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Terra Ceia in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Guerrero Home Site

 
 
Guerrero Home Site Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 2, 2019
1. Guerrero Home Site Marker Side 1
Inscription.  

Side 1:
Miguel Guerrero (aka Gerrero), a Menorcan sailor (b. 1817), established a fishing rancho here at Boots Point in 1848 on the site of a prehistoric Indian village. In 1856, Miguel met Julia Atzeroth's niece, Frederica Kramer (b. 1830), who came from Bavaria to help in the Atzeroth's store. Although they couldn't speak each other's language, they married March 15, 1856. They lived near here in a palm-thatched fisherman's hut and built a log cabin after the first of 5 children were born. Miguel served in the Florida Mounted Militia in the 3rd Seminole Indian War. During the Civil War, he enlisted March 5, 1862 in Co. K, 7th Florida Infantry. He was discharged for disability at Knoxville, March 9, 1863.
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Side 2:
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Miguel Guerrero filed for homestead April 3, 1868. In June 1868 a fever claimed the lives of sons Michael (11) and Frederick (9). Shortly after, Miguel went on a fishing trip. When he returned home sick with fever, he found Frederica dead, holding baby Mary. The two younger sons were
Guerrero Home Site Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 2, 2019
2. Guerrero Home Site Marker Side 2
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wild with shock. Asa Bishop happened by and helped bury Frederica, then took Miguel and the children to his home. Miguel died July 4, 1868 at Bishop's Point. Christopher (4) and Mary (6 mo.) were adopted by Edmund & Electa Lee, but Mary died shortly after. Christopher was baptized Edmund Miguel Lee. Robert (2) was adopted by Capt. John & Mary Fogarty and baptized Robert Gerrero Fogarty. The Guerrero sons left a great family legacy passed on for generations.
 
Erected by The Descendants of Miguel Guerrero and the Manatee County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWars, US Indian.
 
Location. 27° 34.117′ N, 82° 35.587′ W. Marker is in Terra Ceia, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of Bayshore Drive and Boots Point Road, on the left when traveling north on Bayshore Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Terra Ceia FL 34250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atzeroth Home Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Terra Ceia School/Village Improvement Association Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Franklin C. Armstrong (approx. 1.1
Guerrero Home Site Marker Looking North image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, February 2, 2019
3. Guerrero Home Site Marker Looking North
miles away); Danger Approaches (approx. 1.8 miles away); Realizing a Dream (approx. 1.8 miles away); Rubonia Women's Club (approx. 2.6 miles away); Old Memphis Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terra Ceia.
 
Also see . . .  Miguel’s Bay: The Pioneer Tale of Miguel and Frederica Guerrero. 2018 book by Peggy Donoho on Amazon.com. Preview it using the “look inside” feature. (Submitted on August 5, 2019.) 
 
Historical novel image. Click for full size.
By Peggy Anderson Donoho, January 21, 2019
4. Historical novel
Miguel's Bay: The Pioneer Tale of Miguel and Frederica Guerrero
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 4, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   4. submitted on March 23, 2019, by Peggy Anderson Donoho of Bradenton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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