|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1779|
|Death: ||May 4, 1861|
Captain Zachariah Terrell, written by his nephew, Wm Harrison Terrell of Indianapolis, Ind. Assistant Post Master General. Capt. Zachariah was the 5th son of Henry Terrell & his wife, Mary Tyler Terrell, aunt of president John Tyler(this is in error, hdbm)
He was b in VA, July 8, 1779. Married Polly Floyd in KY. & reared 9 children. He was a Capt. of 18th Reg. Ky troops in the War of 1812. He commanded a battalion of 2 companies under Gen. Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans. In the spring of 1857 I paid him a visit in company with my father John Harrison Terrell and my Uncle Arch. Allen Terrell, his Dau. Gertrude & my brother John of Bloomfield, KY. It had been a long time since my father & his brother had seen their father's brother. The rest of us had never seen him. As we approached his farm, we saw several persons in a field planting tobacco _lips. Uncle Arch "Balioed" & one of the men quickly approached. He was about 5' 10", straight as a ram rod, florid complesion, blue eyes & remarkably vivacious in manner & conversation. He was about 78 yrs old. As he came toward us Uncle Arch remarked "Thatn Uncle Zach." When he was told who we were he gave us a most cordial welcome, the bars were thrown down & we were worried as southern people say to the house, a substantial log hewn 2 story structure. Her we met Henry Clay Terrell & his interesting family with who Uncle Zach made his home, all cousins to all of us, for it had taken a good many removed in cousins before kinship ceases in Ky.
We were unexpected guests, but our reception was in that hearty, cordial _t__le inseparable from Terrell stock, & we were soon ranged around a table most bounti-fully filled with much substantial & appetizing food, in the preparation of which, Ky. housewives were so justly famous. We passed the evening most pleasantly, Uncle Zach leading the conversation in such a way as to elicit from the old veteran an entertaining story of recollection of the Terrell family, and his own personal history, of which I made a brief memorandum. He was a rapid talker, well informed on general subjects and expressed himself with force & clearness, showing decided convictions & great positiveness of character. His memory was remarkably good, but in conversations he indulged freely in humorous sarcasm & sparkling wit. He was of most cheerful nature, through of high sprit & evidently quick of anger- a charmin, companionable, hightoned gentleman of the old regime. Regretting that we could not longer remain to enjoy the society & hospitality of our worthy kinsfolks, the next day we set out for the village of MT. Eden where we had promised to drive with cousin young Zach who was Henry's 1/2 brother. Uncle Zack, tho a popular man with the people never sought political honors, but was repeatly chosen magistrate & served in that position for many years. At the request of my brother John & myself, he visited Louisville, KY & had his ambrotype portrait taken, a copy of which was sent to each of us. He was held in high esteem by his neighbors as a public sprited citizen of incorruptible integrity, liberal in sentiment, big hearted & charitable to the poor. He died in May, 1861 in the 82 year of his age. The info. from WHH Terrell is noted: all of the above is from a typewritten book entitled " Facts, Traditions & Surmises" collected by Gen. W.H.H. Terrell, deceased, late of Indianapolis, Ind. Co. Lynch Moore Terrell of Atlanta, Ga & Robert Wm. Carroll, deceased, late of Cincinnati, Ohio. Copied by Frank J. Terrell, 1905. From Miss Emma Dickens notes: Gen. W.H.H. Terrell developed TB & spent winter before his death with his brother Lynch in Atlanta, Ga They hoped to get out a book on the Terrell family, but were unable to do so.
Michigan-GENERAL ISAAC SHELBY CHAPTER (DAR)- The General Isaac Shelby Chapter, N. S. U. S. D. 1812, recently dedicated a grave marker, Mrs. James Ledden (NOTE: Mrs. Ledden is a granddaughter of Zachariah. hdbm) a member Since 1961 & Vice President of the chapter, drove 300 miles to place a maker on the grave of her ancestor, Capt. Zachariah Terrell. She was the only direct descendant present. The ceremony took place at MT. Eden, Kentucky. This soldier was born in Caroline County, Virginia, July 8, 1779, & served in the war of 1812 from Spencer County, KY. He volunteered & served 2 months under Gen. Jackson. On October 12, 1814, he was drafted & walked from Shelbyville, Ky., to Louisville a distance of 60 miles; then by boat to New Orleans to serve 6 months as a Captain under Colonel Davis. He married Polly Floyd & they were the parents of 9 children. They continued to live in Kentucky, where he was a farmer. He applied for bounty land & he received the first parcel when he was 72, the 2ed when he was 73 and the third at the age of 75. He died March 4, 1861. Mrs. Ledden traces her ancestry back to Sir Walter Terrell, "The red Knight of Normandy," who was with William the Conqueror at the time of the Norman conquest.
Source: DAR-Copy given to me by Mrs. Ledden's daughter, Marion Ledden Crowel of Cupertino, CA.
War of 1812 Service Records Record about ZACHARIAH TERRELL
Name: ZACHARIAH TERRELL
Company: GENERAL THOMAS' DETACHMENT, KENTUCKY MILITIA. Rank - Induction: CAPTAIN Rank - Discharge: CAPTAIN
Roll Box: 206 Roll Exct: 602 Source: Ancestry.com
Henry Clay Terrell (1821 - 1868)*
John Lynch Terrell (1825 - 1887)*
Created by: Hallie Smeltz Martinson
Record added: Aug 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29125114