Pons - Ponce Family History & Genealogy
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The Minorcans in Florida

"The New Smyrna Colony" was the name given to a large group of immigrants from the island of Minorca, off the coast of Spain; and a much smaller group of Italians and Greeks from Italy and Greece. Colonel James Grant, governor of the British province of East Florida, in a letter to the Count of Shelbourne in England on July 2, 1768, wrote, "This my Lord, I believe is the largest importation of white inhabitants that ever was brought into America at a time."

England gained control of Florida in 1763 in a trade with Spain and held this control until 1783, when Spain regained Florida. It was during this period, that a Scottish doctor by the name of Andrew Turnbull, a former British Consul at Smyrna, Greece was given a grant of approximately 20,000 acres of land about 70 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida and called it New Smyrna. It was proposed that the colony would undertake the raising of cotton, olives, indigo, and make wine and silk.

Minorca is the second largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands, which at the time of the New Smyrna project was under English control. The islands are 50 to 190 miles off the coast of Spain. Together, they form a province of Spain. Minorca is about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. The primary town is Mahon, considered one of the finest deep-water ports on the Mediterranean. The immigrants would sail from this port for the New World and, more specifically, for the Florida Colony.

Dr. Turnbull first recruited one hundred and ten Italians and took them to the port of Mahon. He then sailed to the port city of Smyrna and the surrounding Levant to collect several hundred Greeks. It was some months later when he returned to Mahon to find that nearly all of his young Italians had married or were betrothed to the lovely Minorcan girls. The Minorcan families of these girls appealed to be included in the proposed British Colony. Other Minorcan families pressed to go also. So, rather than a couple of hundred Italians and Greeks, the final group that sailed in eight ships, totaled 1,403, largely Minorcans, whose ancestry was mostly Roman and Latin, descended from the famous Carthaginians.

The Minorcans' contract with the British colonizers came under the Indentured Servant Law. Each was to serve 6 to 8 years and at the end of that time, would receive 50 acres of land, plus 5 acres for each child. Father Pedro Camps of San Martin de Mercadel, in Minorca accompanied the group and was their spiritual leader and advisor. His pain taking efforts in recording baptisms, marriages and deaths formed the background for many of the families histories that was later recorded about many of these families. His diary is called "The Golden Book of the Minorcans". The original book of Father Camps is still in good condition and several handwritten copies are on file at the Historical Library in St. Augustine. The original at the diocesan archives is kept along with other important documents in a special room under at prescribed temperature to aid preservation. The Diocesan headquarters is now located in Loretto across the street from St. Joseph's.

"LES MESQUITES" as the colony was also called, came to a bitter end in 1777. In the face of extreme adversities, the colony had lasted nine years. Scorching heat, disease, deaths, menacing Indians, inadequate shelter, lack of food, insufficient clothing, but most of all the cruel treatment by Andrew Turnbull and his overseers. There are several accounts of how the English authorities in St. Augustine became aware of the seriousness of these problems. One story passed down through the years, tells of how Ramon Rogero, father of Alberto, and Francisco Pellicer, Sr. undertook to build a makeshift boat so they could get to St. Augustine to report conditions to the governor. Instead of reaching St. Augustine, they were picked up by a British ship sailing to Baltimore. From there they worked their way back down to St. Augustine on foot and horseback.

They reached St. Augustine and met with the governor, who showed great empathy for their plight. He sent soldiers to the colony and took numerous depositions (all a matter of recorded history) from a number of the colonists. As a result, the governor permitted the colony to come to St. Augustine "en masse" which they did in July 1777. And in the Fall of that year, Father Camps followed with the aged and infirm for whom special provisions had to made. The total number of Minorcans that arrived in St. Augustine was a far cry from the number left Minorca nine years prior. There were 1403 that left Minorca in those eight ships and in the ensuing nine years 930 died. With new births in that same period, there were 600 who fled to St. Augustine in 1777.

Some of the more notable descendants of this group were the Benet brothers, Stephen and William, both famous poets, Stephen the better known of the two. Also, Judy Canova, the famous comedianne and Hollywood star of the thirties and forties. There were also two Bishops, Bishop Manucy and Bishop Pellicer. Both served in the Confederate army as Chaplains and were later assigned to the diocese of Mobile, Alabama and San Antonio, Texas.

The Minorcans got along fine with the English, but they were happier to see Spain regain St. Augustine in 1783. They were very much at home with their Latin cousins. They intermarried with the Spanish families and those of the English who remained in the area. It is safe to say that in the veins of all St. Augustine native families runs the blood of the Minorcans.

Minorcans are primarily of Catalan descent, Catalonia being a province in the northeast section of Spain, with Barcelona the principle city. The slingshot was invented by the Minorcans and they were famous as "stone slingers" in the armies of Julius Caesar. Mayonnaise was invented by the Minorcans during the French occupation of the island and carried back to France. Admiral Farragut's father settled in Tennessee from Minorca in 1783. He was the famous admiral who is known for his alleged cry, "Damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead."

The Minorcans were a close knit group, they settled close together in what is now the historical district of St. Augustine, frequently called the Minorcan Quarter. Many of them worked farms a few miles out of town, but returned at night to the protection of the nearby fort. There were frequent encounters with the Indians initially, but as they became less frequent, the farmers went further and further out from town.

Submitted by Steve Rogero, Dangley.com (now off-line) URL: http://www.dangly.com/nassaucounty/People/minorcan.htm

Suggested reading for more in-depth information on the Minorcan Colony:
"THE MINORCANS OF FLORIDA: THEIR HISTORY, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE" by Philip Rascio, Luthers Press, 1009 North Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-6221.
"MULLET ON THE BEACH: THE MINORCANS OF FLORIDA, 1768-1788" by Patricia Griffin, University of Florida Press, Gainesville, FL.
"MINORCANS IN FLORIDA: THEIR HISTORY AND HERITAGE" by Jane Quinn, Mission Press, St. Augustine, FL.
"DR. ANDREW TURNBULL AND THE NEW SMYRNA COLONY" by Carita Doggett Corse

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Please Note: This is not everybody in the Pons - Ponce family tree. There are many, many other children that are not listed here. It's mostly just my husband's direct line and some close family. I have noted which are his direct line with a "bullet" thusly: . Many of my on-line memorials at FindAGrave for these individuals have family photos, so, do try to visit.
New 2013 ~ ~ ~ Old Saint Joseph Burial Index ~ .pdf 13 pages; the PONCE and other family cemetery in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida I did not survey or type this list.
Enjoy and Happy Researching Y'all! :)



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Some Descendants of Juan Pons and Antonia Sintas

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Generation No. 1

1. JUAN PONS  was born Abt. 1559 in Mahon, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN, and died Bet. 1593 - 1653 in Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN. He married ANTONIA SINTAS  04 Dec 1584 in Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN. She was born Abt. 1561 in Mahon, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN, and died Bet. 1594 - 1664 in Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN.

