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Do you have an ancestor, or knowledge of an individual, who lived in Sumter County at some time? All families that came before us were the founders of our county. Ancestors who farmed or had cattle ranches or even the folks that  who held public office, or who founded a school, church, etc.? 

We have so many interesting people that came to Sumter County and their biography is part of what made our county what it is today.

If so, you are invited to submit a  biography of that individual.





For more information, please contact: Donna McGuire

Dr. George McIntosh Troup Simmons, 1836 - 1897 
My grandfather, Dr. Simmons, was the first permanent doctor in Bushnell area.
He and his wife, raised their six children about 2 miles out of town on Lake Annie, now called Simmons Pond. George was also a farmer and owned an orange grove and would ship his produce on cargo boats down the Withlacoochee River. George was also a Mason and a charter member of New Hope Methodist Church in Istachatta. He enlisted in his brother's company, Holman Felix Simmons Co., Co F., 8th Florida Infantry serving as assistant surgeon in Talladelga Hospital. He also served as a school teacher from time to time.
He is buried in Tema Cemetery.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Daugherty

Jiggs played a prominent role in the early days of Sumter County cattlemen. He managed the Monarch Ranch for over 25 years and was a well respected member of the community

Submitted by: Douglas Sigmon

William Gready Hope 1816-1897 
William was born in Woodville, Mississippi, the son of "Captain" Adam Hope and Jane Gready. He ran unsuccessfully for county office there on two occasions, served with the "Woodville Rifles" in the Mexican War under his neighbor Jefferson Davis, married Caroline Newell in Woodville in 1848, and when she inherited slaves from her father, the family moved to Amite, La., and after the War to Mckinney, Texas. William came to Sumter County to live near his oldest son in 1894, and died there at the age of 81. He is buried in the Stewart Chapel Cemetery near Webster. He left a fascinating diary that describes life in Sumter County before the turn of the century. 

Submitted by Brett Hope

Andrew Benjamin Albritton  
Andrew Benjamin Albritton was born July 14, 1882 at Orange Springs, 
Florida (Marion County). He was the son of Arthur Jackson Albritton and Martha Ann Waldron both natives of Florida. After completion of his high school education he went into the mercantile business and raising cattle. He then entered the University of Georgia at Augusta and graduated in 1912 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. To earn extra money he would return home in the summers to run timber on the Ocklawaha River. After graduation, he began practicing medicine in Wildwood and operating a drug store in downtown Wildwood until his death in May 1945. He was a Past Master of Wildwood Blue Lodge, member of the City Council and he served as a medical examiner during the World War and a director of the Bank of Wildwood. On June 27, 1915 Andrew Albritton married Thelma Caruthers daughter of David Crockett Caruthers and Anna (Caruthers) Caruthers. They had three children: Dr. David C. Albritton a practicing physician in Ocala, Fl., Agnes, a registered nurse, who married F. L. McGehee, Sheriff of Marion County, and Dolly who married John Bropson. Andrew had one brother Glover that lived in Sumter Co. 

Submitted by Kay McGehee Love  

BRIDGES-Dr. Clinton H. Bridges and brother Reverend John Wesley Bridges-From COLEMAN--Adamsville Cemetery-COMING SOON
Submitted by Mildred Brady Venitucci
George Perry Bailey

Confederate Veteran who settled in Oxford, Sumter, Florida.

GEORGE PERRY BAILEY is the great grandfather of CLYDE WINSTON MANN BAILEY, of Bailey Ranches, Inc. 

3709 County Road 214, Oxford, Sumter County, Florida.


The Legacy of the Florida Pioneer "Cow Hunters": In Their Own Words By Nancy Dale

Chapter Three, Pg 18 -23, Mann Bailey, Oxford


GEORGE PERRY BAILEY’s last known recorded residence was

District 1, Sumter County, Florida

in the Florida State Census dated June 30, 1885


who was killed in the Civil War. 

She is buried in Pine Level Cemetery, Oxford, Florida. In 1900, the widow,

SUSAN M. BAILEY is residing with her son, WILLIAM JOSEPH PERRY

and his wife, ELIZABETH WATSON GIBSON in Oxford, Florida.

GEORGE P. BAILEY, a Confederate Veteran, most probably died and buried in Sumter County, Florida between 1885 and 1900. 

Genealogy research needs to be accomplished in Sumter County, Florida 

within this fifteen year window

to find GEORGE P BAILEY’S exact death date.

GEORGE P. BAILEY is the son of KENNEDY WILLIAM “KW” BAILEY who served in as a musician

in the War of 1812 at Charleston, South Carolina

GEORGE is the grandson of WILLIAM FLEMING BAILEY a Revolutionary Soldier, who has a Patriotic Memorial 

at Salem Cemetery, Heath Springs, Lancaster County, South Carolina.

