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Commision Minutes concerning
Aid to Soldier's Families
Whereas some have described this as "History according to Jim", we will leave it at that for now.  So take note, this is bits and pieces of our past, cut and pasted into this History.  Feel free to correct me or add to this work in progress, that we call History.

This bits of history come from the earliest County Commissioner's Minute Book in the Archives of Alachua County, Florida
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Blue text indicates orders dealing with Soldier's Families



List of Soldier's Families who are Intitled to Assistance from the County of Alachua
Page 164

State of Florida
Alachua County  Gainesville 1 Decír 1862 at a meeting of the board of County Commissioners present J.M. Sparkman Mathew Hinson and Enoch T. Geiger
Andrew Robb president of the board
1 Ordered that each soldierís family be paid ten dollars on acct of their claims on the soldierís fund
2 Ordered that Bessy F. Parker be paid sixty dollars for twelve months board and clothing of the family of Samuel Stephenson -- -- --
their being no further bussiness the board adjourned to meet on the first monday in febríy AD 1863 --
                                                                                                                    Andrew Robb
                                                                                                                           Prest of the board
Page 168

State of Florida
Alachua County  Gainesville April 13th 1863
 At a meeting of the board of County Commissioners, present J.M. Sparkman, Mathew Hinson Enoch T. Geiger and E.H. Jordan President of the board
Ordered that S.J. Donning be paid the Amt of his account for baring election returns from Newnansville Febríy 1862 amount Three dollars and sixty cents $3.60/100 ---
Ordered that Fifty percent be assessed upon the State Tax for the relief and support and benefit of indigent families of the Soldiers of the County of Alachua, said assessment for the year of 1863 ---   and that the tax assessor and Collector be paid for his services 3 1/2 per cent ---
Ordered that Stephen McCall be appointed an agent to go to Monticello in the State of Florida and procure for the benefit of the Indigent Soldierís Families, Factory Thread to the amount of One Thousand dollars, which he is hereby required to lay out.  There being no further business the board adjourned to meet again on the first Monday in May 1863

                                                                                                                            E.H. Jordan President
                                                                                                                                    Board County Commírs
Page 176

State of Florida
Alachua County  Novír 2nd 1863
At a meeting of the board of County Commissioners present J.M. Sparkman & E.H. Jordan President of the board
Ordered that Elizabeth Canon have a bunch of Thread and as she has drawn a bunch heretofore that in any distribution of Funds hereafter she be required to pay for the bunch of Thread recíd this day
Ordered that Samíl Stevensons Children have a bunch of Thread and as he has drawn a bunch heretofore that in any distribution of funds hereafter he be required to pay for the bunch of Thread recíd this day -- There being no further business the board adjourned.

                                                                                                                            E.H. Jordan President
                                                                                                                                of the Board
Page 178-179

January 11th 1864
The Board met.  W.T. Cheevs, & Henry Snowden Commissioners elect, presented themselves, and received the oath of office
Present J.C. Gardner Pres of the Board & C. Rain E.T. Geiger
The following preamble and order was passed:
Whereas: It is made the duty of the Board of County Commissioners by an act of the last General Assembly of the State for the relief of Soldierís families and those requiring assistance, to furnish a list of such persons &c
  Be it therefore ordered by the Board that C. Rain, Henry Snowden, W.T. Cheeves and J. M. Sparkman, be appointed by the Board, and that they be paid five Dollars per day out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated They shall visit every district in the county for the purpose of completing said list with the least possible delay and that Commissioners be instructed to ascertain how much corn &c is required for their maintenance and how much can be procured in their immediate neighborhoods and purchase the same giving an order on the County Treasurer, and he to pay the same out of the funds appropriated for that purchase, and that they report the same in accordance with the act and the prescribed instructions furnished by the authorities.
   Ordered that the county treasurer be appointed to examine the Tax books of David A. Frier and that he be paid for said service out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated
   David A. Frier presented an account of his brother of $1.80 for transmitting election returns from Newnansville which was examined and ordered to be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated
   Ordered that S.J. Temple be notified to furnish salt for Soldiers families immediately in accordance with contract
   Stephen F. Harvard presented his bond as Tax Collector for the two years next insuing, from the 1st Monday in Oct. Last which was approved, after which the oath of office was duly administered
   There being no further business the board adjourned to time in course
                                                                                                                                        J.C. Gardner
                                                                                                                                                Pres of Board

Page 179-181

Feb 1st 1864
Board met present J.C. Gardner Pres of the Board, J.M. Sparkman, C. Rain & Henry Snowden
Commissioner Snowden presented a list of the names of persons who require assistance, which was examined and passed
Commissioner Sparkman presented a list of the same, which was examined and passed
Commissioner Cheaves presented his list which was examined and passed
J.M. Croxton presented an account for corn furnished to Soldierís families amounting to three hundred and thirty Dollars, which was examined and ordered to be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Ordered that Stephen McCall, Esqír be authorized to contract for the building of a bridge across Hog Town Creek and that he have discretionary ***** in locating the site of the same
S. McCall, Esq who was authorized to Examine the tax books of D.A, Frier, having performed that duty reported them correct
Ordered that Samuel W. Burnett be paid fifty Dollars, out of any money in the Treasury that not otherwise appropriated for ten ****** of paper furnished the county.
Ordered that the County Treasurer be authorized to contract with the manufacturing agent at Monticello for eight bales of yarn and pay for the same out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the use of the Soldierís families
Robert OíConner presented an account for schooling poor children amounting to$200 which was examined and ordered to be paid out of any School fund in the treasury not otherwise appropriated
J.H. Roper presented an account of the same, amounting to $124 which was examined and oderred to be paid out of any School fund in the treasury not otherwise appropriated
Stephen McCall presented an account of fifteen Dollars for examining the tax books of D.A. Frier which was examined and ordered to be paid
A. Pooser presented an A/C of $1.80 for bringing election returns from Newnansville to Gainesville which was examined and orderd to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated
Ordered that Commissioner Snowden be authorized to purchase Salt for Soldiers families, and draw his draft on the county treasurer who is authorized to pay the same out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated
                                                                                                                                    J.C. Gardner
                                                                                                                                            Pres of Board
Page 181

