The Florida Herald
St. Augustine July 8, 1838
Submitted by Susan Mahoney and Thelma (Dee) Schumann,
direct descendents of Elijah O'QUIN.
With a special thanks to Maureen DeBolles of the St. Augustine Historical
More victims to Savage barbarity.
"THE WAR IS CONSIDERED PRETTY WELL AT AN END." By the arrival of
a gentleman from Garbys Ferry on the 4th inst. we have received the heart
rending intelligence of the murder of a whole family name GWINN, who resided
on the Santa fe River. They fell victims to savage barbarity; a father,
mother, and two children were found murdered at their residence on the
2nd inst.; a daughter about 13 years of age is missing. There are
many conjectures, as to her fate; but if murdered her body has not been
This is the result of considering
the war as pretty well ended, and of withholding from the suffering inhabitants
that subsistence which would have enable them to live off from their plantations.
If they had been mustered into service their families would have been provided
for and their homes would have been protected.
A report is in circulation
that two other families had been murdered in the same meighborhood; making
the number seventeen, but we are happy to learn by a gentleman from Newmansville,
that this is an exaggeration. Two persons whose names we did not
learn, were murdered since the massacre of the GWINN family.
Our informant states that
a large gang are about the "Big Prairie" and its neighborhood, supposed
to be the Micasukies and Tallahassees; a body estimated at three or four
hundred, supposed to be fugitive Creeks are in the Oke-fe-noke swamp.
Several companies have been raised "on their own hooks" a mounting
of about 200 men. A portion marched to about 200 men. A portion
marched to the Big Prairie, and the remainder to the Oke-fe-noke swamp.
By David Leary: Our friends of Aluchua, and Columbia;
They have suffered much and still suffer--they have done nobly and still
do--while we have felt for their distress, we have admired their devotion
and taken pride in their achievements--their country's gratitude will reward
their patrotism--their country's justice guarantees the reimbursement of