Submitted by Descendants: Joseph Newton and Pamela Newton MOORE; Melissa Moore STOCKHAM
John Carroll Houston was a captain in the Revolutionary War, serving with the South Carolina militia. He was granted 265 acres of land in Beaufort, South Carolina, for his service in the war. John was born about 1756 and married Jane Harvey of South Carolina and Georgia. Together they had four know sons and one known daughter.
Between the late 1790s and early 1800s, John moved his family to Duval County, Florida. During those turbulent years between 1811 and 1814, the Republic of East Florida was established by patriots to try to annex the province to the United States. John’s name appears in The East Florida Papers as a rebel in the Patriot War against the Spanish in Florida.
John’s wife, Jane was born about 1756 and was the daughter of John Harvey. Both her husband and father served their country during the Revolutionary War. Jane died around 1840 and was buried in the Houston Cemetery on Talbot Island.
Sarah Ann Harrison, born in 1805, married William Henry Houston on 29 July 1824 in Duval County. Records for 1832 show they owned a plantation and a mansion in Duval County. They had six known children. After William died in 1845, Sarah moved to Suwannee County and remained there until her death on 9 September 1864.
Louisa Ann Houston, first child of William and Sarah, was born 25 December 1825 on Big Talbot Island, Duval County, Florida. In November of 1842 Louisa married James Latimer, a ship’s captain and one of the original St. John’s River Bar Pilots. As a wedding present, the bride’s parents gave the couple land on Batten Island (now Ft. George Island). They built a home there and had five children. On 4 November 1897, Louisa died and was buried in the Houston Cemetery.
Charles W. Johnson, son of John and Charlotte Bush Johnson, married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Ann Latimer, daughter of James and Louisa. Charles was born in Pilot Town, Duval County, on 16 December 1842. He served as a bugler for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Charles and Mary Ann were married 16 December 1866 and had four children. Charles died on 18 August 1923 at age 81 and was buried in the Houston Cemetery.
John Carroll Houston was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 1986
Sarah Ann Harrison was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2010
Jane Harvey was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2010
Louisa Ann Houston was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2010
Charles W. Johnson was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2010