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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Time Line Thursday John W Zion 4x Great Grandfather

I have started to do the time line on one of my grandfathers. This is just the beginning of his time line. I have put this information into my word program and can add information as found or I have time to add. I need to put in information on children marrying, grandchildren being born. I want to add historical information to this time line. I can see questions I have like did one son die about 1805 or is he in the 1820 and 1830 census. I spent time last night at http://www.ancestry.com/ and finding information on his children. I see several different members working on this family line and hope to get in contact with them in the future.

I hope that as I work on this I can bring John back to life, what was happening in his world. I am hoping that this will be of interest to other family members that do not share my interest of getting to know our ancestors.

I have started with the Zion line. This is my maiden name, my father's name. We know nothing of this line after they came to the United States. I put the name Zion in a search information and found information I knew and some I did not know. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion. I knew the name Zion was a Hebrew word but did not know the name Zion appears 154 times in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible).

My family practiced Christianity in the US. I would love to find the family before this time and see if they were of the Jewish faith. So many questions to ponder and search for.

One birthday my sister gave me a great gift. She bought me a certificate that has the Family Name History of the Zion name. It is from a Historical Research Center. I have framed it and it hangs on a wall in my sun room. It has that the Zion name is a Polish name. We have always associated with family coming from Germany and being of German heritage not Polish heritage.

Time Line of
John W Zion my Great Grandfather x 4

Abt 1770 Born to parents unknown in North Fork Holston River. Washington County, Virginia, United States
1789 November 03 about 19 years old married Lucy McCormick in Washington County, Virginia, United States
1790 August 31 son Jacob C born Washington County, Virginia
1791 March 03 about 21 years old acquired 133 acres on Mill Fall Branch, Washington County, Virginia, United States.
Source Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769 to 1800, author Lewis Preston Summers. Virginia history,Virginia Genealogy.
1791 July 30 son George born Washington County Virginia
1793 01 April acquired 184 acres on Water Mill Creek, Washington County, Virginia , United States
Source Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769 to 1800, author Lewis Preston Summers. Virginia history,Virginia Genealogy
1793 May 08 son John W Jr born Washington County Virginia
1795 January 22 son McCormick was born in North Folk Holston River Washington county, Virginia
1796 November 25 daughter Elizabeth born
1799 son William born Washington County, Virginia
1801 April 09 son Matthew Zion born Harlan, Washington County, Virginia
1805 son born name unknown at this time died about same time. Question is did he really die or is he male in 1820 and 1830 censuses
1807 daughter Rachel (Rachael) born Harlan, Washington County, Virginia
1810 census has John living Washington County, Virginia census has wife Lucy age between 26 and 44 and John‘s age over 45 years old. Living with them are 2 males under 10 this would be Matthew age about 9 years and William age about ten years old, 1 male 10 to 15 which would be McCormick our ancestor at the age about 15 years old, 3 males 16 to 25 years which would be Jacob, George and and John W ages about 20, 19 and 17 years old , 1 female under 10 years Rachel age about 3 years old and 1 female 10 to 15 years old. This would be Elizabeth age about 14 years old . Living near by is a John McCormick not sure who this is at the moment
1820 census has John W Sr now living in Lee county, Virginia. Living with him is his wife Lucy, 1 male age 16 to 18 years old do not know who this is, 1 male age 16 to 26 years old this would be Matthew age about 19, 1 female between 10 and under 16 years old this would be Rachael , and they are involved in Agriculture. Living next door are sons Jacob, McCormick John Jr, William and George in their own owns with their families.
1830 census has John Sr is about 60 years old living in Lee County with wife Lucy age is about about 58 years old. Living with them is 1 male whose age is between 15 and 20 years old who is this and 1 female age 15 to 20 who is this is unknown also. Living near by are sons John Jr. and William with their families.
1840 census has John Sr and Lucy living still in Lee County, Virginia.
1850 died Pennington Gap, Lee County,Virginia.
This is just the beginning of getting to know my great great great great grandfather John W Zion. I look forward spending more time with him and his family.

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