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Bates, Mortimer Boulware and Esther Eliza Davis
Mortimer Boulware Bates was born on December 19, 1841, and died on April 30 1911. He was a Lt. in the Confederate States Army and saw action with Col. J. J. Dickison on the St. Johns River. He was also elected to the Florida House of Representatives for several terms. He married Esther Eliza Davis, daughter of Henry Jefferson and Mary Wood Davis, on May 31, 1866. Esther was born on December 13, 1847, and died on April 10, 1904. Mortimer and Esther, parents of nine children, are buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
[Photos from the Florida State Archives, image numbers pr03651 and pr03626. Source of family background: The Davis-Wood Family of Gadsden County, Florida and Their Forebears, by Fenton Garnett Davis Avant, 1979.]
Blitch, Mary DuPont Lines
Mary DuPont Lines was born July 29, 1886, in Lake City, FL, and died August 1, 1949 in Jacksonvile, FL. Mrs. Blitch lived in Quincy for many years and was a member of Centenary Methodist Church. She was the daughter of Joseph Frank Lines and Kathryn Caledonia Stewart. Mae, as she was called, married Rayford Elbert Blitch, Sr. on June 14, 1908, in Quincy. At the time of her death, survivors were: four daughters, Miss Kate Stewart Blitch, Mrs. J. C. Hinson, Mrs. Kenneth Harmon, and Mrs. Forrest Taylor, all of Quincy; two sons, R. E. Blitch, Jr. and John Allen Blitch, both of Quincy; one sister, Mrs. E. E. Pomeroy of Jacksonville, and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Blitch is buried in Eastern Cemetery, Quincy.
Submitted by Mary Catherine Kidd
Blitch, Rayford Elbert, Sr.
Rayford Elbert Blitch was the 6th child born to William Henry Blitch and Elizabeth Estille Hall Blitch. He was born December 20, 1885, in Sharon, FL. Mr. Blitch operated a farm implement and supply business in Quincy for many years. He moved to Coral Gables about ten years before his death. He was a member of the Quincy Presbyterian Church. He married Mary DuPont Lines on June 14, 1908, in Quincy, and they had eight children, two dying at birth. Mr. Blitch died on March 5, 1959, in Coral Gables, Dade Co., FL, and is buried in Eastern Cemetery, Quincy. At the time of his death, his survivors were his second wife, Mrs. Audrey W. Blitch, of Coral Gables; two sons, R. E. Blitch, Jr., and John Allen Blitch, both of Quincy; three daughters, Miss Kate Stewart Blitch, Mrs. J. C. Hinson and Mrs. Robbie Harmon, all of Quincy; brothers, F. L. Blitch of Jacksonville, and Clinton Blitch of Dadeville, AL; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Brooker of Green Cove Springs, and Mrs. Alma Geer of Atlanta, GA, 10 granchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Submitted by Mary Catherine Kidd
Blount, Annie Elizabeth Owens
Annie Elizabeth Owens Blount was born 1-8-1825 and died 4-6-1901. She was the daughter of Solomon Owens. She was married to Charles Blount, who was born 10-25-1814 and died 10-23-1881. They are both buried in Antioch Cemetery. There are two photos here. The first one is of Annie and two daughters, Julia Blount Winderweedle and Mary Jane "Molly" Blount Chester, and two grandchildren. The second is Annie with her youngest son Charles Wiley Blount. Charlie was born 5-10-1864 and died 9-29-1918.
Submitted by Annette Blount
Blount, Charles E. and Mariah Eldorado Dean
Charles Erastus Blount married Mariah Eldorado "Eldie" Dean, on December 16, 1897, in Alamo, FL. Charlie was born March 29, 1878, in Lafayette (Gadsden Co.) Florida. Eldie was born August 6, 1877, in Gadsden County, and died November 1968 in Quincy (Gadsden Co.). They are buried in Providence Cemetery. Charlie was the son of Solomon F. Blount and Rebecca Mariah Humphrey.
Charlie, Eldie and first child
Children of Charlie and Eldie Blount, 1916.
Charlie and Eldie Blount with children, taken in 1937.
Charlie and Eldie Blount in 1937 with children, spouses and some grandchildren.
Submitted by Annette Blount
Blount, Solomon Franklin and Rebecca Mariah Humphrey
Solomon Blount married Rebecca Mariah Humphrey, on December 10, 1874, in Brooks County, GA. Solomon was born December 3, 1852, in Juniper, and died April 13, 1928 in Providence. He was the son of Charles and Eliza Blount. Rebecca was born August 26, 1857, in Georgia and died April 5, 1941 in Gadsden County. Obituary, scroll down She was the daughter of James and Rachel Humphrey. They had eight children. Both are buried in Providence Cemetery.
---1.  This photo, dated 1910, is of Solomon and Rebecca holding their family Bible.
---2.  Solomon and Rebecca in a "crayon" portrait made from the original 1910 photo in which they held the Bible
---3.  Solomon and Rebecca standing outside, date unknown.
Submitted by Annette Blount
Boynton, John O'Hara and Sarah Harris
John O'Hara Boynton was born September 12, 1899, in Princeton, Kentucky. He was the son of George William Boynton and Mary Louella McGowan, and was a descendant of the Mayflower Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins. As a young man, John visited back and forth in Havana, Florida, with his elder brother, William James Boynton, who eventually put John to work in his naval stores business. During his visits to Havana, he met the Harris girls, Thelma and Sarah, daughters of James S. and Cliffie Shelfer Harris. Although John was initially enamored with the elder sister, Thelma, she tired of waiting for him and eloped with Robert H. McDavid. John liked the Harris family so much, he continued to visit and when Sarah turned 17, they married, on November 4, 1924. Sarah did not finish her senior year of high school, but later returned to Havana High School and graduated with her eldest child, daughter Sarah Ross. Imagine mother and daughter in the same class! John and Sarah lived in Kentucky for awhile after marriage, but soon moved to Havana permanently. See John's biography elsewhere on this web site. Sarah worked after all of their children were in school, but for most of her life, she was a housewife. Before marriage, Sarah enjoyed hunting with her father, dancing, and singing. There are many articles in The Gadsden County Times newspaper from the Havana News social column that document her singing solos and duets, and once even in a quartet with her father and his friends, at parties. John and Sarah loved fishing and owned a home at Lake Talquin for years, where they hosted their childrens' famlies and taught their grandchildren to fish. Both were accomplished gardeners. John loved wildflowers and grew dahlias. Sarah grew many old garden flowers and especially loved sweet peas. John had been plagued with rheumatoid arthritis since his 40s, and after his fingers were bent sideways, he could still do a crossword puzzle or hold a fishing pole. John and Sarah both were avid fans of the Havana Wrappers Softball Team on which their sons played, and John was the score keeper. John and Sarah had five children, Sarah Ross, John, Jr. (Jack), James Milton (Jimmy), Clarence Robert (Bubba), and Denise. They lived to celebrate 58 wedding anniversaries. John died unexpectedly on February 22, 1983, at his home in Havana, of a heart attack after returning from a luncheon with old friends and Sarah in Tallahassee. Sarah, who was born on October 28, 1907, lived another 22 years after John and fished, gardened and played bridge until she went into assisted living at age 95. She died of natural causes at age 98 on December 23, 2005. They are buried in the Shelfer Cemetery in Havana.
John's Graduation photo from Cumberland Law School.
