose of in the following
    manner to wit--To procure a patent Coffin (Fetche,
    Metalic or some other Patent Coffin of like nature).
    Let it be placed therein in a neat Christian
    Manner in a shroud of the neatest and best
    material. Let it there remain until the following
    preparations are made. Obtain a plat of ground
    in Rose Hill Cemetery Macon Ga -- sixteen feet
    square, as near the plat upon which is Erected the
    Monument to the late Oliver H. Prince & Lady as
    may be practicable. And erect thereon a vault of
    sufficient thickness to Guarantee its durability
    above the ground Plat the ground having been
    first leveled -- to be supplied with a suitable Iron
    Door & proper & secure fastenings -- and arched
    roof made of the best brick and the best Workmanship
    The whole of the said vault to be cemented with the
    best Hydraulic cemment and the whole Plat to be
    surrounded with Iron paleings & proper Gates of Iron
    with security fastenings. The vault to be of sufficiant
    size to admit the Coffin and persons to arrange it.
    Then let my Coffin be placed therein with
    a proper Monument in front of my vault --
    suitable to my condition in Life and the Expenses
    I direct to be paid by my Executor out of my Estate
    for which a sufficient sum is hereby appropria
    -ted and bequeathed to my Executor for the use
    & Purpose aforesaid

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    Item 2 I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved Nephew
    John W. Dent the following described family of
    Negroes to wit -- Sampson and his Wife Hannah &
    their children Julia Tom & Nathan & their Increase
    forever in fee & the settlement of Land, which I
    now own that I bought from Isaac Dennis Sr
    & which is fully described in the Deed which was
    executed to me by said Dennis. All of the Lands
    which I bought at Sheriffs Sale as the property of
    Eleanah Sawyer and which is fully described in the
    Sheriff's Deed conveying said Lands. The Lands which
    I have since sold being hereby excepted, and the
    Lands which I bought of Watson Sawyer a portion
    of which I bought of him as his own and another
    of him as guardian which is also fully described
    by his Deeds -- And all the Lands which I bought
    of Thomas Stripling which is fully described
    in his Deeds to me -- and all of the Land which
    I bought of Thomas H. Hill, being fully described
    in the Deed to me from Hill to Myself and all the
    Lands which I bought of William B. Jordan fully
    described in his Deed to me And the Lot of Land
    Known as the Gafford lot, being the Lot where on
    Mrs Gafford lived a number of years and after
    -wards Mrs Taylor lived, the whole of said Lot
    as described by the Original Plat is hereby devised.
    All of the above Lands described in this Item is
    and are hereby devised unto the said John W
    Dent forever in fee simple.

    Item 3 I give and bequeath unto the son (William) of
    my Nephew John W. Dent five hundred Dollars
    in fee.

    Item 4th Is my desire, and so I direct, that the colored
    children of my Woman Slave Mary, be taken
    to a state where the laws thereof will tolerate their
    Manumission, or freedom & that they be there put
    under Competent and proper Teachers Keeping
    them together if possible where they may be properly educated
    according to the Means hereinafter set forth. That
    they be provided with good & suitable board and
    lodging having an Eye in this as with selection

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    of Teachers, to Strict Morality, also that they be
    properly Clothed. And in respect to the said
    William Henry -- it is my will and desire and so I
    direct my Executors to do that he shall receive a
    good Collegiate Education fiting him for any
    Profession he may choose & I, wish him to be allow
    -ed when he attains to the age of dicretion and is
    qualified so to do to choose his profession, and
    that this & the next Item may be faithfully and
    effectually caused -- I hereby Nominate appoint
    and depute my beloved Brother Henry Zeigler
    Guardian of the person of Malinda Ann and
    my Nephew John W. Dent guardian of the person
    of William Henry and my Brother Lewis Zeigler
    guardian of the person of Octavius.

