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Sebastian Cemetery

1921 North Central Ave. 

1. Captain Robert Augustus Hardee Sr. 

Find A Grave Memorial# 18761544

BIRTH 27 MAY 1833 • Bulloch County, Georgia

DEATH 29 NOV 1909 • St Lucie, County Florida

Married 1st: 29 May 1860 • Brooks, Georgia,

Melissa V. Williams


BIRTH . 1842 • Georgia

DEATH 1866 • Brooks, County Georgia

Married: 2nd:  About 1871

Emma Provids Willard


BIRTH AUG 1850 • Florida, USA

DEATH 1924 • St Lucie County, Florida

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He was 76 years old at his death. He was captain of Company H, 9th Georgia Vol. Infantry from Brooks County, Ga. (The "Brooks County Rifles") The 9th Georgia Volunteer Infantry was formed in June of 1861 and contained men from around the State of Georgia. The regiment fought at Gettysburg, the Siege of Knoxville, and participated in the Wilderness Campaign while serving under General James Longstreet. For their actions at Gettysburg, they received the Confederate Roll of Honor. Aside from a brief stint in the Army of Tennessee, the 9th spent most of its time during the war with Longstreet in the Army of Northern Virginia and ended its service with that corps. Future Atlanta mayor, George Hillyer served with the 9th and wrote a book about their action at Gettysburg entitled My Gettysburg Battle Experiences.      


He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives in the sessions of 1873, 1874, and 1897. He was also a member of the Brevard County Board of Commissioners.
He was the son of Thomas E. Hardee and Grace Jones, and the brother of Gardner S. Hardee, and Buddy Hardee.
He moved to New Haven, Florida (the original name of Sebastian) in 1889.

Married to first wife Melissa V. Williams 29 May 1860. She passed away in 1866 in Brooks County, Georgia
Source: Georgia Marriage Records




2. Sgt. Benjamin Franklin. Hardesty                     

Find A Grave Memorial# 18839952

BIRTH 04/15/1842 • Washington, St Landry, Louisiana

DEATH 07/06/1917 • Sebastian, Indian River, Florida,

Age: 75 Years Old

Married:  19 May 1864, Washington, St Landry, Louisiana

Gabriella "Ella" Cozine


BIRTH 09/17/1842 • Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, USA

DEATH 01/30/1923 • Sabastian, St. Lucie, Florida


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Benjamin Franklin Hardesty enlisted on June 9, 1861, as a private Company D, "Catahoula Guerrillas" and was promoted to Corporal prior to October 1, 1861. He was promoted on December 21, 1861, to Sergeant. The battalion began organizing at Camp Walker in New Orleans. It moved to Camp Moore and completed its organization on June 6, 1861, with five companies and 416 men. The brigade distinguished itself again in the Battle of Port Republic, on June 9. Rejoining the Army of Northern Virginia near Richmond, the brigade participated in the Battle of Gaine's Mill, on June 27, 1862. In that fight, Major Wheat and 5 other men were killed and 16 men were wounded. Sgt. Hardesty was wounded in action at Paynes Farm, VA on November 29, 1863. He survived the War, to later become a member of the Saint Lucie County School Board.     

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Winter Beach Cemetery

4409 71 St. Vero Beach 



3. William H. Dykes             

Find A Grave Memorial # 18568110

BIRTH 16 MAY 1848 • Pulaski County, Georgia

DEATH 3 NOV 1929 •  Florida

Died at age 81.

Married:  29 Jan 1871 • Pulaski County, Georgia

Eliza Nancy M Yearty


BIRTH ABT 1849 • Georgia

DEATH Unknown


William H. Dykes enlisted on 11 Mar 1862 but his name

was misspelled as Dukes. He joined the Company G 6th

Florida Infantry under age and was wounded at Petersburg,

Va, and the battle of the Crater. Dykes lost his left eye

at Ream’s Station, Va., on Aug. 25, 1864, during the Siege

at Petersburg.                                        


No further information at this point

4. Arthur Walker                                         

Find A Grave Memorial# 18568151

BIRTH FEB 1832 • Washington County, Georgia, USA

DEATH 1917 • St Lucie County, Florida

Died at age 85

Married:  16 Oct 1861 • Washington County, Georgia

Virginia Cumming


BIRTH 12 JUNE 1839 • Warthen, Washington, Georgia

DEATH 20 JAN 1892 • Marion County, Florida

Arthur Walker was born in Washington County, Georgia.

moving to Florida about November 1884, where his wife

died and was buried - (Marion County).  