Child of JUAN PONS and ANTONIA SINTAS is:
2. i. PEDRO SINTAS PONS b. 02 Aug 1594, Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN; d. Bet. 1625 - 1685, Ferrerias, SPAIN.

Generation No. 2

2. PEDRO SINTAS PONS  (JUAN1) was born 02 Aug 1594 in Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN, and died Bet. 1625 - 1685 in Ferrerias, SPAIN. He married a cousin MARGARITA PONS  14 Feb 1618 in Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN, daughter of PEDRO PONS   and ANTONIA TREMOL.   She was born Abt. 1598 in Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN, and died Bet. 1625 - 1695 in Ferrerias, SPAIN.

Child of PEDRO PONS and MARGARITA PONS is:
3. i. MIGUEL PONS b. Abt. 1625, Ferrerias, SPAIN; d. Bet. 1665 - 1725, Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN.

Generation No. 3

3. MIGUEL PONS  (PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born Abt. 1625 in Ferrerias, SPAIN, and died Bet. 1665 - 1725 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN. He married FRANCISQUINA GONALONS  03 Nov 1657 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN. She was born Abt. 1635 in SPAIN, and died Bet. 1666 - 1735 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN.

Child of MIGUEL PONS and FRANCISQUINA GONALONS is:
4. i. MIGUEL PONS  b. 29 Jan 1666, Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN; d. Unknown, Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN.

Generation No. 4

4. MIGUEL PONS  (MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born 29 Jan 1666 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN, and died Unknown in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN. He married MARGARITA CRESPO  04 Sep 1694 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN, daughter of PEDRO CRESPO   and ANTONIA XIMENES She was born 05 May 1674 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN, and died Unknown in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN.

Child of MIGUEL PONS and MARGARITA CRESPO is:
5. i. MIGUEL PONS  b. 15 Mar 1698, Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN; d. Unknown, probably Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN.

Generation No. 5

5. MIGUEL PONS  (MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born 15 Mar 1698 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN, and died Unknown in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN. He married JUANA ALZINA  05 Feb 1722 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN, daughter of FRANCISCO ALZINA   and ANTONIA SALOM  . She was born 25 May 1703 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN, and died Unknown in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN.

Child of MIGUEL PONS and JUANA ALZINA is:
6. i. FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO" PONS  b. 25 Feb 1724, Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN; d. Unknown, Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN.

Generation No. 6

6. FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO" PONS  (MIGUEL5, MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born 25 Feb 1724 in Alayor, Minorca, Beleares, SPAIN, and died Unknown in Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN. He married AGUEDA UGUET  08 Feb 1747 in Alayor, Beleares, SPAIN, daughter of MATIAS UGUET  and MARGARITA QUINTANA  . She was born 02 Feb 1724 in Alayor, Beleares, SPAIN, and died Unknown in Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN.

Child of FRANCISCUS PONS and AGUEDA UGUET is:
7. i. MATIAS PONS b. Nov 1749, Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN; d. 04 Apr 1817, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida USA.

Generation No. 7

7. MATIAS PONS  (FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO"6, MIGUEL5, MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born Nov 1749 in Mercadel, Minorca, Baleares, SPAIN, and died 04 Apr 1817 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida USA. He married JUANA MARIA "JOANNAH" VILLA  1780 in Minorca, SPAIN, daughter of PEDRO VILA  and ANTONIA FIOL  . She was born 17 Nov 1754 in Cindadela, Minorca, SPAIN, and died 18 Jan 1817 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida USA.

More About MATIAS PONS:
Christening: 23 Nov 1749, Mercadel, Menorca, SPAIN

Child of MATIAS PONS and JUANA VILLA is:
8. i. FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS" PONS  b. 10 Mar 1786, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida; d. 05 Nov 1860, Jacksonville, Duval County, Territory of Florida.

Generation No. 8

8. FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS" PONS  (MATIAS7, FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO"6, MIGUEL5, MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born 10 Mar 1786 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida, and died 05 Nov 1860 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Territory of Florida. He married (1) MARIANA MARGARITA ANTONIA VILLALONGA  14 Apr 1807 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida; d/o JUAN JOSEP MAGI VILLALONGA   and MARIA ANNA CORDONA  . She was born 26 Sep 1785 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida, and died 19 Feb 1827 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Territory of Florida. He married (2) MARIA ANDREA AGUEDA "MARY" ACOSTA (widow of Bartolome Juan Joseph Villalonga) 21 Apr 1830 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida; daughter of MIGUEL JUAN PEDRO ACOSTA and MARIA DRIMARACHI. She was born 01 Sep 1794 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida, and died 10 Nov 1868 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

Notes for FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS" PONS:
CENSUS: 1860 U. S. Census, Duval County, Florida, page 263.

Francisco prepared his will in 1848, perhaps 28 June 1848, in Fernandina, Nassau County, Florida. He did not die until 1866.

WILL: Will of Francisco D. Pons, 28 June 1846, Duval County, Florida, probated 1866.
Translation, Letter, 03 March 2002.