John O. Boynton's portrait about age 30
John and Sarah after moving back to Havana
John Boynton and his siblings and spouses about 1958. Seated, left to right, Mamie Miller Boynton (widow of Clarence), her sister Sadie Miller Boynton (wife of Will), Ella Boynton (widow of Tom), Maria Boynton (widow of Glover), and Beulah Boynton Darden. Standing, left to right: Mary Lou Boynton Keeney, W. J. (Will) Boynton, John Boynton and wife Sarah
John Boynton, principal of Havana High School and basketball coach
Sarah Harris as a baby and as a toddler
Sarah Harris about 16 years old
Wedding article from the Gadsden County Times, November 6, 1924
Story about Sarah Boynton by her daughter, Sarah Ross Helgason, Havana Herald, June 1, 2006
Sarah Boynton about age 80. Her hair turned from red to white very early in her 40s and almost no one remembers her with anything but beautiful white hair.
John and Sarah Boynton at their 25th Wedding Anniversary in 1949. With them are their children, Clarence "Bubba", Denise, Jack, and Jimmy.
John Boynton's Tenure Card at Florida State University documenting the dates of his degrees
Retirement article in the Havana Herald, June 26, 1969, about John Boynton
John O. Boynton at some of his many speaking engagements: 1) From the Gadsden County Times, November 18, 1943, Florida Academy of Science and 2) Chattahoochee Rotary Club, from the Gadsden County Times, October 28, 1943.
Contributed by Angela Cassidy
Clark, John Clintock and Lucy Morefield Pitts
John Clintock Clark was born March 29, 1858, in Hardaway, Gadsden County, and died August 27, 1944, in Hardaway. He married Lucy Morefield Pitts on February 27, 1879. Lucy was born November 3, 1859, in Hardaway, the daughter of Dotson Pitts and Mary Ann Whiddon. Lucy died October 9, 1912, in Hardaway, and she and John are both buried in Flat Creek Cemetery. Their children were all born in Hardaway:
1) Lovie, born January 6, 1884, and died March 28, 1986, at the age of 102, in Perry, Florida. She was unmarried.
2) Mary Etta or "Mamie", born May 16, 1885, and died January 2, 1980, in Perry, Florida. She married Roy Brandon.
3) Florence Birdie, born June 28, 1886, and died May 6, 1910, buried Flat Creek Cemetery.
4) John Wright, born May 24, 1888, and died January 1, 1969, in Quincy. Wright married Myrtie Julia Cowen.
5) Stella Mae, born March 25, 1890, and died January 15, 1901. Buried Flat Creek Cemetery
6) Reuben Sevier, born June 24, 1891, and died February 19, 1971. He married Ellen Poythress.
7) Eunice Bell, born March 23, 1893, and died March 12, 1941. She was unmarried.
In this photo, on the front row are, left to right: Florence Birdie Clark, Lucy Morefield Pitts Clark (mother), John Clintock Clark (father), and Lovie Clark. On the back row are, left to right: John Wright Clark, Reuben Sevier Clark, and Eunice Bell Clark.
Clark, Lonnie John and Eva Priscilla Wells
Lonnie John Clark, the eldest son of Matthew E. Clark and Elizabeth Green Clark, was born in Greensboro on September 5, 1879. Lonnie became a teacher and taught at Juniper View, Juniper School, Federal Roads school, Flat Creek school, and the Red Bluff school called "Scratch Ankle." He was about six feet tall with fair complexion, light, fine hair, and blue eyes. He met Eva Priscilla Wells at Sycamore Church when she came there to visit relatives. Eva, born in Pelham, Georgia, on August 13, 1886, was the daughter of Henry DeKalb Wells and Eusebia Savilla Alexander. Eva, about five-foot two, with dark skin, dark hair, and hazel eyes, was a teacher in Doerun, Georgia, before she met Lonnie. After they married on April 4, 1906, in Doerun, Georgia, Lonnie and Eva lived in Greensboro and continued to teach school. Lonnie also farmed, worked as an Attendance Officer for the County School Superintendent, and he was the local census taker. The couple was active in the Flat Creek Baptist Church, he as Sunday School Superintendent and Church Clerk, and she as Sunday School teacher, organist, and pianist. Lonnie died in Greensboro on December 7, 1947, and Eva died in Quincy on February 17, 1955. They are both buried in Flat Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. They had the following children: Evelyn, Herschel, Herbert, and Clyde.
Photo of Lonnie and Eva Clark in a buggy, 1908
Photo of the Clark home in Greensboro, 1913. Lonnie and Eva with their children Clyde and Evelyn.
[Photos from the Florida State Archives, Florida Photographic Collections, image numbers n031316, n031311, n031315, n0310304, and pr04052. Biographical information extracted by Angela Cassidy from the book "A Clark Family in America", 1980, by Evelyn Clark Reeves, pages 128-140.]
Clark, Matthew Edwin and Elizabeth Sophronia Green
Matthew Edwin Clark was born June 14, 1853 in Greensboro and died October 15, 1934 in Greensboro. His parents were John Clark and Nancy Louisa Pridgen. On March 15, 1877, he married Elizabeth Sophronia "Betty" Green. Betty was the daughter of Richard Pryor Green and Susannah Weathington, and the granddaughter of Frederick and Lovey Weathington. She was born November 23, 1860 in Greensboro and died May 1, 1950, in Greensboro. They are buried in Flat Creek Cemetery. There following three photos of them and their family are from the Flroida State Archives Photographic Collection.
Photo 1 is dated 1902, image number n031372. Standing, L-R: Charles Alexander, Spurgeon William, Lonnie John, Matthew "Mack" Pryor; Middle row, L-R: Snowdie Idell, Horace Hentz, Susan "Susie" Jane; Sitting, L-R: Eva Elizabeth (two census records have her name as Eva B.), Matthew Edwin (husband), and Elizabeth Sophronia "Betty" (wife).
Photo 2 is dated 1909, image number pr04048. Standing, L-R: Eva Wells Clark (daughter-in-law), Susie Clark Tolar (daughter), Maria Shepard Clark (daughter-in-law), Lillie Mae Clark (granddaughter), Snowdie Clark (daughter); Middle Row, L-R: Matthew Pryor "Mack" Clark, Spurgeon William Clark, Susan Weathington Green (mother of Betty), and Emma Elizabeth Cowen Clark (daughter-in-law). Front Row, L-R: Elizabeth Sophronia "Betty" Green Clark (wife), Matthew Edwin Clark (husband), Eva Elizabeth Clark (their youngest child), and Edwin Bryan Clark (grandson). Note: From Census records, it appears their only daughters were Susie Jane, Snowdie I. and Eva B.
Photo 3 is dated 1915, image number n031335. Portrait of Matthew Edwin and Betty.
Clark, Spurgeon William and Emma Elizabeth Cowen
Spurgeon William Clark was born April 11, 1885 and died April 27, 1954. He was the son of Matthew Edwin Clark and Elizabeth Sophronia "Betty" Green. His wife was Emma Elizabeth Cowen. Elizabeth was born June 27, 1887 and died July 16, 1971. This photo of her was taken about 1918. They lived in the Greensboro area and are buried in Flat Creek Cemetery. Photos from the Florida State Archives, images n031336 and n031342.
Concord Group at Ponto Spring
This is a photo of a group of young men and women from Concord on an outing at Ponto Spring before 1908. They have been identified by the submitter based on extensive photo collection in which they have been named in other photos. Lilla Gray will become Mrs. George A. Laing. Maggie Perkins will become Mrs. Arthur Livingston Vickers. Minnie Vickers will become Mrs. Homer Bartow Walsh. Ella Walsh will become Mrs. Malcolm "Mack" Hinson. If anyone can identify the second lady on the left, please contact submitter directly. Original photo without text may be seen here.
Submitted by Angela Boynton Cassidy.
Concord Group on Outing
A photo of Concord residents, including Pasco Walsh, Emma Finkley, Ruby Fairbanks, and Tom Cook. Pasco and Emma married, but it is not known whether they were married at this time.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy.
