Steven Pony Hill records that in the late 1850s a
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
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
families "all of whom claimed to be Catawbas," never made it further
than Alabama. (Google, Steven Pony Hill to learn much more
the Red Bone peoples.)
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)
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
about sixty men at Pensacola and sailed away.
In 1826, a group of Gaelic-speaking
families -- all relatives-- made the long trek to Florida, moving
themselves and belongings in a long line of wagons. Surname
and others. They settled in Walton County, in the beautiful Euchee
Valley, Knox Hill, Euchee Anna on Bruce Creek and in Mossey Bend.
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.
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: http://laurelhillnow.com/tyner.htm
to read the entire story.)
Baker Block Museum
Educational Services. Baker, FL.