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                                                    Early Central Florida Settlers 
                                                                                   The Partin Family  

                                                                                              by Mary Phillips 

     Hugh Gilmore PARTIN married Nancy Elizabeth SMITH on 10 Dee 1835 in Tattnall Co, GA. He and Nancy were the parents often children, eight of whom were born in Georgia and the last two in Florida. In about 1847, after a walking trip to FL by Hugh to scout out the territory, he returned home to Georga and sold his 631 acres ofland in Tattnall Co. He walked by way of Palatka, DeLand, Orlando, Kissimmee, on to Jupiter by Old Wire Telegragh Rd. He left on 10 Sept 1851 for Florida. 

     Around 5 Jan 1866, H.G. docked in Salt Lake (near Titusville), set up a home on Sand Point and lived there until 20 May 1866 when the mosquitoes chased them inland to Conway. They moved to the Conway area on 31 May 1866. They rented a house on the south shore of Lake Conway, until they found the acreage on Howell Creek (Maitland). They settled on Howell Creek & homesteaded there. 

     He was a 6 footer and slender build. He died of what was then called asthma ...probably heart attack during a hunicane. Homestead was applied for, a windmill was erected and the framework for a two story house was in place when a hurricane came along and destroyed the framework. Not to be outdone, a new home was erected and 163.23 areas were granted under the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes. Homestead Certificate No. 1020, Application 3813 was issued to Hugh G. Partin on the 9 April 1878. Less than one acre remains of this original homestead; that acre is the Partin Family Cemetery. 

The children of Hugh Gilmore and Nancy Smith Partin are: 

1. Henry Smith "Junk" Partin b. 10 Nov 1836 md. Ruth Hull 
2. Elizabeth "Liza" Partin b. 19 May 1838 md. Edmond Burnsed 
3. Robert Charles "Bob" Partin b. 15 March 1840 md. Narcissus Cathrine "Kate" Ballard 
4. Parmelia "Millie" Partin b. 17 April 1842 md. John 1. "Reb" Redditt 
5. James Benjamin "Jim" Partin b. 10 March 1844 md. Mary "Mollie" Rebecca Wolford 
6. Hugh Gilmore "Gil" Partin (Jr.) b. 11 Aug. 1846 md. Margaret "Maggie" Jane Hull 
7. Stephen Clay "Steve" Partin b. 10 March 1848 md. Temperance Gilford Sharp
8. John Taylor "John" Partin b. 24 Jan 1850 md. Ida Frances Beasley 
9. Temperance Florida Partin b. 25 June 1852 md. (1) Isaac R Hull, (2) William E. Smith 
10. Narcisus C. Partin b. 19 Aug 1857 (d. infancy) 

     According to Orlando, A Centennial History by Eva Bacon, "The first recorded minutes of the Orange County Commission, following the court house fire of 1868 when all the previous records were burned, are dated September 25,1869, This being the date set apart for holding a Commissioner's Court for Orange County.' Seated were David Mizell, president of the board; Hugh G. Partin and John Tanner, commissioners; A. H. Stockton, clerk, and D. W. Mizell, sheriff." 

     Another reference to Hugh Partin refers to his receiving $27 for nine days service [on the County Commission in 1870] plus $12 for six benches for the courthouse."] Child #3, Robert C. "Bob" Partin was tax assessor and collector of Orange County in 1870. Assessment for taxes for 1870 were $1,453.35 information taken from Eva Bacon's book. Child #5. James B. and his wife Mary R (Wolford) Partin are buried in the Confederate Veterans site at Greenwood cemetery. He served in Co D, 1st Florida Cavalry. 

J Bacon, Eve. Orlando, A Centennial History. Mickler House, 1975. p.35 Buried Treasures Central FL Genealogical Society 10 Vol. 33, No.1 - Wmter, 2001 


Hugh G. Partin was the first of the Partins to settle in Central Florida.  His descendants would marry into the the Mizell and Bass families

Hugh was the son of Charles "Charlie" Partin (1770-1845) & Sallie Lillie Gilmore Partin (1776-1826). He married Nancy Elizabeth Smith on 10 Dec 1835 in Tattnall, Georgia. Tombstone reads: HIS WORDS WERE KINDNESS, HIS DEEDS WERE LOVE, HIS SPIRIT HUMBLE, HE RESTS ABOVE. Hugh was said to be six feet tall with a slender build. He died of "asthma". 

