Biography - Zachariah Morrow

ZACHARIAH ALLEN MORROW was born in Rutherford county, Tenn., January 9, 1809. He is the third of a family of eleven children of John and Mary Morrow. Mr. John Morrow was a native of Roawan county, North Carolina; his wife was born in South Carolina; they became acquainted with each other in Tennessee, and in that state were married. They emigrated to Illinois in 1833. Mrs. Morrow died at the old homestead in Tennessee, in the year 1831, and Mr. M. came to this state with his son Zachariah, with whom resided until his death, which occurred April 13, 1834.

The subject of this sketch received his early education in the district schools of his native state, though educational facilities there at that early day were very limited, and it was difficult for the some of the early pioneer to get much learning, owing, also, to the scarcity of books and teachers. Yet our hero struggled bravely up through these adverse circumstances, pursuing most of his studies at night by the light of the fire-place. For several years during his early manhood the summer months were employed in boating on the Cumberland river. On he 18th October, 1832, he was married to Miss Rebecca Eddelman, daughter of Boston and Sarah Eddelman, both natives of North Carolina, though early residents of Tennessee. In 1828 Mr. Morrow made a prospecting trip to Greene county, Illinois, and stayed with his uncle, William Morrow, at Apple Creek Bridge, about one year. He then returned to Tennessee, after which he made a trip to Mississippi and Arkansas, where he spent upwards of two years, and as stated above, returned and made a permanent settlement, in 1833, in this county. He settled on a farm near Whitaker's Creek, and in 1835 entered land in the north-east part of the county, on Apple Creek, where he resided until 1848, when, in August of that year, he was elected sheriff of Greene county and after the expiration of his term of office, was elected to fill a vacancy in the office of circuit clerk, occasioned by the death of Wm. Carlin. After serving through the unexpired term of clerkship, he was re-elected sheriff in the fall of 1852. In all his official trusts he brought to bear an ability and integrity that were never doubted. After the expiration of that term of office he purchased a tract of land adjoining the town of Carrollton, and laid out an addition, known as Sharon, Calvin, and Morrow's addition to the city of Carrollton.

Extracted 05 Jan 2017 by Norma Hass from Atlas Map of Greene County Illinois, 1873, page 38.

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