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!Son of Henry & Monah Daughtrey.
!(THE DAUGHTREYS; by Rufe Daughtrey; 1958)
! For any satisfaction they may be able to get out of it, Daughtreys and
!others of this clan whose family name has devolved into many different spell-
!ings, can trace their lineage back to one of Ireland's most noble clans--as
!evidenced by the accompanying photostat.
! Following murder and robbery by the English with superior forces and arms,
!members of the family were among the earliest of those coming to the new world
!to escape tyranny--and had something in the nature of revenge in serving as
!soldiers in the war of the American Revolution.
! It was on the American frontier that the family name became changed into
!such a varied number of spellings--names being interpreted the way they sound-
!ed and owners losing track of ancient spellings through succeeding generations.
! Volumes could be written of the spread of this numerous clan whose members
!can be found in every state from Maine to California and Alaska to Florida.
! Succeeding generations have produced some who were successful, some who were
!failures, some who were wise, some who were fools, some who were strong, some
!who were weak--and from time to time some who were as great as their noble
! The greatest of Royal families have done no better.
! Current history of the author's branch of the family begins with Jacob
!(Jake) Daughtrey, born in 1842 at Chattanooga, Tenn., died Nov. 11, 1885, in
! Jake was the second of four brothers, Tom, Art and John, and two sisters,
!Polly and Betsy. Orphaned early, they were raised by an uncle, Louis
!Daughtrey, going while still young from Chattanooga to Withlocoochee in South
! Although personally feeling that America's strength lay in preservation of
!the Union and opposed to slavery on economic as well as humanitarian grounds,
!Jake did as many another Southerner--he fought as a colonel in the army of the
!Confederacy against what appeared an encroachment on the South's rights. He
!was in the Cavalry.
! In the debacle of defeat, Jake and John and Art sought new frontiers in
!Florida to get away fron the "Yankees," actually the carpetbaggers. Art
!stopped in Kissimmee. His daughter, Mrs. (Aunt) Carrie Bass is still living in
!Fort Myers at this writing. (1985)
! Jake's sister Betsy married Barney Nugent, head of the Nugent clan still
!living in the Withlacoochee country of South Georgia. Aunt Polly remained a
!spinster and Tom left no children.
! Jake and John went about as far south as they could on foot, or by horse,
!winding up in Miami. There they mey James M. (Jim) Youmans, head of a famous
!old English family, the spelling of whose name had also been changed from the
!soldierly Yeoman from which it originally derived. Modern generation has
!mostly or all gone back to spelling the name "Yeomans."
! Jim Youmans had a beautiful young daughter, Emily Frances, born March 24,
!1846. She and Jake fell in love at first sight. They were married in 1865 at
!Miami. (Aunt Emmy, as she became known to everybody, died March 13, 1938.)
! Members of the Youmans family were boating pioneers. From them Jake learn-
!ed sailing, and somehow got a schooner for himself. The Youmans family had
!lived for a time on Mondongo Island northwest of Fort Myers, and decided to
!return to Gulf Coast.
! With Jake, Emily and John the convoy set forth, but sailed on up Peace River
!and settled at Ft. Ogden. John settled down at Fort Ogden to stay, building a
!huge frame ranch house magnificent in its day, planting orange groves, and
!building up herds of cattle in adjacent prairie country. He fathered a family
!still numerous there.
! Jake planted one of the first orange groves in that area, on Joshua's Creek,
!near the present highway bridge. However, money income for Jake and John was in
!rounding up wild cattle in the area and transporting them to Key West where
!was--even then--a large Naval base and a ready sale for beef.
! They captured the wild cattle, which also founded their own parent herds, by
!building funnel-shaped fences leading to pens, or traps, in swamps into which
!herds were stampeded. Kept there until docile, they were then driven to load-
!ing docks for transport by schooner to Key West.
! To shorten the sea journey, Jake kept his schooner and landing geat at
!Harney's point on the north shore of the Caloosahatchee River down stream from
!Fort Myers, driving his cattle there from Fort Ogden and other points.
! A picturesque story of how Jake came to move his home and family to North
!Fort Myers is told in the Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1950 issue of the Fort Myers News-
!Press as follows:
! "One day in 1870 a big black-bearded Civil War veteran named Jake Daughtrey
!and a crew of helpers were making their way along the North Caloosahatchee
!shore, driving a herd of cattle to Harney's Point for shipment by schooner to
! "Suddenly a fractious cow hoisted her tail, tossed her horns, let out a bawl
!and--eluding the outriders--went crashing off into a nearby swamp.
NOTES: Settled in Ft. Myers
THE DAUGHTREYS; by Rufe Daughtrey; 1958)
NOTES: "No man to stand idly by while a $10 bill went off across the palmettos
Daughtrey gave chase and spurred his horse through the swamp after
the cow. He finally rounded up the animal and overtook the herd, but
what he saw inside !that swamp almost made him forget the cow.
"It was the remains of an ancient Indian town, a big clearing in a muck
hammock, tinged in by swamp. The Indians--of a race older than the
Seminoles--had long been gone and about all that remained of them
was a burial mound and relics such as arrowheads, spear points and
broken pottery that were to turn up !for many years afterward.
