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Jacob Link
        Jacob apparently moved to Alachua Co. from Lancaster Co., SC about 1848 and settled in the Windsor/Rochelle area. The date of 1848 comes from Florida Pension Application A05255 made by his son, Jacob Link, Jr., where Jacob, Jr. states that he came to Florida in 1848 (Jacob, Jr. would have been about 11 at the time.) Jacob, Jr. enlisted in the 7th Regiment of Florida Infantry and lost his right arm in the battle of Jonesboro, GA, during the Civil War. Jonesboro is a southern suburb of Atlanta.

        Jacob Link, Sr.'s eldest child, Mary Jane, married William S. Perry in Lancaster Co., SC and moved to Alachua Co. about 1852 after a brief stint in Marion Co., GA. William S. Perry's oldest daughter, Ellender, was born in SC in 1847; son, John was born in GA 1850; and son, Jacob was born in FL in Dec 1854. William S. Perry and wife, Mary Jane, were in Marion Co., GA in the 1850 census living near William's older sister, Lucy and her husband, Elijah Carlisle. (William's maternal grandfather was living in a neighboring county.) Several of William's brothers and his mother moved to Alachua Co. in the 1840's and 1850's after his father died but most moved on to Sumter Co., FL.

        One of Jacob Link, Jr.'s daughters, also named Mary Jane Link, married Robert James Beckham, some of whose descendants still live in the Windsor area.

        Mary Jane Link, wife of William S. Perry, is buried in the Link Cemetery, on paper co. land several miles NE of Windsor. I have heard that there are about 40 graves in the cemetery, but Mary Jane (Link) Perry's is the only one with a monument. There is also a marker for a CSA veteran but I do not recall his name.

        I am a great, great grandson of William S. and Mary Jane (Link) Perry through the following relationship:
William S. Perry m. Mary Jane Link
Amanda Elizabeth Perry m. John Porter Collins
William Jonathan Collins m. Leola Cathern Colvin
Alva Leroy Collins m. Gwendolyn Peterson
Alva Leroy Collins, Jr.


Alva L. Collins, Jr.

Samuel Russell
        Samuel Russell was born on August 13, 1816 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was the second of six children born to merchant Samuel Russell Sr. and Ann Elizabeth Corby.
        Around 1838 he moved from Wilmington to the Territory of Florida. Although Florida was not a safe place at that time, like so many other early pioneers, Samuel must have thought the rewards were worth the risks. He settled in Columbia County around the Mineral Springs area.
        He married Mary Stafford on October 13, 1839 in Suwannee Springs. The couple had two children; Simeon Dell Russell was born April 12, 1841 in Mineral Springs, and David Yulee Russell on April 24, 1843 in Newnansville. After the death of his father, son David went to live with his uncle Henry Paxton Russell and aunt Lucretia Ellis in Wilmington. They later adopted him.
        Samuel joined the Florida militia during the Second Seminole War. On November 28, 1840 he enlisted as a private and was stationed at Alligator Settlement with the Second Regiment of the Florida Foot Militia under the command of George E. McCellan.
        In 1842 he was appointed a Justice of Peace for east Florida and was also appointed Registrar for the Land District Office in Newnansville. While living in Columbia County, the Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida gave Samuel the right to establish a ferry across the Suwannee River at Mineral Springs.
        Florida became a state in 1845. The first statewide elections were held on May 26, 1845 and Samuel Russell voted in the Newnansville Precinct.
        He was very active in the community and town affairs. He served on the Grand Jury, was elected Clerk of Court for Alachua County, and Road Commissioner for part of Belamy Road. It is uncertain whether he had any other occupation since the 1850 Census reports "none." The listing of his "Inventory of the Goods and Chattels" on November 10, 1853 includes items that appear he may have owned a store or tavern.
        Samuel Russell's wife, Mary Stafford, died May 4, 1844. He married again on July 27, 1845 to Mary Caroline Tison, the daughter of Aaron Tison and Lousia Jane Dell. There were four children born in his second marriage: Ann Elizabeth on February 9, 1846; Mary J. in 1847; Adaloa "Ada" in February 1850; and Samuel Joseph on August 2, 1852.
        Samuel died while on a trip to Savannah, Georgia. His body was sent back to Alachua for burial and he was buried in the Dell Family Cemetery beside his daughter Ann Elizabeth. His headstone reads as follows:
        What a historical stone for a genealogist who viewed it 150 years later.
        After Samuel's death, Mary Caroline married Charles L. Wilson on December 28, 1854. There were two children born to this marriage: George F. in 1858 and Edward Musso Wilson, born July 20, 1861.
        Mary Caroline died December 18, 1893 and was buried at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Columbia County.

Robert Taylor

Cornelius Johns
        Cornelius Johns was born in North Carolina in the late 1700's.He moved to Florida before 1817.He married Elizabeth Sparkman in 1818,at Boggy Swamp Nassau County FL.
        Cornelius Johns (Sr.) is listed in Florida records as having received a Spanish Land Grant (Alachua Co. Gen. site has documents) William Sparkman, his b-i-l also received a land grant. Cornelius had several son's, two were Burb(Bourbon) also spelled "Birb" in records and Cornelius Jr. who married Maria Alvarez (1st) then Rebecca Sylvester Barber (filed for widow's pension in FL) Cornelius & Burb are buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Orlando, FL on Sandlake Rd. Marzella Keene, Burb's wife is also buried there along with several of the subsequent generations. Cornelius son's are scattered, Andrew Jackson Johns and his wife Rebecca Patrick Johns are buried at Lake Hill Cemetery in Orlavista, FL on Old Winter Garden Rd. (Cary Hand Cemetery records are available at Issac Johns and his wife are buried at Ft. Ogden, FL and a third is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, FL. Cornelius' first wife Maria died and is believed to be buried in Putnam Co. Cornelius Sr. and William Sparkman were close friends with Andrew Jackson and served under him during the War of 1812. There are documents in the Alachua archives with their signatures to do with the formation of the State of Florida. The Johns & Sparkman famlies intermarried several times in the Alachua, Bradford Co. areas. Many of the family gravemarkers are posted on
1830 United States Federal Census
Name: Cornelius Johns
Home in 1830: Tampa Bay, Lochloosa Creek, Coster Ponds, New River, and Sampson River, Alachua, Florida
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 8
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 10
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 10
1830 Alachua Co Fl census index
Johns Cornelius 50 pg046.txt Eastern
Cliff Johns, CAPT USN RET