Nancy married Hugh Gilmore Partin I on 10 Dec 1835 in Tattnall, Georgia. Tombstone reads: "BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THOU SHALL SEE GOD". Physician attending her death was a Dr. Hinkel & cause of death was "old age and la gripp". 










Robert Charles Partin

Son of Hugh G. Partin

"Bob" married Narcissus Catherine "Kate" Ballard on 19 July 1876 in Orange County, Florida. He was the son of Hugh Gilmore Partin I & Nancy Elizabeth Smith Partin. Bob attended Boggy Creek Church and he served with the C.S.A. with the Florida 4th Reg. Infantry 










Taken from Old Tales and Trails of Florida
Son of Hugh G. Partin

Temperance Gilford Sharp(e), the daughter of Eliphalet Franklin Sharpe and Mahala Mattox-Sharpe was born on 26 September 1847 at Tattnall County, Georgia. She married Stephen Clay Partin of Tattnall County, Georgia, USA on 16 April 1874 at Orange County, Florida.


They had 10 children (Lawrence Elmer Partin, Florence D. Partin, Eliphelet Partin, James Monroe Partin, Daisy Rebecca Partin, Nancy Temperance Partin, Clay Stephen Partin, Aola Partin, Henry Oscar Partin, and Albert Norris Partin). Their marriage was also listed as being in Orange County, Florida on March 24, 1874. Stephen Clay Partin and Temperance G. Sharp Partin came to Kissimmee, Florida from Tattnall, Georgia in the 1870's, they had six children: Lawrence, Jimmy, Daisy, Nancy, Clay, Henry, Aola. Lawrence was born in a log home that his parents built when they first came to the area in the 1870's. It was in Partin Settlement.


There was no Kissimmee, St. Cloud, or Orlando at this time. They had to go to Sanford to buy their staple goods once a month, they traveled by horse and buggy. They smoked all their meat in a smoke house so it would keep. They ground corn meal and grits by hand. At the time land was only around $2 an acre, Stephen bought land for groves and pasture. The groves were worked by Horse and plow. The school house was called "Cross Prairie School." Stephen C Partin was supervisor, and W. J. Sears was Superintendent of Public Instruction. School was held only six months out of the year, the children were let out to help their parents with farming. The parents had to give the teachers room and board during the school year. The school house was used for school during the week, and Sunday School and Church on Sundays. It was closed down in the 1930's. (source - Lois Partin Hartzog: Osceola County Centennial Book -1987). Temperance Sharp(e) married Stephen Clay Partin. There are two dates listed for their marriage, the first is: April 16, 1874, the second is: March 24, 1867. Her birth has also been listed as: 1850 at Tattnall, Georgia. Her Mothers name has also been listed as: Mariah GraceTemperance Gilford Sharp-Partin died on 02 May 1930 at Partin Settlement, Osceola County, Florida, USA.

Son of Stephen C. Partin
Clay S. Partin married Lillie Mae Simmons in 1919.  Both buried in Kissimmee, Florida
Charles Clayton Partin Sr.
Son of Clayton Stephen Partin

Charles “Chuck” Clayton Partin, Jr., age 53, of Aquilla, Texas, passed away early Saturday morning, November 6, 2010 at his residence.


The family will receive visitors from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Aderhold Funeral Home in West. Chuck, a 5th generation pioneer Florida family, was born May 7, 1957 in Kissimmee, Florida the son of Charles C. and Zanna Sue (Eldridge) Partin, Sr.


He attended schools in Kissimmee and graduated from Osceola High School in 1975. On April 20, 1996 he was united in marriage to Brenda Lee Thompkins in Kissimmee. Chuck was self employed citrus grower. In 2004 they moved to Aquilla, Texas where he enjoyed cattle ranching.


He was a member of the Lebanon United Methodist Church in Aquilla. Chuck was a loyal Florida Gator fan. Survivors include his beloved wife of 14 years, Brenda Partin of Aquilla; two daughters, Erica Ann Partin and Justin Scott Thomas, of St. Cloud, Florida and Leah Ann Yates and husband Calvin of Yeehaw Junction, Florida; his parents, Charles C. and Zanna Sue Partin Sr. of Aquilla; his mother-in-law, Shirley Thompkins of St. Cloud, Florida; three grandchildren, Lachlan Grey Thomas, Laina Taylor Yates and Trent Douglas Yates; three sisters, Linda Woodall, Nancy Bollinger, and Charlene Bennett; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, 373 HCR 2202 S, Aquilla, TX 76622.



