Polk County, Florida


1803 - 1873

James Hayman was born in Georgia c1803, son of Henry Hayman. He married Delila Martin on January 24, 1822 in Bryan County, Georgia at her father, James Martin's house.

Their children:

1. Jeremiah Madison Hayman, born December 28, 1822 in Bryan County, Georgia; married in Alachua County on August 27, 1846, Martha Jane Carlton, daughter of Alderman & Martha Maria (Alderman) Carlton.

2. James H. Hayman, born December 6, 1829

3. Rebecca Hayman, born 1833

4. Martha Hayman, born September 21, 1834

5. Mary Hayman, born 1836

6. Emma C. Hayman, born May 30, 1839, married ________ Blackshear

7. William C. Hayman, born November 24, 1841; married on December 14, 1865 Mrs. Sarah (Carlton) Hooker, daughter of Alderman & Martha Maria (Alderman) Carlton and widow of Stephen P. Hooker.

8. Delila Jane Hayman, born September 30, 1844; married ________ Johnson.

9. Sebron (Seaborn) Goodall Hayman, born September 30, 1846; married on February 17, 1868 in Polk County, Edna Dishong.

10. Emanuel Martin Hayman, born April 24, 1849; married on April 12, 1888 in Polk County, Mrs. Annie Elizabeth (Sturges) Bunch.

11. Lavina Anne Hayman, born February 5, 1855; married John Chapman

James Hayman and his family lived in Bryan County, Georgia about 30 miles west of Savannah. James enlisted as a private in the company commanded by Captain M. C. Livingston in the Regiment of U. S. Volunteers commanded by Col. William Bailey. He enlisted at San Pedro in Madison County, Florida in March of 1837 and served until September 15, 1837 when he was mustered out at Fort Brooke. At the time of his enlistment, he was described as 5' 10" with blue eyes, black hair and light complexion. In October of 1837, James Hayman moved his family to Madison County and he remained a resident of Florida for the rest of his life. He served three more enlistments during the Indian Wars: February 12, 1838 to August 12, 1838; August 12, 1838 to November 12, 1838; and from August 19, 1839 to September 20, 1839 - name of commander not given.

The Hayman family moved to the present day Hernando County area in 1841. James received 160 acres of land under the Armed Occupation Act. It was described as follows: "Beginning at a corner on a stake and running due north forty chains to a corner, thence running due east forty chains to a corner, thence running due south forty chains to a corner, thence running due wesst forty chains to the place of beginning. Being in about a mile & a half N. N. E. of Lake Lindsey and in about three quarters of a mile of Scott's Road and between seven and eight miles of Chicuchatta Settlement." The registration was dated February 27, 1843.

In October of 1850, James Hayman applied for and received a bounty land warrant for 160 acres in Hernando County. He moved to Polk County about 1868 living in the Bartow and Homeland areas. He died at Homeland on October 16, 1873 from a long and severe case of chronic articular rheumatism involving both bladder and kidney. A. Smoot Johnston was the attending physician. He was buried in the Oak Hill cemetery at Bartow.

Mrs. Delila Hayman lived with her children at Bartow in Polk County and at Owens in DeSoto County. She applied for and received a pension of $8.00 a month based on her husband's service in Captain Livingston's Company during the Indian Wars. Mrs. Hayman died at Floral City on March 31, 1894, aged 87 years.

SOURCES: Widow's pension application; census: 1850 Benton County, Florida; Polk County marriages; Armed Occupation Act application; A MEMORIAL SKETCH OF REVEREND J. M. HAYMAN by O. J. Frier, 1901; Obituary of Mrs. Delila Hayman; Hayman family info collected by Miss Lillian Carpenter.


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