I have traced my roots back to the mid 1860 in Duplin County, NC. My great great grandfather Edmond Sheffield married a Nursey (last name was not documented in the marriage acknowledgement but in later census was listed as Hall). They had children that "adopted" the surname Batts. Some took on Hall and others Sheffield.
I have a third cousin "Batts" that lives in FL that is also doing research. I know that the some of the Batts migrated to VA, MD and PA. Some went all the way to IA. If I run across a FL connection I will let you know.