GEORGE PERRY BAILEY served in the Confederate States Army, first in 1861 

as a drum major in the “Tuskaloosa Plow Boys”, Company “G”, 38th Tennessee Infantry Regiment.

On 30 April 1864, at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, George Perry Bailey enlisted as a Private by Captain Slaughter 

and was later detailed as the Commissary Sergeant with 

Captain George W Hassell's Company "G" 3rd Regiment, Alabama Reserves.

George Perry Bailey - Military Page - Ancestry.com


After the end of the Civil War, GEORGE P. BAILEY moved from Alabama to Florida to grow oranges.

GEORGE is residing with his third wife, SUSANNA MOTHERSHED and children in

Orange County, Florida, near Clay Springs in the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census.



was born March 20, 1816 in Lancaster District, South Carolina, 
and died Bet. 1885 - 1900 in
Oxford, Sumter County, Florida.

He married (1) REBECCA SLAUGHTER Abt. 1834. She was born 1807 in North Carolina, and died Abt. 1857 in Alabama.

He married (2) MARY CRAWFORD January 14, 1858 in Fayette County, Alabama, daughter of JOHN CRAWFORD.

She was born Abt. 1827 in South Carolina.

He married (3) SUSAN MOTHERSHED Abt. 1864. She was born March 1834 in South Carolina,

and died November 23, 1916 in Oxford, Sumter County, Florida

SUSAN MOTHERSHED BAILEY is buried at Pine Level Cemetery, Oxford, Sumter County, Florida.


George Perry Bailey, Individual Genealogy Data Page, Rootsweb: Marble's Ancestors Database


From BAILEY Descendant / Researcher: DeCody Brad Marble


James Caruthers   
James Caruthers and his wife Elizabeth Hull were born in Burke County Georgia 
around 1800. James received Armed Occupation Act permit 389 in May 1843 and 
settled at Shady Brook in Sumter County. James established and operated a 
saw mill there. He is listed in the Marion County Commissions minutes as the 
builder of the first county courthouse, which was a log structure. The 
building was first used by the county commission on September 7, 1846. James 
was paid $225 for the job with an additional allowance of $80.00 for a judges 
bench, jury box and other interior furnishings. James died about 1848. His 
widow Elizabeth recorded her mark and brand Dec. 13, 1850. Her oldest son 
Thomas recorded his mark and brand in May 1850. 

The brother of James,  William Brinson was born Dec. 2, 1808 in Burke Co Georgia. 

He claimed his land under the occupation act April 17, 1843 and received permit 365 at the land office of Newnanville (Alachua Co. Fl). he married (1) 
Millicent Hull (who died in a fire) (2)Delilah Hall in Alachua County on 
October 30, 1844. Delilah was the daughter of Soloman Hall. William died 
August 2, 1882 and Delilah died March 1893. Both are buried at Oak Grove 
Cemetery, Wildwood, Florida. Several descendants of the Caruthers brothers 
have remained in Sumter County and Marion County, Florida. 
Samuel, brother to William B. and James was also born in Burke Co. Georgia. 
He moved to another county in Florida. 

Submitted by Kay McGehee Love    

William W. Caruthers
William W. Caruthers was the son of James and Elizabeth Hull Caruthers. He was born in 1835 Burke County Georgia. His family moved to Florida around 1843. He served in Captain J.J. Dickinson's Company H of the 2nd Florida Cavalry during the Civil War. He enlisted at Flotard Pond where the company was formed and he was mustered out May 20, 1865. He drove cattle for the government during the time when cattle was driven to market in huge trail drives. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Wildwood. He married Rebecca Duncan, born in Lancaster County, South Carolina and daughter of John and Jincy Duncan. In January of 1852 the Duncans left Lancaster County, SC along with the Crenshaw and Perry families, travelled by wagon train until they arrived in Sumter County in March 1852. Many descendants from these families still reside in Sumter County. William W. Caruthers died in Sumter County, April 27, 1892 and Rebecca died September 15, 1904. They are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Wildwood, Fl.

Submitted by Kay McGehee Love


Thomas Preston Caruthers Sr.

