The Three Seminole Wars: Florida’s Forgotten Wars, Part 2

The Second Seminole War has the distinction of being the most expensive Indian conflict, as well as the longest, in America’s long history of Indian conflicts. In 1823, the U.S. government negotiated the Treaty of Moultrie Creek establishing a reservation in the middle part of the Florida peninsula. In addition, several chiefs were allowed to … Continue reading The Three Seminole Wars: Florida’s Forgotten Wars, Part 2

Researching Civil War Ancestors in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, Pt 2

In the last post we laid out a basic plan for getting to one man in one or more Confederate (and/or Union) military units.  Now comes the work to figure out what he likely experienced as the war progressed.  A word of caution: this set of two blogs is only a tiny part of understanding … Continue reading Researching Civil War Ancestors in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, Pt 2

Clyde Barrow’s Connection to Northwest Florida

Happy New Year Everyone!  We are now back on schedule for posts every other Monday. I’m going to assume that some folks reading this don’t know who Clyde Barrow was. And for anyone reading this that hasn’t been following my previous posts in 2016, I am descended from Barrows in northwest Florida so I have … Continue reading Clyde Barrow’s Connection to Northwest Florida

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

Big Fish in a Small Northwest Florida Pond: William Franklin and Mary Ann Malissa Hart King

The Kings were latecomers to the Oak Grove area, arriving sometime between 1880 and 1885. It isn’t known what motivated them to move west from Walton County and settle in the small, rural community of Oak Grove. But they are there by the 1885 Florida census and William Franklin is teaching, running a general store … Continue reading Big Fish in a Small Northwest Florida Pond: William Franklin and Mary Ann Malissa Hart King

Northwest Florida Early Pioneers: James Millard and Lydia Olive Gaskin(s)

For the avid family historian out there, I have a question. Have you ever identified an ancestor, or a set of ancestors, that you wished you could meet, talk to, and get to know? They just resonate with you, the connection is a bit stronger, and you really can’t say why. I have more than a … Continue reading Northwest Florida Early Pioneers: James Millard and Lydia Olive Gaskin(s)

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

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 is important to … Continue reading Was the Northwest Florida Panhandle a “Unionist” Stronghold? – Part 2