Curtis, Col. Henry and Celia Gilliam Sibley
Celia Gilliam Sibley, nicknamed "Tenie", was the daughter of Charles S. Sibley and Mary Drew Gilliam (maiden) Coe (her second husband's name). She was born in 1844 in Gadsden County and died in 1924 in Quincy. She was the granddaughter of Rev. Jesse Coe of Baltimore and Celia Gilliam of Virginia. Celia married Col. Henry Curtis on January 19, 1865, and they had the following children: John Wingfield Curtis, Mary Celia Curtis, Lucy Blair Curtis, Charles Sibley curtis, Ann Virginia Curtis and Myrtle Curtis.
Submitted by Dawn McMillian.
Davis, George Walton and Emma Massey
George Walton Davis was born in 1870 and died in 1923. He married Emma Massey, who was born in 1873 and died in 1912. This photo, taken in the 1890s, shows them with their son, George Leland Davis.
Photo from the Florida State archives, image number n031153.
Davis, Laura Ann Hayes
Laura Ann Hayes was born April 18, 1852, and died on December 17, 1915. She married on December 17, 1878, in Greenwood (Jackson Co.), FL, Thomas Joshua Davis, son of Henry Jefferson Davis and Mary Wood. Thomas Joshua Davis was born on March 23, 1846, and served in the Confederate States Army, where he was, during part of his service, a guard at Andersonville Prison. He died on February 7, 1936. Tom and Laura were the parents of Jefferson, May, Amos, Millard, and Leiland. Both are buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Photo from the Florida State archives, image number PR03651. Biographical information from "The Davis-Wood Family of Gadsden County, Florida and Their Forebears" by Fenton Garnett Davis Avant 1979.
Dickson, Agusta
Agusta Dickson was born in Gadsden County in 1869, the daughter of Williams Dickson and Sarah Elizabeth Cain. She was the aunt of Sara Lester Smith of Havana. The back of the photograph, in Mrs. Smith's handwriting, states: "Aunt Gussie Dickson. Married Uncle Lawrence Wilde." The portrait was taken in Paris, Texas (studio name and location on front of portrait), where her parents moved the family in 1895. Mr. and Mrs. Wilde are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Texas, with her parents.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy.
Dickson, Little
Sarah Little Dickson was born in Gadsden County in 1871, the daughter of Williams Dickson and Sarah Elizabeth Cain. She was the aunt of Sara Lester Smith of Havana. The back of the photograph, in Mrs. Smith's handwriting, states: "Aunt Little Dickson. She died in 1967 when she was 96 yrs. old--Is buried in Dickson Family Burial Lot in Paris, Texas. A very lovely person."
Submitted by Angela Cassidy.
Dickson, Martha
Martha Dickson was born in Gadsden County in May 1877, the daughter of Williams Dickson and Sarah Elizabeth Cain. She was the aunt of Sara Lester Smith of Havana. The back of the photograph, in Mrs. Smith's handwriting, states: "Aunt Mattie Dickson. Married (Uncle) Beverly Wortham of Roanoke, VA. She is the one who taught voice for many many years and gave concerts in many Va. Colleges." Lamar County, Texas, marriage records show Martha F. Dickson married R. B. Wortham in 1906. World War I draft card for Richard Beverly Wortham of Roanoke, VA, says born March 25, 1873, a merchant, next of kin Mrs. Martha D. Wortham. 1930 U.S. Census shows R. Beverly Wortham residing in Roanoke, VA, age 56, with spouse Martha D.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy.
Dickson, Williams and Sarah Elizabeth Cain
Williams Dickson was born in Gadsden County, Florida on May 8, 1830 and died in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 5, 1911. He married in Gadsden County, Sarah Elizabeth Cain , who was born in Greene Co., GA, on October 4, 1834, and died in Texas on March 23, 1901. They are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, (Lamar County) Texas. They are the grandparents of Sara Lester Smith of Havana, whose mother was Harriet Cornelia "Nina" Dickson, wife of John Vickers Lester. Sarah Elizabeth Cain was the daughter of Thomas Jordan Cain and Mary Rives Swann.
The following funeral information and obituary were found on the Lamar County GenWeb page for Evergreen Cemetery index, courtesy of Ron Brothers, The Death and Cemetery Records of Lamar County, Texas, On-Line Edition (Paris, TX: ReBroMa Press, 2008.): From Rodgers & Wade Furniture Co. Funeral Records in possession of Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home; Book #7; p.417; Service #274; charged to deceased; order given by John T. Dickson; secured by same; date of funeral 6 Nov 1911; place of death Ft. Worth, TX.; services at John T. Dickson's in Bonham; time 2:30 p.m.; Clergyman J. P. Robertson; cause of death senility; date of death 5 Nov 1911 in a.m.; aged 75 years; body shipped to Paris; interment at Evergreen; vault price $75.00; 40 folding chairs $2.00; coach $5.00; 6 carriages $21.00; hearse $10.00; wagon delivery $3.50; open grave $6.00; total $122.50.
THE PARIS (Texas) NEWS, Tuesday, November 7, 1911, p. 1: 'William Dickson, the aged father of Messrs. John T. Dickson and S. W. Dickson of this city, died suddenly at 7:30 o'clock last Sunday morning at the home of another son, E. W. Dickson, in Fort Worth. The remains were brought to Paris on the 12:50 Frisco train yesterday afternoon and were taken to the home of John T. Dickson on Bonham street, where the funeral service was held at 3:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. P. Robertson, after which they were borne to Evergreen cemetery and were interred by the side of his wife. The deceased was born in Goodsden [Gadsden] county, Florida, and was in his eighty-second year. Sixteen years ago he and his wife moved to Paris, where they lived until the death of the latter six years ago. Since that time he has been living around among his children. He was a man of a quiet disposition and did not go about very much, but he was held in high esteem by those who knew him. He served in the civil war as a Confederate soldier. The deceased is survived by four sons and six daughters, Messrs, John T. and S. W. Dickson of this city, E. W. Dickson of Fort Worth, J. R. Dickson of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Fain of Wichita Falls, Mrs. (Harriet Cornelia Dickson) Lester of Georgia, Mrs. Tenny and Mrs. (Agusta Dickson) Wilde of Washington, Mrs. (Martha Dickson) Wortham of Dallas and Miss Little Dickson of Paris.'
Although this obituary states his name as William, and the Evergreen cemetery index has William S., a family photograph and several family web sites state his given name as "Williams."
Submitted by Angela Cassidy.
Edwards, Daniel Webster and Florence Elizabeth Hawkins Family
There are three photos here. They include Daniel Webster Edwards and his wife Florence Elizabeth Hawkins; a picture of their homestead with their sons Guy, Meadie, and Clyde; Guy's wife, Lila Strange Edwards and their daughter, Macy Edwards; Clyde's wife, Rossie Hamilton Edwards; also Elizabeth Campbell Hawkins, Florence's mother. Because of the file size and number of pages, this may take some time to open.
Submitted by Annette Blount.
Edwards, Drew Davidson and Allie Ora Fletcher
Drew Davidson Edwards and Allie Ora Fletcher were married February 20, 1902, and had eight children.
Submitted by Annette Blount.
Edwards, Meadie Bertelle and Mittie B. Fletcher
There are two pages of photos here. On the first page is Meadie Bertelle Edwards in his youth and in old age. The second page contains two photos of his wife, Mittie B. Fletcher.
Submitted by Annette Blount.
