Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Table of Contents
 The McKay family
 The Mitchell family
 The Wall family
 The Henderson family
 The Spencer family
 The John Jackson family
 The Knight family
 The Sparkman family
 The Robert Jackson family
 The Lesley family
 The Bell family
 The Coller family
 The Givens family
 The Hendry family
 The Friebele family
 The James D. Clarke family
 The Edward A. Clarke family
 The Kennedy family
 The Kendrick family
 The Hooker family
 The Harris family
 The Warren family
 The Weedon family
 The Watrous family
 The Robles family
 Peter O. Knight
 The Frierson family
 The Ghira family
 The Leonardi family
 The Moore and Post families
 The Hanson family
 The Crane family
 The McCarty family
 The Culbreath family
 The Krause family
 Dr. John P. Crichton

Title: Genealogical records of the pioneers of Tampa and of some who came after them
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Title: Genealogical records of the pioneers of Tampa and of some who came after them
Physical Description: 160 p. : ports. ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Harrison, Charles Edward
Publisher: E.W.B. Willey
Place of Publication: Tampa Fla
Publication Date: 1915]
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents 1
        Table of Contents 2
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
    The McKay family
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
    The Mitchell family
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
    The Wall family
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
    The Henderson family
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
    The Spencer family
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
    The John Jackson family
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
    The Knight family
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
    The Sparkman family
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
    The Robert Jackson family
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
    The Lesley family
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
    The Bell family
        Page 57
        Page 58
    The Coller family
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
    The Givens family
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
    The Hendry family
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
    The Friebele family
        Page 74
        Page 75
    The James D. Clarke family
        Page 76
        Page 77
    The Edward A. Clarke family
        Page 78
        Page 79
    The Kennedy family
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
    The Kendrick family
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
        Page 86
    The Hooker family
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
    The Harris family
        Page 90
        Page 91
    The Warren family
        Page 92
    The Weedon family
        Page 93
    The Watrous family
        Page 94
        Page 95
    The Robles family
        Page 96
        Page 97
        Page 98
    Peter O. Knight
        Page 99
        Page 100
        Page 101
    The Frierson family
        Page 102
        Page 103
    The Ghira family
        Page 104
        Page 105
    The Leonardi family
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
    The Moore and Post families
        Page 109
        Page 110
        Page 111
    The Hanson family
        Page 112
        Page 113
        Page 114
    The Crane family
        Page 115
        Page 116
    The McCarty family
        Page 117
        Page 118
    The Culbreath family
        Page 119
        Page 120
        Page 121
        Page 122
    The Krause family
        Page 123
        Page 124
    Dr. John P. Crichton
        Page 125
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Is the Joint Product

In Their Several Capacities

Of the Labors of


E. W. B. Willey, Publisher,


CARL W. HILL, Printer.

Tampa, Florida





Forward 1

Index 2

McKay Family 5

Mitchell Family 13

Wall Family 17

Henderson Family 23

Spencer Family 28

John Jackson Family 33

Knight Family 37

Sparkman Family 44

Robert Jackson Family 48

Lesley Family 52

Bell Family 57

Coller Family 59

Givens Family 62

Hendry Family 68

Friebele Family 74

James D. Clarke Family 76

Edward A. Clarke Family 78

Kennedy Family 80

Kendrick Family 83

Hooker Family 87

Harris Family 9o

Warren Family 92

Weeden Family 93

Watrous Family 94


Robles Family 96

Knight, Peter 0. 99

Frierson Family lol

Ghira Family lo3

Leonardi Family lo5

Moore & Post Families lo8

Hanson Family 112

Crane Family 115

McCarty Family 117

Culbreath Family 119

Krause Family 123

Crichton, John P. 125

SdO 0 U D

The most propitious time for collecting the
materials for history is s soon after tne happen-
ing of the events chronicled as possible, ~nd while
the actors who shaped them are still upon the scene
of action.
The first generation of the pioneers of Tampa
has almost entirely passed away; a few only of
those who belong to it still linger, though now "in
the sere and yellow leaf" awaiting the last blast
of time that will loosen their frail hold upon the
branch of the living tree.
before they are all gathered to their fathers
their :iepiorica of event, and their recollections
of family nistories should be carefully collected
and preserved in permanent form for the information
of tho.e who come after theme-.
appreci.ating these :,onsid.*rations the compil-
ers of thia worKi hive cersonaliy consulted the sur-
vivors of the eurlior days and their immediate de,
scindants, examining f;.ivily records and public ar-
chivos where available, and in that way preparing
complete and connected accounts of the families
whoso Penealogies are herein traced.
"uch care has been exercised ind great pains
taeon to secure absolute accuracy in the family
histories recorded hero, as in some instances,
the infirmitie of human memory have led into er-
ror, others have been concLltcd who have been fa-
miliar with the isae facts ana tho different narra-
tives have been nade, if possible tnat minor mis-
takes .mal nave orept in. ,here thi.. is found to be
true, we crave the ina :;lFnoe of critic in view of
the peculiar difficulties of the task that we have,
Ihe work th.,t foll6ws does not pretend to be a
connected history of ampa; that will be written,
perhaps, hereafter. ihis is out a collection of
the genealogical records of the families that found-
ed the city and of somo others who followed in their
footsteps and aided in the advancement of the work
that the earlier ones commenoe*. .;e.flatter our-
selveo, however, that we will in this compilation
have contributed to the collection of materials ou
of which will be made the future history of Tampa*

Andreu, John P. -- --------..--------.---e 137
Bell Family .-.------ -----------..-----a- 73
E. Ann "0 -- -- -........a m.. .. .... .. 73
Louis ----------------- ------ 73
Bird, Mrs. Mary 0C.----- -------. ------ 71
Brown, W. Lesloy --..------------------ 71-72
William H.----------------------- 71
Clarke, Edward A.-----------.--------- 25-98
James D,- ---.---- -- ------- ---- 13-96
Coller Family 75
Crane Family --------------------e4----- 79
Henry A.-------- -- ----------- 149
Henry L.---- -- -------- -------- 111150
Crichton, Dr. John P.---------- ------ -- 160
Culbreath Family ---- ---. ..----------- 153
Colonel Harry C.------------- 153-155-156
Percival P.------------------- 155
;William P. 1-------- .--- -- 154.415157
Curry, D. 0. (Mrs.)------..---------.- 50
Cusoaden, Fannie (Mrs.) )------ ---123-125
Friebele Family --==e---ee-----=------ 94
Christopher L.---- --- --- ------- 25-94
Friorson Family -------- -- ---------- 131
Major Aaron T. ---- -- ---24.-131
William J ----e .---- -- 71-132
chira Family -------------e---------134
Giddens, Matthew F. -- ---53-54
Givens Family ..---e.---=ne===nc= 79
John T. -------- --- 80
Morris IM. e--- -- 85-.86
Gunn, Mrs. John T. ----o-m-- ini------n2 159
Hanson Family --14-5-.---- ..- 145
Gustave Adolph --1-------------45
Harris, Amos Love a -e------I-e--e"e e e--- 113
Harrison, Judge Charles -n----- -8-- 84
Haskins#, Irs. W. T.- ---.--... = .--.- 78
Henderson Family ----n- -----nn.----- --- 31
John A. --------- ---------------34
John G. ------------------------31
William B.-- --- --- ----- -------- 32-33
Hendry Family ---- -... ...--.------ 87
Hill, Carl W.- ----------------------120
Hooker Family -----m10-9 e ------ --- 109
William B.e ------- c-- ----- -109
Jackson Family (John)------------- ------ 43
Dr. John A. ----- ...-...45-47
Kate V.-------PON-gw 45-46
Thomas EoN- e ON------. ------ 45-46

Jacksn Family (Robert)
Robert A.s= -
Robert CG.o
Captain William P.
Keller, Gordon =
Kendriok Family
Edward T.
ZErest T.--
Louis 1. --
Kennedy Family -----
Thoas Pugh, sr.-
Thomas Pugh, secot
Knight, Peter 0. --
Knight Family --
AndrewT J.-------
Charles L.----
George ,.- --
Henry Laurens --
Joel -------
Lucian L.--.---.
Victor H. --
PKause Family I=:I--nI
John Henry ---
Leonardi Family ----
Bartholomew, C.-C
Vincent -------
Lesley Family ---
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Captain John T. -m
Livinxston G.---
Leroy G.-
Theodore -
Lester, Mrs. Henry G.-
Iykes, Howell T.----
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M oarty Family 7 m
MoCord, Mrs. Ceoil A.-
McKay Family
Charles A -A.-
Hon. Donald B.-
Danald S. --m--
Captain James, sr
Captain James, se
Kemnnth Im-ow=-=-
Mitchell 7..--
Mitchell Family --
Hon. Henry Lauren
Dr. Luoian B.--
Moore and Post Families
Colonel Walter R.

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Robles Family
Snow Family -----
Solomon, Mrs. 71. S,----
Sparkman Family --- -----
Elijah Byrd ---------
Judge George Bascom---
Nathaniel K.-- -
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Joseph D.- --
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TH1CE mai4- Y LY

JAMES MoiKY, theprogenitor of this family in A-
moriua, was born in the north of )ootland, at
Thurso, in Jounty daithness. His wife, :-Ltilda
Alexander ;.al, w-u born in the city of linburgh,
in the same country. They never met in the old
country, but first became acquainted with each oth-
er in At. Louis, Mo., after both had immigrated to
America. They were married in the city last named
in 1837. 9'rom At. Louis they removed to Mobile,
~la., where Mr. Mokay engaged in mercantile busi-

They- removed to
and settled first :at
of Hernando Jounty.
ever, at that place
removed ~ pin, this
the family home ever

r lorida from lrobile.
;hassewiska, on the
'hey did not ren.in
:ind in the s.5ame year,
t i e t o ampa, wh i ch

in 1846
long, hoi
has been


Captain ;.Icaay brought considerable means with
him to ampa, and rapidly added to nis weaitn, soon
becoming the leading citizen in financial affairs.
He engaged here alo in their ercantile o hiness,
advancing puppliiu; nd one to the farmers to en-
able tnem to gro- tnulir cotton crops, for much of
the staple wus at tnat or'ly day produced in tnis
region. He alo aoout this time commenced to in-
vest largely in shipping, his vessels increiAing
fust in number, and making profitable voyages to
most of the southern ports, both foreign and domea-

Captain 2Mkay also in. the early days owned
much valuable real estate within the present lim-
its of the city of Tampae
oome of the older ohildron of this family wer
born before their parents' arrival in Tampa, but
the majority of them, including all of the younger
ones, were born here*
The family was a largo one, consisting of
George, James, John a~rnu, D onald .?. and Jhurles,
sons, and oarah, Marion, Matilda and l.meria Bell,
George, the first son, died in early manhood
unmarried .
iho second son, Jamt, and the oldest survivor
of the family, early became a very prominent and
distinguished citizen of T'anpa, t -xing a leading
-part in all of the lines of.activfty, industrial,



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social and political, of the community, of this
section and of the entire state. dis life has been
a stirring one, full of service both afloat and a-
shore. His father's fleet of vessels afforded him
his first means of employment, and he rapidly rose
to the position that entitled him to the"title of
"Captain" along with his father.
captainn James McKay, second, commanded many of
his father's vessels and after the; were seen no
more at sea, he passed to the command of shi.s of
other owners, among them being the steamers of the
Plant line between Tampa and Havana and in the sum-
mer on the New England coast. In more recent years
Captain dcOJay has been in tne e:iploy:.ent of the
United Jtates government a superintendent of the
:.rine transport service of theo ju.rtermabter's de-
partment of tho United states army. In the war witn
pain ne nad cn rge of tie flett of trnSports that
oarriea tne army of General .nLafter to )antiapo,
nuperintending the loading at -ort iampa and the un-
loading on the coast of Juua, earning :any encomiua .
from high authorities' for the skill and ability ex-
nibited by him in the nandling of the ships oonpos-
ing tne large flect.
Captain cames i 4oay, second, served throughout
the Jivil <(ar w ith redit, on the Jonfederate side.
He has been active politicAlly, nauing been elected
in 1880 to represent the seventhh senatorial dis-
trict, comprising rillsborough Jounty, in the state
senate. He hold this position for two terms. iHe
has been twice mayor of the city of Tampa and for
one term United Jtates marshal for the southern
district of Florida. dl ib now postmaster of the
city of 'Tampa, having resigned the position of su-
perintendent of the marine transport service of the
quartermaster'.3 department of the army to accept
the appointment.
James iaio.ay, second, ha" been three times mar-
ried; the first time to Mary 0. Oriohton, who was
the mother of all of his children, the second time
to Helene Turton, of Massachusetts, and the third
time to his present wife, who was Lillian Nimma
warren, of ztlantic Highlands, N. J.
There were born to James and Mary E. (Crichton)
Acq.ay, his first wife, nine children, four sons,

I Of the 2Poneers of Tampa-
James Jrichton. Harold, John Criohton. who died at
the age of ten months, and Frederick, and five
daughters, darah Matilda, Blanche, Julia, Madge and
James C. McKay, the oldest son, married' Lilllin
MacDonell, of Fernandina, the daughter of Augustus
0. and Elizabeth (Allen) MacDonell. They have thr e
children: James A., who was born in Ooala, Fla.,
and married Frances Louise Bond, daughter of Dr.
A. R. and Phenix Bond, of T ampa; allen, born in
Fernandina, and Richard, born in Tampa. James a.
McKay is the head of a prominent insurance firm in
the city of Tampa, McKay & Son.
Harold, the second son of James and Mary E.
(Orichton) MoJay, was for sometime city salesman
in the employ of the Oudahy Packing Co. for the
-ity of Tampa, but has recently been placed in
charge of the branch of that company in the city
of Key fest.
Frederick, the _third son, is unmarried. He
is a sanitary inspector for the city of Tampa.
Sarah Matilda. the eldest daughter of James
and Mary E.'"(riohton) McKay, married James D.
l1arke, of Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, N. Y. (See
James D. Clarke family.) Mr. Clarke has been dead
for several years, the date of his death being
April 26, 1906. There were born to this couple the
following children:
James D., who married carolina M. *harpe, of
Atlanta, Georgia.
Webb, who is still unmarried. He is an em- i
ploye of the insurance firm of MoKay & Son, and
Porter J~, who is unmarried.
Gladys A., who married Kenneth A.4hite of In-
dianapolis. Ind. He is connected with the Citi-
zene' Bank and Trust Company, of 'ampa.
The s.eoond daughter of James and Mary E.
(Criohton) MoKay is Blanche, who married Thomas Lo
Morton, of Petersburg, Va., Mr. Morton is assist-
ant oivil engineer ,in the employ Of the Atlantio
Coast Line BRailro; p Company. Their hom. t at Wil-
mington, ~ C. They have two daughters. Blnohoi
and Julia. -
Julia, the third daughter of James abi Mary E
(Criohton) Mc~Kay, died unmarried after attaining -
ya -g vio'' ?.<

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The fourth daughter. Madge Isabel, is the wife
of Manuel Venanoio Lastra. They have one child,
The fifth and youngest daughter of James and
Mary E. (Griohton) MoKay, Mary, married John 0.
Kirkpatrick, Jr., of Nashville, Tenn., a member of
the firm of John 0. Kirkpatrick & Sons, lumber man-
ufacturers .
The third son of James and Matilda (Call) McKay
was John i., who married Mary Jane MoCarty. -They
became the parents of six children, four sons and
two daughters, all of whom are still living in iTapa,
save the two daughters.
John A. McJay acquired the title of captain,
borne by so many of his family, by commanding sev-
eral of his father's ships and others. He was dep-
uty collector of customs at the port of Tampa for
several years and was also the proprietor of the
well-known "Orange Grove Hotel," a popular hostelry
of the olden time. He died in _*
His wife passed away
Captain John A. McKay served throughout the war in
the Confederate army
The oldest son of John A. and Mary Jana (Mo-
Oarty) Moiay, is Donald Brenham, who married',Aurona
Gutierrez, daughter of Gavino Gutierrez, a prominent
Spanish citizen of Tampa. There have been eight
children born to this marriage, seven daughters and.
one son: Mary Helen, Margaret Almeria, Ada Marion,
Donald Brenham, jr., Aurora, Bettervilla, rfanoiSa a
and one unnamed.
Donald Brenham McKay is one of the most remark-
able men that Tampa has produced. Growing up at
time when there were fewer- advantages of eduatiox
presented to the youth of the community than now,
he overcame this handicap by energetic application
and assiduous study in private, gaining thus n ed-
uoation -uperior to that of many men who are o.6l-
lege-bred. He is largely self-made, qnid hh no
sauee to feel ashamed of hie work as the architect
of his own fo" tunea.
He learned the trade of a printer and has pased
hro every .position in a newspaper office bo t
edohaioal and editorial*. e commienfedaas e boy. L .
n th~.ficf.of. the.: old-, Tampa. Tribunt'; under-t--- .

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SOf-the Pioneers of Tampa

:Thomas K. Spencer--he is now the holder of the
great majority of the stock of the company that
owns the Tampa Daily Times, the leading afternoon
paper of the state of Florida; and he is also ,dijs:;
itor-in-chief of the same newspaper. The success
achieved by this paper is largely due to the ener-
gy and ability'displayed by him.
Donald B. Maoay is a man of wonderful grasp
of mind, tremendous energy and tenacity of purpose,
as well as possessing the administrative faculties
in superlative degree. This is evidenced by the
wonderful success that has attended his conduct of
the office of mayor of the city of Tampa, the seo-
ond term in which position he is now serving.
Greater and more numerous public improvements have
been carried either to completion or to an advanced
stage of progress under his administration, and the
city has grown more rapidly and has attained a high-
er stage of greatness than in any other period of
twice the length.
The second son of John .. and Mary Jane (Mo-
0arty) Mckay is charles ". He has attained eminence
in mercantile life, now occupying the position of
vioe-president of Maas brother., inc., the owners
of the largest dry goods establishment in south
Florida. He is president of the iampa Merchants'
Association, for the second term; he is a prominent
zealous member of the knights of'Pythias, %he &lks
and of various other leading social organizations -
I Oharles A. MoKay married Irene M. MoKeague, of
Williamsport,',Pa. They have two children, Mary !
Irene and Eleanor May*
The third son of John A. and Mary Jane (Mo-
Oarty) Mokay is Mitchell F. He, hase held prominent,
and lucrative county offices in the county of Hills -
borough. He was clerk of the county criminal court
of record and of the'county court for several years,
and is now chief deputy in'the office of the sheriff
of the county. He married Jane, a daughter of !
Thomas Wand angie (Moceill) Givens, of Tampa .
G(See Givens family.) They have three oh$ldren, whee e.
name's are angie Koleilel, John Wilkes:I d~& Winifred.
SKenneth I.. the fourth son of John A. and Mary
Jaie (Mo0Qarty) MoKay, is still unmarried. He 1 "
iaduate of: the' law department- of-igashingtonz and--- ,

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Lee Un'ivorsit: and, though.young in years, some-
time ago attained a leading position among the at-
torneys of the local bar by his brilliancy of mind
his clerness of vision ,.nd nia extensive acquoint-
ance and familiarity with the fundamental principle
of his profession. He was formerly a number of the
law firm of Maofarlane and Macay and later of that
of .wall and Miocay. ''he future undoubtedly hold
in store great things in the way of professional
.prizes won by this brilliant young barrister.
ihe ,eldor daughter of John' ,. and Mary Jane
(Mo~Jrty) Mc.ay, Margaret, married Jharles J. Wood-
ward, formerly of Georgia. They now reside in
plant Jity where Mr. .voodward is business manager
of theo plant lity Jourier. .hey navo four children,
bonillia, iar,-'ert, d,,a and Ohalrle O., Jr.
The iecona daughter, and, youngest child, of
John ". and Mary Jano (McOarty) MoKay, is ,da,
who married Lawson Magruder. They have one child,
"harles Lawaon. They reside in DeLand, Florida.
S Donald L. is the fourth son of James and Ma-
tilda (3iul) MoKay. He was ,?orn at Shassewiska,
rFla., .ugupst 8, 1846, and came to Tampa with his
parents when an infant, in the year of his birth.
He attended private schools. (in those days there
were no public schools). :t the aue of fifteen
years he entered the Confederate .rmy as a member
of the Eighth Florida battalion and later became
adjutant of the battalion serving'in that capacity
to the close of the war.
He then studied navgar aion a:n l llo,'ed the
sea for thjrty-fivo ye re, for twenty:-elPht of
which no w.L 1 a linoernad ma.ter, m .kin r orelgn
voyages. n rctirinq from seafaring lifo he pur-
ohased oi.rht acres of land in what is now dyde Park
and out it up into building lots. ihis land is
located opposite tae ampa day hotel gates on what
is now west Lafayette street. In 1886 he built
his present residence on a portion of this tract,
and has reoided there ever sinoe, afterward also
building other house in that neighborhood. In
1914 he was appointed pure food inspector of the
city of Tampa. which position he still. holds.
j Donald 0. Mokay haes been twice married, the
first time, annmury la 88toMary_ a.e olleUi r
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daughter of Rev. W.
wife died October 8,
The second marriage
Maartha '., daughter
(Crockett) Hayden.
of this marriage ten

E. and Sarah E. Collier. His
of the year of their marriage.
was on January 10,.1872, to
of Jessie J. and. usan D.
There were born ae the fruit
i children, all of whom were

born in Tampa. Only six of these children grew up,
four dyinp young.
Hayden, the oldest son, marriedMaude Harris,
daughter of -irank Ha. arris, now residing in druns-
wGica, Ga. Hayden ai-,a ait the uge of twenty-eight
year, leaving no Qnildrtn.
ZMarion the .laoet datiahter of Lonwild j.,
.thd ZMartha (Hayden) !ci.ay, is uinm;~iried.
Marta ., tne second un.inhter, married John
porter, of Covington,'Ga. ihey have three chil-
dron, May, Aiarjorie and Jack.
dilliam George, the second son and fourth
child, of Donald 3. and Martha (Hayden) Moiay, mar-
ried Annie McDermott. They have five children,
all born in Tampa; namely, william, T'helma, John
MoDermott, Donald 6. (the la.t two named being
twins) and iobert.
The third daughter, and fifth child, of Donald
.. and Martha (Hayden) McKay, Susan May, died un-
married at the age of twenty years.
The-third son ani sixth -child, Donald jr.,
married Nellie otaley. They have one child, a son,
Of the daughters of James and Mat'ilda (Cail)
McKay, the eldest, Sarah, married Robert B. Thomas,
of kentucky, then an officer of the United States
The second daughter, Marion, married dilliam
Handolph, of Tallahassee, Florida. They have one
daughter, Sarah, who married ;/illiam A. Carter, a
prominent lawyer of Tampa.
The third daughter, Matildh, married Dr. John P
P. Wall. She died December, 1893. They had one
sonrCharles Moiay, who resides in Tampr. He is
The fourth daughter, and youngest surviving
child of James and Matilda (Gail) Moeay is Almeriai
Be~ll who married Howell T. Lykes, of Brooksville.
He died. several_ yaraQgo ... _ihare.-wero b orn -to-: thi

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couple eight children, one daughter and seven sons,
all of whom are still living. The daughter, Ma-
tilda, married Bolon B. Turman, a descendant of one
of the old families of Tampa. He is now dead. The
sons of Howell T. and Almeria Bell (McKay) Lykes
are Frederick E., Howell T., James McKay, Lipscobb,
Thomas Mayo, John Wall and Joseph Taliaferro.


