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Van Meter Zell

Obituary of James A. Zell, Burington, West Virginia. December, 1922.

At Burlington, W. Va., James A. Zell died on March 31, 1922, in his seventy-ninth year, after years of suffering.

Comrade Zell enlisted as a Confederate soldier in March, 1862, joining Company F, 7th Virginia Cavalry; was captured in September, 1863, and sent to Elmira, N. Y., where he remained until a month before the surrender. He was never wounded during his service, but had two horses killed under him; was never home on furlough during the war.

After the war Comrade Zell settled down on a farm, and in 1868 he was married to Miss May Van Meter, of the Old Fields, and they made their home on Patterson's Creek and there lived for fifty-five years. He was an earnest man in all he undertook, faithful to his Church, the Southern Presbyterian, which he served as elder, deacon, and treasurer. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. One son died in 1909.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, December, 1922.

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