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Re: Houston Family Cemetery, Eau Gallie
Posted by: RON Date: May 02, 2001 at 09:52:48
In Reply to: Re: Houston Family Cemetery, Eau Gallie by Mary Brothers of 169

Mary,
A few other things are mentioned on pages 12-14 in with other stuff.
John Houston, the first settler, came into this area and called it Arlington after a place near Jacksonville, Florida. The Village was named Eau Gallie by W.H. gleason in l870 when the people requested a post office.
It had taken John Houston, his son, and fourteen slaves one year to clear some of his land for a garden, a few log dwellings and to fence in his eighty acres to kepp his cattle from roaming. They moved their families in November l860 but in a few short weeks the Civil War began. They were cut off from the northern part of Florida a good part of the time for the next four years.
Life was a great deal easier after a few more families moved in. Actually, the first to arrive were relatives of the Houstons--Jonathon Stewart to south of Horse Creek, Jack Simmons to seven miles nrthwest of Arlington, Israel Stewart , nine miles to the north, later called Bonaventure and Bethel Stewart to Bovine , near Lake Washington. Any foraging trrip was more fun when there wer cousins to share the experience.


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