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Thomas Mitchell, the father and founder of the family in
Florida was a native of the state of Alabama, from,which sate,
he migrated to this section in 1846, settling in the easternI
portion of Hillaborough County, a few miles from the present
town of Plant City.

His family consisted of nine children, seven sons and two
daughters. They were all born in Alabama, except the youngest
son, Charles Lucian. The oldest child, a daughter, named Caro-
line, married in Alabama and remained there. All the rest came
to Florida with their parents.

Caroline married Pinkney V'orthington. They had seven 4
children who grew up namely, Mrs. Betty Neighbors, Mrs. Ella
Graham, Mrs. Alice Neighbors, Mrs. Gussie Gunnells, Mrs. Marga-
ret Nance, John, Mrs. Jane Bryant.

The second child-was also a daughter named Virginia dhe
married Joel Knight, and became the mother of a large family of
nine children. (See Knight family.)

The third child, and oldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth
(Starns) Mitchell, was Henry Laurens, who grew up to be'one of
Florida's most distinguished sons, -ocupying the exalted posi-
tions at different times of judge of the circuit court, justice
of the supreme court and governor of the state. He was born in
Alabama September 3, 1831. .He accompanied his father and the
rest of the family, with the exception of his oldest sister, to
Florida in 1846. After spending eight years' on a farm in the
Eastern part of Hillsborough County he removed to Tampa in 15A4,
with the determination to become a lawyer. He entered as a stu-
dent the office of judge JTams Gettis, one of the foremost law"
Users and most distinguished practitioners of his day in Florida.

In due time he was admitted to the bar and almost immndiate-
ly elected state's attorney for the sixth judicial distriotj in
which Tampa was then, and still is, situated. He filled this po-
sition until the year of the breaking out of the Civil War, 1861,
when at the call of his state, he, with so many thousands of
others, enrolled himself in the Confederate Anw. He attaiL d
the rank of captain in the Mhah florida infantry regimst abd .
served till the end' of the Viksburg campaign, when he res ed
to assume his seat in the state legislature, to which he haA been
elected by the people of his county in his absence. He was Pwice
re-elected to' this position.
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and continued the success that he had before achieved. hen'thi

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Democratic party to which he belonged, succeeded in ousting
from power the carpetbag government and resuming control of
,the state, Henry Laurens Mitchell was appointed judge of the
circuit court of the sixth judicial circuit, serving in that'
capacity from 1877 to 1888. During the succeeding two and
one-half years he was one of the justices of the state su-
preme court. He resigned this, the highest judicial position
under the state government, to resume the office of judge of
the circuit in which his home county was situated.

In the year 1892 he was called to "come up higher" by
the voice of the Democratic people of the state expressed in
the state convention of the party that was held that year in
his home city of Tampa. He was triumphantly elected in the
regular election of the same year.

The administration that he gave the people of Florida
was one of the most intelligent and progressive with which
the state had ever been blessed, many judicious measures be-
ing adopted at that time for the advancement of the cocmon-
wealth and great progress achieved.

After his return home, at the close of his guberna-
torial term, he was, at the election of 1896, chosen by the
people to be clerk of the circuit court of Hillsborough
County. This was a lower position as to rank than that from
which he had just retired, but much more desirable pecuniari-
ly considered. His term as clerk of the circuit court expir-
ed on the 1st of January, 1901. He then became county tr -
urer, which office he held up to the time of his lamented
death, which occurred October 14, 1903. He was a, meber of he
Methodist Zpiscopal Church, South, and of the Masonic order

Henry Laurens Mitchell was a conspicuous figure in 1
Florida history during the years i en an of d nating
ure .in inte~le-tual leadership and in civic courage aided'
shaping the events that obliterated the war scars and
rated the new era of peace and fraternity.

He married Mary Eugenia Spenoer April 11, 1866. (See
Spencer faiunt.) They had no children. Mrs. itchell is
still living*

The second so aof Thoras and isabeth (Starnsal witch
was SaIeml. :He mnad in the cattle business as soon as"*'
arrived at san s estate and 'achieved great success in it ,n a
'rtizsbein g one- o ,-the-- large --a e-qot owners in :outn

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He died many years ago. Same Mitchell married Jane Uqhar.
There were bor to them four children, whose names were Mrs.
Ema Jackson, Edward, Thomas and Lee.

The third son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Starns) Mitchell
was George W. He became a minister of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South, serving in the Florida conference for many years,
and having charge of some of the most important churches. He
passed to his reward several years ago. He married Nancy Al-
derman; they had three children, Thomas,. May, who married Burt
McMullen, and Stanford.

The fourth son was Thomas, who died of disease contract-
ed while serving in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
He married Sarah McLeod. This couple were the parents of one
child, a son named Frank, Who never married.

The fifth son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Starns) Mitchell
was Frank, who was killed in battle after he had attained the
rank of lieutenant in the Confederate Amy. He was unmrried 1

The sixth soa was Robert, who was a farmer. He died iL
the year 1900, leaving a widow whose maiden nme was Leonora
Cru*m She is now living at the old family home at Hnmeland in
Polk County. Robert Mitchell and his wife were the parents
of six children; namely, Ada, Charles, James, Lee, Benjamin
and George.

The Youngst son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Starns) Mitchell
was Charles Lucian, who beeamn a physician, and was one of the
best known and moet successful practitioners in this portim af
the state. He served one teza as somnnssioner of lands and i1-
migration of the state in the cabinet of Governor Perry

Dr. Mitchell married Ellea M. Spencer, a sister of the
wife of his elder brother Henry Latres. (See r famit.)
There were born to them the following named chilen:

S ane-nia,nho married Samel WI Graham, of West, Virginia*
Shave two children, Nellie, Rose and Carolyn.

Ellen Ilisabeth, who married Aaron B& Forgpon, at Bar*
Florida. He was far twenty years first deputy and then
lerk of the circuit court of Polk County. He then r~mov to
a *mp, and is now engaged in the business of a drggist. They
no children. *



Minnie, who married Otto P. Stallings, of Tampa, who is
engaged in the insurance business. They have three children,
Otto Mitchell, Mary Amanda and Charles Norman.

Lucian Bayard, who chose the profession of his father,
and in which he has achieved the highest degree of success, be-
ing one of the most popular physicians in the city of Tampa.
He is at present the president of the Hillsborough County Medi-
cal Society, and is a member of the medical staff of the Flori-
da National Guard. Dr. Mitchell married Marie Gutierrez, a
member of one of the leading Spanish families of the City.

Viva Disston (now deceased), who married Allie J. Angle,
then of Bartow, and now of Tampa, where he holds the position
of harbormaster. There were born to this marriage two chil-
dren, Jennie and Bayard.

Jennie Perry, who died in girlhood, and

Laurens Emile Spencer, who is yet in his early manhood
and unmarried.




Perry G. Wall, first, was the direct ancestor of the
Tampa family of that name. He was born in Liberty County,
Georgia, November 2, 1809 His father died when he was quite
a small child, and his ,wdowed mother removed with his family
to Hamilton County, Florida The subject of this sketch was
at the time seventeen years of age. He continued to live in
that county until 1845, when he removed to Hernando County.
Before leaving Hamilton County he was appointed deputy
marshal by the governor and after serving in that capacity far
three years he was elected by the people of the county, clerk
of the circuit court, which position he held until he removed
to Hernando County in 1845.
Soon after taking up his residence in Hernando County
Perry G. all became judge of probate for that county, which
office he filled till the outbreak of the .War between the
States in 1861. He removed to Tampa in 1871 and resided here
continuously until his death, which occurred July 8, 1897.
Shortly after becoming a resident of Tampa he was appointed
judge of probate for Hillsborough County and retained the of-
fice for three years. In 1875 Judge Vall was appointed post-
master by President Grant, and served the entire term.
Perry G. Wall, first, vas three times married; the first
time to Nancy Hunter on November 18, 1830. She died February
28, 1845. His second wife :7as Barbara Baisden, to .ihom he
was married December 11, 1845. His third marriage was to
Sarah d'atlington, of Key 'est, on December 4, 1883. She was
born April 30, 1836
By his first wife, Nancy (Hunter) Wall, Perry G. Wall was
the father of three sons and four daughters. The sons were
William W.', John P. and David H. The daughters were Mary M.,
who married LMajor Aaron T. Frierson. (See Frierson family);
Julia A., who married Christopher L. Friebele (see Friebelo
family), Sarah L., who married Edward A. Clarke (see Clarke
family), and Susan C., who married William Marion Hendry, of
Fort Uyers. (See Hondry family.)
Barbara (Baisden) Wall, the second wife of Perry G. .'all,
became the mother of three children, two sons, Joseph Baisden
and Charles L., and a daughter that died in childhood.
The third wife, Sarah (Watlington) Wall, had no children.
(1) William VW., the oldest son of Perry G. and Nancy
(Hunter) Wall, was born in Hamilton County, Florida, November
29, 1834. He married March 7, 1861, Minnie May, of Greens-
boro, Alabama. She was born August 14, 1838, and died Febru-
ary 16, 1891. They became the parents of six children who



grew up. See list below:
William '';. 7all came to Tampa after tVde end 6f the
Civil J'ar, and engaged in the mercantile business here, his
store standing on the northwest corner of Washington and
Marion Streets, the former being the principal business thor-
oughfare of the embryo city in those early days. Soon after
establishing himself in Tampa he gained a loading position
by his integrity, far-sightedness and intelligent enterprise.
He was universally respected for his fair dealing and the
honesty of his methods. All over the territory tributary to
Tampa the name of "Billy ?all," as he vas familiarly called,
was accepted as the synonym of honest goods and straight
methods of dealing.
His store was a practical school for the graduation of
young merchants, who afterw-ards assumed chief positions in
the business life of Tampa. imong then *:ere James i. Lips-
comb, rho 7Yas for years his trusted chief clerk, but died too
early for his complete success, and then, too,.there :.ore his
two sons, Perry G. and James dgar, two of the .en "-hc after-
wards :.-rde the great business of the r'night & .'all Company
the magnificent success that it is.
William *:. .'all passed away in his prime on April 23,
1378, too soon to see for himself t.e realization of the vis4
ions of materiall prosperity and commercial greatness of his
home city that he had the sagacity to behold .vith the 'oye of
The children of Lil.ia 'z and :Iinnie (.:ay) .;all are
(a) Lillie, "'ho married Henry Laurens Znight (3ee
Knight family.) T-ey have tour children, Laurie, who mar-
ried Dr. J. Bradley of Tabpa, a prominent dentist. Uinnie
:all, who married Frank I. Cooper, Jr., a director of the
-night & ':all Company; :,:ary Louise and Doris, wIho are unm-ar-
(b) Perry G. ..all, second, -ho married :.:attie Houstoun,
of Tallahassee. -They have two children.- Houstoun and Martha.
(c) Daisy, who arrived Charles L. Knight. (See :ight
family. )
They have four children Lois, who married Joseph :..
Henderson, of Tampa; Zugene ;all, who married ?ay Parker, of
Tampa. Richard and Barbara, 'ho are not yet rown.
(d) James Edgar, who married Florrie Bowman, of Plano,
Texas. They have two children Minnie May and James `dgar,
(e) Willie, who married Samuel N. Eonaker, originally of
Virginia, and at present treasurer of the Knig-ht & Wall Com-
Man. They ave three children, William, Lillie Wall and

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(f) nIay (noew deceased), '.:ho married Paul .'orth Smith.
They avo one child, ;all.
The tv:o sons above n-med, ?erry G. and JamIes dgar, have
both incrossed their individuality upon the business, social
and political life of the city, section a:nd state. T ey are
bcth men of -:ell vron and thoroughly deserved distinction in
all of those lines. Perry G. .all, second, ,was educated at
the Bast Florida seminary at Gainesville, Florida, and later
at .3ingsham school, 'Torth Carolina. .t an early age he coIm-
.:ncod to take a prcrinent part in the -anae~rent of the vast
and increasing business interests involved in the operations
of the 'ni:-ht & all Company. This great enterprise he has,
:matrially aided in mai-in; the splendid success that it is.
, e has t:aen an active nart in local and stateo-ide politicss
and ha achieved a idc fa:'-, as a speaker on social and polit-
ical occasions. c has al1'.ays been at t;.o frcnt in all move-
:.ents to-ard the promotion of t.he -Cro.thl of the city of TaLpa
in all 1 -orthy directions. .c ias from its inception taLen a
prominent position in the activities of the board of trade,
and is no; one of the members :%.o are lccked to Lr advice and
for leadership in action. He .as never held political office,
though often urged unon aim. ':contly, ho-.over, :is to",nsmen
and the thousands of his friends and ad-.irers all over ?lorida
have so far prevailed over his natural modestyty as to induce
him to-accept a candidacy for the position of United Jtates
senator from Florida.
Ja3crs 'dgar .all has al-'-iys taken an active part in church
worAI being a member and steward of the First :.'ethodist Church,
Shaving held the latter position for a number of years. He is
also one of the trustees of Southern College, Sutherland, Flor-
ida. He is always fund uw-cn that side cf every moral, religi-
ous and social question that rnakes for righteousness in the in-
dividual and the community. His position is never doubtful.
Hie is one of those men who can always be placed. He never hides
under a subterfuge nor cloaks his attitude behind the consider-
ation of expediency.
(2) The second son of Perry G. and n:ancy (Hunter) Jall,
John was born in Jasper, Hamilton County, Florida, Septem-
ber 17, 1836. Hle lived in Tampa for a time before the Civil
]ar and received a part of his early education here. le stud-
ied medicine and received his degree of ::. D. just before the
commencenient of the "ar, and settled in Fernandina, Florida,
for the practice of his profession. He was living there when
the ar commenced, and at once offered his services to the Con-i
federate government. :Ie was employed in the hospitals at Rich-
-xond, Virginia, until the close of the 'ar. He then returned


to Tampa to make his home and to continue the practice of his
profession, in which he had already risen to distinction.
Dr. Wall was thrice married, the first time in 1862, to
Pressie 3. Eubanks of Hernando County. She died September 6,
1871. She bore one son, who received his father's au1, John P.
and who has attained an eminent position in the legal profession.
His second wife, whom he married in 1872, was Latilda cYKay.
(See McKay family.) She died in December, 1893. She was the
mother of one son, Charles McKay, who is still living in Tampa.
Dr. Wall married his third wife, who was Louise Williams,
of Virginia, .lay 15, 1894. She survived h m. They had no child-
Dr. John P. Wall was one of the most distinguished physi-
cians of his day, not only in Tampa, but in Florida and the en-
tire south. His memory is famous in the annals of the medical
profession, and his name beloved in many homes .:here he wrought
his wonderful work. He died suddenly while addressing the Flor-
ida !Aedical Association, then in session at Ga.inesville, Florida,
April 18, 1895.
(3) The third son of Perry G. and Nancy (Hunter) Wall was
David H., who was born June 4, 1838. He entered the Confederate
service at the beginning of the War Between the States and served
with credit until he was taken sick and died rwile on furlough
at LaGrange, Georgia, May 30, 1864. He was unmarried
The second wife of Perry G. Wall, who was Barbara Baisden,
bore him two sons, his fourth and fifth. The fourth son was Jos-
eph Baisden. He was born January 23, 1847, and died December 21,
1912. He was twice married, the first time to Precious Sdering.
ton, of Brooksville, Hernando County, on November 28, 1869. She
was born December 8, 1850. She bore her husband one hhild, a
daughter named Helen T., who married Judge Charles B. Parkhill,
who afterwards became one of the justices of the supreme court of
the state of Florida. He is a distinguished lawyer, standing
hiI in his profession, and a prominent figure in the politics of
the state. He is now city attorney of the city of Tampa, where
he at present resides.
Judge Charles B. and Helen (Waall) Parkhill, his wife, are
the parents of seven children, the five oldest of whom were boa
at Pensacola, Florida, where they lived many years, and the to
youngest at Tallahassee. Their names are Barbara Wall, E lisabth
Bellany, Joseph Frederick, Charles B., yr., Helen Wall, Emile adi
John Randolph.
Joseph Baisden Wall was one of the most distingished leaw
yers and jurists that florida has produced. He received his le-.
pal education at the University of Virginia, and soon after grA"d
uating-and being admitted to the-bar-he come ed the paet&eb of '


his profession at Brookaville, the county seat of Hernando Coun-
ty, and afterwards removed to Tampa, where he located in 1872.
H6 rapidly rose to a leading position at the bar. He was at one
time, for several years, a partner of the Honorable Henry L.
Mitchell and afterwards of Peter 0. Knight.
The people honored Joseph B. Wall with high official pre-
ferment on several occasions. He was state senator, state's at-
torney, judge of the criminal court of record andc of the circuit
court, which was the last official position that he held previous-
tq his lamented death. He was more than once prominently mention-
ed in connection with the candidacy for governor, congressman and
United States senator, and all that prevented his becoming such
candidate was the obtaining his consent to meet the wishes of his
The second wife of Joseph B. Wall was Frederica Lykes, of
Brooksville. She survived him. They had no children.
(5) The fifth son of Perry G. Wall, and the second by his
second wife, Barbara (Baisden) Wall, was Charles F., who was born
May 12, 1849. He died only a year or two ago. He married Susan
SMayo, of Hernando County, January 28, 1872. She died several
years since.
Charles F. Wall was successful fruit grower and merchant.
He lived for many years at Seaside, then in Hillsborough County,
and several years before his death he removed to Brooksville,
where he resided for his remaining years. He had no children,
but he and his wife adopted a babe, who was a great comfort to
them in their latter years, she now being the wife of C. H. Frease,
formerly of Pennsylvania, and they now reside at Brooksville, Flor-
Charles F. Wall was man of remarkable Christian spirit who
was beloved by all who knew him; one who was. always looked to, in *
time of distress for advice a man of high character.
Perry G. Wall was the father of four daughters, who were ll
by his first wife, Nancy (Hunter) Wall. Their names, in the or-.
der of age, were:
(6) Mary M., who married Aaron T. Frierson. (See Frierson
(7) Julia A., who married Christopher L. Friebele. (See
Friebele family.)
I (8) Sarah L., who married Edward A. Clarke. (See X. A.
Clarke family.)
(9) Susan C., who married William Marion Hendry. (See
Hendry family.) .
S There is now but-one survivor of the offspring of Perry G.
wall, first .namely, Mrs. Sarah L. Clarke, the third daughter,
*ho reaies in Tampa. Mrs. Mary I. Frierson was,bornAuglst 26,
3l 05 da,-ied" _July#25.90 'OtrmiSJua t Ar Trtetress ws-rabtti

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November 18, 1832, and died March 9, 1915; Mrs. Suean O. Hen-

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JOHN G. iHENDEISON. a native of Ireland, was the
progenitor of this family in America. He oame to
this country when a young unmarried man with his
father, and a brother. His father and brother set*
tled in South Carolina and he settled in Franklin
County, Georgia, where he purchased a homestead in
1807. He lived upon this place for the remainder
of his life.
John G. Henderson was twice married. By his
first wife he had four children;
(1) John, who married idith Brooks.
(2) Nancy, ,ho married Gideon n. Blaokwell.
(3) Polly (or Mary), who married 4embo Bro6ks.
(4) zarah, who married Benjamin.Parks.
The second wife of John G. Honderson, who was
Margaret Jollins bore him five children;
(1) Fannie, who married John Willis.
(2) .etsoy, who married William-Ball.
(3) Rebecca, who married Tilliams.
(4).,Andrew B~Y]io married Flora Olivia Mo-
Do'nald, born June 26, 1856, by whom he had five
children--William B., John ., James Fletoher,
t.esley P., Elizabeth J., who died in childhood,
and andrew Augustus, who died unmarried..
(5) James D.
Andrew H. HenAerson, the fourth child and eld-
eat son of John G. Henderson, by his second wife,
Margaret (Collins) Senderson, who was destined to'
be the founder of one of the most prominent and
dis tinguished families in the history of Tampa and
southern-Florida, came to lorid'a in the year 1847
from Georgia, whore he was born, December 31, 1852o.
He settled'in Hillsborough.0ounty, whore he lived
for the remainder of his life. He and, his wife both
died aged thirty-seven years and three months.
There were four sons and one daughter born to Andfew
J. and' Olivia (MoDonald) Henderson.
(1) The oldest son, William Benton, was born
in Jackson county, Georgia, september 17, 1839. He
died in Tampa May 7, 1909. He early developed un-
usual talents in business affaire and financial man4
agement. He engaged in mercantile business, and in
the cattle trade and stock raising, by which latter
pu..euit he aocumulated a handsome fortune.. He,.re-
tained till his death largo 'inter'eets in the busine i
th.t was the nd&~in--f-i-fl pi ty.