In the name of the almighty God, being in perfect health and sound understanding, I declare this, to be my last will and testament, which I wish to be obeyed, executed and respected, by my wife and sons and daughters and that these same execute and see executed by my hereinafter mentioned executors, and to this effect name two, Mr. Domingo Acosta and my son John M. Pons as the parties who shall settle my business and property dividing with my wife and all my children and paying my debts.
I testify that Dona Maria A. Pons was my wife, and as my legitimate children by my defunct wife Dona Mariana Villalonga, Maria Marcella, Manana, Francisca, Juan M., Ildefonsa, Manuala, Ignacia; with my present wife Dona Maria Acosta, Maria Louisa and Francisco Jose; to the first seven by my late wife Dona Mariana Villalonga stands the right to divide the property heired and belonging to my late wife Dona M. V's. from her late Parents and which is the following – slaves, two, Thomas and Inez. The said Inez during my possession has had four children, their names Luisa, Mary, Sally, and Tom, also One Thousand, Two hundred and Eighty seven Dollars being a share which came to her by right of succession of a house and lot belonging to her parents, Don Juan Villalonga and Dona Mariana Gardemas.
Of these, my children by Dona Mariana Villalonga, four are married, of these, three, Juan M., Ildefonsa and Ignacia have received a slave each, valued at Three hundred and fifty dollars each, and this shall be counted as part of their share.
There was in my possession and care and they belong to my present wife Dona Maria Acosta, Two slaves, Isabel and her daughter Juana, also Five Hundred and Thirteen dollars, being her share left by her first husband Don Bartolome Villalonga, being a share belonging to him by right of succession of a house and lot, sold and belonging to his late parents; the amounts and slaves, which are herein mentioned shall be divided equally to whom they belong by rights of succession and appointments.
I declare as my property adjusted by testamentary executions, four hundred acres of land on the south shore of St. Augustine's river Matanzas, being part of the property of my late parents Don Matais Pons, and Dona Juana Vila; in this place Fernandina, my property consists of the house, my habitation with kitchen, and another small house and other improvements, also two lots on White Street a small house with two lots planted with orange trees, one house where I keep the store, with half a lot, one and one half lot, without improvements, some seven or more lots which may be found by the Deeds and receipts for the payments thereof; the plantation in good order known as _____ which I purchased it from one; A.McDermot, about seven or eight miles from this place in this Island of Amelia, a lot of two hundred acres of land, in the South point of this same island; one hundred and thirty acres of land on the shores of the St. Mary's on the Florida side.
The stock in business in the store of dry goods and groceries, etc., etc., is all mine, without a single partner with me, by my books will be found obligatory notes and other documents, all the amounts and names of persons who are my debtors. In the book will be found an amount which I loaned to my son John M. Pons, and which amount he is to credit me with, if he collects the amount owing him by the companies of Captain Berck of Militia, who have not been paid for their services in the war against the Indians.
I also declare as my property, my slaves, seventeen in number, as for their names – Jim, Jack, Will, Mingo, Obie, Freda, Juana, Betsy, William, Feliaro, Felip, Eustacio, Steven, Edward, George, Rosalla, Victoria; mares and colts nine; cows, calves steers, eleven; Three of my children, Juan M. Pons, Ildefonsa P. Acosta, Ignacia P.Canova, have received a slave each and every one of them valued at Three hundred and fifty dollars each, and the same shall be counted in as part of their share already received.
The mulatto, Betsy, I have given and do give to my wife Dona Maria A. Pons as I Bought her with that object. I hereby declare that I am debtor to Don Juan Villalonga, who has a promissory note of mine, and my books will show my accounts against the said J. Villalonga; I am debtor to Don Juan A. Caredo, he has my promissory note, and my books will show that the amount of same is right.
I had a partner in my store, my brother Pedro Pons for some years, but said partnership ceased to exist in May, 1823. I was the party left in charge to settle and liquidate all the accounts of said partnership, and to receive and pay all accounts, etc., that existed against said co partnership. The capital of said co-partnership from its beginning was all mine. Don P. Pons was partner without bringing nor having given me one real for the company - my books will prove all I have said in the case, and the truth, and if said P. Pons is creditor for anything. I wish, should I die before my wife, Dona Maria A. Pons, that the above mentioned mulatto slave called Betsy, the bed with all the linen, mattresses and belonging to the same, the chest of drawers, dressing table and other articles of the bed and bed clothing, half a dozen chairs, a table of mahogany, cots with mattresses and linen for the use of the same, in use for the two children, Louisa and Francis, all my clothes and jewelry to be delivered to my wife Maria A Pons.
I wish for my son Francis should be engaged in any studies, at my death, that Three hundred dollars shall be taken from the______ to continue to pay the expenses of his education or studies.
Of all the property - that may remain clear of encumbrances after paying my debts, to my wife Dona Maria A. Pons shall be given her share and by Law she is entitled to as my wife, but if she should find it to h advantage to join in with my children and one of the heirs, in that case, two shares, or parts shall be given to my wife Dona M. A. Pons, that is to say, my children being nine and two shares for my wife M. A. Pons will make eleven shares or parts. My body is to be buried at the side of my late wife Dona Mariana Villalonga Pons, that is if I die in Fernandina; Then Three Masses of the Lord shall be said for me.
If any required formality should have been omitted in this my last will and Testament, I charge my executors with carrying out and complying with what is needful. I hope that my wife and all my children who are in the house unmarried may live together, in the same house, as only in that way will they be able to live frugally in this village of Fernandina Amelia Island. In this will is a correction and a repetition of which I give due notice etc. This being my last will, I sign this in the presence of these witnesses, June 28, 1846. June Twenty-Eighth, Eighteen hundred and forty-six.

Frances D. Pons
Witnesses
James L. Richardson
George Latham
John A. Canova

LETTERS: Linda Vaughan (LindaFSU2 AT aol.com), to Leonard J. McCown, 1 March 2002

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Francisco was born in Saint Augustine, East Florida, New Spain. He was often known as Francis or Frank. He married Mariana Margarita Antonia Villalonga on April 19, 1807, in Saint Augustine. After her death in 1827, he married Maria Andrea Agueda Acosta on August 16, 1829, in Fernandina, Nassau County, Florida. His will was witnessed and attested to in Fernandina on June 28, 1846. By 1850, he was a merchant in Jacksonville, and was a resident there for the remainder of his life.

Francisco and Marianna have eight children: 1 boy and 7 girls.