He enlisted

in Sandersonville, Georgiaa. into Martin’s Battery on

May 10, 1862, and transferred to Company E, 12th Ga.

Battalion, March 1864, being discharged and paroled

April 9th, 1865 at Appomattox, Virginia with General

Lee’s surrender.


5. Henry Lee Hagy                                       

Find A Grave Memorial # 18568119

BIRTH 30 JAN 1847 • Marion County, Alabama, USA

DEATH 26 APR 1935 • Vero Beach, Indian RiverFlorida

Died at age 91,

Married:  31 Jan 1872 • Abingdon, Washington,Virginia

Ellina H. Logan


BIRTH 8 OCT 1853 • Washington County, Virginia, USA

DEATH 26 APR 1893 • Titusville, Brevard, Florida










6. Joseph Emerson Jones                

Find A Grave Memorial # 18568123

BIRTH 23 MAY 1843 • Lowndes County, Georgia, USA

DEATH 02 MAR 1915 • Vero, St Lucie, Florida

Died at age 72

Married 1st: 15 Feb 1866 • Monticello, Jefferson, Florida

Nancy Chestnutt


BIRTH APR 4,1847 • Jefferson County., Florida

DEATH 07 APR 1878 • Jefferson County, Florida

Married 2nd:  22 Dec 1878 • Monticello, Jefferson,

Florida  (The Widow Roberts)

Mary Jackson


BIRTH 10 JUN 1839 • Lickskillet Goldmine, Carroll

County, Georgia

DEATH 16 OCT 1913 • Vero, Saint Lucie, Florida

Mary's first husband was Private James Gary Roberts,
Find a Grave Memorial # 17079236 (No headstone)

Richard L. Smith's Company,
(Misc. Florida Cavalry Units)

Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 3/14/1862 at Jackson County, FL as a

On 3/14/1862 he mustered into "Smith's" Co. FL

Marianna Dragoons. Cavalry (date and method of

discharge not given)
He was listed as: Oath Allegiance 5/22/1865 Quincy, FL

born in 1833 in Sumter County, SC
died in 1877 in Madison, FL


7. William Nathan Jones  

(Brother of Joseph Emerson Jones)      

Find A Grave Memorial # 18568131

BIRTH 05 MAY 1836 • Jefferson, Florida, United States

DEATH 25 NOV 1905 • Vero, St Lucie, Florida

(aged 68–69)

Married:  16 Apr 1857 • Monticello, Jefferson, Florida

Amanda Grice


BIRTH 1840 • Florida

DEATH Unknown


Assigned Captain R.H. Gamble's battery Co

Florida (Leon) Light Artillery, CSA

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8. Rev. Daniel Briand Sheffield                                   

Find A Grave Memorial# 18568145

BIRTH 6 MAR 1843 • Dooly County, Georgia.

DEATH 27 MAR 1915 • Winter Beach, Indian River, Florida

Died at age 72

Married 1st:   1867

Penelope Josepnie "Debbie" Miller

BIRTH  2 May 1846  Bradford County, Florida

DEATH  3 Jun 1909  Winter Beach, Indian River County, Florida

9. Thomas Lewis Morgan                           

Find A Grave Memorial# 20920776

Born Jan 20, 1846

Died April 7, 1933

Died at age 87

Pvt Co H 5th Fl    




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10. James D H Weir             

Find A Grave Memorial# 136480577

BIRTH OCT 1829 • South Carolina

DEATH 1902 • Florida

Died at age 72

Married 1st:

Elizabeth __________

Married 2nd:  27 Aug 1878 • Hancock, Mississippi

Ida Beatrice Sylvester


BIRTH 15 FEBRUARY 1857 • Baldwin County, Alabama

DEATH 2 JUNE 1924 • Bay Saint Louis, Hancock, Mississippi

The 43rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry Volunteers, CSA, was also known as " Moore 's Regiment," " Harrison 's Regiment," "The Camel Regiment," and "the Bloody Forty-third." Organized, on 15 May 1862 the 43rd Mississippi Infantry saw service at Iuka, fought at 2nd Corinth, resisted Grant's Central Mississippi Railroad Campaign, repulsed Sherman at 2nd Chickasaw Bayou, served in Deer Creek Expedition (Pound's detachment), nobly endured the Siege of Vicksburg, fought at the Siege of Jackson (Pound's detachment), campaigned at Chickamauga (Pound's detachment), helped turn back Sooy Smith's Meridian Expedition, fought in the 100 Day's Battles all the way from Resaca to Atlanta, endured the Siege of Atlanta, skirmished at Decatur, made a famous charge on Franklin's bloody fields of glory, was shattered at Nashville, but, undaunted, rose from the ashes to fight again at Kinston and, finally, took part in the last great Confederate charge at Bentonville, but Private Weir never made it that far, as he was captured at Mobile Harbor, Ala.