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Later 4Villiam 3-. Henderson engagod in differ-
ent business enterprises, in all of which he a-
chiovod success. He formed a copartnership with
Captain John Millor, -under the style of Miller &
Henderson. The firm conducted the largest whole-
sale and retail grocery business in the southern
half of the state. It-also owned a number of
steamships and sailing vessels that plied the Gulf
waters, and in those days furnished almost the only
moans. enjoyed by the people of Tampa and of this
section of the state of communication with the out-
side world.
Other business enterprises with which dilliam
3. Henderson was connected wore the Tampa Commer-
Sial Jompany, the Tampa Harness and Nagon Company,
the beckwith & Henderson real estate agency, after-
vards conduct ted under the name of Beckwith, Hender-
son & warren, the Henry Giddons clothing company ,
and several other flourishing concerns.
It was a conspicuous peculiarity of all of
Mr. Henderson's business concerns that, although he
was the real head and the responsible financial
backer of most of them, his name never appeared in
the chief place, as the senior partner or head of
the business.
He was au prominent in the 0ooial and politi-
cal lifo of the community as in it3 financial af-
fairs. Though he might have easily attained prom-
inent position in the political affairs of the
state, he always declined and devoted his activities
in that line to local and county matters,.the only
state office that he ever hold being that of member
of the state board of health, and its first presi-
dent. He was several times a member and chairman
of the board of county commissioners of Hillsborough
County, in which position his financial ability was
largely instrumental in promoting the prosperity
and upbuilding the material fortunes of this sec-
He was also prominent in church affairs, being
for many years a steward and a liberal contributor
tothb' finances of the First Methodist Ohuroh, of
which he died a member. He was chairman of the
building commi-ttee that supervised the erection of
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He was a trustee of the church from the time of the
commencement of his membership.
illiam Benton Henderson was married February'
8, 1860, to caroline rlizabeth spenoer. ohe was
born July 3. 1843, and died December 14, 1906.
(See Jpencer family.) The fruit of their union were
six children that attained maturity; namely,
(a) Gettis a., born at alafia august 6, 1861.
Has been married twice, the first time to Hattie
itallings, of iovington, Georgia, and after her
death to her niece, Cassie Lvans, of the same place.
By his first-wife he had seven children, as follows:
Parks, who died at the ago of thirteen.
Ihoso living: Otto Lee, Cora, John A.,
William B., 'annie iae and Emily.
By his second wife there are two children;
namely, Yalter H. and Gettis., jr.
(b) Blanche, born at ilafia, August 22, 1867,
who married Dr. Leslie r. Weedon. They have three
children--Fred R.. Harry Lee and Mary B. (See
Weedon family.)
(c) Cora, born in Tampa, February 21, 1870,
who married George larence Warren. 'hey have two
children, .Villiam Henderson, born in .tlanta, Geor-
gia, and James 3hitfield, born in Tampa. (See
Warren family.)
(d) Bollie May, died aged thirty years, un-
married. jhe was born in Tampa, May 9, 1877;
died October 17, 1907.
(e) John dillium, born at Tampa, October 5,
1879. He is unmarried.
(f) Mattie board, born in Tampa, July 4. 1884,
who married Amos Love Harris. ihey have three
children, rzobert H., Oaroline and #illiam Hender- '
son, all born in Tampa, (See Harris family.)
(2) John A., the second son of ,ndrew J. H&Re-
derson and Olivia (MoDonald) Henderson, his wife,
when he had attained suitable age, entered the law
office of Judge James Gettia, a prominent loo'al
'lawyer, afterward Judge of the oirouit court for
ithe circuit in which Tampa was situated.
John A. Henderson attained distinction at the
bar and in political life.. The state was JUBt
passing through the troublous scenes of reoon- .
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He took an active and conspicuous part in the ef- j
fort to throw off the incubus of. carpetbag and
Iscallawag rule, which attained complete success in
John A. Henderson represented in the state
senate the district of which Hillsborough County, was
then a part, and was one of the leaders of that body
in the trouolous scenes of the time. Ho did not
return to Tampa to reside, but made his home in
Tallahassoe, the state capital. do devoted himself
almost entirely to the practice of his profession
und attained the distinction of being considered
one of the foremost members of the bar of the state.
He wa6 at the time of his death recognized as per-
haps the leading corporation lawyer in Florida and
represented several of the principal railroads and
other large concerns. He was in the prime of his
years when he passed away. If he had lived he would
undoubtedly have reached greater heights of fame
and fortune
SJohn A. Honderson was twice married. His first
wife was Mary Turman, of Tampa. They had one child,
a daughter named Flora Abijah*. .ho grew to woman-
hood and married George Naldo, of hew York city, and
removed to the north. They are now living in. ali-
The second wife of John f.. Henderson was ?.attie
Ward, of Tallahasse. She was a daughter of Jolonel
George T. Ward, the gallant commander of the famous
secondd florida regiment, the first organization
from this state that went to Virginia in the iar
Between the states. Two children of this marriage
Survive, a son and a daughter.. The son is John W.
Hendorson. a prominent lawyer of the' tatei6abitar1,who
has attained distinction in his profession. He
married oadio Lewis.
.T2he daughter of John A. and Mattie (Ward) Hen-
Rerson, Jennie,. is the wife of Professor A* A*
Murphree, president of the Florida State Univorsi-
ly,. They have four ohildron, Alberta, Martha,
John I. and Albort.
(3) The third son of Lndrow J. and Olivia (Mo-
onald) Headerson was James ,ldtoher. He grew to 0
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was one of the brightalt and braintrst of the local
bar. He died in the years of his prime, unmarried.
(4) The fourth son of Andrew J. and Olivia
(McDonald) Henderson was .eslely P. Ho was the first
superintendent of public instruction for Hillsbarough
County after reconstruction. He did much to bring
into successful operation the now system of public
schools that has sinqe achieved hero uch a conspic-
uous success Heo married Mary Parrian, of manatee
County. They had no children. He died while a
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The first ancestor of the Spencer family, of which we
have any authentic account was William Joseph, who was born
in the year 1777, in Leominster, Herefordshire, Jngland. He
married Eliza Gardnier, a native of London. They were married
in 1802 at Greenwhich, England.
william Joseph Spencer came from England to Savannah,
Georgia, being among the earliest settlers of that state. He
was a large slave owner, having an extensive plantation, was
very wealthy, also engaged in mercantile business with much
success. He died in Effingham County, Georgia, at the age of
forty-six years. He and his wife were buried in the family
burying ground at Savannah, Georgia. His first wife died Jan-
uary 15, 1818, aged thirty-four years. They had seven chil-
dren, whose names were as follows:
(1) George John, born October 20, 1803.
(2) William Joseph, born September 9, 1805; and died in
the following year.
(3) Sarah Parker, who was born April 12, 1808, and died
August 8, 1808.
(4) Elizabeth Johanna, born August 14, 1813, and died
August 30, 1813.
(5) William Samuel, born May 23, 1811, in Savannah, Geor-
gia, and died October 25, 1871, in Tampa, Florida.
(6) John Basil, born September 16, 1816, and died June
21, 1882.
(7) Elizabeth Gardnier, born January 15, 1818, and died
January 21, 1818.
William Joseph Spencer married for the second time in
1820. His wife's maiden name was Margaret D. Blakely, of New
Jersey. There were born to this marriage two children, Marg-,
ret Elizabeth and Ann S., born September 5, 1815. The latter
is still living in Wellborn, Florida.
It was William Samuel Spencer, the fifth child of Wil-
liam Joseph and Eliza (Gardnier) Spencer, who became the head'
of that branch of the family that settled in Tampa. He mar-
ried, first, Emily Amanda Hendrick, a member of a well-known
family that has representatives now living in Tampa and in'
other portions of Florida. She was born March 11 1817, at
SSt. Ma~'s Georgia. She died in Tampa June 3, 181,
William Samuel Spencer and his wife moved, to Tampa. i
1845. There were born to this couple eight children, who
Were ll bor ~n Florida.
(1) Eliza Jane, who was born Noveiber 8, 835. She a
married July 10 185& to Henry J. Breaker, of Illinois, a
Baptist Clergyman. They had one child, liza Jland born



August 30, 1854 I
(2) Villiam James, fwho was born February 3, 1839, in
Columbia County, Florida. lie died Cctober 7, 1862, of typhoid
fever, near Frankfort, Kentucky. He was at the time serving
in the Confederate Army; as a private in Company ? in the first
Florida Cavalry.
(3) John Edward, born in Columbia County, Florida Aug-i
ust 13, 1841, and died June 30, 1866. He, as well as his broth-
er, '"illiam James, was unmarried.
(4) Caroline Elizabeth, who was born July 3, 1843, and;
died December 14, 1906 She married W'illiam B. Henderson. (See
Henderson family.)
(5) :~ary Zugenia, who married loenry Laurens "itchell.
(See X.itchell family.) They had no children. :.rs. :Mitchell
is still living in Tampa.
(6) Thomas X., born July 1, 1846, and died :.:ay 6, 1901.
He was twice carriedd; the first time to his cousin, :,:ary ard-
nier :pencer, daughter of majorr John Basil Spencer, of 0:hite
Springs, Florida. There ':as one daughter born as the fruit of
this marriage. She vas named for his mother, nary Gardnier.
She married Dr. X. :. Caldwell, one of the most prominent phy-
sicians of the state; he is now deceased. There were no chil-
dren born to this marriage. 'rs. Caldwell is now living in
Charlotte, N. C.o
afterr the.death of his first wife, Thomas K. Spencer
Tarried Elizabeth Parrish, Manatee County, Florida. 'he bore'
:im three sons and two daughters. The sons are Laurns V.,
'.illiam C. and Thomas K., Jr., now- deceased.
Laurens V. Spencer married Hattie Lee Cone, daughter of
Captain Charles F. -nad Josle (Cuarterman) Cone, his ife, of i
:"ite Springs, Hamilton County, Florida. They have one child,
S.adie, born in Tampa.
Laurens V. Spencer vas born in Tampa, and received his
education in the local schools. On reaching manhood he be-
came a shoe salesman. Later 'ith iis brother, "illiam C. he
formed the copartnership of L. V. Spencer & Company, in the
same llne of business. This business continued for five and.
a lalf years, when it was dissolved, and Laurens V. engaged in
the United States bonded warehouse business in Tampa for about
one year. Since 1911 he has been engaged in the fire insur-
ance business.
The second son of Thomas K. and .lizabsth (Parrish)
Spencer, 'illiam CG, married Pauline Martin, of Georgia.
They. are the parents of four children, Thomas K.o second,
Virginia May, William C., Jr., and Edward. The last named
when two years of age.



William C. Spencer is now the Sheriff of Hillsborough
County, to. which office he wYs nominated by a very flattering-
,majority over several strong opponents in the Democratic prim-
ary. He was, as a matter of course, elected by a practically
unanimous vote. He is proving himself a most excellent offi-i
cer, and is by his administration of this important office
vindicating the wisdom of the people's choice. He is.the third
of the family to hold this office, his father, Thomas K., and.
his grandfather, William Samuel Spencer, having both filled it.
The daughters of Thomas K. and Elizabeth (Parrish) Spencer are
Elizabeth and Pearl. The former married -'. F. Forman. They
have two children, Frederick and an infant. The second daugh-
ter, Pearl, married Hubert E. D. King. They have one child,
Thomas K. Spencer was a printer and an all-round news-
paper man. He was connected from his earliest years with
several of the papers published in Tampa, the last of them bo-
ing the Tampa Tribune, which as in its day the leading news-
paper of South Florida. After selling his interest in this
paper he was, at t, election in November, 1892, chosen sher-
iff of Hillsborough County, an office that he held for eight
years, retiring on the first of January, 1901. He lived but
a few months-after this, he and his wife dying within three
days of each other.
(7) The seventh child of William Samuel and Emily Aman-
da (Kendrick) Spencer was Susan, who was born October 14, 1847
She was married August 8, 1866, to Ferdinand McLeod. They have
both been dead for many years. They had six children; namely,
Thomas, Bowie, Ed*ard, Gordon, Marion and Ruth.
(8) The eighth child of William Samuel and Emily Amanda
(Kendrick) Spencer is Ellen Martin, who married Dr. Charles
Lucian Mitchell. Mrs. Mitchell is still living in Tampa. Shei
was born July 11, 1851. (See Mitchell family.)
The sixth child of William loseph and Elizabeth (Gardnie )
pencer was John Basil, who came from Georgia, where he was bon,
and settled in Madison County, Florida, before the statewas I
admitted into the Union and while it was still a territory. H,
Was in the employ of the fie of Partridge & Livingston for a
short time, after which he formed a partnership with William
(. Tyson under the name of Tyson & Spencer at Columbas, Flor ,
Sfterwards moving to White Springs, Florida, where he was en-m
paged in Mercantile business on his oan account for twenty-f iv
ears. sHe also operated a large farm there,. in bth of which
lines he wasa very successful.
I During the Civil War John Basil Spencer raised a company
Of Confederate soldiers known as Home Reserves, which was in-
tendid for the protection of the homes and wives and children


of the soldiers who vere absent at the front. From this cir-
cumstance he was given the title of major by the people of
that section, and he bore it for the remainder of his life.
In 1871 Major Spencer removed to Enterprise, in Volusia
County, Florida, whore he remained for only a year, and then
went to reside at Wellborn, Florida, where he conducted a suc-
cessful mercantile and farming business up to the time of his
death. He was buried at Wellborn.
Major John Basil Spencer was a very public-spirited mania,
taking an active interest in political affairs and in every-
thing that concerned'the welfare of the country. Though re-
peatedly tendered public office, he always declined those
higher than membership in the board of public instruction of
his county. He was a prominent member of the Masonic frater-
nity and of the Methodist Church.
John Basil Spencer was three times married the first
time to Sarah Frink, of Columbus Florida, who bore him one
child, a daughter named Mary Gardnier, who married his cousin,
Thomas K. Spencer of Tampa.- She was born December 21, 1852,
and died January,21, 1874.
He was married the second time to Sarah Caroline Hardee,
daughter of Thomas Hardee, of Camden County., Georgia, and a
niece of General William J. Hardee, of Georgia. They had five
children, all born at White Springs, HamiltonrCounty, Florida.
They were
(1) John Basil, Jr., born March 15, 1859,, 'eds August 6,
1891. After his removal to Tampa. he was associated with
William B. Henderson in business in this city up to the time
of his death, in which business he was very successful. He
was a member of the I. 0. 0. F., and was kindly and charita-
(2) Charles Hardee, who was born at White Springs,
Florida, where he grew to manhood. He then removed to Tampa,!
and was employed as purser on the steamers of the Mills.& HenR
derson line running between Havana, Cuba, and Cedar Keys, Flo-
ida. In 1895 Charles Hardee Spencer and his younger brother,
Joseph D., formed a copartnership in the wholesale grocery bub-
iness under the fizm name of Spencer Brothers. This was their
first establishment in its line in Tampa by natives of Florid,
and is still the only one whose members are native Floridlans .
'The firm is still in-business in Tampa in the same lian as at
first. Charles H. Spencer is very prominent in the Masonic
order, being the first person to contribute money for the es-
tablishment of a Masonic Hoae in Florida. He has organized .
there. Masonic lodges in Hillborough .ounty. He is a mmber!
Vt~dfficer of the Presbyterean Church of Tampa, and takes to w
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ecutive committee of Hillsborough County, and chairman of the
Democratic executive committee of the First Congressional Dis-
triot. He has never married.
(3) The third child of John Basil and Sarah Caroline/
(Hardee) Spencer is Sarah Frink, who married Thomas C.Qollins.
(now deceased). They have two children, Charles J. and Annie
F. They reside in Tampa.
(4) The fourth child was William Tyson, who died in im-
(5) The fifth child is Joseph Dennis, born April 12,
1867. He lives in Tampa, and is unmarried. He is a member
of Spencer Brothers wholesale grocery house of Tampa; member
of I. 0. 0. F. and one of the most charitable and benevolent
citizens of Tampa.
John Basil Spencer's third wife was Sarah Brown Patter-
son, of Hamilton County, Florida. They had four children;
(1) Ariana Livingston, who married Charles Hardee of
St. Mary's, Georgia. She was barn January 10, 1876. Married
M. E. Savage. They have four children, Helen, Spencer, Ariana
and John William.
(3) Eliza, born luly 1, 1879; married William P. Moore,
of Wellborn, Florida. They have no children.
(4) Henderson Lowe, who died in infancy.




John Jackson, the founder of this family in Tampa, and
in America, was the son of Hugh and Ann (Corcoran) Jackson, of
- Ballybag, County Monaghan, Ireland, where their son John was
born. His parents never came to America. They had another
son, Thomas, who also inigrated to America. He was accidental-
ly drowned on the Manatee River while on a fishing trip. He
was unmarried.
John Jackson arrived in America in 1841, and settled
first in the City of New Orleans, where he became an assistant
civil engineer. Later he went to live on the Manatee river
near where the town of Palmetto now stands. He entered from
the government a large tract of land in that neighborhood in
1843. He took up his residence in Tampa in August, 1847.
Mr. Jackson, being a skilled civil engineer and a land
surveyor, was entensively employed by the United States govern-
ment in surveying government lands in Florida, from his first
residence hee, and for manyyears after. His official super-
ior in that work was Colonel Butler, of the corps of engineers
of the United States Army. It was in honor of this officer
:that Lake Butler, now in Pinellas County, bIbtformerly in Hills-
Iborough, was named. It is probable that another Lake Butler
situated in Bradford County, in the northeastern part of the
state, received its name in the same way.
St. -Augustine was the headquarters of the surveyor gen-'
eral's office at this time, and on the occasion of a visit upon
official business by Mr. Jackson, he met there Miss Ellle Naher,
to whom he was introduced by Colonel Butler. This lady he maf-
ried on the 22nd of July, 1847.
Mrs. Jackson was the daughter of Robert and Catherine
,(Qigley) abher, of Killenaule, County Tipperary, Ireland, whe$r
she was born. Mrs. Jackson had a brother and a sister who came
to Tampa. The brother, Edward, afterwards removed to Key West.
The sister, Kate, died unmarried.
In the same year, 1847, the county seat of Hillsborougb
County was established at Tampa, and the national g verment
donated to the county one hundred and sixty acres of land lydip
north of and adjoinig the military post of Fort Brooke for a
county seat. '
John Jackson was n ployedt ay to l his off and in the sapne
year, 1847, made the first survey. Thia-embraced the land
ii within tie following boundaries Whiting street on tha
lolth 'Unezrunning tharou the .tier oft bloks lying be
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on the west. In 1850, Mr. Jackson made a second survey,
* which took in a tract on the east side of the former survey,
extending from the line mentioned as running through the tier
of blocks between Morgan and Pierce streets eastward to East
Street. In 1853 a third survey was made, taking in the tract
extending from the northern boundary of the first survey to
a line that crosses Franklin street at the intersection of
Harrison street.
In the last mentioned year (1853) Mr. Jackson made a
map embodying the three surveys that he had laid out. This
map was, and is still, known as "the general map of the city
of Tampa made by John Jackson, surveyor, in the year 1853."
'It has been ever since the basis of all descriptions contain-
ed in deeds conveying any portion of the original area of the
Mr. Jackson, during the years that he actively follow-
ed the business of a land surveyor, fulfilled many contracts
for the United States government for surveying the national
domain in Florida, and his. labors covered much .of the terri-
tory of the state, especially in this southern portion. He
surveyed a great deal of the Miami country and other sections
on the East Coast.
His activity in this line brought him frequently into
contact with the Indians, who' were naturally distrustful of,
his work in running lines through what they deemed their do-
main; but his uniform kindness to them and his consideration.
of their feelings as far as permitted by his duties gained
him their personal good will.
Mr. Jackson selected the names for the streets marked
out for the future city, callingthe majority of them for the
presidents 'of the United States, though a number of them,su6h
as Lafayette, Cass, Morgan, Marion, Twiggs, etc., bear the
names of other distinguished men
In 1849 John Jackson engaged in the general nmrchantile
business near the corner of Tampa and Washington streets, and
he continued this business successfully until his death, in'
1887. *
During the many years of his residence' in this city no
Sman, either among the pioneers or the later comers, occupied,
a more prominent position of esteem, respect and considera- ?
tion among his fellow-eitizens than did John Jackson.. Mrs.
Jackson survived her husband for nineteen years, dying Jan-~'
Uary 30, 1906 .
( Jolhn and Ellen (Maher) Jacksonwere the parent. of fto
ahil that, grew to maturity, all art idiom were born ia
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completed his education at Fordham University, New York. Upon
his graduation he returned to Tampa and engaged in the meroan-
tile business with his father, and after the death of the lat-
ter, in 1887, continued the business alone until 1895.
Thomas E. Jackson was at one time an employee of the cus-
tom house, when Captain John T. Lesley was collector of cus-
toms. He has been mayor of the city of Tampa for three terms,
county treasurer five terms, county commissioner for one term.
He was only twenty-four years of age at the time that he was
county treasurer. He was for four years bookkeeper in the of-
fice of Sheriff Robert A. Jackson. He is now engaged in the
real estate business
Thomas E. Jackson is a member of the Catholic Church, of
the Knights of Columbus and the Columbian Woodmen.
Thomas E. Jackson married Kate E. Warner, daughter of
Isaac W. and Sarah R. (Whitford) Warner, of Omaha, Nebraska,
where their daughter was born August 7, 1857.
Mri Warner was a native of New York State; his wife was
born in Kendallville, Indiana. They came to Tampa in 1875, and
settled north of the city on the line of what is now known as
Nebraska avenue It was Mr. Warner who gave to this thorough-
fare its present name. He entered a homestead in this neiih-
borhood and engaged in orange growing on a large scale. Mr.
and Mrs. Warner resided here until their deaths, that of the
former occurring in 1896 and his wife passing away at the age
of fifty-seven years. They were the parents of two daughters,
Alice, who married first Harry Cook; married second Frank Ful-
ler, nwl living in Los Angeles, California. By the first mar-
riage two children were born, Zulu and Edna; by the second
marriage, one, Francis.
Kate B., who married Thomas E. Jackson, is the second
daughter of Isaac W. and Sarah R. Whitford Warner.
Thonas Ee and Kate E. (Warner) Jackson have had four
children that attained maturity; namely,
Mary llen, who married T. Van Rhyn Carty. They have two
children, Catherine Mary and Clare Bernadette.
Bernier A., who died unmarried in 1912.
SLulu Margaerite, who married Robert T. Jotgin.
John Edward, who married Hildegerde Bell. There have two!
sons, George and Bernier.
The second child of John and Ellen (Maher) Jaokson is
Jamas A., who is married.
The third is Kate V., who is also umaarried. Sheis a .
woman of a3ch social prominence and brilliancy of, iad, beint
active .i all movements that are calculated to elevate the t"
Stelleotual and noral tone of the cowlanity as well as to i.
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president of the Ti~pa Civic Association and is now treas-
urer. She is also treasurer of the State Women's Federation
The fourth child of John and Ellen (Maher) Jackson is
Dr. John Alexander.. He graduated with distinguished honor
from the United States Naval Academy, but afterwards resigned
and studied medicine. In this profession he attained a higi
position almost at once. He practised for several years in
Tampa, and then removed to New York City, where he speedily
attained a flattering prominence in the professional ranks.
He is now an instructor of clinics in Columbia University, be-
sides enjoying a iarge and lucrative private practice. He
married Mary Garvan, of Hartford, Conn. They have two child-
ren, Elizabeth, Garran.and John Alexander, Jr.
The sagacity and business judgment of John Jackson led
him at an early day to invest in real estate, that time and
the development and growth of the city of which he was one of
the founders have made very valuable, and his descendants have
profited by his foresight. They have also by their judicious
management greatly added to the value of their ancestor's
early investments.
John and Ellen (Maher) Jackson were both devout Catholics,
and it was he who was instrumental in having a Catholic priest
stationed in Tampa. This priest came from Savannah, Ga. and
one of the children of John and Ellen (Maher) Jackson was the
first to be baptized in Tampa by a Catholic priest. Mr. Jack-
son, therefore, can be considered as the pioneer of the Cath-
olic Church in Tampa. He was always one of its most liberal
supporters. A marble memorial altar was erected in the mag-
nificent Catholic Church a few years ago in memory of him and
his wife.


