Zachariah Milton “Cain” Garrison was the son of Luther Alexander Stamps Garrison and Mahala “Millie/Milly” Logan Garrison. Milly or Millie Logan was the daughter of Zachariah Logan and Margaret “Peggy” Brown Logan. Both Z.M. Garrison and Milly Logan were born in Allen County, Kentucky. Zachariah Milton Garrison was named for his two grandfathers, Zachariah Logan and John Milton Garrison.
(After Mahala “Milly” Logan Garrison died of measles, Luther Garrison married Eliza Logan, Milly’s cousin.)
Z.M. Garrison married Mary Lucinda Brock. She was born in Silverdale, Lawrence County, Indiana, daughter of Levi Thomas Brock and Mary Lucinda Hedrick Brock. Mary Lucinda Brock Garrison and Z.M. Garrison had 15, 16, or 17 children. (Sources vary.) They lived in Kentucky, Mary Lucinda in Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Missouri again, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
Z.M. Garrison died in 1908 in Dewey, Indian Territory. Mary Lucinda Brock died in Dewey in 1927. They are both buried at Dewey Cemetery, Washington County, Oklahoma.
Z.M. Garrison was active in local government and also was a Civil War veteran so there are many articles about him. As was typical of the time, everyday women’s lives tended to be invisible in print, but we can get a glimpse into Mary Lucinda’s active life, too — beyond her role as the mother of so many children — from the following slice-of-life articles.
Regarding 1870 and the history of Spring Township, Butler County, Kansas:
“Garrison returned to Bates county, Mo., and left T.L. Kelley and myself on the claims to “hold the fort” until their return….”
Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 15 March 1895
1872: Z.M. Garrison is the Assessor for Spring Township in Butler County, Kansas.
Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 12 July 1872
1874: Z.M. Garrison was a member of the Spring Valley Grange.
Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 27 November 1874. Note: He also is listed as a member of The Grange in several other years.
Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 27 July 1877
Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas, 7 May 1880
Source: Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 3 July 1885
Source: Eureka Herald & Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 21 March 1890
Reference to “… Z.M. Garrison, county organizer of Greenwood county ….”
Source: Eureka Herald & Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 25 July 1890
1894: Z.M. Garrison and son, Thomas, went to Caney last week. It is said they are looking for a better location.”
Source: Eureka Herald & Greenwood County Republican, Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas, 24 August 1894
Source: Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, 7 December 1904
1916: “Pleasant Valley” — Mrs. Z. Garrison of Dewey, Okla. is visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Andy Fields.”
Source: Daily Republican, Burlington, Coffey County, Kansas, 16 August 1916