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Author: The History of
Past & Present,
The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. II p340 1923
CAMPBELL, JOHN T.
has been a resident of Bradentown for over twenty years, and
is a well known banking official here and in other towns of Manatee
He was born in Jacksonville, Georgia, October 6, 1876, son of WILLIAM
P. and SUSANNA (WILCOX) CAMPBELL, both natives of Georgia, and grandson
of HENRY JACKSON CAMPBELL, a native of North Carolina, and of MITCHELL
and MARTHA (SWAIN) WILCOX, of Georgia. WILLIAM P. CAMPBELL was a
soldier in a Georgia regiment in the Civil war and died in 1887, and
his wife passed away in 1888.
After the death of his parents JOHN T. CAMPBELL lived at Darian,
Georgia, five or six years, and then came to Florida. He was a clerk in
the circuit clerk’s office at Tampa a year, and then for a number of
years continued work as a bookkeeper in that city. He came to
Bradentown in December, 1899, and since then has been active in
banking. He became cashier of the old Bank of Manatee, which since 1912
has been the First National Bank , of which he is now vice president
and cashier. He is a director in the Manatee County State Bank at
Palmetto, is president and director of the Citizen Bank at Manatee, is
vice-president and director of the Guarantee Abstract Company, and is
director, secretary and treasurer of the Bradentown Builders
On November 19, 1903, Mr. CAMPBELL married NETTIE LEE COOK, a native of
Georgia, and daughter of J. F. and DAMARIUS (McARTHUR) COOK. They have
two daughters, ELIZABETH and MARTHA. Mr. CAMPBELL is a trustee and
chairman of the Building Committee of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
He is a democrat and a Knight Templar Mason.
Presented by Nancy Rayburn
Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The
Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. III pg.255
pursued the simple life for some years, cultivating his land
and developing a citrus grove, but for the past thirty years has been
one of the very vigorous men of affairs at Bradentown, has accumulated
extensive property, and has given up only a few of the important
interests that engaged him there.
Mr. CORWIN is of old New England stock and was born at Bristol, Rhode
Island, July 20, 1858, son of SETH and CORDELIA (BAKER) CORWIN, his
father a native of Riverhead, Long Island, and his mother of Bristol,
Rhode Island. His father was a ship master, and sailed a boat between
Providence and New York. He died about 1917 at Stonington, Connecticut.
SAMUEL C. CORWIN, whose mother died in 1861 when he was three years
old, was reared in Rhode Island, attended the public schools, and at
the age of nineteen became connected with the grocery business at
Bristol. He remained there six years and then his doctor ordered him
South to benefit his lung trouble. In October, 1883, he arrived at
Sarasota in Manatee County, and soon homesteaded 120 acres. He proved
up, developed a farm, set out two acres in oranges, and also made
considerable profit as an apiarist, having at one time seventy colonies
of bees. On his farm he busied himself for thirteen years. After
selling he moved to Bradentown, was employed in a grocery store for a
year and one-half, and then took charge of a steamboat dock and about
three years later bought the dock and continued its active management
until April, 1922, when he sold it to WILLIAM ADAMS of Sarasota. Mr.
CORWIN since 1902 has been local agent for the Gulf Refining Company of
Pittsburgh. He owns a fine home on Upham Street in Bradentown, and
considerable other property including a gas filling station and ten
acres of farm land just south of the city limits on Florida Avenue. He
also owns a house and lot occupied by his daughter at Seminole Heights
in Hillsboro County and has other property in Cortez.
He married in 1881 IDA WEST, a native of Bristol, Rhode Island, who
died in 1900. The children of this marriage were: NANCY, wife of J.
GATHER BONNEWELL, of El Paso, Texas; LEONORA, Mrs. COLLIER BROWNING of
Bradentown; and MARGARET, wife of ALLISON LASTINGER, of Tampa. In
March, 1902, Mr. CORWIN married INA WOODRUFF, daughter of JOSEPH
WOODRUFF, and a native of Massachusetts. The children of this union all
at home, are FRANCES, ALICE, CORDELIA, SAMUEL and EDITH. Mr. CORWIN
served for several years as a vestryman in the Episcopal Church, has
been commissioner of both the Sarasota and the Bradentown districts,
was for one term county treasurer, and four years was a member of the
Bradentown Council. He is a vice president in the Building &
Loan Association, a member of the Board of Trade, is a democrat and is
affiliated with the Masons, Knights of Pythias and Odd
Presented by Nancy Rayburn