Florida Cracker Heritage and Genealogy

Most Florida Crackers are descended from Southerners who moved down from South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama shortly before and after the U.S. Civil War ended in 1865.

That's not a hard and fast rule, however, because many Yankees who came down in that era became so Southern in culture they are Crackers in a way too.

Pioneer Wagon Courtesy of National ArchivesPioneer Wagon Courtesy of National Archives

Some of these pioneers came down by horse or mule drawn wagons.  Many rode their mules or horses.  An amazing number of them walked.  

The Southern states were poor even before the Civil War, but they were physically and economically devastated by the war.  Farms and businesses had been destroyed.  Hundreds of thousand of Confederate soldiers had died.

Florida was a chance for these Southerners, including veterans and other survivors to get a fresh start in life.

The best resource for researching Florida Cracker genealogy is the website of the Florida State Genealogical Society.  They have a "Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate Program" that honors descendants of Florida pioneers who settled in Florida before statehood.

This means your ancestor had to move to Florida between March 3, 1845 (statehood) and December 31, 1900.  The Society even gives a certificate to descendants who can verify their ancestry. 

I have noticed they also give certificates to descendants whose ancestors came to Florida before statehood in 1845.  If your ancestor came to Florida, for example, in 1825, you are probably considered a 7th or 8th generation Floridian.

Sample Florida Pioneer CertificateSample Florida Pioneer Certificate

Our requirements are not as strict.  We'd like our pioneers to have come down here at least 100 years ago.

If your ancestors came down back in those days, we'd like to hear from you.  We plan to have an index of family names on this page that will be fun for others to read.  You might even discover relatives you didn't know you have.

INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR YOUR ENTRY

1. Your Ancestor's Full Name:
2. Your name:
3. Where did your ancestor come from?
4. What year (approx) did your ancestor come to Florida?
5. Where did your ancestor settle in Florida?

An easy way to do this is to cut the 5 questions above with your computer and paste them into the form.  You can then fill in the information along with whatever family story you'd like to tell.

WITHOUT THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS YOUR FAMILY INFORMATION WON'T BE HELPFUL TO OUR OTHER VISITORS AND MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED.

Tell Us About Your Florida Cracker Heritage and Genealogy

Tell us as much as you know about your ancestor.

What People Have Told Us About Their Family

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SISTRUNK 
1. Your Ancestor's Full Name: Stephen David Sistrunk 2. Your name: Mamie Willoughby 3. Where did your ancestor come from?He was born at White Springs, …

JOHNSON 
1. Your Ancestor's Full Name: Johnson, David 2. Your name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? South Carolina 4. What year (approx) did …

WILLIAMS 
1. Your Ancestor's Full Name: Williams, Ira Shine 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Georgia 4. What year (approx) …

ANDERSON 
1. Your Ancestor's Full Name: Anderson, Angus Lane 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Unknown 4. What year (approx) …

MARTIN 
1. Your Ancestor's Full Name: Martin, Delila 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Georgia 4. What year (approx) did your …

TAYLOR 
1. Your Ancestor's Full Name: Taylor, Andrew 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Virginia 4. What year (approx) did your …

JONES 
1. Your Ancestor's Family Name: Jones 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Georgia 4. What year (approx) did your ancestor …

BROWN 
1. Your Ancestor's Family Name: Brown 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Georgia 4. What year (approx) did your ancestor …

SMITH 
. Your Ancestor's Family Name: Smith 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Georgia 4. What year (approx) did your ancestor …

PILLANS 
1. Your Ancestor's Family Name: Pillans 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? South Carolina 4. What year (approx) did …

MILLER 
1. Your Ancestor's Family Name: Miller 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Georgia 4. What year (approx) did your ancestor …

EDGEMON 
1. Your Ancestor's Family Name: Noah Hatcher Edgemon 2. Your full name: Martha Lee Shackelford 3. Where did your ancestor come from? TN 4. What year …

HENDRY 
1. Your Ancestor's Family Name: Francis Asbury Hendry 2. Your full name: flsgs.org 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Georgia 4. What year (approx) …

BLUE 
1. Your Ancestor's Family Name: BLUE 2. Your full name: Anonymous 3. Where did your ancestor come from? North Carolina 4. What year (approx) did your ancestor …

CLEMMONS 
1. Clemmons 2. William E. Clemmons 3. Not sure prior to Civil War. 4. Pre Civil War. 5. West of Palatka, Florida

RAWLS 
1. Your Ancestor's Family Name: Colton B. (Cotton) Rawls 2. Your full name:Frances ELAINE McKendree 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Screven …

STAFFORD 
My great grandfather was Henry Stafford, his first wife, my grandmother was Viola May Jenkins. I have been told that I am a 6/7 generation Floridian. Henry …

SPENCER 
William Samuel Spencer, my great great great great great grandfather moved to what is now Palma Ceia from South Georgia before 1830. He was Sheriff …

