Submitted by Descendants: Bridee Page Staats MANNING; Florence Maxine Padgett AND Troy Allen SIKES; Carl Kent, Carl Kent, Jr., Jacklyn Padgett, and Kelli Gail STAATS

Elijah Padgett was born C-1824, in Tattnall Co. Georgia, the third son of Hopkins Padgett, born about 1770 in Colleton District, South Carolina, and Mary Branch, born about 1780 in South Carolina.  (State Cert. #11 Hamilton Co.).

Elijah served in Capt. Martins (MTD0 Co. (Clinch Huzzars) 1 Regt (Warren’s) Florida Mil. at Fort Reed from January 27, 1837 until June 1837.  He applied for 40.8 acres at the rate of $1.25 per acre from the Land Office in Tallahassee January 2, 1838, in Hamilton County, Territory of Florida.

On July 9 1839 for the sum of $85.89 he sold his property to his father Hopkins Padgett, along with one three year old by horse, one year old heifer, on three year old heifer, one cow and calf, improvements of land and his crop which was growing.

In the 1850 census, State of Georgia, Ware Co. we find Elijah Padgett, wife Charity Hunter with seven children and a 30 year old male, Hanford Hunter; he could be Charity Hunters brother.  Their children were:  James Tippon b. c-1837, FL d. 14 May 1917, FL; Penney b. c-1839, GA.; Carolyn b. c-1839, GA.; Cecia b. c-1842, GA.; Allen b. c-1846, GA.; Elijah b. c-1849 GA.; Mandy b. c-1851 GA.; and Ester b. c-1853, GA.

Elijah Padgett was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 1995