    Item 5th I direct that all my Estate both real & personal
    of Whatever Kind, and wheresoever situated
    be sold at Public Outcry Upon reasonable Notice
    being given by publication except the special
    bequest & Legacies to my Nephew John W. Dent.
    Then I direct that if the said Malinda Ann
    attaining to the age of twenty one the sum of Thirty
    Thousand Dollars be paid to her & the interest
    of said sum to be applied during her Minority
    to her support, maintenance & Education, and
    the further sum of thirty thousand Dollars
    to be paid to William Henry if he attains
    to the age of twenty one years, the Interest to be
    applied to the payment of his Board, Maintenance
    and Tuition during his Minority. And the sum
    of Thirty thousand Dollars to be paid to the said
    Octavius if she should attain to the age of twenty
    one. Which sums respectively I hereby bequea
    -th unto the said Malinda Ann, William
    Henry & Octavius Individually & Respectively
    When they respectively attain to the age of twenty
    one years, & the Interest annually to each
    of them during Minority or so much therof as may
    be necessary. The Surplus interest if any to be
    added to the thirty thousand Dollars & becomes
    a part of the principal, and if either of them
    should die before the age of Twenty one his or her

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    share of thirty thousand Dollars I desire & so I direct
    that the same be divided between the survivors
    to be paid to them as when directed upon Majority
    and if two of them should die before Majority then
    it is my will & desire that the survivor when he or
    she attains to twenty one years, shall receive
    the whole Ninety thousand Dollars together with
    all Interest that may have accrued thereon --
    & if Neither of them should attain the age of
    twenty one years then it is my Will and desire
    and so I direct that it shall return to & become
    a part of my residuum or in case it should have
    been divided thereto take the same situation
    in respect to distribution that it has, as set forth
    in Eighth Item, and go to, and vest in the legatees
    in the same & by the same Divisions in the same
    proportions & to no one Else--Provided never the
    less if either the said Malinda Ann William
    Henry or Octavius should Marry & have a child
    or children & then should die before twenty one,

    then it is my will intention and desire
    that his or her legacy to which he or she would
    have been entitled of thirty thousand dollars,
    shall go to and vest in his or her child or
    children & not go to, vest in & be divided with and
    among the Survivors as mentioned herein
    before, and that they may be provided for until
    my Estate can be sold & the thirty thousand
    dollars apiece mentioned above be raised and
    Put to Interest it is my will & desire and so I
    direct that they shall be supported, maintained
    clothed & educated, out of my Estate.

    Item 7th It is my will and desire that my Woman slave
    Mary the Mother of the aforesaid children Malinda
    Ann, William Henry & Octavius be carried to
    a state where she may be manumitted
    and set free so soon after my death as it can con
    -veniently be done, after which I will & bequeath
    the sum of ten thousand Dollars to my Executor
    or either of them as she may choose in Trust for
    her use, as following to Wit,--the said sum of ten
    thousand Dollars shall be kept at Interest

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    at Seven per Cent per Annum or such other per centium
    as the Law will tolerate and the annual interest
    thereof shall be paid annually to the said Mary
    for her support maintainance &c, during her natural
    life, with remainder to the said children Malinda
    Ann, William Henry and Octavius, or the survivors
    share and share alike -- and in case either of them
    should die leaving a child or children, the child
    or children shalll stand in their place or stead.

    Item 8th After paying the Funeral Expences, the foregoing
    Legacies Debts & expenses of Administration It is my
    will & desire and so I direct that the residium
    shall be disposed of in the following manner to wit
    it shall be divided into three equal parts one of
    which parts I hereby Will & bequeath is unto my
    Brother Lewis Zeigler in fee, another of which parts
    I will and bequeath unto my Brother Henry Zeigler
    in fee, the remaining part I will and bequeath unto
    the children of my sister Catharine Dent as follows
    to wit one fourth of said remaining part or third
    to John W. Dent in fee another fourth of said part
    to the said John W. Dent in trust for the use of Jane
    White Wife of Joseph White formerly Jane Dent
    Sister of John Dent for her sole & separate use
    during her life exempt from any liability on
    account or control of husband, and free from
    his contracts & debts with remainder to her children
    in fee, and the remaining two parts of the said
    remaining part to the other two sisters of the said
    John W. Dent.

    Item 9th It is my intention as I have done to exclude
    my half Brothers & Sisters.

    Item 10th I hereby Nominate & appoint My Brothers Lewis
    & Henry Zeigler & John W. Dent provided each of
    them give Bond with approved security to the Ordinary
    of said County, for the use of the aforesaid children
    Malinda Ann, William Henry & Octavius in the sum
    of fifty thousand dollars each, and if one should
    refuse to act then the other two are to give bond with
    like Security & in like manner for Seventy five thous
    -and dollars each, & if two should refuse to act

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    then the other is to give like Bond in the sum of
    one hundred & fifty Thousand Dollars--my
    Executors to Execute this my Will & Testament
    In testimony whereof I have this 28th day of
    July 1854 to this my Will written on five Thirty
    and three lines on this the sixth sheet & 1st page thereof
    to the Test signed my name & set my seal.
    William Zeigler {LS}

