We here in northeast Tarrant County have a Civil War veterans monument in place, and are posting biographies and photographs of the men at our Genweb site. If you can add to the following biographical sketch, or could share any photos you might have of this veteran, his wife, or his home, weíd be happy to have them. Thanks for taking the time to read our query. Mike Patterson, Colleyville, Texas.
Dr. Riley Bell Zachary was born in January, 1836 in Tennessee, a son of Allen Zachary and his wife, Levinia Woollen (or Woollard). By 1850, Riley was living with his widowed mother and siblings in Civil District 23, Wilson County, Tennessee. Zachary was married to his first wife, Malvina, about 1858, and in the 1860 census they are shown with a one-year-old son, Eugene.
Zachary enlisted in the Confederate army as a private in Carterís Co., Douglassís Battalion, Tennessee Cavalry. This regiment was organized in September, 1862 by Nathan W. Carter at LaVergne, Tennessee. It later became Carterís Co. of Independent Scouts and later still became Co. A, 21st Tennessee Cavalry. In some records they are also referred to as Douglassís Partisan Rangers. When he attended the Confederate soldierís reunion at Dallas held April 23-25, 1902, Zachary signed the register as a member of Co. E, 8th Tennessee Cavalry.
In the 1870 census of Wilson County, Tennessee, Zachary is shown with a wife named Elvina and an additional child named Mattie, born about 1865. Based upon a statement Zachary made in 1893, it seems likely that he and his family arrived in Bedford about 1878.
Zacharyís second (or third?) wife, Rebecca C., was born September 25, 1852. They were married by the time the 1880 census was taken. She died February 14, 1896 in Bedford, and is buried in Bedford Cemetery. Zachary was a well-known pioneer doctor in eastern Tarrant County. In 1899 in an affidavit he made for a Confederate soldier in Bedford who was trying to get a pension, Zachary said he had been a doctor since about 1860, and that he was a graduate of the medical department of the University of Nashville, Tennessee.
Shown on the 1895 Sam Street Map, Dr. Zachary was living in the old town of Bedford, along the south side of present-day Bedford Road, on the T. W. Williams survey, about where E. M. Bilger Boulevard intersects Bedford Road from the south.
About 1898 he married his last wife, Eliza J., who was born in Tennessee in May, 1853. She had given birth to two children by one or more previous marriages, but only one of them was still alive in 1900. Dr. and Mrs. Zachary had no children living with them in 1900 at Bedford. He does not appear in the 1910 Texas census index, and his death does not appear in the Texas vital statistics records. No notice of his death appeared in the Grapevine Sun. This compiler, his mother (Doris Jo Patterson) and Jimmy Reynolds erected a VA headstone for Zachary beside his wifeís headstone in Bedford Cemetery on the afternoon of April 19, 2008.
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