Submitted by Descendants: Mildred Mable “Millie” CANADA; Pearl Louise Canada COCHRAN; Jeffery Dale EATON
Francis Marion Canada was born in Columbia County, Florida in 1840. About 1862 he married Margaret Albritton, daughter of James and Fannie Raulerson Albritton.
He enlisted in the Confederate Army at Camp Hunt in Jacksonville, Florida. He was assigned to the 8th Florida Regiment and deserted 14 July 1862 and was arrested 11th December by Sheriff of Baker County, Jas. M. Burnsed, who delivered Francis to Lake City at the cost of eleven dollars and sixty cents. The money was deducted from Francis’s pay. He was wounded in the abdomen at the battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 1863. Francis was furloughed and moved to Orange County, Florida. He re-enlisted in 1864 and was furloughed March 1865 and homesteaded 119.5 acres in Orange County, Florida. He joined the Masonic Lodge #68 at Peace Creek10 July 1885 at Ft. Meade, Polk County, Florida. F. M. Canada is listed on the 1890 Map of Orange County, Florida at Lockwood.
Francis and Margaret raised 15 children and they are buried at the Drawdy / Rouse Cemetery on Rouse Road Orange County, Florida.
Francis Marion Canada was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2002