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Zollicoffer Cemetery is a very historic cemetery and is located on the John Abernathy place, behind the house in a pasture. Go two and a half miles south of the golf course on Campbellsville Pike and turn east, cross the creek and go to the end of the lane. Listed in "They Passed This Way" on page A-84 and in "Maury County, Tennessee Cemeteries" page 604.

ZOLLICOFFER, Martha Kirk, 30 Mar 1793 - 11 Jun 1815. (wife of John Jacob Zollicoffer, who she married 3 Jan 1803; daughter of Isaac Kirk of North Carolina. John and Martha had 4 children: Leanna Zollicoffer, Dr. Frederick Zollicoffer, Ann Maria Zollicoffer, and Brig. **Gen. Felix Kirk Zollicoffer, Civil War general.)

*ZOLLICOFFER, John Jacob,  Birth: Jul. 13, 1775 - Halifax County, North Carolina -- Death: Aug. 17, 1840, Maury County, Tennessee (Son of Capt. Baron George Bancroft Zollicoffer and Anna Lindsay. Married 1st to Martha Kirk and 2nd to her cousin, Elizabeth Nicholson)

*ZOLLICOFFER, Elizabeth Nicholson, Birth & Death dates unknown, 2nd wife of John Jacob Zollicoffer; cousin of his first wife, Martha Kirk. Believed to be buried here in an unmarked grave.

+Charity ? (no other information. This stone was reported to be there but was not found by the compilers of either They Passed This Way in 1961 or by Mr. Hawkins in 1988.)

*Unmarked grave. Besides the stone of Martha Kirk Zollicoffer the only stones that have been discovered are just fieldstones with no inscriptions on them. As far as I have found, no one knows where John Jacob Zollicoffer is buried but it is likely that he is interred here in an unmarked grave.  [Rick Gray.]

Note: When Mr. Hawkins was there in 1988, he stated that the inscribed top of the stone was buried too far in the ground to read. The only difference I have found in my research is that her granddaughter, Octavia Zollicoffer Bond, records in the book "Heritage Quest" that she died on 15 Jun 1815. [Rick Gray.]
** General Felix Kirk Zollicoffer was the first Confederate General killed in the west.
Born 19 May 1812 and died 19 Jan 1862 in the Civil War, a Confederate Brigadier General, he was killed in action while leading his brigade during the Battle of Mill Springs (Fishing Creek, Logan's Crossroads), Kentucky. While reconnoitering forward of his lines, he ran into the enemy lines, and was shot dead. A cenotaph exists in the Zollicoffer Confederate Cemetery on the battlefield, near Nancy, Kentucky, but Zollicoffer's body was sent to his family in Nashville for burial where he lies in the Nashville National Cemetery. For much more of this story and accompanying photos see
or click this simpler link:  Confederate Brigadier General Felix Kirk Zollicoffer

Information provided by Rick Gray. 7/1/2004, revised 7/15/2004. Revised 5 Apr 2011 to update the latest known of this Maury County family.