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ZOLLICOFFER, William Ferdinand:

William Ferdinand Zollicoffer was born about 1818 in Maury County, Tennessee, the second of eight children born to George Bancroft Zollicoffer and Abigail C. Nicholson. In about 1837, his father moved the family to Lafayette County , Mississippi , where George died in 1843. Abigail remained in Lafayette County for a few years after the death of her husband. In 1850, census records show her still in Lafayette County , but by 1860 the census shows her in Ellis County, Texas. Census records have not yielded any information about William. He does not even appear on the 1850 census for Lafayette County . However, in the book "Early Settlers of Lafayette County, Mississippi" it states that he was a landowner in Lafayette County in 1850. He owned 580 acres of land valued at $4,000 with personal property valued at $1, 670. He harvested 1,000 bushels of corn and 33 bales of cotton in 1850. Census records for Ellis County and surrounding counties show that many of the children and grandchildren George Bancroft Zollicoffer and Abigail Nicholson moved on to Texas. After the record of 1850 listed above, I have not discovered any other info on William in Lafayette County or Ellis County, Texas. It is my belief that he did follow the family there or he may have gone first. The last record we have of him is in the book The Zollie Tree which states he died in 1861, but does not give location. Most researchers agree with me that he most likely died in Ellis County and is buried there.



Burial unknown in Mississippi or Texas

Information provided by Rick Gray. 8/12/2004.