Charles "Chuck" Clayton Partin Jr., 53, of Aquilla, passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at his residence. The family will receive visitors 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West. Graveside services will be in Kenansville Cemetery, Kenansville, Fla.


Chuck, a 5th generation pioneer Florida family, was born in Kissimmee, Florida, the son of Charles C. and Zanna Sue (Eldridge) Partin, Sr. He attended schools in Kissimmee and graduated from Osceola High School in 1975. On April 20, 1996 he was united in marriage to Brenda Lee Thompkins in Kissimmee.

Chuck was self employed citrus grower. In 2004 they moved to Aquilla, Texas, where he enjoyed cattle ranching. He was a member of the Lebanon United Methodist Church in Aquilla. Chuck was a loyal Florida Gator fan. 


Survivors include his beloved wife of 14 years, Brenda Partin, of Aquilla; daughters, Erica Ann Partin and Justin Scott Thomas, of St. Cloud, Florida and Leah Ann Yates and husband, Calvin, of Yeehaw Junction, Florida; grandchildren, Lachlan Grey Thomas, Laina Taylor Yates and Trent Douglas Yates; his parents, Charles C. and Zanna Sue Partin Sr., of Aquilla; his mother-in-law, Shirley Thompkins, of St. Cloud, Florida; sisters, Linda Woodall, Nancy Bollinger, and Charlene Bennett; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Waco Tribune-Herald: 11/07/2010...P6











Charles Clayton Partin, Sr., age 91, of Aquilla, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Providence Hospital in Waco.


The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Aderhold Funeral Home in West. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Kissimmee, Florida.


Mr. Partin was born July 16, 1920 in Kissimmee, Florida the son of Clay Steven and Lillie Mae (Simmons) Partin. He attended schools in Kissimmee and graduated from Osceola High School, where he was an All Conference guard of the football team. He then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Florida, where he participated on the Debate Team. In service to his country he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp during World War II. On December 25, 1943 he was united in marriage to Zanna Sue Eldridge in Kissimmee.


Charles was a citrus farmer and rancher for most of his life. He enjoyed growing things and working on the outdoors even up until his recent illness. His family was a very special part of his life and he loved his adopted State of Texas.


He served on the board of directors of the Florida Citrus Mutual for almost 50 years. He was very active in his community, serving as a state director of the Farmers Home Administration and Florida Farm Bureau. He was also a member of the Block & Bridle Club and the Alpha Roe Fraternity.


Charles was a former chairman of the Elections Board, Soil Conservation Society, and legislative chairman of the State Agriculture Commission. Charles is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Charles C. “Chuck” Partin Jr.


Survivors include his beloved wife of 67 years, Zanna Sue Partin of Aquilla; three daughters, Linda Woodall and husband Harold of Mt. Dora, Florida, Nancy Bollinger and husband Jim of Eustis, Florida, and Charleen Bennett and husband Jerry of Kennasaw, Georgia; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Partin of Aquilla; a brother, Irvin Partin of Jacksonville, Florida; two sisters, Lois Hartzog of Winter Garden, Florida and Minnie Stanley of Knoxville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Erica Ann Partin and Justin, Leah Ann Yates and husband Calvin, Wayne Woodall and wife Necole, Becky Causseaux, and Andy Batesole; four great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Providence Hospice or charity of your choice.










Lois Mable Partin
Daughter of Clay Steven Partin

Lois Partin Hartzog - 87 born to Clay Steven Partin and Lillie Mae Simmons on April 21, 1927.


Predeceased in death by her parents, husband Marvin Lee Hartzog and infant son Marvin Lee Hartzog Jr.,and by her brother Charles Partin.


Survived by son Danny (Marta) Hartzog, Daughter Karen (Dave) Moore, 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, her brother Irving Partin, sister Minnie Partin Stanley, and many loving nieces and nephews.


She was born and raised in Partin Settlement and graduated from Osceola High School. She was a 4th generation native Floridian.