Edwards, Talmadge and Matilda Walsh Wedding 1908
This is a photo of the wedding party at the marriage of Talmadge Edwards and Matilda Walsh, June 27, 1908, in Concord. Some people in the wedding party from Concord are named. If anyone can identify others, please contact the submitter directly.
Submitted by Angela Boynton Cassidy.
Edwards, Thomas Lee and Nora Walsh
Thomas Lee Edwards married Millie Nora Walsh, on February 25,1904, in Gadsden County. Tom was the son of William and Betty McKeown Edwards. Nora was the daughter of Patrick and Nancy Callahan Walsh. Tom and Nora are buried in the Vickers Cemetery in Concord.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy
Edwards, William W. and Elizabeth McKeown
William Walter Edwards married Elizabeth "Betty" McKeown, on July 28, 1868, in Gadsden County. William was the son of William and Honor Darby Edwards. Elizabeth "Betty" was the daughter of Rev. Oliver Evans McKeown and Sidnah Flemmon Clark McKeown. William and Betty are buried in the Providence Cemetery near her parents.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy
Ellinor, Margeret Annie Floyd
Margeret Annie Floyd was the daughter of Matthew Benjamin Floyd and Martha Ann Dalton Floyd. She was born in 1854 and married Walter Allen Ellinor in 1876. They lived most of their lives in the Scotland community. Their children were: Floie/Floy (who married Albert L. Johnson), Nellie (who married John T. Flake), F. A. (male), N. S. (female), Lawson Benjamin (who married Roberta Caroline Woodbery), Samuel Fleming (who married Mary Zadie Waites), Joseph Richard, Emma, Roy, Arthur Randolph, and Mabel. Annie died in 1936 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Havana. Walter Allen Ellinor was born December 15, 1848, in Nash Co., NC. His parents were Josiah Ellinor (born Edgecombe Co., NC) and Lucinda Taylor (born Nash Co., NC). Walter died in 1908 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Havana.
Submitted by Lawson Miller Smith
Ellinor, Lawson Benjamin and Roberta Caroline
Lawson Benjamin Ellinor married Roberta Caroline Woodberry in 1905, in Gadsden County. Lawson was the son of Walter Allen Ellinor and Margeret Annie Floyd. Roberta was the daughter of Jonah Milton Woodberry and Metilda Caroline Hinson. Lawson and Roberta's children were Lawson Byron, born September 15, 1905, Merrill Floyd, born July 31, 1909, and Robert Allen, born October 10, 1912. Mr. Ellinorand Mrs. Ellinor are buried in Woodland Cemetery, Havana, with all of their children. Mr. Ellinor was co-owner and then full owner of the Shelfer and Ellinor Co. in Havana. See his obituary, from The Havana Herald, May 5, 1949.
Submitted by Lawson Miller Smith
Fewell, Richard Alexander and Emma Connell
Richard Alexander Fewell born April 3, 1846 in Alabama and died May 7, 1921, in Gadsden County, Florida. He married on August 13, 1870 in Gadsden County, Emily A. "Emma" Connell, born about 1850 in Concord, Florida, daughter of John Gray Connell and Ann Brady. They lived most of their life in Decatur Co., GA. Richard is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Grady Co., GA, and Emma, who died in her 40s, was buried in the Barber Cemetery, Condord. Their children were: John W., born abt. 1872; Annie Dickey, born December 18, 1873; Thomas Richard, born August 30, 1876; Bertha, born March 22, 1877; George Washington, born August 26, 1880; Dick Hardy, born January 10, 1883; Clemmie, born March 8, 1887; and Judson, born 1889
Note by Angela Cassidy---In the photo, based upon their height and gender, the children are probably: Bertha, tall girl on left; Thomas Richard, tall boy on right; Dick Hardy, middle boy; George Washington, left boy; and Clemmie, the baby.
Submitted by Lackey Stephens
Fletcher, George Warren and Wives
George Warren Fletcher married 1st Harriett Weathington and 2nd Eliza Ann Edwards.
Photos submitted by Annette Blount
Fletcher, Thomas, and Meadie Bertelle Edwards
This is a portrait of brothers-in-law, Thomas Fletcher and Meadie Bertelle Edwards.
Submitted by Annette Blount.
Floyd, Matthew Benjamin and Martha Ann Dalton
Matthew Benjamin Floyd was born April 2, 1829, in Georgia. He died October 23, 1908, in Gadsden County, probably in Scotland. His parents are believed to be Matthew D. Floyd born 1786, NC, and Elizabeth Miles, b. 1794, NC. Matthew married on August 23, 1848, in Dooley Co., GA, Martha Ann Dalton. She was born June 7, 1830 in Georgia and died December 8, 1906, probably in Quincy. It is not known for sure whether Matthew and Martha were estranged in their old age or none of their children could take care of both of them. He lived with his daughter, Jaco Gregory in Scotland. He was called "Squire" by people in the community. Oral family history says that he sat on the front porch and ordered everyone around like he was the squire of the manor. Matthew is buried in Salem Cemetery outside of Havana. Martha is buried in Eastern Cemetery in Quincy and must have lived in her later years with one of her children in Quincy. Matthew and Martha are ancestors of the Gregorys, Boyntons, and Ellinors of Havana.
Location of Matthew Floyd's grave in Salem Cemetery.
Matthew Floyd's grave stone
Matthew and Martha Floyd's children were:
Elizabeth Delphi, b. 1849, married John Lanier McIver
Ezilla Bailey, b. 1851, married William Hardy Shelfer
Margeret Annie, b. 1854, married Lawson Benjamin Ellinor
William M. born 1855, died 1857
Oliver Benjamin, b. 1856, died 1934
Martha Clifford Bush, b. 1859, married Dr. Richard R. Kennedy
Marcus Lawson, b. 1860, married 1) Lula Durham, Gadsden Co., 1882, 2) Maud Floyd, Lownes Co., AL 1898, 3) Marion V. Brown, 1918
Mary E., b. 1862, died 1863
Luella, b. 1863, died 1864
Jacolena, b. 1867, married George Ballard Gregory
Emma Louise, b. 1869, married Thomas Maner Scott
Submitted by Angela Cassidy, with information compiled from Barbara Boynton, Wayne Gregory, and Lawson Miller Smith.
Gee, Charles Alston
Charleston Alston Gee was born November 20, 1833, and died April 24, 1867, after the Civil War, in which he served as a Captain in the Confederate States Army. He was the son of Henry and Martha E. Forrester Gee. Charles is buried in the Gee Family Cemetery outside of Quincy.
Submitted by Annette Gee Ford.
Gee, Dr. John Henry
John Henry Gee was born 1819 in Georgetown, South Carolina, the son of Henry Gee and Agnes Forrester. When Agnes died, Henry married Agnes' sister, Martha Elizabeth Forrester, and the family moved to a plantation near the town of Quincy, Florida in 1827. Henry Gee, the father, was a wealthy man and prominent citizen who owned considerable property in Gadsden County, Florida. John Henry attended medical schools in Charleston, South Carolina, and Philadelphia. He graduated at the age of nineteen and returned to Quincy in 1838. He served as Assistant Surgeon in General Leigh Read's brigade during the Second Seminole war in 1840. For the next several years John Henry traveled extensively ultimately returning to Quincy to set up medical practice.
