Submitted by Descendant: Hilma Dickson ARDITO
Josiah Seckinger was born on 26 Jan., 1809, in Effingham Co., GA. He came to Florida as a soldier to fight in the Indian Wars. He reenlisted numerous times, he’s found in the Muster Rolls from 1835-1837
Josiah was one of the 157 signers of a petition for a land office in Newnansville, Dec., 1839. In registering for a land permit Jan. 1843, he swears to the fact that he had lived in Florida since Dec., 1831.
Josiah voted in the first state election 26 May, 1845, in Newnansville, Florida.
He married Synthey Rebecca Miller, who was born in 1831, in Alachua Co., Florida, 15 Dec. 1847. They had 5 sons and 2 daughters. In the 1850 census, he and his wife and their one year old son are listed as living in Alachua County. He was a blacksmith at that time.
On 12 Jan. 1856, he is recorded as either buying or selling land in Martel, Marion Co., Florida.
By the 1860’s he was no longer a blacksmith but was a farmer. Josiah lived about 20 years in Alachua Co. and about 40 years in Marion Co., Florida.
Josiah and S. Rebecca Seckinger are buried in Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery, Fellowship, Marion County, Florida.
Josiah Seckinger was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2004