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Adams, Alto
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Adkison, Britton
Adkison, D.C.
Adkison, George
Adkison, James
Adkison, John
Adkison, Thomas
Alford, Burler
Allison, Fennie
Anderson, Alexander

Anderson, Archibald

Andrews, Edward
Andrews, Jr., Edward
Andrews, Merry
Ansley, Joseph

Arrants Family

Alto and Carra (Williams) Adams
Former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court

Alto Lee Adams was born January 31, 1899, Walton County, youngest child of Lenver Adams (1859-1935) and Octaina Crosby (1875-1968).  Attending grammar school in Glendale, Alto was persuaded by his principal to continue his education, going to high school in DeFuniak.  After high school, Alto enrolled in a law school at the University of Florida, working as a janitor for his board and fees.  He enlisted in the Navy as an apprentice seaman during WWII, serving a short time.  Returning to college, Alto graduated and was admitted to the bar in 1921.

Alto moved to Pensacola for three years, being advised by another young lawyer and future state Senator John P. Stokes to move to south Florida, which Alto did, settling in Ft. Pierce.  There he rented a cheap office, fashioned a desk out of an old kitchen table and hung out his shingle.  Finding a lost pocket book, Alto took it to the local newspaper where they inserted a "found" ad and wrote a story with the headline, "Honest Lawyer Comes to Town."  This was the beginning of his career as a highly successful lawyer.

On June 28, 1925, Alto married his childhood sweetheart, Carra Williams.  Carra Manola was born November 30, 1900, Walton County, only child of Silas Lee Williams (1877-1937) and Mary Katherine King (1879-1937).  Mary King was the daughter of Dr. John Franklin King and Mary Elizabeth Laird, both from early pioneer families of Walton County.

In 1937, Governor Fred Cone appointed Alto to the State Welfare Board and a year later he became circuit judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.  Alto took the post as State Supreme Court Justice in 1940 and 1967, serving as chief justice 1949-51 and 1967-68.  In 1951, he ran for Governor with Dan McCarty the victor.

Coming from a farming family, Alto invested in land, becoming a successful farmer and rancher.  He had 70,000 acres in Ft. Pierce of cattle and citrus groves, and 33,000 acres in Osceola County, with satellite ranches in New Mexico and Texas.  After retiring, Alto wrote two books.

While Alto was busy with his practice and farming, Carra was always beside and for him.  Carra was a gracious hostess and happy to see her Walton relatives and friends.  Alto and Carra were the parents of two children:  Alto Lee, Jr. (b.1926, father of three sons) and Carra Elaine Adams (b. 1928, mother of four sons).

Alto Lee Adams died February 20, 1988, being buried at the family plot at Adams Ranch west of Ft. Pierce.  Over 400 gathered to pay their last respects to the 89 year old former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court.  Carra Williams Adams died October 1992 in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Marla Dooley


Joel Shafter Adams, Sr. Family
Joel Shafter Adams (called Shafter) was born in Kinston, Al to Hulin Adams and Irene Rebecca Brewer.  In 1904 his family moved to near Paxton, Fl.  Sallie Irene McCart (1905-1993) was born to William Thomas and Olive Iola Taylor.  Shafter and Sallie married December 1923, DeFuniak Sps., Fl and moved near Freeport, Fl where he had a job as manager of the "North Farm."  The farm grew pecans and satsumas and was owned by Mr. James Plew from Il.  At harvest, they were boxed and shipped to Chicago, Il.

The family had a large house, blacksmith shop, a large barn with a hay loft and a creek down the hill.  On the top of the barn was a large bird house for the martin birds.  There were horses, cows, pigs and chickens.  Life was good for the Adams family.  There were many wild flowers, birds, butterflies, wild berries, and a little creek to catch minnows and tadpoles.  Their children born in Freeport were Edna Faye, Joel S., Jr., Enid Ehron, Stillborn Girl, Gerald Olen, Shirley Raye, William Hulen and a Stillborn Boy.

They had many friends and family who shared fishing, hunting, and picnics with them.  Shafter's brother, Calvin Hollis Adams, wife Willie and children, Harold Lloyd, Winnie Faye, Calvin Evans, and Catherine lived nearby.  He was the "Ice Man."  They later moved to Ponce de Leon, then to Bagdad, Fl and had Ernestine and Robert Berdell.

Shafter's sister Elizabeth and husband Jake Mercer lived with them (1931-1932).  She was a teacher at Freeport, he was a well digger.  Sallie's sister Lucille and Shafter's sister Christine "Tennie" spent all of their summers at the farm with his family, and loved it.

Sallie's McCart and Ansley families lived nearby.  After a severe freeze, all the trees died and Shafter found a new job with the Florida State Road Dept.  He worked there until the Ansley's moved to Panama City, Fl.  Then Shafter took over the garage and moved his family into Freeport near the garage.

They were active members of the Freeport Baptist Church.  The children loved the school and church activities, riding bikes and swims in the creek, bay or gulf with friends.  Life was fun for the family, yet there were many sad times.  There fourth child was a Stillborn Girl (1929), Enid Ehron (1929-1930) died with diptheria.  In 1932, Joel S. Jr (1926-1987) was six years old, when on school grounds, a large steel roller used to pack clay on basketball courts, rolled over his body and crushed his hip.  After ten surgeries, he forever had one shorter leg.  Gerald Olen (1930-1941) was eleven when a rim our dad and others used in changing a tire flew off and fractured his skull and ruptured his intestines.  He lived one week in a Pensacola hospital.  Then on Easter Sunday (1941), William Hulen was born.  Then in (1942) they had a Stillborn Boy.  Later that year, Shafter took a Civil Service job at Pensacola NAS and Edna Fae married Goodloe T. Farrington.  In (1943) the Freeport School burned and Shirley Raye went to Point Washington School.  In April 1943, the family moved to Pensacola, FL.  They bought a home in the Myrtle Grove area and joined the Myrtle Grove Baptist Church.  In early 1944, Edna Faye, Goodloe and the baby moved to Myrtle Grove too.  Later that year, Sallie had another daughter, Janice Anita (1944) and later, another Stillborn Boy (1946).

After a long, good life, Shafter retired and enjoyed his vegetable garden and grandchildren.  He died after several years of melanoma cancer on his face.

Sallie enjoyed cooking for her large family and tending her flowers and veggies.  She suffered a stroke five years before her death.  They are both buried at Hatcher Cemetery, near Freeport, Fl., with their children.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Edna Fae (Adams) Farrington


Britton Tyre Adkison. Sr

Most of Adkison's in the northern part of Walton County came from South Carolina by way of some stopovers in Alabama.  Britton Tyre Adkison, Sr. was a captain in the Indian War in South Carolina. He enlisted as a private in the Wellborn's Alabama Mounted Vols in the war with the Creek Indians in 1836-37. Britton enlisted at Black Mills on the 8th day of May 1837 for a term of six months, and was honorably discharged at Black Mills on the 25th day of August 1837.

Family history has the Adkison's with a fiery temper and claimed that they had rather fight than eat. Early settlers crossed the Chattahoochee River at Eufaula on a ferry operated by Indians. Once while Britt was using this ferry, he became provoked at the ferry charges and quarreled with the Indians, striking a chief on the head with an iron stirrup, which ended the dispute. That night the women of the party were anxious, fearing the Indians treachery might attempt to harm them, but no trouble resulted. In the early days of the county, some cow hunters were ambushed and killed by a group of Indians at a campsite on Gum Creek. In relation to this incident, Britton and his son, Thomas Jefferson, were mentioned in the following publication:
Page 116 and 117 of 1840 History of Walton County 1911, by John McKinnon, "And then we hasten close on the tracks of the retreating Indians. We overtook. Surrounded and gave battle to them on a little creek not far from where it empties, into Shoal River. Below the Cawthon ford, called ever after that "Battle Creek" on account of the battle we had that day with the Indians. We killed or wounded and captured all these braves and some women and children they had along with them. We sent them the wounded and squaws with their children to Pensacola. We never lost a man. Tyre Adkison, father of our Jeff Adkison of Alaqua was a lieutenant in the Justice Company."

