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Welcome to our West Nassau Genealogical Society, Inc. home page! Nassau County has a long history, and many of the old pioneer families are still here. These people are descendants of the original pioneers who came and settled in Florida in the 1790's, when East Florida was still a territory, before it became a state in 1845. Nassau County provides a rare "Pocket area" where many of the descendants of the original founding families have remained here over the past 200 years.

Visit our vintage photo collection links of some of our founding Florida pioneers and others settlers below. We hope that you enjoy the WNGS home page and find it helpful to you in your family research. Have fun!

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  • Willis Alexander Hodges 1852-1930 (6 KB)
    Wllis Alexander Hodges was born Nov. 7, 1852, son of Willis Aaron and Mehalia Johns Hodges. He was born in Camden County (in the portion made into Charlton Co. in 1858). He married Sarah A. Stokes, daughter of Elbert Greenberry and Courtney Crews Stokes. Before the turn of the century, Willis A. Hodges was in the lumber business and owned a sawmill between Crawford and Kent, Nassau Co., Florida, which was located out US 301 southwest of Callahan on Crawford Grade Road. Later Willis and Sarah moved to Grand Crossing, on the North side of Jacksonville Florida. After Sarah died in 1923, Willis lived with his daughter, Della Hodges Owens, in the Riverside area of Jacksonville. He spent his last days living at his son Walter's home in Callahan, Florida, and died there in 1930.
  • James Aldridge Braddock 1816 - 1823 (1 KB)
    James Aldridge Braddock was a son of William and Charlotte Christopher Braddock of Nassau Co., FL. James Aldridge Braddock, his sons and families, pioneers and cattlemen, left Nassauville, near Fernandina, FL, and settled in Crescent City, FL. In the 1860's, James A. and sons owned huge herds of cattle, horses and hogs, all roving in this unfenced wild country. Another pioneer family, the Turners, were neighbors and there were many disputes over range rights and animals. This soon developed into a gunfight.... John's widow, Ozilla, later married James Padgett. James Aldridge served two enlistments in the Indian War in 1837.
  • Winnifred Haddock Braddock 1822-1918 (10 KB)
    Elizabeth Winnifred Haddock was a daughter of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Higginbotham Haddock, born and married in Nassau Co. FL. She and her husband James Aldridge moved and settled just south of Crescent City, Putnam Co. FL. where they raised their 12 children. Winnifred died in New Smyrna Beach and is buried in Edgewater Cemetery at New Smyrna Beach, FL. Her daughter, Martha Saphronia Braddock Bryan is also buried there.
  • James Wesley Keen Family, 1921 Nassau Co FL (60 KB)
    James Wesley Keen was born before the Civil War on Nov. 3, 1859, in Charlton Co., GA, son of David Myre and Nancy Walker Keen. (Keen was spelled "Keene" in the family Bible of David Myre and Nancy Walker Keen. James's father, David Myre Keen, was killed in the Civil War. James had to go to work at an early agg to help support his family, He went to work on the railroad for 23 cents a day. James Wesley Keen married Charity Mary Jane Tanner, born Jan. 1, 1856, daughter of John "Josh" Tanner and Eliza Bradley Tanner, and they had 14 children. He made his living as a farmer and a timberman.
  • Spicer C. Braddock, 1869-1944 (64 KB)
    Spicer Christopher Braddock was born in Nassau County Florida and was the son of Hutto Loudner Braddock, Sr. and Louisa Higginbotham Braddock. Spiccer C. and his wife, Dora Amanda Braddock, had seven children and lived in Hilliard, Nassau County, Florida. They are buried in the Braddock Cemetery in Nassau County, Florida.
  • Nathaniel & Hester Ann Braddock Wilds, III (9 KB)
    Capt. Nathaniel Wilds, III, born 1810, Nassau County, Florida, married Hester Ann Braddock, May 13,1831, in Camden Co., Georgia. She was born 1813 Nassau Co., FL and died 1891, Nassau Co., FL, a daughter of John David and Martha Christopher Braddock of Nassau Co. Florida. They settled down at Wilds landing, where Capt. Nat, as he was called, helped his father operate a ferry. The crossing of Wilds landing was a primary gateway to Florida for more that a hundred years. Nathaniel died, October 21, 1875, and is buried at Wilds Landing Cemetery, Nassau County Florida.
  • Joseph Decatur Braddock, 1846-1935 (38 KB)
    Joseph Decatur Braddock was a son of James Aldridge and Elizabeth Winnifred Haddock Braddock. He was born in Nassau Co., FL, and married Louisa J. Bright in Putnam Co., FL. They made their home in Putnam Co., FL, and had nine children. Joseph died in Crescent City, Putnam Co., Florida.
  • Aaron James Higginbotham 1832-1910 (1 KB)
    Aaron James Higginbotham, son of David B.(Bod) and Elizabeth Hughes Higginbotham, was born Sept. 27, 1832 in Alachua Co., FL and died April 3, 1910 in Williston, Levy Co. FL. On July 8,1861, he enlisted at Fernandina (Jacksonville) in FL 2nd Inf. Co. K. On Feb 15, 1863, his arm was amputated between right elbow & shoulder. This was as he stated "from a cannon ball bursting beside him", and was shot in the leg twice, and was nearly blind. In 1870 he married Martha E. McEwen in Alachua Co., FL. She was born Jan 22, 1846 in Benton now Calhoun Co., AL. Aaron and Martha only had 1 child and her name was Georganna Lenora Higginbotham, born April 19, 1872, died 1906.
  • Joseph Alexander Higginbotham 1785-1875 (24 KB)
    Joseph A. Higginbotham, son of Burroughs and Isabella Incy Higginbotham, received a 300 acre land grant situated on Spell Swamp, Duval Co., which later became Nassau County, FL. This 300 acres was confirmed to him in 1825. Joseph A. and Mary Ann (Polly) Pinkham Higginbotham, raised their family of 12 children on his land grant that he had settled on, Spells Swamp, a branch of the St. Marys River. After Florida became a territory, Joseph A. was a member of the Florida legislature at least twice. They are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Nassau County Florida.
  • Willis Aaron Hodges 1812-1886 (29 KB)
    Wllis Aaron Hodges was the ancestor and progenerator of most all of the Hodges families that settled in Moniac, Charlton County, Georgia, and Nassau and Duval County, Florida. Willis Aaron Hodges was born in Tattnall Co., Georgia, Aug. l, 1812, son of William Hodges. Willis A. married Feb. 23, 1843, in Camden County, Georgia, to Mehalia Johns, born 1827 in Camden County, GA., daughter of George Johns and his wife Anna. They had fifteen children. The first wife died about 1880, Mr. Hodges married Mrs. Basheby Gainey, said to be a Cherokee Indian, born Jan.10, 1845, in Ware County, died in Charlton County, Georgia, Nov. 3, 1931. Two children were born by her. The history of Willis Aaron's life portrays him as a "rough and ready" frontier man. Mr. Hodges, an Indian fighter, served several enlistment's in the Indian Wars.
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