Upon the outbreak of the Civil War John Henry joined the Confederate military acting as military aid to the Governor of Florida. He rose through the ranks and was ultimately pomoted to Major. In 1864 Major Gee was ordered to North Carolina by General Braxton Bragg to take command of the Salisbury Prison where he served until February, 1865. The year that he took command the prison housed about 500 confederate prisoners. Before Major Gee left command this number had swelled to 10,000. Severely understaffed and undersupplied Major Gee struggled to maintain order and provide for the prisoners in his charge but it was an uphill struggle. Prisoners died by the hundreds. After the war Major John Henry Gee was arrested and tried in Raleigh, North Carolina for war crimes, the trial beginning on February 21, 1866. Trial proceedings were reported daily by a correspondent for the New York Tribune. On the first day of the trial the news appeared on the front page of the Tribune with the following description of the defendant:
"Gee is about 47 years of age, five feet nine inches in height, well built though rather slight, with brown hair largely sprinkled with gray, gray mustache and goatee, blue eyes, aquiline nose, with an intelligent and rather anxious expression."
On June 14, 1866 Dr. Gee was acquitted of all charges. The Military Commission ruling that Gee was not directly responsible for any violations but that higher authorities for the Confederate Government were responsible. In mid July Dr. Gee returned to Quincy to a hero's welcome where he soon reestablished his medical practice in partnership with his brother Dr. Charles A. Gee. John Henry never married. He continued to be a prominent and controversial figure in Quincy until his tragic death on August 13, 1876. On that night shortly after midnight a fire broke out in a group of buildings a block west of Dr. Gee's office. One of the first to arrive, Dr. Gee attempted to stop the spread of the fire by placing a 25 pound powder keg in a warehouse to blow a firebreak. When the keg did not explode Dr. Gee reentered the warehouse at which time the keg exploded killing Dr. Gee.
The ancestry of Dr. John Henry Gee:
Charles b. circa 1650 and Hannah Gee of Surry and Prince George Counties in Virginia.
Henry Gee
James Gee b. November 12, 1741 d. June 6, 1804 m. Mary Walker
Henry Gee b. November 12, 1782, d. February 4, 1851, m. Agness Forrester
John Henry Gee b. 1819 d. August 13, 1876
For much more information see the Rowan Public Library page on Salisbury Prison. There is a yearly Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium held in April. There is also a newly formed Salisbury Confederate Prison Association for men and women interested in preserving the history of the Prison and those who were there. In addition, Annette Gee Ford has written a book about the court martial of Dr. John Henry Gee entitled The Captive.
Source: web site of Mike Gee:
Photos submitted by Annette Gee Ford.
Gee, Martha Elizabeth
Martha Elizabeth Gee was born January 16, 1804, and died October 28, 1882. She was the second wife of Henry Gee, the first Gee to arrive in Gadsden County. Martha was the sister of Henry's first wife, Agnes Forrester, who died before he left South Carolina. Martha raised Agnes' son by Henry, John Henry Gee, along with her own children by Henry. She is buried in the Gee Family Cemetery outside of Quincy, along with her husband, Henry, her sister, Jenny, and her sons and daughter, as well as several grandchildren.
Submitted by Annette Gee Ford.
Gee, William Hilliard
William Hilliard Gee was born July 16, 1831, and died October 6, 1887. His wife was Louisa, who is buried with him and a child, David, in the Gee Family Cemetery outside of Quincy, FL.
Submitted by Annette Gee Ford.
Glenn, Charles Harper and Margaret Lilla Edwards
Charles Harper Glenn was born January 8, 1854, in Gadsden County, and died February 14, 1949, in Gretna, Gadsden County. On January 6, 1885, he married Margaret Lilla Edwards, daughter of Benjamin Wade Edwards and Marianna Sullivan. Margaret Lilla was born May 26, 1862 in Gadsden County and died on November 11, 1942 in Gadsden County. They are buried in Sunny Dell Cemetery, Gretna.
Photo from Florida State Archives, Image no. pr03661. Biographical information compiled by Angela Cassidy from census records and the Glenn/Phelps Family Tree and the Faircloth Family Tree (not verified) on
Glenn, Queen Ann Haire
Queen Ann Haire was born January 22, 1832, in Gadsden County, and died November 20, 1911. She was the daughter of Rayford Haire and Mary Polly Darby (daughter of Jacob and Susan Darby). Queen Ann married on July 9, 1851, in Gadsden County, Owen Shackelford Glenn, who was born in 1830. Owen was in Co. A., 5th Battalion, FL Cavalry, CSA. They are both buried in Thomas Cemetery (aka Glenn Cemetery), in the Rock Bluff area of Liberty County (formerly Gadsden County). Their children were: Mary Ann, Charles Harper, Rebecca, Ellen, Thomas, Owen, Littleberry, William Henry, Rhoda A., Queen Ann, and Owen Little. At least three of their children married Edwards.
Photo - Florida State Archives, image no. pr03762. Biographical information compiled by Angela Cassidy from census records, several family trees on (unverified), and Thomas Cemetery index, Liberty Co., FL.
Gregory, Jason, Sr. and Amittee Wilder
Jason Gregory, Sr. was born September 25, 1781 in Onslow Co., NC. He died on November 1, 1838 in Quincy, making him one of Gadsden County's earliest settlers. Jason married Amittee "Milly" Wilder on January 9, 1800. Amittee was born October 8, 1782, in Onslow Co., NC, and died October 24, 1857 in Quincy. They are buried in the Jason Gregory Cemetery off of Harbin Road, about a mile west of U.S. Hwy 90 west of Quincy. (The cemetery is in terrible shape and desperately needs a restoration effort. See the Gadsden GenWeb site, Jason Gregory Cemetery page for photos.)
[Photos from the Florida State Archives, image numbers pr03735 and pr03733. Birth and marriage information from The Gregory Family Notebook, Special Collections, Robert Manning Strozier Library, Florida State University.]
Compiled by Angela Cassidy. Note: His cemetery grave stone reads Sen. Jason Gregory, but his name is not among those who were elected to The Florida Legislature, according to "The People of Lawmaking in Florida, 1822-2005" compiled by the Office of The Clerk, The Florida House of Representatives, July 2005.
Hagood, Arthur Wilbur and Mary King
Arthur Wilbur "Will" Hagood was born August 21, 1865 and died in 1914. He was the son of Susan Estelle Jeter and Richard Randall Hagood, who was born in Virginia and moved to Gadsden County in 1827/1828. Will Hagood married Mary Mildred "Molly" King, daughter of Richard Corin King and Mildred Augusta Moseley and grandaughter of Alexander M. Mosely and Helen Rouse (see their photo, also). This photo of Will and Molly was taken about 1888. Will is presumed to be buried in Siloam Cemetery, although there is no marker evident there now (the cemetery is wildly overgrown, though). Molly was born March 13, 1866, and died January 3, 1928, with burial in Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, Miami. Will and Molly had 9 children: 1) Mary Eva, 2) Lillie Bell, 3) Estelle, 4) Arthur Richard, 5) Tom, 6) Clarence Wilbur, 7) Helen, 8) Allen Albert, and 9) Robert.
Submitted by Robert Lightfoot.
Hagood, Mary Eva
Mary Eva Hagood was born July 4, 1890, in Quincy and died December 4, 1969. She was the daughter of Arthur Wilbur Hagood and Mary Mildred King and grandaughter of Alexander M. Mosely and Helen Rouse (see their photo, also). She married Green Evert Lightfoot on December 29, 1909. Green was born August 16, 1886 and died February 8, 1928. He was the son of Mary Emily McDaniel and Sherrod Benjamin Lightfoot. Green (spelled Greene in some family papers) was a carpenter and mechanic. Mr. and Mrs. Lightfoot are buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The photo of Mary Eva as a girl was taken about 1904 and the photo of Green and Mary Eva was taken about 1910.
Submitted by Robert Lightfoot.
