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All Saints Cemetery                                                                  2303 Sea View Dr. Jensen Beach, Florida 


1. Col. Thomas J. De Steuben                   

Find A Grave Memorial # 28770535

BIRTH APR 1840 • Richmond, Wise, Virginia

DEATH 18 MAY 1927 • Jensen Beach, Martin, Florida

Died at age 88

Married:  1869

Mary Jane Stypman


BIRTH 12 OCT 1871 • New York

DEATH MAR 1926 • Jensen, St Lucie, Florida

Lawyer, West Point Graduate, Confederate Officer. Thomas J. De Steuben, in 1882 left Titusville and liking the area settled in Jensen Beach, becoming one of the first practicing attorneys in the South Florida area. Col. De Steuben, as he was referred to, wrote many personal letters assisting other veterans in acquiring their pensions. Thomas was a descendant of Col. Baron Von Steuben who was the drillmaster of George Washington’s army during the American Revolution. The Atlantic and Gulf Railroad and Steamboat Company were incorporated under Florida state law chapter 3802, approved June 4, 1887, to construct a railroad commencing at St. Lucie, in Brevard County, and running to Lakeland, in Polk County. The company was owned by Isaac C. Lewis, James D. Dewell, J. C. Phillips, Julius Tyler, Isaac E. Brown, Dwight W. Tuttle, Frank M. Tyler, Herrick P. Frost, Frank S. Andrew, Thomas J. DeSteuben, Henry S. Lewis, S. Harrison Wagner, and Horace H. Strong. 


Fern Hill Cemetery                                                                                                                                  1501 South Kanner Hwy. Stuart, Florida


2. Henry Madison Bridges                        

Find A Grave Memorial# 25562830

Born Feb 14, 1842

Died 1913

Died at age 71

Private, Company K 31 Ga Infantry Regiment. Member of Terrell County men-Bartow Avengers, under Captain R. H. Fletcher. Initially organized in November 1861 to defend Georgia's threatened coast, the 31st Georgia Volunteer Infantry would see its active service with the Lawton-Gordon-Evans brigade, probably the largest such command in the entire Confederate army. As part of Stonewall Jackson's Foot Cavalry, the regiment distinguished itself the first year at Cold Harbor, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, and Fredericksburg. Led by Clement A. Evans, it received formal commendations for spearheading the dramatic recapture of Marye's Heights during the Chancellorsville Campaign. Colonel Evans lowered the Stars and Stripes flying over York, Pennsylvania, just prior to his command's actions on the first day at Gettysburg, where Jubal Early reportedly called it the bravest regiment he had ever seen.


The 31st Georgia in 1864 was heavily engaged in the series of battles at Wilderness and Spotsylvania; it also participated in Early's Valley Campaign with action at Monocacy, Kernstown, Third Winchester, and Cedar Creek. It was part of the vanguard in the daring assault on Fort Stedman, the last major offensive by the Army of Northern Virginia. Only 66 from the regiment were armed and in the line of battle at Appomattox Court House, where some of the members are believed to have fired the last rounds of the war; they were in combat, even as Lee was surrendering to Grant. Of the 1,179 men and boys known to have belonged to the Columbus, Georgia, based organization, 365 died in the service, a 31% mortality rate. He was wounded in the right thigh at Chantilly, Va. while charging the Federal Line. Also, he contracted measles during the war.   



3. Benjamin Parks                                     

Find A Grave Memorial# 19506815

BIRTH 15 AUG 1847 • Seven Springs,

Wayne, North Carolina

DEATH 27 SEP 1925 • Stuart, Martin,


Died at age 78

Married:  1 Dec 1867 • Kinston, Lenoir,

North Carolina

Sarah "Sallie" Gray


BIRTH 15 JUN 1846 • Kinston, Lenoir,

North Carolina

DEATH 19 MAR 1933 • Stuart, Martin,







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Benjamin Parks, the pioneer resident, and homesteader passed away at his home on 3rd Street on Sunday evening last. The deceased was born August 13, 1847, in Seven Springs, NC, and spent his childhood and early manhood in the section. In his early twenties, he married Miss Sally Gray who survives him.