    In presence of us the Subscribing Witnesses who
    signed this in the presence of the Testator and
    in the presence of each other, the Testator,
    we certify Signed also in our presence, the day
    and year above Written
    E.H. Jackson
    A.J. Simmons
    G.P. Culverhouse
    Georgia
    Crawford County
    Court of Ordinary
    July Term 1855
    Previously approved in Open Court Edmund
    H. Jackson Allen J. Simmons & Green P. Culverhou
    -se the Subscribing Witnesses to the within and
    foregoing Will & Testament of William Zeigler
    and being duly sworn deposeth and saith that
    they saw William Zeigler sign the same in the
    presence of all of the Subscribing Witnesses -- That
    they signed the same in the presence of the said
    Testator and in the presence of each other as
    Witnesses -- That the said William Zeigler then
    and there Published & declared the same as
    as his last Will and Testament that at the time
    he was of sound & disposing mind & memory
    Sworn to and Subscribed
    in open court July 2nd 1855.
    E. H. Jackson
    A. J. Simmons
    G. P. Culverhouse
    James J. Ray
    Ordinary

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    I William Zeigler do hereby annex this Codicil to my
    Will, after a sufficient sum has been raised out of my
    Estate to pay my debts, funeral & other expenses that
    may arise & the sum of one hundred thousand dollars
    to answer the bequests in the fifth & seventh items,
    I hereby empower my Executor either to sell the
    Negroes or have them put up in families and
    valued by three persons disinterested & my Executors
    Individually, may take said families at the valu
    -ation thus put upon them by accounting to my
    Estate for the same and those Negroes
    which may be sold, I direct my Executors to sell
    in families, although they may not bring
    so much by being sold in this manner--
    And this Item is not to be construed to interfere
    with or Controsel(?) my Special bequest in my Will
    to which this Codicil is annexed. And I wish
    the Seventh Item to be so altered as that instead
    of giving Mary the power to choose her trustee
    Henry Zeigler my Brother, and One of my Executors
    be appointed to be her trustee with all the rights
    and powers therein given to her appointee.
    And lest there may be some difficulty arise in
    consequence of my giving directly to William Henry
    Malinda Ann & Octavius the colored children
    of My Woman Mary the sums of Money in my
    Will bequeathed. It is my will and desire that
    the same should be only so far altered and changed
    as to vest said sums, so given them respectively in
    their guardians & trustees--to wit: Thirty thousand
    Dollars to John W. Dent in Trust for William Henry
    the sum of thirty thousand Dollars in Henry Zeigler
    in Trust for Malinda Ann & the sum of thirty
    thousand dollars to Lewis Zeigler in trust
    for the said Octavius said amounts to be raised
    the Interest thereof to be used and applied and
    the Principal as in said Will is heretofore directed
    This Codicil to this my last Will and Testament
    signed sealed declared & published this 29th day of
    January A.D. 1855
    In presence
    of the undersigned Witnesses who
    signed the same in the
    Presence of the Testator and of Each other

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    William Zeigler {LS}
    Carey H. Smith
    Alexander M. Speer
    G.P. Culverhouse


    Crawford Court of Ordinary
    July Term 1855
    In open court personally came before me the ordinary in and
    for the said County Carey H. Smith Alexander M Speer and
    Green P. Culverhouse Witnesses to the Codicil of the Will
    of William Zeigler and which is hereto attached and who
    being duly sworn depose and say that they saw the said
    William Zeigler sign seal and Publish and declare
    the same to be a Codicil to his last Will and Testament
    voluntarily and freely without compulsion -- and that they
    signed the said Codicil as Witnesses in the presence of said
    William Zeigler and also in presence
    of each other.
    Sworn to and subscribed
    before me this 2nd day of July 1855
    Alexander M. Speer
    Carey H. Smith
    G.P. Culverhouse
    J.J. Ray
    Ordinary

    The forgoing will & codicil and the orders admitting
    the same to record. Recorded this 5th July
    1855
    James J Ray
    Ordinary

    Transcribed by Honey Lanham Dodge & Mary Early Dishner 28 Aug 1998. 
    Died 11 Jun 1855  Crawford County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Obituary
      Georgia Journal & Messenger, Wednesday, June 27, 1855
      Died at his residence in Crawford county, on the 11th
      instant, in the 56th year of his age, William Zeigler.
      He was born in Edgefield District, S.C., whence he
      removed to Crawford co. GA, in 1827, where he remained
      engaged in agriculture to the time of his death.

