Hard Work and Good Eating – Part 1

Isn’t food wonderful? It fills the empty spot; it nourishes our bodies; it gives us pleasure and energy; and it creates a space and reason to engage in fellowship, laughter and love. I hope everyone had that experience this past Thanksgiving. My mother and I certainly did celebrating with one of my cousins’ family. Excellent … Continue reading Hard Work and Good Eating – Part 1

Approaching the Coming Crisis: 1840-1860 in the NW Florida community of Oak Grove

Our little side journey meeting some of my ancestors has for the moment ended. Let’s return to Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL in the decades of the 1840s and 1850s. In the last post on Oak Grove we left the area with the 1840 census. I listed 51 households from the 1840 census that I … Continue reading Approaching the Coming Crisis: 1840-1860 in the NW Florida community of Oak Grove

Seven Sisters (and a Brother) in 1930s Oak Grove, FL

The 1920s was a decade of significant transitions. If we look at pictures of folks in the 1910s and then in the 1930s we see changes in style. Women’s legs appeared at the bottom of their dresses; the big, frilly hats began disappearing; men’s suits looked less like they were trussed up in them; ties … Continue reading Seven Sisters (and a Brother) in 1930s Oak Grove, FL

Was the Northwest Florida Panhandle a “Unionist” Stronghold? – Part 2

A Union Cavalryman Since my post of 27 June, one man has been added to the list of members who joined the 1st Florida Union Cavalry. Bennett G. Senterfitt was the son of Jesse and Mary Faircloth Senterfitt, who were both members of Yellow River Baptist Church (YRBC) in 1840 when the church was founded. It … Continue reading Was the Northwest Florida Panhandle a “Unionist” Stronghold? – Part 2

“Unionist” Hotspot in Northwest Florida

On October 8, 1863, Brigadier General Alexander Asboth was transferred to Pensacola to take command of the District of West Florida. Twenty-one days later he was instructed to take immediate steps to raise and enlist a regiment of men from the surrounding area; primarily Northwest Florida and South Alabama. He took the task up immediately, though … Continue reading “Unionist” Hotspot in Northwest Florida