Zachariah Prince 1807-c.1893
Zachariah Prince was born on July 17, 1807. His
parentage has not been established. His birth place was probably Rutherford
Co., North Carolina. His name first appears in a public record in Anderson
Co., Tennessee in 1830. After a brief stay in Indiana he moved to the Paint
Rock Valley in Jackson Co., Alabama, about the year 1833. Traveling with him
to Alabama was his older brother Jesse Prince, Sr.
In 1852, Zachariah moved his family to Hot Spring Co., Arkansas. He settled in
the Prairie Township, where he purchased 320 acres of government land in 1854.
His family consisted of his wife Susannah and children William, Peter, Jacob,
John, Joseph, Mary Ann, Eliza Jane and Henderson.
During the Civil War four of Zachariah's sons served in the Confederate army.
William, Peter and Jacob served in Co. I, Cocke's Regiment of Infantry. Joseph
served in Co. C, 11th Arkansas Infantry.
Zachariah continued to buy land in Hot Spring County. He owned land east, west
and south of the community of Bismarck. He later deeded most of this land to
his sons Jacob, Peter and John.
In 1875, Zachariah and Susannah were divorced. Susannah died of typhoid fever
in 1880 and is buried in the Old Bismarck Cemetery.
In 1881, several children and grandchildren of Jesse Prince, Sr., moved to Hot
Spring County. This was almost thirty years after Zachariah settled here. This
new group of Prince's were led by Jesse D. Prince and his brother Nathan L.
Prince. Also traveling with them were the children of Preshia Prince Ashley
and Martha Prince Roberts. Both were daughters of Jesse Prince, Sr.
After his divorce from Susannah, Zachariah married Mrs. Ellen O'Neal. This
couple appears in the 1880 census of Hot Spring County, but no further record
has been found of them after the year 1880. Some clues indicate Zachariah died
about 1893. He is said to be buried at an unknown site a few miles west of
Bismarck, Arkansas. Many descendants of Zachariah and Jesse Prince, Sr.,
reside today (2004) in Hot Spring County.