Havana Luncheon Club
The Havana Luncheon Club was a business men's club in Havana organized to promote the Town of Havana. The Gadsden County Times has articles about this club spanning several years. In 1929, the club organized a Goodwill Tour of the county. Every community in the county was visited by a motorcade of Club members on Thursday, March 14. At each community, local dignitaries welcomed the club with speeches, food, or song. Photos were made at a number of stops. This photo, courtesy of Dan and Carol Miller, has no identifying information, but thanks to the memories of Virginia Tillis Stephens and Barbara Boynton, nearly all members were identified.

The four in the center, consisting of two men squatting, a child, and the man left of the child are, left to right: E. H. Slappey and son Henry Slappey, Clyde Gregory, and Hobson Alewine. The others are listed left to right, regardless of rows: Howard Gray, G. H. Chester, Leslie Lewis, Claude Arrington, Unknown, Percy Haviland, Marvin Miller, (skip Mr. Slappey), W. J. Boynton (President), Charles Persons, O. M. Tillis, Lawson Ellinor, H. E. Masters (tall with cigar in mouth), Gus Bert (white hair with cigar in hand), Harold Bert, Unknown, Harry Womack, and W. V. "Gin" Smith (in sunglasses).

Lester, Robert Berner, Sr. and Myrtle Hortense Hall
Robert Berner Lester, Sr. was born November 29, 1889, in Attapulgus, GA. He died December 23, 1981, in Havana. He was the son of James Duncan Lester (1852-1905) and Frances Rebecca Smith (1856-1938). On October 17, 1911, Robert married Myrtle Hortense Hall, daughter of Oliver B. Hall and Lilla D. Shepard. Myrtle was born August 5, 1893, in Concord and died in her 30th year, on January 28, 1923, in Quincy. Their children were Frances (who married Cecil Butler), Ruby Elizabeth (who married Walter Allen Ellinor), Robert B., Jr. and Warren Shepard Lester.
After the death of Myrtle, Robert married Nina Eulalia Weatherly, born November 27, 1898 in Havana, died March 1986, Havana, and they had three children: James Eleby, Nina Jean, and Alma Lucille (who lived only 2 years). Nina Weatherly was a descendant of Nathan and Nancy Shelfer. Bob Lester and both wives are buried in Eastern Cemetery, Quincy.

Myrtle Hall and siblings. Numbered 1) Myrtle, 2) Guy, 3) Ruby, 4) Hazel, 5) Elwood
Myrtle Hall left, and sister Ruby, right.
Obituary of Myrtle Hall Lester, dated February 1, 1923, from the Gadsden County Times.
Marriage License and Certificate of Robert B. Lester, Sr. and Myrtle Hall, service performed by Rev. N. P. Quarterman.
Compiled by Angela Cassidy from Little River Pioneers and the web site of Lawson Miller Smith. Photos provided by Lawson Miller Smith.
McDearmid, Mildred Augusta MOSELEY King Brockman
Mildred Augusta Moseley McDearmid was born December 7, 1847 in Alabama and died September 1908 in Gadsden County. She is buried in Providence Cemetery, but her grave marker is gone. Her parents were Alexander M. Moseley and Helen Rouse (see their photo). Mildred married Richard Corin King in 1863 and had two children by him, married John M. Brockman in 1867 and had two children with him, and married James S. McDearmid in 1874 and had seven children with him, two being twins. In this photo dated Fall 1890, Mildred is at the top with her daughter's family. Her daughter was Richard Corinne King (called "Coe") and she is seated with her first husband, Daniel Uris Wilder, whom she married November 18, 1885. Coe, born August 19, 1864, is holding her son, Daniel Wilder, b. February 8, 1890, and husband Daniel Wilder is holding their son, Lewis Wilder, born February 24, 1888. See the Biographies section for more on this family. Also see the photo of Arthur Hagood and wife Mary King. Mary is another daughter of Mildred McDearmid by Richard Corin King and the only full sibling of Coe. Coe's second husband was Lycurgus "Kirk" Braxton Gregory, successful tobacco grower, Florida state legislator from Gadsden County, Civil War veteran, Trustee of Siloam School, born August 18, 1847, and died May 27, 1917, son of Willoughby Shackleford Gregory and Mary B. Smith. Coe and Kirk married on March 11, 1896. Daniel Wilder died February 5, 1891, so Coe lived most of her married life with Kirk Gregory. (Genealogical information from the work of Emily Priest Brockman.)
Submitted by Robert Lightfoot.
McKeown, Rev. Oliver and Sidnah Flemmon Clark
Oliver Evans McKeown married Sidnah Flemmon Clark, on February 2, 1842, in Gadsden County. Oliver was the son of John N. McKeown Sr. and Elizabeth Trussell McKeown of Chester District, SC. Sidnah was born in Chester District, SC, to Alexander and Jane McClintock Clark.

Oliver and Sidnah moved from South Carolina to Gadsden County, Florida between 1845 and 1847. The 1850 U.S. Census for Gadsden County lists their three children, and Jane was born in 1845 in S.C. but John was born in 1847 in Florida. Oliver's occupation at that time was farmer. He became an ordained minister of the gospel on March 20, 1849, but in 1850 his primary occupation was farmer.

Rev. McKeown was the 9th pastor of the Providence Baptist Church, but was their first ordained minister. He served that church from May 1857 until his death in 1869. He preached the first service in the new church building on May 17, 1861.

In September 1858, Rev. McKeown was called upon to assist the brethren in establishing the Concord Baptist Church of Christ (later the Concordia Baptist Church). He was called by that church to be its first minister, and he served from January 1859 through December 1859. He was a circuit rider preacher, preaching at Providence and at Concord on different weekends.

Oliver McKeown’s will is in Will Book 32, page 131, and was dated August 24, 1864. He died September 1, 1868. Witnesses to his will were David Clark and Joshua Shepherd, his brothers-in-law, and M. D. L. Shepherd. His will stated that his property was not to be divided during the present war (the War Between the States). He left to his wife Sidnah 1/3 of his estate and the balance to his 8 children: Jane C., John F., Elizabeth Ann, Emily J., Oliver F., Roxanna, Sydney G., and Mary Julia (n.b.) The n.b. apparently stood for newborn. Both Oliver and Sidnah are buried in the Providence Cemetery.

Oliver McKeown's cabin, which was near what is now the intersection of Interstate 10 and State Road 12 near Greensboro, became a corn crib for livestock sometime in the last hundred years. Governor Lawton Chiles bought the corn crib and moved it to his hunting land in eastern Leon County, turning it into a hunting lodge. In one of Governor Chiles' portraits as Governor, the remains of Oliver McKeown's cabin can be seen in the background.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy
Moseley, Alexander M. and Helen Rouse
Alexander M. Moseley was born August 24, 1820, in Alabama, and believed to have come to Quincy between 1847 and 1851, from Greenville, AL. He was a farmer and died about 1879, estimated from estate records. On March 11, 1847, he married Helen C. Rous/Rouse in Alabama. She was born February 3, 1828, NC, died March 17, 1872 in Gadsden County and is buried in the Black-Moseley Cemetery with an almost 4 year old child, John C., beside her. Helen was the daughter of Henrey Rouse and Nancey Wilson. This couple had the following children: 1) Mildred Augusta, 2) Charles L., 3) Robert Allison, Rachel E., 5) William Henry, 6) George Allen, 7) John C., 8) Helen Elizabeth, 9) Mary Magdalene "Aunt Pink", 10) Carry Lee, 11) Alexander M., 12) Jessey R., 13) Lilla, 14) Albert, and 15) Clinton. (Genealogical information from the work of Emily Priest Brockman.)
