J. Black was born
1832 in Randolph County,
Georgia to the parents of
Mary (Griggs) Black. His father was born 1795 in South Carolina, his
1804 in North Carolina. Peter and Mary Griggs were married in Hancock
When the war was over Peter returned home to his wife and child who was now three years old and continued to build his family.
Peter asnd Susan had the following children:
1. Littleton Shartish (Shotish) Black… b. Feb. 2,1862, Milford, Baker Co., GA…d. Apr. 29, 1914, Crystal River, Citrus Co., FL; md. (a) I. D. Mixon (b) Alice Tucker.
2. Ivory Nomie Black…b. May 15, 1866, Milford, Baker Co., GA… d. Feb.5, 1893.
3. Jacob Faithful Black…b. June 12, 1867, Milford, Baker Co., GA…d. Feb. 19, 1940, Pinellas Co., FL; buried…Crystal River, Citrus Co., FL; md. (a) Lula Beazell (b) Alice J. Martin.
4. J. D. Black…b. Feb. 28, 1869, Decatur Co., GA… d. May, 1870.
5. Ida Sophronia Black…b. Nov. 11,1871, Decatur Co., GA…d. aft.1904…Florida; md. James Charles Freeman.
6. Benjamin Franklyn Black…b. Feb. 19, 1874, Bainbridge, Decatur Co., GA…d. Feb. 13, 1895.
7. Rile Black b. June 15, 1876, GA…d. unknown.
8. Norah Ester Black…b. Apr. 28, 1879, Milford, Baker Co., GA…d. Feb.5, 1899, probably Florida; md. unknown Scarborough.
9. Jasper Albert Black…b. May 12, 1885, Milford, Baker Co., GA…d. Oct. 22, 1941; md. Dora May McKinney.
10. Hattie Vashti Black…b. Dec. 20, 1885, Milford, Baker Co., GA…d. Nov. 28, 1929, Lake Co., FL; md. Jesse Elbert Dykes.
11. Fredrick Eugene Black…b. Apr. 5, 1890, Dothan, Houston Co., Al…d. August 3, 1948; md Daphne Gladys Williams.
Several families had picked up and left Milford sometime after the war; some going to Texas while others headed for Alabama and Florida. According to accounts published in “The History of Baker County, Georgia,” a carpetbagger was murdered after he stole a horse. “The person responsible fled the state and later sent for his family. Not only did his kin leave, but other families as well traveling by wagon train.” It is not known if this is why Peter took his family to Alabama, but there were discussions in our family over the years, about “The Blacks leaving in the middle of the night after someone was murdered.”Around 1894, Peter and the family made their way into Florida settling in the Ocklawaha area of Marion County. They fell in love with the waters of Lake Weir. Peter and his sons quickly saw the potential of making a living on the lake, after getting their proverbial “feet wet”. Peter’s son’s moved further south into Crystal River where they started commercial net fishing. They would visit their father who by now was renting boats to the visitors coming to the lake for recreation and sport. It was during these trips that the family got into trouble for seining on Lake Weir, which by now had become illegal. The tourists…not wanting their newly found paradise spoiled by the local fishermen, who were trying to carve out a living the best way they knew how. The family was being harassed unmercifully, but remained determined in their quest for a better life in Florida.
Peter died September 7, 1904, and in an article appearing in The Ocala Evening Star…the following was written; “Mr. Peter Black one of the pioneer fishermen of Lake Weir is dead and his remains were sent today to Crystal River to his son, L. S. Black for burial. The deceased was 78 years of age.”
Peter’s wife, Susan was made guardian over their minor son Freddie and in 1906 she petitioned the court in order to sell the property held in trust for her son, who was now teenager. She was living in Crystal River. Susan applied for a widow’s pension on her husbands Civil War Record, but it is unclear if she ever received one.
Author: Linda Flowers
On A Personal Note:
I am the g g granddaughter of Peter J. Black.