More About FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS" PONS:
Burial: 06 Nov 1860, Old Saint Joseph Church Cemetery, Jacksonville (Springfield), Duval County, Florida

More About MARIANA MARGARITA ANTONIA VILLALONGA:
Burial: 20 Feb 1827, Old Saint Joseph Church Cemetery, Jacksonville (Springfield), Duval County, Florida

More About MARIA ANDREA AGUEDA "MARY" ACOSTA:
Burial: 11 Nov 1868, Old Saint Joseph Church Cemetery, Jacksonville (Springfield), Duval County, Florida

Child of FRANCISCO PONS and MARIANA VILLALONGA is:
9. i. JUAN DE LA MERCED "JOHN M." PONS b. 20 Jun 1815, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida; d. Bet. 1880 - 1900, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

Generation No. 9

9. JUAN DE LA MERCED "JOHN M." PONS  (FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS"8, MATIAS7, FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO"6, MIGUEL5, MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born 20 Jun 1815 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida, and died Bet. 1880 - 1900 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He married MARIA GENOVIEVE ANTOINIA "MARY" HERNANDEZ  22 Jul 1839 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida, daughter of JOSEF PEDRO JOSE HERNANDEZ  and MAGDALENA MARIANA ANNA ANDREU  . She was born 03 Jan 1814 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida, and died Bet. 1870 - 1880 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

Notes for JUAN DE LA MERCED "JOHN M." PONS:
U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
Name: John M Pons
Enlistment Date: 28 Feb 1862
Rank at enlistment: Captain
Enlistment Place: St John's Bluff, FL
State Served: Florida
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Promoted to Full Lt Col on 18 Jul 1862.
Commissioned an officer in Company I, Florida 8th Infantry Regiment on 28 Feb 1862.
Mustered out on 29 Oct 1862.

Sources: Soldiers of Florida in the ...Civil War... Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865

Regimental History of the EIGHTH FLORIDA INFANTRY

The 8th Regiment of Infantry was mustered into the Confederate service in May, 1862, with R. F. Floyd as Colonel; John M. Pons as Lieutenant-Colonel, and W. I. Turner as Major. With the following companies commanded by Captains:
Burrel A. Bobo, Co. A
R. A. Waller, Co. B
David Lang, Co. C
William Baya, Co. D
Thomas E. Clarke Co. E
Felix Simmons, Co. F
J. C. Stewart, Co. G
James Tucker, Co. H
John M. Pons Co. I
Frederick Worth, Co. K

Source: Soldiers of Florida in the ... Civil War ... page 186

Battles John M. PONS Fought In Per His Enlistment Dates:
Fought on 17 Jul 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD.
Fought on 29 Aug 1862 at 2nd Manassas, VA.
Fought on 30 Aug 1862 at 2nd Manassas, VA.
Fought on 31 Aug 1862 at 2nd Manassas, VA.
Fought on 1 Sep 1862 at Maryland.
Fought on 8 Sep 1862 at Buckeytown, MD.
Fought on 10 Sep 1862 at Maryland.
Fought on 12 Sep 1862 at Frederick, MD.
Fought on 15 Sep 1862 at Maryland.
Fought on 16 Sep 1862 at South Mountain, MD.
Fought on 17 Sep 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD.
Fought on 18 Sep 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD.
Fought on 29 Sep 1862 at Warrenton, VA.
Fought on 30 Sep 1862 at Shepherdstown, VA.
Fought on 7 Oct 1862 at Frederick, MD.
Fought on 30 Oct 1862.
John M. PONS Mustered out 31 Oct 1862

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The following is a letter written from the Greenfield Plantation in Duval County in 1851 by Bunberry Haynes and describes the local area around his brother Melton Haynes' plantation.

The letter follows:

I thought I would have written some time ago but through neglect have delayed till now. I am still staying with Melton attending to his plantation business. Crops are generally sorry in this section owing to the long drought. Through the month of May and June we will make about twenty bags of cotton but not more than half enough corn. We have plenty of game have deer, bear and panthers. I killed a very large panther about three weeks ago. We have the best bear and panther dogs perhaps you ever saw. You had better come out this winter and look at the country. We will show plenty of good land and mosquitoes and fleas enough to keep you moving but in fact I am certain that you can do a great deal bette here than you can where you now live. I am very well pleased with the country so far as I have seen. I am well at present and have enjoyed as good health this season as I ever did. I have but one grand objection to the country and that is the girls are very scarce. Melton and his family are well. Give my respects to all inquiring friends and especially to the gals. Give my love to your family. I have nothing more at present. I remain yours truly.

B. Haynes

Greenfield Plantation was bounded to the north by St Johns River, on the east by Pablo Creek, on the west by Mount Pleasant Creek and south by lands of John Pons heirs and the public lands (cannot define at this time south boundry).

If you look on a map this is lands just to the west of Mayport. If you go east on Atlantic Blvd to San Pablo road and turn north; you're there. Greenfield Creek even flows down the middle of it. I even show an area called Greenfield on my map at that location.

Plantation included 1000 acres not including any marsh land. It was bought in1849 for $3000. The Haynes brothers lived peacefully at Greenville Plantation for nearly ten years, began rearing their families and cultivating the farm. They had many slaves and enjoyed platation life. When the Civil War began Bunberry Haynes moved his family to Hampton (near Stark). In 1862 the Port Authority in Jacksonville told the Haynes unless they were neutral they had to leave. When the Union gunboats came into the river early one morning, Melton Haynes hurriedly packed up and moved his family back down near Leesburg in the area where he had gotten his first land grants in Florida. The house is reported to have been burned by Union forces. After the war (1866) the plantation land and out buildings were sold for by Melton Haynes (through an agent, for he did not return until a trip in 1876) for $1500. It sold again that same year for $6000.

It is said the family would row a boat acoss the river and go to church at the Mayport Methodist Church.


More About JUAN DE LA MERCED "JOHN M." PONS:
Census: 1860, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Mayport PO, Series M653-106, Sheet 70, Page 311
Christening: 25 Dec 1815, Cathedral, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida
Military: 28 Feb 1862, CSA: Company I, Florida 8th Infantry Regiment; enlisted at St. John's Bluff, Fla.
Occupation: 1860, Fisherman
Religion: Catholic

More About MARIA GENOVIEVE ANTOINIA "MARY" HERNANDEZ:
Census: 1860, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Mayport PO, Series M653-106, Sheet 70, Page 311
Christening: 11 Jan 1814, Cathedral, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida
Note: 1870, I believe this is the same "Mary", the census taker just has her age incorrect.
Occupation: 1860, Keeping House
Occupation: 1870, Keeping House
Religion: Catholic