Mr. Parks with his family came to Florida in 1885 and settled in Lake County, then Orange County where he remained for seven years. Coming to Stuart 33 years ago, he filed on an 80-acre homestead adjoining the Krueger homestead on the South County road and lived there up until a year ago, when moved to town to be nearer medical aid. Although confined to his bed for over two years, Mr. Parks continued to be in his usual good spirits and enjoyed life even under difficulties. Pineapples were the principal crop on the homestead for many years with fancy poultry and a large aviary as a sideline. Up until his health failed two years ago, Mr. Parks walked to and from town every day to do his marketing and get the mail and was a familiar figure on Stuart streets. His passing marks another break in the depleted ranks of Stuart pioneers and he will be missed by a large circle of friends, acquaintances, and neigh-bors. He was a Mason and a Methodist. He leaves, besides his widow, two sons W.G. Parks of Seven Springs, and George W. Parks of Stuart, two daughters, Mrs. M.R. Johns and Mrs. C.W. Corbett of Stuart, 18 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church with the Rev. J.C. Jones officiating. The Methodist Choir rendered hymns appropriate to the occasion, the services were well attended and the floral offerings numerous and beautiful. Interment was in Fernhill Cemetery.

Source: The Stuart Messenger, 1925, Stuart, Florida

Military service: Private in the Confederate Army enlisted on 15 Aug 1864, when he was only 17 years old. Captured at Mosley Hall, near Goldsboro, NC on 27 Mar 1865 and transferred to a Union prison on Hart's Island in NY Harbor. Released on June 19, 1865, after signing an Oath of Allegiance.

Source: Military records for Benjamin Parks from National Archives

4. Corp John Felix Geiger, Sr                   

Find A Grave Memorial# 20199920

Born Nov. 11, 1844

Died April 5, 1922

Died at age 77

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Corporal 2nd Florida Cavalry Company H

Served under Captain J.J. Dickinson and his

unit fought battle Olustee, Gainesville, and

Braddock’s farm.

Nassau Co Fla., 2 Nov. 1844, d.  Stuart, Fla.

5 Apr. 1922, aged 77 yr. 5 mo. 3 days.

Marriage: This certifies that John F. Geiger,

son of Felix, Jr., and Elizabeth K., dau of J.K.

and S.S. Prevatt were md. In Middleburg,

Clay County. (Fla), on the 10th day of Apr. 1879.














5. John McDermott         

Find A Grave Memorial # 145407894

Service records have yet to be determined but

is listed as a Confederate in the Fern Hill

Cemetery History Book. The grave is unmarked.


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Residence:      Monticello, Florida

Enlistment Date:         12 Apr 1864

Rank at enlistment:     Private

Enlistment Place:        Monticello, Florida

State Served:   Florida

Service Record: 

Enlisted in Company H, Florida 3rd Infantry Regiment on 12 Apr 1864.

Mustered out on 10 Sep 1864 at Camp Morton, Indianapolis, IN.

Sources:  Soldiers of Florida in the ...Civil War...Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865 Confederate Veteran Magazine   

The 3rd Infantry Regiment was formed near Pensacola, Florida, in July 1861. Its companies were recruited in the counties of St. Johns, Hernando, Jefferson, Duval, Wakulla, Madison, Columbia, and Suwannee. The unit served along the coast at Talbot Island and Cedar Keys, then moved to Mobile. After fighting at Perryville it was assigned to Preston's, Stovall's, Finley's, and J.A. Smith's Brigade, and during December 1862, consolidated with the 1st Florida Infantry Regiment. The 3rd was engaged at Murfreesboro and Jackson, then part-icipated in the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to Bentonville. It was organized with 950 officers and men, and the 1st/3rd lost twenty-six percent of the 23 in action at Chickamauga. In December 1863, this command totaled 240 men and 119 arms, but only a remnant surrendered in April 1865. The field officers were Colonel William S. Dilworth; Lieutenant Colonels Lucius A. Church, Elisha Mashburn, Arthur J.T. Wright; and Major John L. Phillips.                                                                                     


6 James M. McNeil                                   

Find A Grave Memorial# 25563786

Born in Georgia, on November 4, 1828.

Died 1907

He was in Company C. He was wounded and captured in action on 17 September 1862. Made1st Sergeant - May 18, 1861. He was elected 1st Lieutenant on August 28, 1861; Captain on August 4, 1862.  He was wounded in the leg, necessitating amputation, and captured at Sharpsburg, Maryland September 17, 1862. He was exchanged at Aiken's Landing, Virginia November 10, 1862, and retired to the Invalid Corps on April 30, 1864.                                  


