by Daniel Rousseau
(Jupiter, FL)

William Henry Rousseau was born in 1818. Some documents say he was born in Florida, other documents say Georgia. We know he was living in Columbia County when he was a boy, in a place known as Pine Grove.

He was a member of Florida's Militia during the Second Seminole War. He voted against statehood in 1845, his reasoning being that if Florida became a state, too many people would migrate in.

He served in the Confederate army during the Civil War, as did his three oldest boys. The first two died, the third one fought in the Battle of Olustee with the 2nd Fl. Cavalry, and survived.

William Henry served Columbia County as a state representative, and in 1858, he co-sponsored legislation that created Suwannee County. He then served as State Senator for Suwannee County until all former Confederates were removed from office by the Federal government and replaced with freed slaves and carpetbaggers from the north.

He is buried in the ROUSSEAU CEMETERY in Clearwater. I am a fifth-generation Floridian. I am almost 83.

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