Enos, Zimri A.

Born: 1821-09-29 Saint Louis, Missouri

Died: 1907-12-08 Springfield, Illinois

Flourished: 1831-1907 Springfield, Illinois

In September 1823, Zimri Enos moved with his parents and siblings to Springfield, Illinois, and lived there the rest of his life. He attended Springfield Seminary; Jesuit College in St. Louis; and Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he studied engineering. When he graduated, he studied law in the office of Edward D. Baker and Albert T. Bledsoe, and later formed a law partnership with James H. Matheny. In 1846, he married Agnes Trotter, with whom he had six children. In April 1847, Enos formed a business partnership with Vincent Ridgely, offering their services to veterans of the Mexican War to obtain land warrants or sell the warrants for cash. Enos & Ridgely was in business until August 1847. Enos later became a surveyor and civil engineer, and held the office of county surveyor for Sangamon County from 1854 to 1857. By 1860, he owned $18,000 in real property, with a personal estate of $2,000.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 288-89; Joseph Wallace, Past and Present of the City of Springfield and Sangamon County Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1904), 2:1003-4; Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Sangamon County (Chicago: Munsell, 1912 ), 1:158; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 660-61; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 29 April 1847, 2:4, 3:3; 19 August 1847, 3:7; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Springfield, Sangamon County, IL, 81.