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My days of reenacting are almost over. I plan to do the event down in Big Cypress next week, and that is the last one for Florida. I will probably do one event at Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson in May, and then in New Orleans for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans in January 2015. I've already made reservations for the New Orleans event.

The reason is because what I am doing has a finite life. I am not able to run around like I used too. I cannot stand up for long, either. Fortunately, I am in better health and weight than I have been in years, but it is the other factors that have become debilitating. During Thanksgiving weekend, I was in the hospital once again, when my knee and leg gave me problems, and I was afraid that it might have been something more terminal. Fortunately it was not as bad as I feared, and I lived. So I could not go to Holy Ground 200th the next weekend like I wanted too because I still could not easily walk around. This is not the first time I have had the leg issue send me to the hospital. It did after Big Cypress a couple years ago. In the past few years, I have had several visits to the emergency room after events because I was unable to walk due to problems of arthritis, gout, and bad knees. A few days after the events, it becomes so inflamed that I cannot get out of bed. So age and condition has caught up to me and I can no longer stay on my feet like I used too. And then early this month on the Friday I wanted to come down to Dade Battlefield for the reenactment, I ended up with the day flu that made me cancel that trip. I was packed and ready to go when I started puking.

Now the good news, is that I seem to be in my prime for researching. I am finding out new, mind-blowing things each week in the archives. Some things related to stuff I am researching, and sometimes stuff to do with my own family.

About a week ago, I find a genealogy book that connects my mother's family with some of the settlers in Washington County, Florida. That is about an hour west of Tallahassee. I might be related to half the county, and they had involvement in the Creek and Seminoles Wars.

This past week, a researcher in Maryland researching my Bock ancestors found the dog tags of one of the family members who was killed in France in World War One. She opened up an envelope in the archives that has been sealed for about 95 years, and it contained his dog tag. So that was really meaningful.

Then today, I found a book of Kentucky soldiers in the War of 1812, where I had a direct ancestor involved. It gave the name of my ancestor's wife who was first cousin to someone else I knew from history. I mentioned this to a friend of mine who is Muskogee Creek with family connections to the Seminoles, and this friend said he is also related to that same historic person. So I am cousins to a Creek friend who I see on a regular basis, and never knew it until now.

I better stop researching before I find out who else I may be related too!
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awake awake
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On January 24th, 2014 05:50 am (UTC), duck113 commented:
Sorry to hear about your continuing health problems! I went to Holy Ground (with a broken foot).It was bitterly cold & damp, and only a small group of reenactors but I got some good photos to work from.Gorgeous spot, I'd like to go back & see the area when the weather is better-
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On January 27th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC), sawmillmatt commented:
Sorry to hear about you phyical problems. I am glad to hear you're going to expand you research. I ve been folowing your posts and your youtube channel,and find that you have a vast knowledge of Floridas frontier days. I have an interest in the volunteer units of the second seminole war. My g g g g grandfather was Capt. Jonathon Tyner in command of mounted vollunteers in John Warrens regiment.
Any info off the top of your head or just pointing me in the right direction to find out for myself(books websites ect) would be GREATLY appreciated.
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On January 27th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC), seminolewar replied:
Some libraries in Florida have the publications from the Nat'l Guard in St. Augustine. They have the muster rosters printed of the different units. Then there is an index of militia soldiers from the Indian wars, 1815-1859.
Muster rosters are in order of name of the company commander.
It lists:
Capt. A. Waterman's Company, lists Johnathan Tyner as 1st Lieut. enrolled Jacksonville from July 11 & July 14 1837 for six months.
Capt. Jonathan Tyner's Company, in service from Oct. 7, 1839, to Apr. 7, 1840.
Capt. Jonathan Tyner's Company, enrolled at Black Creek, for six months, Dec. 15, 1838.
Now you can start figuring out where they were serving.
I did not see the mustering out record in the Nat'l guard publications.
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On January 31st, 2014 03:20 pm (UTC), sawmillmatt commented:
Thanks for the info! I look foward to checking in to those records at the library. I have a couple more questions if you don't mind. I'm interested in the Florida volunteer units as a whole. What they ate, what was their daily lives were like when they were called out, what was their daily complaints and comforts. Ive looked online and find that there is hardly any books written on the Florida volunteers. Could you recomend any?
My next question is could a freed black man who was born a slave , but given his freedom with legally could he legally own land in antibellum Florida?
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On February 5th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC), seminolewar replied:
Question on freed slave
I will have to check, but I do not believe that a freed slave could have owned property. It was against the territorial laws, that became more restrictive in 1835. That is why Anna Kingsley left Florida. By the territorial laws, a free black man could not come into Florida and live unless he decided to become a slave. A black man was not allowed to be travelling without a master or overseer--it was also against the law. With laws those restrictive, I pretty much doubt a freed slave could own property.
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