Children of JUAN DE LA MERCED "John M." PONS and MARIA GENOVIEVE ANTOINIA "Mary" HERNANDEZ are:
i. ESPERANZA GENOVIEVE PONS, b. 23 Apr 1840, Jacksonville, Duval County, Territory of Florida; d. 12 Dec 1902, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; m. WILLIAM HENRY MCCORMICK, 22 Oct 1865, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; b. 15 Jun 1840, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; d. 28 Sep 1915, Mayport, Duval County, Florida. Burial: Unknown.
10. ii. JOSE GERTRUDO "JOSEPH G." PONCE b. 17 Nov 1848, Jacksonville, Duval County, Territory of Florida; d. 1915, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

Generation No. 10

10. JOSE GERTRUDO "JOSEPH G." PONCE  (JUAN DE LA MERCED "JOHN M."9 PONS, FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS"8, MATIAS7, FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO"6, MIGUEL5, MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born 17 Nov 1848 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Territory of Florida, and died 1915 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He married a distant cousin AGNES VIRGINIA ANDREU  15 Dec 1869 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, daughter of TOMAS BALDOMERO "Thomas" ANDREU  and DIONISIA MESTRE  . She was born Abt. Jan 1856 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, and died 1927 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

Notes for JOSE GERTRUDO "JOSEPH G." PONCE:
Florida Death Index, 1877-1998
Name: Joseph G Ponce
Death Date: 1915
County of Death: Duval
City: Jacksonville
State of Death: Florida
Race: White
Gender: Male

More About JOSE GERTRUDO "JOSEPH G." PONCE:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, St. Mary's Section, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Census: 1870, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, Series M593-129, Sheet 83, Page 489
Christening: Cathedral Parish, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida
Death Certificate: 1915, Duval Co, FL Death Certificate # 1404, Volume 038
Occupation: 1870, Merchant, marr. to Agnes V.
Parents Information: 1900, Father b: FL; Mother b: FL
Residence: 1910, 35 East Church Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

Notes for AGNES VIRGINIA ANDREU:
Florida Death Index, 1877-1998
Name: Agnes Virginia Ponce
Death Date: 1927
County of Death: Duval
City: Jacksonville
State of Death: Florida
Race: White
Gender: Female
Volume: 324
Certificate: 595

More About AGNES VIRGINIA ANDREU:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, St. Mary's Section, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Census: 1870, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, Series M593-129, Sheet 83, Page 489
Death Certificate: 1927, Duval Co, FL Death Certificate # 595, Volume # 324
Occupation: 1900, Merchant, marr. to Joseph G., she was h/h, 5 children, 3 living
Parents Information: 1900, Father b: FL; Mother b: FL
Residence: 1910, 35 East Church Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

Children of JOSE GERTRUDO "Joseph G." PONCE and AGNES VIRGINIA ANDREU are:
11. i. MARY AGNES PONCE, b. 18 Apr 1872, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 16 Oct 1912, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.
12. ii. JOSEPH THOMAS PONCE b. 15 Mar 1876, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 23 Mar 1924, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.
13. iii. DELEON RAPHAEL "LEON" PONCE, SR., b. Oct 1887, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 1948, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

Generation No. 11

11. MARY AGNES PONCE (JOSE GERTRUDO "JOSEPH G."10, JUAN DE LA MERCED "JOHN M."9 PONS, FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS"8, MATIAS7, FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO"6, MIGUEL5, MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born 18 Apr 1872 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, and died 16 Oct 1912 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. She married JONATHAN FREDERICK CONRAD SCHULENBERG 19 Nov 1894 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He was born 02 May 1871 in Hamburg, GERMANY, and died 16 May 1936 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida USA.

More About MARY AGNES PONCE:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, St. Mary's Section, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Census: 1910, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 4th Ward, 18th Precinct, ED 77, Series T624-159, Sheet 10A, Page 71
Census: 1920, deceased by this date
Occupation: 1910, Keeping House, marr. 16 yrs, 2 children, 1 living
Parents Information: 1910, Father b: FL; Mother b: FL

Notes for JONATHAN FREDERICK CONRAD SCHULENBERG:
U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
Name: Johann F C Schulenberg
Birth: 2 May 1871 - Hamburg, Germany
Civil: 22 Apr 1911
Other: Jacksonville, Fla

Florida Death Index, 1877-1998
Name:J.F.C. Schulenberg
Death Date:1936
County of Death:Duval
State of Death:Florida
Other Death Place Information: Jax. (short for Jacksonville)
Gender:Male

More About JONATHAN FREDERICK CONRAD SCHULENBERG:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, St. Mary's Section, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Census: 1910, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 4th Ward, 18th Precinct, ED 77, Series T624-159, Sheet 10A, Page 71
Immigration: Abt. 1890, GERMANY to America
Occupation: 1910, Salesman, marr. 16 yrs
Parents Information: 1910, Father b: GERMANY; Mother b: GERMANY
Residence: 1935, 230 West 27th Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

Child of MARY AGNES PONCE and JONATHAN FREDERICK CONRAD SCHULENBERG is:
i. MARY AGNES SCHULENBERG, b. 09 Mar 1901, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 20 Mar 1970, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. She married ROBERT PERRY "ROBBIE" SALLAS, I 28 Nov 1919 in Duval County, Florida, son of JOHN RUBRUSKA SALLAS and JESSIE CAMILLA ORTEGUS. He was born 05 Jul 1896 in Mayport, Duval County, Florida, and died Dec 30 1958 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, St. Mary's Section, Block 2, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial].

12. JOSEPH THOMAS PONCE  (JOSE GERTRUDO "JOSEPH G."10, JUAN DE LA MERCED "JOHN M."9 PONS, FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS"8, MATIAS7, FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO"6, MIGUEL5, MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born 15 Mar 1876 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, and died 23 Mar 1924 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He married (1) ETHEL SARAH GREEN  17 Dec 1903 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, daughter of GEORGE A. GREENE  and ELIZABETH "Lizzie" NICKERSON  . She was born 22 Oct 1879 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, and died 20 Nov 1915 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He married (2) DELILAH RICE 29 Aug 1916 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida. She was born Abt. 1900 in Illinois, and died Bet. 1924 - 2000 in possibly Duval County, Florida.