Private James D.H. Weir 
8-10/62 absent on detached service as a nurse in the

hospital at Okolona, MS
6/11/63 wounded Vicksburg; 6/63 in hospital wounded

7/16/63 paroled in General Hospital No. 2, Vicksburg
8/4/63 among sick and wounded Vicksburg POWs deli-

vered  off Mobile Harbor, AL, to Confederate authorities            


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James was first married to Elizabeth. The couple's known

child is William J. Weir. They are found living in Issaquena

County, MS in 1860. James' occupation is listed as, overseer.

On the 1880 census, he is in Bay St. Louis, MS, and has a

daughter Lessie that was born in Missouri abt 1864.

His wife, Elizabeth dies in Bay St. Louis, MS in 1877.

James next marries Ida B. Sylvester on Aug. 27, 1878, in Hancock County. The couple's known children are Hugh, James, and Eula. The last time James is found in the census is 1900 in Woodley, Brevard, FL. On the 1910 census, his wife is listed as a widow.

Confederate Memorial Day April 27th, 2013 civil war re-enactors commemorated the raid on Fort Pierce, FL. As part of the activities, they placed flowers on the graves of the soldiers buried locally. James D. H. Weir was one of the soldiers they honored. He was listed by the organization as buried at Winter Beach Cemetery.

They provided a small military bio. On the bio, it lists his birth as 1830. 1900 census lists it as Oct 1829. Some records give birth in Alabama and others, in South Carolina.


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Virginia's Headstone

The very unusual downward pointing hand and broken chain, signify the chain of life, or the bonds of marriage, broken by death. Most tomb-stone hands point upward, signifying movement toward hea-ven.

Henry was born in Marion, Ala, and lived in Titusville, Fl. in 1907 coming to Florida in 1893. Mr. Hagy was a member of the Indian River United Confederate Veterans Camp # 47. He was wounded 5 times while serving with Company A 5th Arkansas Infantry. He enlisted on July 10, 1863, in Tullahoma, Tenn. He fought at Chickamauga where he was wounded in the left leg on Sept 20, 1863. During the war, he was wounded at Red Face Gap, Pine Mountain, and the Battle of Atlanta in Georgia. Pvt Hagy was paroled in Raleigh, North Carolina, in May 1865 and now has earned this high right, to rest while we honor his service. 

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Daniel was born in Dooly County, Ga., and moved to Florida in 1852. Pvt. Sheffield en-listed in the 4th Florida Infantry Company F on May 1, 1861. He was mustered out at Green-sboro, N.C. May 1, 1865.   



Obit from, submitted by Ronald Carter


(This is headlines of story that appeared in the Ft Pierce paper on 4/2/1915, the story follows)

Elder Daniel Sheffield, one of the oldest and most widely known Primitive Baptist minis-ters in Florida, died last Friday night at his home south of Vero. He was 75 years of age and his death was due to paralysis.

Elder Sheffield had been in the ministry continuously for fifty years. He had been pastor of the Vero Primitive Baptist church since its organization six years ago and had made his home here for the past five years. He occupied the pulpit regularly until the Sunday before his death. During his long service in the ministry Elder Sheffield had traveled all over Florida as well as Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina and he was one of the most widely known ministers of his denomination in the entire south. He was the last surviving Confederate veteran living in this community

He is survived by his wife and six children by his first marriage. They are Mrs. C.W. Fletcher and Mrs. J. E. W. McCullers of Quay; T. H. Sheffield of Ft. Lauder- dale; Lee L. Sheffield


Note:  Find a Grave -Most Census records have her as Debbie. Her last name of Miller was changed from the original Mueller. She was the wife of Daniel B. Sheffield buried next to her. His old gravestone was broken and has been removed and replaced with a newer one from the V.A. Her gravestone has been broken in half and the top half reburied so only the name shows now. It was broken several years ago but was still readable in 1995.