She went to beauty school in Savannah, GA. She came back to Kissimmee and opened up a beauty shop with Margie Curry. She drove a school bus for 20 years in Osceola County.


Family and friends enjoyed listening to her tell about old times and how people are related to one another. She remembered it like it was yesterday.


Everyone loved being around her and she loved visiting with everyone. She was a true Southern Belle. Arrangements under the direction of Woodlawn Funeral Home, Gotha Florida.










Marvin Hartzog – born Dec. 27, 1925 in Bonifay, FL to John and Mattie (Watford) Hartzog.


He passed away peacefully on Feb. 27, 2011. Preceded in death by his son, Marvin Lee Hartzog, Jr.


Survived by his loving wife, Lois (Partin) Hartzog; son, Danny Hartzog and wife Marta; daughter, Karen (Hartzog) Moore and husband Dave; 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and plenty of loving nieces and nephews.


He retired from Florida Power in 1983 with 32 years of service. He had a love for citrus and building homes.


He was a WWII veteran. Services: Woodlawn Funeral Home.


Viewing from 6 to 7:30 PM Tuesday, March 1 with funeral service at 10 AM Wednesday.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice, 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100 Maitland, FL 32751.


Arrangements under the direction of Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha, FL.










 Partin Heirs Work To Preserve Cemetery In Winter Park

May 19, 2002|By Jim Robison, Sentinel Columnist

Seminole County's Partin Elementary School is named for educator Marguerite P. Partin, who taught three generations of Oviedo area families.
"When I started teaching the grandchildren," she joked in 1978, "I said, `Marguerite, it's time to retire.' "
She is just one of the many ties between Seminole County and one of Osceola County's premier families.
A native of Lakeland, Partin came to Oviedo in 1936 to teach first grade. She also coached girls basketball and cheerleading for older students. She married James A. Partin, a celery farmer and Oviedo native.
Her husband's father was John Enoch Partin, the fourth son of James Benjamin Partin, who was the fifth son of Hugh Gilmore Partin, patriarch of the extended family of Partins in Central Florida.

"Almost all the Partin families in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties can be traced back to Hugh G. and Nancy E. Partin, who are buried in our little pioneer cemetery," explained Sharon Lynch of Orlando, who with several cousins have traced the family heritage as part of their efforts to get the Partin Cemetery in Winter  Park designated as a historic site. "Their descendants have contributed much to the development of this area of Central Florida over the past 135-plus years, and they still are today."

The Partin heirs, aware that Florida law allows abandoned private cemeteries to disappear, are maintaining the property and have prepared land records to present to the state and Winter Park, which recently annexed the family cemetery and the surrounding neighborhood.

The gated cemetery where Modac Trail meets Rapidan Trail is surrounded by 1960s-era suburbia within the fourth addition of the Dommerich Hills neighborhood.

The story of how Hugh Gilmore Partin settled along Howell Branch is included in Alma Hetherington's The River of the Long Water, recently reprinted by the Osceola County Historical Society and on sale at the society's Pioneer Center. (The full story of the Partins is told in Vivian Smith's book The Partin Family, available in the family genealogy section of the downtown Orlando public library's reference section.)

"Hugh G. Partin in 1847 set out on foot from Tatnall County, Georgia, for a trip to Florida," Hetherington writes. "He came through Orlando and down to Kissimmee, both of which were small settlements known by other names at the time. He liked what he saw so well that he turned around -- again on foot -- and went back to Georgia where he sold out and moved his family south."

Elsewhere, Hetherington writes, "To Hugh G. Partin were born ten children, one of them Stephen Clay Partin in 1848. He was the father of Henry O. Partin, who through the years, with his four sons, became perhaps one of the most noted cattlemen in the Southwest."

The Jan. 7, 1956, issue of the Saturday Evening Post carried the story, "Mr. Henry's Empire" about Partin's 60,000-acre cattle dynasty founded in the Florida scrub and Partin's famed Braham bull, Emperor, who died that year.
"Any one of Emperor's blooded sons," the magazine reported, "may be worth the price of several hundred of the old range steers. As Mr. J.E. Lupfer, who owns the Osceola Hardware Store in Kissimmee says, `The odds are Mr. Henry's family is going to be running a ranch out here for some time yet.' "
The half-acre cemetery just north of Howell Creek is the last of the old homestead still owned by heirs of Hugh and Nancy Partin.

