Wednesday, July 27, 2011



1850 US Census-

The first record of John William Zellner is in the 1850 US Census. He is living with his father and mother, Andrew and Rebecca Zellner in Division #60 of Monroe Co., Ga.
1860 US Census-
John William is living in Dist. 634 of Monroe Co., Ga. with his wife, Frances Edge Zellner. They have three children: Benjamin (4), Blanche (3) and Bertha (1 yr.). The value of his real estate is $1500. His personal value is $3700. He lives two farms down from his older brother George W. Zellner.
John Zellner
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: Georgia
Service Record: Enlisted as a Corporal.
Enlisted in 1 Nov 1863-- Muster Date: 4 Feb 1864

1870 US Census-
John is still living in Monroe Co., GA outside of town of Forsyth. He is farming and his real estate is still valued at $1500., but his personal value has dropped to $850. Living at home with John W. and Frances are: Benjamin (16), Blanche (13), Bertha (11), Lula (8), Maude (5), Sallie (3), Dora (1) and his mother-in-law Elizabeth Edge (58).
1880 US Census-
The John W. Zellner family is living in Cox, Dist. #634 of Monroe, Co., Georgia. John W. is 49 years old and his wife Frances Edge is 42 years old. Living at home are: Blanche (22), Lula (18), Sallie (13), Dora (11), Alice (9), John T. (6), Paul (2) and his mother-in-law Eliza Edge (70). John is listed still as a farmer with a disability of asthma.
father-Andrew Zellner
mother-Rebecca Holmes Zellner
wife- Elvira Frances Edge Zellner
married-1852 in Monroe Co., Ga.

Children of John and Frances:
1.Benjamin Garland Zellner
2. Ethel Blanche Zellner Barnes
3. Bertha Zellner Howard
4. Louella "Lula" Ann Zellner Persons
5.Maude Zellner
6. Sarah "Sallie" Frances Zellner Ingram
7. Dora Zellner Barnes
8. Mary "Alice" Zellner Haygood
9. John Thomas Zellner
10. Andrew Zellner
11.Paul Lawson Zellner

Louella "Lula" Ann Zellner Persons
married Dec. 1, 1886 - Culloden, Monroe Co., Georgia
Erastus Jones Persons

Yesterday's post discussed finding family cemeteries in open fields and in a clump of trees;
I forgot to mention in open fields, in a clump
of trees AND surrounded by cows, too.
If you look closely off in the distance,
under the trees, there is a little white sign!
That's where Danny and I want to go!!
To the Zellner Family Cemetery.
Shooooo Cow!  Shoooooo Cow!!
This Black Cow stood her ground and was the last
to leave so we could get over to the fence.
Electric Fence!
 Found the side was not electrified and climbed over rusty original fence, chain link fence and bob wire.
Rebecca Holmes Zellner, 1803-1875
 Found my 3rd Great Grandmother and
to the right- Andrew Zellner, 1798-1892
3rd Great Grandfather laying next to her.
I photographed all the headstones,
though most were almost smooth
from the elements and illegible.
Zellner's childrens graves - covered with sea shells
What a wonderful way to protect your children -
 cover them with seashells embedded
 within the concrete on top of the grave.
No headstone - no name - no dates. 
The brittle sea shells have chipped off of most of the concrete shaped shells;
but you can see the shape of the shell and the ripples
of the shell which formed the concrete.
(double click on the photo above to enlarge it)
 The sea shells are only on children's graves. I have been reading about this custom and it seems that it is a Southern custom found between the 1800s to the 1900s from SC to Texas and quite often in Louisiana.  Some felt it was used by Black Slaves and others commented that it was found in the White cemeteries equally as much.
I had to photograph the "back side of the barn" as we were leaving
and the Black Cow I shooed off,
was the first to return to her turf!
We visited four family cemeteries in two days!! 
Now the fun begins with writing up the information about the individuals and posting it into
for other family members to veiw and share.  
Click here to view our first visit to

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