Motes History Of Putnam County
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Research for the Motes family is complicated, interesting, frustrating, facinating, and consuming.
Very little about our heritage and background has been found.
We know that we have been in America since the latter part of the 1700's so we can say we are pioneers.
Our Forefathers were hard working, honest, "Red Necks", who tended to their own affairs and
those who needed help. Few went to school and few could read and write;
Therefore not much written history was handed down from one generation
Margaret and John Motes Sr. moved to Nassau County from Camden County, Georgia prior to the 1830 census.
They had five sons William, George, Henry, Lewis, and John Jr.
John Sr. had a brother named Zachariah.
Miller Motes said that an uncle and two of his nephews were the first to settle in Putnam County,
and that they came from Nassau County, Florida
1850 Putnam County Census lists Zachariah and Henry Motes here at that
time. John Motes, JR. was born in Florida about 1830 and married Rachel
Wilkinson on November 4, 1848 in Duval County. They had 10 children.
Their oldest son, George, was born in February 1852 and married Cynthia
Chesser (daughter of Nancy Poppel and Leroy Chesser) on February 19,
1875. They lived in a log cabin which stood for many years behind Aunt
Sudie's home. Cynthia died in childbirth with her 10th child on October
4, 1890 at the age of 38. Aunt Sudie, the oldest, was 14 years old.
Aunt Florence, the youngest, was 2 years old when their mother died.
George had a very difficult time as his mother, Rachel, died December
12, 1893; his father, John, died six moths later on June 18, 1894; The
next year on August 21, 1895, his son, George, Jr., died at the age of
11 years. all were buried in the Hollister Cemetery. George, Sr. and
his brother, John L., were the administrators of their fathers estate.
Some of the court records are included in a booklet on the display
table. George had cancer and died in 1904 leaving teen-age children
without any parents. Daisy Osteen Cooke provided the copy of the eulogy
that is attached. Bits and pieces of the Motes' family..... Zachary
(Zachariah) Motes was named to the road commission six months
after the first meeting of the Putnam County board of
commissioners. He serverd on that board until April 1851. Zachariah and
his brother, John, Sr. and his sons Henry, William, Lewis and George
all served at some time during the Seminole Indian War. In the book, Bonnie Melrose,
Z. Tolles states that John Motes, Henry Motes and his son , John (not
our John), each owned a vehicle in the year 1868. The wagon that was in
John Motes, jr. and George Motes were listed as orange growers in early
periodicals written about Putnam County. We know John Motes, Sr.'s
estate was meager of material wealth, but truly a great heritage has
been handed down to the present day. We can be especially proud and
thankful that we are a pioneer family of our County and State.
A special Thanks to Reba Eures for typing this up for me.