Zeally Moss

By on July 23, 2016

About Captain Zeally Moss

Birth: Mar. 6, 1756
Location: Loudoun County – Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 30, 1839
Location: Peoria County -Illinois, USA


Zeally Moss was drafted through a call of draft into the Federal militia, in the spring of 1777. He was residing in Loudoun County, Virginia at his time. He served under Captain Cannon, with a recommendation by is officers he was appointed as assistant Quarter Master. In that position he aided in preparing and collecting fire arms from the citizens, especially those who were unfriendly to the cause of the new country.

He continued in procuring provisions for the horses and for the soldiers of the Army, principally in the Virginia area. He was acting under orders from General Caliborne, the Quarter Master General for the state of Virginia, whose headquarters was at Richmond, Virginia. Zeally Moss held the rank of Captain, and his pay as a officer was $36.00 a month in the year 1780.

Zeally Moss Peoria Mineral Springs

Soon after General Bradford’s defeat, a man by the name of Hurorces who was wagon Master, turned Tory and went to the enemy, the English. Colonel William Washington then appointed Zeally Moss, who was 26 years old, as Wagon-Master, he served in this position until after the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781. Zeally Moss was present at this surrender that ended the five years of Revolutionary War.

In 1783-84 Captain Moss was engaged in building of Forts in the Kentucky area and defending against the Indian assaults. He applied for at age 79, an received his Revolutionary War pension on April 8, 1834 in Peoria, Illinois, while residing in Switzerland County, Indiana. Zeally’s son, William S. Moss, lived in Peoria where he operated a farm on the West Bulff’s hillside.

Peoria, Illinois

Captian Zeally MossIn later years Zeally Moss visited his son William in Peoria, Illinois, and died.

His first wife was Elizabeth Marty Berry. He was later married to Jennet on October 28th, 1790.┬áZeally’s wife was Jeanette was related to President George Washington, via her fathers family line.

Their children were Elizabeth, Lydia (Bradley-Benefactor of Bradley University in Peoria, IL.), Sarah, William S. Moss, and Nancy J. Moss Holmes. The children resided in the Mason and Fleming County areas of Kentucky.

Zeally Moss died on October 31, 1839 at the grand old age of 84 years old.

His wife Jeanette [Jenny] Glasscock Moss, was allowed to draw Zeally’s war pension on her applications executed March 19, 1851, while a resident of Peoria County, Illinois.


Nancy Jeanette Moss Chambers (1807 – 1901)
McCajah Moss (1810 – 1891)
Lydia Moss Bradley (1816 – 1908)
William S Moss (1799 – 1883)

Jennet Glascock Moss (1766 – 1864)

In Memory of Zeally Moss, A soldier of the American Revolution. This tablet is erected by the Zeally Moss chapter of the Children of the American Revolution-Decoration Day 1915

Note: Shared with his wife, Soldier of the American Revolution
Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Bradley Plot

[Created by: Amy – Record added: Mar 21, 2007 – Find A Grave Memorial# 18542599]







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