While Britton and many of his line lived and died just across the county line in Coffee County, Alabama, his son, Thomas Jefferson, and many of his 20 children, lived and died in Walton County. Most of these Adkison's are buried in either the Gum Creek Cemetery in Glendale, or the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery and Alaqua.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Gene Jones


D.C Adkison
Daniel "Dorrie" Clayton Adkison, Sheriff, and Franklin Hendrix, a Prison Camp Guard, died at the hands of James Neal on April 7th 1938 at 1:30 a.m., in front of Neal's house.  So the story goes, that Neal, a Constable, arrested Frank (?) Adkison, brother to Clayton, earlier in the day of the 6th for possession of Moonshine.  Frank had a (license) tag on his car that belonged to Clayton.  Frank feared that his arrest and the use of his brother's tag would cause most folks to think that Clayton was behind the whisky business and subsequently ruin his political career.

Around midnight on the 6th, Neal got a call from the McCall's Cafe.  The proprietor said that a man who would not give his name asked that he come and intervene in a disturbance.  Neal, fearing that it was a setup, refused to go.  Some time later, Paul Drake reported seeing Adkison and Hendrix at the Cafe, saying that Franklin was drunk and Clayton, drinking.  Around 1:30 a.m. on the 7th the duo arrived at Neal's house.  Shortly thereafter, shots rang out and Clayton lay dead and Franklin dying.  Neal claimed that the two had jumped him, and fearing for his life, (he) killed Adkison and Hendrix in self-defense.

Another version of this story is that Neal was backing the whisky business and conspired to kill the Sheriff.  Clayton was shot through the heart and died instantly, his weapon unfired, was a .38, which was in his pants pocket.  It is unlikely that he had drawn his weapon and returned it to his pocket after he was shot.  Hendrix was unarmed and appeared to be trying to get away when (he was) shot.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Victor Silvestri / The DeFuniak Herald


George Washington Adkison

Born:  25 Apr 1883, in Walton Co., Florida
Died:  27 Sep 1952, in Walton Co., Florida

Burial:  Eucheeanna Valley Cemetery, Walton Co., Florida

George left home in 1895 at the age of 12 and traveled to Coffee Co., Alabama where he made his living as a sharecrop farmer.  George married Pheba Malissa Cody, a daughter of Frank and Emma Cody in 1906 in Coffee Co.  George and Pheba had 12 children, eight boys and four girls, three died in infancy.

Pheba's uncle, John Louis Cody, and George's father, James Littleton Adkison, served in the same company during the Civil War.  During a forced march after one battle, John Louis was exhausted and unable to continue.  James, who was a large man, hoisted John Louis on his shoulders and carried him in the rest of the way to camp. 

George had hurt his back when he was young, and suffered from sick spells as a result of some ailment of his heart.  George worked hard and was very strong in his upper body, for he tilled the soil by horse or oxen and the sweat of his brow.  George grew crops of corn, cotton and peanuts in the flood plains of the Pea River in Coffee Co., Alabama.

George was a peaceful man but he had a very bad temper.  His son, John, said, "I only saw one man that didn't fall down when he hit them.  The other was a man holding a knife and when daddy hit him, daddy was holding him up by the throat and wouldn't let him fall."  John said, "There was one place where we were living that ma would go next door to draw water.  The house was vacant and we had permission from the owner.  A family moved in during the night, unknown to the owner or us.  When ma went to the house the next morning to draw water, a woman came out and began cussing her.  Daddy was plowing close by, and hearing the commotion, stopped the horse and hopped over the fence.  A man came out of the house with a piston in his hand, daddy hit him and he dropped his gun and went down hard.  The man later that day ran into one of George's sons up town and told him what his father had done.  As in the timeless saying, "Like father, like son," the man received a thorough whipping for the second time that day for crossing his father."

One night George and his son John were returning from a fishing trip in the Choctawhatchee River Swamp.  George could not see well at night and traveled on foot aided by means of a lighter'd* torch.  As George led the way home, a lighter'd splinter dropped off on the torch and fell inside on George's shoe.  Now you need to understand it would be discomforting enough to have a wooden splinter inside your shoe, but to have one that was on fire, was another whole deal altogether.  You see the heat from the flame would have been bad enough, but when lighter'd burns the heat causes the pitch to boil out of the wood and burn white hot and stick to anything it touches.  George, throwing the torch down, yelped in pain, and started hopping around on one foot while pulling at the other.

Now with the torchlight lying on the ground, George's son, John, couldn't see what was going on.  All he knew was whatever his daddy had got in to, he didn't want no part of.  The problem was that John knew that his daddy had a bad temper, and despite his genuine concern for his daddy's misfortune, George was carrying on so, John got tickled.  It seemed that the more that John tried to keep him from laughing, the funnier it was to him.  As George sat on the ground rubbing his foot, he realized that John was almost in tears snickering and trying to keep from laughing.  After a pause, George told John to just go ahead and have a good laugh, "I know you want to anyway and you might as well get it over with."

Lighter'd is the heart of a Pine tree which contained a high concentration of "Pine Tar" that is highly flammable and is often used as a starter for other fires.

George, like his father, and his grandfather before him, migrated from Coffee Co., Alabama to Walton Co., Florida.  George returned to Walton, Co. in 1928 with his family and settled in the Darlington area where they lived out the rest of his days.  For some reason, the son had returned to Coffee Co. after the father of the preceding generation had made their permanent settling in Walton Co. only to return also to live out their final days.  George's sons will make the fourth generation in succession to make the Coffee Co. to Walton Co. migration.

Knowledge of George's life came from oral history told by his son, John, and grandson, J.W. Adkison.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Charles W. Adkison


James Littleton Adkison
James Littleton Adkison was born 3 August 1842, Coffee County, Alabama. He died 25 January 1921, Walton County, Florida and was buried in Pryor's Field, Darlington, Walton County, Florida.

James enlisted in the 33rd Alabama Infantry Company "A" and received gunshot wounds in the battle of Chickamauga and in the battle at New Hope Church.  During the war, James' regiment faced many hardships, not the least of which was the lack of food. At the point of starvation, James located some sheep and during the night he slipped into the pen and stole one to eat. The following night, James returned for a second sheep, but this time he found the farmer in the pen with the gun in hand. James appealed to the man's sense of humanity, explaining that if not for the sheep, the men would starve. Promising that if the farmer would let him take the sheep he would not return the following night, the farmer allowed him to go.
James wrote that he was captured by Sherman's Army at Columbus, Georgia, 12 days before the peace was declared, and that he was held in the Andersonville Prison until his release at Eufaula, Alabama, at which point he returned home.

James married Amanda Matilda Thomas, daughter of Lucretia and William Henry Thomas, Sr. The birth of James's first child three years after the close of the war. Throughout the war, one in three men would lose their lives. Another million would receive in some degree, a debilitating wound that they would carry with them the rest of their lives. Nevertheless, as high of a price that it was, the true price will never be known for if he had fallen in battle, his lineage would have ended, and our history would not be.

