Location: Jackson County FL

Native American History of Jackson County, Florida

Native American History of Jackson County, FL through 1800 AD Jackson County is located in northwestern Florida.  Its northern boundary is the Alabama line. Its eastern boundary is the Chattahoochee River and the southwestern tip of Georgia.  To the west is Holmes County, FL and the south, is Calhoun County, FL.  The Chipola River flows through the center of the county and flows southward into Washington County.  Much of Jackson County is in its drainage basin.  The Ecofina River begins in the southwestern corner of the county and also flows southward into Washington 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 Jackson 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...

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Slave Narrative of Bill Austin

Interviewer: Martin Richardson Person Interviewed: Bill Austin Location: Greenwood, Florida Bill Austin – he says his name is NOT Williams – is an ex-slave who gained his freedom because his mistress found it more advantageous to free him than to watch him. Austin lives near Greenwood, Jackson County, Florida, on a small farm that he and his children operate. He says that he does not know his age, does not remember ever having heard it. But he must be pretty old, he says, “cause I was a right smart size when Mistuh Smith went off to fight.” He thinks he may be over a hundred – and he looks it – but he is not sure. Austin was born between Greene and Hancock Counties, on the Oconee River, in Georgia. He uses the names of the counties interchangeably; he cannot be definite as to just which one was his birthplace. “The line between ’em was right there by us,” he says. His father was Jack; for want of a surname of his own he took that of his father and called himself Jack Smith. During a temporary shortage of funds on his master’s part, Jack and Bill’s mother was sold to a planter in the northern part of the state. It was not until long after his emancipation that Bill ever saw either of them again. Bill’s father Jack...

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Slave Narrative of Patience Campbell

Interviewer: James Johnson Person Interviewed: Patience Campbell Location: Monticello, Florida Patience Campbell, blind for 26 years, was-born in Jackson County, near Marianna, Florida about 1883 (sic) on a farm of George Bullock. Her mother Tempy, belonged to Bullock, while her father Arnold Merritt, belonged to Edward Merritt, a large plantation owner. According to Patience, her mother’s owner was very kind, her father’s very cruel. Bullock had very few slaves, but Merritt had a great many of them, not a few of whom he sold at the slave markets. Patience spent most of her time playing in the sand when she was a child, while her parents toiled in the fields for their respective owners. Her grandparents on her mother’s side belonged to Bullock, but of her father’s people she knew nothing as “they didn’t come to this country.” When asked where they lived, she replied “in South Carolina.” Since she lived with her mother, Patience fared much better than had she lived with her father. Her main foods included meats, greens, rice, corn bread which was replaced by biscuits on Sunday morning. Coffee was made from parched corn or meal and was the chief drink. The food was cooked in large iron pots and pans in an open fireplace and seasoned with salt obtained by evaporating sea water. Water for all purposes was drawn from a well. In order...

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Jackson 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. Jackson County Cemetery Records Hosted at Jackson County Florida Genealogy Website Alford Cemetery Antioch AME Church Cemetery, African American Barfield Cemetery Bascom Assembly of God Bascom Baptist Church Cemetery Bascon Methodist Chruch Cemetery Bazzell Cemetery Samuel C Bellamy Family Cemetery Bellamy African American Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery,  African American Bethlehem Baptist Church, Kynesville Bird Family Cemetery Boone Family Cemetery Braxton Cemetery Braxton Cemetery Bright Prospect Cemetery Bright Prospect Cemetery Bright Prospect Cemetery, Pictures and GPS Bruner, James W Buena Vista (may be Bazzell – near Lovedale) Campbellton Cemetery Carpenter Cemetery Caraway Cemetery Carraway Family Cemetery Cartledge Family Cemetery Cartledge Family Cemetery Cedar Grove Cemetery Chambliss Family Cloud Cemetery Collins Mill Cemetery Collins Mill Cemetery Comerford  – Pelt Cemetery Compas Lake Cemetery Cook and Beauchamp Family Cemetery Coonrod/Conrad Cemetery Cottondale Cemetery Cottondale First Baptist Church Cemetery First Baptist Church Cottondale, History and Pictures Coulliette Cemetery Couliette Cemetery, notice difference in spelling of name Coulliette Cemetery Cow Pen Pond Cemetery Cow Pen Pond Cemetery Pictures Crutchfield Cemetery Cypress Community Cemetery Cypress Grove Assembly of God Church Cemetery Damascus Baptist Church Graceville Damascus Freewill Baptist Cemetery Damascus Freewill Baptist Cemetery Dellwood...

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Walker, John C. – Obituary

John C. Walker, 44, Grand Ridge, Fla., died April 4, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Hospital E.R., Baker City, Ore. Arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, Baker City, Ore. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, April, 2007 Transcribed by: Belva...

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