Near Polk City in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Green Pond Baptist Church and Cemetery
The family names on the early church roll included Williams, Knowles, Meeks, Lanier, Combee, Roberts, Judy, Grimes, Hunt, Byrd, Bridges, Woodard, Tyer, Raulerson, and Rushing. Descendants of these families still live in the area.
Erected 2014 by The Friends
Location. 28° 19.635′ N, 81° 50.63′ W. Marker is near Polk City, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is on Green Pond Church Road north of Greenpond Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5965 Green Pond Church Road, Polk City FL 33868, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dean R. Gilmore (approx. 11 miles away); Socrum (approx. 15.1 miles away).
Regarding Green Pond Baptist Church and Cemetery. The Green Swamp. The Green Swamp is the headwaters of the Withlacoochee, Peace, Ocklawaha and Hillsborough Rivers and is a large part of the Florida aquifer. Green Pond is just outside the Green Swamp. The first white settlers of the Green Pond area were Abraham Taylor Williams and his wife Pencheeta Hancock Williams from Green Pond in the Colleton District of South Carolina ca. 1873. Seminole Indians had lived in this area for well over 100 years prior. The Armed Occupation Act of 1842 opened central Florida to white settlers. After the Third Seminole War or the Billy Bowlegs (Holata Micco) War ended in 1858, Indian threats were gone as most of the Seminoles were removed to Oklahoma. Less than 500 Seminoles
Green Pond Cemetery. The Hart boy and the Williams boy were the first buried in the Green Pond Cemetery. Two year old Peter Williams died of diphtheria in 1879 and his marker is in the center section of the cemetery under the shade of a very old cypress tree. His grave site is watched over by a small statue of Jesus flanked by two children.
There are no Hart family markers in the cemetery or the cemetery records. The Hart boy is undoubtedly buried here but, records and field work do not provide proof of a burial location or marker.
• Brown, Cantor Jr. "In the Midst of All That Makes Life Worth Living: Polk County, Florida, to 1940." Sentry Press. Tallahassee, Fl. 2001.
• Mahon, John K. "History of the Second Seminole War." University of Florida Press, Gainesville. 1967
• Polk County, Florida Cemeteries. Vol. VII. Imperial Polk Genealogical Society. 2010. Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library. Bartow, Florida. November 18, 2016.
• Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve. www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/greenswamp.html
• Field Work. Dean Moss McCracken and Ken Breathitt. Lakeland, Fl. November 18, 2016.
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