Notes for JOSEPH THOMAS PONCE:
OBITUARY
Jacksonville newspaper

JOSEPH THOMAS PONCE
The friends of Joseph T. Ponce will regret to learn of his sudden death which occurred at his residence, 22nd & Main Streets, Monday at 9PM. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. A. V. Ponce, three sons and two daughters, Clyde, Joe and Horace Ponce, Miss Ethel and Miss Althea Ponce of this city. The ... (obit cut off)

More About JOSEPH THOMAS PONCE:
Burial: 24 Mar 1924, Evergreen Cemetery, Plot: St. Mary's Sec. 4, Blk 3, Main Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Census: 1900, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 4th Ward, 18th Precinct, Series T623-168, Sheet 7A, Page 229
Military service: Bet. 1917 - 1918, WW I Civilian Draft Registration, Duval County, FL
Occupation: 1920, Salesman, marr. to Ethel
Residence: 1910, 33 East Church Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

More About ETHEL SARAH GREEN:
Burial: 21 Nov 1915, Evergreen Cemetery, Plot: St. Mary's Sec. 4, Blk 3, Main Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Census: 1910, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 4th Ward, 18th Precinct, ED 77, Series T624-159, Sheet 10A, Page 71
Occupation: 1910, Keeping House, marr. 6 yrs, 5 children, 4 living
Parents Information: 1910, Father b: MA; Mother b: MA
Residence: 1910, 33 East Church Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

More About DELILAH RICE:
Census: 1920, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 11th Ward, 16th Precinct, ED 71, Series T625-219, Sheet 63A, Page 53
Occupation: 1920, Keeping House, marr. to Joseph T. PONCE
Parents Information: 1920, Father b: IL; Mother b: IL

Children of JOSEPH THOMAS PONCE and ETHEL SARAH GREEN are:
i. CLYDE ROLAND PONCE, b. 12 May 1901, Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; d. Oct 17, 1968, Marathon, Monroe County, Florida. Note: Adopted by Joseph Thomas Ponce. Military: World War II; Occupation: Horse Jockey. Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Madison, Madison County, Florida.
ii. JOSEPH ANTHONY "JOE" PONCE, b. 26 Jun 1904, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 06 Jul 1991, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He married (1) ALICE E. KREBS July 03, 1925 New York, divorced. He married (2) PEARL CECIL FOX, Oct 1958, Immaculate Conception Church, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; b. 09 Feb 1919, Ohio; d. 11 Jun 2005, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

Notes for JOSEPH ANTHONY "JOE" PONCE:
OBITUARY
Jacksonville Times-Union

PONCE - Joseph A. Ponce, 87, died Jul 6, 1991. A native of Jacksonville, he was a retired bartender, was a jockey for 17 years and also trained thoroughbred horses.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday with Fr. John Nacca, officiating. The vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4315 Main St. Internment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr. Ponce was also a member of the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #221 who will conduct graveside rites.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearl Ponce. They were married in 1958 at Immaculate Conception Church.
Other survivors include his brother, Horace Ponce of Las Vegas, NV; cousins, Mary Lubisi of Jacksonville and Buddy and Patrick Ponce of Tampa, FL.

More About JOSEPH ANTHONY "JOE" PONCE:
Burial: 09 Jul 1991, Evergreen Cemetery, Plot: St. Mary's Sec. 4, Blk 3, Main Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Census: 1910, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 4th Ward, 18th Precinct, ED 77, Series T624-159, Sheet 10A, Page 71
Funeral Home: 1991, Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 4315 Main St., Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Member: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Occupation: Jockey
Religion: Catholic
Social Security Number: 265-xx-xxxx (issued in FL)

Notes for ALICE E. KREBS:
She was born Abt. 1907 in District of Columbia, daughter of Adolph KREBS and wife Alice BETZ. Adolph and Alice married 10 Sep 1905 in Washington, DC. Also, Adolph KREBS served in the Spanish-American War.

Notes for PEARL CECIL FOX:
Obituary
PROESCHER Pearl - Proescher, Age 86, passed away on June 11, 2005 at Cathedral Gerontology Center, in Jacksonville. For those wishing to pay tribute to Ms. Proescher, Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 17, 2005 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 Main Street, Jacksonville, FL. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com.

Pearl is also mentioned in this Obituary:
WELLS - Funeral services for Mrs. Carolyn Darlene Wells, 43 who died Sunday July 16, 2000, will be held Wednesday at 2PM in North Jacksonville Church of the Nazarene with Dr. Dave Lawson, officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Wells was a native of Jacksonville, FL and a lifelong resident. She had retired from the City of Jacksonville after 23 years as Project Manager with H.U.D.. She was a member of North Jacksonville Church of the Nazarene. Preceded in death by her parents the late **Henry and Juanita Proescher**. Survivors include her husband of 25.5 years, Christopher Alan Wells; step mother, **Pearl Proescher**; mother in law, Corinne Wells; a daughter, Kimberly Wells Fox (David); a son, Jeremy Brandon Wells; a twin sister, Marlene Garrison; a brother, Andy Proescher; 2 half brothers, Danny and Donnie Dell; a grandson, David Jacob Fox; Several nieces and nephews. Arrangements by George H. Hewell and Son Northside Funeral Home.

More About PEARL CECIL FOX:
Burial: 15 Jun 2005, Evergreen Cemetery, Plot: St. Mary's Sec. 4, Blk 3, Main Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Member: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Note: 2nd married: Henry S. PROESCHER 20 Feb 1993 Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Religion: Catholic

iii. ETHEL MAE PONCE, b. 08 Nov 1905, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 20 May 1967, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. She married (1) GEORGE FREDRICK WILLIAM PITZKE, II 15 Feb 1926 in Duval County, Florida, son of GEORGE FREDRICK WILLIAM PITZKE, I and LINNIE [--?--]. He was born 03 Apr 1906 in Virginia, and died 15 Apr 1984 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. She married (2) [--?--] ARMSTRONG Bet. 1945 - 1967 in Duval County, Florida. He was born Unknown, and died Bet. 1945 - 2005 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. Ethel's Burial: 23 May 1967, Evergreen Cemetery, Plot: St. Mary's Sec. 4, Blk 3, Main Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. [on-line memorial]

16. iv. ALTHEA BLUEBELL "COOTIE" PONCE b. 26 Aug 1909, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. Jan 1975, Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie (fka Brevard) County, Florida.

v. HORACE DELEON PONCE, b. 03 Jul 1913, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 13 Dec 1993, College Park, Clark County, Nevada; m. GERTRUDE C. "TRUDIE" TODD, 1936, Okaloosa County, Florida; b. 25 Dec 1910, possibly Okaloosa County, Florida; d. 01 Sep 1970, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

