Surnames & Families.

Primarily British and Native American Families.

     Sehoy III:     Her first husband was Colonel John Tate, a British officer with rank of colonel and the last British commander at Ft. Toulouse. The children of Sehoy II and her first husband John Tate were: David Tate, born 1778, who 1st married Mary Randon who died with her 2 of her daughters in the Massacre of Ft. Mims; he next married Margaret Dyer; d. 1829),and John Tate II.

     "Red Sticks"  A faction of Creeks known as Red Sticks sought aggressively to return their society to a traditional way of life. Red Stick leaders such as William Weatherford (Red Eagle), Peter McQueen, and Menawa, who were allies of the British, violently clashed with other chiefs within the Creek Nation over white encroachment on Creek lands and the programs administered by U.S. Indian Agent Benjamin Hawkins. Before the Creek Civil War began, the Red Sticks attempted to keep their activities secret from the old chiefs. Google this topic for additional information.

Primarily Mixed-Blood Families
(These many generations later, one could say that there are no pure (full) blood people among most of us!)

Allied family ties in Holmes, County, FL. Hood, William C. Piney Woods History: Bland, Goddin, Thomas, Callahan and related families in Holmes County, Florida; family tree website containing complete texts of FWP.  See also, Florida guidebook article as well as unpublished typescripts and 1956 field notes by Calvin L. Beale

     According to oral history the 1850's migration was a "wagon train led by Alfred Mayo." The majority of families were originally from South Carolina and had settled in Florida in about 1828. Those persons on the "wagon train" include these surnames:  Butcher; Hagan; Stanley: Perkins;  Knight;  Bartlett; Mayo.

     Steven Pony Hill records that in the late 1850s a large number of families left the Choctawhatchee River area of northwest Florida and journeyed west to Rapides Parish, Louisiana. These families, often described as "mixed-bloods" joined an older settlement of Willis, Goins, Perkins and Sweat families to produce what is known today as the "Red Bone" community. History suggests that a group of families left the same area of Florida in1853, but met with less success. The Taylor and Houser families "all of whom claimed to be Catawbas," never made it further than Alabama.  (Google, Steven Pony Hill to learn much more about the Red Bone peoples.)

Spanish Surnames

Don Tristan de Luna and his party of Spanish settlers moved to the Pensacola area.
Spanish Commander of Pensacola was Metamoras. (See paragraph below re Bienville)

French Surnames

In the area surrounding Louisiana (Texas, Mississippi, coastal Alabama, and Northwest Florida) surnames found are Lavalet, Lavalette, Lavallette, Valette and Vallette.

Governor of French Louisiana, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, took Pensacola for France on May 14, 1719, arriving with his fleet and a large ground force of Indian warriors. The Spanish commander of Pensacola, Metamoras, had not heard that war had been declared between France and Spain, and his garrison was so small that he felt it would be useless to resist: at four o'clock in the afternoon, he surrendered on the conditions that private citizens and property should not be disturbed and the garrison should march out with honors of war and be shipped to Havana in French vessels. Bienville left about sixty men at Pensacola and sailed away.

Scottish Surnames

     In 1826, a group of Gaelic-speaking Scottish families -- all relatives-- made the long trek to Florida, moving themselves and belongings in a long line of wagons. Surname included  McKinnonDouglassMacIverCampbellMacRaeMcLean and others. They settled in Walton County, in the beautiful Euchee Valley, Knox Hill, Euchee Anna on Bruce Creek and in Mossey Bend.

     Duncan McQuage/McQuaig/McQuagge born ca 1765 came with his wife, 3 sons, and daughter from North Carolina to the Euchee Valley Scottish settlement southeast of what is now DeFuniak Springs in Walton County, FL. in the early 1820's.

     Daniel Campbell was born on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, in the year 1725 and in the year 1749 he married Miss Effie McLean. They moved to America in the year 1752 together with his family. He died on his birthday, December 12, 1843. His wife died the day before he passed away and both were buried at the same hour in the Sam Clary Cemetery near Magnolia settlement in Walton County, Florida. (Go to:  to read the entire story.)

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