7. Andrew Clarke                                      

Find A Grave Memorial# 25562947

Birth    unknown

Death  unknown

Burial Fernhill Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum

Stuart, Martin County, Florida, USA

Plot     Block 24, Lot 5, Grave 8

No further information at this point





Ben and Sally with their three granddaughters who were the children of Fannie Parks Stanley. Ben and Sally raised them after their parents died.


67th North Carolina Infantry Company H

The Sixty-seventh Regiment (N. C. Troops),

was organized in January 1864 and was composed of nine companies of infantry and one cavalry. The several companies had been organized a considerable time prior to the organization of the regiment. Some of them were in the early part of the war and had been employed on outpost duty in the vicinity of New Bern and Washington, N. C., after those towns fell into the hands of the enemy early in 1862. These companies and the regiment, after its organization, were paid, fed, and clothed entirely by the State of North Carolina, were subject to the orders of the Governor of the State, and could not be removed beyond the limits of the State without his consent and order. In fact, however, they were under the immediate command and subject to the orders of the Confederate officer in command of the military district of Eastern North Carolina

Private Parks was captured at Bentonville, NC, and taken to Harts Island, NY. In 1881 Parks’ Moved from Wayne County, N.C. to Lake County, Florida. 1891 he moved to Stuart, and he was one of the first residents of Stuart; he was interviewed by The Stuart Messenger in 1913. “In 1891 this was all woods and a wild country, no railroads and not a public building that is here now was then standing. We had no roads and like the New England Pilgrim Fathers, we used the rivers for paths to get around in our boats. We had no preachers, no land agents, needed no Lawyers, and had no occasion for doctors”. Benjamin Parks grew Pineapples and was Stuart’s Justice of the Peace.

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Captain Listed in Fern Hill History Book as buried in an unmarked grave.

On February 22, 1865, James M “Jesse” McNeill and 65 Rangers traveled 60 miles behind enemy lines to Cumberland, Maryland. Without being detected, they captured both Union Major General George Crook and Brig. Gen. Benjamin Kelley from their beds. They evaded pursuing Federal cavalry and delivered the captured generals to Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early who forwarded the prisoners to Richmond.


Riverside Memorial Park                                                           11351 SE County line Road Tequesta Martin County Florida  

8. Capt Edward Harrison Covar  
Find A Grave Memorial# 37359177                       

Born Apr. 18, 1830, Edgefield Edgefield County South Carolina, 

Died:  Oct. 23, 1908, Dade County Florida (Now Palm Beach County) 

Married ist:  1 Feb 1849 • South Carolina

Sarah Green


BIRTH 1832 • South Carolina

DEATH APR, 1902 • Edgefield County., South Carolina

Married 2nd:  1 Jan 1871 • Orange County, Florida

Martha "Mattie" Ann Prescott


BIRTH APR 1842 • Appling County, Georgia

DEATH 1922 • Mangonia, Palm Beach, Florida

Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, West Palm Beach, Florida

Mr. Covar enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 in Aiken, S.C., serving four years in the 7th Regiment of the South Carolina Infantry. In 1865, he was discharged in North Caro-lina with the rank of Captain.


He married Martha Ann Prescott in 1871 and eventually made their home in Mangonia (West Palm Beach) and was buried on March 14, 1910, in what was then known as Jupiter Pioneer Cemetery (Martin County) and Carlin Estate Private Ceme-tery, now Riverside Memorial Park.


Palm Beach County Sherriff 1886-1887

Inscription: Co K 7 SC Inf CSA Florida Death Index: Volume 017, No. 113, the Year 1908




9. Andrew Jackson Henderson 
Find a Grave Memorial # 250846191 ·

BIRTH ABT 1833 • Ware County, Georgia

DEATH 7 SEP 1906 • Jupiter, Palm Beach. Florida
(aged 73)

BURIALRiverside Memorial Park, Martin County, Florida 

Married:  22 Dec 1859 • Clinch, Georgia

Mary Ann McKinnon King


BIRTH 1845 • Clinch County, Georgia

DEATH AFTER 1916 • Palm Beach County, Florida

Cpl Andrew J Henderson Confederate Soldier Cpl Andrew J Henderson is most likely buried in the plot of his two sons, buried at Riverside Cemetery in Tequesta on the Martin County line in 1906). His farm in Jupiter is now probably under pavement with his wife buried there. His two sons were killed in a shootout with bank robbers down in Homestead (1916) where Andrew also had a farm. The official Police memorial in Miami states that the two sons (officers) were transported to Tequesta to be buried next to their father ( Also confirmed by contemporary newspaper articles). Andrew's grave is unmarked so we don't actually know his exact resting place (Which side of his two sons). No records of Andrew being buried there - that was before the current cemetery took over. Previously it was known as the "Pioneer Cemetery" when we were still part of Dade County (1909). Co. K, 26 GA. Reg.

