SOUP Addendum Three

Zoe Family History

Jeremiah and Nattisoe had four children (late 1680's); three daughters and one son. Isabel, the eldest girl died when she was eleven. Her sisters Mary and Elisabeth married and lived out their lives in the Philadelphia area, as did their brother Henry, the first American-born Zoe.

Henry started a tanning business, married Martha Abrams, and fathered six children. Thomas and Alexander the twins, were born in 1704. Anne and Catharine came next in 1705 and 1707 respectively. We don’t know much about their lives. Alexander and Thomas ventured south to make their fortunes and disappeared from the family history. Anne and Catharine married, lived seemly uneventful lives, and died, never leaving Philadelphia. The last born, Franklyn carried on the family business and prospered. He never married. Abbot Zoe is of our lineage. He spent most of his twenty-first year in search of his older brothers, returning home with no answers for the family. He followed his heart to Bristol in 1731, marrying the daughter of a miller. Abigail and Abbot had one child, Daniel, born in 1733. He went to live with Franklyn in Philadelphia when he was seven. We don’t know why, the record is vague; we can only assume Abbot and Abigail lost their lives. People simply did not abandon their children in those times.

Daniel took over the tanning business when Franklyn passed on of consumption in 1756. Daniel took a wife the following year, Melissa Struthers. Their son Lawrence was born that year, 1757.

Lawrence continued the tanning business for a spell but thought better of it as time went on. He was a religious man, but he fought in the American Revolution as a patriot. He moved to the Quaker settlement at Kennett Square after the war and took to farming as part of a grant to returning soldiers. As a private, he was allotted two hundred acres under the 1780 Pennsylvania Bounty Land Grant Program. That was in 1783, he was twenty-six. He married late, at least for those times, in 1790. He was thirty-three. His wife Dorothy Mitchell was a widow of the war and of childbearing age still at twenty-seven. They had four children—Zachary, Susan, Anne, and Henry—between 1790 and 1796. Henry died in the war of 1812 at the age of sixteen. Susan and Anne’s stories were not followed.

Zachary was Graham’s great grandfather. He married Kate Spencer in 1807 when he was seventeen. Kate died in childbirth in 1809, but their son Gilbert survived. Zachary later remarried Brenda McIntyre of Philadelphia, but no children resulted from that union. Zachary moved to Philadelphia in 1827 to enter into law under the guidance of Brenda’s father Franklyn McIntire. The three of them were heavily involved in the Underground Railroad, helping runaway slaves gain their freedom, and to assist their settlement in the north or in Canada.

Gilbert carried on with the farm and married Nancy Smyth in 1830. Edward was born in 1831, their daughter Claire was born in 1833. She had a difficult birth, but mother and baby survived. Claire later contracted what we think was childhood polio, which crippled her. She carried on though, using canes to get along. She later married, but I have no details. The twins Samuel and Thomas were born in 1836. All three of the boys fought in the Civil War on the side of the Union. Thomas was killed at Bull Run in 1861. Samuel lost a leg. That was a grim day in American history, an indication of the slaughter yet to come. Samuel returned to the farm to live. He never married, but he carried on as best he could.

Original sketch by Haley Craw


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