|NEWSPAPER OBIT- ?1942
FROSTPROOF”S OLDEST CITIZEN DIES AT 101
EDWARD J. HILLIARD ONE OF THE LAST OF FLORIDA”S PIONEERS
Mr. Edward Jackson Hilliard, died at his home here, Sunday morning January second at six o’clock.
Mr. Hilliard was probably the oldest man in Florida being 101 years and 17 days of age at the time of his death.
He was born December 22, 1841, in Ware County, Goergia. Came to Florida at the age of three years, and spent the remainder of his life in this county.
As a boy he lived through the Indian Wars, at the age of ten serving as a messenger at Ft. Meade.
During the Civil War he served in the Army of the Confederacy of the Southern States. He was captured in the Battle of Gettysburg, and remained a prisoner of war for eighteen months, after which he was released in an exchange of prisoners, coming frrom the north of Savannah by ship, thence by rail to Quitman, Ga., the remainder of the way to Tampa by wagon train, from there home by foot.
During his long lifetime he saw Peninsular Florida develop. He cultivated and enjoyed a wide circle of admiring friends.
He was married on November 12, 1868, to Ann Elizabeth Carney. From this union were born two daughters: Mrs. Edna Monroe and Mrs. Mamie Manley. There are ten grand children, ten great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren.
There were two subsequent marriages, the latter to Fairby Ann Kent, on August 8, 1917. She died May 21, 1940.
He was an honorary member of Frostproof Lodge No. 229, F & A.M., having previously been for many years an active member of the Lodge at Fort Meade, Fla.
He was a member of the Baptist Church. About a week before his death he is said to have remarked to a young soldier who had married his great-granddaughter, “You have joined man’s army; pretty soon I am going to join God’s army.”
Funral services were held at the Baptist church here at two o’clock Monday afternoon with Rev. N. P. Farrior, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating. Masons of Frostproof and Fort Meade conducted graveside rites at Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Fort Meade.
Obit donated by: Gary Sullivan