|Birth: ||Sep. 25, 1826|
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 1903|
James Chestnut was born on September 25, 1826 in Georgia. His parents were both born in North Carolina.
He met and fell in love with Miss Elizabeth Kersey. They were married on December 7, 1848, in Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida. Elizabeth was born on April 20, 1831 in Georgia.
Children of Elizabeth Kersey and James Chestnut:
MARTHA CHESTNUT, b. Aug 1850, Jefferson County, Fl.
WILLIAM HIRAM CHESTNUT, b. 25 Mar 1851, Taylor Co., Fl
d. 08 Nov 1939, Lakeland, Polk Co., Fl
ELIZABETH CHESTNUT, b. Oct 1852; d. 1941
GEORGE W. CHESTNUT, b. 20 Mar 1854, Clay Co., Fl
d. 04 Sep 1935, Fl
JESSE H. CHESTNUT, b. 10 Mar 1858, Clay Co., Fl
d. 05 Nov 1931, Melrose, Putnam Co, Fl
ELIZA JANE CHESTNUT, b. 1862, Jefferson Co., Fl
d. 15 Sep 1931, Fl.
LOUISA "LONEY" CHESTNUT, b. Mar 1865, Clay Co., Fl
d. 15 Sep 1931, Lakeland, Polk Co., Fl
SUSANNAH CHESTNUT, b. 01 Sep 1866, Clay Co., Fl
d. 15 Sep 1931, Lakeland, Polk Co., Fl.
ELIZABETH( LIZZIE) CHESTNUT, b. 1869, Clay Co., Fl
d. 1941, Lakeland, Polk Co., Fl
NOAH MONROE CHESTNUT, b. 20 Nov 1873, Middleburg, Clay Co., Fl d. 06 Dec 1929, Conway, Orange Co., Fl
In 1860 the Chestnut family resided in the community of Middleburg in Clay County. Chestnut, age 32, farmed for a living. They owned personal property valued at $38. Elizabeth kept the home and cared for their children Eliza, William, George, Louisa and Jesse.
Chestnut, at the age of 35, enlisted at Starke on September 3, 1861 as a private in Company A, 10th Florida Infantry, Confederate States Army. He was dropped after December 1864. He and his unit fought at the Battle of Olustee in Lake City on February 20, 1864. He was wounded in the face.
In 1870 the family resided in the community of Sanderson in Clay County. Chestnut, age 40, worked on the family farm with his sons, Jesse and George. William, age 16 is not listed as working and possible could have been ill. They had personal property valued at $200. Elizabeth kept the house and cared for Eliza, William, Louisa, Jesse, George, Susan and Elizabeth.
By 1880 the family relocated to the community of Cross Roads in Bradford County. Chestnut, age 52, farmed for a living. Elizabeth kept the house and cared for Luranna, Jessie A., Susan, Elizabeth and Noah. George and Jessie resided and worked on a neighboring farm owned by Hiram Alderman. Also, Jessie was reported as residing with his parents. Perhaps when asked for information by the census taker, the informant gave both address, which was erroneous. The census taker should have only reported one residence. There are noticeable spaces in the children's ages which lead to an assumption of preadolescence deaths.
Tragedy struck the Chestnut family in 1899. Elizabeth, age 51, passed away on September 4, 1899 and was laid to rest in Clay County.
By 1900 the family resided in the community of Melrose of Clay County. James, age 71 and a recent widower, farmed his land. Lizzie and Noah resided with their father. Noah was employed as a teamster.
Between 1900 and 1903 Chestnut relocated to Polk County, settling in the community of Kathleen in Lakeland. On September 10, 1903 Chestnut, age 76, passed away and was laid to rest at Griffin Cemetery. The cemetery is located on Sleepy Hill Road, Section 34, Township 27, Range 23. Over the decades the cemetery has been called by various names to include Galloway cemetery and Sleepy Hill cemetery. James Chestnut's headstone is engraved as "James Chestnut."
Elizabeth Kersey Chestnut (1831 - 1899)*
William Hiram Chestnut (1850 - 1939)*
George W. Chestnut (1854 - 1935)*
Susanna Chestnut Hagan (1866 - 1931)*
Elizabeth Chestnut Donovan (1869 - 1941)*
Maintained by: Patrick Lombardi
Originally Created by: Karlynn Gustafson
Record added: Mar 14, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10617732