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Native American History of Washington County, Florida

Washington County is located in northwestern Florida. It is named after President George Washington. Its northern boundary is the Holmes County, FL. Its northeastern boundary is Jackson County, FL. To the west is Walton County, FL and the south, is Bay County, FL. The Choctawhatchee River flows through the center of Washington County and flows southward into Bay County. Much of Washington 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. Another major stream is Holmes Creek, which also flows out of Holmes County. Washington County contains well over a hundred natural freshwater lakes. They are concentrated in the north central and southeast section of 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 Washington 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 of Native provinces in the Lower Southeast in the late 1700s. The actual Muskogee-Creeks...

Washington 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. Hosted at Washington County, Florida USGenWeb Archives Barfield Cemetery Blue Pond Cemetery Cravey Cemetery Cypress Creek Cemetery Double Pond Cemetery Dunn-Raley Cemetery Ebenezer Cemetery Ebenezer Cemetery Falling Waters Cemetery Gainer Cemetery Gap Pond Cemetery Haddock Cemetery Hicks Family Cemetery Kent Cemetery Live Oak Cemetery Moss Hill Cemetery Oaky Ridge Cemetery Orange Hill Cemetery Pleasant Hill Cemetery Potter Cemetery Rock Hill Church Cemetery Strickland Cemetery Vernon Cemetery Wells Cemetery Woods Cemetery Hosted at Washington County Florida USGenWeb Washington Co FL Tomb Index Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Master Cemetery Index Barfield Cemetery Barrow Cemetery Bethel Primitive Baptist Cemetery Bethel Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Blue Lake Baptist Cemetery Blue Pond Cemetery Bonnet Pond Cemetery Burke Memorial Cemetery Calvary Cemetery Caryville Cemetery Clarkston Cemetery Cravey Cemetery Cypress Cemetery Double Pond Cemetery Dunn-Raley Cemetery East Side Baptist Cemetery Ebenezer Cemetery Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery Ebro Cemetery Everett Cemetery Falling Waters Cemetery Ferguson Cemetery Flat Creek Cemetery Gainer Cemetery Gap Pond Cemetery Glenwood, Part One  Original Glenwood, Part Two Northeast Section Glenwood, Part Three   Southeast Section Glenwood, Part Four  Northwest Section Glenwood, Part Five  Southwest Section Glenwood, Part Six   From Newspaper Obituaries Glenwood, Part Seven  Indian War and Civil War Markers Greenhead – Dykes Cemetery Hard Labor Cemetery Hardy Cemetery Hicks – Flat Creek Cemetery Kent Cemetery Keown Family Cemetery Lakeview Cemetery Leigh Cemetery Liberty Cemetery Limestone Cemetery...

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