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Samuel Knight was the Florida ancestor of the family
which is the subject of this sketch. He was born in Georgia
and lived there until he had grown to manhood and married.
His wife was Mary Roberts. They became the parents of eight
children, all of whom were born after the removal of their
parents to Florida.-
Samuel Knight was a farmer in Georgia, and continued
the same pursuit after taking up his residence in Florida,
with the addition of cattle raising on a large scale. On first
coming to this state Samuel Knight settled in the northern part
of the state. After a few years he came to the place which,
vhen the railroads came, after many years, was called Knight's
Station in honor of this original settler. This is in the
eastern portion of the present county of Hillsborough-, four
miles north of Plant City. He owned a large tract of land
there, upon which he lived for many years, until his children
were all married and had established their own homes,, when he
ana his wife went to live with one of their grandsons in what
was then Manatee County, but is now included in DeSoto. At a
later date they all removed to Charlotte Harbor, where a por-
tion of the family still resides.
Samuel Knight died at Charlotte Harbor, aged eighty-
four years. His wife passed away at the age of eighty-six
years. ,
The eight children of Samuel and Mary (Roberts) Knight
were the following:
Fatima,, who married Enoch Collins. They had ten chil-
dren, who bore the following names: Eliza, William, John,
Hardy, Samuel, Mary, Enoch, Jesse, Daniel, and of these John,
:noch, James, Samuel, Jesse and Daniel all served through the
Civil War in tho Confederate army.
Fannie, married (1)Gi'deon Zipperer; one child, Gideon,
Jr., She later became the wife of Jacob Summerlin, who gave
the land for Summerlin Institute at Bartow, and the mother of
the following children: Jasper, Mary Ann, George, Robert,
Samuel, Alice,
Aaron, who married Jane Vaughn. To this couple there
were born the following named children:' Martha Ann, who mar-
ried Aaron Bl unt.
Jesse, who married Caroline Vaughn, and who became the
father of fifteen children, bearing the following names, but,
. not in regular, order of their births:.
S.() Sarah.,Jane, who married J. S, Hancook.
,X (2) Ann who wa.s married twice, the first time to Mil-
*ton Johnson, and the second' time to William Brown.


(3) Aaron, died unmarried.
(4) William S., who married Martha Collins. They are
Both still living (1915), and reside near Plant City. They
have had eleven children, as follows:
(a) Clarence, a leading physician of Plant City, who
married Mary Wells, of the same town. They have two children,
Mary and John.
(b) Maud (deceased), who married John Edmondson, then
of Plant City. They had four children-Charles, Cora, who
married-----Lowman (have one child); John and Mary, who mar-
ried Edward Blackburn. They have one child, Edward.
(c) Jesse, who married Mary House, of Plant City.
They have one child, Edgar.
(d) Lucian L., who was born at Knight's Station, where
he followed farming until 1907, when he removed to Tampa and
engaged in the grocery business, and in 1913 forming the firm
of the Knight Grocery Company. He is a member of the First
Baptist Church of Tamipa. He married Willie Mary Durant, of
Illinois. They have no children.
(e) Fred W., who married Mary Thompson. They have two
children, John and Sidney.
(f) Sallie F., who married Louis Burroughs. They have
five children, whose names are Louise, Lucian, Mazie, Frances,

(g) Thomas, who married Reba Rooerts, of Macon, Geor-
gia. They have two children (twins) named Jack and Fred.
(h) Inez, who married Henry Andrews, of' Plant City.
(i) Annie Vaughn, who married Stapleton Gouch. They
have two children, whose names are Stapleton and John Wil-
(j) Mrs. Estelle Dabney.
(k) Robert, unmarried.
(5) Ionathah J., who married Alice Parker. They have
:three children, Corria, married S. M. Sparkman, Jr. (See
Sparkman family), Annie Lee and Addie Lou.
(6) James Zaohariah. He married Jane Wilder. They
have three children, Mrs. Lillie MoGee, Ethel and Jannie.
(7) Frances, who married Charles 0. Curry (now deceas-
ed), late of Virginia. They had four children--Charlps,
Claude, Fran and Mabel.
S(8) ~artha, who married LeCount Lowe. They hare- seen
children-Fare, Fred, Lawson (deceased), WiLiam, Annie,
awrence and Bratxtcn.
(9) caroline, who married Alfred F. Reed. They have
ree children, na ed Thomias *I l1i' dd Hattie.
S(10). Fred_, rw is ua-.t ed,
:_~ ()Ttxw^ 71arena o r d arry Billy She
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Sleft four children-- Pearl, Ruby, John and Valley.
(12) Alice, who has been married twice, the first time
to Theodore Sawyer, by whom she had one child, Samuel, who
married Grace Whitaker, daughter of F. C. Whitaker. The latter
couple -have three children, Theodore, Alice Louise and Ferman
Charles. Alice (Knigt) Sawyer was married the second time to
Darwin 0. Curry. They have three children, whose names are
Vida Clare, who married Esli Knight, the son of Andrew J. and
Flossie (Clarke) Knight, Francis and Jesse J.
(13) Milton, who died unmarried.
(14) Dock, who married Mollie Reed. They have seven
children; namely, Samuel, Larue, Zesse, Lillie, Daisy, Eva and
(15) Louise.
Jesse Knight lived the greater part of his long life in
Manatee County, here he followed the pursuits of his father;
namely, farming and stock raising. He attained the good old
age of about ninety-five years. His descendants are still nu-
merous in the region of his former residence.
Joel Knight, was born in Georgia, but spent the most of
his life, and died; in Florida. He lived for many years in
Hillsborough County, where his father first settled, and where
he was married to his wife, who was Virginia Mitchell, daughter
of Thomas and Elizabeth (Starns) Mitchell. (See Mitchell fam-
ily). iooel Knight was also a farmer and cattle dealer. He
served throughout the Civil War in the Confederate army; was a
lieutenant. He died at Charlotte Harbor, aged fifty-eight
Joel and Virginia (Mitchell) Knight had nine children,
as follows:
(1) Thomas Samuel, who married Ellen Wilder and became
the father of ten children. He was born in 1849, and died
April 22, 1912. His home up to the time of his death was at
Charlotte Harbor, in DeSoto County. He was a stock farmer and
later in life dealt largely in real estate. He was & man d '
great wealth, being the holder of large amount of stock in the
American National Bank, of. Tampa, and one of the directors of
the institution for many years.
The children of Thomas Samuel and. llen (Wilder) Knight
-are named below: .
S (a) Irene, who married Charles L. -i es, of Valdosta,
Georgia, and who bore seven children, who married
J. 0. Bessent, of Jacksonville, FldridF; Mary lizabeth, Thomes
Benjamin, Marian1 Carl Lee,. Gordon Albert, Virginia 3ane and
,Irene. .
(b.) GeorgeW married Nellie (Pyfrcn) Stegall, of Key

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West, Florida, and became the father of three children, George,
Floy (who married Daniel Kennedy) and Mary Ellen.
(c) Bruce, who is still unmarried.
(d) Samuel, who married Mary V. Taylor, and is the
father of five children--Annie W., Thomas E., Frank, Mary V.
and Joyce.
(e) Victor Hugo, who married Bllie Louise, daughter of
Congressman Stephen M. Sparkman and Mary Ellen (Hooker) Spark-
man (see Sparkman family), his wife, of Tampa. Victor H.
Knight is a prominent member of the bar of Tampa, has a large
and lucrative practice. He is respected for his ability as a
lawyer and highly esteemed as a man and as a citizen. He was
born in Manatee County in 1875; received his education first
in the common schools of DeSoto County and afterwards attend-
ed the Florida Conference College at Leesburg, Florida. He
graduated from the law department of the University of Vir-
ginia in 1897; he was admitted to the bar in Tampa in 1901.
His home and office are in this city, though he practices
throughout this section of the state. He is a director of
the Amsrican National Bank of Tampa.
(f) Mary 3., who married Gordon Keller, formerly of
Georgia, of which state he was a native. He came to Tampa
in 1892, and engaged in the retail clothing business at the
corner of Franklin and Lafayette streets. He was treasurer
of the city of Tampa for seventeen years, and if he had lived;
would probably have held the same position still, so highly
was he esteemed for his integrity and stainless honor. There,
probably never has been a citizen of Tampa more widely popular
and personally more generally beloved. He was a prominent
member of the Knights of Pythias and the Elks. The city hos-i
pital was named the "Gordon Keller Memorial" in honor of -himi
He died July 10, 1909. There were two children born to Gor-
don and 'Mary E. (Knight) Keller-Susie E. and Sarah L.
(g) Joel Lee, who married Rose Pexa, of Charlotte
Harbor. They have one child, Albert Lee.
(h) Helen C., who married Hooks Burkhalter, of Columbia,
South Carolina. They have one child, Helen E.
(i) Betty Mitchell, who married Neil Storter.
(j) William Wilder, who is still unmarried.
(2) George W., the second son of JoeX and Virginia
(Mitchell) Knight, married Sarah Jane ,Coll$ns, a daughter of
John and Sarah (Grantham) Collinsj he died in Plant City in .
March, 1900, aged sixty-e) t years; his wife is still living
and well preserved at thige of seventy-nine years (1915),
-and a granddaughter of iooh and fatima (Knight) Collin.
Fatima Knight was a daughter of Samel and Mary (Roberts)

George W1 fKight was a-large orange-grower, being one

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of the pioneers of the citrus fruit industry of Florida. He
lived at Knight's Station for many years, where he was very
successful in his chosen pursuit. He was a prominent member
of the Masonic order and one of its pastmasters. There were
born to George W. and Sarah Jane (Collins) Knight three chil-
dren: Mamie, who is unmarried; Bessie, who married, first,
Wall Hendry (see Hendry family), by whom she had two children,
Friebele and Lady Sarah. After the death of her first hus-
band Mrs. Hendry married Benjamin Freer. The third child of
George W. and Sarah Jane (Collins) Knight is Daisy L., who
married Henry Clyde Rinaldi. They have one child, Clyde L.
(3) The third child of Joel and Virginia (Mitchell)
Knight is Mary Elizabeth, who married Matthew Franklin Giddens
(now deceased). Mr. Giddens was born in Georgia and came to
Florida at the age of twenty-five years, settling in that por-
tion of Manatee County which is now DeScto. He engaged at
first in mercantile business and later in the cattle business.
HO was-county superintendent of public instruction of DeSoto
County and-also a member of the board of public instruction
of the same county for several years. He removed to Tampa in
1905, and continued to reside there till his death, in 1908, at
the age of sixty-two years.
Matthew Franklin Giddens served in the Confederate army,
enlisting in the Twenty-ninth Georgia infantry, Company G, at!
the age of sixteen years. He saw two years of active service,
and spent another year in prison in Camp Chase, in Ohio,. fro~
which he was released at the close of the war.
Matthew Franklin and Mary Elizabeth (Knight) Giddens be"
came the parents of seven children, as follows:
(a) Sumner E., who married Marion McLeod, a niece of i
the 'wife of Governor-Henry L. Mitchell.
(b) Larue B., who married Elizabeth Wallace. They have
one child, Francis.
(c) Marcus J., who resides at the old Knight homestead
at Knight's Station. He married oosephine Hill.
(d) Virginia, who is still unmarried.
(e) Eva, who married Dr. James E. Smoak. They have two
children James Edward, who died young, and Philip Lawrence.
(f Paul Knight, who naey 4 Kary Malon,
(g) Grady Mitchell, unmarried.
(4) Frances Jan'e, dA in childhood..
(5 The fifth o ild of Toel and Virginia (mitchell)
Knight is Andre# w., whole d Flossie the only child of
J-dwartA- and Sarah L (WIll) Clarice. (See Wall and Clarke
ta.l ies.) Andrew J. Knight is a. prominent capitalist of thel
" cit- of, Tapa, being perha.sthe, .e.l real esate ower in
ei^ 'i~tyT7f has eIrbite-great- s tnresr ssagcity and far--


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seeing judgment in enhancing the value of his holdings. Hii
foresight is marvelous, and it is a common saying that he
never makes a business blunder. He has on various occasions
been prominently spoken of in connection with high political
honors, but has steadfastly adhered to his often-expressed
determination to confine his attention to business and to es-
chew politics.
The children of Andrew J. and Flossie (Clarke) Khight
surviving are
(a) Clarke, who married Viola Mitchell, daughter of
William A. and Louise (Randall) Mitchell, of Georgia. Clarke
Knight is a promising young attorney of the Tampa bar and has
many of the qualities that go to the achievement of success
in his profession.
(b) Bsli, who married Vida Clare Curry.
(c) Vida Clare, who married G. W. Judy, a native of
Kentucky and a prominent business man of the city of Tampa.
They have two children, Jack and Dick.
(d) Aldine Jewel, who married Dr. John Clifford Vin-
son, formerly of Georgia, one of the most prominent and suc-
cessful physicians of Tampa. They have one child, Clifford
Eali, born in Tampa.
(e) Jules, unmarried.
(f) Fldssie, unmarried.
(g) Sarah, unmarried.
One daughter, Uliel, died in childhood.
(6) The sixth child of Joel and Virginia (Mitahell)
Knight is Henry Lauren, who married Lillie Wood Wall. (ee
Wall family.) They have four childrean-Lanrie, who married
Dr. J. W. Bradley, a prominent dentist of Tampa; Minnie Wall
who is the wife of Frank M. Cooper, jr., of Tampa; Mary Louise
and Doris, both unmarried.
SHenr Laurens Iight is the president of the hKight &
Wall Company, the largest mercantile business ooncern in the
city and perhaps the largest hardware establishment in Florida.
It does an extensive retail business besides a wholesale trade
that covers the entire southern half of the state. The othep
principal stockholders of the company are the two brothers-in-
law of Mr. night, Perry G. and 3. Xdgar Wall. (See Wall fa4-
ily.) The ph snmonal success that has attended the operations
of this company is due to the ability and enterprise exhibit
by these three gentlemen. i
(7) The seventh child of Joel and Virginia (Mitobell)
Knight is Charles L., who married Daisy, a daughter of WillIam
W. Wall, of Tampa, (See Wall family.) Charles L. sight is
prinenQ tl.oonneoted with the Ap a,


jBein vice-president and one of the directors and a large shp-
holder of the institution. He and his wife have four children;
a) Lois, who is the wife of Joseph P. Henderson, for-
merly of Tennessee, but now a resident of Tampa. They have
one child, Charles L.
(b) Eugene Wall; who married Fay Parker, daughter of
W. L. Parker, proprietor of the DeSoto hotel, Tampa.
(o) Richard Ed ar and
(d) Barbara, who are both yet quite young.
(8) The eighth child of Joel and Virginia (Mitchell)
Knight is Francis J., who married Bertha Wilson,of Bartow,
Florida. They have three children.
(a) Edgar, who married Irma Johnsnc. They have two
children, Bertha and Frank.
(b) Ruth and
(e) Frank, who are both unmarried.
(9) The ninth child of Joel and Virginia (Mitchell)
Knight was Eugene C. (deceased), who married Haulie Stephens.
They have four children, who are still of tender years--Gladys,
Helen, Bessie and Tean.


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This family sprang originally from old English stock.
There were three brothers who came to America from England,
prior to the Revolutionary War. Settling in South and Norti
Carolina, their descendants are scattered all over the Unit d
States. The pioneer of the family in Florida, Stephen Spar -
man, was a native of North Carolina, born in 1782, who came
from Southeast Georgia to Florida in 1824, being the first
white settler on the site of what was afterwards called "Ai-
gator," but later acquired the more euphonious designation f
Lake City, and has been from its organization the county seot
of Columbia County. Stephen Sparkman lived there for the re-
mainder of his life and died there.
He married Keightly. They had six children ; namely,
(1) Louis S.
(2) Ann, who married John Niblack.
(3) Nathaniel K. (See below.)
(4) Harriet, who married William Niblack.
(5) Elijah Byrd. (See below.)
(6) Stephen, who married Miss Henderson.
Nathaniel K. Sparkman was born in Georgia, and married
Mary Cason, a native of that state. They became the parent
of eight children, only four of whom grew to maturity. Their
names were as follows:
(a) Stephen M. (See below.)
(b) Mary, who married John Niblack.
(c) E. Byrd, who married Mattie Moody.
(d) Sarah, who married John W. Hawkins.
Hon. Stephen M. Sparkman was born in Hernando County,
Florida, July 29, 1849. He married in Polk County, Florida
Ellen Hooker, daughter of John I. and Cuthbert (Lanier) Hookr.
(See Hooker family.) They have had nine children, the first
of whom was born in Fort Meade, the others 'in Tampa.
(1) E. Lamar, who married Daisy N. Smith. One child,
Ellen Lavinia.
(2) Mary C., who married Edward H. Hart.
(3) Julia, who married Charles E. Ball, of Tampa. The
have two children, Geraldine and Sparkman.
(4) Ellie Louise, who married Victor H. Knight. (See
Knight family.) /
(5) Stephen M., Jr., who married Corris Knight, daughter
of Jonathan J. and Alice (Parker) Knight. (See Knight fami ).
They have no children.
(6) Cuthbert Wayne*, married Dr. Roland Jefferson, of
Tampa. They have one ohild, Curtis.
(7) Curtis Lamar, unmarried.


(8) Frances Eugenia, unmarried.
(9) Nathaniel Keightley, unmarried.
Stephen M. Sparkman presents in his life another of th
many instances that have occurred in American history of pub
lic men rising to distinction from the farm. He was born on a
farm in Hernando County and remained there, assisting in the
homely tasks incident to agricultural life, until he was eight-
een years of age. He was educated in the common schools of \
South Florida, at the last in Tampa, where after leaving school
he entered the law office of Hon. Henry Laurens Mitchell, after-
jwards governor and justice of the supreme court of Florida, as
Sa student. He was admitted to the bar in Tampa in October, 1872.
ISuccess in his profession and distinction in political life
came to him soon, and honors followed each other thick and fast.
He was appointed state's attorney for the Sixth judicial
circuit in 1878, and he held the position until 1887. He wa?
a member of the Democratic congressional executive committee Ifor
the first district of Florida from 1890 to 1894, being chairman
for the first two years; he was a member and chairman of the
state Democ-atic executive committee from 1872 to 1896; he was
elected to represent the First district in the Fifty-fourth con-
gress, and has been re-elected to every congress since, inclid-
ing the Sixty-fourth, without exception, and it is probable
that his tenure of this office will have no limit save his odn
refusal to stand for re-election.
Stephen M. Sparkman is a strong man-not only politically
and as a candidate before the people, in committee and upon the
floor of congress, but also at the bar of the courts in the
practice of the profession to which he,has devoted his best
years. His long service in congress, his consequent intimate
acquaintance with the problems of national affairs brought about
not only by experience, but by the immense grasp of his intel-
lect, have made him one of the most valuable members of the
national law-making body to the country at large and especially
to the district that has so often honored him by re-election.
The state of Florida, the First congressional district and thi
city of Tampa owe him a deep debt of gratitude for the innume
able and inestimable services he has performed in their beha.
Elijah Byrd Sparkman came to Florida with his parents
1824, at the age of five years, as he was born in 1819. .hen
he was twenty-six years old, in 18451 he came to Hillsborough
County and made his home in the neighborhood where he passed
the remainder of his days, a short distance north of the present
station of Dover on the Atlantic Coast Line railroad. He eng g-
ed in farming and stock raising, and was so successful that hI
accumulated a comfortable fortune. He died in 1903.


He saw service in the Indian war of 1835 and in that of
1856-7. In the latter war he was a first lieutenant of Flor-
ida mounted volunteers. He married Sarah Mizell. They had
two children, Simeon E. (see below) and George Bascom. (See
page 60.)
Simeon E. Sparkman was born in Hillsborough County Aug-
ust 9, 1851. He attended school'in his native county and al
so in Thomasville, Georgia. Later he attended Eastman Busi-
ness College at Poughkeepsie, New York, returning to South
Florida, where he taught school for several terms, and later
settled withinn a few miles of Plant City, following farming,
and ten years afterward moved to Plant City, whare he has
lived ever since.
He was tax assessor of Hillsborough County in 1881-2;
county commissioner, 1883-4; represented Hillsborough County
in the state legislature at the session of 1891; was again
elected tax assessor in 1907, which office he at present hol s.
He is a member of the Masonic order.
Simeon 2. Sparkman married Mary C. Lackney, who was bo
in Orange County, Florida. She is a daughter of James S. an
Mary (Crissman) Hackney. They have had six children, as fol
(1) Lovick D., unmarried.
(2) James M., who married Agnes Walden. They have
four children-Seymour, Imoiry B., Mary and Bascom.
(3) Walter B., who married Ida Boyett. They have three
children--Flossie, Heyw ood and "alter B., Jr.
(4) William S., unmarried.
(5) SarahR.
(6) Amos L.
George Bascom Sparkman was born near Dover, Florida,
September 20, 1855. He died August 30, 1898, in Tampa. He
received hie early education in the schools of his native
county, and later attended the law department of the Univer-
sity of Virginia, from which he was graduated with high hon rs
and immediately commenced the practice of his chosen profes
sion in copartnership with his cousin, Hon. Stephen M. Spar -
man, in Tampa. He continued the practice of the law until is
untimely death, except a short time when he occupied the be ch
of the Sixth judicial circuit. He was mayor of the city of
Tampa in 1883-4 and again in 1887-8
George Bascom Sparkman married, April 26, 1883, Mary .
Kershaw, of Jackson, Tennessee. She was born in Virginia, d
was a daughter of Thomas B. and M. Evelyn (Underhill) Kersh w.
He was-a native of England and she of Virginia. They were he
parents of five children. of whom Mrs. Sparkman was the sec nd
Ielfd and nold0 t daughter 3 and thA only one living in Tmpa


George Bascom and Mary Evelyn (Kershaw) Sparkman had
seven children; all born in Tampa; namely,
(1) Thomas Byrd, unmarried.
(2) George B., jr., who married Pearl Luther, of Al-
bertville, Alabama. They have two children born in Tampa,
Luther and George B., jr.
(3) Mary Evelyn, who married Allen Parrish, of Dania,
Florida. They have three children, born in Dania-Evaline,
Alleen and Georgiella.
(4) Lois Louise Frances, who married James M. Holding,1
of Dania, Florida. They have one child, born in Dania,
(5) Simeon Stephen.
(6) James Kershaw.
(7) Rose Elizabeth.

