Hillsborough County, Florida


1815 - 1883

Jacob N. Driggers was born in Bulloch County, Georgia in September, 1815 son of William and Millie (Lastinger) Driggers and grandson of Jonas Driggers, Revolutionary Soldier. Prior to 1830 the Driggers family migrated to Lowndes County settling on the east side of the Alapaha River near the present town of Stockton.

About 1840 Jacob N. Driggers married Nancy (Jernigan) Glisson. She was born about 1820 (according to her tombstone) and had been married to Bryant Glisson. Children of Jacob & Nancy Driggers:

1. Dennis Driggers, born 1841 in Lowndes County, Georgia.

2. Mary Ann "Polly" Driggers, born 1843; married James Kirkland on August 26, 1858 in Hillsborough County, Florida.

3. Jacob Driggers, born November 16, 1844 in Hamilton County, Florida; died November 3, 1926; married Ella Underhill March 18, 1864.

4. James W. Driggers, born May 9, 1846; died December 1, 1924; married Ellen __________.

5. Nancy A. Levina "Venie" Driggers, born 1847; married Simeon Johnson March 29, 1868 in Manatee County, Florida.

6. Matthew M. Driggers, born 1849; married Liza Jane Underhill on February 13, 1877.

7. Simeon A. Driggers, born 1851; married Martha Jane Swain April 22, 1880.

8. Martha Jane Driggers, born November 7, 1854; died June 19, 1915; married on March 19, 1871, David E. Waldron, Jr. son of David E. and Mary (Thompson) Waldron.

9. Joshua A. Driggers, born 1859; married Mary J. Burnett, December 24, 1882.

Jacob N. Driggers enlisted as a private at Jasper, Florida in Captain William C. Newbern's Company in General Floyd's Regiment of Georgia Mounted Volunteers and served from September 20th to December 20th, 1839. At the time of enlistment he gave his age as 28 years, height 5' 10", blue eyes, black hair, light complexion and occupation was farming. His name does not appear on company rolls but Captain W. C. Newbern later certified that Jacob served in his company of Georgia Volunteers and Jacob was able to receive his Bounty Land Warrant #96,269 for 160 acres.

Jacob Driggers was listed in the 1840 Lowndes County, Georgia census. Prior to 1844 the family settled in north Florida in Hamilton County, and before 1858 they moved further south and settled in the Alafia River area in 1860 census, along with James & Polly (Driggers) Kirkland, J. T. Wilson, Seth Howard, Henry Tilman, Jessee Hyers, Michael Alderman and Isaac Carlton.

In the mid-1860's Jacob settled in Manatee County. He was listed there in the 1870 census in Township 36, living with his son-in-law, Simpson (actually Simeon) Johnson. Residing in this household were Simpson, his wife Lavina & their son William, age 1, Jacob & Nancy and their children Mathew, Simeon, Martha & Joshua and a black man, John Waldron, age 36. Living next door was Jacob & Ella Driggers and their son Henry, age 3.

J. N. Driggers paid taxes on 40 acres of land in 1870. Jacob, Dennis and S. A. Driggers were also listed as taxpayers that year in Manatee County. In 1871 Jacob N. paid taxes on 40 acres, 100 cattle and 50 hogs. In 1872 he paid taxes on 50 cattle, 30 hogs and 40 acres which was described as being located in the NE 1/4 of Section 24 in Township 35, Range 28 East. This area is located south of Sebring and west of Lake Istokpoga near Lake Josephine.

Jacob N. Driggers died February 1883 at Palmetto, Florida. Place of burial is not known. Mrs. Driggers later settled in Polk County. On March 16, 1897 she made a claim for a widow's pension under the Act of July 27, 1892 based on her husband's service during the Indian Wars in Captain Newbern's Company. She gave her age as about 85 years and her residence as Pebble, Polk County, Florida. Her claim was rejected for lack of evidence of her husband's service. Mrs. Nancy Driggers died June 14, 1900 and was buried in Mount Olive Cemetery in Polk County.

SOURCES: 1860 Hillsborough County, Florida census; 1870 Manatee County, Florida census; Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Folks Huxford, Volume 1, Page 74, Volume 3, Page 367; Family Bible Record of Jesse L. Waldron, Fort Meade, Florida. Hillsborough County marriage records; Manatee County marriage and tax records; "Jacob Driggers 1844-1926 in South Florida Pioneers, Issue #29/30; Mount Olive Cemetery.

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