Thomas Preston Caruthers Sr. the son of Preston Caruthers and Marion Perry was a lifelong resident of Oxford, Florida being born there on August 26 1889.  In January 1910, he married Hattye Bowman, daughter of Richard Pope Bowman and Addie Odell.  Thomas Preston and Hattye raised four children, two of whom still live in Oxford.  He was a highly respected farmer, a man of his word and a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford serving as Sunday School Superintendent for thirty-six years and church deacon for sixty years.  His grandchildren and great grandchildren fondly called him “Papa”.  During their lifetime “Papa” and “Grandma” lived and farmed land located on U.S. Highway 301 just south of Oxford.  In “Papa’s” later years when his health prevented him from farming full time, he sold his watermelon and cantaloupe seeds to all the area farmers.  “Papa” died August 19, 1971.
 He and “Grandma” are buried in Pine Level Cemetery, Oxford, Florida.

Submitted by Judy Hux Rainey


Caleb Griffin

Caleb Griffin was born in Georgia about 1818, probably in Montgomery County.  The identity of his father is unknown, but his mother was a widow named Civil Griffin. 

 Civil drew land located in Irwin County, Georgia in the 1820 Land Lottery.  She deeded this land to her son, Benjamin Griffin, in 1824 and the family moved from Montgomery County to Irwin County, Georgia.

 Caleb and his brother, William, volunteered for service in the Seminole Indian War of 1836-37 (Florida Department of Military Affairs.)  They served in Captain William Reed’s company of Florida Volunteers.  Caleb became ill with a fever while serving in the fall of 1836 along the springs of the Suwannee River.  Caleb never fully recovered, and suffered from asthma the remaining years of his life.

 Following his military service, Caleb returned to Georgia.  He married Emily “Milly” Carver about 1843.  He lived in present day Echols County for about eight years or until 1844, and then moved to Ware County where he lived on the Okefenokee Swamp until 1854. 

 Caleb and his family moved from Ware County, Georgia, to Sumter County, Florida in 1854.  Caleb, age 42, was enumerated on the 1860 census of Sumter County along with the following members of his household; Milly Griffin, age 41, George Griffin, age 16, Rebecca Griffin, age 14, Susan Griffin, age 12, Nancy Griffin, age 10, M. A. (Mary Ann) Griffin, age 8, Joshua Griffin, age 5, and Caleb Griffin, age 2.  Caleb’s Post Office address was “Sumpterville.”  Neighbors were Ann Godwin, Jane Ellis, Granville Bevill, and Henry Glover.  The value of Caleb’s personal estate was $170.00.  The 1860 Agricultural census shows that Caleb owned farm machinery and implements valued at $5.00, and livestock valued at $13.00.  He did not own any land.

 Caleb filed for an Old and Indian Wars Invalid Pension on 05 October 1888.  According to affidavits Caleb made in the application, he remained a “Union man” during the War Between the States.  However his oldest son, George W. Griffin, enlisted at Tampa, Florida on 01 August 1862 in Company “K,” 4th Florida Infantry, Confederate States of America.  Caleb’s application for the Old and Indian Wars Invalid Pension was denied because he could not show that his asthma was caused by his service in 1836.

 Caleb and Emily were enumerated on the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Federal Censuses of Sumter County, and on the 1885 Florida State Census of Sumter County. 

 Congress passed the Indian War Service Pension Act of July 27, 1892, and Caleb applied for and received a survivor’s pension of $8.00 per month based on his service in Captain Reed’s Company in 1836 – 37.

 According to testimony given by Granville Bevill in support of Caleb’s invalid pension, Caleb was known to be a “man of truth and veracity.”  Mr. Bevill also stated that Caleb had been a member of the Baptist Church for over 30 years. 

Emily “Milly” Carver Griffin died between 1885 and 1888.  Caleb died on 12 September 1898 in Sumter County.  Caleb and Emily’s graves have not been located.

 The children of Caleb Griffin and Emily “Milly” Carver are:

 1.         George W. Griffin.  He was born 07 January 1844 in Ware County, Georgia and died 21 April 1906 in Polk County, Florida.  He married Narcissa Black, daughter of Edmund and Edith Black, on 10 February 1865 in Sumter County, Florida.  She was born 10 February 1865 in Coffee County, Alabama, and died 29 January 1925 in Polk County, Florida.  George and Narcissa are buried in the Collins Cemetery in Polk County, Florida

 2.         Rebecca Griffin.  She was born about 1846 in Ware County, Georgia, and died on 24 December 1934 in Sumter County, Florida.  She married (1) Unknown Newberry.  She also married James Davis on 25 Jan 1880 in Sumter County, Florida.  He was born on 27 January 1842 in Wilcox County, Georgia, and died on 28 October 1919 in Lake County, Florida.  Rebecca is buried in the Fender Family Cemetery, Lake County, Florida.

