A Cone family member asked about the history of Cone Bridge on the Suwannee River.
Dr. Ken Sulak writes:
I have been working on writing up the Cone story—on and off
over recent months. What I sent is a hodge-podge from various
sources. Much yet to be compared and validated and compiled in
organized fashion—as best as that can be. However, feel free
to send along whatever you wish to your members. But, I would add a
caveat that this is a preliminary and partial.
Here is his preliminary and partial Cone Bridge story so far,
with a few notes by me:
Andrew Cone Godwin, Blount’s Ferry, Piers of Old Cone Bridge, Suwannee River
Well, I very rarely go exploring in a group—almost always solo
hiking or paddling, unless I go with one or another friends.
However, I have been to the old Cone Bridge site several times. I
have a great deal of information on the Cone family. Here is a bit
The Cone clan came to Florida in the early 1840s. They and you are
descended from royalty.
The Cones were descended from Conn of the Hundred Battles, the first
high king of Ireland in the second century AD. Conn was a powerful
king who ruled over northern Ireland and Scotland. Variations in the
family name over time are as follows:
Conn = Mac Con = MacHone = MacCone = McCone = Cone family lineage to
Virginia in the early 1600s, eventually to Florida in early 1840s, 6
generations later: Conn of the Hundred Battles. Second Century AD,
First High King of Ireland
Then I have not gotten into the lineage in Ireland/Scotland until
Sir Archibald MacHone, Strathclyde, Scotland 1542-1583. He was the
earliest direct progenitor of the Florida Cone lineage. An in that
lineage Jared MacCone, Midlothian, Scotland 1675-1659.
And Neil MacCone, Scotland b1625, who immigrated to Isle of Wight,
Va, d1679 — [IMMIGRANT TO BRITISH COLONIAL AMERICA] Gen 1.
The first Cone to come to Florida was William Henry Cone Jr.
1777-1857, who moved from Georgia to Blount’s Ferry, Florida, on the
Suwannee River, about a mile south of the GA/FL border. He was also
known as William Cone III and also Capt. William ‘Billy’ Cone. He
got the Captain salutation from service in the war of 1812. He was
active in the GA and FL militia during the Seminole Wars and built a
blockade at Blount’s Ferry. He took over operation of the ferry in
1843 and 1844, and was postmaster there in 1845.
His descendant, William Haddock Cone 1825-1886 & his nephew
Daniel Newnan Cone Jr. 1841-1919, built the original Cone
Bridge—which was undoubtedly a timber wagon bridge. It was
built in 1881, 17 years before the invention of Lally
columns—steel cylinders filled with concrete and used to
support steel bridges. Steel truss bridges began to be built in the
late 1890s. Continue reading