After the war, James lived in Coffee County, Alabama. One day in early 1874, James was walking along the road and was jumped by four men. James managed to fight them off and got away. James recognize the leader of the group, and went to his house and called for the man to come outside. When the man refused, James warned that if he did not come out, he would break the door down. The man again refused and James made good on his warning. James found the man in bed, and taking a hickory limb, beat him unmercifully.  After James returned home, the Sheriff came to arrest him. Sometime during the night, James noticed that when the bottom of the door moved out the top moved in. James stood to his feet and pushing out the bottom of the door, he grasped the top with his hands and tore it from its hinges. James carried the door of the jail out and laid it in the courthouse lawn. Mr. Noles, a crippled man, pleaded with James not to leave him behind. James noticed the buggy across the street, and placing Noles in the buggy, he started out of town pulling the buggy. As James neared the top of Elba Hill, he paused to catch his breath. Somehow the buggy got away from James and rolled down the hill and into the night, taking Mr. Noles with it. At this point, James took his leave of Mr. Noles and made for home. Upon arriving at home, he awoke his wife, loaded as many of their possessions in a wagon as they could, and made for the county line.

Sometime later James was arrested when he was accused of selling moonshine. James had to appear in Federal Court in Pensacola where he faced his accuser. James denied all charges and told the judge that the man was lying. James then offered that if the judge would give him a moment, he would make the man tell the court he was lying. The judge declined the offer and told James to settle down.  Later James boarded the train for DeFuniak Springs and made note of which car his accuser got in. When they reach the city of Milton, James came in the car on him. In defense, the man fired five shots, striking James twice in each hand and once in the ribs. James however was not deterred and gave him quite a beating. After reaching DeFuniak, the man was himself arrested for shooting James. When James heard of the arrest, he asked that he be released from jail and brought to him. James then told him that it would be best if they never met again.

Years later, James went to see John West and upon reaching the home, he knocked on the door. When West opened the door, James saw his accuser sitting in a chair. James went for the man and he for his gun. As the man raised his gun, James swung a chair, breaking the man's thumb. James turned and started for home and his gun. West warned the man that he should leave before James returned. The man expressed his disbelief that James would return. West said, " As sure as you seen that old white haired man go over that hill, you will see him return before the sun sets."  A short time later, seeing James coming over the hill, he escaped out West's back door.

Another time James was at a frolic in Darlington and got into an argument with a man, who cut him with a knife, causing his guts to spill out. James and Johnny Miller started to Geneva, Alabama, on horseback for the doctor. James told Miller that he was afraid that if he were to die on the way to the doctor, the people would say he was a coward. James returned to the frolic, and kicking a picket off the fence, went into the house, and knocked out one the man's eyes. James, now satisfied that he was marked for life, went to Geneva.

My knowledge of James's life came from oral history told by his grandson, John Adkison.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Charles W. Adkison


Rev. John William Adkison
Born 30 April 1914 in Coffee County, Alabama

My grandfather, John, is the son of Phebe Cody and George Washington Adkison, sharecroppers of Coffee County, Alabama. As the son of an Alabama sharecropper, John from childhood had become well acquainted with hard work. John was able to pick 300 lbs of cotton a day; the going rate of the day was a dollar for 100 lbs. At the age of 12, he walked from his home about 3 miles across the fields to Gus Stevenson's store to buy himself a pair of overalls. John earned some money from picking cotton, and was able to pay the total sum of $.98.  It is probable that John made his track barefoot.

During John's youth, he and one of his brothers would take turns attending church on Sundays. It seems that among other things, the two brothers had to share a pair shoes. John is a thin framed man of average height and weight, but for as long as I can remember; I have been amazed at his physical strength and endurance. As a young man, John alternated working in the woods when he could find a good crosscut saw partner, and at a sawmill in Panama City when not. The going rate for pulpwood before 1938 was $.016 a pen for a total of no more than 100 pens a week, which would be split between the two men. At the sawmill, a mill worker could make about $8 a week at a dollar for each 1,000 board feet.

I suppose that John's earliest enterprise would have been the $.50 a day he made hoeing the crops. In those days, a day meant from sunup to sundown. He worked at the Wayne Wright Shipyard as a "burner and shrinker" during World War II, building Liberty Ships. Because of the small and wiry frame, he could crawl into remote places in the ship the other men could not reach. John also worked as the produce manager at Thriftway, and as a farmer.

In the summer of 1979, my father, grandfather, brother-in-law, and I were cutting hardwood out of the branch on the southwest corner of the back forty. John would have been 65 years old. My father and brother in law would help him shoulder the "Butt end," and then he would tote it from where it was laying to the truck, stepping over fallen limbs as he went, sometimes as far as several hundred yards. In the summer of 2001, at the age of 87 years old ,he can still turn out a day's work that would leave a much younger man in a state of fatigue.

I don't know that it would have been correct to say that members of some southern families may have starved if it were not for opossum and raccoons. Nevertheless, if it were not for the contribution, meet would've been absent for many southern tables. One night John, his father, and some of his brothers went coon hunting. The dogs had treed an opossum, but they were unable to get a good shot. John started up the tree to shake him out. In those days, lighter'd wood splinters were used as means of light, such as a candle or torch. Now it doesn't take much of a stretch of one's imagination to realize that to climb a tree while holding a lighter'd splinter in your hand must take a lot of skill, not to speak of the lighted end. As John neared the top of the tree, the torch caught the moss that was hanging from the limbs on fire. I would suppose what happened next must have in some ways resembled the fire and brimstone that fell on Sodom and Gomorrah. Now both John and the opossum came to the same decision, that is to say they wanted to be somewhere other than where they were right then. It was a race to the bottom of the tree; the opossum was first across the finish line, and into the awaiting bag.

It would be wrong to talk about John's life, and not talk about his walk with Christ as a Pentecostal minister. Neither my father nor I have ever known a time when granddaddy was not serving the Lord. That walk started long before either of us were born, in fact before he married. As long as I can remember, his life has been devoted to others, to their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs. He raised his children and his grandchildren to serve their community's needs. John's favorite motto is, "Only one life to live and it will soon be passed, only what's done for Christ will last."

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Charles W. Adkison


Thomas Jefferson Adkison

Born 24 September 1821
Died 1909, buried in Steel Church cemetery, Walton County, Florida.

Thomas is the son of Sarah Beasley and Britton Tyre Adkison, Sr. Thomas's first wife was Sarah Mills, who together they had three children, James Littleton, Roxie Ann and Susan Missouri.

Thomas married his second wife, Susan Pardue Kelly, and together they had 13 children. Apparently, Thomas and Susan reasoned that if they were unable to give the children anything else, they would not lack for a name. In fact, if they wished, they could use a different one every day of the week. Mary Ann-Mary Ann Elizabeth Rebeka Catherine Katie Fisher Valentine; Thomas Jefferson-Thomas Jefferson Joseph Manuel Daniel Wesley John Isekire; William Nathan; David Henry - Henry Middleton Samuel Jasper Reuben Franklin Adam David; Martha Margett -Martha Margett Louisa Tempy Sarah Ann Fransis Arkansas Emily Lousinda Permilia; "Nancy" -Warcipa Narsisie Ellen Barbara Delia Lousinda Rachel Josephene; Robert Doctor-Robert Doctor Dejames General Jackson Mackom Calquit; Jason Davis -Jason Davis Marion Sampson Love Degustas Charles Monroe; William Thomas Jefferson; "Victoria" -Mary Ann Lizabeth Susan Victory Telephare Alabama Illinoia Samanthy Sabillity; "Harvis" - William Newton Aaron Duncan Moses Wilson Lilton Harvest; Leonia - Virginia Texas Joe ann Darthy Lottie Gemima Mira Leonia; "Bully" - George Hubhey Tackles Lenear Ervin Joesephus John Gordon.

