Matilda A. RENFROE

Submitted by Descendant:  Stephen J. COX

Matilda A. “Matilly” Renfroe was the first daughter born to Enoch and Winifred (Howard) Renfroe about 1815 in Georgia.  Sometime between 1820 and 1830 the family moved to the Florida Territory and settled in Jefferson County.

Matilda’s first marriage, to John C. Neil/Neal, took place on 18 June 1832 in Jefferson County.  They had three sons:  Roan, Obediah, and Clinton, who all served with the Confederacy during the War Between the States.  Roan survived the war, but Obediah and Clinton were killed in action with the Florida Cavalry circa 1862.

Matilda met and married her second husband, John Sapp, about 1850 in Columbia (formerly Jefferson) County.  Their four children were Enoch H., Bartley “Evans”, Reubin L., and Susan Elizabeth Matilda Temperance.  In 1860 the Sapp family was living in New River County (formerly Columbia).  John served with the Ninth Regiment, Florida Volunteer Infantry, Confederate States of America and died of wounds on 22 August 1864.  He was buried in Lake City, Florida.

Matilda lived to the age of 95 and died in 1910, presumably in or near Bradford County (successor to Jefferson, Columbia and New River).

Matilda A. Renfroe was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2010