In 1880, the Hendersons were living in Moores Hill, Clinch County, Georgia.

The Henderson family moved from Homerville, Clinch County via riverboat down the St. Johns River to the Jupiter area around 1883 and there shortly thereafter in Orange County.. Next, they were in Palm Beach County near Jupiter and finally moved on down to Homestead. They apparently kept their Jupiter property as both Andrew and Mary are buried there. Andrew is supposedly buried in Riverside Memorial Park as are two of his sons who were policemen gunned down in a Homestead bank robbery. The Miami Herald states that they were buried next to their father in Riverside. Mary Ann was buried in the family plot, also in Jupiter. We can only assume at this time that the plot is in Riverside.

Their home was a short distance from the center of Homestead. They were among the first person living in that area. For many years they were the area's only residents and carried on as farmers and hunters.

On December 22, 1859, in Clinch County, Georgia he married Mary Ann King when she was 15 and he was 26. Mary Ann was born in about 1844 in Georgia and died after 1909 in Palm Beach County. Mary Ann had reported in her Confederate Widow's Pension Application that she had resided in Florida since December 12, 1882, coming from Georgia. Their tenth child, Daniel Marion Henderson was born in Dade County.

Andrew first filed for his Confederate Veterans Pension in 1902. He lived in Neptune (West Jupiter), then Dade County, Florida as Palm Beach County was not formed until 1909. Dr. Charles P. Jackson in 19025, described Andrew's gunshot wounds and stated that Andrew was nearly blind at the time of his application.

On May 1, 1862, at Waynesville, Georgia, Andrew enlisted as a private in Co. K, 26 Regiment GA. under Capt. McDonald. was honorably discharged at Appomattox, Virginia April 26, 1865, as a Corporal. He was in the same Company from enlistment until the close of the war. He was wounded in Virginia and was admitted to Jackson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia on June 7, 1864, and was furloughed for forty days to recuperate before returning to action.

Andrew and Mary Ann had at least ten known children.


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The 26th Infantry Regiment [also called 13th Regiment] completed its organization in October 1861, at Brunswick, Georgia. Its companies were recruited in the counties of Charlton, Berrien, Glynn, Twiggs, Clinch, Ware, Coffee, and Wayne. After serving in the Department of Georgia at St. Simons Island and Savannah, the unit moved to Virginia where it was brigaded under Generals Lawton, John B. Gordon, and C.A. Evans. The 26th participated in the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, fought with Early in the Shenandoah Valley, and ended the war at Appomattox. This regiment came to Virginia with 1,100 officers and men, lost 37 killed and 87 wounded at Second Manassas, and reported 6 killed, 49 wounded, and 6 missing at Sharpsburg. It had 53 casualties at Fredericksburg and 12 at Second Winchester. The unit was detached from its brigade to support the artillery at Gettysburg and lost few casualties. On April 9, 1865, it surrendered 85 men, of which 4 officers and 34 men were armed. The field officers were Colonels Edmund N. Atkinson and Carey W. Styles; Lieutenant Colonels James S. Blain, Eli S. Griffin, William A. Lane, and William A. McDonald; and Majors Thomas N. Gardner and B.F. Grace.


July 27, 2013

According to my mother Alice Ramirez McAvoy (1924-2013):

1) Andrew Jackson Henderson was her great-grandfather.

2) "About 1889 or 1890 the family came from Sanford, Florida to the lighthouse area in Jupiter, Florida.

3) "From there his boys went to Okechobee to work as surveyors".

4) "He is buried in the cemetery in Tequesta, Martin Co., Florida. The date of his death is unknown. According to the folks in the cemetery office there are few records of those buried there in the early days of the cemetery ca 1890-1900. There is no documentation as to where in the cemetery but it is assumed that he is in the unmarked grave next to his two sons Alan (d. 1916) and William (d. 1916).

5) "A fire in Washington D.C. destroyed all the 1890 census records."

Lloyd Leo McAvoy III

(b. 1945)

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