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There were three families of Jacksons that care to Tanpa
during what may be termed the pioneer days, but that which is
the subject of this sketch has be6n here the longest. In fXct,
its members may legitimately claim to belong to the very "f'rst
family" of Tampa, except, perhaps, the Coller family, rrith e
daughter of which their ancestor intermarried.
This first family was founded by Robert Jackson, who vas
a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, having been born thdre
in 1802. He was a son of Robert and Luphemia (Parker) Jackdon.
Robert Jackson, sr., was also a native of 'hiladelphia. He Iwas
a civil engineer, and vwas employed in some important government
work, among which was the construction of Fort Moultrie, on
Sullivan's Island, in Charleston harbor, which fortification
figured prominently in Revolutionary history, as aell as inthe
story of a greater struggle, that of the War Between the St tes.
Robert Jacwson, who was the founder of the Jackson family
in Tampa, came .ierc in the capacity of a hospital steward, ,r
interne, with the United States troops Earrisoning Fort Brooke,
in the year 1834, in the same year that the territorial legosol
latura of Florida organized the County of Hillsborough, and'
gave it the name,;that it has borne ever since.
After the 'close of the Indian ;.ar in 1835, Dr. Robert
Jackson resigned from the military service and became a civil-
ian. He established his home on a commanding and salubrious
spot near the point marking the junction of the _illsborough
river and the bay of the same name. Here all of his numerous
family were brought up. In the course of years and the gr:rh
of the city this tract became very valuable, covering, as it
idid, much of the beautiful residential section of :^yde Park
He afterwards became judge of probate of the county o
SHillsborough. He was highly esteemed as a physician, and
long as he lived, though not engaging in -active practice, ws
Soften consulted by other practitioners. He was one of the Fore-
most citizens of the ante-bellum Tampa. He died just at t
closing of the Civil War, on March 2, 1865. His wife survived
until 1907, when she died at the ripe old age of ninety-two
years, universally respected an4 beloved, .
In 1835 he married Nancy Coller, a daughter of the vr
t first white family, in point of time, that settled in all is
I region. (See Coller family.)
The fruit of this marriage was a large family of chi3drel,
consisting of five ons and three daughters. The sons are evli
Oscar, who married Estelle Bruton, of Bainbridge, Georgia, and
soon after the conclusion of the Civil "ar, through whibh e


served on the Confederate side, he removed to Bainbridge,
where he died in 1912. He has had two children, whose names
are Frances Ben and Robert W.
Frances Ben married John M. Fleming, of Bainbridge,
Georgia. They have one child, John M., Jr.
The second child of Levi Oscar and Estelle (Bruton)
Jacksoh is Dr. Robert W. Jackson, who married Kate Dunwoody,
of Atlanta, Georgia. They have two children, Robert W., jr.,
land Cornelia Dunwoody.
Levi Oscar was the oldest son, but the second child, of
fRobert and Nancy (Coller) Jackson.
The first child, and oldest daughter, was Mary Josephine,
who was thrice married, the first time to Asbury Bryan, by
whom she had one child, a daughter named Bartow, who married
Melton Tinny, and soon after died, leaving one child, a daugh-
ter named Mary, who married Edward Grennell. The last named
couple in turn have one child, Edward, jr.
After the death of her first husband Mary Josephine
married his brother, Frank Bryan, and by him had one child,
also a daughter, named Theresa. She married Melton Tinny, the
former husband of her half sister, Bartow, after the death of
the latter. The last mentioned marriage resulted in no issue,
After the death of her second husband, Mrs. Bryan married
John Joseph Cardy. They had no children. Mrs. Cardy died in
1912. She had survived her last husband.
Maria Theresa, the second daughter and third child, of
Robert and Nancy (Coller) Jackson, married Edward Cheeseboroui,
now deceased. She is living in Galveston, Texas.
Mrs. Cheeseborough has three sons, Jose-ih, Robert and
diward. Robert is unmarried. Joseph is married and has one
son named Frank, who is also married, to Edna *Th y
have two children, Frank, Jr., and Maria Theresa. Edward
Cheeseborough is married to Clara Jordan. They have three
John Brown is the second son and fourth child of Robert
and Nancy (Coller) Jackson. He served throughout the Civil W
in the Confederate army, where he made a gallant record. He
was a member of Company K, Seventh Florida infantry, and par-
ticipated in the battle of Chicamauga and other famous engage-
ments. In the latter part of the war he was transferred to th
Confederate navy and took part in several gallant affairs alone
the coast, among which was the boarding and capture, at night,
of the Union gunboat Water 'Witch. He now resides at Rocky PoI t,
a few miles west of Tampa.
William Parker is the third son, and the fifth hold, of
his parents. He married Louise Collins, of Bainbridge, Georgi.

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They have had eight children, in order of their ages, as fol-
Abbert Collins, married Orie Hochstein, who is of Germai
descent. They have four children, Robert C., Jr., Deloy, Ral h
and Parker Brown.
Robert Collins Jackson received his early education in
the schools of Tampa. Afterwards he attended Emory College,
at Oxford, Georgia. From college he returned to Tampa and ac.
.cepted the position of assistant in the United States anginee*-
Sing department, where he remained for ten years. He then be-
Scame a deputy under his uncle, Robert A. Jackson, who was sher-
iff of the county. This position he retained for eight years.
!In 1913 he was appointed chief detective of the city of Tampa,
and in 1915 was appointed superintendent of the county farm,
Which office he still holds. He is a memobor of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, the Knights of Pythias and the Wood-i
Imen of the World.
SBartow Parker, the second son, and child, of William P.
)and Louise (Collins) Jackson, is in the employ of Armour & Co*,
Sin Tampa. He married Abbie Howell, of Madison, Georgia. She
!is now dead. They have three children, "ilene, Clifford and
SWillie Louise, the third child of William P. and Louise
(Collins) Jackson, died at the age of thirteen years, and Oscar
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ienderson, tle rourtah cLi.Ul UlieU w U ju Vour 9
Mary Eola, the fifth child, and eldest daughter, of Wil-
liam P. and Louise (Collins) Jackson, married Henry Grady Les-
ter, of Bainbridge, Georgia. They have one son, named Henry
Grady, jr.
Mr. Lester is the traveling representative of the Hutch-
inson Shoe Company, of Jacksonville, Florida.
Wesley Preston is the sixth child of William P. and
Louise (Collins) Jackson. He married Bertha Chason, of Bain-
bridge, Georgia. He is a bookkeeper in the employ of the Cit-
izens Bank and Trust Company, of Tampa. They have one daughter,
named Sarah Louise.
William Fred, the seventh child of this family, died at
the early age of four years.
Lucille Opal, the eighth child, is unmarried.
William P. Jackson has, from his boyhood, followed the
sea, and has commanded many of the best-known vessels navigat-
ing the waters of the Gulf. From this fact he has always
borne the title of "Captain" Jackson, and his thousands of
friends aive familiarly called him "Captain Bill" Hbe has
always been an enterprising citizen- promoting to the extent
bf his means and influence all measures tending to the en-



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hancement of the property of the city and section. At' the
election of November, 1914, he was chosen commissioner to rep-
resent his district on the board of county commissioners and
took his seat on the first of January of the present year.
Parker, the sixth child and fourth son, of Robert and
Nancy (Coller) Jackson, died in 1863, at the age of twelve
Robert Andrew, the seventh child and fifth son, married
Mrs. Bertha Namias, a widow, whose maiden name was.Eichelberge.
They have had no children.
Robert A. Jackson is one of the most genial and popular
men in Hillsborough County. As is natural, he has always been
extremely successful in county politics. He has been elected
by the people of the county to the position of sheriff twice,
and but for failing health, forcing him to decline another
nomination, he might have attained the coveted goal of a
"third term."
The third daughter, and eighth child, of Robert and Nanc
(Coller) Jackson, is Cordelia, who married Edward Arthur
Barclay, a native of Elgin, Illinois. He died in that city,
where they had continued to reside since their marriage, in
1893. He was a dealer in hardware and dairy supplies. Mr.
and Mrs. Barclay have one son, Arthur Jackson, who was educat-.
ed at the University of Wisconsin, taking the degree of C. E.
He is now practicing his profession of a civil engineer in the
city of Chicago. He is unmarried.



The direct ancestor of the Lesley family of Tampa was
.'illiam Lesley, who was born November 10, 1754, and died De-
cember 30, 1821 or 1823. He married Anna Caldwell, April 29,
1778. She was born September 27, 1759, and died July 28,
1800. They had eleven children; namely,
(1) Thomas, born :ay 12, 1780; died July 3, 1784.
(2) James, born August 8, 1782; died August 9, 1808.
He married Caroline Bird.
(3) John Harris, who was born February 11, 1784, and
died July 31, 1855. He married Mary Gillilan4,who bore him
five children; namely, Leroy Gilliland, Jaires Thomas, Moses,
Theodore and Frances.
(a) Leroy Gilliland Lesley was born in Abbeville, South
Carolina, May 11, 1808. He removed to Madiscn County, Florida,
in 1832; he settled in Tasma in the winter of 1848. He was/a
preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and was one
of the early pastors of that church in Tampa, the First Aethod-
ist Church in this city having been organized in 1846, and Rev.
Leroy G. Lesley being appointed its pastor in 1849. He was
the third pastor of this church. After serving his church and
the cause of the gospel in this and various other charges, he
located and retired from the regular work of the ministry.
Leroy G. Lesley had a distinguished record in a widely
different field. He was a soldier as well as a minister, serv-
ing his country'in three w'rrs, t'ose :-ith the Indians in 1835-
1842, the second war r'vith the Indians from 1856 to 1858, and
the great struggle of 1861-1865. In the last Indian W'ar and
in the Civil War he raised and commanded companies of cavalry,
in the last named war, of course, on the Confederate side.
Leroy G. Lesloy ,was married twice, the first time to
Indiana Childs Livingston, a descendant of Philip Livingston,
one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. There;
were born to him by this marriage two sons and one daughter.
The second son -ws :mery Leroy, who, while still a young man
and unmarried, cas killed by the accidental discharge of his
own gun.
The first son of Leroy G. and Indiana (Livingston) Lesley
was John Thomas, who was born in Madison County, Florida, Lay
12, 1835, and removed to Fort Brooke (now Tampa) with his par-
ents, in 1848. He served as a private and lieutenant in his i
father's company of cavalry in the Indian war of 1857, and dur-
ing the War Between the States he was Captain of Company K,
Fourth Florida infantry. He was promoted to the rank of major.
In 1863 he was ordered home by his general to raise a company
-oe-eav-lry-bo-p et-'tihis-part f-of-the state that- was- threat

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en3d by the enemy, which company he co-mnanded until the close
of the nar.
He was widely popular and respected throughout the state,
and especially in southern Florida. He was a leader of his
people in the strenuous struggle to redeem the state from the!
rule of the carpetbaggers ,and scalla'ags and to restore her
government to the hands of her mwn people, .-hich culminated
successfully in 1876.
In 1876 he ?was elected to represent H-iillsborough County
in the legislature, serving t:o years. Later he wa s elected
to the senate, serving t-!o teri.s -lso in th.t bcdy.
In 1885 he was a member of the convention that framed
the present constitution of thee state of Florida. In 1893 he
was appointed clerk of the circuit court of Hillsborough County
to fill an unexpired term_ by Hon. Henry L. "itcholl, then gover-
nor, but resigned to accept the federal office of collector-of
custops for the port of 'TianTa, to which he had been appointed
by7 Preosident Cltvelnid. `e .ld the last mentioned position
until the apaointnent adud q'alification of %is successor under
the administration of ?resident .cK"in~l;ry.
Captain John T. Lesley :ras' for many years extensively
engaged in the cattle business in which he twas very successful.
He retired from it several years before his death, turning over
his interests in that line to his Ildest son, miory Leroy, re-
sidins :t Kissitmee, in Osceola County. Captain John T. Lesley
died July 13, 1913.
John T. Lesley married ::rs. ::argaret \. Tucker, wh-ose
n-aiden naime ;was Brown. She died in 1893. The c--ildren born to
this marriage -:ere
(1) Indiana Elizabeth, unmarried.
(2) 3mory Leroy, who -ras born January 31, 1864. He
received his education at 2ingham School, North Carolina, and
when a very young nan ena,-ed in the cattle business with his
father, and has continued in that -and other large industries up
to the present time. He r~ id.s at Kissiamee, in the county of
Csceola, -':here he has occupied important official positions.
He married, September 17, 1896, Jennie, the youngest
daughter of Colonel Z. 0. Morgan, of Bassengor, in the same
Gr.unty. They have five children--Enory L., jr., Mary Virginia,
Geraldine Slizabeth, John Taliaferro and India Childs.
(3) The third child of John T. and Margaret (Brown) Les-
ley is John James, unmarried.
(4) The fourth was William Taliaferro, who was born in
Tampa June 30, 1870, and died December 7, 1904. He was married
December 7, 1898, to Sarah R. Yancey, a daughter of Judge Dalton
H. Yancey, and a granddaughter of Hon. William L. Yancey, the
celebrated atateman' and oratg;m Qf Alabima They ~re t-wo chil-
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dren, Margaret and Sarah.
William T. Lesley was educated in the schools of Tampa,
While he was still very young he occupied the position of
clerk in the postoffice; later he was a clerk in the office,
of the Seaboard railroad at Tampa. In 1897, at the age of
twenty-three, he was appointed clerk of the criminal court of
record of Hillsborough County by Governor '. L. Mitchell, serv-
ing seven years. He resigned to run for sheriff in 1900. Hd
w;as elected and took charge of the office, serving nearly foir
years, or within a few days of the end of his term,. hen he
(5) The fifth child of John T. and Margaret (Brown)
L3sley is Theodore, ,ho was born in Tampa, September 4, 1873.i
He married May Yancey, a sister of the ,ife of his brother,
William T., November 14, 1906. They have two children, Theo-
dore, jr., -d iMary Lowndes.
Theodore Lesley- was reared in Tanpa and educated in its
schools. At the ae a of telve years he as a clerk in a cigar
store. At the age of seventeen there was committed to him the
entire management of his father'p slaughter house near Tampa,
and in his twenty-first year he became an inspector of customs,
in which capacity he served two years, followed by two years
as special deputy collector. These positions he held under
Captain John T. Lesley, his father. After retiring from the
customs service he became a partner with his cousin, ". Lesley
Brown, in the livery, sale and feed business, which they con-
ducted for several years. He is now engaged in the real
estate business.
(6) The sixth child of John T. and Margaret (Brown)
Lesley is Livingston G., who was born in Tampa Angist 1, 1877.
He .ras married June 15, 1898, to Georgia Florence Yancey, a 1
sister of the wives of his two brothers, William T. and Theodore.
They have three children-John Livingston, Leona and Lois.
Livingston G. Lesley was educated in the public and pri-
vate schools of Tampa, finishing with a course in their uston '
Business College, now the Tampa Business College. At the age
of eighteen he entered the customs service at Tampa under hig
father, then collector of the port, holding various position
for eight years. Although a Democrat, he served under the
S administrations of Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt. He re-
signed in 1902, and became bookkeeper and deputy sheriff under
his brother, William T.Lesley, and also later under Sheriffs I
Robert A. Jackson and Ed. Hobbs. The last eighteen months oil
his service in the sheriff's office was as chief deputy. In
1913 he engaged in the insurance business, which he still con
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Lesley is Mary C., who married, first, William H. Brown, a
native of Florida, who died in 1871. He served as a Confed-
orate soldier through the Civil War. They had one child,
William Lesley, born in Tampa, February 17, 1869.- He received
his education in Hillsborough County and Key West, and began
his business career as a cattleman in the employ of his uncle,
Captain John T. Lesley. In 1890, he engaged in the business
in Tampa as a member of the firm of Brown and Alderman, and two
years later he turned his attention to the livery business,
which he has continued ever since. The present firm, W. Lesley
Brown & Co., was established in 1897.
Wr Lesley Brown married, February 6, 1901, Mabel C. Upton,
of Georgia, who died Ilarch 27, of the same year.
Mary C. (Lesley) Brown married as her second husband
Rev. Urban 3. Bird, a prominent minister of the Florida con-
ference of "1,e Iethodist episcopal Church, South. Tiey had no
children. He has been dead -,any years.
Leroy 3. Lesley married as his second wife Jane Lucy
Sandwich, by whom he had one child, a daughter, named Emma, who
married William J. Friorson, of Tampa, February 14, 1882. (See
Frierson family. ) Mrs. Frierscn died November 20, 1889. She
gave birth to three children, but only one survives; namely, a
dauigter named Lesley, who was born at Alafia, Florida, and
married Guy L. Buell, June 11, 1905. They have two children
born in Tampa, William H. and Cuy L.
(b) The second child of John Harris rad iary (Gilliland)
Lesley was James Thomas.
(c) The third was Moses.
(d) The fourth was Theodore, who married Rebecca Brock.
They had nine children, named as follows: I:argaret Ann, Mastin
Brock, Susan Elizabeth, Hannah Caroline, John Harris, 4illiam
mesley, Charles Honderson, Mary M. and 'Iartha Lulu.
Theodore Lesley, sr., died in 1892.
(e) The fifth child of John Harris and Yary (Gilliland)
Lesley was Frances, who married Andrew Jackson Sims, and became
the mother of seven children, as follows: Mary A., Louisa,
Frances, Indiana, J. R. J., Pemah and Jefferson J. All of her
family lived in Alabama.
(4) The fourth child of William and Anna (Caldwell) Lesley
was Jane, who was born February 1, 1786, and died August 2, 1807.
(5) The fifth was Robert Hall, who was born September 14,
1787, and died April 9, 1847. He married Louisa Watt.
(6) The sixth child of William and Anna (Caldwell) Lesley
was Elizabeth, who was born December 1, 1789, and died Augist
17, 1897.
(7) The seventh was Anna, born November 7, 1791, and died


January 4, 1863. She married Samuel Jack.
(8) The eighth child was William, who was born April
25, 1792, and died February 9, 1867.
(9) Ninth was Thomas, born June 16, 1795; died April
14, 1829.
(10) Tenth was David, who was born June 15, 1797, and
died February 9, 1854. He married Lotisa McVl'horter.
(11) The eleventh child of William and Anna (Caldwell)
Lesley was Elizabeth, who was born March 1, 1799, and died
October 2, 1809.
William Lesley was married again after the death of his
first wife, Anna Caldwell, this time to Miss Lesley, by
whom he had/one child, a son, named Samuel Watts, who was
born September 1, 1803, and died September 22, 1877.

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Louis LeBel (Anglicized into Bell) was the ancestor of
the fanrily in Tampa which bears the name at the head of this
sketch. He was a native of Bordeaux, France. He was brought
to America when a child of but three years of age. He lived
in Quebec, Canada, in early life, where he learned the trade
of a briclcnasn. He came to Tampa when it vas only a military
post and reservation, and worked at his trade at Fort Brooke
for the -overnment, and was probably the first who plied that
trade in this city.
He was one of the settlers who so long contested Ahe
riPht to enter as homesteads te reservation named. lie with
,3is associates was 't length successful, and tlhe tract claimed
by him w.s divided amon r 3a heirs, and their attorneys, after
his death.
Louis Bell married Eliza Coller. Thoy had a numerous
family. Their twelve children ;were Louis, Eliza Ann, Charles
Henry, Joseph Urich, Thomas Jefferson, John .Valtor, Matilda
Pius, William James, Mary Josephine, Louisa DeN., Augustus
Theodore and Frank.
Louis Bell, the eldest son, married !rs. Florencia
Haager, a widow, whose maiden name was Leonardi. (See Leonardi
family.) By her last marriage, that to Louis Bell, there were
born to her two sons, Simon L. (deceased) and George A. The
-'ormer became e on of the mcst skillful printers of this section
of the country. He has been dead several years.
George A. Bell married Linnia Post. They have four chil-
dren, Hilda, Edna, Duff and Adrian.
Louis Bell, the second, and his wife have both been dead
for many years.
iliza Ann has never married. She is still living in this
city, on a portion of her father's original homestead.
Thomas Jefferson has been dead for many years. He never
John :alter has been a printer and editor and all-round
ne-spaper man all his life. Tie is now the editor and publisher
of the Tavares Herald, published at the flourishing county seat
of Lake County, in this state. He was residing in Galveston,
Texas, at the time of the great storm and flood. His wife and
one child were drowned. He married the second time, but has
had no children by this marriage.
Matilda Pius Bell married Anton Fiehe, a skilled land-
scape gardener, who for several years had charge of the grounds
of the Tampa Bay hotel in the lifetime of the proprietor,
Mr,. i. B. Plant. Mrs. Fiiehe is still living.


William James Bell moved away from Tampa many years ago
and afterwards died.
Frank Alexander Bell, the youngest son of his parents,
is still living in Tampa. He was connected for a number of
years with the city police department and the sheriff's office.
Later he has operated a detective agency both in this city
and in Jacksonville.



