Reminder of the Florida Pioneers

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Sometime in 1859, Laban and his wife Sarah relocated with 5 children from South Carolina to Putnam County, Florida. Over the next decade, they would build a homestead, a school, and have 4 more children, all while their country was torn in half by civil war. In 1861, while pregnant with their 6th child, their new home state seceded from the Nation, and within the year, Laban had joined the 9th Florida Infantry. Although he saw action at the Battle of Olustee, he was fortunate enough to return to Putnam County in 1864 to continue to grow his family until his passing in 1876.

As his children grew up, they would each marry and build homes within a mile from the original homestead. The youngest of these children being William who built this home for his bride, Sarah, in 1892 on the very property that his parents had settled 30 years before. To this day, Laban and Sarah’s descendants still farm this land, although this house is no longer in use.

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[Putnam County, FL c. 1892]

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