LEE 
Some family names descended from John Lee: Hightower, Cason, Hunter, Pennington, Roberts, Smith, Walls, McLeod, Jones, Hogans, Cone, Chesire and MacDonald. …

MCDONALD 
1. Your Ancestor's Family Name:McDonald 2. Your full name:John F McDonald 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Kansas 4. What year (approx) did your …

CHESSER 
By Alisa Graham, Ocala, Florida 1. Your Ancestor's Family Name: CHESSER 2. Your full name: ALISA RUTH CHESSER GRAHAM 3. Where did your ancestor …

GILLETT 
By Sandra Gillett Odermatt of Tampa, Florida My grandfather's family immigrated from France in the 1700's. Two brothers with their families frst …

BARBER 
My name is Charles Howell from Tifton, Georgia. My 2nd great uncle was Moses Barber of O’Brien, Florida. Don’t know if he descends from the Moses Barber …

CRUM and LYKES 
Crum Family in Florida by Pat Knox Ketchie (Salt Springs, Florida) Crum Plaque in Brooksville Cemetery I'm a Sixth Generation Native Floridian...and …

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RAULERSON 
William Raulerson was born in 1780 in South Carolina, and died in Columbia County, Florida (now Baker County) in 1858. His father, John Raulerson, …

PELLICER 
Xavier Lopez Pellicer was born on February 8, 1900, in St Augustine, Florida. The Pellicer family name is prominent in modern St Augustine; they …

MOSELEY 
Julia Daniels Moseley and her family settled in Limona (now Brandon) in Hillsborough County in the 1880s. A collection of letters (titled "Come To …

MOORE 
Allen Irving Moore and his 17 year old daughter Carolyn Adela Moore came to Cocoa in 1884 from Islip, Long Island, New York. Mr. Moore had to leave …

MAXCY 
Latimer (Latt) Maxcy was born on November 7, 1887, in Columbia, South Carolina. During a camping trip in 1904 after a devastating freeze, Latt observed …

LEE 
John Lee was born in 1794 in South Carolina and died in September 1884. He and his family moved to Georgia. In 1830, John and his family moved to Columbia …

JOHNS 
Jeremiah Johns moved to Hamilton County, Florida from North Carolina about 1826 and settled on Camp Branch where he lived until his death. He raised …

HOLLAND 
Spessard Lindsey Holland was born on July 10, 1892, in Bartow, Florida, and died on November 6, 1971. His father was Benjamin Franklin Holland and …

HILL 
Dr. James H. Hill was born on September 13, 1819 in Monroe County, Georgia, and died on August 6, 1865. He married Martha Thomas on March 28, 1844 and …

GRIFFIN 
Ben Hill Griffin, Sr. was the father of Jr. He gave him a 10 acre orange grove as a wedding gift, and Jr. turned it into one of Florida's largest fortunes. …

DAVIS 
Arthur Weston Davis and his new bride, Jessie Eliza Elcock Davis (nee Wright)came from Solihull and Halesowen, England, respectively in April 1911 and …

CORDERY 
E. Alonzo Cordery was born in New Jersey in 1851. He moved to Florida about 1893. In 1895, he started raising a tobacco crop near Fort Meade using workers …

CHAFFIN 
Earnest Calvin Chaffin was born in 1883 and died in 1958. He came to Miami, FL. in 1921 from Swords, Georgia. He and his wife Vada Hanson Chaffin …

BROWARD 
Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Jr. was born on April 19, 1857, and died on October 1, 1910. He was raised on various family farms along the St. Johns River …

BARNES 
Earl Barnes was reportedly born in Eustis, Florida on August 22, 1889. His father was Theodore Barnes and his mother was Rena Grey. This information …

ARNOLD 
John Arnold and his wife Ellender Baker Arnold moved from Georgia to Florida with their boys in about 1845. John and at least 3 of his sons served in …

ALBRECHT 
1. Your first and last name. Not Provided 2. Your ancestor's first and last name. Charles Theodor Albrecht 3. Where did your ancestor come from? …

MCDONALD 
1. Your first and last name. Bryan McDonald 2. Your ancestor's first and last name. Peter McCaskill McDonald 3. Where did your ancestor come from? …

HENDERSON 
1. Your first and last name. Jason Batton 2. Your ancestor's first and last name. ? Henderson 3. Where did your ancestor come from? Don't know …

ALLEN 
1. Your first and last name. Elizabeth Allen Sacco 2. Your ancestor's first and last name. Lorenzo Dow Allen 3. Where did your ancestor come …

WILSON 
1. Your first and last name. Deborah Callicott 2. Your ancestor's first and last name. Joseph Wilson. 3. Where did your ancestor come from? South …

BATTON 
1. Your first and last name. JASON BATTON 2. Your ancestor's first and last name. WILLIAM BATTON 3. Where did your ancestor come from? NOT …

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