In 1863, the oldest three children, Mary Ann, Thomas, and William drowned in the Pea River. Thomas and his family moved from coffee County, Alabama to Walton County, Florida about 1867 where he lived out the rest of his days. Thomas and Susan are buried in the Steel Church Cemetery, Walton County, Florida.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Charles W. Adkison


Burler Louvester Alford

Ninety-three year old Burler Louvester Alford (Mitchem, Collinsworth) has often told these stories to most of the five generations of her family living in Walton County.

Burler's daddy, Charlie Union Alford, born 1877 in Darlington, Walton County, was a Baptist preacher thirty-six years. He was also a businessman, salesman, a Notary Public, postmaster in Darlington for many years, he was the community barber, and he was a farmer. The farm was mostly run by his wife, Sidney Catherine Holman, born 1883, and their boys. On the farm, there were chickens, hogs, cows, horses, mules, gardens, and "we raised all our own feed." Once when he sold the most encyclopedias, Rev. Alford won an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago. The family was all excited for him. When he was selling insurance, the family moved temporarily to DeFuniak Springs. They left the farm in the care of Uncle Charlie Thompson, but they took a cow for milk. "That cow tore loose, and come back to the farm and she done it all by yourself. She came back home, she sure did."

Rev. Alford and Catherine had eight children. His parents, John Francis Alford, born 1842, and Bethamie Spears, born 1843, also had eight children, the last seven born in Darlington, between 1867 and 1885. In the War of Yankee Aggression, John fought for the Confederacy. (CSA Co. H53 Ala. Calv.) Three of his brothers fought with the Yankees. When John was "paroled and sworn" after the war, though he had a beautiful handwriting, he made an X for his name. Then he and Bethamie came to Walton County.

John's parents, Turner Alford, born 1800, and Elizabeth C. Moore, born 1807, brought their family here. They had 11 children. Turner is buried in Limestone Cemetery, Walton County. John's older brother, Francis Marion Alford, born 1827, built a water mill in Limestone Community, where the Oak Grove Church now stands. Alfords were mechanically inclined, and worked mostly in logging, saw milling, and farming, according to Bill Alford, local historian and retired engineer, who also states that a brother to Turner, preacher William A. Alford, started the Limestone Baptist Church.

Burler's mother was known as "Aunt Catherine."  She was often called on to help heal the sick. She was a believer in the healing powers of castor oil, her daughter remembers. Everyone who grew cane wanted her to make their syrup. Also, at hog killings she was in demand as the "best to cut fat and rid guts." Everyone loved her syrup. She knew just how long to cook it and they knew it would not go to sugar. She'd keep every 4th gallon. She'd be up at five, pick greens with the chill still on 'em, send the boys with the mule to start the cane to grind and have breakfast and dinner cooked before the first tub filled with juice. She'd strain the juice through flour sacking. She'd clean out the "vaporator" and pour juice in its place. The juice was "cooked out" over a fire of lighter wood. She would instruct Roe (Monroe) and his dad, Washington Spears, how hot to keep the fire. She'd keep it going, pulling the plug, letting it drip by the gallon.

Burler's older sister Nettie would make little gowns from flour sack, shirtwaists, for the toddlers. When there was work to do, she'd put the iron bedpost on the back hem, spread a few toys near, and the baby was safe and secure. When Burler was a little girl, after her daddy left for work, and "he'd be off a bit, I'd run out and call, Daddy wait, I want to kiss you."  She'd give her kiss. When Burler was seven, she 'liked to died. Two doctors did give me up to die. It liked to kill my daddy. He said, "I may never hear that sweet little voice again calling wait daddy, I want to kiss you." Dr. Ard came from Geneva, and said, I have to sleep her for three days and three nights to save her or give her up to die. Her three-week-old baby brother was kept in the kitchen then so he wouldn't wake her. "I got good care. I got better."

Rev. Alford always wanted his children to be musical. Burler and Nettie played the piano by note, and their brother Cecil played by ear. Cecil also played the guitar, as did Walon and Bernice. They all sang at many funerals their daddy preached, and they sang at all day sings. Burler played and or sang at many funerals preached by Rev. McDaniel too. "I went to singing school for seven weeks. I sang and sang 'til I was converted." Burler has played for churches for over seventy years.

When Burler was about eight, her parents took her to the hanging of a man who killed an old couple for money. From the gallows the convicted man said his dear old mother had taught him to steal when he was just a child. They passed a nest of eggs, and his mother said, "We'll get those eggs when we get back by." Burler says she was young, but has not put him in a room upstairs so everybody could see him. There was a mark on his neck from the rope. "When I was a girl, outside with my mother, I found a book on my daddy's smokehouse. I read in it and I said to mother, this is got a good verse in it." Mother told me, "The Mormons written that."

In 1934, Burler married Arvin Arvil Mitchem. His family was faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After much study, research and prayer, Burler also became a member in 1942 and has remained faithful these sixty-one years. "We had one daughter, Ella Catherine, and five boys.  I want people to know that I love them, and I want them to follow me. I've always tried to do what is right."

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Burler L. Collinsworth


Fennie Allison - Depression Days
I am Fennie Allison, born November 5, 1903 in Cleveland County, North Carolina, on a farm where I lived until I was 18 years old. I came to DeFuniak Springs Florida, west Florida in 1929, and was here during the Depression days.

People worked at Hobson's sawmill, $.50 a day, came to our store with three or four dollars and bought a weeks supply of groceries: potatoes 10 pounds for a dime or a hundred pounds or $.75; white meat or plate meat, five cents a pound; bacon, $.10-$.12 a pound. I would buy feed sacks from the feed store for $.15 and make my dresses. A lady charged me $.50 to make them. Her name was Emma Langford. A Mrs. Alice Slay had two children, Melvin and Viola, one of the three would walk a mile or more to my store each week and pick up my family wash. She starched and ironed them beautiful and they walk the distance to bring them back. She charged me one dollar.

She would trade it out in groceries. She said had it not been for the dollar, they would have been hungry. She could buy a lot: peas, rice and beans and stuff like that for five cents a pound. Frank Spikes told me that he used to work 11 hours and 10 minutes a day for a dollar and ten cents during the Depression days. Perod, the colored man, told me during Depression days he worked at Hobson's Lumber Company in DeFuniak for eight cents an hour, real hard work, five hours a day which was 40 cents a day, and bought groceries from Allison's grocery. The war come along, then rationin' days. Everyone had to have ration stamps to buy certain items, like sugar, and also shoes and gas. A ceiling price was put on all items. People had a little more work, and began to have more money. I've had my shoes very thin, and would have to wait a certain time to get a stamp to buy a pair of shoes. I would get up at 3 o'clock in the morning and count ration stamps all day on Sunday to deposit in the bank. We had to pay jobber with ration stamps as well as money.

Transcribed from "The Allison Tapes" in the Heritage collection of the Walton DeFuniak Library

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Dan Owens

Additional note on Mrs. Allison:

"Carrie "Feenie" Humphries Allison (1903-2000) owned and operated her produce stand on Route 90 (Nelson Avenue) from 1931 to 1992.  "Feenie" Allison started her produce business by selling oranges out of the back of her pick-up truck for a penny a piece.   Her business and benevolence grew steadily from there.  During the depression years and beyond, Mrs. Allison provided food to several families with her liberal credit policy.  Often she was known to "misplace" some of her credit records when needy customers were unable to pay what they owed.  After 61 years at the same location, declining health forced Mrs. Allison to close the store in 1992.  She died eight years later at the age of 97 (DeFuniak Springs Reminisce)."


