Clark County Illinois
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Elizabeth Zachary

Elizabeth, daughter of Delila and Wootson Howell was born at London, Kentucky, January 29, 1844, and died at Martinsville, Illinois February 16, 1923, aged 79 years and 17 days.
At the age of seventeen she was married to Ben Owens and together they migrated to Bedford, Indiana where seven children were born to them. They remained in this location until the family was raised and her husband answered the death summons. Four children of this family remain to mourn their Mother's departure, Sarah Cotton and Will Owen of Decatur, Illinois; Elizah Flowers, Kansas, Illinois, and Hattie Vaughn who dwells south of Martinsville.
In the spring of 1881
1 she was married to William Zachary and they took up their location at Tower Hill, Illinois. One son, Ad Zachary, was born to this union. After changing locations several times they made their final residence in Clark County since 1892.
More than ordinary peace and inspiration when, nearly a year ago she consecrated her soul to God during the meeting at the Church of God. Her radiant countenance during her baptism, her desire for the church which she joined and her delight in singing and hearing sung the devotional hymns of grace, will always be an inspiration to the memories of those who were acquainted with her. She regarded death as one goes home to a loving Father.
There are left to mourn her going besides the children above named, her sorrowing husband, one brother, A. M. Howell of Kinmundy, Illinois, one sister, Fanny Chestnut, Indiana; nineteen grand children and twenty seven great grand children; besides neighbors and friends.
* * * Mrs. William Zachary passed away Thursday morning after a long illness. The services will be held from the home Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in Baird Cemetery. Chester Snavely, Funeral Director.

* * * We desire to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness through the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother. Also the beautiful flowers.

W. C. Zachary
1Note: Her husband's obit gives the year of their marriage as 1879 and Children
[From the Martinsville Planet - February - 1923 - Submitted by Larry Wells ]

William Crawford Zachary
William Crawford Zachary, son of William H. and Mary Anne Zachary, was born in Summerset, Ky. June 7, 1854, and departed this life November 22, 1939 at the age of 85 years, 5 months and 15 days.
He first professed his faith in our Lord at the age of 18.
He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Owens in 1879
1, who passed away in 1923. To this union one son was born, Ad Zachary of Martinsville, who cared for him.
He leaves to mourn his departure, one son, nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren; also two step daughters, Mrs. Liza Flowers of Paris, Ill, and Mrs. Sarah Cotton, of Decatur, Ill; also one step-son, Will Owens, of Decatur, and numerous other relatives and friends.
* * * We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown during our recent bereavement; also for the beautiful flowers.

Mr. and Mrs. Ad Zachary and Family
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Craig and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Zachary and Family
* * * Martinsville Planet - November, 1939

William Zachary, 85 years of age, died in the fire which destroyed the room in which he lived at the home of his son, Ad Zachary, in the south part of Martinsville, about 1:30 o'clock Wednesday morning of last week. When discovered the blaze had enveloped the entire room and the roof was ready to fell in, thus barring any chance of rescuing the aged man. The fire department made a run, put out the blaze, and removed the body.
Due to the condition of the body, the funeral services were held that afternoon at three o'clock, at the Johnson Funeral Home. Rev. A. C. Smith was in charge, and burial followed in Baird cemetery, south of Martinsville.
1Note: His wife's obit gives the year of their marriage as 1881.
[From the Martinsville Planet - November, 1939 - Sub. by Larry Wells]


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