 3.         Susan Griffin.  She was born about 1848 in Ware County, Georgia, and died on 20 February 1936 in Lacoochee, Pasco County, Florida.  She married (1) Moses James Lacy on 15 January 1878 in Polk County, Florida.  She also married (2) James Norman on 08 October 1880 in Sumter County, Florida.  She also married (3) James Lanier 09 Feb 1909 in Hernando County, Florida.  Susan is buried in the Fender Family Cemetery, Lake County, Florida

 4.             Nancy Griffin.  She was born about 1850 in Ware County, Georgia, and died after 1920.  She married (1) Unknown Manner or Manning about 1878.  She married (2) William Hardy Crawford on 09 March 1917 in Sumter County, Florida.

 5.            Mary Ann Griffin.  She was born in March 1853 in Ware County, Georgia, and died about 1908 in Sumter County, Florida.  She married William Hardy Crawford on 18 August 1875 in Sumter County, Florida.  He was born in October 1850, and died in April, 1921.

 6.         William Joshua Griffin.  He was born 24 January 1856 in Sumter County, Florida and died on 20 October 1930 in Polk County, Florida.  He married Caroline Roberts on 02 November 1876 in Polk County, Florida.  She was born 31 January 1856, and died 05 December 1946 in Polk County, Florida.  William Joshua and Carolina Griffin are buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery at Polk City, Polk County, Florida. 

 7.         Henry Caleb Griffin.  He was born 05 March 1858 in Sumter County, Florida, and died 16 Jun 1935, probably in Hillsborough County, Florida.  He married (1) Anna Virginia Grimes on 30 August 1882 in Polk County, Florida.  She was born 17 Jan 1863 in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, and died 08 May 1944 in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida.  He also married (2) Sabra Abigail Griffin on 08 April 1886 in Polk County, Florida.  She was the daughter of Frances Griffin and Sarah Boyett.  She was born 28 October 1867, and died 23 February 1913.  Henry Caleb and Sarah Abigail Griffin are buried in Antioch Cemetery, Thonotosassa, Hillsborough County, Florida.

Florida Department of Military Affairs. Florida Militia Muster Rolls Seminole Indian Wars, Vol 9.  1999.

 Green, Linda.  1860 Agricultural Census, Sumter County, Florida.  Retrieved online 06 October 2007 from http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/fl/sumter/census/1860agri.txt.

Woodruff, Jim. Fender Family Cemetery.  Retrieved online 26 August 2006 from http://www.rootsweb.com/~flcemet2/lake/fenderfam/fenderfam/htm

1850 U.S. Federal Census, Ware County, Georgia
1860 U.S. Federal Census, Sumter County, Florida
1870 U.S. Federal Census, Sumter County, Florida
1880 U.S. Federal Census, Sumter County, Florida
1885 Florida State Census, Sumter County, Florida
Sumter County, Florida
Marriage Records
Polk County, Florida Marriage Records

Submitted by  tmcgowin@earthlink.net

Granville Beville
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Edward D. Northup

Born Edward W. Northrup,  2 April 1856 in Clear Creek Township, Jasper County Iowa.  Died 6 November 1931 in Sumter County FL.  Son of  Mahlon H. Northrup.  His mother died in childbirth.  For some unknown reason, in the 1890's he dropped  the second r in Northrup and changed his middle initial from W. to D.  He is buried in Indian Hill Cemetery with no headstone or marker. His 1st wife, Rachel Emily (Gunter) Northup, died in 1914 in Wauchula, FL   He and his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Barber were married on 26 January 1917 and lived in Sumter County until he died.

Daniel Lewis Smith Children

Daniel Lewis (b.24-July-1830 d. 25-Feb-1879) and Ann A. Craig (b.31-Dec-1835 d. 8 Oct-1879) 
In 1880, John Quincy was the head of household with all his younger brothers and sisters living with him. After his parents died in the same year, he kept his family together.  

In 1884, at the age of 25, John Quincy and Ferdinand Dunklin Smith at the age of 11, came to Center Hill, Florida from Butler Co. Georgia. The other brothers and sisters came by 1885 because they are listed in the census..JQ-29, Thomas Webb-16, Ferd Dunklin-12, Daniel Clinton-8, Rachael Ellen-24.  By the 1900 census they lived next to each other with their families.  In the 1910 census, their Aunt Willie Sweatt Berry is living by Thomas Webb Smith. Other related families are the Beville  Bozeman, Edmund, Hooten, Lee
Robertson, Sweatt, and Craig and others
Daniel C. Smith was the postmaster of Center Hill for 29 years
Thomas Webb Smith was a merchant.
There are still many of the descendents of this Smith family living in the Center Hill area.

Submitted by Cookie Keller  cookieandkim@comcast.net

Wing Family History
(to be added soon) 

Center Hill
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