Alexander Curry Anderson & Catherine McLeod
Catherine McLeod was the second surviving child of William M. McLeod and Sarah Catherine "Kate" Bethune. She was born in the Kershaw District of South Carolina in January 1826, and came to Walton County in the Florida territory with her parents and older brother, Neill Bethune McLeod, when she was two years of age. Catherine and Neill were the only surviving children born in South Carolina. All the other siblings were born at Alaquah in Walton County, Florida.

Catherine spent her childhood and grew into young womanhood at the pioneer homestead of William and Sarah in the Alaquah community. She married Alexander Curry Anderson at Alaquah in Walton County, Territory of Florida, in 1844. Alexander was born in North Carolina in 1803, son of John Anderson and Mary Christian Curry. Some of Alexander's known siblings were John Curry Anderson b. South Carolina, 1821, and Sarah Rebecca Anderson McRae born in Charleston, South Carolina ca. 1830. Catherine was about the age of eighteen, and Alexander 41 at the time of their marriage. All of their children were born at Alaquah.

The known children of Alexander Anderson and Catherine McLeod were: 1) Sarah Anderson born 12/5/ 1845. She married William M. Crawford at Alaquah, in Walton County, Florida in 1868. William was born in Alabama on 2/28/1834. After Sarah died 7/7/1884, William Crawford remarried to Mary Catherine McLeod, daughter of Judge Daniel Campbell McLeod and Katherine Douglass McLean. 2) John L. Anderson, born 4/6/1847, married Sarah Jane McDonald ca. 1877. She was born at Mossey Bend 7/19/ 1847, and was a sister of Angus McDonald. John L. Anderson was a Confederate veteran. He died 11/10/1902. Sarah Jane McDonald Anderson died 7/11/1911. John L. and Sarah Jane Anderson are buried in the Euchee Valley Presbyterian Cemetery. 3) William L. Anderson was the third known child of Alexander and Catherine, born ca. 1848. He died young, ca. 1855 at age 6 to 7 years, and was buried in the Euchee Valley Presbyterian Cemetery.  4) Duncan L Anderson, born 2/27/1856, married Elizabeth "Eliza" Steele, daughter of Alexander Steele, ca. 1878. Eliza was born 11/9/1860 and died 4/16/1929. Duncan died 11/51939. They are buried in Alaquah Methodist (Steele) church cemetery in Walton County, Florida. 50 Norman Alexander Anderson was the youngest of five known children of Alexander C. Anderson and Catherine McLeod. He was born 11/14/1860. He married Jane (unknown) ca. 1883. Very little information is known about Jane. She died at Alaquah in May 1885 from a ruptured appendix and was probably buried in the Euchee Valley Cemetery or the Steel Cemetery. In the special 1885 census, she was listed as having lived in the county four years at the time of her death. There was one child born to Norman and Jane Anderson, a daughter named Sarah Ann Anderson, born May 1884. So far as we know, Norman Alexander Anderson never remarried after Jane's death in 1885. He died 10/25/1918 and was buried in the Magnolia Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs, Florida

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)

Originally Provided by:  Carlis J. McLeod


Angus Anderson
Angus Anderson (1768 – abt 1837) and wife Catharine (abt 1775 – 8/6/1831) were born and married in Scotland, thought to have come with the McLennan family. Their children, with the possible exception of John, were also born in Scotland. They immigrated to Richmond County, North Carolina. Angus signed his Oath of Allegiance, September 1812 in Richmond County. He said he had lived in the US for 10 years and had a wife and 5 children. They lived in North Carolina until December 1823 when he sold his property and moved to Walton County, Florida. His farm was 35 miles from Eucheeanna.  He was civic minded, voting in N. C. and Florida – Alaqua in 1829, Pee River in 1833.  He was a member of the Florida Militia, serving under Captain Laughlin McKinnon and Captain Alexander Campbell.  He last enlisted under Luchlin McKinnon's Company, 3rd Reg., 1st Brigade on 7 November 1837, no further information – listed in the 1830 Census in Walton County, Florida next to his son Archibald.

Known children: 1. Archibald (abt 1792 – 12/14/1852) married abt 1819 to Nancy Stewart (5/3/1801) move to Walton County, Florida.
Was a Circuit Court Judge, Florida Territory 3/1826; Walton County Court Judge 2/1827;
Major in 8th Reg., Walton County Militia; voted Elder of the Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church 5/26/1828. In 1931 he moved to Covington County, Mississippi near Nancy's parents, Allan (abt 1770 – 1846) and Elizabeth McCormick (1774 – 9/15/1839) Stewart/Stuartt. Archibald was an Elder of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church and 1/1/1838 brought judicial process against Allan Stewart and Richard Flowers for the sin of intoxication to the great scandal of Religion. After the (B. 1829) married Levi Langley, two. Bryant (1830 – 1866 in war in parentheses married Lucy Jane Pittman (1830 – 1912), three. John (Bay. 1834 – died in war in parentheses married Martha, four. Emily (B. 1836) married John Langley, five. Mary (1838 – 1915) married Jesse Brian Thompson (died in war), then she married Holly Boutwell (1846 – 1907), six. Joshua (1841 – 1901) married Mary Jane Chrisette (1839 – 1917), and seven. Elizabeth (1843 – 1924) married Abraham Collinsworth (1841 – 1917). When these three brothers joined the Confederacy, with only one returning home. of Allan Stewart they moved to Rankin County, Mississippi and in 1852 to Waco, McLennan, Texas at the invitation of Neill McLennan. He died shortly after moving to Waco was the 1st person buried in the Neill McLennan Cemetery. Children: Jane (10/10/1823 – 2/3/1872); Catharine (6/13/1825 – 3/9/1909); Elizabeth (1/1/1827 – 3/31/1902); Angus (1829 – abt 1862); Allen (6/15/1830 – 6/1864); Flora (8/8/1832 – 1840's); John (6/15/1834 – 1/29/1914); James (6/23/1836 – abt 1862); Hugh (6/27/1838 – 2/1/1915); Jeanette (12/9/1840); Barbara (2/27/1843 – 5/17/1871).

Allan was a captain in the CSA. His brother John and brother-in-law, Laughlin McFarland joined him. Laughlin died in Oklahoma. Allan was wounded in Arkansas and resigned. He returned to Texas and was a Ranger. While chasing Comanches, he was killed by friendly fire. He married Mary Robinson, a granddaughter of Neill McLennan. Children: Archibald and Flora who married Jody Kemp. The Kemps were instrumental in developing Wichita Falls, Texas. Family story says 2 brothers were killed by Jayhawkers, Angus and James are missing after 1861. Jane died unmarried. Catharine married T. W. Archibald. Elizabeth married 1st John McFarland, an Elder of the Presbyterian Church noted for establishing churches, 2nd Joseph Hammond. Hugh was in the CSA, married Mary McSpadden. Jeanette married 1st Laughlin McFarland, 2nd George Helm. They had Samuel, Elizabeth, Eliza Jane, Flora Catharine and George Allan who was born after his father was killed while cleaning a well. This branch of the family seems to be Presbyterians.

