Ebenezer Zane was born in Wheeling, Virginia (now WV). His parents were Noah Ebenezer Zane (1778-1833) and his wife, Mary L. Chapline (1787-1859), and he was the grandson and namesake of the Ebenezer Zane (d. 1811) who established Wheeling and for whom Zanesville, Ohio is named. Ebenezer Zane the younger attended the University of Virginia in sessions 1-2 (1825-1826). [N.b. Ebenezer Zane’s birth date is recorded in the University of Virginia Matriculation Books.]
On 24 Nov. 1833, young Zane married Mary M. L. McGovern (ca. 1807-1867). According to the 1840 U.S. Census the household contains Zane, his wife, 2 boys under five years old, and 1 girl under five. Ebenezer Zane died in 1843 in Wheeling, and in the 1850 U.S. Census, the widowed Mary M. L. Zane is living in Wheeling with her children, Edmund P., Eugene, and Mary Anne Zane. After the Civil War, Mary Zane and her children lived in Baltimore, MD, where Mrs. Zane died in 1867.
- Fluharty, Linda Cunningham. Michael S. Quinlan; Company “G”, 27th Virginia Infantry (Confederate), “Shriver Grays.” <http://www.lindapages.com/wags-ohio/quinlan-shriver.pdf> (Accessed 6/9/12).
- Newton, J. H. History of the Pan-Handle. Wheeling, WV, 1879.
- “United States Census, 1840,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHBW-Z11 : accessed 9 June 2012), Ebenezer Zane, Wheeling Ward 3, Ohio, Virginia; and HeritageQuestOnline.com (accessed 9 June 2012).
- “United States Census, 1850,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8DN-52C : accessed 9 June 2012), Mary L Zane in household of Mary L Zane, Ohio county, part of, Ohio, Virginia.
- “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M41R-SKT : accessed 9 June 2012), Mary M L Zane, , Ohio, Virginia.
- University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
- Zane tombstones in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV. Findagrave.com (accessed 6/9/12).