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Fred. W. Hoyt

Fred. W. Hoyt, president of the Bank of Fernandina (Florida) was born in Meredith village, New Hampshire, June 3, 1856, and is a son of Charles L. and Mary M. (Watson) Hoyt. After moving to Florida, he became the editor of several newspapers and established and participated in multiple business ventures in Fernandina, Florida.

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Geneline Past Issues

Members Only. View past issues of the Geneline. The Amelia Island Genealogical Society has published a monthly newsletter since 1992 called the Geneline. The Geneline has informed society members of the current events happening with the Amelia Island Genealogical Society, provided tips and tools on genealogical research, and kept the society members generally informed on occurrences within the genealogical community. Any researcher will find the newsletter of value in their monthly genealogical reading!

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Snowball Cemetery

The Family of Edwin Ruthben and Charlotte Marion Snowball

Pauline Gertrude Ellis Roberts, then 85 years old, wrote two books, one on the Snowball Family entitled History of the Snowball Family, 1796-1972, which traced the family back to Maine in 1796. The other book was about the Jacksonville Zoo which she researched for several years before printing it. In 1977, she provided information to the Jacksonville Genealogical Society for publication in its quarterly and it is included here. Mrs. Roberts was the granddaughter of Edwin Ruthben Snowball and his wife, Charlotte Marion Whittemore. She said, “The old Snowball Plantation house stood atop a yellow sandhill, one mile west of Lofton Creek on Harts Road. The graveyard was between the old plantation house privy and the backyard fence, bordering on Harts Road. This was a deep rutted dirt wagon road that crested the hill back of the house and ran parallel to the fence. It crossed Lofton Creek east and wound its way to Chester, Florida.” She continued, “ My grandfather, Edwin Ruthben Snowball, died on June 20, 1891, at the age of 58 and was buried in the backyard graveyard along with kith and kin of the Snowball and Whittemore families. All seven of the Snowball children and their spouses signed a warranty deed which was executed on 2 April 1904. This deed transferred from my grandmother, Mrs. Charlotte Marion Snowball, to Mrs. E. J. Johnson, both of Nassau County, the last of the old Snowball Plantation property except one quarter of an acre for a graveyard.” The seven...

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Vaughan Cemetery Dedication

Biography of John Daniel Vaughan

Following is a sketch of John Daniel Vaughn’s life presented at the dedication on May 7, 1927 for the unveiling of a marker at the grave of Lt. John Daniel Vaughan by the National Society Daughters of 1812, State of Florida. John D. Vaughan was born in Boston Mass., March 13, 1763. His parents were Henry and Mary Humphrey Vaughn, native of Dorchester, his mother’s family being one of the most conspicuous of that historic town. Of his childhood, there is no record. He entered military service at age 14, although he gave his age as sixteen in order to secure enlistment under existing army regulations. As the Massachusetts records testify, he enlisted in January, 1777, a private in Captain Wiley’s company, Colonel Michael Jackson’s regiment, and was honorably discharged in 1783. Following the Revolution he rendered service in the Indian wars in Captain Pierce’s regiment, commanded by Colonel Hamar in the year 1785, and was honorably discharged in 1786 From the official records it is shown that the military services of the young Massachusetts soldier coved in all a period of nineteen years. After the Revolution, he served continuously in Pennsylvania and other states. January 11 1795, he was appointed lieutenant of militia at Burnt For, GA., and continued as such until Jan. 1796. It was about this time that he married Rhoda Effingham, niece of Thomas Harvey Miller, owner of a notable plantation at Peter’s Point near St. Mary’s Ga. Her mother was Pharaba Miller, whose kinsman, Phienas...

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Oxley Funeral Home

Oxley Funeral Home Record

The Oxley Funeral Home ledger contains services rendered, including ambulance service, and date of service. Only funeral records are entered into our database. Copies of original pages can be obtained from Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. Each ledger book provided different information, and not all entries were complete....

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