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with his son Egbert and son -in -law Thomas O. Holmes. His first wife, Ann Egbert, presumably died prior to 1840 and then “Captain” Uriah Poinsett married Catherine (Eliza) Maria DeWees in 1841 in Jacksonville, Duval Co, FL. This item appeared in the St. Augustine News, vol. 3/13: “Married in Jacksonville, on Sunday 24th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Doyle. Capt. Uriah Poinsett of Steamer Santee, to Miss Catherine M., daughter of the late Philip DeWees, of that place.” (The estimated population of Jacksonville in 1840 was 350.) They had a least one child, Mary, born in 1842 (and perhaps son Thomas, as noted above,






courthouse in Jacksonville, FL. required to have been members

in the First Statewide Election on May 26, 1845, at the Those who voted were white, free, over 21 years of age, and of the state militia, to have their place of permanent abode in

the territory and have lived in the

state for the 2 years immediately preceding the county of residence for the 6 months preceding

election, and they had to election day as well. The

location of the village,

Uriah's residence four blocks from

is shown by an 1847 the St. Johns River.

map of Jacksonville at the north edge of Based on Uriah's absence from the 1850

census, it is presumed he died prior to that year. this time is found in the statement from the describing Jacksonville in the early 1850s: “On

Additional evidence for Uriah's death about history of Jacksonville by Davis (1925) the northwest corner of Forsyth and Ocean

Mrs. Dewees lived and back of her, between Forsyth and Adams, her lived”. These locations are shown by an 1850 map of Jacksonville.




7 - Catherine Maria DeWees - 838 (1822 - 1885), the daughter of Philip DeWees and Maria del Carmen Sanchez7 , became the second wife of Uriah, as noted above. There is confusion about the subsequent record for Catherine. In the census of 1850 for Duval Co, FL, there is a Catharina M. Poinsett, age 35 (which would place her birth in 1815), along with daughter Mary L. Poinsett - 839 (1842 - ), age 8, both b in FL; they lived two doors from Egbert Poinsett (Uriah's son from his first marriage). Catherine Poinsett, age 44, and Mary, age 16, are listed in the Jacksonville census for 1860. Catherine M. Poinsett is listed in the Jacksonville, Duval Co, FL, city directory for 1882, residing at 101 W. Union St. From the 1885 FL state census: C. M. Poinsett, age 70, married, b FL 1815, d Apr 1885 of fever, father born NJ (not FL), mother b NY, and M. L. Poinsett, age 42, b FL, both parents b FL, lived on

Union St. with a Fragin family. Thus, some data is wrong or there were two Catherines.

7 Philip DeWees (1786 - <1883) was the son of Andrew DeWees of Charleston, SC, and Catalina Chickens of Santee, SC. Maria del Carmen Sanchez (29 Nov or 2 Dec 1794 - 6 Oct 1883), wife of Philip, is buried in the Old City Cemetery, Union St., Jacksonville, FL. Philip and Maria were married 24 Feb 1811 in St. Augustine, FL; Catholic marriage entry #243). “Mary” Dewees, then age 64, lived next door to the Thomas O. Holmes family at the time of the 1860 census. Maria was the daughter of Francisco Xavier Sanchez (3 Dec 1736 - 13 Nov 1807) and Maria Del Carmen Hill) (1770-Aug 1813) (she was born Sarah Hill in Charleston, SC; died in St. Mary’s, GA, while visiting her mother). Francisco Xavier Sanchez was a native of St. Augustine and a colorful and controversial man who became one of the wealthiest plantation owners and merchants in East Florida. Francisco and Maria were married 28 Dec 1787 in St. Augustine, FL. At that time, Maria was “baptized with a Spanish name.”


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