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Re: William Green Zorn in Tn.
Posted by: Jennifer Burstein (ID *****6717) Date: May 22, 2004 at 02:18:11
In Reply to: Re: William Green Zorn in Tn. by Joe Zorn of 385



Hi Joe,

Thank you for responding for my post.

This is the information I have regarding this family:

William Greenlief Zorn (aka William Green Zorn) was born 03 Apr 1842 in Warm Springs, Georgia and died 28 Feb 1918 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He married Margaret Jane Smith on 06 May 1863.

William and Margaret had 5 children:

1. James Augustus Zorn born 31 July 1869 in Hamilton County, Tennessee and died 24 Feb 1939 in Hamilton County, Tennessee.

2. Mary Alice Zorn born 12 Feb 1871

3. John Edward Zorn born 06 Nov 1874 and died as an infant on 14 May 1875. This is probably the infant son you are confusing with James.

4. William Walton Zorn born 12 Jan 1877 and died 17 May 1950

5. Fredrick Matthew Zorn born 21 Sept 1880.


I have been told that the above information was from William and Margaret's family bible which was passed down to James Augustus Zorn. I never saw the book, so I'm not really sure how accurate the information is or if the source is really William's family bible; also, I was told that it was very difficult to read. I received the information from James Carter Zorn, who is the grandson of James Augustus Zorn. It does correspond to census records, death records, tombstones and obits.

William's grandmother was a Cooper and according to other information William's brother's name was James Cooper Zorn. Again, I'm not a Zorn researcher, so I'm not sure how accurate this information is; however, he is enumerated as "J.C." in census records.

James Augustus Zorn married Emma Jones on 29 Sep 1884 in Hamilton County, Tennessee. They had three children:

1. Ernest Lee Zorn born 27 Dec 1890 and died 30 June 1983.

2. Margaret M. Zorn

3. Gussie M. Zorn


Lee Zorn married Kate Culbert on 11 Apr 1921 in Hamilton County, Tennessee. They had two children:

1. Ernest Lee Zorn Jr. - currently living
2. James Carter Zorn - currently living


Ernest never married and had no children. Although James married, he never had children and thus it is the end of this line.


James, Emma, Lee and Kate are all buried at Chattanooga Memorial Cemetery. Their obits are available from the Chattanooga Library. They have an index online.

Below are some transcriptions of census records which you may find useful.


1860 Georgia Upson County

IH Zorn 25 Male
NA Zorn 23 Female
ID Zorn 2 Male
AT Zorn 1 Female

Nathan Zorn 56 Male
Sarah Zorn 52 Female
Paresaid Zorn 21 Female
TI Zorn 17 Male
MA Zorn 15 Female

Thomas W. Zorn 28 Male
F.A. Zorn 28 Female
ERH Zorn 3 Female
JT Zorn 8/12 Male

James Zorn 52 Male
Eliza Zorn 50 Female
WG Zorn 18 Male
MA Zorn 15 Female
AJ Zorn 14 Male
SV Zorn 12 Female

JC zorn 24 Male
S Zorn 24 Female
JC Zorn 5 Male
O Zorn 3 Male


1870 Tennessee Hamilton County Chattanooga Ward 1

Zorn William G 28 Male White House Carpenter Georgia
Margaret J. 26 Female White Keeping House Alabama
James A. 1 Male White Tennessee

1880 Tennessee Hamilton County District 46

Zown W.G. White Male 37 Carpenter Georgia Georgia Georgia
M.J. White Female 36 Wife Alabama Alabama Alabama
J.A. White Male 11 Son Tennessee Tennessee Georgia
M.A. White Female 9 Daughter Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
W.W. White Male 2 Son Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee

1900 Tennessee Hamilton County District 3

Zorn W.G. Apr 1842 married Georgia South Carolina South Carolina
M.J. Wife white Female Mar 1844 married 5 children 4 living Alabama Alabama Alabama
Walter W. son White Male Dec 1877 single Tennessee Georgia Alabama
Fred M. son White Male Sep 1880 single


1910 Kentucky Pulaski County Precinct 30

Zorn James A Male White 41 Married once at age 20 Tennessee Georgia US
Emma Wife Female White 40 Married once at age 20 3 children 3 living Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Lee E. son Male White 19 Single Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Mammie M. daughter Female White 16 Single Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Gussie M. daughter Female White 13 Single Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee

1910 Tennessee Hamilton County District 2

Zorn Fred M Male White 30 Married once for 7 years Tennessee Georgia Alabama
Hanna Wife Female White 26 Married once for 7 years 4 children 3 living Georgia Georgia Georgia
Helen A. daughter female white 5 Single Tennessee Tennessee Georgia
Mary L. daughter Female White 3 Single Tennessee Tennessee Georgia
Mildred I daughter Female White 3 Single Tennessee Tennessee Georgia
William G. Father Male White 67 widowed Georgia Georgia Georgia

1910 Tennessee Hamilton County District 2

Zorn W.W. Male White 33 Married once for 7 years Tennessee Georgia Georgia
Mathe Wife Female White 24 Married once for 7 years 1 child 1 living Tennessee Wales England
Edwin son Male White 6 Single Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee

1920 Tennessee Hamilton County Chattanooga

Zorn James A Male White 50 Married Tennessee Georgia Tennessee
Emma Wife Female White 50 Married Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Lee E. son Male White 29 Single Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Gradin Courray?? Son in law Male White 28 Married Alabama Alabama Alabama
Margaret daughter Female White 23 Married Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Julia Lee granddaughter Female White 1 4/12 Single Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee

Good luck in your research!
Jennifer Culbert Burstein


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