CALHOUN COUNTY TREASURER'S BOOK
Tax Records Calhoun County, Florida
1859, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1867
Pat Gore Smith and Jack Smith
--but for me home is Florida.
Pat found the Old Calhoun County Treasurer's Book.
In 1999 while on a trip to Panama City, Florida to visit my parents I had the opportunity to look through some old family papers. Among them was a small booklet approximately 8 x 6 1/2 inches in size. It consisted of twenty-four handwritten pages recording tax entries for Calhoun County, Florida for the years 1859, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1867. I had the pages color copied, and it is these copies I scanned which are seen here.
Entries were made in brown and blue ink. Although almost all of the entries consist of tax records, some are unrelated and these appear to have been made primarily because of the need for some paper at hand on which to write.
I would like to thank Betty James Smith and Duke Vickrey for their help in making these available to you. I hope that everyone who views and reads these pages will find them both interesting and helpful in their search for information of times past and the names of family members of that time.
Patricia Gore Smith
On a recent trip home to Allanton, FL I was given access to some old family papers. Among them was a handwritten account book which contains the tax records for Calhoun County, FL. Also among the papers are school rosters of Union School #8 in Calhoun County, FL from 1871 and mill accounts from what must have been James Bennett Stone's sawmill. (Will be online soon)
There are twenty-four pages in the original. The ink is both brown and blue and in some cases has faded into the pages on the underside on the next page. Also I feel sure that some of the pages were used at a later date to make notes unrelated to the tax records. (Duke Vickrey worked on these pages for a week.)
Alfred Walter Kirvin was my Great-great-grandfather. According the the census records that I have to date he was born in Georgia ca 1839. In 1861 in Montgomery, Alabama he enlisted in Alabama's 13th Regiment, and served with that regiment until the war's end. In 1868 in Calhoun County, Florida he married Mary Stone, daughter of James Benett and Jincy Yon Stone.
They lived in Calhoun County next to James B and Jincy Stone until 1885 when they moved with their seven children to Allanton on the East Bay in Washington (now Bay) County, Florida. Their eighth child would be born there.
Their daughter, Mary Ann Kirvin, married Joseph Weldon Whitfield in Calhoun County, Florida in 1891. They had three children: Allie, Minnie, and Joe. Mary Ann Kirvin Whitfield died ca 1898 and the three children were brought to live with her mother there in Allanton. Allie Whitfield would marry William Henry Gore of Allanton; they were my grandparents.
I have been able to trace Alfred Walter Kirvin until 1889; his wife Mary is listed as a widow in the 1900 census. He is buried at Farmdale Cemetery on what is now Tyndall Reservation. Mary was not buried there beside him. It was my search for her and her daughter's places of burial that led me to the existence of Alfred Walter Kirvin's papers amongst which was the small booklet containing the tax records of early Calhoun County, Florida.
Although he worked as a laborer, Alfred Walter Kirvin also served as a school teacher in Calhoun County, Florida during his time there. As well he kept accounting records for James Benett Stone. I assume that the booklet came into Alfred Walter Kirvin possession as a result of his connection with James Benett Stone. The booklet and also many personal papers of Alfred Walter Kirvin came with him in the move to Allanton; they have since always been in the keeping of one or another of the family. I know of no photograph of Alfred Walter Kirvin nor his wife Mary.
Copyright April 2000 Pat Gore Smith
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