Born, May 3, 1778, Frederick County, Maryland, Zephaniah the son of Elisha and Margaret Herbert; died, April 9, 1864, McKessontown, Adams County, Pa.
MD marriage records show Zephaniah Herbert married Mary Zollinger in 1811 in Frederick Co. Md .
Various documents and news articles indicate this Zephaniah Herbert fought in the War of 1812 in Cobena's Battalion, PA Volunteers. He was the Chairman of the Democratic Republicans in Adams Co. PA in 1835 and was a delegate to the state convention. He held several other local political offices and was active in state politics. He owned a tavern on West Street in Gettysburg at one time called the Indian King and later, the Union Hotel. He lived in Hamiltonban but apparently worked in Gettysburg. He held political meetings at the tavern for the various societies to which he belonged. The tavern was advertised for rent in 1845 by his attorney Daniel Smyser in the Adams Sentinel - by then it was called the Union Hotel, but still advertised as a tavern. It appears he was politically friends with Samuel Hutchinson, George Welsh, James Clark, Daniel Lefevre and Robert Smith. In 1851, he was the administrator of the estate of Peter Zollinger, likely his wife's relative.
Year of death is also indicated as 1866.