In a number of the genealogical records contained in
this volume reference has been made to the Coller family.
The name is now extinct, there having been but one son, who
left no issue. The daughters, who were numerous, married in-
to some of the most prominent old families and have many de-
scendants with different surnames. The Coller family was the
very first in point of time that settled in Tampa or th vicin-
ity, and it is fitting that the family history should be per-
Levi Coller, the head of the family, 1raso of dLingled
English a.nd German ancestry. H~e was born in .Massachusetts
and came frao that state to Florida, arriving in St. -ugus-
tine in 1812. Hii wife, Nancy Dixon, was of english and French
lineage. Her father was the omner of large tracts of land in
Florida under grants from the crown of Spain. The hoIe of the
Dixon firmily was at Rosemary 3luff, on -e St. Mary's River.
Levi and Nancy (Dixon) Coller wer: arrivedd in 1813.
Florida in t:iose days ,aRs in the riddst cf war, and in 1315
hostilities became very bitter. The Indians "iere allies of
Spain, which power was contesting it rigtso with the United
States, while Zngland was at the same time endeavoring to the'
utmost to prevent the expansion of the young republic, and was
rewarding the savage warriors by paying thmn from five to ten
dollars apiece for :imerican scalps. A veritable reign of ter-
ror prevailed. The white qet-lers fled from their homes under
much protection as a body of icn1ie guards, of which Levi Coller
was one, could afford.
While thus fleeing for thoir lives the young -dffe of
Levi 'Joller was overtaken by travail =t -; deqIs td house by
the -way, and. the babe .ras born that afternoon, 'hen she at-
tained womanhood, became the ".'ife of that Nancy Jackson 'whose life almost spanned a century.
Yor a few years previous to the restoration of peace
'and after:ard s, the Goller family resided in Ulachua County
un to 1822. THere, in ccmnon :-ith other pioneers, most of whom
had been imporvished by the war, the needs of an increasing
family necessitated close oconoi- iand application to such
:measures of industry as ',ere open to them.
Levi toller raised and, ginned cotton, his wife and chil-
dren spun and dyed it; it was then sent to the loom and woven,
into cloth, which they then made into garments for the family;
Mrs. Coller's health failing, her husband decided to go
to Tampa, hoping that she would be benefited by the salt water
of the Gulf. He reached Tampa in 1823 on horseback, with
saddlebags filled with things that he would need on.his
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On this, his first, visit to Tampa Levi Coller 'was
accompanied by two of his brothers-in-law, Dixon and Ellis
by name, all being accustomed to locating claims by blazing
the trees.
In 1824, on his second trip, he was accompanied by
Mr. Dixon, his brother-in-law, a Mr. Simpons and one Henry
Troutman. On his arrival, coming to the place they had se-
lected for a homestead, they fund that a man of the name
of Kackley, and also CenQral Brooke, had made claim, and as
General Brooke rushed to establish a government post on the
land, and was already on the ground, and owing to the con-
fusion of the claims of the government and Hackley, Ir.
Coller and his friends located other lands in the vicinity,
at a place just across the river on what was called Jackson's
Point, at the mouth of the Hillsborough river, which tract
embraced a large portion of what is now Hyde Park. This
land tias beautifully situated, having on the south Hillsborough
bay and on the east the river of the same nare and extending
up that stream nearly to -.here the Lafayette street bridge
has been built.
About 1829 Levi Coller moved his family and his stock
to what is now known as "Craft's spring," on Six t'ile creek,
then known as "Coller's creek," and when he built ais house
where the residence of Dr. '. C. Richardson now stands, on
the Boulevard beyond Hyde 2ark, he opened up quite 3 con-
sijertble fa r m wherr.e h cultivated the first cotton planted
in South Florida, ahich vwa usec for hoie maanufacture and
consumption. H{er Lovi Coller lived until the Indians burned
him out, his family escaping almost miraculously and taking
refuge at the fort at Tampa and on board of government trans-
ports. Of course in the meantime his stock was driven away
by the indians, and it was only by means of the arrangements
that he : ade with the United States Government that he gained,
subsistence for his family, he being familiar with the char-
Sacter of the Indians, being thus valuable to the government
forces in keeping them informed as to the mwhercabouts and
the doings of the savages. His services in locating the
Indians were rewarded by affording him and his family sub-
sistencea and quarters at a time when it was impossible to
maintain his own home or to cultivate his farm.
-It was while living at the fort that Robert Tackson
met NTancy Coller who efterw-ards became his wife. (See
Jackson family).
The children of Levi and Nancy (Dixon) Collor were:



(1) Nancy, born January 22, 1814, who married Robert
(2) Cordelia, born April 6, 1817, who carried first,
Cason Cooper, v-ho died without issuc, and, second, Charles
Hoey, -ho also died vithcut children. She died in 1909 at
-th age of ninety-two year.
(3) Eliza, born ay 1_ 1.19, who =arricd Louis Bell.
oSh becarie the im.other of t, lfe children. (See Bell f.mily.)
(4) lfrcedes, born Cctob-'r 15, 1821, who became the
,.ife of John "right. They h.I one child, a son named
Augustus, rho was killed in the Civil '7!ar while se1rvin in
the Confederate arii. ..crcedos carried after thle death of
hor first husbianj, Louis Covacc7ich, They had iv children-
-aryJ, Johnson, Laura, iancy and Agn~s.
(5) John, born October 15, 1323, -ho :mrriod Lavinia
Shannon, but loft no issue.
(6) Lucinda, born January 38, 1838, who married iHnry
Cowart. They had one chila, Mar~aret, ?.'o !married 2. 3adger
"'il&er. They have two Cchildrn, ar;;ar3t aand JrAd.
(7) Jeannette, born September 25, 1841, .;who married
Villiam T. Haskins. They have had six children, three sons
and three daughters; namely,
(a) Levi, who married dAnnie T. .Tchverria. Th3y had
four children--iawnual ., iliaia T., Cnesena, and
(b) ';illiam T., died un:.tarried.
(o) Eugene Augustus, who married !ay Russell. They
have three children--Cornelius, Inez and Eugenia.
(d) Jeannette A., who married Eotsford Chandlor, and
after his death retired to a convent.
(e) Mary Iatilda, who ma rr;ed Samuel A. ?hillips.
They had tree children, Jeannette, Ruby and -.illiam T.
(f) Kate. Unmarried.

Of the Pioneers bf Tampa


JO1N GIVN was born on a farm in Abbeville district (now
county), South Carolina, September 15, 1815. He first saw
Florida as a volunteer soldier in the United States service
in the Seminole Indian war, which coimenced in 1835.
He was a member of the mounted regiment commanded by
Colonel Childs. This regiment came by sea to St. Augustine,
and thence marched overland to Tampa Bay, as it was then
called, on which Fort Brooke, the government post, vMas sit-
uated. The old fort and the camping place of Childs' South
Carolinians are now covered by the streets and squares of
the busy modern city of Tampa. After the expiration of the
term for which the regiment had been enlisted, thich was
six months, its members wore disbanded and returned home.
In the same year that he retrn.od from Florida, in
1836, John Given was ia-ried to "3. b C. WaLker, then but
fifteen years of age, he bin: .im seli' but t*:eonty-one.
Seven years after, in 1843, 3 o moved with his family,
for there had been born to them in the meantime, in the old
home, three sons, to Madison County, Florida. There they
remained five years, during which time two other children,
both daughters, were born.
About the time of his removal to Florida, or just bo-
fore, John Given commenced writing his surname with a final
s, and this has been kept up by all of his descendants to
the present time. He also, thinking, perhaps, that his sig-
nature would look more symrmtrical, adopted an extra letter
and wroto it "John T. Givens."
The family reached Tampa on Christmas day, 1848, just
after the famous storm known in the annals of those times
as "the gale of 1848." Lany houses in the then rising vil-
lage were destroyed by the storm, and there was much work
to be done in rebuilding the old and erecting new houses
for the settlers that were then beginning to come in in large
number, and 2 r. Givens engaged in the business of an archi-
tect and builder, which he followed as his principal line
of activity during all of the remainder of his stirring life.
In those days one man had to fill sometimes more than
one place in the community life. In this way, and especial-
ly as there was no one engaged regularly in the business of
an undertaker in Tampa, and as people in the course of na-
ture really did occasionally die even in the salubrious oli-
mate, Mr. Givens, as a "side line," combined undertaking
with his other business.
John T. and Nancy C. Givens were among the original


members of the Methodist Church in Tampa, the first house
of worship erected by that denomination being built by himI
on the corner directly opposite his residence, the church
standing on the northeast, and his residence on the south-t
east, corner of Morgan and Lafayette streets. The "Castle
Hall" of the Knights of Pythias at present occupies the site
of the old home.
2Ur. Givons was active in all phases of coznunity life, -
taking a lively interest in political matters and in all
things that concerned the public welfare. He was county
treasurer of Hillsborough County for a term, served as coun-
ty commissioner for two terms, was a member of the county
board of public instruction also for two terms. Ho erected
the first public school building 'in the city of Tampa. It
stood u;on a lot that he had himself owned and had sold to
the county board for the purpose of a school site. It stood
where the "Sparkman block"' nov is, on Franklin street. As
illustrating -th Dnhanc3ami-nt in value of real estate since
that timo, it :ay be mentioned that Aho price he received
s 400 whiwas 40, hi waS considered at .That time a f'air valua-
Twelve children were born to John T. and Iancy C.
(Walker) Givens, of whom but four at present (1915) survive.
There' were ssven sons and five daughters. In the order of
their birth they were Robert Henry, Thomas :'ilkes, John lasp-
er, Jane Florid., Franceso lizaboth, LAarion, Mary Louisa,
Ariana Eliza, W'arren Addison, Darwin Branch, Clara Virginia,
Franklin Leonidas.
(1) Robert Henry died aged nineteen unmarried.
(2) Thomas Wilkeo had attained manhood just as the War
Between the States opened. He enlisted at once and served;
throughout the struggle in the Confederate airy. He was
first a member of the second Florida infantry, which was the
first /command from this state to be ordered to Virginia.
He went with it, and saw the most strenuous service in all,
of the campaigns in which the regiment participated from
the Seven Days to Gettysburg, where he -was taken prisoner
and sent to the officers' prison at Johnson's Island, in
Lake Erie.
After the battle of Sharpsburg Thomas Wilkes Givens
was transferred from the Second to the Eighth Florida regia
Sent and promoted to the position of second lieutenant.
was wounded at Gettysburg, taken prisoner and carried to
j Johnsoans Island, where he remained until the end of the
war, when he returned to Florida.
After his return he was married to Mary McNeill, of
a Teoy .e orida, iSheore him tw daughter. na S A
ta) The oldest child is a daughter named Sarah Angie,
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who married Dr. Sanford W. Allen, a prominent dentist of
Tampa. They have three children, !Mary, who is the wife of
Roscoe Nettles, the manager of the Tampa Gas company, Edith
and Angie.
(b) The second daughter is lannie, who married Harry
J. 'Watrcus (see iatrous family), who is prominently connect-
ed with the Hendry & Knight Real Estate Company. They have,
five children, Mary, MIargaret, Louise, Harry and Thomas.
(c) The son of Thomas Wilkes and I.ary (McNeill) Givens
was nared John. iHe grew to manhood and removed to Texas,
Shore he died.
After the death of his first 'ife, Thomas 'ilkes Giv-
ens married her sister, Angle McNoill. She bore him one
child, a daughter named Jane, who married Mitchell F. McKay.
(See M:cKay family.) They have three children-Angie LMcNeill,
Jolhn Wilkes and inifred.
(3) John Jasper, the third son of John T. and Nancy
C. (Walker) Givens, also enlisted in the Confederate army
at thie beginning of the 'ar Bet'-een the States, serving in
the Fourth Florida infantry in the Army of Tennessee. -He
served with gallantry throughout the entire four years. Af-
ter his return home at the close of the war he was elected
clerk of the circuit court for I7illsborough County, which
position he filled for several years.
He aftora-.rds removed to Key rest, whore he entered
the employ of John J. Philbrick, one of the leading business
men and capitalists of that city. Here he married Mary Ros-
ianna ':.alonny, a daughter of one of the most prominent farm-
ilies of the city.
John Jasper and Mary osanna (lm.aloney) Givens had two
children, Robert Henry, who married Daisy Walker and became
the father of four children, Robert Jenry, John Jasper, Lo-
rena and Mary Louise.
The second child of John Jasper and Mary (Maloney)
Givens is Fannie, ho married Charles Curry, of Key test.
iThey had two sons, John Frederick and Howard Winston.
John, Jaspar Givens removed with his family to Texas
From Key ';est, and died in Galveston in 1880. The family
returnedd to Key ":est, where they now reside.
(4) Jane Florida, the fourth child of John T. and Nan-
icy C. (V'alker) Givens, married Eichard M. Wells, a prominent
'physician then of Tampa, but who afterwards resided in the
eastern part of Hillsborough County and in Plant City, where
the died in 1899. Dr. Wells served through the Civil War as
ja surgeon in the Confederate army with distinction.
There were born to Richard M. and .Thna ini;a? (IGien)
Wells four children;
(a) Frances Melville, who married Charles C. Carleton,


of Plant City. She bore her husband four children, Richard,
Anna, Raymond Givens and Robert Thomas. The first two iamed
died in childhood; the last two survive. She died in 18 9.
(b) John Samuel, who married Margaret Owsley, of Ken-
tucky. They have three children, Mary Manier, Margaret Ows-
ley and John Samuel, Jr.
John Samuel Tells graduated in pharmacy in Louisville,
Ky., and remained in that state, not returning to Florida
to reside. He lived first in Stanford, where he conducted
a prosperous business, and afterwards removed to Danville,
where he owns and operates the leading pharmacy in the city.
(c) Lucy, the third child, died just as she was en-
tering young womanhood, unmarried.
(d) Roberta, the youngest, died in early childhood.
(5) The fifth child of John T. and Nancy C. (Walker)
Civens, is Frances liz7abeth. She married Colonel Robert
B. Thomas, a native of Kentucky, who graduated at the Unit-
ed States Military Acadcey at West Point and served '~th
distinction both in t-he old arny before the Civil 7ar and
in the Confederate army during the War Between the States.
In the latter service he attained the rank of colonel.
After the war Colonel Thomas occupied many positions
of trust that required wide knowledge as an expert account-
ant, among them being that of special deputy collector of
customs at tho port of Tampa. He died many years ago. His
widow survives and is residing still on a portion of the
old home place that her parents settled when they came to
Tampa in 1848. They had no children.
(6) Mary Louise married Veranus ". Olds. They had
two children, a son and a daughter, the-former named Claude
Veranus and the latter Claribel Aline.
Claude married Nettio McMullen, a daughter of Rufus
McMullen, of Largo, in Pinellas County, where they make
their home. They have four children, as follows: Roy, Jes-
sie, :arren Thomas and Miriam Louise.
Claribel Aline married Edward A. Krohn, of Grand Junc-
tion, Col., where they now reside. They have one child, a
daughter named Claribel Ileen.
(7) The seventh child of John T. and Nancy C. (Walker)
Giyens is Ariana Zliza. She married Judge Charles E. IHarri-
son, a lawyer and editor of Tampa. He has served the coun-
ty of Hillsborough as county judge for four successive terms,
has been president of the city council of Tampa, chairman
o:f the county board of public instruction of Hillsborought
County,- besides holding other official positions. He has
been editor of the Gulf Coast Progress, the Tampa Tribune
-andleditorialD writ. e ejSaTiDally. Tins ... -
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(a) Iulia Nannie, born in Tampa. She married Amos
Hendry Norris, a native of Illinois. They have had one child,
a son named Harrison, who died in infancy. They reside in
(b) Charles Edward, who married Edith Daniel, of At-
lanta, Ga. They have two children, Alice Gray and Edith
Givens. They reside in Charlotte, N.C.
Charles Edward Harrison graduated at the Alabama Poly-
technic Institute, at Auburn. He immediately entered the
employ of the Bell Telephone company and afterwards that of
the American Telephone and Telegraph company. He is still
with the latter company, occupying the position of district
plant chief of the Charlotte district, which includes the
two states of North and South Carolina. He graduated with
high honors in electrical and mechanical engineering. He
was born in Starke, Florida.
(c) John 7phraim, who married Mattie Marie Adams, a
native of Talladega, Ala. They have one child named Charled
Junius. John Ephraim also graduated at the Alabama Polytech-
nic Institute, at Auburn, and for a time engaged in occupa-
tions connected with electrical and mechanical engineering,
in which he& graduated. He is now filling the position of
storekeeper in bonded cigar factories, which is connected
with the customs department of the port of Tampa. He was
born in Tampa.
(d) Samuel Givens, who married Mamie Ruth Altman, of
Tampa. They have one child, a daughter named Anna Frances.
Samuel Givens Harrison is a trusted employee of the Tampa
postoffice. He was born and educated in Tampa.
(8) Warren Addison, married Florine A. Cocke, who wasi
born in Cartersville, Ga., but at the time of her marriage
resided at Dawson, in the same state. Warren Addison Givens
was active in county politics and was three times elected
by the people of the county to serve them in the responsible
office of clerk of' the circuit court. He died in the year
1907. There were born to this marriage four children, three
daughters and one son:
(a) Clara Virginia, married Andrew Drennan. She has
no children.
(b) Myra, is the wife of L. Bond Giles, who is con-
nected with one of the largest automobile establishments in
the city of Tampa. They have no children;
(o) Cora Almeda, married William D. LaMotte.
(d) Warren Alfred, the only son, is just entering you1g
manhood. He is unmarried.
(9) Darwin Branch, married Anna Morris, a daughter off
another of the pionsar i Iies f~ Tampa. They-liave Tehrie


(a) Morris M. is still unmarried. He, after studying
in the common schools of Tampa, attended the Washington and
Lee University, at Lexington, Virginia, from the law depart-)
ment of which institution he graduated with credit. He
took his degree of LL.B. with the class of 1907, was admit-
ted to the state and federal bars in Tampa in the same year
and has practiced here since, giving promise of high attain-i
ment and distinction in his chosen profession.
(b) Darwin Creyon, married Claribel Pugh, of Char-
lottesville, Va., in which city they now reside. They have
one child, named Darwin Creyon, Jr.
(c) Fay, the third child of Darwin Branch and Anna
(Morris) Givens, married Lieutenant Henry N. Sumner, of the
United States Coast artillery corps. They have one child,
named Fay Givens.
(10) Clara Virginia, the eleventh child, grew to woman-
hood, but died unmarried.
(11) Franklin Ionidas, the twelfth child, died in in-





WILLIAM I~ERiY, the ancestor of the Hendry family in Amer-
ica, was born in England, but came to this country prior to
the Revolutionary War and settled in North Carolina, where
he lived for many years. He gave his allegiance to the cause
of the colonists in the struggle with the Mother country,
and served through the war under Washington and "Light Horse
Harry" Leo.
His irlfe was Nancy IcFail. They became the parents
of eleven children, as follows:
(1) James Edward, born September 29, 1808.
(2) Zli, born September 26, 1810.
(3) Harriet, born March 28, 1812.
(4) Nancy, born arch 26, 1814.
(5) Robert M., born February 29, 1816.
(6) bW.lliam H., born .ay 9, 1813.
(7) Neal II., born Aril 6, 1820.
(8) John M., born July 5, 1822.
(9) David, born June 18, 1824.
(10) Mary, born July 20, 1826.
(11) 3lizabeth, born Dscemrber 30, 1830.
Ja zes 'dward Hendry, the eldest child of the above
named family, was married in 1829 to Lydia Carlton, daugh-
tar of John and Nancy (Alderan) Carlton, who was born April
4, 1812. They had also eleven children; namely,
(1) I!artha, born August 9, 1830.
(2) Adeline, born February 4, 1832.
(3) Francis A., born November 19, 1833.
(4) Albert J., born September 24, 1836.
(5) George W., born December 3, 1838.
(6) Eli, born February 1, 1840.
(7) William M., born December 12, 1842.
(8) Mary J., born January 7, 1845.
(9) Lydia 0., born April 14, 1847.
(10) Cornelia A., born August 10, 1849.
(11) Missouri, born July 10, 1851.
James Edward Hondry died in 1851, in his forty-third
year. He was a very quiet, sedate man; he seldom laughed,
but indicated his pleasure by a pleasant smile. He was re-
tiring in his habits; his words were few, but well-ohosen.
Ho never sought or held public office. His doors were al-
ways open to the traveler, especially to the minister of
the gospel, and no one was ever turned away hungry or. epty-
handed. He encountered many reverses in early life by stand-
ing security for others, yet he accumulated a fair amount


of property.
James Edward Hendry was the progenitor in florida of
the Hendry family. He was a native of Georgia and died in
that state after making his home in Florida, being on a vis-
it to Thomasville, Georgia,'at the time of his last ill-
Francis Asbury, the son of James Edward Hendry, was
born in Thomas County, Georgia, November 19, 1833, and came
to Florida with his parents in 1851. He drove an ox-team
the entire distance, and they became pioneers of illsbo-
rough County, the mother county of South Florida. After
the death of his father Francis Asbury Hondry settled the
fonrer's estate and comnonced business on his own account
as a farmer and cattle raiser. Ho made his home in the east-
orn part of Hillsborough County in the early days before
it was 3urv,3yod, and when that w~s done he, being familiar
with the country, pro-ompted large treats of land near Fort
LIeade, now in Polk County, but at that tine constituting
a part of iillsborouh. Hie was one of the prime movers in
the organization of Polk County.
During the Indian war of 1856-57 '.r. Hendry was an
active member of one of the military companies that were
raised among tl~e settlers for tho protection of this fron-
tier region from'the depredations of the savages. He was
also a soldier of the War Between the States, in which he
served at first in the commissary department of the mili-
tary division of South Carolina, CGeorgia and Florida, and
afterwards, eighteen months before the close of the war,
he raised a cavalry company in Polk County, and became its
captain. This company was attached to Major uinnerlyn's
independent battalion, with which Captain Hendry served un-
til the command was surrendered at Tampa at the end of the
After the war he resumed his former business of farm-
ing and cattle raising at his home, at Fort Meade, which
remained his headquarters until 1869, when he removed all
of his stock to the south side of the aaloosahatchee river
for the sake of the superior range of that section. He made
his home at Fort Myers, then in Monroe County, but now the
county seat of Lee, in the following year, 1870. Captain
Hendry became the earliest settler of the new town, which
had been a military post in the Indian war times, but had
then been for some time abandoned.
For a long time he was the largest individual cat-
tl-owner in Florida, and was one of the originators of the
Cuban cattle trade from the ports of Ylorida, the principal


of which was Punta Rassa. In 1891 he commenced closing out
his general stock business, retaining only a small number
with which he established a stock farm, where he experiment-
ed in the raising of fancy and improved stock. He intro-
duced the Jersey stock in that section, and one of the most
interesting experiments was the crossing of that famous breed
with the native stock.
During his long and active career Francis Asbury Hen-
dry held many positions of honor and trust in the different
counties in which he resided. He was a member of one of the
first boards of county commissioners of Hillsborough County,
filling that important office in the 50's.
During the reconstruction period that followed the war,
although the state was under the absolute control of the car-
petbaggers and their allies, the district of which Polk Coun-
ty was a part, elected him to the state senate, there being
very few white republicans or negroes in this region and al-
most the entire voting population consisting of southerners
and Democrats, though many of these -ere disfranchised.
While he was a resident of l.onroe County he was sena-
tor from the 2tventy-fourth district, then composed of the
counties of Monroe and Manatee. After the division of Mon-
roe County and the formation of Lee out of the mainland por-
tion, he occupied the position of county commissioner of the
new county, and in 1893 was elected to the legislature from
that county, a position he retained for several terms. He
has been mayor of the town of Fort Myers and a member of the
town council. At this writing (1915) Captain Hendry and his
family are still in Fort Myers.
On March 20, 1852, in Hillsborough County, Francis
Asbury Hendry was married to Adeline Lanier, a native of
Florida, born May 10, 1835. They have had four sons and four
daughters to grow to maturity; namely,
(1) James Edward, who was born in Polk County in its
early history, but removed to Lee County when still in his
teens. He has lived in Fort Myers ever since. He was brought
up with limited educational advantages, but grew to manhood
well versed in the raising of stock, buying and selling of
beef cattle, etc., and became very successful in that line
of business. He has been conspicuous in his advocacy of the
cause of temperance, the maintenance of good morals and the
high standard of Lee County politics.
(1) James Edward Hendry was born January 12, 1854, and
on June 17, 1875, was married to Julia Frierson, the daugh-
ter of Aaron T. and Mary (Wall) Frierson. (See Wall and
Friorson families.) They have seven children, whose names


(a) Bard L., born tune 17, 1876.
(b) James E., jr., born July 11, 1878.
(c) Sarah M., born October 15, 1880.
(d) Fred E., born August 20, 1885.
(e) Harry F., who died in infancy. Ho was a twin to
his brother--
(f) Clarence E., born February 13, 1888.
(g) Isabella, born March 25, 1893.
(2) Louis A., the second son of Francis Asbury and
Lydia (Carlton) Hendry, was born April 19, 1856. He mar-
ried, in 1878, Ella Frierson, a sister of the wife of his
brother, James E. She died August 4, 1901, leaving sight
children, as follows:
(a) Josie M., born September,_7,1880.
(b) Lotis, born October 6, 1882.
(c) Daisy Lee, born March 29,.;885.
(d) Gussie, born October 15, 1889.
(e) Harry, born August 29, 1890.
(f) Ruby L., born April 18, 1894.
(g) John Wall, born December 23, 1896.
(h) Mildred, born January 3, 1899.
(3) Laura J., born March 2, 1858, who married Waddy
Thompson. They have had four children; namely,
(a) Frances Helen, who died in infancy.
(b) Samuel, born April 12, 1878.
(c) Laura Ruth, born April 29, 1881.
(d) Marie Josie, born October 20, 1882.
(4) George M., born June 30, 1860. arrivedd June 5,
1881, Willie Barineau, who was born October 9, 1864. He
has followed the stock business all his life. Served one
term in the state senate. Their four children are:
(a) Milton Lee, who died in infancy.
(b) Francis A., born September 24, 1884.
(c) George B., born May 6, 1886.
(d) Clyde, born September 15, 1890.
(5) Francis M., born June 11, 1863. He married Elea-
nor Murdock. They had four children; namely,
(a) Frances Merle, born July 4, 1891.
(b) Edward Everett, born December 22, 1892.
(o) Violet Gwendolin, born April 10, 1897.
(d) Dorothy Mae, born June 10, 1899.
(6) Virginia Lee, born August 20, 1866. She married -
Captain J F. Mnge in 1885. He was born September 10,1858.
They have had five children, as follows:
(a) Laura Belle, born January 10, 1887.
(b) Kathleen, born February 5, 1889.
(c) Nettie P., born February 26, 1892.


