|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 1798|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 1892|
Father- George Peter (Zoellner) Zellner
Mother- Mary Capehart Zellner
Wife - Rebecca Holmes Zellner
married June 7, 1819 - Wilkes Co., Georgia
Children of Andrew and Rebecca Zellner-
1.Judge Benjamin Holmes Zellner - 1820-1901
2. Frances Arnold Zellner - 1822-1891
3. Thomas Zellner - 1823-1836
4. George William Zellner - 1825-1900
5. Matilda Zellner - 1826-1827
6. Andrew Burton Zellner - 1828-1895
7. John William Zellner - 1830-1898
8. Elisha James Zellner - 1833-1862
9. Mary Rebecca Zellner Pharr - 1836-1907
10. Sarah Jane Zellner Walker - 1841-1927
Andrew Zellner, was born in North Carolina in 1798, and was only six months old when the family came to Georgia. He was reared in Lincoln County, and was married in 1818, just across the line in Wilkes County, to Rebecca Holmes, who bore him eight children: B. H., Francis A., George; Andrew B.; John W., planter, Monroe county; James, Mary, widow of Ebenezer Pharr, Forsyth, Ga., and Sarah J., wife of William Walker, Thomaston, Ga. In 1824 he moved with his family to Monroe County and settled about eight miles southwest of Forsyth, where he lived until 1837, when he moved to the place, four miles southeast of Forsyth. His wife died in 1875, aged seventy-two years, but he survived until 1892, having attained to his ninety-fourth year. In some respects he was a remarkable man, his longevity being largely due to his methodical habits and abstemiousness, it being a fact worthy of note and imitation that he never used tobacco in any form, nor drank a drop of liquor except as a medicine. Before the war he was a Whig in politics; a Primitive Baptist always.
Source: "Memoirs of Georgia: containing historical accounts of the State's Civil, Military, Industrial and Professional Interests, and Personal Sketches of Many of its People, Vol. II; The Southern Historical Association, 1895 - transcribed by Karen Seeman
Biography of Andrew J. Zellner
Contributed by Tommy Thompson III and Charles Thompson
Two dates of birth have been suggested for Andrew Zellner, son of George Peter Zellner and Mary Capehart. His tombstone reads 7 Sept 1800 but the date 24 Sept 1798 has been given on various records. It is noted that one of his sons, also named Andrew, was born on 24 Sept., so perhaps this is the reason for the confusion. Bertie County, NC., is believed to be the place of birth. Whether or not he was a twin to Sarah is also cause for debate.
On 7 Jun 1819, (in Wilkes Co., GA), Andrew was married to Rebecca Holmes, sister to Margaret Holmes who married Andrew's brother Arnold. Rebecca was the daughter of Benjamin Holmes (1758-1816) and Mary Hughes (1765-1819). Rebecca was born on 27 Aug 1803, in Wilkes Co., GA
According to an article in "The Gospel Messenger" (1892) written by their oldest son, B.H. Zellner, "Andrew and Rebecca both joined the Baptist Church at Greenwood, Columbia Co., GA, soon after their marriage and were baptized by their pastor, Elder Armstrong."
"In 1824, they moved with their three children from Lincoln Co., to Monroe Co., GA, where they lived to raise five sons and 2 daughters. Their further descendants now number about 53 grandchildren, 127 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren, most of whom now live in said county of Monroe..."
"Andrew Zellner was a prominent and consistent member of 70 years, and over 60 years as a deacon. He was in the organization of Sharon Church, Monroe Co., GA, about the year 1827 and about 10 years later, having moved to the vicinity of Forsyth, was in the organization of Smyrna Church, of which he remained a member until his death.
He was a successful farmer and provided well, even bountifully, for a large family and other dependents. Modest and unassuming, his influence and teachings were mainly from example. In relation to ways and means and duties pertaining to time and this life only, he was ever ready to reason, consult and be instructed. But his religious convictions having been the result of long and close reading and studying of scriptures, and as he believed revelation by the Holy Ghost he would listen to no manipulation or compromise of the cardinal doctrines of the New Testament as taught by Christ, the Apostles and evangelists.
Of human depravity and helplessness, his experience ruled out all doubt. Of salvation by grace, through fraith, and that of the Lord, he had not a doubt. Even in the last hours of his greatly prolonged life his cry was "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, my all in all !! Lord, thou hast promised and I believe ! My unworthiness cannot hinder ! Great is Jehovah; blessed be the name of the Lord !" Although his last illness was severe and greatly prolonged and his mind, at times much confused, he never, for a moment, wavered in his entire reliance on Jesus, and Him alone for salvation. Finally, without the slightest movement, or twitching of muscle, he ceased breathing and was no more."
In all, ten children were born to Andrew and Rebecca. The three oldest sons, Benjamin Holmes, Francis Arnold and Thomas were born in Lincoln Co., GA., the remaining children in Monroe Co., GA. Two children died young; Thomas at age 13 and Matilda at age 5 months. All surviving children married and raised families in Monroe County.
Andrew died in Monroe Co., on 18 July 1892 at age 94 and his wife preceeded him on 27 Apr 1875 at age 72.
