Submitted by Descendants:  Alexander P., Lindsay M., and Richard E. HADDEN

Eliza Motes was born around 1821 in Georgia.  It is probable that her parents were John and Margaret Motes of Nassau County, Florida.

On the 29th October 1840, Jackson Tynum, J.P. performed the marriage between Eliza and James M. Burnsed in Nassau County.   Isaiah D. Hart registered the marriage in Jacksonville.  Eliza and her husband lived in Columbia County in the fortified log house that he built in the late 1830’s.  It is known as the Burnsed Blockhouse and now sits in the Baker County Historical Park.

Eliza appeared in the 1850 census in Columbia County in the 1860 census in New River County, and in the 1870 census in Baker County.

Eliza had four sons and six daughters between 1841 and 1865.

Eliza died between 1870 and 1880.

Eliza Motes was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2004