More About HORACE DELEON PONCE:
Address (Facts Pg): North Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada
Burial: unknown
Census: 1920, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 11th Ward, 16th Precinct, ED 71, Series T625-219, Sheet 63A, Page 53
Occupation: 1935, Unemployed, married but Gertrude not with him
Residence: 1945, 33 West 55th Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Social Security Number: xxx-xx-xxxx (issed in FL)

More About GERTRUDE C. "TRUDIE" TODD:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, St. Mary's Section 2, Block 3, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Census: 1945, Duval Co FL STATE Census, Jacksonville, Precinct 13, Archive Series # S1371, Roll 14, Page 53
Occupation: 1945, Keeping House, no children (if any) at home

13. DELEON RAPHAEL "LEON" PONCE, SR. (JOSE GERTRUDO "JOSEPH G."10, JUAN DE LA MERCED "JOHN M."9 PONS, FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS"8, MATIAS7, FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO"6, MIGUEL5, MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born Oct 1887 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, and died 1948 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. He married LEILA H. RIDGE 02 Oct 1912 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. She was born 01 Jun 1893 in Connecticut, and died 15 Feb 1974 in Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida buried Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

More About DELEON RAPHAEL "LEON" PONCE, SR.:
Census: 1900, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 4th Ward, 18th Precinct, Series T623-168, Sheet 7A, Page 229
Occupation: 1910, (illedigble), single
Residence: 1920, 37 East Church Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

More About LEILA H. RIDGE:
Census: 1920, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 4th Ward, 4th Precinct, ED 49, Series T625-217, Sheet 7B, Page 226
Occupation: 1920, Keeping House
Residence: 1935, 234 West 27th Street, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

Children of DELEON RAPHAEL PONCE, SR. and LEILA H. RIDGE are:
i. MARY ELINOR PONCE, b. 25 Aug 1915, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 16 Jan 2004, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. She married DANIEL LUVISI 1947, Duval County, Florida; b. 24 Jul 1921 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; d. 27 Oct 2005 Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. Burial (Mary & Daniel): Evergreen Cemetery, St. Mary's Section, Block 2, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. [on-line memorial]

ii. DELEON RAPHAEL "LEON" PONCE, JR., b. 05 Dec 1923, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 28 Apr 2005, Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida.

Notes for DELEON RAPHAEL "LEON" PONCE, JR.:
PONCE, DELEON RAPHAEL "LEON," 81, of St. Petersburg, died Thursday (April 28, 2005) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He came here in 1962 from his native Jacksonville. He was a Navy petty officer first class and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was past president of the Skyway Trap and Skeet Club, a nine-time All American, eight-time Captain of the All American Team, and was in the Trap Shooter's Hall of Fame. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer.
Survivors include a brother, Patrick R., St. Petersburg; six nephews; and seven nieces.
Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg. [on-line-memorial]
Deleon Raphael Ponce - St. Petersburg Times - (May/3/2005)

iii. PATRICK RIDGE PONCE, SR., b. 01 Jun 1933 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 14 May 2015 in Pinellas County, Florida; m. BARBARA ANNE STOVALL, Oct 1957, Duval County, Florida, daughter of WILLIAM E. STOVALL and GRACE ELIZABETH RUNG; b. 13 Dec 1939 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida; d. 26 Jun 2013 in Pinellas County, Florida.

Notes for PATRICK RIDGE PONCE, SR.:
Patrick R. Ponce, 81 of St. Petersburg, FL passed away May 14, 2015. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida he was a St. Petersburg resident since 1977. He is survived sons; Patrick Jr., Pittsboro, NC, Michael (Cynthia) of St. Petersburg, FL. niece Anne (George) Mixon of Huntsville AL, nephew Daniel (Susan) Luvisi of Jacksonville, FL, niece Patricia Luvisi of Jacksonville FL. He is preceded in death by his parents Deleon and Leila Ponce of Jacksonville, FL, his loving wife of 57 years Barbara Ponce, his sons Robert Ponce and Steven Ponce all of St. Petersburg FL, his sister Mary Luvisi of Jacksonville FL, his brother Leon Ponce of St. Petersburg FL. He graduated from St. Josephs Academy, Jacksonville, FL in 1952, served in the U. S Army for 2 years during the Korean War, station in Ft. Richardson Alaska. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1959. Pat worked for many years at Isla Del Sol in St. Petersburg as Controller. He was a loving husband, caring father and lifelong Gator sports fan. His smile and sense of humor will be missed by all. Visitation will be Monday, May 18 at 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK Jr. St., and Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, May 19 at 10am at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1800 12th St. N., burial following at Sunnyside Cemetery. [on-line memorial]

Notes for BARBARA ANNE STOVALL:
Obituary, Florida Times-Union, June 30, 2013
Barbara S. Ponce, loving mother, wife and cherished friend to many, passed away on June 26, 2013.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Pat, sons Patrick Jr., of Raleigh, NC, Michael (Cynthia) of Sarasota, FL, sister SSJ Carol Stovall of St. Augustine and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents William & Grace Stovall of Jacksonville, FL, her sons Robert Ponce of St. Petersburg FL, Steven Ponce of St. Petersburg and brother William Jr. of Las Vegas, NV.
Barbara was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, moving to the St. Petersburg area in 1977. She joined the City of Pinellas Park as an administrative clerk in 1978. In 1983 she was promoted to Assistant Library Director and, later that year, received a Master's Degree from the University of South Florida. Barbara was later promoted to Library Director and eventually to Community Activities Administrator, overseeing the library as well as parks and recreation divisions of the city. Although she retired in 2009, her work ethic, positive attitude, creative flair and love of libraries is still evident to all who enter the Pinellas Park Public Library.
During her tenure with the city, Barbara received many honors. In 1989 she served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science, facilitating a class in Building Library Collections. She was one of the first to volunteer when Vision Cable started Community Access Programming. Her production of Inside City Limits, Pride In the Park, received a 1991 Community Access Spotlight Achievement Award. In 1994 Barbara was appointed to the State of Florida Advisory Council on Libraries and served until 1997. After her retirement, Barbara served as the chair of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Board of Directors, where she continued to advocate for libraries and their services. Barbara's passing leaves a hole in our hearts but a lifetime of memories as she generously shared her zest for life, passion for knowledge, love of books, librarianship and lessons of life experience with everyone she met. She will be missed.
Visitation will be at Monday, July 1st 6:30pm - 8:00pm at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 MLK St. N., Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, July 2nd 10:00 am at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1800 12th St. N., burial following at Sunnyside Cemetery. [on-line memorial]

