Milton Hezekiah Zachary
by Jesse Morton Zachary
"I do not know
much about my Granddad Zachary's family. Probably my Uncle (Gr.
Uncle) Hez stands out in my memory more than any other. Uncle Hez
used to come to our house quite often. He lived at Waveland. I can
remember him telling about events in his life that had transpired
more than 50 years past. I know I was amazed anyone could remember
those events. Now I know that it is real easy. Uncle Hez married
Elizabeth Murry, my grandmother's sister and as far as I know they
resided in Waveland all their life. Uncle Hez was a Civil War Vet.
I remember him telling a story, he and some other soldiers (Union)
were forging in Tenn. They came upon a farm and met an old Negro.
The old Negro told them not to go near the house as the owner hated
Union Soldiers and would shoot them on sight. Uncle Hez asked who
lived there and the Negro said Jack Zachary was the owner. Uncle
Hez said they did not pursue the matter but he was always sure that
the Jack Zachary was actually his uncle, his father's brother.
See information below
Hi Karen, I have been trying to track down all info I can on the
Zachary family, aka Zachery, Zackery, Zackry and so on. My name
is Peggy Lee but on line I usuall go by Little Bobby Cat. Earlier
today I ran across your site for Montgomery County, IN and knowing
that Elijah and Elizabeth (Black) Zachary Sr. had left Overton County,
TN sometime between 1828 to 1834 and moved to Montgomery Coutny
IN, leaving the rest of his family behind, I dicide to check it
out. I found quite a bit of info but hope to find more and connect
with any family still there. Elijah Zachary Sr. was born about 1805
TN. He married Elizabeth Black about 1828 Overton County, TN. Most
of their children were born in Montgomery County, IN. I have most
of their names but not much else on Elijah's decendants. Eliah Zachary
Sr. would be the brother of my great great great grandfather John
"Jack" Zachary. Their parents were James Zachary and Sarah Haley.
After Sarah died James married second Mary Allen. While I was looking
around I ran across the story of Milton Hezekiah Zachary in Old
Family Lore. And thought that I should send you this note and maybe
correct a great misconception that the family has about the Zacharys
from TN. As I read the story I hought how sad to hear such a story
and think that the story may have kept the family apart. For nothing
was farther from the truth, as all the family of John Jack Zachary
including his ˝ brothers and father were strong supporters of the
Union. Many joined the Union forces and those left at home lived
in fear, many fleeing to KY for safety only to be hunted down and
killed there. Several lost their lives to Confederate guerilla Champ
Ferguson, including Elijah and John Jack Zachary’s half brothers
James and Peter, and maybe even their father. Many of John Jacks
Zachary’s sons served though he did not. But he did kill Lafayette
Allen, a C.S.A. Soldier or a guerilla serving with Champ Ferguson.
Lafayette Allen is said to have killed either James (the father)
or James Allen Zachary the half brother, because his sons were in
the service of the Union, Champ Ferguson latter took credit for
killing James Zachary, which he would have if he had caught him,
as he did any of the Zachary boys that he could find. Champ Ferguson
was captured after the war and tried at Nashville TN. for the War
Crimes that he committed was found guilty and hung. He claimed to
have killed over 100 men; many were Zachary’s or related to them.
For Champ Ferguson just by having the name of Zachary was reason
enough for him to kill all that he could find. There are many stories
and books that have been written on the subject of Champ Ferguson
and his reign of terror and accounts of him killing many of the
Zacharys in TN and KY in the counties that are now Overton, Fentress
and Pickett TN and Clinton County in KY. As I have searched over
the years I have noticed that some of the info that portrayed Champ
Ferguson for the evil man that he was has started to dissapper.
One reason is because his decendants seam to be questioning it and
trying to prove him a hero! Which he was not, and hiding the facts
of his crims will not change that. I hope that if it was possiable
you could add part of this note (the part typed in red) under Milton
Hezekiah Zachary family lore so that if other family members see
it they will be willing to contact me or other families of Zacharys
that were from TN. Bringing this long lost family back together.
If you would like to add me as a contact for Zachary family info
you can, as I am always glad to share what I have on family. But
if you could, could you list me as Little Bobby Cat instead of Peggy.
My email is email@example.com I also have a small group for
Zachary genealogy at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/zacharyfamilyseverywhere/?yguid=41119185
It is free and everyone there is willing to help and share info.
I will be leaving in about a week to spend Christmas and New Years
with my family and won't have access to many of my files and records
till I get back. Thanks for all you help, Little Bobby Cat AKA Peggy
12-9-2011 - firstname.lastname@example.org