Isaac Zane Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Isaac Zane Collection, 642 THL/WFCHS

Scope and Content: This collection contains copies of correspondence, including a microfilm (1761-1806) and other information relating to Isaac Zane, his iron works at Marlboro and his service as a justice of Frederick County, VA in 1772 and in the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1775. Copies of maps and estate settlement papers are also part of the collection.
(1 box) Last updated 11/04

Biographical/Historical: Born into a devout Quaker family in Philadelphia in 1743, Isaac Zane came to Frederick County about 1756. He established the Marlboro Iron Works that produced stoves, pots, and bar iron, which were shipped to Bristol, London, Glasgow, and Boston from the ports of Alexandria and Falmouth. The iron works was turned into a munitions factory during the Revolutionary War. Because of nonpayment, Zane remained in debt for the rest of his life, although his substantial holdings and personal property occupy 81 pages in the Frederick County Superior Court Will Book #1, pp. 224-305. He was active in VA and colonial political affairs serving in the House of Burgesses in 1775 and Revolutionary Conventions of 1774 and 1776, and VA House of Delegates (1778-1781).

Cite As: Isaac Zane Collection, 642 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA.


Box 1

Correspondence - Isaac Zane to Colonel William Booth, November 11, 1794, and enclosure on Marshall's opinion as to penalties under the Militia Law, 3 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Correspondence - Sarah Zane to cousin in the Wyandot tribe, 1796, 3 copies, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy); explanation, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy); transcript, 1 leaf, typescript

Correspondence - Thomas Jefferson to Isaac Zane, June 17, 1783, 2 copies, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy)

Map of Isaac Zane land holdings, 9 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

"Marlbro' Iron-Works" - sale broadside, c. 1783, 2 copies, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)

Newspaper clipping - Winchester Evening Star, July 28, 1976, 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)

Old Forge Farm—National Register of Historic Places—registration form prepared by Helen Lee Fletcher, Sept. 2003, 26 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Sale of Estate of Sarah Zane - broadside, no date, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy)

"Gentleman Ironmaster: Isaac Zane and Marlboro Furnace," by John Bivins, November 1970, 2 items, 44 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

"Isaac Zane, Jr., A Quaker for the Times," by Roger W. Morse, Jr., July 1969, article in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 18 leaves, printed (photocopy)

"Decorative Cast Iron on the Virginia Frontier," by John Bivins, Jr., article in Antiques Magazine, March 1972, 2 copies, 5 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Zane papers and other references, no date, 1 leaf, printed/manuscript, 2 pages, manuscript

MICROFILM CABINET--Miscellaneous Records

Zane Family correspondence - Coates-Reynell Papers, 1761-1806, Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Isaac Zane - records, Memorandum book, 1780-1783 Receipt book, 1784-1785, Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Mapcase 1, Drawer 6

Settlement of Isaac Zane Estate records, 1812-1818 (incomplete), Historical Society of Pennsylvania, leaves, manuscript (photocopy)