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John Milton

John Milton

Male 1807 - 1865  (57 years)

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  • Name John Milton  [1, 2
    Born 20 Apr 1807  Louisville, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1850  Division 4, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1860  Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 1 Apr 1865  Marianna, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Saint Lukes Episcopal Cemetery, Marianna, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Person ID I4293  tng Genealogy

    Father Homer Virgil Milton,   b. 1781, Milton Plantation, Louisville, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1822, Milton Plantation, Louisville, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Jane Robinson,   b. 12 Feb 1786,   d. 31 Dec 1836, Marianna, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 17 May 1801  Louisville, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • Louisville Gazette and Republican Trumpet Notes,

      Jefferson County, Georgia

      Dated 1801

      On File at the University of Georgia Library in Athens, Ga.

      May 9, 1801

      Mr. Homer Virgil Milton, son of Co. John Milton of Burke County, had married Eliza Robinson, daughter of Walter Robinson, Esq. "on Thursday evening last."
    • Milton Plantation
    Family ID F953  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Susan Amanda Cobb,   b. 27 Sep 1809, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1840  (Age 31 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1826 
    Children 
    +1. William Henry Milton,   b. 4 Dec 1829, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1900, Marianna, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F1752  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Caroline Howze,   b. 20 Mar 1826, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1901, Marianna, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1844 
    Children 
     1. Caroline V Milton,   b. 1845, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Eliza J Milton,   b. 1847, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Calpharinia K Milton,   b. 1848, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary J Milton,   b. 10 Apr 1849, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1902, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)  [natural]
    +5. John Milton, Jr,   b. 25 Dec 1850, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1922, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    +6. Frances Milton,   b. Jul 1852, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     7. Clemintine Milton,   b. 1854, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     8. Addie Milton,   b. 1855, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     9. Annie Milton,   b. 1859, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Jefferson Davis Milton,   b. 7 Nov 1861, Jackson, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1947, Tucson, Pima, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F1753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Apr 1807 - Louisville, Jefferson, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Jackson, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Apr 1865 - Marianna, Jackson, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Saint Lukes Episcopal Cemetery, Marianna, Jackson, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John Milton II photo
    John Milton II photo

    Headstones
    John Milton II gravestone
    John Milton II gravestone

  • Notes 
    • Fifth governor of Florida
      October 7, 1861 to April 1, 1865

      John Milton was born near Louisville, Ga., on April 20, 1807. A descendant of the English poet John Milton, he practiced law, first in a number of Georgia and Alabama communities and later in New Orleans. Before coming to Florida in 1846, Milton allegedly killed an adversary in a duel.

      After entering Florida politics, Milton became a statewide force in the Democratic party, serving as a presidential elector in 1848 and as a member of the 1850 House of Representatives. A vigorous states-righter, Milton encouraged the early secession of Florida from the Union.

      As governor, Milton stressed Florida's ability to serve as an important source of food and salt for the Confederate war effort. On April 1, 1865, as the southern cause was collapsing, John Milton shot himself at "Sylvania," his home near Marianna. In his last message to the legislature, he had said, "Death would be preferable to reunion."

      John Milton was the fifth Governor of Florida (October 7, 1861- April 1, 1865). He was born near Louisville in Jefferson County, Georgia on April 21, 1807. He was the son of General Homer Virgil and Elizabeth (Robinson) Milton. He was an attorney who practiced in a number of Georgia and Alabama communities and in New Orleans. He served in Florida during the Seminole War as a captain of a volunteer company and in 1846 moved to Jackson County as a farmer. He became active in politics and was a presidential elector in 1848 and a member of the House of Representatives from Jackson County in 1850. He was a vigorous States-Righter who encouraged the seizure by Florida forces of a Federal military establishments and also instrumental in the early secession of Florida from the Union.

      As Governor, he developed a very active state militia and stressed Florida's ability to serve as an important source of food and salt for the Confederate forces. Collapse of the Southern cause was followed by his death, April 1,1865 by a self-inflected gunshot wound at his family home Sylvania, near Marianna preferring “death to reunion.” He was married twice. He had 4 children by his first wife, Susan Amanda Cobb. His first wife died on April 25, 1842 and in 1844 he married again to Caroline Howze of Alabama with whom he had 10 children.

  • Sources 
    1. [S360] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;).
      Year: 1850; Census Place: Division 4, Jackson, Florida; Roll M432_58; Page: 298B; Image: 583.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1850usfedcenancestry&h=18455115&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]

    2. [S354] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;).
      Year: 1860; Census Place: , Jackson, Florida; Roll: M653_107; Page: 860; Image: 302; Family History Library Film: 803107.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1860usfedcenancestry&h=10608782&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]

    3. [S122] FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8823596
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8823596.

    4. [S142] Gravestone.
      [ View gravestone photograph]

    5. [S153] Internet.

    6. [S433] Johnson, Rossiter, The Twentieth Century Biograpical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Volume VII.
      Homer Virgil Milton