Zephaniah's birth place and date [11 March 2009]
On the 1870 census it is indicated that Zephaniah could not read or write which may have contributed to the problem of varying ages on the different census records. As to the location of birth, technically he was born in Virginia as Virginia at that time encompassed all of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. Kentucky was never a territory, it was part of Virginia until statehood on June 1st, 1792.
But the timeline reconstructed from the pension file of Zeph's father, Samuel, indicates the family did not move from Culpeper County, Virginia to the area that became Kentucky until 1798. Of course, even this is subject to Samuel's memory of exact dates.
According to his father's memory and his pension application, Samuel did not marry until 1782, so I believe we can discount the 1773 birthdate for Zephaniah and can compromise on about 1786 as a birthdate.
In 1850 Zeph was 65, born in VA, est date 1785
Residence per Tax Rolls and Census records per John McAnally:
1850 Census Wood Twp, Clark Co., Indiana
1860 Census Wood Twp., Clark Co., Indiana
1870 Wood Twp, Clark Co., Indiana
Zephaniah Jackson appears on all census from 1820-1870 with the exception of the 1840 census. Data: 1820 range 1775-1794; 1830 range 1779-1780; 1850 has 1785 VA; 1860 has 1787 KY; 1870 has 1773 VA. This amounts to 1782 +/- 12. The entire range of possible birthdates are prior to his father Samuel leaving VA in 1798 so we must conclude that Zephaniah was born in VA. --Janiejac 10:23, 18 September 2009 (EDT)