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 of Hillsborough County before and during the Civil War. All three of his sons served in the Confederate military.
Thomas Kennedy Spencer Sr, his youngest son, is my gggg grandfather. He served in the 4th Florida Infantry and the Cow Cavalry. His family also ran the newspaper in Tampa, which he was left to run after his brothers died.
He then went on to become Sheriff of Hillsborough county, where his son , T K Spencer, Jr. also served. T K hired the first black deputy in Hillsborough County.
Many of his descendants still reside in Tampa. Before my family came to Florida, they moved to Georgia in 1754.
Our Facebook page has more than 83,500 followers who love off the beaten path Florida: towns, tourist attractions, back road maps, lodging, festivals, highway maps, scenic road trips, day trips, history, culture, nostalgia, and more.
Take a look. If you enjoy what you see, please give us a like.
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE MONTHLY EZINE FLORIDA HERITAGE TRAVEL
The latest updates to our website and stories about people, places, and events.
Florida Back Roads Travel is not affiliated with or endorsed by Backroads, a California-based tour operator which arranges and conducts travel programs throughout the world.
By Mike Miller, Copyright 2009-2020 Florida-Back-Roads-Travel.com