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

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)

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

“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