      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.

      For the information of distant relatives and friends, it
      is proper to remark, that his remains now rest in a
      temporary vault in Rose Hill Cemetery, in Macon, Ga.,
      where they will remain until a permanent vault shall be
      completed according to his directions. He selected this
      place himself, while in life, from its peculiar fitness
      for the purpose intended. There let him rest in peace.

      Friend.
    Buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 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 in Georgia.

      William Zeigler had three siblings: Catherine (born 10 May 1797 in South Carolina and died 3 June 1834 at William's 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 three daughters.

      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 $11,479,945.51 in 2015).

      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. (Under Georgia law from 1750 until 1967, whites were banned from marrying all non-whites.) The will also 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 which was 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 heirship.

      John Washington Dent followed the directions of his uncle's will and took Mary and her children to Batavia, Clermont County, 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."

    Person ID I54  Root Tree
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2016 

    Father Nicholas Zeigler,   b. @1765, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1841, Autauga County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Mother ,   d. Before 1820, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary,   b. Jan 1830, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1908  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married Type: inter-racial marriages illegal at this time 
    Children 
     1. Malinda Ann Zeigler,   b. @1848, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. William Henry Zeigler, Senior,   b. @1849, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1911  (Age ~ 61 years)
    +3. Octavius Zeigler,   b. @1851, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2016 06:05:38 
    Family ID F534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hannah 
    Married Type: inter-racial marriages illegal at this time 
    Children 
    +1. Julia Zeigler,   bur. Piney Grove Cemetery, Rebecca, Turner County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2016 04:35:12 
    Family ID F1914  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    William Zeigler
    William Zeigler

    Documents
    1820 Land Sale
Edgefield District, South Carolina
William H Dent to William Zeigler
    1820 Land Sale Edgefield District, South Carolina William H Dent to William Zeigler
    1840 Georgia Property Tax Digests
Crawford County, Bibb County, Cherokee County, Dooly County, Georgia
William Zeigler
    1840 Georgia Property Tax Digests Crawford County, Bibb County, Cherokee County, Dooly County, Georgia William Zeigler
    1845 Georgia Property Tax Digests
Crawford County, Georgia
William Zeigler
    1845 Georgia Property Tax Digests Crawford County, Georgia William Zeigler
    1854 Georgia Property Tax Digests
Crawford County, Georgia
William Zeigler
    1854 Georgia Property Tax Digests Crawford County, Georgia William Zeigler

    Headstones
    William Zeigler & Catherine Zeigler Dent Tomb
    William Zeigler & Catherine Zeigler Dent Tomb
    Plot: Magnolia Ridge, Block 2, Lot 9
    William Zeigler
    William Zeigler
    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.
    Plot: Magnolia Ridge Block 2 Lot 9
    William Zeigler
    William Zeigler
    WILLIAM
    ZEIGLER
    BORN NOV 18TH,
    1799
    DIED JUNE 11TH,
    1855.
    Plot: Magnolia Ridge Block 2 Lot 9
    Catherine Zeigler Dent
    Catherine Zeigler Dent
    She was the sister of
    WILLIAM ZEIGLER,
    and died in
    Crawford County
    at the residence of her
    brother and was interred
    at Pleasant Grove
    in said County.
    This monument is erected
    by her four children
    as a testament of their
    filial affection.
    Plot: Magnolia Ridge Block 2 Lot 9

    Census
    1820 Census
Edgefield District, South Carolina
William Zeigler
    1820 Census Edgefield District, South Carolina William Zeigler
    1830 Census
Crawford County, Georgia
William Zeigler page 1
    1830 Census Crawford County, Georgia William Zeigler page 1
    1830 Census
Crawford County, Georgia
William Zeigler page 2
    1830 Census Crawford County, Georgia William Zeigler page 2
    1840 Census
Crawford County, Georgia
William Zeigler page 1
    1840 Census Crawford County, Georgia William Zeigler page 1
    1840 Census
Crawford County, Georgia
William Zeigler page 2
    1840 Census Crawford County, Georgia William Zeigler page 2
    1850 Census
Crawford County, Georgia
William Zeigler
    1850 Census Crawford County, Georgia William Zeigler
    1850 Census - Slave Schedule
Crawford County, Georgia
William Zeigler
    1850 Census - Slave Schedule Crawford County, Georgia William Zeigler
    1850 Census - Slave Schedule
Crawford County, Georgia
William Zeigler
    1850 Census - Slave Schedule Crawford County, Georgia William Zeigler