Generation No. 12

16. ALTHEA BLUEBELL "COOTIE" PONCE  (JOSEPH THOMAS11, JOSE GERTRUDO "JOSEPH G."10, JUAN DE LA MERCED "JOHN M."9 PONS, FRANCISCO DOMINICO "FRANCIS"8, MATIAS7, FRANCISCUS "FRANCISCO"6, MIGUEL5, MIGUEL4, MIGUEL3, PEDRO SINTAS2, JUAN1) was born 26 Aug 1909 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, and died 14 Jan 1975 in Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie (fka Brevard) County, Florida. She married (1) ROBERT SEALS MOON  16 Aug 1926 Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, son of GEORGE WHITFIELD MOON, Jr.  and LOVERETT NOAL MERRITT  . He was born 11 Feb 1906 in Greensboro, Greene County, Georgia, and died 14 Oct 1938 in Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Dade County, Florida buried Greene County, Georgia. She married (2) WILFRED WILLIAM "BILL" JAUDON 1940 in Saint Johns County, Florida. He was born 09 Jun 1918 in Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie (fka Brevard) County, Florida, and died 19 Apr 1972 in Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, Florida.

Notes for ALTHEA BLUEBELL "COOTIE" PONCE:
Her first husband, Robert Ceals Moon, was working in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1926. Since he (Protestant) and Althea (Catholic) wanted to be wed and her Spanish grandmother objected, she traveled to Birmingham by train were they where married by the Justice of the Peace. Her older sister Ethel paid for the train ticket. Althea's grandmother cut her off after the marriage and died shortly afterwards.
Robert Ceals Moon and Althea Bluebell Ponce Alabama Marriage License Image

Althea Bluebell Ponce was known affectionately as Grandma Cootie or just Cootie. After her first husband, Robert Seals Moon, died unexpectedly of botched dental work in 1938, she remarried to Wilfred William "Bill" Jaudon.

Grandma Cootie was only about 5 feet tall but her spirit made her seem 10 feet. She loved salt-water fishing. There are many tales of her standing in chest deep water, in the pounding surf, casting for Whites and Drum, then cooking them with grits and a big pot of steaming coffee. Cootie was an excellent cook. She died after having several severe strokes, each one nearly taking her courtageous life. Her already weakend body succummed to a massive heart attack that ended the life of what was a greatly spirited and strong-willed woman. She is missed by all who where priviledged to know her.

More About ALTHEA BLUEBELL "COOTIE" PONCE:
Address (Facts Pg): 23 Apr 1940, 638 Linwood Avenue, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Burial: Jan 1975, Ft. Pierce Cemetery, Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, Florida [on-line memorial]
Census: 1910, Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, 4th Ward, 18th Precinct, ED 77, Series T624-159, Sheet 10A, Page 71
Social Security Number: 23 Apr 1940, xxx-xx-xxxx (issued in FL)

Notes for ROBERT SEALS MOON:
Robert Seals Moon died of complications incurred during dental surgery. The dentist pulled an infected tooth and the infection spread rapidly through his body, killing him. He was a Cabinet Maker at the time of death. His father traveled down by train to retrieve his body. He is buried in the family plots in Greene County, Georgia.

More About ROBERT SEALS MOON:
Burial: 15 Oct 1938, Walker Church Cemetery, Greensboro, Greene County, GA [on-line memorial]
Note: Robert Seals MOON and Althea Bluebell PONCE are my husband's maternal grandparents.

Notes for WILFRED WILLIAM "BILL" JAUDON:
Wilfred William JAUDON went by his middle name, William or "Bill", exclusively. His occupations were Plastering Contractor and Commercial Fisherman at the time of his death. Bill plastering trade took him many places. At one time they lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He died suddenly in a boating accident in 1972 while testing a new boat motor on the intercoastal river in Florida. They were living in a primitive island home with no electricity or amenities at the time. Bill's father was: BENJAMIN EDWARD JAUDON (b:1889 SC d:1960 GA) and MABLE D. SAXON (b:Jan 1888 Orange City, Volusia Co, FL d: 1970 Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie Co, FL). His mother was only known as "Grandmaudie". In the 1930 Florida Federal census she was "Mabel D. Jaudon". AUGUST 2011: I found Grandmaudie's maiden name! She was "Mabel D. Saxon", d/o Mrs. Mattie A. Saxon (b:Jul 1855 New York d:1940 Saint Lucie Co, FL).
Most all the Jaudon's were from/in Volusia Co., Brevard Co. & Saint Lucie Co, Florida. I'm told the Jaudon's were all very nice people, courageous and generous to a fault.

More About WILFRED WILLIAM "BILL" JAUDON:
Burial: 21 Apr 1972, Fort Pierce Cemetery, Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, Florida [on-line memorial]

Child of ALTHEA BLUEBELL PONCE and ROBERT SEALS MOON are:
i. ALTHEA CEALS "ROSE" MOON b. Private. She married (1) ROBERT JOHN "BOB" HUDSON  06 Jun 1946 Folkston, Camden County, Georgia. She married (2) DONALD W. WARD 04 Aug 1973 Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. She married (3) ROBERT LLOYD "BILL" RUARK 09 Sep 1977 Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, Florida. He was born 25 Nov 1927 in Rosedale, Baltimore or Frederick County, Maryland; died 21 Sep 2007 in Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, Florida.

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Some Sources Used:
Federal Census
Military: Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865
Military: Bet. 1917 - 1918, WW I Civilian Draft Registration, Duval County, FL
Internet: LDS Submission Search 2260576-0926107194509; Bette Rae Parsons TANNER, P.O. Box 892 Panguitch, Utah 84759
Internet: LDS Submission Search 517024-0501102003919; Viola CLARKE, 2980 jacob hamblin dr. st. george, utah 84790
Internet: Ancestry.com
Alabama Marriage License image on-line at FamilySearch.Org
Florida Death Certificates

Other Pons-Ponz-Ponce Information
Ponz-Pons-Ponce Genealogy by Thomas C. Ponce (on-site, pdf file)






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