Sumter County Marriages
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George McIntosh Troup Simmons, 1836
Simmons, was the first permanent
doctor in Bushnell area.
He and his wife, raised their six children
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
boats down the Withlacoochee River. George was also a Mason and a
member of New Hope Methodist Church in Istachatta. He enlisted in his
brother's company, Holman Felix Simmons Co., Co F., 8th Florida
as assistant surgeon in Talladelga Hospital. He also served as a school
teacher from time to time.
He is buried in Tema Cemetery.
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.
Gready Hope 1816-1897
was born in
Woodville, Mississippi, the son
of "Captain" Adam Hope and Jane Gready. He ran unsuccessfully for
office there on two occasions, served with the "Woodville Rifles" in
Mexican War under his neighbor Jefferson Davis, married Caroline Newell
in Woodville in 1848, and when she inherited slaves from her father,
family moved to Amite, La., and after the War to Mckinney, Texas.
came to Sumter County to live near his oldest son in 1894, and died
at the age of 81. He is buried in the Stewart Chapel Cemetery
Webster. He left a fascinating diary
that describes life in
Sumter County before the turn of the century.
was born July 14, 1882 at
(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
and raising cattle. He then entered the University of Georgia at
and graduated in 1912 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. To earn
money he would return home in the summers to run timber on the
River. After graduation, he began practicing medicine in Wildwood and
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
as a medical examiner during the World War and a director of the Bank
Wildwood. On June 27, 1915 Andrew Albritton married Thelma Caruthers
of David Crockett Caruthers and Anna (Caruthers) Caruthers. They had
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
that lived in Sumter Co.
Caruthers and his
wife Elizabeth Hull were born
in Burke County Georgia
1800. James received
Armed Occupation Act permit
389 in May 1843 and
at Shady Brook in
Sumter County. James established
and operated a
mill there. He is
listed in the Marion County
Commissions minutes as the
of the first county
courthouse, which was
a log structure. The
was first used by
the county commission on
September 7, 1846. James
paid $225 for the job
with an additional allowance
of $80.00 for a judges
jury box and other
interior furnishings. James
died about 1848. His
her mark and brand Dec. 13,
1850. Her oldest son
recorded his mark
and brand in May 1850.
The brother of
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)
Hull (who died in
a fire) (2)Delilah Hall
in Alachua County on
30, 1844. Delilah
was the daughter of Soloman
Hall. William died
2, 1882 and Delilah
died March 1893. Both are
buried at Oak Grove
Florida. Several descendants of
the Caruthers brothers
remained in Sumter County and
Marion County, Florida.
William B. and James was also born
in Burke Co. Georgia.
moved to another county
W. Caruthers was
the son of James and Elizabeth
Hull Caruthers. He was born in 1835 Burke County Georgia. His family
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
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
to market in huge trail drives. He was a member of the Baptist Church
Wildwood. He married Rebecca Duncan, born in Lancaster County, South
and daughter of John and Jincy Duncan. In January of 1852 the Duncans
Lancaster County, SC along with the Crenshaw and Perry families,
by wagon train until they arrived in Sumter County in March 1852. Many
from these families still reside in Sumter County. William W. Caruthers
in Sumter County, April 27, 1892 and Rebecca died September 15, 1904.
are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Wildwood, Fl.
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.
drew land located in Irwin County, Georgia
in the 1820 Land Lottery. She
this land to her son, Benjamin Griffin, in 1824 and the family moved
and his brother, William, volunteered for service in
the Seminole Indian War of 1836-37 (Florida Department of Military
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.
his military service, Caleb returned to Georgia. He married Emily
“Milly” Carver about
1843. He lived in
present day Echols
for about eight years or until 1844, and then moved to Ware County where he lived on the
and his family moved from Ware
in 1854. Caleb, age
42, was enumerated
on the 1860 census of Sumter County along with the following members of
household; Milly Griffin, age 41, George Griffin, age 16, Rebecca
14, Susan Griffin, age 12, Nancy Griffin, age 10, M. A. (Mary Ann)
8, Joshua Griffin, age 5, and Caleb Griffin, age 2.
Caleb’s Post Office address was
were Ann Godwin, Jane Ellis,
Granville Bevill, and Henry Glover.
value of Caleb’s personal estate was $170.00.
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.
filed for an Old and Indian Wars Invalid Pension on 05
October 1888. According
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
caused by his service in 1836.
and Emily were enumerated on the 1870 and 1880 U.S.
Federal Censuses of Sumter County, and on the 1885 Florida State Census
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
to testimony given by Granville Bevill in support
of Caleb’s invalid pension, Caleb was known to be a
“man of truth and
Bevill also stated that
Caleb had been a member of the Baptist Church for
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.
children of Caleb Griffin and
Emily “Milly” Carver are:
George W. Griffin. He was born 07 January
1844 in Ware County,
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,
and died 29 January 1925 in Polk County, Florida. George and Narcissa are
buried in the Collins
was born about 1846 in Ware County,
and died on 24 December 1934 in Sumter County, Florida. She married (1) Unknown
Newberry. She also
married James Davis on 25 Jan 1880
County, Florida. He was born on 27 January
1842 in Wilcox County,
and died on 28
October 1919 in Lake County, Florida. Rebecca is buried in the Fender Family Cemetery, Lake County,
was born about 1848 in Ware County,
and died on 20 February 1936 in
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,
Nancy Griffin. She
was born about 1850 in Ware County, Georgia,
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,
Mary Ann Griffin. She
was born in March 1853 in Ware County,
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
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.
at Polk City, Polk County,
Henry Caleb Griffin.
He was born 05 March 1858 in Sumter
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,
08 May 1944 in Lakeland,
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
Florida Department of Military Affairs. Florida
Militia Muster Rolls
Seminole Indian Wars, Vol 9.
Agricultural Census, Sumter County, Florida. Retrieved online 06
October 2007 from
Woodruff, Jim. Fender
Cemetery. Retrieved online 26 August
2006 from http://www.rootsweb.com/~flcemet2/lake/fenderfam/fenderfam/htm
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