Submitted by Robert Lightfoot
Nicholson, Angus and Sarah Overstreet Wyatt
Angus McKay Nicholson was the son of Gadsden County pioneer Dr. Malcolm Nicholson and his wife Mary Ann Avirett, who moved there in the early 1820’s. Angus was born in 1834, presumably in the home his father built around 1828. The home still stands on S.R. 12 between Quincy and Havana. In 1854 Angus married Sarah "Sally" Overstreet Wyatt, who had been born in Gadsden County in 1836. Angus and his brother Archibald were two of the pioneer tobacco growers in Gadsden County. During the Civil War he served in Company B of the Sixth Florida Infantry. He died in 1894 and is buried in the Nicholson-Freeman Cemetery, which is just east of the Nicholson home. The family picture shows Angus; son Walter Wyatt Nicholson (1854-1915); Sarah; and son William H. Nicholson (1856-1912). It can be dated to 1862 because it does not include daughter Marie, born in 1854, who died in 1862. Also, 1862 was the year when Angus enlisted in the Confederate States Army, which probably left him less available for sittings. Angus and Sarah subsequently had seven more children: Angus Lee Nicholson (1864-1946); Betty Gunn Nicholson (1869-1912), who married Paul Thomson, later the county judge; James Edgar Nicholson (1872-1939); Ermine Spencer Nicholson (1876- ? ), who married Frank Spiller; and Virginia Nicholson (1878- ? ).
Photos from the Florida State Archives, Florida Memory Collection. Biographical material submitted by Thomas Ellwanger.
Patterson, Mary Maggie Newton
Mary Maggie Newton Patterson (1852 to 1910/1911) was the daughter of Daniel J. (1852-1939) and Mary McRae (1856-1906) Newton. It is believed that she was born and died in Gadsden County. She married Hugh Carroll Patterson (1880-1916) of Concord. He is buried in the Concord Cemetery, but there is no marker or any other indication that she is buried there. The couple had three sons: Angus Newton Patterson, Carroll Deloy Patterson, and John McKay Patterson. Her granddaughter, Yvonne Patterson Edwards, is looking for her grave and photos of her husband and children. Yvonne may be contacted through the County Coordinator.
Submitted by Yvonne Patterson Edwards
Pitts, Dotson and Mary Ann Whiddon
Dotson and Mary Ann Whiddon Pitts were the parents of Lucy Morefield Pitts who married John Clintock Clark, son of John Clark and Nancy Lee Louisa Jane PRIDGEON Clark. Dotson is buried in Flat Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, and his grave is marked with a "new" Confederate marker. Mary Ann is buried in a small cemetery near Moultrie, GA.
Submitted by Linda Clark Smith.
Poppell, Vernon Gandy and Sara Alwilda Vickers
Gandy Poppell was the son of Brinkley Poppell and Badora Robinson. He married Sara Alwilda Vickers, daughter of Jordan Vickers, Sr. and Mary Mildred Vickers Vickers of Concord. Gandy and "Willie" Poppell are buried in the Concord Cemetery.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy
Poston, William James and Angeline Revels
William James Poston was the son of Samuel Poston, born 1834 in Marion County, South Carolina, and Jane Kelly Poston, born 1831 in England. W.J. or "Coon" was born September 23, 1867, and married Angeline Revels, born May 3, 1872, in Wakulla County. W. J. and Angie had 11 children: Maggie, Lucy, Samuel, Thomas, Will, Annabelle, Frank, Edgar, Louise, Ruby, and John Allen. After Angie died, W. J. married Bertha Sapp Shepard and they had one daughter, Dorothy. W. J. was a blacksmith who had a shop in Quincy for many years. He owned a farm near Mt. Pleasant. This property is still in the family and is owned by W.J.'s grandson. The old house where Angie's children were born is still standing. The family calls it "The Old Home Place." The eldest daughter of W. J. and Angie, Maggie Poitevint, (grandmother of the submitter) was born in 1890, and died in Dade County, Florida in 1952. W. J. died January 18, 1955, and Angie died July 8, 1921, in Mt. Pleasant. They are both buried in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery near the Glory Community, along with many of their Poston descendants.
W. J.'s parents, Samuel and Jane, moved to Gadsden County between 1854 and 1858. Sam and Jane bought over 600 acres of land between 1860 and 1876 in the vicinity of the Mt. Glory community, near Mt. Pleasant. Jane had two children by a previous marriage: Patrick Kelly and Margaret Kelly. Margaret married Robert Ellis.
Sam and Jane had the following children together: Harral, Jolly, Franklin, and Wiliam James. Sam was a farmer and blacksmith and served in the 5th Battalion, Florida Cavalry, Confederate States Army. He died in his forties, of causes unknown to the family, and Jane sold the land at that time. On the 1880 census, Jane, 49, was a widow living with Franklin, Jolly, William, Patrick, and Margaret Ellis.
Photo 1 is William James Poston in 1936 in front of his blacksmith shop with granddaughter, Fredda Poitevint.
Photo 2 is a portrait of Angeline "Angie" Revels Poston.
Photo 3 is of "the old Home Place" in 1936 with the Poston's great-granddaughter, Charlet Poitevent, beside the well.
The submitter would like to be contacted through the County Coordinator if anyone has more information on Samuel Poston and the circumstances of his death.
Submitted by Charlet Poitevint Grace
Shelfer, Alexander O. "Alec", his first wife, Elizabeth, and his sister, Cliff Harris
A number of people have this same photo with their ancestors posed on the Quincy Special. The Quincy Special was a short run railroad between Havana and Quincy. I don't know the significance of this picture, though, whether it was an inaugural run or anniversary or just for publicity. The post card has the date 1909 on the back. From left, James S. "Jim" Harris behind daughter Thelma (to become Mrs. Bob McDavid), Annie Shelfer McManus, Alexander O. "Alec" Shelfer, Sr. behind Jim and Cliff's daughter Sarah (to become Mrs. John O. Boynton), his first wife, Elizabeth White Shelfer, and Cliffie Shelfer Harris, wife of Jim and sister of Alec and Annie.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy
Shelfer, Elbert Benjamin, Sr. and Lucy Bates
Elbert Benjamin Shelfer, Sr. was the son of William Hardy Shelfer and Ezella Bailey Floyd. He was born April 7, 1867, in Gadsden County. He died February 7, 1943 in Quincy. On July 27, 1904, E. B. married Lucy Dickson Bates, daughter of Mortimer Boulware Bates and Esther Eliza Davis. Lucy was born in Mt. Pleasant on March 15, 1880, and died in Quincy on February 3, 1947. E. B. and Lucy were the parents of Elbert Benjamin Shelfer, Jr., Jefferson Bates Shelfer, and Marcus Bailey Shelfer. E. B. and Lucy Shelfer are buried in Eastern Cemetery, Quincy. A 1925 Gadsden County Times article describes Mr. Shelfer's business enterprises. Read by clicking these: Article, part 1, Article, part 2, Article, part 3.
[Anecdotal information by Angela Cassidy: My great-grandmother, Cliffie Florence Shelfer Harris, was a sister of E. B. Shelfer, Sr. Her daughter, my grandmother, Sarah Harris Boynton, told me that "Uncle E.B. bought houses for all of his brothers and sisters so no matter what, they would have a home." She also said that he gave Coca-Cola stock to each of his siblings so they would have a source of income. My grandmother Boynton said that "Mama's sister, Annie Shelfer McManus, was rescued from a bad marriage by the family, and Uncle E.B. provided for her the rest of her life, no matter which brother or sister she lived with at the time."]
Photo image pr08948 from the Florida State Archives Photographic Collection. Biographical information from Little River Pioneers by Miles Womack, Jr., Nina Cottrell, and Thomas Ray Knox, 1998, as well as The Gadsden County Times.
