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Re: Otis Brown, WWI veteran
Posted by: Judy Caden (ID *****9091) Date: April 11, 2008 at 10:42:01
In Reply to: Re: Otis Brown, WWI veteran by Chris Welch of 971

Chris, I still haven't confirmed anything further on Otis Brown so perhaps an OBIT might help. At the least it might place him in Walton Co, FL. at some point.

The backstory is that Tish Ann Habbard (I have her death certificate from Walton Co 3 March 1937; burial in Black Oak Cemetery, Walton Co.FL.)was known to be Native American and her grandchildren say she was a full-blood raised by whites. Her Death Certificate lists "Henry Brown" as her father; mother not listed. I am trying to help her descendant (my cousin) document more about Tish.

At one point she was required to have a "Sponsor" and Mr. C.F. Henesley paid a fee and acted as her sponsor and she worked in his hotel (The Florida House) in Defuniak Spgs. FL up until two weeks before she died. I've been able to document the Henesleys but have found nothing connecting Tish to them or the hotel. Well, except one story that they kept a bed in the back room of the hotel where Tish would sleep if she finished work after dark and couldn't get home. For several years after she died it was referred to as 'granny's bed' and left as it was.

The family does not know more about this 'sponsorship' requirement other than this: seems Tish was told she'd have to move to the Everglades or go to Oklahoma if she did not find a sponsor. She and her 3 grandsons are listed as "MU" in 1910 Census living in the Sandy Creek Pct of Walton Co.

Though I think I have found the right Henry Brown, I have not been able to connect Tish to that family, yet. I know that Henry Brown family was closely connected the Creek peoples.

I found old legislation on a florida memory site which mandated 'sponsors' ca 1830-40s but found no place where names might have been recorded in this regard.

I should stop. I'm just so invested in finding "Miss Tish" for my 86 yr old cousin...

Thankful for your inquiry and help, I am Judy in Crestview, FL.


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