The waters of Howell Creek, identified as Howell Branch on some maps, flow from Lake Howell in Seminole County to Lake Maitland in Orange County.

The rolling land -- on both sides of Howell Branch Road from Lake Howell Lane west to Temple Trail and Temple Drive -- remained in the family for nearly a century. Groves set by the Partins and other early settlers covered the land until the 1960s, when the Dommerich and other neighborhoods were built where Seminole County's Howell Branch Road becomes Maitland's Horatio Avenue.

Family history says Partin lived on the land that today straddles the border between Seminole and Orange counties. He built his home in the general area of Temple Drive and Howell Branch Road.

One of his sons, James Benjamin Partin, built his house to the east along Howell Creek in what is Seminole County. Much of the rolling, hilly area would become grove land.

On April 9, 1878 -- the same year Partin died -- a deed approved by Republican President Rutherford B. Hayes granted Partin ownership of 160 acres at what then was called the community of Howell Creek.

Orange County school records show that the Howell Creek school opened in 1877, but an older school, which opened in 1875, was named for the Partins.

Hugh Partin died Sept. 12, 1878. His wife, the former Nancy Elizabeth Smith, died March 10, 1901. They are buried side by side under the hickory trees that shade the Partin Cemetery on a knoll a few hundred yards north of the creek.
Nearby are the graves of their daughter, Parmelia Temperance Partin Redditt, and her husband, John J. "Reb" Redditt.
Another daughter, Temperance Florida Partin Hull Smith, and her husband, William R. Smith, and a son, John Taylor Partin, and his wife, Ida Frances Beasley Partin McLamb, also are buried in the family cemetery.

After his father's death, James Benjamin Partin sold some of the estate's land, including the property surrounding, but excluding, the cemetery.

Hugh Gilmore Partin was great-great-great-grandfather of Mary W. Phillips of Orlando.
Phillips writes, "We have spent many hours the past few years cleaning and trying to save our Partin Family Cemetery."

Bertha Lee Bass and the Partin Connection
Daughter of Mann and Mary Yates Mizell


Born in Partin Settlement, Kissimmee, Osceola Co, FL to Stephen "Steve" Clay and Temperance Gilford Sharpe.
Husband of Bertha Lee Bass. Married 21 Mar 1909. 
Father of Walter Elvin, Oscar Lee "Slim", Edward Louis "Geech", Henry Hyatt "Doc", Richard Earl and Kathryn Edith Partin Bronson.

The Last Of The Cowboys Geech Partin And The Partin Clan Are Kissimmee's Answer To The Ewings Of 'Dallas.' They Were Born And Bred On The Range. And Doubtless They'll Die There, Too -- With Their Boots On, Of Course.
November 23, 1986|By Rowland Stiteler

     In the early 1930s, Henry O. Partin built a big two-story ranch house near Fish Lake, just south of Kissimmee. It had its own electric generator, making it one of the first houses in rural Osceola County to have electricity in a time when only towns and cities had electric power. Later the Partin family would have its own private phone system connecting the Partin households so Henry O. could call his sons each morning and direct them where to assemble for work that day.


     From the time Slim, Geech, Doc and Earl were old enough to climb on a horse until long after their father had died, all the Partin brothers worked side by side, virtually every day of the year

''We've been working together so long that we know what each other is thinking,'' says Earl, who is 64 and the last of his generation healthy enough to ride a horse daily. ''We know what each other is going to say before he says it.''The unity of the Partin family, forged on countless cattle drives, has doubtless been the secret of its success. In the heyday of the Heart Bar Ranch, in the '30s, '40s and '50s, the entire extended Partin family had a single checking account on which each son could sign checks, with the balance being tallied by Henry O. Partin.In 1956, the Saturday Evening Post published a feature story about the Partin family, declaring the clan to be ''the hardest working millionaires in America'' and noting that the Partin patriarch had built his empire without hiring a single cowboy. He didn't have to. He had raised all the cowboys he needed.


