Old Family Photo Collections Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
The photos on these pages are generously contributed by Milda Mason of Alto, New Mexico. Her ancestors were early settlers in Van Zandt County and these wonderful old photos are much appreciated. In addition, there is a very interesting story on this family and the Bottoms family on our "Old Tales, Stories Page" that you don't want to miss. If you would like to share your old family photos by placing them on this web site, please contact Sibyl Creasey for instructions.
William Zachariah "Zack" Bottoms Submitted by Milda Mason of Alto, New Mexico
William Zachariah "Zack" Bottoms was born 26 September 1812 and died 27 February 1896. He married Elizabeth Walters and they had 8 children.
Two of his sons were killed in the gunfight at the circus.
Alexander was killed by Bomar Moore, and William was killed by Elias Moore. Zach's son in law, "Jack" Florence killed John Moore.
The Moore family legends tell this story about Zack Bottoms:
Zack always came to town on a wagon pulled by a team of mules. One of those mules just hated Zack and hated to be hitched up or unhitched. Everytime Zack came near that mule he reached around and bit him. Zack tried to sell the mule but everybody knew about the biting and wouldn't buy the mule. Zack finally took to carrying a piece of short rope in the back pocket of his overalls to tie up the mule's mouth...only he had to untie it to get the bit in and out.
Zack took some bad ribbing about it..... like... "kiss him Zack, maybe he'll get to love you."
This picture was given to me by George Atwood, a descendant of Zack Bottoms.
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