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Native American History of Holmes County, Florida

Holmes County is located in northwestern Florida. It is named after a Creek mikko (chief) named Holmes, who settled in the region, but was killed by Andrew Jackson’s army in 1818. Its northern boundary is the Geneva County, AL line. Its eastern boundary is Jackson County, FL. To the west is Holmes County, FL and the south, is Calhoun County, FL. Its southern boundary is Washington County, FL, while its western boundary is Walton County Florida. Its county seat is Bonafay. The Choctawhatchee River flows through the center of Holmes County and flows southward into Washington County. Much of Holmes County is in its drainage basin. The original Creek name of the Choctawhatchee River was probably, Chakato-hachi (=Chatot River,) but was misinterpreted by English-speaking settlers to be Choctawhatchee. Holmes Creek and Ecofina Creek are other major streams in the county. The Gulf Coastal Plain stretching from Mobile, AL to Cedar Key, FL was known as Am-Ixchel by Native Americans, when first explored by the Spaniards in the 1500s. The word was written as Amichel in Castilian and means “Place of the Moon Goddess” in Chontal Maya. This evidence along with many surviving Itza and Chontal Maya place names in Georgia and the Southern Highlands, suggests that the sea-going Chontal Maya merchants were familiar with present day northwestern Florida. Although most popular literature describes the aboriginal occupants of Holmes as being Muskogee-Creeks, these Native peoples were immigrants, who entered Florida along with other branches of the Creeks in the 1700s and early 1800s. Because of population and territorial losses among other Creek branches, the Muskogee-Creeks came to dominate a confederacy...

Holmes County Florida Cemetery Records

Florida Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Florida county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Holmes County Cemetery Records Hosted at Holmes County Florida FLGenWeb Project Inc Master Cemetery Index Index A-L Index M-Z Alberson Cemetery Andrews Cemetery Restoration photos Banfill Cemetery Bethany Cemetery Bethel Cemetery Bethlehem Cemetery Beulah Anne Baptist Cemetery Bonifay Cemetery Bonifay (Colored) Cemetery Bradley Cemetery Braxton Cemetery Brown Cemetery Brownell Cemetery Broxton Cemetery Camp Ground Cemetery Photos Old Camp Ground Cemetery Carmel Cemetery Cedar Grove Cemetery Corinth Cemetery Double Springs Cemetery Dyson Cemetery East Mt Zion Photos East Pittman Esto Cemetery Esto Community (City) Cemetery Evergreen Cemetery Faith Cemetery Forehand Cemetery French Cemetery Geneva County, Alabama Cemeteries Black Cemetery Eden Baptist Church Cemetery Leddon Cemetery Liberty Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery New Home Church Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church Traveler’s Rest Church Green Cemetery Grice Cemetery Gully Springs Cemetery Harris Chapel Cemetery Hewett Cemetery Hickory Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Holt (Colored) Cemetery Hurricane Creek Cemetery Izagora Cemetery Kelly Cemetery Leonia Baptist Cemetery Liberty Hill Cemetery Little Rock Cemetery Live Oak Cemetery Photos Mathis Cemetery Mavie Cemetery Midway Cemetery Miscellaneous Cemetery Extracts Mount Carmel Cemetery Mount Ida Cemetery Mount Olive Cemetery Photos  Anderson Photos Mount Zion Methodist – same as East Mt Zion New Bayview Cemetery New Effort Cemetery New Hope Cemetery Newton Cemetery New Zion Cemetery Noma Cemetery Oak Grove Cemetery Otter Creek Cemetery Old Otter Creek Cemetery Padgett Cemetery Pate Cemetery Pine Hill Cemetery – (Smith Cemetery in WPA survey) Pleasant...

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