     The Partins became somewhat famous within the ranching industry, as well -- as breeders of Brahman cattle. In the early 1930s, Henry O. Partin went to Texas and came back with 150 head of the Brahmans, which had been imported from India because they were better suited to hot climates than most domestic breeds.Soon the Partin ranch became the headquarters for Brahman cattle in Florida, if not the entire Southeastern United States. Henry O. Partin and his sons shipped registered Brahmans to Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia and half a dozen other countries where the art of raising purebred cattle was becoming popular with cattle barons.Geech and Slim Partin were beginning to have an affinity for fine horses, too.


     In the early '30s, Geech went to Alice, Texas, and purchased what would be the first registered quarterhorse in Florida. Always known for flaunting his style, he didn't want to let the arrival of Florida's first quarterhorse go unnoticed. After all, he'd paid $150, a fortune at the time, for his blue- blooded new mount.So Geech made sure there was an audience at the train station in Kissimmee when his quarterhorse was unloaded from the cattle car in which it had been shipped.What had been intended as a moment of personal triumph, however, proved to be Geech's biggest embarrassment. The horse had been crowded into the cattle car with a load of cows, which had managed to eat all the hair off the horse's mane and tail.What emerged from the car at the loading docks was a forlorn creature that looked more like it should be shot than saluted.But Geech Partin got the last laugh. The horse's hair grew back, and the experience had done nothing to diminish the animal's speed. Quarterhorses are so named because they are extremely fast at running the quarter mile. They are also extremely agile at herding cattle. Racing a normal cow pony against a quarterhorse over a quarter-mile course is like racing a Chevy Nova against a Ferrari..


     And when you happen to own the first quarterhorse in the state, racing is a particularly rewarding experience. ''I'd work cattle with that horse five days a week and then Slim, who only weighed about 135 or 140 at the time, would ride her in races on Saturdays and Sundays,'' Geech recalls. ''I remember seeing a feller put up a whole fistful of money against our horse and hearing my daddy say we'd match every dime. Our little pony took it going away.''


     Geech still periodically goes to the big-money quarterhorse races at Ruidoso, N.M. And he dreams of taking one of his own horses there someday. ''He might not be any faster than a fat wash woman,'' Geech says of the fastest quarterhorse he currently owns, ''but I sure would like to give it a run.''

For the most part, though, the Partins eschew competitive cowboy sports like bull riding on the grounds that it simply takes up valuable time and effort needed to run a ranch.

That endeavor has been something of an uphill battle for the Partins in recent years. For one thing, the entire ranching industry has been in trouble for the past decade or so because of declining beef prices and increasing costs for feed and fertilizer and all the other components of a rancher's overhead. It is getting more and more difficult for a rancher to sell his cattle at a profit.

Geech Partin

The Partin family runs the Heart Bar Ranch.
The photograph was taken during "Kid's Day" at the Heart Bar Ranch.
Edward (Geech) Partin and his children Kathy, Judy, Mike, and Edward. The second child from the left is a visitor.










Henry Oscar Partin,


Osceola County cattleman, introduced the Brahman breed to the state and was the founding father of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association.

R. EARL PARTIN of St. Cloud died at home. He was born to H.O. and Bertha Lee Bass Partin. He was a member of Osceola County Cattleman's Association, Florida Cattleman's Association, National Cattleman's Association, American Brahman Breeder's Association and Osceola County Farm Service Agency and many more organizations. Earl was a graduate of the Curtiss Wright Institute of Mechanical Aeronautics in Glendale, CA and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Kissimmee. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy J. Platt Partin; children, Dave (Cindy) Partin of Kenansville, FL, Barbara Marshall of St. Cloud, Janie Pickering of Lake Mary, FL, Lida (Robert) Christian of Hondo, TX, Cindy (Charlie) Chesnut of Ft. White, FL and Diane Partin of Ocala, FL; sister, Kathryn Bronson of Moore Haven, FL.; 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. A Celebrate the Life service will be held on August 24th at the Heartcry Chapel in Kissimmee with Reverend Leonard Thompson officiating. CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES is serving the family. Published in the Orlando Sentinel August 22, 2010 

Members of the Partin Heart Bar Ranch family and crew sometime in the early 1950's. Including Henry O. Partin, Henry H. "Hank" Partin, Jr., Mike Partin, Doug Partin, Henry H. "Doc" Partin, Ed Partin, Earl Partin, Dorothy Partin, (I can name most, but not all and do not guarantee 100% accuracy.) Photo Credit to the Florida State News Bureau

Quintessential Cowboy `Doc' Partin Co-founded The Silver Spurs Rodeo
February 15, 2005|By Tammie Wersinger, Sentinel Staff Writer
The Silver Spurs Rodeo has always been a time of excitement and celebration for Osceola County's ranchers and cowboys. However, there will be a huge void when the 115th event kicks off tonight.

