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Re: Chaunceys in Florida 19 Century
Posted by: John E. Mellick Date: May 07, 2001 at 19:55:25
In Reply to: Re: Chaunceys in Florida 19 Century by Robert Chancey of 257

Robert,

I canít believe what Iím reading. I have Stricklands in north FL before the CW. I canít connect, but they are surely related to a Stephen D Strickland who m1 Polly Poppell and m2 Rachel Shaw, d/o Martin Shaw & Elizabeth Chancey. Stephen and Rachel had a son, William Wilson Strickland who, during the CW, was a leader of some local farmers, deserters, layouts, and veterans who were trying to protect their farms and families from marauding bands of rogues and renegades, as well as the CSA army, who were confiscating animals, crops and sons. The group, mostly from Taylor Co FL, called themselves Stricklandís Rangers. Toward the end of the CW, they joined the Union Army, 2nd Fla Cav, and participated in the Battle of Natural Bridge, one of only two battles in Florida between the CSA and Union Armies during the CW (the CSA won them both). Anyway, Strickland and his squad burned a railroad bridge, and almost derailed a troop train carrying CSA reinforcements to the battle. The story goes that a group of CSA on horses with dogs, led by a Jacob Chancey, hunted down and captured Strickland. He was later executed in Tallahassee, as a deserter from the CSA Army. Could this be the Jacob Chancey, subject of your message no 8?

But there is more. I had seen a Jacob Chancey in the 1850 census of Madison Co FL, a portion of which became Taylor Co in 1856. Jacob Chancey lived in h/h 275, and in h/h 273 and 274 were Jackson Sapp (my 2g-gf) and Darling Sapp, his brother (both were members of Stricklandís Rangers). In h/h 289 were Charles Martin and his sister Nancy Martin. Nancy would marry Jackson Sapp and be my 2g-gm, and Charles Martin was second-in-command of Stricklandís Rangers, as well as marrying two of William W Stricklandís sisters. Charles Martin died at the Battle of Natural Bridge. In between h/hís 273 and 292 were maybe a half dozen more members of Stricklandís Rangers. How did Jacob Chancey end up on the other side from all of these others? These people lived in the general area where Madison, Taylor and Jefferson FL counties meet. (Read "Blockaders, Refugees, and Contrabands" by George E. Buker, for an interesting story of how the US Navy blockaded FL during the CW, and enlisted locals, including Stricklandís group, to participate in their effort).

And more! You said Jacob Chancey came from Camden Co GA. The Sapps had been willed cattle in Camden Co GA in a deed-of-gift dated 1805. I believe they were still running those cattle in north FL up until the CW. Then you said that Jacob Chancey died in Brevard Co FL. I live in Brevard Co FL, home of Cape Canaveral AFS and Kennedy Space Center. You show that Susan Chancey, widow of William Chancey homesteaded 160 acres at S7 T24S R36E. That is prime property now, about 3 or 4 miles north of downtown Cocoa, FL. City Point became absorbed by Cocoa. I live about 10 miles SSE from there.

And finally, almost last on your list was a William Asa Chancey, who m Charlcy Martin. I wonder if she was any relation to the Charles Martin I mentioned earlier?

You said you got your information from others, as well as the LDS site. I found some marriage dates in the IGI, but found nothing in the Ancestral File. Can you help me there?

Thanks for the descendants list, it gives me something to work from,

John (mellick@spacey.net)





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