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Zenas Lake
Birth: Feb. 1, 1770
Death: May 17, 1842

Zenas Lake was probably born in Hunterdon Co, NJ. His father was John Lake, who died about 1808 in Hunterdon Co. Zenas married Mary Hartpence Lake.

In the 1820 census, Zenas was in Crosby Twp, Hamilton Co, OH. On 21 July 1821, he entered land -- Twp 16, North Range 3 East -- Wayne: Centre: W 1/2 NW 1/4, Sec 34, 83.30 acres. He was a Grand Juror in Marion Co, IN, in May 1822. He is listed in the 1830 and 1840 censuses in Marion Co, IN.

He was first buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in the oldest part of Indianapolis; that cemetery was demolished in an urban renewal project, and the tombstones were moved to the Greenlawn Section of Floral Park Cemetery in Indianapolis.


The will of Zenas Lake [Sr.] was probated in Marion Co., Ind., 9 Aug. 1842, and recorded in Book B, p. 126. The will mentions, in the following order, daughter Ruth Heiss; daughter Nancy Johnson, son Elijah Lake, daughter Priscilla Breckenridge, daughter Hannah Atherton, daughter Mary Camel [Campbell], daughter Sarah Bonner, grandson Zenas Lake, son Elisha Lake, son Zenas Lake, son Isaac Lake, son Samuel Lake, grandson George Washington Lake. The full text follows:


I Zenas Lake of Marion County and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit: I direct first That all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first money that shall come to the hands of my Executors from any portion of my estate real or personal. I do also direct that a fair valuation or appraisment be made by three judicious neighbors of all my said Estate including my household furniture and after being Singed with their names that a copy of the same be given by them to each of my Executors. I also direct that all my Stock and plantation utensils be sold by public auction and on such terms as shall be considered most advisable by my Executors And that all the real estate of which I shall die seized or possessed shall be sold to my Executors for its reasonable value for cash or on such credit and the amount thereof secured in such manner as is usual in like cases to insure the full and punctual payment thereof And to effectuate this my intention I hereby vest my Executors with full power and authority to dispose of my real estate in fee simple or for a term of years or otherwise in as full and ample a manner in every respect as I could myself do if living.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Ruth Heiss heirs twenty five dollars to be paid to her by my Executors as soon as that amount comes into their hands.

I also give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Johnson twenty five dollars to be paid by my Executors as soon as that amount comes into their hands.

I also give and bequeath to my Son Elijah Lake the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars to be paid by my Executors as soon as that amount comes into their hands.

I also give and bequeath to my daughter Priscilla Breckenridge the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to be paid by my Executors as soon as that amount comes into their hands.

I also give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Camel the sum of Two hundred dollars to be paid by my Executors to her as soon as that amount comes into their hands.

I also give and bequeath to my grandson Zenas Lake Son of Isaac Lake one hundred dollars to be loaned out by my Executors as soon as that amount comes into their hands at lawful interest and until the principal amounts to two hundred dollars at which time the whole amount of two hundred dollars is to [be] by my Executors paid to him.

I give and bequeath to my Son Zenas Lake the sum of Three hundred dollars to be paid by my Executors to him as soon as that amount comes into their hands.

I give and bequeath and it is my will and desire that all the money arising from the sale of my real and personal estate not herein Specially devised and particularly granted to any of the persons herein named be equally divided among my Sons Elisha Lake, Isaac Lake, Samuel Lake and Zenas Lake and George Washington Lake my grandson. But should George Washington Lake my grandson die without issue then and in that case so much of my Estate as is herein bequeathed to him and which he may possess at the time of his death shall be equally divided among all my children herein named.

I do hereby ordain constitute and appoint my two sons Elisha Lake and Zenas Lake my executors of this my said will and testament hereby revoking all my former wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this to be my last will and testament and do set my hand and seal to it this third day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty two.
Zenas Lake (seal)
Witness James Forser Martin Martindale.



[despite the numbering, order is approximate]

(1) Nancy Lake Johnson, born _____; she married William Johnson, who received payment from his father-in-law's estate.

(2) Ruth Lake Heiss, born abt 1795; she married _____ Heiss.

(3) Elijah Lake, born abt 1796; definitely not the same son as Elisha, because Elijah is mentioned both in his father's will and in a list of people paid from the estate. Death/burial unknown.

(4) Priscilla Lake Brackenridge/Breckenridge, born abt 1799; married Thomas Brackenridge/Breckenridge of Dearborn Co, IN; was living with her son in 1870 in Dearborn Co, IN; death/burial unknown.

(5) Elisha Warford Lake, born 1799; linked below.

(6) Hannah Lake Atherton, born 1802; married Willis G. Atherton; they were parents of Zenas Marion Atherton, who received $100 from will of his uncle, Zenas Lake, Jr. Willis and Hannah died in Albia, IA, as did their son, Zenas Marion Atherton. The latter is buried in Oak View Cemetery, and at least one researcher believes that Willis and Hannah are also, but no documentation has been found, nor have tombstones been found.

Isaac Clute

(7) Mary Lake Campbell, born 1805; linked below.

(8) Sarah Lake Bonner, born bef 1807; married 1830 in Marion Co, IN, to Charles Bonner; died 1849 or earlier.

(9) Isaac H. Lake (1809-1870); linked below.

(10) Samuel Lake, linked below.

(11) Joseph P. Lake, born bef 1817; married Sarah Fatout; could be the Joseph Lake in Rush Co, IN, in 1840 census or could be the Joseph Lake in Tippecanoe Co, IN, in the 1840 census index; predeceased his father and was the only child not mentioned in his father's will;

(12) Zenas Lake, born abt 1819; subject of obit found at Indianapolis Newspapers Database, 1848-1888 at Indiana State Library, Indianapolis Sentinel: "DIED, In this city, on the 26th inst., Mr. Zenas Lake, aged about 30 years. Mr. Lake's father was one of the very first settlers on White River, and Mr. L. has grown up in our midst from his earliest boyhood. Few young men in our country have sustained a better reputation for honesty and uprightness of conduct. He enjoyed the esteem and confidence of a large circle of firends and acquaintances; by them his loss will be deeply felt and his virtues long remembered. He had been for many years a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this city, and we have every reason to hope that our loss is his infinite gain. Mr. Lake had but a few days since received his commission to an important office, (that of receiver of the Land Office at this place,) upon the duties of which he had not yet entered. Such is life! Let all learn a lesson hereby, which will occur to every one's own heart, and which need not be enforced by any illustration or remark! The funeral will take place this morning at half past ten o'clock, from Wesley Chapel. Services by Rev. Mr. Holliday." [His will written 25 Jan 1849 was probated in Feb 1849 in Marion Co, IN; it mentioned no wife or children; burial unknown.]

(13) [George W's father -- may be the same as one of the other sons named above. Sarah Abraham says family records show George W. Lake was born 13 May 1817. That definitely points to his being a son of Elijah unless there is another unknown son born before 1800.]


DNA evidence suggests that Zenas Lake is a probable direct descendant of the famous John Lake of Gravesend, Long Island, but an exact lineage is unknown.
Family links: 
  Mary Hartpence Lake (1770 - 1835)
  Samuel Lake*
  Elisha Warford Lake (1799 - 1881)*
  Mary Lake Campbell (1805 - 1894)*
  Isaac H Lake (1809 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Reinterred from Greenlawn Cemetery
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