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

So You Think Your Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 3

In the last post, we left Oak Grove at the end of 1830 with approximately 30 families having settled along the Yellow River in what was then Walton Co, FL. By 1839 the community of Barrow’s Ferry/Oak Grove had grown a bit, the area filling out on both sides of the river. And many of … Continue reading So You Think Your Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 3

So You Think You Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 2

In the last post, we were introduced to the area of Oak Grove and to its predecessor, Barrow’s Ferry.  This might be a good place to lay out my supposition on the location of Almirante, the community across the river from Oak Grove, which was also an early settlement along the Yellow River and where the … Continue reading So You Think You Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 2

So You Think You Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 1

Oak Grove - the little northwest Florida community that everyone has heard about but few know much about. To begin with there are more than one of them in Florida so be careful when picking up info on Oak Grove. I guess it isn’t surprising there is more than one since we have lots of … Continue reading So You Think You Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 1

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

Was the Northwest Florida Panhandle a “Unionist” Stronghold? – Part 1

A correct map of Pensacola Bay showing topography of the coast, Fort Pickens, U.S. Navy Yard, and all other fortifications. In my last post, I provided a list of 18 men who were from the northern Santa Rosa and Walton County areas during the Civil War who fought for the Union for at least some … Continue reading Was the Northwest Florida Panhandle a “Unionist” Stronghold? – Part 1