Missing from the rodeo's lineup of esteemed founding members will be former "Big Boss" Henry Hyatt "Doc" Partin.

Partin, who was practically born in a horse's saddle, died Sunday at his ranch in St. Cloud after a long illness. He was 88.

"He was probably the best cowboy in these parts," said Kevin Whaley, committee chairman for the Silver Spurs Rodeo and a relative of Partin's. "He loved them ol' cows."

The name Partin is synonymous with ranching or, more specifically, cattle ranching, in Osceola County. The clan arrived in Central Florida from Georgia in the mid-1800s.

Doc Partin's father, Henry O. Partin, passed on a love of ranching and thousands of acres of ranchlands to his four sons and one daughter.

Doc, the middle child, was known as the peacemaker, said his daughter, Martha Booth of St. Cloud.

"He was a quiet man and a man of character," she said. "He was honest and hardworking, and he loved his family."

Booth said she and her siblings worked alongside their father.

"We got our own brand the day we were born and a horse just about on the day we began walking," she said. "We packed our horses and spent hours out on the ranch with our dad."

The Partin cross-country cattle drive became an Osceola tradition. In the 1930s, the family began moving its cattle from leased land near Holopaw to their Canoe Creek Road pasture. The annual drive ended in the late 1980s.

Another family tradition has been the Silver Spurs Rodeo.

It all started when Partin and his brothers would get together with other cowboys to rope and ride. They formed the Silver Spurs Riding Club in the early 1940s and started performing a quadrille -- a sort of square dance on horseback.

They performed shows to raise money for charities, and the first "full dress" rodeo was staged on July 4, 1944.

Partin served as the Silver Spurs Rodeo "Big Boss" in 1947. In 1990, he was the Coca-Cola Cowboy for his work "above and beyond the call of duty to promote the ranching and rodeo way of life."

Even with Doc Partin's death, the Partin family will be busy performing and making sure the rodeo runs smoothly.

Ten of his grandchildren will perform in the quadrille, his daughters are in charge of concessions, and his sons and grandsons will be in charge of moving and taking care of the bucking bulls and horses.

"We'll be there, because we have work to do," Booth said. "The rodeo is part of our life. It was part of his life."

Partin also is survived by his wife, Mildred "Petie"; sons, Doug of Kenansville and Henry H. "Hank" Jr. of St. Cloud; daughter Becky Kempfer of Melbourne; brother Earl of St. Cloud; sister Kathryn Bronson of Moore Haven; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Grissom Funeral Home and Crematory of Kissimmee is in charge of arrangements.

(September 12, 1918 - December 24, 2010)

Mildred M. “Petie” Partin, 92, of St. Cloud passed away Friday, December 24, 2010 at home with her family by her side.
She was born in Watertown, Florida and has been a life long resident of Osceola County.
“Petie” was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church of Kissimmee.
She was also a charter member of the Silver Spurs and was honored with the Women’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, a member of the P.E. O. Chapter CX, St. Cloud, a former Girl Scout and Brownie Leader, Sunday School Teacher and played the piano in church.
She was also a graduate of Osceola High School in 1935.

“Petie” is survived by her son; H.H. “Hank” Partin (Beverly) of St. Cloud;
daughters: Martha Booth (Tom) of St. Cloud and Becky Kempfer (Billy) of St. Cloud;
step-brother: Jack Stewart (Toy) of Madison, Florida;
12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her late husband H.H. (Doc) Partin, her son Doug Partin and grandson Christopher Partin.

The family will receive friends at Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home. A Service to Celebrate the Life of Mildred M. “Petie” Partin will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at the First Christian Church of Kissimmee, Kissimmee with Minister Ross C. Pepper III officiating.
Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Kissimmee.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 5151 Adanason Street, Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32804 or the First Christian Church of Kissimmee, 415 Main Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741.