2. Daniel (1795 –) married Mary McLane (1805). He was a Post Master and farmer. Children: Norman; Roderick; Flora; Angus; Amanda; Nancy; Archibald and Daniel. He remained in Florida. 3. Nancy (1798 – 5/16/1879) was 2nd wife of James Vaughn (8/12/1798 – 4/12/1881) Children: Angus; David; Daniel; Rachael; Catharine; Archibald; James; John and William. They lived in Alabama and Florida. 4. John '"Big John" (3/14/1807 – 4/15/1837) married Mary "Polly" Vaughn (10/4/1815 – 1890) children: Katherine and Rebecca. John was killed by Mamocela  and his Creek Indians while chasing cows with Michael Vaughn, Sylvanus Caswell and Thomas Broxon. He wrote a very descriptive letter to Archibald in Mississippi in 1831 saying they had all been very ill with ague and that their mother had died. She was buried at Mc... in Oochie Valley. He was a farmer, teacher, businessman and a Presbyterian.  5. Unknown.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Diana Born


Archibald Anderson & Winnie Smith
Archibald Anderson was born February 23, 1844, Walton County, son of Daniel Anderson and Mary Elizabeth McLane, early pioneers of Walton. In July 1862 Geneva, Alabama, Archibald joined Company F, 53rd Alabama Infantry, and was discharged April 26, 1865, Stateburg, South Carolina. On his pension papers, Archibald claimed he was married on August 3, 1876, Covington County, Alabama, to Winnie Smith. Winnie Smith (found on one census as Winifred) was born ca 1847 Georgia, but her tombstone says born "January 6, 1852". She was the youngest of eight children born to Isaac (b. 1802 NC) and Elizabeth (b. 1806 NC) Smith. Isaac Smith married July 17, 1828 Fayette County, Georgia, to Elizabeth Turner, moving in 1856 to Coffee County, Alabama. Winnie's siblings were: 1. Lethia (b. 1829) married Levi Langley, 2. Bryant (1830 – 1866 in war) married Lucy Jane Pittman (1830 – 1912), 3. John (b. 1834 – died in war) married Martha, 4. Emily (b. 1836) married John Langley, 5. Mary (1838 – 1915) married Jesse Bryant Thompson (died in war), then she married Holly Boutwell (1846 – 1907), 6. Joshua (1841 – 1901) married Mary Jane Grissette (1839 – 1917), and 7. Elizabeth (1843 – 1924) married Abraham Collinsworth (1841 – 1917). Winnie's three brothers joined the Confederacy, with only one returning home.
Archibald and Winnie Anderson lived in Santa Rosa County for several years, moving to Walton about 1885. The Andersons were close to their Wilson cousins in New Home Community (near Enterprise), Alabama, with the families traveling to Spring Hill, where Winnie's sister Mary lived. Archibald died March 20, 1920 and Winnie on March 1, 1940. Both are buried at the Ray Cemetery in northeast Walton County.  Archibald and Winnie Anderson were the parents of five children and adopted one son: 1. Daniel Roderick Anderson (1877 – 1967) married 1903 Walton to Mary Elizabeth Broxson; 2. John B. Anderson (1879 – 1889); 3. Mary Elizabeth Anderson (1881 – 1971) married 1900 Walton to James Isaac Broxson; 4. Annie Blanchie Anderson (1884 – 1952); 5. Flora Ida Jane "Doshia" Anderson (1886 – 1963) married 1912 Walton to Daniel Dozier Pope; and 6. Benjamin Franklin Anderson (1900 – 1976) married Lessie Estelle Garner.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Marla Drake Dooley


Angus Graham Andrews

Born March 19, 1931, in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, to Edw. Leo Andrews and Merry Love Campbell Andrews, Angus attended Walton High School where he participated in the sports of baseball, basketball and football, being named to the 1948 all Northwest Florida Conference football team. Having served on the Walton High student Council and as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, he graduated in May 1949 and attended Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. At college he continued his athletic prowess as a member of the college track and field team as well as an accomplished wrestler on the college wrestling team.   After attending four (4) years of basic and advanced reserve officer training while in college, he entered the combat infantry as a 2nd Lt., where he served his tour of duty. As an instructor at the Infantry School of Fort Benning, Georgia, he received written commendations from his battalion and regimental commanders and received a coveted 3rd Army Commendation as an outstanding lieutenant great officer in the 3rd Army area. Upon his promotion to 1st Lt., he served as junior aide to Gen. George "Bull" Boetner, commander of the 3rd Division, U. S. Army.

After his tour of active duty, he chose to leave the service to enter law school at the University of Florida. Just before entering upon active duty in the armed service, he married Joyce Spires, daughter of Dr. Ralph B. and Minnie C. Spires of DeFuniak Springs. They had four children: Angela Kay, Angus (Gus), Jr., Rebecca Joyce, and Ralph Spires Andrews.  As of 2002, Angus had seven (7) grandsons, six (6) granddaughters and one (1) great grandson. After graduation from law school, he returned to DeFuniak Springs to practice law with his uncle, Angus Graham Campbell, Jr., under the law firm name of Campbell and Andrews. During the past forty-four (44) years as a resident of DeFuniak Springs, he has been active in his law profession, community and church activities. As an attorney he has served as: President of the Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association; Chairman of the First Judicial Circuit Nominating Committee for circuit and county judges; City Attorney for DeFuniak Springs, Niceville, Freeport (as incorporation attorney), Paxton, and Ponce De Leon, Florida; Walton County School Board attorney for twenty-six (26) years; Niceville city judge; and achieved a rating of "A" (outstanding) attorney for 30 years in the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell rating system. The rating service is nationwide and makes inquiries into the attorney’s proficiency by confidential inquiries and interviews with the judges and other attorneys in the area.

His community and civic service consisted of: appointment by Gov. Reubin Askew and later by Gov. Bob Graham to the District 1 Advisory Committee for HRS, serving three (3) years as its chairman; appointed to the District 1 Health and Human Services Board by Gov. Lawton Chiles; appointed to the OWJC Advisory Committee; served as president of the DeFuniak Springs Jaycees as well as district vice-president and state vice-president. During his term as state vice-president, he substituted four (4) months as president of the Florida Jaycees due to the illness and incapacity of its then president. He has also served as president of the following organizations: DeFuniak Springs Little League Baseball and honored at its recent 50 (50) year anniversary as "the man who saved the DeFuniak Springs Little League" in the early 1960's; DeFuniak Kiwanis Club; Walton High Athletic Club; DeFuniak's U. S. Bicentennial Committee. After DeFuniak Springs receive the state award in 1976 is the best bicentennial celebration for cities under 25,000 population, Angus Andrews challenged the community to sponsor an annual celebration honoring its deep cultural and educational heritage. Naturally, he said, my thoughts went right to the great Chautauqua days, which brought thousands to DeFuniak Springs from across the nation, and put DeFuniak Springs on the map forever. He promoted the idea of an annual Chautauqua Festival celebration to the city council, Walton County Chamber of Commerce, local civic clubs, and any interested group that would listen. With the help of the chamber board of directors, city council and civic clubs, the first Chautauqua Festival was presented in the old Chautauqua lakeyard, DeFuniak Springs, in the spring of 1977. Andrew says it was an instant success, due not to any one council, board, club, or individual, but all who were asked to participate and contribute time, money or efforts, did so willingly. The festival continued to grow annually and led to the formation of the Florida Chautauqua, Inc., with its splendid Chautauqua theater, and arts and cultural outreach throughout the county schools each year.  During recent years, Angus Andrews served three (3) terms as president of the DeFuniak Business and Professional Association, which sponsors several major community projects and events each year, including its annual Hometown Christmas celebration.

