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? North Carolina

4. What year did your ancestor come to Florida. 1830s

5. Where did they settle? Walton County, Florida

6. Tell us what else you know about your ancestor.

McDonald Family in Florida by Bryan McDonald (Tampa). The McDonald name appeared in Walton County, Florida in the 1830s or so when they moved from North Carolina with a number of other Scotch-Irish settlers. They are listed on page 41 of John Love McKinnon's book "History of Walton County" as one of the pioneer families of the region. My grandfather, Peter McCaskill McDonald was born in or around Eucheeanna Florida in 1898 or so. My name is Bryan McDonald , and I'm a Tampa resident interested in Cracker Culture and Florida History. Thank you for your informative site.


Bryan, thank for your submittal. I did a little research about Eucheeanna Florida and learned from a Walton County website that it was named for the Euchee Indians, and the it was the first Scottish settlement in the Florida territory.

It was a small village with a courthouse, jail, school, a couple of fellowship halls, some stores, a grist mill and a sawmill. Eucheeanna was the county seat of Walton County until the courthouse burned down in 1885 and the county seat moved to DeFuniak Springs.

In September 1864, Yankee troops under General Asboth razed and plundered the small town on their way to Marianna and Tallahassee.

Thanks for the family history.

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