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Husband of NANCY ZANE

Excerpts from Early Hist of Zanesville by EH Church, Vol I, p 12:

Jaguarwoman DropCapilliam McCulloch helped Ebenezer Zane cut Zane's Trace in 1797. A provision in the act that granted the three tracts of land to Ebenezer Zane for building the road was that a ferry would be maintained where it crossed the Muskingum River, and this franchise was given to William McCulloch and Henry Crooks for five years. McCulloch built a cabin to live in at the foot of Main Street on the south side. Later he built a double cabin near Perry Smith's warehouse, opposite the upper ferry, by the Helmick house in West Zanesville. McCulloch's wife Nancy Zane was the daughter of Isaac and was half indian. Their son Isaac Zane McCulloch was the first white child born on the banks of the Muskingum and Licking Rivers. Ibid, p. 160 states that when the ferry lease expired in 1802, William McCulloch and his family moved to Zanesfield to Isaac Zane's tract of land on the Mad River. Page 180 relates he built a home 16 miles north of Urbana and now 4 miles southeast of Bellfountaine, Logan County, where he engaged in farming and stock raising, and also built and operated the first grist and saw mill.

When the War of 1812 broke out he couldn't remain home and recruited and equipped a company of soldiers- a battalion of mounted riflemen - at his own expense. He was commissioned a captain. Soon after June 1, 1812 his unit joined with General Hull in his march from Dayton to Detroit about 18 miles north of Urbana. An inspirational leader, he kept his men together though months of severe hardships. After crossing the Detroit River, on the night of August 4 they camped on the river Aux Ecoras, and marched southward the next morning. Leading his troops through a dark and dense fog he was shot from his mount by a dozen or more Indians in ambush who killed and scalped him before he could be saved by his following troops. (See more info in Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 by Loosing). This was followed by the disasterous Battle of Bromstown and "Van Horn's defeat".

Major McCulloch was posthumously made captain. His wife survived him by 40 years and never remarried. The first cabin he built in Zanesville was torn down in 1815, to make room for a canal around the falls. See additional detail under Noah Zane McCulloch. He is related to General Samuel McCulloch of McCulloch's leap fame; and General Ben McCulloch, killed at Battle of Pea Ridge. Among his descendents are Judge N. Z. McCulloch of Bellfountain, Judge Robert McCulloch of Toledo, and W. M. McCulloch, Esq., of Columbus.

Notes from the Draper Manuscript Collection:

According to "Draper Manuscript Collection," Entry 82: Capt Wm McColloch was killed, or waylaid, by Indians at Battle of Brownstown, Michigan.

Entry 263: "Capt Wm McColloch was a Springfield Council. In 1815, Judge McColloch went with____ of Lewistown_____ ___ ____ to attend the Treaty of 1815. White Wing, the Wyandotte, was there."

Entry 266: Cap Wm McColloch said it was Major Sam'l McColloch who made the great jump at Wheeling Hill. He knew him well and scouted with him."

Entry 267: "In 1817 Judge McColloch was at the Mississenaway River in Indiana. Met an Indian Guide who had been wounded terribly in the War of 1812. (Told of his recuperation.)

Entry 272: " Wm. McColloch was killed at Browntown (sic)."

Entry 276, interview with Reverend George McColloch: "Wm. McColloch was killed at Brownstown in Aug 1812 - Supposedly by Darby (sic), an Indian who had, before the War, lived much in his family as a hunter."

Entry 291: " Obituary of Capt. Wm. Ward Jr. who died in the fall of 1841 in Campaigne Co., Ohio in his 57th year. Recollects that the deceased, one of a company that with his father, General Kenton, General Whiteman, Major Joseph C. Vause, Colonel McPherson, Isaac Zane, Judge McColloch, Capt. Wm. McColloch and ____McRae, visited the Prophet's Camp near L_____ in the year 1806, where a very large assembly of Indians was concerned under Teumsach."

Judge McColloch on White River, Indians met Capt Geo Killbrick. (Note; Killbrick was an educated Indian who had become a drunk, and was threatening Judge McColloch; asked McC who his father was.) "What is your name?" McColloch answered. "Who's son?" William McColloch's. Killbrick said, "Why, I know your father, brave man."

Y Bridge book p. 39 says he is nephew of Ebenezer Zane's wife.

William McColloch in tree . . .

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