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* FOUNDING FLORIDA PIONEER SETTLERS & THEIR DESCENDANTS*

Updated May 14, 2013


WELCOME to my Southern home page! Y'all come on in! NEW UPDATES!! Be sure to check out the OLD FAMILY PHOTO and SKETCH LINKS on the MIDDLE of this page! Also, check links at BOTTOM of page for your family lines for additions or corrections. Please let me know of any NEW family ADDITIONS or CORRECTIONS, I need all of the help that I can get!

Inside these pages, are Southern family genealogies of the old founding Florida pioneer settlers and their descendants. These pioneers migrated from the colonial colonies and settled down in northeast Florida. Many were born here as native Floridians, when Florida was a Territory, before it became a state in 1845.

Like the beautiful old Spanish moss covered live oak trees, these special family's roots grow deep into Florida's sands of time. Our people fought and lived through the wars of the British, French, Indians, Spanish, and all of the World Wars. Letís pray that God will continue to Bless America in the future as he has in the past! "In GOD We Trust!Ē

Be sure to visit our web page, WEST NASSAU GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, INC., CALLAHAN, FL, link at the bottom of the page and the Amelia Island Genealogical Society, Inc., web page.

Included is a link to Jerry Braddock's web page, "J. G. Braddock's Bloodline Back into History," below, on the EARLY Braddock ancestors. He also has links to "our Braddock cousins", Verna Campbell, and Nassau County's, Jan Jackson's, web page with other Braddock family and allied lines in our area.

***** FAMILY REUNIONS *****

CARROLL FAMILY REUNION, HILLIARD FL. Will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013, ll:00 a.m. at Mill Creek Fellowship Hall, located at Carroll's Corner, Hilliard FL. Bring your memorabiiia and food for good fellowship! For information, call 904-879-2423.

HIGGINBOTHAM - BRADDOCK FAMILY REUNION, will be held the third Saturday in October, Callahan, FL, at Grumpy & Dot Higginbotham's place,
12:00 noon until.... Their address is: 46098 Grumpy Way, Callahan, FL 32011-3538. Bring your favorite covered dishes and also bring any old family photos and family history that you may have to share. For more information, contact Dot Higginbotham 904-626-5554.

HODGES FAMILY REUNION, HILLIARD, FL. Contact Wade Hodges 904-845-7640.

HODGES FAMILY REUNION, ST. GEORGE GA. Contact Effie Crawford Patrick Ph: 904-786-0885.

KEEN FAMILY REUNION is the fourth Sunday in OCTOBER. New reunion location is the Callahan Masonic Lodge 32, Callahan FL. DIRECTIONS to Callahan Lodge: One block South on Highway U.S. #1 from the intersection of Hwy's US1, US 301 and AIA, State Road 200. The lodge is located one block East of Hwy US1 on Frank Brookins Drive, behind the Fire Station.

Bring enough food for your family and a little extra for the covered dish luncheon at 12:30 until......... Tell your family & bring any old family PHOTOS, DOCUMENTS, & HISTORY to share! Contact Charlotte Johnson <cj.phase2@hotmail.com> or Jean Mizell <Jeanhmz@yahoo.com>.

KEENE FAMILY REUNION, FOLKSTON, GA. Contact Elizabeth Keene Phillips - 904-879-0870. This year the reunion will be April 27th in Homeland, but I don't have an address. Location may change next year.

PICKETT FAMILY REUNION, PICKETTVILLE, FL - is the first Sunday in OCTOBER, 12:30 P.M., Pickett Club House on Lane Avenue at Old Kings Road. Dinner will be served at 1:15 P.M. Bring enough food for your family and a little extra, and your favorite beverage. Contact Natalie Pickett Pittman Ph: 904-781-7481, Linda Pickett Moffett Ph: 904-221-1550, Larry James Pickett 904-249-9868, <pickandpat@juno.com>.