Married 2nd:  6 Feb 1910 • Volusia County, Florida

Missouri Harvey

BIRTH  19 Sep 1868, Putnam County, Florida

DEATH  6 Oct 1945 Putnam County, Florida, USA

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married John Robert Campbell in about 1897. After his

death, she married Daniel B. Sheffield in 1910.
The 1900 Census list her DOB as Nov 1873
She is listed in the 1945 State Census so she died some-

time after that.

Mrs. Missouri Harvey Sheffield (1868-1945), 77, of

Bostwick, died Saturday night. She has been an invalid

for many years. She spent her entire life in Putnam

County.  She is survived by one son, J. R. Campbell of

Jacksonville; two sisters, Mrs. R. W. Varnes of Bostwick

and Mrs. J. C. Powell of Pierson, and three brothers,

Walter Raleigh Harvey of Bostwick; F. M. Harvey of

Palatka and Lee Brian Harvey of Ft. Pierce.

Funeral services will be held from Bardin Primitive

Baptist Church, Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock with

Rev. O. K. Sheffield of Ft. Pierce officiating. Burial will

follow in Bardin Cemetery. (Palatka Daily News Obituary

dated Monday, 8 Oct 1945.)

of Vero and Mrs. S. G W. Sutton of Norman Park, Ga.The funeral was held Sunday afternoon in charge of Elder J. N. Matthews of Macon, Ga and an interment was made at Quay.

Danile (Seated with cane) and his sons

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The Florida Star

01 Nov 1901, Fri · Page 4

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Ida Beatrice Sylvester Weir

Oslo Cemetery

513 3 St NW, Vero Beach, Florida

11. John Enos Fultz Jr.                                    

Find A Grave Memorial # 52429334

BIRTH 12 NOV 1844 • St John's, Berkeley Parrish,

South Carolina 

DEATH 7 DEC 1921 • Vero Beach, Indian River, Florida

Died at age 77

Married:  11 May 1865

Annie Maria Winter


BIRTH 31 OCT 1868 • South Carolina

DEATH 23 APR 1938 • Indian River, Florida

Pvt. Company G 5th SC Cavalry

John Enos Fultz Jr. was born November 12, 1844,

in St. John’s Berkeley Parish, South Carolina. He

was the son of John Enos and Rulaney (Ballentine)

Fultz. He enlisted at Charleston, SC, in 1862, at the

young age of 17, operating behind enemy lines toward

the end of the war.


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Per Find-A-Grave Member James Burr Odell Jr.

Memorial # 47512672 on Apr. 27, 2015.

After returning from the Civil War, he married Sarah

Elizabeth Ballentine on May 11, 1865. She was born

August 30, 1846, a daughter of John James and Mary E.

(Huxford) Ballentine. She was also a granddaughter of

John J. and Rulaney Ballentine. John and Sarah Fultz

had eight children, all born in South Carolina.
1) Julia Olivia married James Harvey Winter,
2) Viola Gertrude married Edward Lee Winter,
3) Mary Edith died as an infant,
4) George Andrew,
5) Judson Huxford married Hattie Estes,
6) Sarah Ellen died as an infant,
7) Hattie Eulalie married, first, Mr. Allen, and

second Mr. Chew
8) John Enos, III married Ruby Cooper.

John Enos Fultz, Jr. packed up his family in 1885 and left Moncks Corner. For the next six years, they lived in Cocoa-Rockledge, Florida, a newly settled community on the Indian River. A family story says that he left fleeing carpetbaggers after the Civil War. Misfortune struck soon after their arrival. On June 16, 1888, Sarah died and is buried in a cemetery in Cocoa-Rockledge. Not long after, their home burned. John Enos took

his children and sailed down the Indian River and back up the north fork of the St. Lucie River to the headwaters of the river and settled on land that one of his daughters called “Spruce Bluff” because of all the spruce pines growing there. In 1889 he established Spruce Bluff where he built his home. He homesteaded one hundred sixty acres on Winter Creek. He rowed and sailed the St. Lucie River down to Stuart to deliver the mail for 10.00 a month. He raised Pineapples and oranges in St. Lucie County. The only thing that remains there is a small cemetery and a beautiful monument dedicated on January 5, 1986 by the Historical Society marking it as an “Early Pioneer Settlement, 1891”.

