Polk County, Florida


1844 - 1939

Alfred Washington Lunn was born in Decatur County, Georgia March 25, 1844 to John and Elishabeth Lunn. He grew up in Decatur County. On August 15, 1863 he enllisted as a private in Captain Charles G. Campbell's Independent Company Seige Artillery in the Confederate States Army. He served until the end of the war and was paroled from this unit May 18, 1865 at Tallahassee, Florida.

According to family tradition, in 1868 he and two of his sisters, Angelina and Sabra Ann Missila, came to Florida settling in the Plant City area. After about one year he moved to Medulla in Polk County near Lakeland, Florida. Under the Homestead Act of 1862 he was granted two tracts of land of 119 acres each on Patents G 99, January 22, 1884 and R 309, June 5, 1893. Both tracts were located near Medulla on the present day Lunn Road. Mr. Lunn was a farmer.

On September 8, 1870 Alfred married Julia McClelland in Polk County. She was born about 1840 in Hamilton County, Florida to Silas and Penelope (Anderson) McClelland. To them was born one son:

1. George W. Lunn, born September 19, 1871; married 1st, Mabel Maxwell October 14, 1903 in Polk County; married 2nd, Carrie Collier, December 22, 1909 in Polk County; died December 6, 1959 and was buried in Fitzgerald Cemetery, south of Lakeland, Florida.

After Julia's death about 1872 Alfred W. Lunn married Mary Ann Lewis May 2, 1877, who was born November 22, 1853. To them were born the following children:

1. James Smiley Lunn, born December 1878; married Anna B. Fortner March 13, 1902; he died December 13, 1961 and was buried in the Hopewell Cemetery.

2. Mary Ella Lunn, born June 1879; married Jesse Milton Burson, February 28, 1901, Polk County; she died October 16, 1963 and was buried in Fitzgerald Cemetery.

3. Penny (Penelope) Lunn, born March 1882; married William Schmehl, Jr., October 24, 1911 (application for license was made April 16, 1910 but no explanation has been found for 18 months between application and date of marriage); she died in 1913 and was buried in the Lunn Cemetery, near Lunn Road southwest of Medulla, Florida.

4. David L. Lunn, born February 10, 1884; married Anna (or Annie) Lee Clements October 24, 1920, Polk County; died May 7, 1956 and was buried in Fitzgerald Cemetery.

5. Henry Bartram Lunn, born December 18, 1885; married Maggie Hazel English, June 21, 1911; died March 3, 1961 and was buried in Fitzgerald Cemetery.

After Alfred's father-in-law, Silas McClelland's death in 1875, his mother-in-law, Penelope McClelland moved into his household. Mr. Lunn took care of her herd of cattle of about seventy head until her death in 1883.

Mary Lunn, Alfred's second wife, died January 11, 1886 and was buried in the Lunn Cemetery.

Alfred applied for a pension to the State of Florida, February 10, 1908, based on his service in the Civil War, and was awarded a pension of $100 per year on certificate #6824 which was later raised to $120 per year on July 21, 1909. Alfred W. Lunn died at age of 95 years on May 6, 1939 and was buried in the Lunn Cemetery beside his second wife.

SOURCES: 1840 Hamilton County, Florida, 1860 Decatur County, Georgia; 1850 & 1860 Hillsborough County, Florida, 1870, 1880, 1900 Polk County, Florida; Clerk of Court records, Polk County, Florida; Alfred W. Lunn's Civil War pension application, Florida Archives; Headstone inscriptions, Fitzgerald & Lunn cemeteries; Lunn family Bible;


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