Inhabitants of Alachua County to the President
About October 1829
General Andrew Jackson, President of the United States of America.
We, the undersigned, inhabitants of the County of Alachua, in East Florida, beg leave
Respectfully to represent, that we regret the necessity of being again compelled to call the
attention of the general government to the subject of the Florida Indians.
Scarcely three years has elapsed since some of our peaceable inhabitants were
butchered by these savages, without respect to age or sex, and although their hostility was
soon subdued, their depredations on our property and lawless conduct have been
continued from time to time.
We have repeatedly complained to the proper authorities of the Territory- of the
impropriety of many of the privileges granted to these people; but we are sorry to say
without effect. Our situation at present is alarming, and rendered still more so by a leave
of absence for six months which we are sorry to learn has been granted the agent. Within
a few days parties of them have been detected in the act of plundering our stock, in the
very heart of our settlements, and fifty or sixty miles beyond their boundary.
About four weeks since a deputation from the Creek Nation visited these Indians -
their business unknown, but certain it is, that their conduct while here was calculated to
produce alarm. Since which time we have been informed that a party of one of two
hundred of them have come among the Seminoles, and still remain there. We have
further, from the Acting agent Mr. Sims, information that the chiefs of the Seminoles
were to hold a council, for what object unknown, and that their deportment is hostile.
For the protection of our frontiers, and to quell the fears of the people, we would beg
leave respectfully to request that a garrison of four companies of U. S. Troops be
stationed at Micanopia, in this county. Tho we admit that the company recently stationed
at Fort King had its influence, yet in case of difficulty their efforts to check the Indians
would have been of little avail being twelve miles with the boundary and affording no
possibility of protection to our families, or of co-operation with our militia.
We would beg leave further to request that one thousand stand of arms with
ammunition may be sent to the Col of the sixth Regiment of the Florida militia, in this
county, to be distributed to those who may not be supplied with arms.
All which we respectfully submit to your consideration.
Wiley Brooks John M Stafford Francis Richard Jr Joshua Stafford
John Fleming William Pursons William Branning George Downs
Charles Woolf Joseph Loveless Ezekiel Ogden James McFadon
Jessa Crafford Jno. Buck Michael Savery Wm W. Paget
Benjamin Smith Jehu Migells Edw M. Wanton Gabriel Priest
J. W. Brantley John Folk Willoughby Hodge Henry Bellows
Hope Colson John Weeks Wiley Daniel Zachariah R Roberts
Thomas Hall John A. Osteen Jess Carter Alcy Roberts
John Walters Theophilus Weeks Sen Shadrach Osteen James Standley
James Cason James D. Prevatt Elisha Carter William Harn
John Cason John D. Osteen Daniel Gillett Ranson Parish
Moses Cason John M. Prevatt Cotton Rawls James Cannon
James L. Mattair Thos. Colding Jacob Summerlin Solomon Warren
Robert Bailey Elias Knight Hickason King Jery Burnett
Isaac Colson John Dickson William Farmes William Spires
Thos. D. Colding William Crum Asa Clark Jonas Ellis
William Gibbons John Jones John Standley William Piles
William Colson Robert S. Payne James B. Colding Samuel Geiger
Simeon Dell Richard Redaught John W. Love James Harn
Harbard Clark Gideon Heck William Daniel James Pinner
Enoch Daniel Sr Daniel Higinbotham James Turner Cornelius Dickson
Abram Colson Daniel Simmons King Douglas Jas Burnett
Bennet M. Dell Giles Ellis James C. Wells William Hogans
Henry Bailey James Hauge Tho B. Bailey Henry Harn
Zachariah Roberts William Farmer James Brooks Britton Knight
James Osteen Britton Dickson Elias Osteen Lewelling Williams
Ezekiel Weeks John Delany Solomon Osteen Benjamin Harn
Silas Weeks Thomas Barrow Theophilus Weeks Jun John Ned
Silas Jenkins William Ellis George Knight Richard C. Crum
John H. Ellis Christ. C. Minchin John A Geiger Samuel Piles
Henry A. Moore Jos B. Lancaster Samuel Burnett Sr. David Levy