The family of these Prince brothers, Jesse and Zachariah has not been firmly determined. Some evidence points to their parents being John and Elizabeth Freeman Prince, Rutherford County, NC. Recently other documents indicate their mother to be Lucy Prince, who is listed as full blood Cherokee on the 1835 Henderson Roll. This is under investigation at this point. It is also suspected they may have had a sister, Martha and another brother, possibly named Henry.

If John and Elizabeth Freeman Prince are their parents, it can be traced back to Edward Prince b. 1609, Gloucester, England and Mary Yate. They came to the colonies about 1635. So far, all we have is circumstantial evidence that points to this family. There are a lot of Princes to sort through over the past 360 years.

Edward Prince, b. 1609, Gloucester, England d. VA m. Mary Yate, b. Gloucester, England, moved to Charles City Co., VA about 1635

 1.  John Prince b. 1659, Sussex Co. VA
         m. Sarah ? Sussex Co. Va
 2......... Edward Prince, b. 1680, Sussex Co. VA
            m. 1704, Rebecca Tyler
 3............... Joseph Prince b. 1710, Sussex Co. VA
             m 1739, Mary ??
 4....................John Prince b. 7/6/1740, Sussex Co. VA
                 m. 9/24/1787, Elizabeth Freeman,Brunswick CO. NC
 5.??....................... Jesse Newman (Numon) Prince, b. 1795/1800 Rutherford Co, NC, d. abt 1865, GA
                    m. About 1817, Delilah Carter, born 1800, Surry Co. NC, d. Abt. 1865, GA
 5.??....................  Zachariah Prince, b. 7/18/1806, Rutherford Co. NC  d.  After 1880, Hot Springs, Co. AR
                    m. 1831 in IN, Suvannah ?? B. 6/20/1810, KY, d. 5/6/1880, Hot Springs Co. AR


My Prince line traces back to both brothers, Jesse and Zachariah. This is due to the fact that my grandfather, Samuel Nathan Ashley, was a grandson son of Preshia Prince Ashley, daughter of Jesse and Delilah Carter Prince. Sam married Ada Bell Prince, grand daughter of Peter Prince and Mary Ann Prince Howerton, son and daughter of Zachariah and Susannah Prince, Feb. 28, 1910 in Pike Co. AR I am not sure if they knew they were cousins.

JESSE PRINCE b. 1795? Rutherford Co. NC d. 1865 GA m. about 1817 Buncombe Co. NC Delilah Carter b. 1795, Surry Co. NC, d. 1865, GA

The first notation of Jesse is found in the 1820 census, Ashville, Buncombe Co. NC. his son Jonathan Jones was about 2 years old. The family lived in Buncombe Co. until about 1825. During that time, they added 2 more children, William H. and Elizabeth. It is assumed their parents were in the same area. Sometime about 1825, Jesse and Dellilah moved the family to Anderson Co. TN.

It is not known why they moved, perhaps part of the family had moved there. To get to Anderson County, the family rafted down the French Broad River to Knoxville TN on the Tennessee, then northwest into Anderson Co. The land deed for Jesse shows his land adjoined that of an Elizabeth Prince, perhaps his mother? There were a number of Princes in the area. Records show Jesse in the county for the next years and the family is on the Anderson Co. Census for 1830. During this time, Preshia, (my gggrandmother), Henry and Louvina were born.

By 1831, recordds show they had moved to Indiana breifly, where Zachariah was, and daughter Martha Ann was born there. It is unknown where in Indiana they went, so this trip was probably overland through KY.

By 1834, the family, along with brother Zachariah and family had moved back south to Jackson Co. AL. Jesse obtained land near Estill Fork, and the family is shown there from 1840-1860 in the census. The family grew with the addition of Nathan, Sarah, George and Jesse Donald. There are some records in the old book from the Estill Fork Store showing the family doing business there during this time. The land that Jesse owned is still in the family, owned by some gg grandsons. For many years the store at Estill Fork was owned by a ggrandson, Pete Prince, who was also the postmaster. The land has grown to several thousand acres and is a hunting/fishing/campground lodge now.

Records indicate Jesse and Delilah moved to Fannin County Ga, sometime after 1860 and died there about 1865. Many of the Prince family are buried in Jackson County AL, and there are still many relatives in the area.

ZACHARIAH PRINCE b. July 18, 1807, Buncombe Co. NC d. after 1881 Hot Springs Co. AR m. 1831, Indiana, Suvannah ?? b. June 20, 1810 KY, d. May 6, 1880, Hot Springs Co. AR

Since early census did not list family members, we do not know which family Zachariah was with, undoubtably those "unknown" parents. The first record found of him is a sale he attended in Anderson Co. TN where he bought some dishes. This further indicates more family connection besides Jesse. He left TN and found his way to Indiana. It is not know where he married, but he married Suvannah/Susannah (last name unknown, b. KY) in 1831. This may have been after brother Jesse had moved there. His son, William M. was born in IN in 1832.