He married Annie Maria Winter on June 27, 1892, in Spruce Bluff where they lived until 1905. Annie Maria was born October 31, 1868, the daughter of David McCants and Mary Fultz

(Harvey ) Winter. They had six children born in Spruce Bluff:

1) Pearl Winter married Roscoe J. Chapman,
2) Charles E.,
3) Annie Ethel married Howard Taylor,
4) Herbert,
5) Thomas Oscar married Ola Jane Brinson
6) James Clarence married Alice Margaret Gregory Cook.

In 1889 he established Spruce Bluff where he built his home. He homesteaded one hundred sixty acres on Winter Creek. He rowed and sailed the St. Lucie River down to Stuart to deliver the mail for 10.00 a month. He established Spruce Bluff in Sept. 1891. He raised Pineapples in St. Lucie County. In August 1905 John again moved his family, this time to Ft. Pierce. He was appointed by the Honorable N. B. Broward, Governor of Florida, to serve as the first Circuit Court Clerk of the newly formed St. Lucie County, which position he held until 1919. In 1918 John Enos moved his family again, this time to Vero, which later became Vero Beach. Mr. Fultz owned the one hundred sixty acres until his death. John Enos Fultz, Jr. suffered a stroke and died December 7, 1921, in Vero Beach and is buried in the Oslo Cemetery. Annie Maria died there on April 23, 1938, and is also buried there. John Enos Fultz was a religious man. As a politician, he would be classified as a conservative. He was admired by his family and his name still survives in our family to this day. Editor’s Note: Some information contained in this article was gleaned from a biography of John Enos Fultz written by Ethel Fultz Taylor, Thomas Oscar Fultz, and Herbert Fultz. This paper was presented to the Fort Pierce Historical Society at a dinner meeting on September 16, 1969. The original is on file at the Fort Pierce Historical Society.



12. Wiley Tatum Laine                                

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BIRTH 12 OCT 1935 • Lincoln County, North Carolina

DEATH 30 AUG 1918 • Florida,

Died at 82 

Married 1st:  31 MAY 1866, Fulton County, Georgia

Annie L Allsbrook      

BIRTH  Unknown

DEATH  Before Jun 1913, Florida

Married 2nd:  29 JUN 1913

Martha "Mattie" Carolyn Mast


BIRTH 27 FEBRUARY 1871 • Watauga County,

North Carolina

DEATH 13 FEBRUARY 1952 • Sugar Grove, Watauga,

North Carolina




















13. George Washington. Smith              

Find A Grave Memorial # 145642921

Born Jan 13, 1847, Highland County, Virginia

Died Nov. 15, 1929, Vero Beach, Indian River, Florida

Died at age 86

Married (the Widow Cousins):  1894 • Orlando, Orange, Florida

Bettie E Hart

BIRTH ABT MAR 1861 • Georgia

DEATH 1946 • Indian River County, Florida

Born in Highland County, Va., and enlisted in Winchester, Va July 5, 1861, as a Private in Company H 31st Virginia Militia from Frederick County, Commanded by Baldwin, Robert F.: Colonel, 1861-64. Smith fought at both Shiloh on April 7, 1862, and Chickamauga was wounded in both battles. He was paroled at Culpepper, Va. April 20, 1865, as a prisoner of war, when the batteries surrender       

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John Enos & Annie Winter Fultz,








Company D 18 Mississippi Infantry Regiment

The Hammer Rifles were raised in Yazoo County Mississippi, and he enlisted in May 1861. These companies were enlisted for one year in the service of the Confederate States and organized in the Eighteenth Regiment, under the direction of Gen. J. L. Alcorn, on June 7, 1861. They 1started to Virginia on June 10, arrived at Camp Walker near Manassas Junction on the 18th, and were brigaded with the Seventeenth Mississippi and Fifth South Carolina under Gem D. R. Jones, which brigade was posted on the extreme right of the army at Bull Run. They were near McLean’s Ford when the first attack was made by the Federal Army on July 18. When the unit was first organized the Eighteenth had 1,100 effective men. At the first battle of Manassas, there were 800 in the ranks. On the first of March, 1865, there were 100 men and five officers present for duty.


The regiment had then been engaged in sixteen pitched battles and innumerable skirmishes. In the spring of 1864, when the two years enlistment expired, the regiment and the whole brigade unanimously re-enlisted for "forty years or the war." Its patriotic devotion was again shown early in 1865 by submitting to consolidation and the loss of its old title and number. The entire brigade was commanded at the last by Col. William H. Fitzgerald, who surrendered 20 officers and 231 men. Laine suffer from Pneumonia and Typhoid and was wounded on the picket line.

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