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Elizabeth Henry Stoughton

The grave of Elizabeth Henry Stoughton at Micanopy Historic Cemetery.

The grave of Elizabeth Henry Stoughton at Micanopy Historic Cemetery.

In
Memory of
MRS. ELIZABETH
STOUGHTON
who died on
the 25th of Jun 1860.
Aged 36 years

Elizabeth Henry was born in New Jersey about 1824. Her mother was Cecilia Henry but her father’s name is still unknown to us. She had a brother, Isaac, and sister, Rhoda. The Henry family moved to Savannah, Georgia, sometime around 1840 where all but Elizabeth spent the rest of their lives. Elizabeth married Reuben Shattuck Stoughton in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1842 and soon after moved to the tiny town of Micanopy in Florida. She is buried next to her son, Edward Henry Stoughton, who died in March 1857.

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Miss Ellender L. Alden

Miss Alden

Miss Ellender Alden.

Ellender Alden, fondly known as Miss Alden to generations of St. Johns County students, was born on January 3, 1899 in St. Augustine. The daughter of Edmund A. and Lona B. Alden, she lived her entire life in the same house at 99 Orange Street. Her father was a locomotive engineer for the Florida East Coast Railway while her mother kept house. She had a younger brother, Charles, who died in 1930.

Miss Alden spent more than 40 years teaching in St. Augustine. She loved football players, memory work and Robert E. Lee. We did not know it then, but 1969 – my senior year – would be her last. Thanks to Miss Alden, many of us can still recite Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mark Anthony’s funeral speech from Julius Caesar and other classics. She retired in 1969 and died the next January. She may be gone, but her spirit lives on in the memories of the many students who’s lives she touched.

Miss Alden is buried with her parents and brother in a family plot at Evergreen Cemetery.

Miss Alden’s grave at Evergreen Cemetery.

Oldest Living Confederate Veteran

Today, over at The Dirt on Public Archaeology blog, they are spotlighting the Gravelly Hill cemetery in Duval County as part of their cemetery-a-day series throughout the month of May. One of the interesting things about this cemetery is that it is the final resting place of the longest-living Confederate veteran. At his death in 1949, James E. Monroe was 133 years, 11 months, 24 days old. The next closest veteran was Sylvester M. Magee from Mississippi who was 130 years, four months and 17 days at his death in 1971. Want the details? Stop by The Dirt and visit this and all the other historic cemeteries being spotlighted there.

The Cemetery at Atsena Otie

Cedar Key is located just south of the mouth of the Suwanee River in the Big Bend area of Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s a delightful get-away destination for those who want to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty and an active artists colony. We’ve spent the last couple of days lounging on the back porch at the Cedar Key Bed & Breakfast when we weren’t browsing the shops or exploring the state parks and other sights along the lower Suwanee River.

Yesterday we enjoyed a cruise in the waters surrounding the town including the rookery at Seahorse Key and a stop at Atsena Otie. This island was the original Cedar Key and was a bustling center for milling lumber products to be shipped off to parts north. That began to decline in the late 19th century as more railroads moved further and further down the Florida peninsula. The last straw was a devestating hurricane in 1896 that destroyed almost everything on the island. From then on, the town of Cedar Key has been located at its current location closer to the mainland.

Today, when you visit Atsena Otie, you will be greeted by swarms of mosquitos as you walk the sandy paths across the island. Ruined foundations of once-busy sawmills are crumbling on the beach. But, back in the hammock is the surprisingly-well preserved remains of the old cemetery.

Looking west across the cemetery

There are a few burials dating after 1896 – for relatives of those already buried here – but most are from the boom days before the hurricane. These pictures tell the story better than I can.

Mrs. Matilda Parr

A fenced lot

Broken Schmidt monument

Justine Bozeman

Day 1: T’omb It May Concern

Thursday’s tour of Huguenot Cemetery conducted by Karen Harvey (right). From the author’s collection at Flickr.

Day one provided not only an education on our local historic cemeteries, but also an increasing appreciation for the efforts of Florida’s archaeology community in researching and preserving these treasures. This conference is a collaborative effort of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) and Flagler College. Additional sponsors include the St. Augustine Archaeological Association, St. Johns County, the Menorcean Cultural Society, Historic Tours of America and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

The people of FPAN have worked tirelessly to put together an impressive list of speakers combined with tours of several cemeteries lead by people who have worked to document and preserve these historic treasures. Flagler College has provided the facilities for our lectures in their student center and last night’s keynote presentation in the beautifully restored Flagler Room.

All-in-all, it has been a delightful day and I’m looking forward to the next two days.

Photos from the Huguenot Cemetery tour have been uploaded to the Huguenot Cemetery album at Flickr.