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1151 William Howard Herron Junior was born 03 Aug 1920 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to WH Herron and Ada F Holcomb, both of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The birth certificate also states that Ada has one additional child. That must have been from the Ripley marriage.

He spent most of his life in and around Oklahoma City. He married Marguerite Elizabeth Kenney (born 01 Nov 1924, Hastings, Nebraska; died 03 Mar 1985, Lowry City, Missouri) around 1941.

Junior served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He was stationed with the 8th Air Force, 457th Bomb Group (Heavy) in Glatton, England. He was a navigator flying on the B-17. I have documentation that he flew 7 or 8 missions, and discussed the missions with his plane captain and another crewmember to confirm details. He was injured during a bombing run over Germany when shrapnel entered the plane from below...he was wounded in his butt. A scar, but no long-term damage. He left as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was recalled for the Korean War, and was ordered to the Asian theater but didn't get there. He spent much of the Korean War as a motor pool manager in Fort Worth, Texas. He did not speak of his war experiences within the family.

He worked for Sooner Box Company in Oklahoma City for many years. (His wife's father owned the company.) He also ran Thunderbird Labels, a printing company in Oklahoma City. He was a Freemason, and had earned the 32nd Degree.

He moved to Rockaway Beach, Missouri early in the 1980s. He lived there until his wife's death in March of 1985, and then returned to Oklahoma City to be near his son's family.

He died 26 Sep 1985 in Yukon, Oklahoma, in his son's home. The official cause of death was respiratory failure and carcinoma of the lung. (The family noted that it was almost six months since his wife had died, and believes he died of a broken heart.)

by William Herron
 
Herron, William Howard Junior (I5602)
 
1152 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."

 
Zeigler, William (I54)
 
1153 Wisconsin Birth Index:
Orlando O Voss Birth:
21 Apr 1886
County: Marathon
Reel: 0124
Record: 002703 
Voss, Orlando Oliver (I1747)
 
1154 Zellner Obituaries
Mrs. Ida D. Dent Dies in Georgia
Published Nov. 10, XXXX, DeLand, Volusia County, Florida
Mrs. Ida Dennis Dent, mother of Durwood Dennis, DeLand, died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hoy Dent, Roberta, Ga.
Besides her daughter with whom she made her home, and her son here, Mrs. Dent is survived by another son, Earl W. Dennis, Clearfield, Utah, five grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.
The Dennis family were pioneers in West Volusia County, with J. B. Dennis, father of Durwood Dennis, the first person buried in DeLeon Springs Cemetery.


 
Zellner, Sara Ida Lena (I1847)
 

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