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8 - Charles W. Poinsett - 853 (

1843 -

)

p Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE i m 17 Feb 1868, Philadelphia, PA

s - Lydia B. Brumfield - 857 ( p Port Deposit, MD i

1842 -

)

9 - Asa Brumfield Poinsett - 858 (21 Jun 1871 - 28 Aug 1892) p Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE i Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, DE m 14 Nov 1844, Philadelphia, PA s - Eliza R. Liston - 859 (15 Jan 1802 - 18 Mar 1878)

p

, DE

i Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington, DE

8 - Ann Eliza Poinsett - 860 (

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)

p Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE i

m 27 Sep 1846, Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE

s - Henry Reed - 861 ( p i

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6 - T h o m a s P o i n s e t t - 8 1 1 ( 1 7 6 6 - < 1 8 0 7 ) , s o n o f P e t e r P o i n s e t t ( m o t h e r ' s n a m e u n k n o w n ) , - >1830) and settled near what became Jacksonville, FL, married Lois Bennet - 812 (

according to Oliveros (1980). (The area that became Jacksonville was called Cow Ford in its earlier days.) A letter from Harriet Clark of Ft. Madison, IA, in 1939 found in the files of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, relates that Thomas “went into Florida and came into possession of considerable land where the city of Jacksonville now stands.” 6 Thomas and Lois may have moved to FL about 1787, based on the statement that a son, Uriah, seems to have been born there about

6 The northeast coast of FL, then under Spanish control, was a primitive and dangerous area. The nearest significant settlement at that time was St. Augustine, which had been founded in 1565. The FL territory passed to England in 1763, but reverted to Spain in 1783. Thus, when Thomas and Lois Poinsett were briefly in FL - - about 1887-1790 - - it was not part of the United States nor very civilized. Davis (1925) states that "Prior to 1800, there were bona -fide settlers in the vicinity of Cow Ford, regardless of the fact that this locality had by this time become the stamping ground of many undesirables - criminals from the States, slave catchers, ruffians, and bandits of varied kind" (p 28). In 1821 Spain ceded Florida to the United States. There were battles with the Seminole Indians in the area in the 1800’s. Union troops occupied the territory in 1862 and held it during the Civil War. The town of Jacksonville was settled in 1816 and laid out in 1822. Named in honor of President Andrew Jackson, its estimated population in 1822 was 15. Prior to that time the area was called Cow Ford. A major attraction of the Jacksonville site was its deep-water harbor.

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