Will of Andrew Zellner
Monroe County, Georgia, Will Book D, p. 331-2
I, Andrew Zellner of said State and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, for divers good and sufficient reason, do make, ordain, and declare and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others.
Trusting my soul with God whom I through life have endeavored to serve and worship, I desire my body to be buried in accordance with my circumstances, the custom of the country, and wishes of my children and friends.
I give and bequeath my grand daughter, Sarah James Zellner, child of my deceased son, James, as her full and entire share and interest in and to my estate, the sum of $400.00, and appoint my beloved and trusty grand son, Thomas J. Zellner, trustee of the said bequest, and direct he pay the same to-gether with its increase, if any, to my said grand daughter upon her marriage or becoming of 18 years of age.
I give, bequeath, and devise to my son Benjamine H. Zellner $900.00 dollars; to my son George, $900.00 dollars, to my son, John W. Zellner, $900.00 dollars, to my daughter Mary R. Pharr, $900.00 dollars, to my daughter Sarah J. Walker, $900.00 dollars, and to my son Francis A. $600.00 dollars. I have already theretofore given and advanced to my son Francis A. $300.00 dollars, and to my son Andrew Burton, $900.00 dollars in excess of advancements made to my other children to wit: Benj. H.; George; John W.; Mary R. and Sarah J.
The residue of my property of any and ever description, personal and real what-ever and where-ever the same may be, I give, bequeath and devise to my sons: Benj. H.; Francis A.; Andrew Burton; and John W. and to my daughters, Mary R. Pharr and Sarah J. Walker in equal shares, each of the same, in this residue, to share and share alike.
I desire that upon my death my executor hereinafter named, shall after giving lawful notice or publication of sale, without further order of authority, proceed to sell the goods and chattels, effects and property of my estate, both real and personal at the HOMESTEAD upon the premises of my estate, or at the county site as he may elect and determine, both real and personal, and after paying all just debts, dues and legal expenses, distribute the remaining proceeds as theretofore arranged, willed and directed, or all partied interested in distribution of said proceeds, being of age, he may distribute any other way that may be agreed upon by said interested parties.
I hereby constitute and appoint my son Benjamine H. Zellner, executor of this my last will and testament. This 10th day of January 1876
Witness to will:
J. M. Ponder, W. M. Johnson, and C. M. Ham
Georgia Marriage -
Spouse: Rebecca Holmes
Marriage Date: 7 Jun 1819
Marriage County: Wilkinson
Marriage State: Georgia
1820 US Federal Census-
Andrew Zeolner [Andrew Zellner]
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Males - Under 10: 1
Free White Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 2
Slaves - Females - Under 14: 1
Free White Persons - Under 16: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total Slaves: 1
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, 4
1840 US Federal Census-
Andrew Zelner (Andrew Zellner)
Township: District 554
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Slaves - Males - Under 10: 2
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 2
Slaves - Females - Under 10: 4
Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 2
Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves): 19
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 7
Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total Slaves: 10
1850 US Federal Census-
Andrew Zellener (Zellner)
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1798
Birth Place: North Carolina
Home in 1850: Division 60, Monroe, Georgia Family Number: 457
Andrew Zellener 52
Rebecca Zellener 37
John W Zellener 19
Elisha J Zellener 17
Mary B Zellener 14
Sarah J Zellener 9
Lucy Warwick 69
1850 US Federal Census- Slave Schedules-
Andrew owned 9 female slaves from ages 36 to 6 yrs. of age.
Andrew owned 8 male slaves from ages 28 yrs. to 1 mth. old.
1860 US Federal Census-
Andrew Zelmerr (Andrew Zellner)
Age in 1860: 62
Birth Year: abt 1798
Home in 1860: Brantleys, Monroe, Georgia
Post Office: Forsyth
Value of real estate: 5,500.
Personal Estate: 1,800.
Andrew Zelmer 62
Rebecca Zelmer 54
James Zelmer 27
Sallie Zelmer 19
1870 US Federal Census-
Birth Year: abt 1800
Age in 1870: 70
Home in 1870: Monroe, Georgia
Andrew Zellner 70
1880 US Federal Census-
Home in 1880: District 554, Monroe, Georgia
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1799
Birthplace: North Carolina
Father's birthplace: Germany
Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Marital Status: Widower
Name Age Andrew Zellner 81
Mary Capehart Zellner (1761 - 1847)
Rebecca Holmes Zellner (1803 - 1875)*
Benjamin Holmes Zellner (1820 - 1901)*
Francis Arnold Zellner (1822 - 1891)*
George William Zellner (1825 - 1900)*
Matilda Zellner (1826 - 1827)*
Andrew Burton Zellner (1828 - 1875)*
John William Zellner (1830 - 1898)*
Elisha James Zellner (1833 - 1862)*
Mary Rebecca Zellner Pharr (1836 - 1907)*
Sarah Jane Zeller Walker (1841 - 1927)*
Arnold Zellner (1790 - 1852)*
John William Zellner (1794 - 1862)*
Andrew Zellner (1798 - 1892)
Maintained by: Suzan Persons
Originally Created by: Georgia Girl
Record added: Jan 23, 2009
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