In 1866 John H. Polk and his bride, Mary Frances Lewis Polk homesteaded on this bend of the Suwannee just below the now Hal Adams Bridge Boat Ramp. They were both from Withlacoochee Counties, he Lowndes, Ga. and she Hamilton, Fla.
He was severely injured in the Civil War, recovering in prison and never having use of his right arm. She was the second of 5 sisters, at age 13 when her father “did not come home from the War.” His fate was not known to descendants until the 1980s. Lt. Daniel Mills Lewis, killed in action, Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. The Polk’s would have eleven children born 1868 to 1895 inclusive.
The Florida Archives will soon be gifted these and several more like photos as a need was expressed for additional LaFayette County items.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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