Born: January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. Throughout her life, she claimed she was born on January 7, 1901 in Eatonville, Florida.. HOWEVER. . Birth. Parents. Mother: Lucy, former school teacher. Died in1904 when Zora was only thirteen years old.. Father: John, a carpenter, sharecropper, Baptist minister, and mayor of Eatonville..