ABT 1828 - Lancaster, VA
AFT 1882 - Lancaster, VA

Zamoth H. George

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Zamoth was a farmer and waterman in Lancaster County.

Zamoth H. George was born about 1828 in Lancaster County. He may have been the son of Zamoth George and Mary James. Zamoth was a popular name at the time, and it was spelled various ways, there was even a Zamuth post office from 1883 to 1892 in Lancaster.

Zamoth shows up on the 1850 census as a 22 year old farmer in Lancaster County. The census page does not specify an area of the county. He lives with the Wilder family. Nancy Wilder who is a widow is the head of the household. Her farm is valued at $1787. She has four children, the oldest is Harriet A. Wilder, age 15.

Just a couple months after the census Zamoth sold to Nancy Wilder a parcel of land on Carter's Creek for $35. The land was formerly the property of James Wilder, deceased, that had been seized. The land was bounded on two sides by the property of James W. Gresham and on the other side by Jesse George. Zamoth could not write his name and marked the deed with a X.

Zamoth and Harriet were married on March 3rd, 1851 in Lancaster County by minister Cyrus Doggett. Their son, Luther H. George was born in January the following year. Harriet did not live long after, she may even have died during childbirth.

On the 1860 census Z.H. and "Lutha" are living in the eastern district of Lancaster county. Zamouth's age is given as 33 and is listed working as an oyster man. He is marked unable to read or write. Luther's age is 9, he is marked as attending school that year.


When the Civil War broke out Zamoth was examined by a doctor from the 92nd regiment of the Virginia Militia and found him "by disease unfit for military service." Zamoth was conscripted later in the war and examined again. In February 1864 he received a Surgeon's Certificate of Exemption stating that he had epilepsy.

As of the 1870 census on September 1st, Luther was no longer living with his father. Zamoth was listed as living with Alonzo and Eliza James in White Stone. Zamoth was probably related to Alonzo on his mother's side. His name was listed as Zam George, age 42 and working as an oyster man. In April of 1871 a Zamuth George bought eight acres of land from Jesse George and his wife. The property was described as bounding Little Oyster Creek on the north, Big Oyster Creek on the south, the narrows on the west and a ditch on the east. He paid $100. This deed may have concerned a different Zamoth George. Our Zamoth probably did not have $100 to spend and the eight acres did not seem to pass to his son Luther.

Zamoth H. George applied to the Southern Claims Commission in the early 1870's for reimbursement for property loss to the Union Army during the Civil War. He claimed that his canoe valued at $150 and a double barrel shotgun valued at $20 were taken from his residence on Carter's Creek by Yankee Gunboats from the Potomac Flotilla under Comander Parker in April of 1864. In his statement Zamoth described the boat as a "very large new canoe." The statement goes on to say:

"Your petitioner further states that he could not stay at his home in Virginia without being conscripted and forced into the Army of the Confederate States so called against his will and left his home and went away in the United States Gunboat Commodore Read Commander Hooker to Point Look Out Md and there took the oath of Allegiance to the United States government. And remianed in the state of Maryland until the war ended and then returned to his home in Lancaster County Virginia."

Zamoth's claim was barred.

Again in the 1880 census Zamoth was living with the James'. His full name was written out, Zamoth H. George. His age was given as 50 and he was marked as a widower. His relationship was marked as cousin and in the field for occupation was written "At Home."

On February 2nd, 1882 Zamoth received a receipt for paying to pasture livestock on Corrotoman Farm. This is the last known record for Zamoth. His death date and burial location are unknown. There is a marker in the cemetery at White Stone Baptist Church that reads, "Zamoth George, In memory of a kind old man, ALM." I am not sure if it is for the same Zamoth.

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  • Year: 1850; Census Place: Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: M432_955; Page: 289A; Image: 107
  • Year: 1860; Census Place: Eastern District, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: M653_1357; Page: 655; Image: 237; Family History Library Film: 805357
  • Year: 1870; Census Place: White Stone, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: M593_1658; Page: 238B; Image: 482; Family History Library Film: 553157
  • Year: 1880; Census Place: White Stone, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: 1375; Family History Film: 1255375; Page: 140B; Enumeration District: 045
  • U.S. Southern Claims Commission Master Index, 1871-1880
  • Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
  • Marvin Lewis George, Family History Scrapbook
  • Virginia Will & Probate Records

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Last Updated: 9/29/2019