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Jean H. Mizell

45120 Dorman Place
Callahan, Florida 32011
United States
jeanhmz@yahoo.com


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  • Willis Aaron Hodges 1812-1886 Tattn & Charlt Co GA (29 KB)
    Willis Aaron Hodges, born Tattnall Co., GA, Aug. l, 1812,, was the ancestor and progenerator of most all of the Hodges families that settled in Moniac Charlton Co., GA, and the Northeast FL. area of Nassau and Duval Co., FL. Willis was son of William Hodges. He and his brother William R. Hodges came to Camden Co. as young men and married there. Willis married Feb. 23, 1843, in Camden Co., GA., to Mehalia Johns, born 1827 in Camden Co., daughter of George Johns and his wife Anna. They had fifteen children. The history of Willis Aaron's life portrays him as a "rough and ready" frontier man, was an Indian fighter, and served several enlistment's in the Indian Wars. His first wife died about 1880, Mr. Hodges married Mrs. Basheby Gainey, said to be a Cherokee Indian, born Jan.10, 1845, in Ware Co., died in Charlton Co., GA, Nov. 3, 1931. Two children were born by her. Willis Aaron Hodges died Aug. 7, 1886, age 74 years, only a few months after the birth of his 17th child. He was buried in Canaday Cemetery near Moniac, Charlton Co. GA.
  • Nathaniel 1810-1875 & Hester A Braddock Wilds III (187 KB)
    Capt. Nathaniel Wilds, III, born 1810, Nassau Co,, Florida, married Hester Ann Braddock, May 13,1831, in Camden Co., GA. She was born 1813 Nassau Co., FL and died 1891, Nassau Co., FL, a daughter of John David and Martha Christopher Braddock of Nassau Co. FL. They settled at Wilds landing, where Capt. Nat, as he was called, helped his father, Nathaniel Wilds, II, operate a ferry. The ferry crossing was operated for more than 70 years, until the bridge was built across the St. Marys River. The crossing of Wilds landing was a primary gateway to FL for more that a hundred years.
  • Bathsheba Heath Gainey Hodges 1845-1931 (28 KB)
    Bathsheba Heath and her three siblings were living in the household of Henry E. and Olive Ganiney in the 1860 Charlton Co GA Census. The census states her age as 10 and her siblings were younger. Alex Eldry Hodges, son of Grover Cleveland Hodges, said he was the grandson of Bashie Heath, a full-blooded Indian girl. She was left in the area during the 1800s by her parents. "She had eight children by three different men, so there are a lot of us tough half breeds around here," he said. Bathsheba is buried in Emannus Cemetery Charlton Co GA.
  • Spicer C. Braddock, 1869 - 1944 Nas Co FL (370 KB)
    Sicer C. Braddock, son of, Hutto Loudner and Louisa Higginbotham Braddock, Sr., married Dora Amanda Braddock, had seven children and lived in Hilliard, Nassau Co,, FL. Photo was donated by Donald G. Hagan, a grandson of Spicer C. Braddock.
  • James Aldridge Braddock, 1816-1883 (1 KB)
    James Aldridge Braddock, son of William Braddock and Charlotte Christopher Braddock, Nassau Co., FL. James Aldridge Braddock and his family, pioneers and cattlemen, left Nassauville, near Fernandina, FL, and settled in the Crescent City, FL. In the 1860's, James A. and sons owned huge herds of cattle, horses and hogs, all roving in this unfenced wild country. Another pioneer family, the Turners, were neighbors and there were many disputes over range rights and animals. This soon developed into a gunfight over some hogs in possession of the Turners, owned by the Braddocks. In the battle, Bill and Dave Turner were killed, as was John Braddock, the oldest, sixty years. John's widow, Ozilla, later married James Padgett and John's 36 caliber five shot Colt pistol, was in possession of her descendant, James Padgett of Crescent City, FL. This story was as told by a descendant, H. N. Braddock. James Aldridge served two enlistments in the Indian War in 1837. James is buried in Denver Putnam Co. FL cemetery.
  • Elizabeth Winnifred Haddock Braddock, 1822-1918 (14 KB)
    Elizabeth Winnifred Haddock was a daughter of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Higginbotham Haddock, born and married James Aldridge Braddock in Nassau Co. FL. She and her husband James moved and settled just south of Crescent City, Putnam Co. FL. where they raised their 12 children. Winnifred died in New Smyrna Beach and is buried in Edgewater Cemetery at New Smyrna Beach, FL. Her daughter, Martha Saphronia Braddock Bryan is also buried there.
  • John Seymore & Amanda Emma Flinn Pickett III SIW (145 KB)
    John Seymore Pickett, III, 1810-1889 b. Pickettville, Duval Co FL. Buried Plummer Cemetery Duval Co FL. Son of John Seymour Pickett, II & Maria Pons. Back row L-R: E. Cabot, Henry Clay, Unknown, Amanda Emma Flinn Pickett & John Seymour Pickett, III. Others are unknown.
  • James M. Keen 1809-1885 GA, Duv, Co, & Polk Co FL (153 KB)
