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Zadock Chidester

Also Known As: "Zaddock", "Zadoc"
Birthplace: Harrison Co., Virginia (WV after 1863), United States
Death: October 17, 1897 (81)
Monroe Co., Iowa, United States
Place of Burial: Monroe Co., Iowa
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Chidester and Zipporah Chidester (Goodwin)
Husband of America Susannah "Susan" Chidester
Father of Hezekiah Morgan Chidester; Sarah A Deyo; Samuel Floyd Chidester; Leander Scotland Chidester; Huldah Pittenger and 4 others
Brother of Holdridge Chidester; Elizabeth Arnold; Johannah Swisher; Sarah Wells; Ann Tharp (Chidester) and 4 others

Occupation: farmer & stock raiser
Managed by: Joan Frum Marshall
Last Updated:

About Zadock Chidester

Tombstone is inscribed ZADOCK, also spelled Zadoc or Zaddock

Photo by: Frank, added 9/10/2010 to Find A Grave Memorial# 9692198

"Zadok Chidester was reared, educated and married in the county of his nativity, his wife being the daughter of Hezekiah and Huldah ( Cox ) Tharp, who spent their last days in Van Buren county, Iowa. Her father was also a native of Virginia and of English descent.

It was in June, 1846, that Zadok Chidester brought his family to Iowa, making the journey by boat down the Ohio and up the Mississippi rivers to Keokuk, Iowa, whence they proceeded by ox team to Monroe county, locating on the farm in Mantua township where his widow resided until her death on the 15th of February, 1903. There the father secured seven hundred acres of fertile and productive land, and after building a log house for the accommodation of his family, he at once set to work to clear, break and improve his place. Throughout his active business life he successfully engaged in general farming and stock-raising, but was at length compelled to relinquish active labor on account of rheumatism, from which he suffered for many years, but being a man of good business and executive ability he still managed his business with remarkable skill.

After a useful and well spent life he passed away at the age of eighty-six years, honored and respected by all who knew him. He was a most hospitable man, the latch-string on his door being always out, and no one was ever refused entertainment at his home. His word was ever considered as good as his bond and his advice was often sought by his friends and neighbors. In political he was a Democrat. His estimable wife, who survived him, resided till her death in the pleasant home he erected upon his farm in later years, and was beloved by all who knew her.

To this worthy couple were born fourteen children, of who eleven are still living, namely: H.M., of this review; Mrs. Sarah Deyo, of Mountain Grove, Missouri; Mrs. Virginia Pittinger, of the same place; Leander and Floyd, both residents of Mantua township, this county; Mrs. Marietta Perrin, also of Mantua township; Mrs. Huldah Rogers, of Nuckolls county, Nebraska; Elliott, of Tacoma, Washington; Zadok, of Mantua township; Emery, a well known citizen and prominent stockman of Urbana township, Monroe county; and Frank, who lives on the old homestead farm."

A shorter version: "Zadoc Chidester, had come to this county at an early age, locating here in 1846, the year of the admission of the state into the Union. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Susan Tharp, was a native of Virginia, and their children were Morg; Sarah; Lee; Hulda; Floyd; Mary; Jenny; Zadoc; Elliott, who is living in Tacoma, Washington; Emery; Frank, at home; and Grant, deceased. The father of this family passed away in Monroe county at the advanced age of eighty-six years, after having lived to see the county emerge form its primitive condition and pioneer environments to take its place with the leading counties of the commonwealth."

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Zadock Chidester's Timeline

April 22, 1816
Harrison Co., Virginia (WV after 1863), United States
October 28, 1841
Age 25
Lewis Co., Virginia (WV after 1863), United States
December 6, 1843
Age 27
Lewis Co., Virginia (WV after 1863), United States
July 19, 1845
Age 29
Lewis Co., Virginia (WV after 1863), United States
November 11, 1848
Age 32
Virginia (WV after 1863), United States
January 30, 1851
Age 34
November 8, 1852
Age 36
Monroe Co., Iowa
May 24, 1855
Age 39
Iowa, United States
July 19, 1860
Age 44
Albia, Monroe Co., Iowa, United States
March 16, 1861
Age 44