(d) Freddie A., born March 23, 1894.
(e) Charles Dean, born August 23, 1898.
(7) Carrie Belle, born March 8, 1869. She married
Edward L. Evans, December 31, 1887. They have had three
children as follows:
(a) Rose, born February 8, 1889.
(b) Teddle, born June 10, 1891.
(c) Edith Penelope, born January 24, 1900.
(8) Lucretia P., born July 19, 1871. Was married Sep-
tember 6, 1888, to Harry Higginbotham, w"ho was born Aay 8,
1865. They have one child, Hazel, born August 2, 1892.
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"'illiam Marion Hondry, fourth son of James Edward and
Lydia (Carlton) Hendry, was horn in ,Lowndes County, Georgia,
December 12, 1842. He came to .2lorida with his parents in
1851, and was brought up in Hillsborough and Polk Counties,
receiving his education in the conrmmn schools. At the open-
ing of the Civil VWar he enlisted in the First Florida cav-
alry of the Confederate army, and continued in the service
until 1863. During the latter part of the war he was er-
gaged in supplying the Confederate army with cattle from
South Florida, a large portion of the beef cattle consumed
by that army being drawn from this region. After the close
of the war he continued in the cattle business on his own
account, and was quite successful.
He continued to reside in Fort leade, in Polk County,
for two years aftar his brother, Francis A., removed to Fort
Myers, in 1870, William l5. going there in 1872. At Fort
Myers he continued to follow the cattle business, and also
engaged in mercantile pursuits.
In 1871 and 1872, up to the time that he removed to
Monroe County, he was a member of the Legislature for Polk
County. In 1894, he was appointed clerk of the circuit court
for Lee County to fill an unexpired torm, and in 1896 and
again in 1900 he was elected to succeed himself in this lu-
crative and important office.
William Marion Hendry married Susan C. Wall, a daugh-
ter of Perry G. and Mary (Hunter) Wall, December 2, 1865.
She was born May 16, 1843. The Wall family was at the time
of the maria e living at Brooksville, Florida. She died
May 16, 1899. (See Wall family.) Mr. Hendry died December
23, 1914.
William Marion Hendry and Susan (Wall) Hendry were
the parents of seven children, as follows:
(a) Samuel, born September, 1866.


o (b) Edward M., born January 23, 1868. He resides in
Tampa and is mmarried. He has been chairman of the state
board of health, and for many years the president of the
Hendry & Knight Company, a corporation largely engaged in
developing the harbor of Tsmpa.
(c) Mary Susan, born August 2, 1874. She married Hen-
ry T. Linebaugh, of Tampa, May 31, 1891, who was born Sep-
tember 7, 1865.
(d) Henry A., born August 9, 1876. Married Mrs. Edna
Henderson, August 6, 1899.
(e) William Wall (now deceased), born August 10, 1878.
He married Bessio, a daughter of George V and Sarah Jane
(Collins) Knight. They have two children--riebele and La-
dy Sarah.
(f) Julia A., born May 17, 1880. Married R. I. 0.
Travers, of Fort Ayers, April 28, 1897. Hle wns born July
15, 1866. They have no children.
(7) Lydia C., born July 10, 1881. carried Joseph W.
Frazier, a prominent lawyer of Tampa, where they now reside.


THE founder of the Friebele family in America was a German
by birth, having been born in the city of Carlsruhe, the
capital of the Grand Duchy of Baden, May 11, 1815. He re-
moved to the United States when he was less than twenty-one
!years of age. He located first in Savannah, Georgia, af-
Iterwards he removed to Newmansville, Florida, then to Mica-I
nopy. He came to Tampa in 1849, and spent the remainder 'ofi
his long life here. The town was a very small place when
(he made his home here, and he saw it grow from a little vili
!lage to a city, with promise of future greatness, before hei
passed away.
Christopher L. Friebele engaged in the general mercan4
tile business when he came to Tampa, his store being located
on the northwest corner of Franklin and ..asaington streets.
The property was owned by him until his death, it then passed
to his widow who held it till her death, .but a few weeks be-
fore the writing of this sketch.
During the Civil War Christopher L. Friebele enlisted
in the Confederate service in the same command with Edward
A. Clarke, who had married Mrs. Friebele's sister. The two
. nen were captured by the union forces and together spent
Early two years in northern prisons, being released upon
the conclusion of the war.
Christopher L. Friebele was a man of farseeing business
sagacity; he recognized the growth and prosperity that was
coming to Tampa, though it was far in the future when he
bame upon the scene, and he invested largely in well-locatedi
real property which with the increase' of the city in popu-
lation and business was found to be located in centers of
traffic where the growth was rapid and substantial.
During all the years of his residence here Mr. Friebel
was connected with every enterprise that was undertaken for
he betterment of conditions in the city of his residence;
he was energetic, clear-sighted and prudent. His business
ventures were almost uniformly successful. All of those
rith whom he had busiAess relations respected him for his
spotless integrity and his business ability.
He was a prominent member for many years of the Meth-
st Church, and of the Masonic order. He died in Tampa,
ecember 2, 1886, in the seventy-first year of his age.
He married, January 8, 1852, Julia A. Wall, (See Wall
family )
Mrs. Friebele resided in Tampa during all the many
ars from the time of her marriage, January 8, 1852, un-
1ah, and for many ears before, the oldest e maber in length
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of membership of the Methodist Church in Tampa. She was
always faithful to her church obligations and loyal to its
interests. She was broad-minded and generous in her sym-
pathies, responding readily and liberally out of her abund-
ance to the call of the distressed and suffering. She was
universally respected in her lifetime and regretted in her
Christopher L. Friebele and Julia A. (Wall) Friebele
were the parents of three children:
(1) Samuel, who married Rosa Dagenhardt and died with-
out issue.
(2) LMar, who married, first, James Edger Lipscomb,
and b-, him had one son, who was named James Edgar for his
father. After the death of her first husband, Mrs. Lipscomb
married Dr. James W. Dupree, of Louisiana, and by him had
two sons, Frederick F. and James ',. Dr. Dupree died some
years ago. rs. Dupree andc her s1os all reside in Tampa.
(3) The third child cf Christopher L. "nud Julia A.
(Wall) Friebele was Nannie, who died. u-narried.


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JAMES D. CLUIRK, who was a son of Charles Webb Clarke, of
Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, New York, and a nephew of Edward
A. Clarke, of Tampa, was only fourteen years of age when he
came to Tampa, in the year 1872, to become an innate of the
home of his uncle and enter his business house to receive
his training in the mercantile business, then conducted by
that uncle.
He remained with his uncle until he was twenty-four
years old, or ten years continuously. At the conclusion of
this period James D. Clarke purchased the business of James
E. Lipscomb, which had been formerly owned by William W.
Wall, on the corner of Washington and Marion streets, di-
roctly opposite to the place of business of Edward A. Clarke.
For several years this business, under the m-anagement
of James D. Clarke was very successful, and he continued it
until sickness compelled its removal. He tIhen moved to Seff-
nor, where he carried on tl-e business of merchandising and
orange-growing for a number of years, making a conspicuous
success in ooth lines. He purchased, cleared and planted
forty acres in citrus fruit, and did exceedingly well until
the famous "freeze" of 1895.
After this he returned to Tampa, where he had acquired
large real estate interests. He Iaade his home here and a-
gain engaged in mercantile business. He was always fortun-
ate in this line, and this instance proved no exception.
Mr. Clarke continued to reside in Tampa until his death,
which occurred on April 26, 1906.
After James D. Clarke had become established in busi-
ness and was carriedd, his brother, Dr. S. J. Clarke, came
on a visit to himr and becoming charmed with the attractions
of Florida, became engaged in orange culture near Fort Laud-
erdale, on the east coast, where he located and engaged the
practice of his profession, that of dentistry.
James D. Clarke was universally esteemed by all who
knew him for his many excellent qualities. He was loyal to
his friends, faithful to the principles of fair dealing in
business, energetic, thrifty and at the same time liberal.,
He was a good friend atnd a kind neighbor. He was for many
years a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
James D. Clarke married Sarah Matilda McKay, the old.
est daughter of Captain James McKay. (See McKay family.)
There were born to James D. and Sarah Matilda (McKay)
Clarke the following children:
(1) James D., who married Caroline M. Sharpe, of At-
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lanta, Georgia.
(2) Webb, who is an employee of the insurance fi m of
McKay & Son. He is unmarried.
(3) Porter J,, unmarried.
(4) Gladys A., who married Kenneth A. White, of In-
dianapolis, Indiana. He is connected with the Citizens Bank:
and Trust Company, of Tampa.


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EDV.ARD A. CLARI was a native of the state of New York. The
family home was at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, where he was
born. He came to Tampa to mak3 it his home in the early
50's. At the time of his coming the lady who afterwards
became his wife on May 31, 1860, was on a visit here to her;
sister, Mrs. Julia A. 7riebele. She was Miss Sarah L. Wall.
(See Wall family.)
Edward A. Clark3 engaged in the mercantile business
and was for :any years one of the loading men in his line
in the embryo city. His place of business was for most of
the time on the southwest corner of Washington and Marion
streets. Mr. Clarke was highly successful in his business
and accumulated a large fortune which he, with greater sa-
gacity than many men cf his day, invested in .ell-selected
real estate, which afterwards becoming greatly enhanced in
value, added immeasurably to his wealth. A onro other hold-
ings he owned all of that tract in the central portion of
the city extending from Harrison street on the south to Con-
stant on the north and from Florida avenue to the river.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarke had but one child, a daughter named
Flossie, who became the wife of Andrew J. Knight,, a nephew
of Governor Henry L. Mitchell. Mr. and Mrs. Knight have
had a large family, there being three sons and five daugh-
ters. The sons are Edward A. Clarke, who married Volina
Mitchell of Georgia, -sli, who married Vida Claire Curry,
'of LManatee County, and Jules, who is still unmarried. The
daughters are Vida Claire, who married G. W. Judy, who came
to Tampa from Kentucky, Uliel, who died in childhood, Al-
dine, who married Dr. J. C. Vinson, one of the most prom-
'inent physicians of the city, Flossie and Sarah who are at
this writing both unmarried.
Edward A. Clarke was always from the time of his com-
ing to Tampa until the day of his death, which occurred in
1887, a foremost citizen in all movements that tended to
the upbuilding of the city of his residence and the commmn-
ity in general. Ho was a leading member of the Methodist
Church, being a steward and trustee for many years, as well
as superintendent of the sunday school. He was one of Tam-
pa's most highly respected citizens and died universally
regretted and sincerely mourned.
His son-in-law and business successor, Andrew J. i
Knight, is the worthy follower in the footsteps of this ex-
'emplary citizen. His name will be indissolubly connected
in the history of Tampa with the great enterprise of harbor
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improvement, "the Hendry & Knight terminals," the leading
real estate and development organization, the Hendry & Knight
Company, and other things as prominently connected with the
annals of the city. The two elder sons of Andrew J. Knight,
Clarke and Esli, are already prominent among the younger
generation of professional and business men, the former be-
ing a lawyer and the latter closely connected vrith his fa-
ther in his development enterprises.

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TIIOAS PUGHi ?:-iiD', born Thomas Kennady Pugh, in Phila-
delphia, December 12, 1812, was the son of Samuel Kennedy
'Pugh and Jane Penrose, of the English houses of Tresse, Pen-
'rose, Kennedy and Pugh, as shown in the old Bible contain-
ing the family records of eight generations.
Coming to St. Augustine, Florida, in 1828, at the age
of sixteen years, Thomas reversed his aanes of Pugh and Ken-
nedy, taking the latter as his surname.
He spent the next twelve years in various parts of
Florida, finally locating in Tampa in 1840, whore hs .married
Adelaide Christy; she came here in 1837 with her uncle, Ma-
jor Fraser, viho was in command of the United States garri-
son, Fort Brooke. lr. Kennedy establiUhed the first trad-
ing post here with the InLdians, also one at Charlotte Har-
bor. He was on tha friendliest -orns with the Indians; he
was liberal and just with them, and they held him in high
esteem. Billy Bowlegs, the old Seminole chief, particularly
admired him, and was often entertained by ILr. Kennedy and
his wife as an honored guest. Before Billy Bowlegs was sent
to the Indian reservation he presented Mr. Kennedy with a
handsome silver medal, which had been given him by President
Van Buren at the signing of the peace treaty with the Semi-
noles. This medal is still in the possession of the Kennedy
family. Mr. Kennedy's business took him frequently to Cen-'
tral and South America and Mexico. On one of these trips,
during the Mexican war, while running the blockade with sup-
plies for the American troops, ho was captured by the Mexi-
cans and held prisoner for many month's; the story of his
escape is interesting and romantic.
He was a charter member of the Masonic lodge here,
and his son, Thomas Pugh Kennedy, second, and grandsons have
also been prominent in the order.
Mdr. Kennedy became one of the wealthiest and most ho0-
ored men in South Florida; more than 375,000 of his fortune
was given to the support of the Confederate Government. HO
gave assistance in business life to several young men who
later acquired fortunes or became prominent citizens of Tam-
pa, among them being the late William B. Henderson, who fre-
quently spoke with pride of his friendship.
At the time of his death, in 1858, r. Kennedy was an
extensive property holder throughout the state, particular-
ly in Tampa and Hillaborough County. The first entry in j
the clerk's office of Hillsborough County was a deed from I
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3, 1846.. The old Kennedy home on Washington, Tampa and W4-
ter streets was a landmark in Tampa until recent years.
The children of Thomas Pugh and Adelaide (Christy)
Kennedy were Jano; Thomas Pugh, second; and Henry P. Jane
was a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Musi: aid
soprano of Dudley Buck's choir, Trinity Church, New York
City. After the war she re-established, and was in charge
of, the iusic department of Wesleyan Female College, Macoi,
Georgia, and was later a leader in the musical life of Tam-
pa. It vas to her that her music teacher, Mr. Butterfield,
dedicated his song, "When You and I '.-ere Young, Maggie."
She married J. '.. Crichton. She died in 1890, leaving no
Thomas Pugh, second, graduated in 1870 from Washing-i
ton Colleoi, Lexington, Virginia, now Washington and Lee
University, while General Robert w. Lee was president of
the institution. Ho returned to T'pa and engaged in the
mercantile business, which had been loft by his father ih
the guardianship of John Darling and ienry Proseus.
Thomns Pugh Kennedy, second, married Ida J. Cathcart,
of Ocala, and their first home was on the site now occupied
by the First Tational Bank building. "The Heigats" was the
name given by r. Kennedy to his grove and home on the hill,
and the name has since been used to designate that section'
of the city. He took prominent part in the affairs of their
community, and was chairman of the Board of Public Instruc-
tion at the time of his death. Ho was admitted to the bar
with bright prospects, but was cut down by death in 1886,
at the age cf thirty-six years, leaving a widow and seven
Henry P. Kennedy was at one time editor of The Gulf
Coast Progress, one of Tampa's pioneer newspapers. He died
in 1882, unmarried, aged twenty-five years.
The only descendants of the pioneer Kennedy are the ;
children and grandchildren of Thomas Pugh, second, and Ida
(Cathcart) Kennedy, and are:
(1) John D. Kennedy, who died in Mexico in 1906, un-
(2) Josephine, who married Samuel 3. Moore.
(3) Thomas Pugh, third, who married Alma Shave, of
Savannah, They have one child, Thomas Pugh, fourth, and
live in Savannah.
(4) William Theodore, unmarried, lives in Colorado.
(5) Ida J., widow'of Charles Francis Gay, has two chil-
dren, Charles T. and George Francis.
(6) Henry P., who married May Jordan, of Mississippi.,
They have three children, Henry S., Dorothy and Ruth.
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(7) Maude, who married Weldon T. Myers, Ph. D. Uni-
versity of Virginia.
With the exceptions named all members of the family
live in Tampa, Hienry P. being a member of the city council i
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AS is the fact in regard to so many other of the pioneer -
families of Florida, the Kadiricks are of English descent.
The first of whose nam-e -r have definite mention is James, }
Kendrick, who attained the rank of major in the United States
army in the War of 1812. His wife was 1lizabeth.. 2icklser,
of St. a3rys, C _crgia. His first settlement in Florida was
.mde at Suwanne, Sprin-gs before the first 3'minole Indian
war, in which prolcnged struggle, knovn as the "':3?ve'2n-Tears.
war, Mr. Kcndrick served until his death, whichc h occurred
before its end.
His wi'.c-.: and thcir children, five in na-ber, four.
sons and one daughter, mnov-d to Tsapa about tt. year 140.
Th"e daughter's namno as ;:lrmily Amanda, who irriod .lilliam
S&xua3l Sponc-r. (S.c Spc'ncor family. ) Th!L sons > were Zd-
rard T.tnll, illin T.frdy D. and Robert J ams. Ed-
'card az-d :..illii ;. '. dlrick rwcr: both captains of ount-
ed voluntccr coman iesn in the later Jeminolo Indian war,
knon'm as the "Billy 3Bo.legs" '.ar, in the latter fifties.
Both of these brot'-rs took part in the 'ar BotrE-n t'ie States.
2dwaard T. died of disease contracted in the service before
the end of the war, in 1363, at the age of forty-six years.'
Willi:n i. iendrick, comnonly called "Captain Bill"
by his friends, was one of the most widely kno'Cn citizens
of Tlorida, -and 7ias one of' the first and most successful
boosterss" :-ho :mae 1J19. abroad the attractions and ad-
vantages of the state, and led many settlers and investors
to come among us and remain. He .vas also prominent in the
political life of the state, serving two terms in the statei
senate. The ton. of :'-ndrick, in iAarion County, took its
name fromI him, and it is said that he gave to the flourish-i
ing capital of Cranleo County tre name of Orlando.
rdward T. Kendrick, born December 26, 1819, married
Faraba Ann Moore, born July 4, 1824. They had eight chil-
(1) Addi-, bom- 3optember 4, 1845, ;ho married Liorgan
4. 3now, of Tampa. .
(2) Joseph James, born January 29, 1847.
(3) Ernest Tatnell, born August 9, 1848, who married
Emily Moore. (See Moore family.)
(4) Martha J., born June 18, 1850.
(5) Mary Henrietta, born April 13, 1852; the wife of
William Ailtman, of DeSoto County.
(6) Kate, born July 2, 1854.
(7) William Harney, born November 23, 1859, who mar-
ried Rsussell Reneau, of Thomasville, Georgia. Ha lives n._
Taipai~.His wife died some years ago


Morgan M. and Addie (Kendrick) Snow, his wife, have
had eleven children.,
(a) Ed;jrd A., who died in his youth.
(b) illiam, who married Joanno Belle Jackson. They
have had two children, ;villiam Harri:on and. Alita.
(c) Walter H., who married. Alida .illiiams, of Alabama.
They have one child, a daughter named Iario. Jilliam and.
Walter are t-rins.
(d) Adrian T., o ho arrisd Pauline Lastinger. They
have had seven children; r.naely, Adrian I., Linnie 2ell,
Miriam Ada, Bossiae lizabeta, Josepiine J., Charles and
(e) John u., unmarried.
(f) Ada Zlizabeth, who married C c-Raford. They
have had four cildrcn'--Augustus, AId.a Lucia,* Crsad and Julia.
(G) Robert 3a.luel, unrarried.
(h) IJ'nvs Dallas, who married 7araba Livingston.
(i) iari-a cunrictta, whno i rid Jcui Clement, Court-
ney, ol' Sva=naahL, G:org~ia. Thoy har .t-;o czlirez, John
Clement and Richard. After the death of .hr first husband
Faraba ienrietta m rried J. L. Courtnay, tl-- broth of het
first husband, and by him had one child, son naed "3dward.
(j) Joseph Thomas, who married Jane Croiley.
(k) Frank Hamwilton, who died unmarried.
Morgan 'M. Snow served in th.e Sventh Florida infantry
regiment, in the Confed3rate arL.y from tia:'o b~i.ring to the
end of the Civil iar. Ho enlisted -at thC-e -irl age of four-
tee years. ,e r.io.0d fcr i.~n yoars in Pol': county near
For eade, but has mrad3 hiAs .ome in rwau-a for -a long period.
.() Ernest Tatnell,. the second chil- and first son,
S:'dward Tatn ll aton rick, was born in T.pa,; August 13,
148. He removed to Polk County at twelve years of ago and
was employed thcro as a cowboy till 'e reached the age of
twenty-four years.
In October he removed to ThormasvillC, Gccrgia, where
he married, in 1873, imily Mooro. (See :ocre family.) While
residing in Thoia~svill. h3 served his apprenticeship to the
trade of a brickmason, lator engaging in brick contracting.
In Mlay, 186, he returned to Tampa and continued here his
business of contracting up to the breaking out of the yel-
.low-fever epidemic in 1888, when he return& to Georgia up-
on the advice of his physician. -
In 1891, he came back again to Tampa and followed the
brick business until Vi. C. Spencer was elected sheriff of
Hillsborough County, when he was appointed deputy sheriff,
which position he still retains. lie ha3 been twice master
of the Masonic order and of the Knights of Pythias and Y
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(a) Nellie K., who died unmarried.
(b) Thomas T., who died unmarried.
S () Pearl, who died unmarried.
(d) 'Perry .
(e) Bessie. The last two named died young. They
were twins.
(f) Louis T. Kendrick was born at Thomasville, Georgia,
iuly 11,, 1874. He came to Tampa in 1886, and returned to
Georgia with his parents in 1888 on account of the outbreak
:of yellow fever in Tampa. He returned to Tampa again in
11891, and graduated from the Hillsborough High School in
1893. From that time until 1898 he was in the employ of the
jConsumers Electric Light and Street Railway Company. Later
he engaged in the money lending business up to 1907, then
;in the real estate business for a year. In 1913 he purchased
ithe business of the Concrete Construction Company, which he
still continues.
Louis T. Kendrick is a member of the Knights of Pyth-
ias and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He married Mattie
Hardaway, who died April 19, 1915, in Tampa, Florida. She
*was a daughter of John W. and Josephine Hardaway, of Georgia%
iand later of Tampa. They have two children-Ernestine Vir. -
aginia and Robert Hardaway.
(g) Mamie Emma, unmarried.
(h) Eunice Faraba, who married W. G. Lewallen. They .
[have three children-William Kendrick, Alice and Ernest.
(i) Vivienne, unmarried
i (3) The children of Mettle (Kendrick) Altman and Wil-
liam Altman, her husband, are
(a) Idella, who married Charles Hendry, of Fort Green,
IDeSoto County, Florida.
.(b) Edward F., who married Lavinia Morrison. t
(c) Florence, who married Henry Maddox.
(d) Mrs. Jane Townsend.
(e) Maude, who married lohn Heinrod.
(f) Guess, unmarried.
(g) Mrs. Ruth Carleton.
(h) Robert.
(i) Mallory, unmarried.
(j) Mrs. Bessie Durranoe.
(k) Moore, unmarried.
(1) Henrietta, who died unmarried.
(4) illiam Harney Kendrick, the fourth child and sec
ond son of Edward T. and Faraba Ann (Moore) Kendrick, has
but one child, a daughter named Edna, born January 14, 184.
She was educated at Converse College in Spartanburg, South
Carn mla, andiafter gAraduartil trAd. abra for oni e year
She married Cecil A. McCord April 9, 1905, who is the son