    James M. Keen was the pioneer ancestor of most of the Keen/Keenes that lived in FL and south GA. He was born in Tattnall Co, GA, and was probably a son of David Keen of Tattnall Co., GA. and his first wife. James M. Keen was a private in the FL. Militia for three enlistments during the FL Seminole Indian Wars. James and Apsilla had 15 children, all being born before the Civil War. James died Sept. 29, 1895, at Polk Co., FL, and was buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Apsilla, his wife, died four years after her 15th child was born in 1856 in Columbia Co., FL. and was buried near Lake City, FL. James M. Keen was the grandfather of James Wesley Keen, born 1859. Photo was donated by Katherine Walker Worth.
  • Jerimiah Walker, Jr. 1838-1913 (19 KB)
    Jermiah Walker, son of Jeremiah and Nancy Dowling Walker was born in Ware Co, GA. Sometime prior to 1858 he moved to New River Co., FL. He married Martha M. Tumblin, daughter of James and Jane Tumblin on September 22, 1858 in Baker Co., FL. Martha Tumblin was born in GA. Jeremiah Walker enlisted in Captain John Harvey's Company D, 1st FL Cavalry, Confederate Army on October 18, 1861. He served in Tennessee and was discharged December 22, 1864. During the middle of the 1870's Jeremiah Walker moved his family to Brevard Co., now Osceola Co. He died at Basinger FL in 1913.
  • Aaron James Higginbotham, CSA 1832-1910 (39 KB)
    Aaron James Higginbotham was born in Alachua Co FL and died in Levy Co FL. Aaron married first Martha Beck Hudson. On July 8 1861 Aaron enlisted at Fernandina Jacksonville) in FL 2nd Inf. Co. K and later transferred to Co. G because of wounds. He was discharged September 10, 1862. He's on record as being 6 ft, dark skin & hair, grey eyes, occupation: farmer. He did say he had been in 3 major battles, one of which was Bull Run. This is thought to be the 2nd Manasses and occurred in August of 1862. He enlisted December 24, 1862 "when he got to feeling better." Aaron served in the Fla 9th Infantry Co A during the Civil War and lost his right arm at the elbow, at Bay Port, Febrary 1863. This was as he stated "from a cannon ball bursting beside him." On April 26, 1863 he was discharged by surgeon's certificate at Bayport. Despite this, he was listed as absent on all rolls and listed as AWOL since October 5, 1864. He was shot in the right leg twice, this leg was 6 inches shorter and he was nearly blind. In 1870 he married Martha E. McEwen in Alachua Co FL. Aaron and Martha only had 1 child and her name was Georganna Lenora Higginbotham. Martha died in 1906. On July 7/18/1908 he married Roxie Ann Lee. Aaron first applied for a pension (because of his disability) July 6, 1885 and was approved July 22, 1885. Pictured with James A. are his 3 grandchildren John, Joseph and Leona Hogan.
  • James Wesley Keen, 1859-1936 (60 KB)
    James Wesley Keen was born before the Civil War, in Charlton Co., GA, son of David Myre and Nancy Walker Keen. His father, David, served in the Civil War. He married Charity Mary Jane Tanner, born Jan. 1, 1856, daughter of John "Josh" Tanner and Eliza Bradley Tanner. They had 14 children. He made his living as a farmer and a timberman in Nassau Co FL. He built a large two story home on Ratliff Road and also had a commissary nearby. He owned the first sawmill in the Keen settlement, and owned around 4,000 acres of land, James mapped out the way for the Georgia Southern Railroad to be placed through the Keen settlement. He was elected County Commissioner for Nassau Co., in 1916 and served for 16 years. James and Charity M. J. Keen are buried in the Keen cemetery Nassau Co FL. Photo made about 1921.
  • Joseph Alexander Higginbothan 1792-1875 Nas Co FL (19 KB)
    Joseph Alexander Higginbotham was a son of Burris and Isabella Donna Incy? Higginbotham of Camden Co. GA, and Nassau Co. FL. He married Mary Ann (Polly) Pinkham about 1811, in GA and they reared their 12 children on his 300 acre Spanish land grant situated on Spell Swamp, a branch of the St. Marys River in Duval Co., FL, in 1815(now Nassau Co. FL). After Fl became a territory, Joseph A. was a member of the Fl legislature at least twice. They were living in Nassau Co. FL, in the 1840 census. It is listed in Index Confirmed Claims FL Spanish Land Grants. Joseph died in Yulee, Nassau Co., FL, and he and Mary Ann are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Nassau Co., FL.
  • Joseph Decatur Braddock 1846-1935 Nas Co FL (19 KB)
    Joseph Decatur Braddock was a son of James Aldridge and Elizabeth Winnifred Haddock Braddock. He was born in Nassau Co., FL, and married Louisa J. Bright in Putnam Co., FL. They made their home in Putnam Co., FL, and had nine children. Joseph died in Crescent City, Putnam Co., FL.
 

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