As a grandson of Judge Angus Graham Campbell, who was a great leader in the Southern Presbyterian Church, Angus Graham Andrews was baptized and grew up in the First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs, having served his church as an elder and clerk of the Session for several years. He was the charter president of the Presbyterian Men's Fellowship. Today he continues to practice law with the law firm of Andrews and Davis, serves his church and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Angus G. Andrews


Edward Leo Andrews
 (1904 – 1983)

Born November 10, 1904, to Thomas Peyton Andrews and wife, Mamie Andrews, Leo moved to DeFuniak Springs where he boarded as a young teenager to attend the Thomas industrial Institute. Shortly thereafter he attended Palmer College, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, where he was an outstanding athlete as team baseball pitcher and football quarterback. Upon graduation he turned down a football scholarship to Auburn University in order to stay home, work for his father's businesses and married Merry Love Campbell, daughter of Angus G. Campbell and Catherine McKinnon Campbell. They had three sons, Leo, Jr., Angus Graham and Douglas McKinnon Andrews.

Prior to World War II, he was employed by the federal government during the 1930's depression years as coordinator of WPA recreation across Northwest Florida, organizing public singing groups, high school bands, craft workshops, ball teams, entertainments, and music festivals, all to the end of "restoring in the people some degree of happiness, lightheartedness and hope during the Great Depression." He was an accomplished pianist – organist and entertained people with his talent until his death. During World War II, Leo was a member and agent of the Office of Strategic Intelligence (OSI), the forerunner of the CIA. After the war he served as the first full-time executive director of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, president of the DeFuniak Springs Kiwanis Club, deacon, elder and Sunday School Superintendent in the First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs.

He was elected Clerk of the Walton County Circuit Court for four (4) consecutive four (4) year terms. An article in the Playground Daily News described Leo Andrews as "a living symbol of Walton County's warm atmosphere of hearty welcome, and ebullient charm, who by all odds was the area's best loved character – everybody looks to Leo." He died April 29, 1983, at age 79 years, with interment at Magnolia Cemetery, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Angus G. Andrews


Edward Leo Andrews, Jr.

Born January 5, 1929, in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, to Edward Leo Andrews, Sr., and Merry Love Campbell Andrews, he graduated from Walton High School, attended Emory University, and later graduated from Florida State University. He then attended the University of Florida College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1974.

Although a practicing attorney, his first love was always that of composing and performing music. Both of his parents for accomplished musicians. He played trumpet in his school band and later taught himself the piano. His love of music from the "big band era," particularly the musical arrangements and sound of the 1940's Glenn Miller Orchestra, led him to form and lead a sixteen (16) piece orchestra, Leo Andrews and His Band, which performed across the southern U. S. A. from Jacksonville, Florida, (the home office) to California for several years and recordings made by MCA Records. Thereafter, the rapid pace of life on the road finally caught up with his six foot four inch (6’4"), two hundred and seventy pound (270 lb.) body frame and he was forced to leave the road and ultimately dissolve the band. While at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, he composed the entire score for the college's annual spring musical extravaganza.

During his law practice years he maintained a small music studio and continued to compose the lyrics and score of several songs and had them recorded when he purchased a one-half (1/2) interest in a recording studio, jointly owned by Mel Tillis, in Nashville, Tennessee. He suffered an untimely death due to illness on March 29, 1988, at age 59, and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Angus Andrews


Merry Love Campbell Andrews
Merry Love Campbell Andrews was born February 10, 1905, to Judge Angus Graham Campbell and Catherine McKinnon Campbell in  DeFuniak Springs, Florida. She attended Palmer Academy and graduated with honors from Palmer College in DeFuniak Springs and shortly thereafter married Edward Leo Andrews. They had three sons, Leo Jr., Angus Graham, and Douglas McKinnon Andrews.

She will be best remembered for the Merry Love Kindergarten she began at her home in 1936 on Clay Street near the original Maude Saunders Elementary School. She employed and maintained an excellent staff as the kindergarten flourished and continued to grow over the next many years. She was an accomplished teacher and musician, and her students performed entertaining musicals, a Christmas Cantata, and a graduation exercise yearly to full houses at the Walton High School auditorium and the First Presbyterian Church. During World War II the kindergarten and some of its alumni performed "You're a Grand Old Flag" with the music of George M. Cohen. Eglin Air Force Base heard of the patriotic performance and provided transportation of the students and the scenery for a "command performance" to an overflow crowd at a huge auditorium on base.
As the kindergarten school outgrew its initial home facility it was relocated to a large building on property adjoining the elementary school where it remained until the early 1970's.

In 1965, Mrs. Andrews suffered an untimely death at age sixty (60), but the Merry Love Kindergarten continued thereafter for a few years. Many of her early students' children attended the kindergarten and all became model students in the public schools with many becoming accomplished musical performers in the schools. Her talent and influence touched the lives of many parents, their children, and grandchildren, and remains the topic of much reminiscing in DeFuniak Springs today.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Angus Andrews


Joseph A. Ansley Family

 Joseph Absolum Ansley was born in 1897, in Herbert, Ala., to parents James Twitt Ansley, a Methodist preacher and Clara Curranton. He moved to Santa Rosa Co., Fla, and married in 1919, Gussie Lee McCart, born 1896, Elba, Ala. Her parents, William Thomas McCart and Iola Taylor. The McCart family moved to Baker, Fla., in 1903. Joseph and Gussie Lee moved to Freeport, Fla., in the early 1920's and he started operating a garage in the two-story building, where they lived above. This building belonged to Earnest Adams and was on Adams property. They were thrilled with the arrival of their only child, Billy Joe, in 1928. The Ansley's were very active in the community and had many friends and relatives who enjoyed fishing and picnics with them.

Gussie Lee's sister, Sallie McCart Adams lived nearby at "North Farm." Their friends included the Hill family who lived north of Freeport on Highway 331. They spent many hours with this family who later moved to Maryland, near D. C. Another family they were close to was the Neher's who lived down close to the bay on  what was called the "South Farm." Both of these families had great gardens and fruit trees. They spent many hours canning peas, corn, okra and other vegetables and fruit together. In the early 1930's, Gussie Lee and Sallie's McCart family moved from Baker, Fla., to the "North Farm" area. That made the two sisters very happy. The McCart's were a large family, even though some children were married and lived other places.

Joseph Absolum attended the Methodist Church while Gussie and the McCart family attended the Baptist Church in Freeport. Billy Joe attended Freeport School until sometime in the later 1930s, when the family moved to the east side of Panama City, Fla. Joseph bought a home and built a large garage which turned out to be a great opportunity for his family. Billy Joe attended area schools and later married Ethel Eula Farmer from Walton Co., Fla., in 1946.  Their first child, James William Ansley was born in 1947 and only lived three months. Their second child, Gloria Jean was born in 1949. Third child, Billy Ray was born in 1950. All three born in Panama City, Fla., Bay Co.

In March 1951, Billy Joe was fishing in a nearby lake with relatives when a terrible boating accident happened and Billy Joe was killed. This was a heartbreaking time for his young family and his parents. After a few years his wife Ethel moved to Pensacola, Fla., and married again. Billy Joe's children graduated from Pensacola schools. Gloria Jean married James Michael Wright and they have three children. Billy Ray married Rita Faye Randolph, they have two children. In 1957, Gussie Lee had a stroke and left Joseph a widower. Sometime later Joseph Absolum remarried, and after several years suffering from cancer, he died in 1964. All are buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Panama City, Bay Co., Fla.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Niece, Edna Faye (Adams) Farrington


Marchal Alabama "Bama" Ard
Marchal Alabama "Bama" (as we will refer to her) Ard comes from a very long line of Ards who settled in Florida. Bama is a sixth generation. Beginning with James "Smokey" Ard (1705 – 1788) who was born in Scotland and died in Marion County, South Carolina, he married Anna Price. From what we have learned about the family, they were the parents of James, John, William, Reuben, and Thomas. Most of these children we know very little about. Their son Reuben who was born 17 Nov 1740 in Marion County, South Carolina and died 29 February 1838 in Dale County, Alabama. Reuben married August Dixon about 1783. August was born about 1745 and died about 1820 in Marion County, South Carolina. They were the parents of Reuben Jr., David, John, Rebecca, William, George Washington, and Patsy.

