David Jackson FUTCH Jr., known as "Jack", traveled with his parents David FUTCH Sr. and Frances DUGGAR to Florida about 1832. He is described in Evelyn Futch Smith's book THE FUTCH FAMILY as being 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 125 to 135 pounds. And with little or no formal education he tried to teach his children spelling and arithmetic by the use of a stick in the sand during rest periods in the fields.
He married 15 year old Eliza Jane BROWN on 11 Jan 1848 in Putnam County, Florida and together they had 15 children with her last one born to her when she was 43 years of age and she lived to the age of 70.
David Jackson FUTCH Jr. served in the Civil War with Company K, 7th Florida Regiment, C.S.A. for over three years.
His headstone at Webster Cemetery, Webster, Florida has 24 Aug 1832 - 1 Jul 1906, "There remaineth, Therefore a rest to the people of God" but other records such as the International Genealogical Index show his birth as 24 Aug 1828 and if the date of his marriage is correct and the tombstone is correct he would have been 15 and not 19 when he was married. Also the statement from Evelyn Futch Smithís book that he traveled with his parents in 1832 would be incorrect as he would have been born just before they left Georgia, on the trail or in Florida. So Iím inclined to think the headstone is not correct but need more proof. Also buried next to him is his wife and her headstone matches other records with 17 Oct 1832 Ė 11 Mar 1903 and since she died first I think they just used her year of birth on his stone. But if anyone has better information on Davidís date of birth I would love to have it.
Roy A. Shipman
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