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) did your ancestor come to Florida? 1825 5. Where did your ancestor settle in Florida? Washington County
From Florida Genealogical Society
Ira Shine WILLIAMS was born about 1813, the son of John WILLIAMS. He was born in Bulloch County, Georgia, and moved with his parents to Florida about 1819. Ira Shine served in the Indian War from Jackson County, Florida in 1835 and 1836. Territorial Papers list him as a signer of a petition to build a road across the Choctawhatchee River in 1842. Ira Shine WILLIAMS was an Election Inspector and voter #12 in John MILLER's house, Precinct #2, Washington County in the first statewide election 26 May 1845; he is also listed as a Justice of the Peace for Washington County in 1847. He married Sarah BURNS,born about 1817 in North Carolina, the daughter of Anthony BURNS, about 1835. After Sarah's death, Ira married Harriett __ ' then moved on to Smith County, Texas where his brother David WILLIAMS had settled previously. Harriett apparently returned to Washington County, Florida, and Ira Shine divorced her in 1860. He was a cattleman, who carried his cattle to Texas with him, where he had a large farm.
Descendants of this pioneer are in Northwest Florida, South Alabama and Texas. Shine and Sarah had these children: Wiley WILLIAMS married Anne Eliza WILLIAMS John Wesley WILLIAMS Mary WILLIAMS Elizabeth WILLIAMS William WILLIAMS married Mary Catherine SMITH Emiline WILLIAMS married Warren WILLIAMS Jefferson WILLIAMS, married Selina __ Walter Wesley WILLIAMS married Theodocia CARMICHAEL Sarah WILLIAMS Bowman WILLIAMS Caroline WILLIAMS married James A. MARTIN
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