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Peter Karr Baillie
Bates Family
George Washington Lowman
Jacob Miley

Peter Karr Baillie 1800-1877

Peter Karr Baillie was born in Scotland in 1800 and was living in Thomas County, GA in 1830. By 1836 he had established a mercantile business in Leon County, FL near St. Marks where he also served as a Militia scout during the Seminole War and fought in the Battle at Chickasawhatchee Swamp. The following year he moved to Lowndes Co, GA where he engaged in a real-estate business with Francis Jones. While there he married Maria Ann Cope, of a Salzburger family, who had moved to Valdosta from Effingham Co, GA. In 1843 P.K. Baillie filed for an Armed Occupation Permit for 160 acres of land in Hernando Co, FL near Ft. Cross and Annuteliga Hammock. He later received a patent for this land but two years later he was in Jefferson County, FL where he served as election inspector for preceinct 4 in Florida's first state-wide election. He appears to have remained in Jefferson County, operating Baillie's Store, for the next several years. He purchased 160 acres in that county in 1854 and in 1856 he applied for and received Bounty Land for his service in the Seminole War. It was about this time that he returned to Valdosta and took up farming. The Baillie family appears to have remained in Valdosta through the Civil War. The three eldest sons served in the Confederacy and one of them died early in the War. In January 1866 the family moved to Hernando Co,FL and in 1867 P.K. received title of all of fractional section 22 which was known as Baillie's Bluff. P.K. Baillie died in 1877, ten years before Pasco County was created, but his surviving children remained in the area, marrying into many of the original pioneer families. P.K. is buried in West Elfers Cemetary in present day Pasco County, FL. Galen Chambers zia@nefcom.net

Bates Family

Wilson Bates, and James M. Bates were brothers. They both homesteaded land under the Armed Occupation Act on land that is now a part of Hernando County. I have not, as yet, found his wife's name and only know one of his children's names. Below are the records that I have found. 

Florida Land Records: Name: Wilson Bates 

Acres: 160 

Sign Date: Dec. 1, 1849 

Land Office: Newnansville 

Act / Treaty: Aug. 4, 1842 

Stat. Ref.: 27 Stat. 502


His Permit No. 712 - 

His Certificate No. 288 - 

Land Office at Newnansville, Fla.

 - Vol. 1 page 288. Dec. 1, 1849 -

 The land description was: E 1/2 of SW 1/4 & W 1/2 of SE 1/4 of Sect No. 36 in Township No. 23 S, of Range 20 E., S & E in the Alachua Land District - containing 160 acres. 

Earl R. Bates 

523 S. Terry Dr. 

Frontenac, KS 66763



MEIN William Horn MEIN, 

b 1805 d 1869 

served with Capt Breakers Old Guard during Civil War . 

Married to Sabra Jane Smith 

Both are buried at Lake Lindsey Cem. in n Hernando Co. __________________________________________________ 

James Russell SNOW 

b1842 d 1908 

served in S.C. during Civil War. 

Moved to Hernando Co in or about 1866. 

Married Charolette Ederington (daughter of Francis Ederington ) 

buried at Lake Lindsey.


JONES Mitchell

 Jones was born in Georgia in 1837. 

He then married a woman by the name of Maragaret A. Hancock 

They are shown living in Pasco county in 1870. 

In 1870 he bought 40 acres of land. 

Mr. Jones was a Farmer and Mrs. Jones was a housekeeper. 

In the 1870 census, it showed them to have 5 children. 

In 1880 census it showed them to have 9 children. 

Their names are as follows: Leroy, Gilbert, Heilliard, Lula, Laurence, Ada, Edward, Dora, Leola. 

This gentleman was also shown to be in Capt.John Parson's Co 1st Bttn Spc. 

He applied for the pension in 1903 in Pasco Co. 

He then passed away in 1917 and was buried in the Townsend House Cemetary 

Vetran section. 

Leslie Watts Banister

PROVIDED BY Lindsey Lowman-Hager

George Washington Lowman settled in Hernando Co in late 1852. He was born in Lexington Co., SC, Dutch Fork area, on 4 Jan 1837 and died on 25 Nov 1898 and is buried in New Hope Cemetery, Nobleton, FL. George's father was Michael (Lohrman) Lowman and his mother was Jemima Metz both from the Dutch Fork, SC area. On 13 Jun 1898, a CSA Pension application was filed with the State of Florida due to disabilities George incurred while serving in the line of duty at Quincy, Fl. He contracted typhoid fever and pneumonia and was left with disabling complications. On 15 May, in Sumter Co., FL, George married Laura Ann Branch. They had two children - Charles Lafayette Lowman (father of Samuel Lowman a former Sheriff of Hernando Co.) and Anzly Irvin Lowman. On 17 Mar 1889, George married Lizzie Glover in Hernando Co., FL. They had two children, Solomon Franklin Lowman and George Washington Lowman, Jr. Both Laura and Lizzie are buried in New Hope Cemetery. Lowmans still live in the Brooksville/Istachatta area. George traveled from SC with his Uncle Simeon Lowman and his cousin Joel Leslie Lowman. Simeon settled in Alachua Co., and Joel Leslie in Raleigh, Levy Co., FL., where the original Lowman farm is still owned and operated by Lowmans.

Jacob Miley Family 

Provided by Bill Marshall

Jacob Miley born 1822 in Barnwell South Carolina came to Hernando county Florida circa 1861. Jacobs spouse was Jane Moody born 1834 Barnwell South Carolina. Jacob Miley and wife Jane left South Carolina in the latter 1850's. They then show up on the 1860 Lowndes county georgia census record along with 2 young sons. Jacob Miley is documented next in the 1862 Hernando county tax roll. Then Jacob Miley enlists Feb 25th 1863 in Captain Mcneills Company Florida Infantry in Brooksville (Confederate) Next he shows up again on the 1866, 1867, 1869 tax rolls. The 1870 Hernando County census household 426 shows Jacob Miley wife Jane and family. Next Jacob Miley is on the 1872,1873 tax rolls. The 1874 tax roll shows Jane Miley the HOH. I presume Jacob died sometime between the 1873-1874 tax data. They were settlers in the Istachatta area around New Hope. The rest of the family is well documented after 1870. I will be glad to share any information I may have or answer any questions.

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