The Doc Partin Ranch was once part of the Heart Bar Ranch of Kissimmee, FL started by Henry O. Partin in the 1920's.  On rough native terrain of then rural central Florida Henry O. began cattle ranching.  With the help of his four sons he improved pasture and built his ranch.  In an attempt to better his Florida cow herd he brought the first registered Brahman cows to the state in 1933.  These cattle would forever change the face of the Florida cattle industry. 


The popularity of Heart Bar Brahman cattle helped Henry O. and his family grow the ranch. While the registered Brahman herd was an important part of the Heart Bar they still were primarily commercial cattle producers. Then in 1984, 13 years after his death, the Heart Bar Ranch was split between his 5 children.  Henry H. "Doc" Partin was deeded part of the Canoe Creek property south of St. Cloud and the Doc Partin Ranch(DPR) was born.  Doc carried on the Partin family tradition and continued the produce quality commercial cattle and a limited number of registered Brahmans. 


Several years ago as the Brahman breed began to have a resurgence DPR grew their high quality production-oriented Brahman herd while continuing to advance their commercial herd as well.  Today DPR also is involved in sod production and Osceola Turkey hunting. 


We hope the future will bring new avenues for advancement that we can explore for the betterment of, not only the Florida cattle industry, but the Brahman breed and beyond.

Walter Douglas "Doug" Partin
Son of Henry "Doc" and Mildred "Petie" Partin
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Walter Douglas "Doug" Partin, 71, of Kenansville, FL, passed away Monday, December 14, 2009 at his home.
A member of a Pioneer Osceola County Family, Doug was the son of the late H.H. "Doc" Partin and Mildred Miller "Petie" Partin. Doug was born August 30, 1938 in Orlando, FL, and was a lifelong resident of Osceola County.
He was a Cattle Rancher and manager for "Lucky L" Ranch for 35 years and ended his career at The Adams Ranch, both located in Kenansville.
Doug was Protestant. He was a graduate of St. Cloud High School and the University of Florida Class of 1961, where he was a member of the fighting "Gators" football team, 1958-1960. He served on the Osceola County Commission. He was a member of the Silver Spurs Club named "Coca-Cola Cowboy" in 2007 and served as "Big Boss" of the Silver Spurs Rodeo in 1972. He raised outstanding bucking bulls for the Rodeo and was recognized by the NFR and PBR. He was a member of the American Brahma Breeders Association, Osceola County Farm Bureau and Florida Cattleman's Association. He served as a Director of the Peace River Electric Co-Op since 1979. Doug was a dedicated supporter of 4-H Youth Steer and Agricultural Programs.
Preceded in death by his son, Christopher, Doug is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lee; daughters, Julie (Robert) Soileau, Kaye (Steve) Whaley and Amy (Clint) Branger; his mother, Petie Partin; brother, Hank (Beverly) Partin; sisters, Becky (Billy) Kempfer and Martha (Tom) Booth; grandchildren, Stephen and Sarah Jane Soileau, Marlo and Derrick Whaley and Jake Branger.
Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, Dcember 15, 2009 at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home, Kissimmee. Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at Kenansville Cemetery.
Those who desire may make memorial contributions to Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, P.O. Box 2000 Live Oak, Florida 32060 or The St. Cloud Food Pantry, 901 Missouri Ave., St. Cloud, FL 34769.
Services under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Rd., Kissimmee, FL 407-847-2494



Kenansville Cemetery
Osceola County
Florida, USA

Christopher Douglas "Chris" Partin, 23, of Kenansville died July 30. A member of a pioneer Osceola County ranching family, he was born in Orlando, the son of Doug and Lee Partin, and was a lifelong Osceola County resident. He was a rancher. He was a member of the First Christian Church, St. Cloud. Survivors include his parents, Doug and Lee Partin; sisters, Julie Partin, Kaye Whaley and Amy Partin, all of Kenansville; and paternal grandparents, H.H. "Doc" and Petie Partin, St. Cloud. Graveside services were held Aug. 3 in Kenansville Cemetery with the Rev. Clinton Curington, pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church, Kenansville, officiating. Grissom Funeral Home, Kissimmee, was in charge of arrangements.


Kenansville Cemetery
Osceola County

Son of Walter C and Lee Christopher Partin
Christopher Douglas Partin
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