The year is 1871, and one of the most important surveyors in Florida history has a new contract from the Federal government, to survey all the land between Miami and St. Lucie
Marcellus A. Williams
– that last frontier of America called South Florida. Marcellus A. Williams was born in North Carolina in 1818, and lived with his wife and nine children on Amelia Island. This story is so good that I’m going to write it as a “serial” story over the next few weeks, so that you will read glimpses from some of the first people who set eyes on this unspoiled paradise.
Marcellus Williams’ house on Amelia Island in the Fernandina Beach Historic District. Courtesy Florida Memory.
1912 Death Certificate – Marcellus Williams
Our new website is now ready for its debut to the world. The goals of the website are to provide information on the Society and its meetings, presentations and activities. We will also have features on local history in the greater Boynton Beach area. If you have something to contribute, please email email@example.com and we will post your history!
This is the inaugural blog for our society as we embark on new adventures in bringing historical information to the public. The blog will feature original research as well as reprints from past Historical Society newsletters to provide some unique insights into the area’s history. Readers are also welcome to email ideas for stories.