The board met present J.C. Gardner president of the Board, C. Rain Henry Snowden W.T. Cheaves & Stephen Sparkman Commissioners
Ordered that W.T. Cheaves be paid $30 for for 20 bushels of Corn furnished to Soldierís families out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated
There being no further business the board adjourned
                                                                                                                                     J.C. Gardner
                                                                                                                                                Pres of Board
Page 181-182

Commissioners Office
March 7th 1864
Board met present J.C. Gardner Pres of Board, W.T. Cheaves, Henry Snowden, & C. Rain.  Absent Commissioner Sparkman.
Mr Trussel Fleming presented an account for corn & salt furnished the family of Mrs. Baxter amounting to $120 which was examined and ordered to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated
Ordered that Mrs Tillis the wife of G*** Tillis have one bunch of thread.
W.T. Cheaves presented an account of $7.50 for potatoes furnished the families of Soldiers which was examined and ordered to be paid out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Ordered that the County Treasurer be authorized to find any Confederate money now in his hands belonging to any fund, in bonds of the Confederacy bearing 4 per cent interest
Ordered that J.R. Bevel be paid $48.81 for beef furnished to family of A. Clark
Ordered that Mrs Tillis be paid $20 for corn for corn furnished her by J. A. Scott out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated
There being no further business the Board adjourned to 1st Monday in April next
                                                                                                                                       J.C. Gardner
                                                                                                                                                Pres of Board
Page 182

Commissioners Office
April 4th 1864
The Board Met, present J.C. Gardner, Pres of the Board, Commissioners Sparkman Snowden, Rain & Cheaves.
Ordered that all contracts or orders given for corn purchased for the supply of Soldiers families, other than those under special contract, be paid by the Treasurer out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated at p** without depreciation
Ordered that the County Treasurer pay to Commissioner Rain twelve hundred dollars for salt purchased by him for the use of Soldierís families out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
Resolved that the thanks of the Board are due, and is hereby tendered to William Strickland for his **********, and benevolent feeling manifested in behalf of the families of soldiers in the county
Ordered that Commissioner Cheaves be paid $70 out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated for potatoes & meat furnished Soldiers families
There being no further business the Board adjourned to meet on the 1st Monday in May next
                                                                                                                                            J.C. Gardner
                                                                                                                                                    Pres of Board
Page 183

Commissioners Office
May 2nd 1864
Board met present J.C. Gardner Pres of Board W.T. Cheaves, C. Rain & H. Snowden Commissioners.  Absent Commissioner Sparkman.
Resolved that Commissioner Rain be authorized to contract for the repairs on the Court  house, and that he report at the next session of the Board
The County Treasurer having reported the books of the tax Collector S.F. Harvard correct for the year 1863, it was ordered that they be received and certified accordingly.
Ordered that the Judge of Probate forward the following certificate to the P.Q.M. of this District.
We the Judge of Probate & County Commissioners do hereby Certify that after the most strenuous ifforts to purchase corn for the Soldiers families that they are unable to purchase the same.  That they are very much in need of three hundred bushels & unless they procure an order from the P.Q.M. for a portion of the ****** corn much suffering will be the consequence.
There being no further business the board adjourned to the 1st Monday in June next
                                                                                                                                              J.C. Gardner
                                                                                                                                                    Pres of Board
Page 187

Commissioners Office
Aug 1st 1864
Board met.  Present, J.C. Gardner President Stephen Sparkman C. Rain H. Snowden and W.T. Cheves, Commissioners.
Elias Bauknight presented an account for provisions furnished to families of soldiers & seven dollars and fifty cents of which was ordered to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated
J.M. Sparkman presented an account of $95.25 for provisions furnished to soldiers families which was examined and ordered to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated
Commissioner Cheves presented an account of One hundred and eleven dollars which was examined and ordered to be paid.
Commissioner S. Sparkman presented an A/C amounting to $311 which was examined & ordered to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
There being no further business the Board adjourned.
                                                                                                                                            J.C. Gardner
                                                                                                                                                    Pres of Board
Page 191

Commissioners Office
Dec 5th 1864
Commissioners met, Present J.C. Gardner Pres of the Board.  W.T. Cheves C. Rain, Henry Snowden, absent S. Sparkman.
Mrs Susan Miller presented an account of Forty three Dollars for corn purchased for her family also provisions furnished Miss Stapper which was examined and ordered to be paid
J.T. Thomas presented an account of $30 for corn furnished the family of Mrs Miller & Branford which was examined and ordered to be paid.
Mr. Rain presented an account of fifteen Dollars for corn furnished the family of Mrs Rivers, which was examined and ordered to be paid
Mr Cade presented an account of fifty four Dollars for corn furnished the families of Sullivant and Price, which was examined and ordered to be paid
There being no further business the board adjourned

                                                                                                                                            J.C. Gardner
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