Shelfer Family Reunion, 1969, Havana
In 1969, descendants of Nathan and Nancy Womack Shelfer held a reunion at the Shelfer Cemetery in Havana. This photo, courtesy of the Havana Herald, shows some officers of the cemetery association and some of the elder attendees.
Shelfer, Nathan Henry and Nancy Womack
Nathan Henry Shelfer was the first Shelfer to settle in Gadsden County and donated the land for the Shelfer Cemetery near Havana. The family story is that he died in the evening of the day he planted the live oak trees down the road beside the cemetery. He married Nancy Womack, a widow, whose maiden name is not known. Nathan Shelfer was born on May 14, 1804, and died on December 24, 1880. Nancy Womack Shelfer was born on April 13, 1808 and died on September 8, 1889.
Photos from the Florida State Archives.
Smith, Sarah Jane Trussell
Sarah Jane Trussell was born in South Carolina in May 1844. She was the daughter of William Trussell and Margaret Ann Clark (daughter of Alexander and Jane McClintock Clark). She was married in Gadsden County by the Reverend Oliver Evans McKeown, on January 5, 1860, to James Prestly Smith. On the 1860 Census for Gadsden County, James was 26 and Sarah was 16. James was born in 1834/35 and was the son of David Smith and Margaret Little. James died May 2, 1899, in Gadsden County. Sarah Jane was a charter member of the Flat Creek Baptist Church. On the census, they lived in the Aspalaga area, which is close to Flat Creek Baptist Church. In the photo, Sarah appears with her daughter Nellie.
Photo from the Florida State Archives, image n031210.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy. [Note: I cannot find Sarah or James on any cemetery index, including the Mormon Tomb Index, in Gadsden County. They were probably buried at Flat Creek and their markers may have rotted.]
Strange, Anne Hasseltine Green
Anne Hasseltine Green Strange was the daughter of Richard Pryor Green and Susan Weathington. She was the granddaughter of Frederick and Lovey Weathington and Pleasant and Lieurancy Seymore Green. She married Shackelford Strange on 10-10-1872. Anne was born 7-20-1855 in Gadsden Co. and died 2-11-1935 in Gadsden Co. Source: The Frederick Weathington Family of Gadsden County, Florida, 1830-1984, by Laura Belle Edwards.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy. Original photo from Sara Strange Gray.
Strom, Samuel Harris and Mittie Sullivan
Samuel Harris Strom was born September 16, 1857, in Gadsden County and died February 3, 1941, in Gadsden County. He married on February 1, 1888, in Quincy, Mittie Sullivan, the daughter of Samuel Newton Sullivan and Elizabeth Edwards (daughter of William Edwards and Honor Darby). Mittie was born September 20, 1870, in Gadsden County, and died on December 2, 1950, in Greensboro. Samuel Harris Strom represented Gadsden County in the Florida House of Representaives in 1917. Samuel and Mittie are buried in the Providence Cemetery.
Photos and biographical information from the VanLandingham Family tree and the Murphy Family tree (unverified) on Compiled by Angela Cassidy.
Sullivan, Samuel Newton and Elizabeth Edwards
Elizabeth Edwards was the daughter of William Edwards and Honor Darby. She was born on August 11, 1839, in Gadsden County, and died on June 28, 1911, in Sawdust, Gadsden County. On October 27, 1866, she married Samuel Newton Sullivan, who was born May 14, 1845 in Georgia and died August 22, 1904, in Sawdust. Newton was the son of Solomon Sullivan and Margaret Meele. On the 1880 Census for Gadsden County, S. N. Sullivan, age 35, and wife Elizabeth, age 38, were living next door to her mother, Honor Edwards, age 77, widowed. This is a photo of Newton Edwards' home on the Hosford Hwy. (SR 65) near Sawdust, where he raised his family.
Photos and genealogical information (not verified) from the Murphy Family Tree on Biographical information compiled by Angela Cassidy
Vickers, Lal and Mary Ann Strickland
Lafayette Karallas "Lal" Vickers was the son of Jordan Vickers and Mary Mildred Vickers Vickers of Concord. On November 28, 1875, in Gadsden County, he married Mary Ann Strickland, daughter of Reuben Green Strickland. Lal and Mary Ann as well as some of their six children are buried in the Concord Cemetery.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy
Werthington, Frederick and Lovey
Frederick and Lovey Werthington were first generation pioneers of Gadsden County. Frederick was born in 1799 and died May 20, 1887. Lovey was born about 1809 and died December 24, 1885. Their name has been spelled Weathington, Wetherington, and Worthington, but I have used the name as spelled on their grave stones. They had seven daughters who married into many other west Gadsden County families. Although the Weathington name died out with Frederick, there are many descendants of this couple still living in Gadsden County.
Submitted by Angela Cassidy. Original photo from Sara Strange Gray.
Wilson, Alexander Love
Alexander "Sandy" Love Wilson was born May 16, 1853 and died January 28, 1926. He married Martha Cornelia Scarborough (1859-1914), daughter of Martha Lucinda Davis Smith and Rabun Monroe Scarborough. Sandy Love was the founder of the A. L. Wilson Co. mercantile in Quincy.
Photo from the Florida State Archives, image number NO38477. Marriage information from "The Davis-Wood Family of Gadsden County, Florida and Their Forebears" by Fenton Garnett Davis Avant 1979.
Womack, Henry Mitchelll and Sara Emma McLaulin
Henry Mitchell Womack was born July 22, 1838, in Gadsden County, and died October 18, 1910, in Gadsden County. He was the son of Henry Mitchell Womack, Sr. and Nancy Browning. He married Sara Emma McLaulin on September 18, 1870. The daughter of Robert McLaulin and Carolyn Vaunch, she was born on June 11, 1851, and died November 12, 1913. Henry and Sara Emma are both buried in what was formerly known as the Johnston Cemtery north of Old Salem near Havana, but is now called Woodbery-Womack Cemetery. Henry enlisted in the Confederate States Army and first served in the Concordia Infantry. Next he served with Capt. Dykes' Company, Florida Light Artillery. He later served as a Corporal with Capt. Villeprique's Co., Light Artillery, Florida Volunteers. He surrendered at Tallahassee, Florida, on May 10, 1865. He lost two brothers in the war, his mother died just before the war started, and his father died in 1866. In 1869, he bought a portion of his late Grandfather Stephen Browning's property located in eastern Gadsden County on what is now Rich Bay Road, about 1.5 miles SE of Havana. He and his wife made their homestead there and raised their family. They had the following children: Robert Maner Womack (b. 1871); Ella V. Womack (b. 1873); Miles Henry Womack (b. 1875); Orien A. Womack (b. 1877); Martha Carrie Womack (b. 1879); Harry Ware Womack (b. 1880); John L. Womack (b. 1883); Arthur Mitchell Womack (b. 1885); Lee Frederick Womack (b. 1890); and Emma Rebecca Womack (b. 1892). In the photograph, standing, left to right, are Orien, Ella, Robert Maner, Miles Henry. Sitting, left to right, are Harry Ware, Arthur Mitchell, Henry Mitchell Womack, Jr. (father), Lee Frederick, Sara Emma (mother), and Emma Rebecca.
[Photo from Florida State Archives, Florida Photographic Collection, image number n031217. Biographical information excerpted by Angela Cassidy from "Little River Pioneers", by Miles Kenan Womack, Jr., Thomas Ray Knox, and Nina Watson Cottrell, pages 107, 117, 118, and 139-141.]
Woodbery, Jonah Milton, Jr.
Jonah Milton Woodbery, Jr. was born June 27, 1844 and died May 17, 1929. He married Johnnie Clay. They are buried in the Woodbery-Hinson Cemetery on Dogtown Road.
Submitted by Minnie Shuler.
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