George Washington's siblings were Reuben II (1784 – 1842) was married to Agnes Dickinson (1788 – 1832). David (1784 – 1857) was married to Margaret Demit (1800 – 1857). John (1785-1867) was married about 1829 to Lavinia "Viney" Harper (1808 – 1899) the daughter of William Harper (1789 – 1874) and Matilda Russell (1788 – 1883). Rebecca (1789 – 1850) was married to Ephream Bowman. William (no other information is known). Patsy (1793 – 1847) was married to James Hughes.

George Washington Ard was born in 1791 in Marion County, SC, and died in 1836 at Fort Clinch, Florida (Creek Indian Wars). At the time of his marriage to Abigail, he was a veteran of the War of 1812. Serving as a Private in the Georgia Militia from 7 Oct 1812 until 7 Apr 1813 under Captain James Gilbert. His first trips into Florida were during the war where he was stationed at Camp New Hope on the St. Johns River in East Florida. George married Abigail Barrow on 12 Jun 1813 in Twiggs County, GA, the daughter of Reuben Barrow and Patience Ann Tice. Abigail was born in 1797 in Twiggs County, GA, and died in 1883 in Santa Rosa County, Florida. The family is found on the 1820 and 1830 Conecuh Alabama Census. He arrived with his family shortly before the War with the Creek and Seminole Indians. George was a Corporal in the 1st Regiment of the Florida Militia. He was sent to St. Mark and then Fort Clinch where he died.

George and Abagail were the parents of Reuben D. married Delila Henderson (daughter of Richard Wm Anderson and Cinderella Hutto), Greenberry, George, John married Harriet Davis the daughter of Benjamin Davis and Rosanna Prescott, Jesse married Harriet's sister Sarah "Sally" Davis, Daniel, Matilda married William W. Ellis (1814 – 1904) in 1847 and Abagail.
Abagail (1828 –aft 1860) She was the mother of John Wesley Ard born 12 January 1846 and died 4 Apr 1886 in Lillian, Baldwin, Alabama. John enlisted for the Confederate side of the Civil War and was with the 1st Calvary on 17 Nov 1865 in Tallahassee, FL. On 13 Feb 1864 he was at Barrancus, Escambia County, Alabama.

John W. married Martha Elizabeth McCurdy on 26 Apr 1866 in Santa Rosa County, Florida, daughter of Elijah McCurdy and Barsheba Sunday. Martha was born 25 Aug 1850 and died 23 March 1927 in Alaqua, Walton County, Florida. John and Martha were the parents of Elijah E. (1866 – 1931) married Martha Dawson (1872 –aft 1900) in 1891 in Baldwin County, AL. Florida Idela (1868 – 1952) married Henry Gilly (1873 – 1944). Angeline Delia (married Sylvester Wallace), Thomas S. (married Martha Cobb) and John R. aka Wiley A. married Ada Cooper. William J. (1872 – 1945) married Catherine E. Lewis 19 Sep 1894 Baldwin, AL. Marchal Alabama "Bama" (see below). Samuel K. (1883 – 1957) married Maggie Wilson.

Marchal Alabama "Bama" Ard was born in 1874 and died in 1961 in Baldwin County, Alabama. She married her 1st husband Asa B. Watson on 6 May 1890 in Baldwin County, Alabama. They were the parents of three sons and one daughter. William W. 1891 – 1975 married 1st Mary Lavinia Holley and 2nd Emma Hodges. Elizabeth "Lizzie" 1891 – after 1930 (no other information), she was married to Morton Sturgis. Lee Roy 1893 – 1975 married Florence O. Gardner daughter of Albert W. Gardner and Francis Lavenia Huggins. James Jesse 1896 – 1978. Bama married 2nd George W. Boyington(1863 – 1934) on 6 Mar 1916 in Leaksville,  Greene, Mississippi. He was the son of Miles Boyington and Martha unknown. George was married 1st to Minnie Merrill on 18 March 1883 in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Ralph H. Watson

Arrants Descendants
An Arrants descendant arrived in Walton County in 1991, Max Kelly. Both his grandparents, James Joshua and Anna Kelley Kelley (she was a Kelley before marriage) mothers' were Arrants. After much research we found that they share common GGGrandparents, Johannas and Anna Alloway Arrants. Other Arrants also migrated to the original Walton County. This Arrants line goes back to Juliana Arnst who came to Cecil County, Maryland 13 June 1723. She was indentured to Francis Mauldin of Cecil County. She brought with her a son, Johannes, 4/5 years of age.

The name Arnst was Americanized to Arrant. I believe the Arnst name to be Bohemian. According to the history of Cecil County, there were many Bohemian settlers in the county at that time. There is a historical church, "Old Bohemia Church – 1703" within 10 miles of the Francis Mauldin land holdings on the Chesapeake Bay. All Arnst names included on the Honorary Wall List of Ellis Island are recorded as Russian. Also, Arnst still live in Russia. Johannes married Sarah Phillips, possibly Bohemian, on 25 November 1745. He and Sarah's family were active members of St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church, North Elk Parish, Cecil County. He mended the Church Bible, was warden and vestryman. Johannes had died by 1763, and had accumulated in excess of 2,000 acres of land and much material goods that included reading and writing materials. Johannes had seven children by a second wife, Elizabeth Veasey.

Johannes and Sarah had three children – Herman, Nathan and William. Our ancestor is Nathan, born 23 August 1750. He married Ann(a) Broom Kankey or Ann Crouch? Nathan died in the Revolutionary War, DAR Patriot Books. Nathan and Ann had four children – Johannes, Harman, Nathan, and Robert. After Nathan's death, Ann married Richard Lewis of Cecil County. Richard, Dan, and the three youngest Arrants children migrated to Kershaw County. It appears that Johannes followed his mother and brothers to Kershaw County, arriving in 1802. The Arrants name began appearing on land deeds in early 1800s.

There must have been widespread disease in the area in 1804. Three of the brothers died, without issue, that year leaving Johannes the common GGGrandparent of James and Anna. Johannes, born 19 February 1770 in Cecil County died 12 June 1846 in Kershaw County, South Carolina. Johannes married on 3 January 1795 Ann Alloway, born 3 May 1775 in Cecil County, d/o William and Ann Alloway.

Nathan and Ann's son, Johannes born 11 November 1804 married Gatsy Davis, d/o Thomas Davis Jr. and Zina Lee. Johannes and Gatsy are the parents of Mary Nancy Arrants and Ggrandparents of James Joshua. Johannes and Ann's son, Robert Houston, married first Miss English. They are the parents of Emma Vermel and the mother of Ggrandparents of Anna Elizabeth.  Anna's mother, Emma Arrants, and husband, Reese Kelley, migrated to Geneva County, Alabama. James and Anna's grandson, Max, after retirement, migrated to beautiful Walton County. For additional information, see Heritage County Books of Southeast Alabama.

Source:  The Heritage of Walton County, FL (2006)
Originally Provided by:  Sean Epperson


Submitted By:  Heather Holley

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