"But what interested Daughtrey was the cleared and potentially rich farm
land, because he was looking for a tract where he could combine
farming with his cattle operation.
"Consequently he homesteaded the 160 acres enclosing the old Indian town--
and became the first white settler in the community now known as
Bayshore. Nearby Daughtrey Creek was named for him.
"Jake built a log house, built a rail fence around the land he wanted to
farm (some of the posts are still standing), planted an orange grove,
started a cane patch and set up a sugar mill, and turned the muck
hammock into an over-sized vegetable garden.
"Most of this had to be done between cattle trips, but the work was
speeded because he prevailed on the grumbling cowboys to turn
farmhands, as well as making sailors of them in handling the
schooners." Jake and Emily had seven children, as follows:
1. Martha E. (Lizzie) March 19, 1866--deceased.
2. Lucenia J. (Cenie) Nov. 7, 1868--deceased. (Mrs. Henry
3. Mary M. (Mrs. Phillip Bylaska) June 5, 1871.
4. James H. (Buck) June 24, 1874--deceased Jan. 3, 1955.
5. Jacob Grant--Feb. 3, 1877--died during war years.
*6. Arthur Garfield (Aught) Aug. 12, 1881--deceased Oct. 1.
7. Amanda F. (Mrs. Walter Kaune--Mrs. Steffen) May 19,
1885--deceased July 4, 1964.
Jake's death in 1885 left Emily with the task of caring for the seven
children. She was forced to relinquish the cattle business but with
the help of her growing youngsters she built the farm into an
enterprise successful to the point of providing food for the family
and some cash for other necessities. Money crops were citrus from the
groves planted by Jake, and from syrup from sugarcane. At one time the
Daughtrey muck hammock syrup enjoyed considerable local fame.
When the boys came to manhood, Emily divided the homestead between them,
Arthur taking a 30-acre strip through the center and 10 acres in the
northeast corner. Buck took the tract to the south, Grant the tract
on the north side.
Buck went in for catle raising and became immensely wealthy and
successful. His son Cecil carries on the business at this writing.
Grant was a hunter, spending several years of early manhood living and
hunting with the Seminole Indians in the Everglades. He continued a
hunter until his death, working at house painting occasionally
to get cash for necessities. His son, Owen, a beer distributor, lives
on his father's portion of the homestead at this writing. (1958)
Arthur had a studios bent and after he was grown returned to finish his
high school education. He attended "Normal School," won a
schoolteacher certificate, and for several years taught schools
It was in this way that he met his wife, Lulu Mabel Martin, also a
teacher. She was born July 26, 1890.
She was the daughter of Frank and Kate Martin, members of Alabama
families. They had come to Florida and settled at Midway near Plant
City where Frank spent several years farming, later moving to
Lakeland to work for some time as a railroad mechanic, then opening a
small grocery store business of his own. Mabel was possessed from
early childhood with a great love for learning and a consuming
ambition to be a schoolteacher. Finishing high school with great
honors, she also attended "normal" school and won a teaching
certificate. She started her teaching career at 17 and subsequently
came to the wilderness of Southwest Florida to teach the school on the
north shore of the Caloosahatchee. Here she met Arthyr and their
ensuing romance culminated on July 4, 1909 in marriage. To them were
born a son, Rufe (Rufus Lafayette) Daughtrey on March 5, 1910 and 10
years later, on July 9, 1920, a daughter, Frances Katherine--now Mrs.
W. D. Parker, living at Memphis, Tenn., at this writing.
Family duties temporarily ended Mabel's teaching career, and Arthur at
about the same time returned to farming and cattle raising, deciding
there was no great future in the poorly paid teaching profession.
In the post-World War I depression, Arthur abandoned vegetable and citrus
production, concentrating on his cattle business. In 1926 he sold
beef cattle business to go into a dairy operation which he continued
until the outset of World War II, when he went back into beef
production, selling his dairy stock. Meantime, her son and daughter
grown, Mabel returned to teaching, taking summer courses at Southern
College at Lakeland, to acquire high degrees. She is still living
at this writing.
Following the deaths of Buck, Grant, and Aught, their shares of the old
homestead passed on to their sons.
! Rufe received and at this writing makes his home on the 30-acre strip
!through the center. His mother lives on the old 10-acre home place in the
! Status of the daughters of Jake and Emily at this writing:
! Mrs. Philip Bylaska, widow, sons Bradford, Paul, Warren and Ted; daughter,
!Mrs. Herbert Woodson. Living in Fort Myers.
! Mrs. Amanda Steffen, widow, son Walter (Little Walter) Jr., and daughter
!Mrs. Ruth Baucom. All living in Fort Myers.
! Mrs. Lucenia Cowart, decesed, son Gabus living at Fort Myers Beach, son
!Byron living in Fort Myers, son Aaron living in California, daughter Mrs.
!Bascomb Johnson living at Tice.
! To Rufe and a wife by a first marriage were born a son, James Arthur,
!Sept. 1, 1934, and a daughter, Sallie Jo, Nov. 24, 1938, now Mrs. Jack Powell
!Jr., of Fort Myers.
! (Jo, born Jan. 30, 1915 in Macon, Ga., came to Fort Myers on August 5, 1925