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1910 United States Federal Census

Name    George C Johnson
Age in 1910    37
Birth Year    abt 1873
Birthplace    Bahamas
Home in 1910    Key West Ward 1, Monroe, Florida
Street    Margaret Street
House Number    308 Rear
Race    White
Gender    Male
Immigration Year    1886
Relation to Head of House    Head
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Lillian Johnson
Father's Birthplace    Bahamas
Mother's Birthplace    Bahamas
Native Tongue    English
Occupation    Fisherman
Industry    At Sea
Employer, Employee or Other    Own Account
Home Owned or Rented    Rent
Farm or House    House
Naturalization Status    Naturalized
Able to read    Yes
Able to Write    Yes
Years Married    7
Household Members    
Name    Age
George C Johnson    37
Lillian Johnson    24
Harry L Johnson    5
Ruby M Johnson    3
George W Johnson    2

1920 United States Federal Census

Name    Lillian Pert
Age    33
Birth Year    abt 1887
Birthplace    Florida
Home in 1920    Miami, Dade, Florida
Street    Rosemont Road
Race    White
Gender    Female
Relation to Head of House    Wife
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Christopher Pert
Father's Birthplace    Maine
Mother's Birthplace    Georgia
Able to Speak English    Yes
Able to read    Yes
Able to Write    Yes
Household Members    
Name    Age
Christopher Pert    50
Lillian Pert    33
Gilbert E Pert    21
Rudolph Pent    14
Hattie M Pent    5
Albert C Pent    0
Harry L Johnson    15
Ruby M Johnson    12
G Wilmore Johnson    11

1930 United States Federal Census

Name    Lilian Pent
Age in 1930    44
Birth Year    abt 1886
Gender    Female
Race    White
Birthplace    Florida
Marital Status    Married
Relation to Head of House    Wife
Homemaker?    Yes
Home in 1930    Miami, Dade, Florida
Street Address    SW 11 St.
Ward of City    55th
House Number in Cities or Towns    2661
Dwelling Number    77
Family Number    134
Age at First Marriage    16
Attended School    No
Able to Read and Write    Yes
Father's Birthplace    Maine
Mother's Birthplace    Georgia
Able to Speak English    Yes
Occupation    Helper
Industry    canning factoy
Class of Worker    Wage or salary worker
Employment    Yes
Household Members    
Name    Age
Christopher C Pent    60
Lilian Pent    44
Hattie M Pent    15
Albert Pent    11
Rudolph E Pent    24
Hary L Johnson    25

Gilbert Edward Pent
Harry Johnson
Elizabeth Brady & Harry Johnson

Pent Family

Down the bay about five miles was the next settlement where Johnny Frow and his family, the Pents, and Jack
Peacock's family lived. Before we arrived on the bay the Charles Peacock family had built a hotel that was known as
The Peacock Inn. Here also lived a Frenchman named James L. Nugent, a well-educated gentleman who spoke the most perfect English. Another resident of this part of the bay was Sam Rhoads. Some nine or ten years earlier his wife had died, leaving him with a very small baby to care for. Rhoads would not ask for or accept the help of any woman in the care of his child but did all the work himself. The Pent family consisted of three brothers, John, Ned (known as Uncle Ned), and Dad Pent. These three brothers were as different from one another as possible. Ned Pent was the boat builder and while some claimed he did not know the figures of a rule or square, he built some fine model boats. A story that was told about him was that someone had died and the family went to Uncle Ned and asked him to build a coffin. Now this to him was rather gruesome. He did not like it and flatly refused at first, but when they furnished him with a jug of whiskey to brace his nerves he went at it and spent most of the night drinking whiskey and working on the coffin. Unfortunately, by the time the coffin was finished Uncle Ned's ideas became confused and he thought he was building a flat-bottom sailboat. When they visited him in the morning to see how he had made out with his work, there was Uncle Ned fast asleep on the floor beside a well-made coffin fitted with a perfect centerboard.

Well, coming back to Madeira Bay; in 1894 when we used to go to Planter Post Office on Key Largo from Madeira, you could see flocks of flamingoes on the banks half a mile long between Cape Sable and Madeira Bay. There was a good many crocodiles up the creeks in Little Madeira Bay and the mosquitoes were the worst I have ever seen.
And coming back to Lemon City in 1894 there was, in addition to what I have mentioned before, Uncle Ned Pent.
He used to carry the mail on foot from Lemon City to Lake Worth. Pulled across Biscayne Bay to the beach at Bakers Haul Over and walk the beach to Lake Worth. They say they charged one dollar a head for passengers to walk the beach with them .They had skiff boats at New River and Hillsboro Inlet to cross in. Old man Fulford kept the house at Bakers Haul Over. Then there was Bill Pent and Willie Pent's barber shop, Knight saw mill, and Spivy's store and Argile Hendry's meat market. Then old man Sanders lived out back. They called him Old Jailer for nickname. William Mettair was Jailer's son-in-law.

Excerpts from “Man in the Everglades” by Charlton Tebeau and from “Gladesmen” by Glen Simmons

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