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of William A. (born in Ireland) and Sarah Jane (Kent) Mc-
Cord. The latter was born in Canada. She and her husband
were married in Toronto, Canada, where Cecil A. McCord was
born. He came to Florida at the age of five years and to
Tampa when he was twelve years old. He was educated in Tam-
pa, and is now manager of J. W. Roberts & Son's cigar fac-
tory. He is a Mason, a member of Hillsborough Lodge, and
a charter member of Lodge No. 708 of Tampa of the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks.
f Edna (Kendrick) McCord and Cecil A. McCord, her hus-
band, are the parents of six children, as follows: Kent,
Sarah and Russell (twins), William Kendrick, Mary Isobel
and Cecile Adair.
Edward Tatnell Kendrick, the ancestor of the branch
of the Kendrick family residing in Tampa, volunteered for
service in the Seminole Indian war in 1836, at the age of
only fourteen years. He was then living in Georgia. At
the close of the war he removed to Florida and to Hillsbo-
rough County. He built the first water mill ever constructed
in the county, on Flint creek, the outlet of Lake Thonoto-
sassa. Later he leased the mill and enlisted in the Mexicani
war. He was appointed wagon-master in 1848. At the end of
'the war he returned to Tampa and was 'elected to the office
-of sheriff of Hillaborough County. At the expiration of his
term as sheriff he enlisted in the Seminole war of the fif-
ties as first lieutenant of Captain F. M. Durrance's com-
pany of mounted volunteers, being promoted later to the cap-
taincy of the company.
In 1859 he removed with his family to Fort Meade, in
Polk County, and engaged in farming, which he continued up
.to the outbreak of the Civil war. He then raised a ~oapan
of infantry' for the Confederate service, which company was
attached to the Seventh Florida regiment, and was known as
Company E. When the company was reorganized he was appointed
wagon-master of the same regiment. He died in Knoxville,
Tennessee, January 10, 1863, of disease contracted in the
.service. His wife died October 12, 1872, in Tampa.


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TH name of Iooker has been a prominent one from the pio-
neer days to the present time in at. least five Florida coun-
ities--iamiilton, Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk and DeSoto.
The founder of the family in Florida was '::illiam Brin-
ton Hooker, -7h0o tas born in '.;are County, Georgia, on Lh3
border of F'lorida, in 1S07. In his early manhood he removed
to this state, making his first home at -hite Springs, on
the Suwanneo river, in 1l32. Ho took a prominent. position
in social, business -and political life from the beginning
of his residence in Florida. lie prerosented 'l:milton Coun-
ty in the convention that fra:.:ed t-ih first state. constitu-
tion preparatory to the admission to Statehood in 1845.
Upon the breaking out of t o Indlian Tar in 1835 '.:il-
liam B. Hcoker raised a company of volunteers, at th1 head
of u-hich he s-rvdcl throughout toe war. -e also se-rzed in
t.: samL rank in the lLjr tini in :jar fr o:.' 18.55 to 1858.
.c remove from .'imnilton to 2:ilsborough County in 1843 and
-settles in the section knovnm since as "Si:.i.ons' ainmock,"
one of the most fertile localities in the county.
Upon his coming to South Florida ;r. Hooker engaged
in the busiioess of cautle-raiing, a-d 0 soon becario one of th
largest stock o-nrers in all this region. '.hen, after many
:years, he decided to retire from tda active business he sold
'his stock to Captain J..;os ;Mciay, sr., 9'ho ras then heavily
engaged in shipping cattle to Cuba, for tho large sLum of
S He has an excellent claim to be considered the pio-
,neer in orange culture in Florida, as he planted the first
seeds, at least in this section, from which were produced
the sweet oranges that have madse Florida f.~aous.
'lilliam 3. iooder was a i pioneer" in many lines; he
was a man of such individuality and strong convictions,
possessing in an eminent degree the power of initiative.
He was the first good roads booster in I!illsborough, the
county that has followed his example and h:is talkn the lead
of the state in the construction of improved highways. He
laid out and cleared the first road from the central part
Sof Hillsborough County to the .Ian tee river, near the pre-
!sent toen of Parrish. He settled a place in this vicinity,
'where he lived for about tu;o years. Mlr. Hooker was the large
est slave owner of that time in this portion of the_state.
In 1860, just before the commencement of the .ar Be-
tween the States, he left Manatee County ani took up his
residence in Tampa, building what -.as then, an- for many
yFlorida, kno largoeSt a rds and for many yearooe-is s teerahge
Florida, kno%'n afterwards and for many years as the "Orange

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Grove Hotel," from the fact that ir. Hooker had planted ma
orange trees in the grounds aiid that after the family ceased
to reside thare the building was used s a hotel.
This old building has in its time been put to many va-
rying uses, being at present occupied as an office building
of the Tampa Northern railroad. Probably the first man in
-this part of the state to employ a private teacher for his
children was William B. Hooker.
The n:ae cf Hooker is locally prominent in many local-
ities in South Florida. It has been perpetuated in the name
of the peninsula upon :which the terminals of the Tampa North
ern railroad are situated, and in :.ore than one of these
southern counties there is a "Hooker prairie."
.illiam 3rinton Hooker married lary A.iranda H'are, who
resided lt the time of the marriag- with her parents near
?Raleigh, North Carolina. Nine children of William Brinton
and Lary A-fnda (Hnar) HIooker a.tt-ined maturity; namely,
S(1) Ann .lizaboth, who married John A. Hollingswcrth.
(2) JTane -., wvho became the wife of 'illiam Stallings.
(3) larta Hi., who carried Benjamin.I.. Hagler.
(,) .ary Henrietta, who married Samuel Z. Hope.
: (5) : eroba, married first Judge Simon Turman, a pro-
jninent la',vyer of the early days. She bore one son, Solon,
who married "tilda, the only daughter of Iowell T. and Al- ,
meria oll (McKay) Lykes. (See : :cKay faTmily.) After the
death of her first husband, :Irs. Turnman, in 1868, married
THery L. Crana (3se Crane family), -,ho still survives. Mrs.
ICrin lied April 19, 1898. She h-ad no children by her sec-
ond marriage.
(6) Sarah, -Jho married Zosooh Vraughn. They have one
daughter, 'roba, who became, the lfe of Joscph Ball. They
now reside in Quincy, Florida. mrs. Taughn died many years
(7) The youngest daughter, Zlla, married George Fuchs,
then a citizen of Ne'.0 Orleans. After residing for some years
in New Crleans, Mrs. Fuchs, after the death of her husband,
returned to Tampa to make her hiore, and now resides here.
iThere -.ere born as the offspring of this marriage four child-
1ren, whose names are John, who married Zilla Thomas, of New
'Orleans; George, unmarried, who is county surveyor of Hills-
jborough County; Adine and Harold, who lives in Brunswick,
(8) The oldest son of ~illiam B. and Mary Amanda (Hare,
Hooker was Jasper, who has been dead many years. e married
*Fredonia Meredith, who also died long ago. They left no
S .he.vnungazr anni-ia-zIaes N., who a1as lived for
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Sand distinction. He has represented his county, Polk, in
the state senate, is connected with several of the leading
financial institutions of that section. He has dealt exv
tensively in real estate and has acquired considerable wealth
He married Rosa, daughter of William T. and Mary Ann (Thomas)
Carpenter, of Bartow. .They have had the following child-
.ren-Ella Rose, Adine (dead), Myra Hooker and James Henry,
Jr.; Myra (deceased), who married W. Flowers Walker (no is-
sue); Gladys, Meroba, James.


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AMOS LOVE HARRIS, ,who was named after his unle, Amos Love,
was born at Thomaaville, Georgia, and came to Tampa in 1899
lHe was first bookkeeper for the Southern Express Company;
he then filled a similar position in the employ of one of
the largest eigr factories. Later he was with the Giddens
wholesalee Grocery Company. Subsequently he engaged in the
.real estate business as a partner in the firm of Drew, Henp
derson and Harris, The business of this firm was successful-
ly conducted until the death of William B. Henderson, the
senior partner, when it was wound up, and Mr. Harris has
,since conducted the same line of business alone. He is a
member of the First Baptist Church.
Amos L. Harris married on the 15th day of January;
1902, Mattie Ward Henderson, the youngest daughter of Wil-
liam B. and Caroline Elizabeth (Spencer) Henderson. (See
Henderson family.) They have three children, whose names
are Robert H., Caroline and William Henderson. They were
all born in Tampa.
Amos Love Harris, the son of Dr. Robert Hamilton and
Mary Martha (Love) Harris, was born in Georgia. His fathers-
father died when his father was but two years of age. His
father received a very meager early education, and entered
the Confederate arm0 as a private in the First Georgia regi-
ment at the age of eighteen years. Later he was transferred
to the Twenty-ninth regiment, and afterwards. promoted to the
rank of second lieutenant, then first lieutenant attached
to the Fifty-seventh regiment, subsequently becoming a cap-
tain of the last named regiment. Id this capacity he served
till the end of the war.
: After the close of the war he studied law (having at-
ed for a short time before the cmmncement of the war -
rcer University at Penfleld, Ga.). After the war he stud-
led in the office of his father-in-law, Hon. Peter E. Love,
and after his admission to the bar practiced his profession
t Thomasville, Gwrgia, for eight years. He than becao
Attorney for the Atlantic and Gulf railroad, now a part of
he Atlantic Coast Line system, remaining in that position
tor three years.
He then took up the profession of teaching, becoming
-nmipal of Cairo AcadeMy, where he remained for six years.
Water he was principal of the ColMan High School. He be-
professor in the Southern Femal Colege at Lah*ang,
gia, and later at the Cox Female College, at Atlanta,
ergia. 2
iWhea practicing law in ThOnasville he was mayor of
the zity ror two or thre e -nns and at ontmeiv'was solicito
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!for the county in which his residence was situated.
S During the time when he was principal of the Cairo
Academy he joined the Baptist Church and became a preacher,
'following both teaching and preaching He was pastor of i
various churches of the Baptish denomination- at Thomas-
ville and LaGrange, Georgia; Troy, Alabama; Columbus, Geor-
'gia; College Park, Atlanta and other places. He was for
years chaplain of the Georgia division of the United Con-
federate Veterans and retained the position until the close
of 1914.
He and his wife were the parents of eight children-
seven sons and one daughter. There are, however, but two
sons and one daughter living. These are:
(1) James Hamilton, now living in Texas, unmarried.
(2) Amos Love. (See above.)
(3) Mamie A., who married Edgar D. Burts, who was a
prominent corporation lawyer of Columbus, Georgia, where he
died at the age of thirty years. They had three children--
Manle Love, Edgar Duncan and Sarah Caroline.
Mary Martha (Love) Harris was the daughter of Hon.
Peter 3. and Mary Martha (Bracewell) Love and granddaughter
of Major James Bracowell, of Key '"est, Florida.
Peter E. Love and Mary Martha (Bracewell) Love, his
wife, were the parents of four children, one of whom died
young. Those who survived were:
(1) Amos James, who became a captain in the confed-
erate cavalry.
(2) Mary Martha, who married Dr. Robert Hamilton Har-
ris. (See above.)
(3) Margaret Jane, who married Oscar C. Hall, of Leon
County, Florida.
Hon. Peter E. Love was a prominent lawyer, judge and
congressman of Thomasville, Georgia.
Dr. Robert Hamilton Harris was a son of Dr. Bennett
and Rebekah Ann (Baldy) Harris, who was a prominent physician
tin Augusta, Georgia. They had two children:
(1) Dr. Robert Hamilton Harris. (See above.)
(2) Bennetta, who died aged sixteen years.



GEORGE LARENCZ3 WRREN, who married Cora Henderson, (see
Henderson family) was born at Columbus, Ca. He came to Ta 5
.pa in 1882 as one of a surveying party in the employ of the
Atlantic Coast Line railway, as a civil engineer during the
,building of the line into Tampa. He afterwards for some
time held a responsible position in the Bank of Tampa, after-
wards the First National Bank of Tampa.
George Clarence Warren is a son of James Whitfield
Warren, who was born in Georgia and died in Atlanta, in the
same state, in 1893. He married Laura Pauline Wimberly, of
Green County, Georgia. She was a daughter of Fred and Har-i
riet (Bunn) Wimberly. She died in January, 1888, aged fort -
nine years.
They had three sons and one daughter:
(1) Hattie Bunn, born in Columbus, Ga. She is unmar-,
(2) George Clarence. (See above).
(3) Alfred Colquitt,.born in Baker County, Georgia.
He married Frances Fisher, of Missouri.
(4) Frederick Tarver, who was born in Twiggs County,
Ga. He came to Tampa in 1898. He was city engineer of Tam-
pa for ten years, and is now engaged in the contracting busi-
ness in the line of street paving, etc. He married Jessie \
Bullard, of Nebraska, They have three children:
(a) Isabel Schley, born in Tampa.
(b) Harriet Bunn, born in Atlanta, Georgia.
(c) Mary Virginia, born in North Platte, Nebraska.
James "'hitfield '-arren, the father of the family abovp
named, was secretary of the executive department of the state
of Georgia for thirty years, and under fourteen different
governors, holding the office at the time of his death, aged
Sseventy-seven years. He married Laura Pauline "imberly, of
Green County, Georgia. She was a daughter of Fred and Har-
riet (Bunn) Wimberly.
James Whitfield Warren was the son of John Warren, who
was born in North Carolina. The wife of John warrenn was
Sophia Evans, who was a native of Georgia. James '1hitfield
was their only son. They had three daughters.

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Of the Pioneers of Tampa


ISLIE W. WEEDON, M.D., of Tampa, is a grandson of Dr. Fred-
erick Weedon, a native of Virginia and a surgeon in the U-
nited States army. He attended the famous warrior and chief
Osceola in his fatal illness at Fort Moultrie, in Charleston
harbor. Dr. Frederick Weedon was a son of Colonel John 'ee-
don, a Virginia officer under General Anthony Wayne at the
battle of Brandywine, in the Revolutionary War.
Dr. Leslie '. Weedon was born April 27, 1860, upon a
plantation in Washington County, Georgia. He was graduated
from the medical department of the University of New York in
1885, and further equipped himself for the practice of the
profession of medicine by post-graduate courses in the New
York Polyclinic in 1891 and 1893. !Meanwhile he had establish-
ed himself in the practice of his profession in Tampa, where
he made his home after graduation in 1885.
Dr. Weedcn has gained an acknowledged pre-eminence in
his profession, to which his efforts for its advancement and
increased usefulness have largely contributed, as well as
Serving the end of relieving human suffering. He is one of
That class of physicians who have honored the profession by
making it one of the instrumentalities for the public good.
As a member of the American Medical Association and
of the Florida State Association and organizer and first
president of the Hillsborough County Medical Society he has
received honorable recognition from his fellow practitioners.
He is a frequent and highly valued contributor professional
Dr. eedon was for three years president of the Hills-
borough County Board of Health; for several years h~. was lo-
cal surgeon for the Plant System. He was chiefly instrumen-
tal in the bstablishment- of the Emergency Hospital in Tampa
in 1889.
Dr. Leslie w. Weedon, on Febrary U, 1889, married
Blanche Henderson. (See Henderson family.) They have three
children born in Tampa; namely, Fred R., Harry Lee and Mary

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IJAWS M. WATHOUS, the founder of the Watrous family in Tam
pa, was born in Pennsylvania, December 18, 1829. He is the
son of-James and Phoebe (Luce) Watrous. James Watrous was
born in Livingston County, New York, in 1807. He died in
Conklin, New York, in 1868. His wife, Phoebe (Luce) Wat-
rous, was born in Scoharie County, New York, in 1809. She
died in Conklin, New York, in 1889. Mr. Watrous followed
agricultural pursuits most of his life.
This couple were the parents of six children, as fol4
(1) James M. (See below.)
(2) Margaret E. (deceased), who married Nelson Col-
(3) Orville, who resides in Bay City, Mich. He mar-
ried (1) Martha A. Gurnsey; (2) Betsey Redfield.
(5) Sarah, who married William H. Semonite. They ha4
one child, Nellie, who married Carl W. Hill, of Tampa. The,
have one child, Sarah Semonite.
(6) Ellen, who married Burtis J. Bayliss. They re-
side in Binghamton, New York.
James M. Watrous received his education in the public
schools of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where he lived
until he was nineteen years of age. He followed various
occupations, such as carpentry and work in sawmills and in
lumbering. Just previous to the beginning of the Civil Wax
he removed to Bay City, Michigan, where he engaged very ex-4
. tensively in lumbering, also operating a saw-mill and manu-
facturing shingles.
o In 1876 Mr. Watrous came to Tampa and purchased a tract
of 150 acres of land lying southwest of Tampa along the north
Short of Hillsborough bay. A great part of this is now em-
braced in the suburb called "Suburb Beautiful," where are
to be found many of the handsomest residences in Tampa or t 6
Much of this tract Mr. Watrous planted in orange and
peach trees. He also had a nursery ihich he conducted with
much success for several years. He also bought other pro-
Sperty in those early days in this and other sections. He
Swas largely instrumental in the improvement and upbuilding
of the district. He now resides there, on a part of the
Strict that he originally purchased. He has retired from
Active business. He is a member of the First Methodist
SChurch of Tampa, and one of its trustees. He served also
for many years as a steward of the same church.
SJames M. Watrous married, December 26, 18549, in 1-
mhnwixraL,rw %oja, Jennime fi. OIhd5on. daughteror Of Oaoep i-


Of the Pioneers of Tampa

Mary W. (Felton) Robinson. She was born in Cameron, Steubed
County, New York, January 31, 1836, and died in Tampa, May
16, 1915. Her father, Joseph Robinson, was born in Exeter,
New York, in 1808, and died in Corning, New York, in 1847,
.aged forty-nine years. His wife, Mary ". (Felton) Robinson
was born in Massachusetts in 1812 and died in Corning, New
York, in 1853, aged forty-one years.
Joseph Robinson was a painter and paper-hanger by trace,
which he followed for many years.
Joseph and Mary .,. (Felton) Robinson had fiv6 children,
as follows:'
(1) Ophelia J., who married George Vosburg. Both are
(2) Jennie E., who married James ". Watrous. (See a-
(3) Mary 2. D., unmarried. Sho makes her home with
her sister, crs. Jennie s. Watrous, in Tampa, Florida.
(/+) Emmarnetta (deceased), who married Truman McIntyre.
(5) Ellen R., who married 7illiam V;. Hooper, of Tampa4
They reside in that city.
James M. and Jennie 3. (Robinson) Watrous were the
parents of four children; namely,
(1) Margaret 0. (now deceased) who :vas born in Cornin$,
New York. She married E. Benjamin Carter, now of St. Augusl
tine, Florida. They have one child, a daughter named Flora
She married William R. Turner. They reside in Tampa.
(2) Nellie, who died at the age of two years.
(3) Harry J., who married Nannie Givens. (See Givens'
family.) They have five children, Mary, M'argaret, Louise,
Harry and Thomas.
Harry J. Watrous is prominently connected with the
Hondry & hMigat Company, of which he is a trusted and highJl
valued member.
(4) Louis M., who died when but two years old. *


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JOT3PH ROBI:S, the founder of this family in Florida, and
in America, was a Spaniard, having been born in Madrid, Sep-
tember 15, 1817. He came to the United States in 1832, when
he was only fifteen years of age. He landed at the port of
St. Marys, Georgia, on his birthday, the 15th of September
of that year. In the vicinity of this town he lived for
several years.
Joseph Robles was married in Georgia to Mary A. Gar-
rison, daughter of Michael Garrison. She was born in Ef-
fingham County, Georgia, in 1840. Soon after .he moved to
%Florida and settled at Fort White, in the lower end of Co-
lumbia County, where he was -living when the Seminole Indian
:ar of 1842 broke out. He volunteered for service in that
Iwar and served through it. He was :.rounded in the arm at
Fort Fanning, on the Suwannee river. Later in the forties
he moved to Hernando County, and in 1851 he came to Hills-
borough. In 1857 he homesteaded and settled upon the tract
:of land on the "Robles Pond," a lake which took its name
From him. It has now been drained and lies in the northern
part of the city of Tampa. It is fast being built over.
The Robles homestead is now all included within the
'corporate limits of the city of Tampa. It embraced the
greater portion of the area lying between Michigan avenue
on the south, the Robles Pond on the north, Nebraska avenue
on the east and Florida avenue on the west. One of the sons
of the original homesteader, Judge i'rancis ":-. Robles, still
resides upon a portion of the tract, and other portions are
owned by two of his daughters, irs. Tanner and Mrs. Cuscaden.
Joseph Robles died in Tampa at the home of his daugh-
ter, Mrs. Fannie A. Cuscaden, on the 12th day of February,
1907, in the ninetieth year of his age. He had lived for
fifty years on the old homestead.
There were born to Joseph and Mary A. (Garrison) Ro-
bles ten children, seven sons and three daughters, and all
are living and in vigorous health at this -rriting, save one,
the eldest son, Michael F., who was a Confederate soldier
and died a prisoner in Camp Chase hear the close of the War
Between the States, after serving creditably through the
conflict, he having enlisted near its beginning.
The other children, in the order of their ages, are
as follows:
(2) John G., who married in succession three sisters,
whose family name was Cowart. Their Christian names were
Georgia, Jane and Julia. The first wife bore one son l-
!lim .,l who lias Wlliams. They have two daugh-
ters, Georgia and Lillas.

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