Zachariah and his family moved to Jackson Co. AL with Jesse's family. Documents show he received land there in 1834, just to the south of Estill Fork. He is listed on the census in 1840 - 1850. During this time in Jackson County, his family grew to included Peter, Jacob, John, Joseph, Mary Ann, Eliza Jane and Henderson Redden .

After 20 years in Jackson Co, in 1854 Zachariah moved his family by wagon train west to AR settling in Hot Springs county. Son William M had married Eliza Estepp that spring and the newly weds made to move with the family. In Sept., Zachariah, Jr. joined the family. Zachariah obtained land near Bismarck.

About 1878, Susannah divorced Zachariah, and he re-married to Mrs. Ellen O'Neil by 1880 census.

These two Prince families "contributed" six of their sons to the Civil War. Of the six who enlisted in the Confederates States Army, all came home, except young Joseph, who we speculate died sometime in 1863, and lies in an unknown grave at one of the many battle fields. To read about these young men, visit my Civil War Veterans Page


The familiy for Delilah Carter has not been found, so nothing is known of her prior to her marriage to Jesse.


The same is for Zachariah' wife Suvannah/Susannah. She was born in KY, but nothing is known of her family.

It is possible these two ladies were Cherokee, as the areas they were from at that time was Cherokee Country. There are quite a few Carters on the Cherokee rolls but not knowing Susannah's name, makes it hard to locate, although on an early roll, there are a number of Susannahs without a last name.


Some sources say William was born in St. Francois Co. MO. His Civil War Union searvice record shows Camden Co. MO. Parents were Edward and Mary Howerton, both born ca1801 VA. In 1850 and 1860 Clark County Census, William is shown with his family. In July, 1860 he bought about 40 acres in Hot Springs County and in Nov. married Mary Ann Prince, daughter of Zachariah and Susannah.

William enlisted as private, May 18, 1862, Arkadelphia, Clark CO. AR, by Capt. W. H. McMillan, Capt. Flint's Co. Grinstedt's Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, Confederate Army, Co. H. 33 Arkansas. He became ill and was sent home on sick leave early in 1863.

William enlisted Union Army Oct. 17, 1863, Comapny H, 3 Missouri Cav., transferred to Co. A. 11the Missouri Cav. and served till the end of the war. By then he was crippled with arthritus so much he could not walk, so Mary Ann worked the farm in Hot Springs County.

When the USA offered pensions for the soldiers, William applied and received a pension. He is listed as Head of Household in the 1880 Hot Springs Co. census and by 1900 the family had moved to a farm in Pike county near Kirby.

William and Mary Ann's children were Eliza Jane, Mary Ann, Susan, William, Jr., James Rutherford, Caladonia Palatine, Naomi Belle, Walter Alonzo. After William died in July 1901, Mary Ann continued receiving his pension until her death in 1916. They were buried in the Howerton Family cemetery, not far from their home. A part of thier land, including the old homesite is owned by a gg grand daughter.


Mary Ann Williams was born in 1838 in Alabama. She was a full Cherokee. according to her Dawes statement. her father was John Williams listed on the 1835 Henderson Roll. It is not certain when the Williams moved to AR. Perhaps they missed the Removal and came out with Zachariah's family in the wagon train in 1854, though some census sow a John Williams family in Hot Springs County in 1850.

She married Peter Prince, 12/23/1855 in Hot Springs County. By 1860 Mary J. and John had joined the family. Peter enlisted in the Confederate Army when the war began, serving in 21st Arkansas Infantry . During the war he suffered a shot to the hip which left him with a limp. Because his brother-in-law, William Howerton had joined the CSA, then joined the Union, there were some hard feelings after the war. These feellings healed over time, as Peter bought some land near the Howertons in Pike county. The family grew over time to include Berry Peter, Elijah Pascal, Simon Peter, Elizabeth "Betty", Eliza Jane, and William Andrew.

Peter died 9/11/1883 and is buried in the Howerton Cemetery. When it became available, Mary Ann applied for Peter's CSA pension from the state of AR and received it until her death, 5/6/1917. She is buried at Pike City, Pike Co. AR.

In 1895, during the Dawes enrollments, Mary Ann Williams Prince applied for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation for herself and her children, based on her father being the John Williams in the 1835 Henderson Roll. Mary Ann Prince Howerton also applied for herself and children, based on her grandmother, mother of Zachariah, being Lucy Prince, also on the 1835 Henderson Roll. Both ladies' married children also applied for their families. All the applications were denied "due to the fact they did not, nor had ever lived in the Cherokee Nation, IT" Their connections to the Henderson were not disputed.

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