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lived in the greater Thonotosassa area, which included the homes between the lake and Pasco County. This boom was fueled by Tampa professionals who favored the tranquility of rural Hillsborough County and did not mind the 20 minute drive from the lake to downtown Tampa. Of this larger population, approximately 6000 to 7000 people lived in Thonotosassa in 1995. xiii

i. Leland Hawes, “Thonotosassa: Then and Now,” Tampa Tribune November 26, 1995, 10Baylife; Gary Mormino and Anthony P. Pizzo, Tampa: The Treasure City (Tulsa, OK: Continental Heritage Press, Inc, 1983), 34-39; Morris, Florida Place Names, 237-238; Julia Winifred Moseley and Betty Powers Crislip, eds., “Come to My Sunland:” Letters of Julia Daniels Moseley from the Florida Frontier, 1882-1886 (Gainesville, Fl: University Press of Florida, 1998), 220 fn8; Martha Parr, “Homesteading in Hillsborough County,” The Sunland Tribune 7(1)(November, 1981), 6; Anthony Pizzo, “Fort Brooke: The First Ten Years,” The Sunland Tribune 14(1)(November 1988), 8-14; Robinson, History of Hillsborough County, Florida, 104-105; Edwin L. Williams, “Negro Slavery in Florida,” Florida Historical Quarterly 28(2) (1949), 104.

ii. “1843 Surveyors’ Map Showing Early Land Permits and Site of Billy Bowlegs’ Indian Village Near Lake Thonotosassa” (Maps Miscellaneous File, QGBAC); Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, "General Land Office, Automated Records Project, Pre-1908 Homestead and Cash Entry Patents;" Parr, “Homesteading in Hillsborough County,” The Sunland Tribune 7(1)(November, 1981), 6-7; Robinson, History of Hillsborough County, Florida. 105; Kendra Sisserson, “Ties that Bind,” Tampa Tribune August 23, 1992, 1Baylfie; James Stillings, “Thonotosassa Recollections.” In Early Hillsborough Families and Thonotosassa Settlers (Hillsborough County Historical Commission, Tampa Bay History Center, circa 1934), 106. Billy Bowlegs’ village was in Township 28 South, Range 21 East, Section 29, between present-day I-4 and U.S. 92, just east of Gallagher Road.

  • iii.

    Emma N. Gaylord, Life in Florida since 1886 (Miami, Fl: Hurricane House Publishers, 1969), 5.

  • iv.

    Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, “General Land Office, Automated

Records Project, Pre-1908 Homestead and Cash Entry Patents;” Carol Neef, “Four Thonotosassa Buildings are on Historical Register,” East Hillsborough Tribune September 5, 1974, 11F; W.H. Steacy to O.W. Strait, June 4, 1934, in Early Hillsborough Families and Thonotosassa Settlers, 107.

v. Samuel Morris Conant, “Thonotosassa Through Forty Years,” Tampa Tribune April 29, 1923; J.D. Cooper, “A Little History of the W.H. Cooper & Sons,” circa 1934 and Florence C. Gresham, untitled letter to Mr. & Mrs. Strait, June 28, 1934. Both in Early Hillsborough Families and Thonotosassa Settlers (Hillsborough County Historical Commission Library, Tampa Bay History Center), 111-112, 115-116; Gaylord, Life in Florida since 1886, 3; Leland Hawes, “Thonotosassa Celebrated Mail Service,” Tampa Tribune August 9, 1986, 2D; D.B. McKay, “Pioneer Settlers Tell About Early Thonotosassa Days,” Tampa Tribune December 8, 1946, 18A; “A Trip Through the Thonotosassa Lake Country,” Sunland Tribune April 27, 1882, 3.

vi. “The Thonotosassa Lake,” Sunland Tribune July 15, 1880, 3; “A Trip Through the Thonotosassa Lake Country,” Sunland Tribune April 27, 1882, 3; “Thonotosassa Booming,” Sunland Tribune June 22, 1882, 2; “Thonotosassa Lake,” Sunland Tribune September 28, 1882, 1; “Thonotosassa Lake Improvements,” Sunland Tribune December 21, 1882, 1.

  • vii.

    Hillsborough County Real Estate Agency, Descriptive Pamphlet of Hillsborough County, 34.

  • viii.

    Bailey, “A Study of Hillsborough County’s History, Legend, and Folk Lore, with Implications for the

Curriculum,” 265; Bradbury and Hallock, A Chronology of Florida Post Offices, 83; Clarke, The Gate-to-the-Gulf (Tampa) City Directory, and Hillsboro County Guide, 1893, 210; Gaylord, Life in Florida since 1886, 4-5; Hawes, “Thonotosassa Celebrated Mail Service,” 1D; W.L. Jefferson, “The Story of the First School House at Thonotosassa, Fla., Hillsboro, County” (“School House–Thonotosassa’s 1st” Hillsborough County Historical Commission Miscellaneous File, Tampa Bay History Center); McKay, “Pioneer Settlers Tell About Early Thonotosassa Days,” 18A; D.B. McKay, “Jefferson House is Old Landmark in Thonotosassa,” Tampa Tribune

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