Twelfth Census Population for Union, Suwannee, Florida, 1900

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Twelfth Census Population for Union, Suwannee, Florida, 1900

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Census, 1900




The Twelfth United States census records for Union, Suwannee, Florida for 1900. The census divides the population into categories of name, age, sex, race, marital status, occupants and relation to head of house, whether the home is owned or rented, value of home or rent, whether home is a farm residence, and whether the home has a radio. It also reports college attendance, literacy, birthplace and birthplace of parents, citizenship status, language spoken before coming to United States, year of immigration, occupation or business, class of worker, whether they worked the previous day, military status, and the war or expedition participated in.

In 1900, Riley Wright (1893-1919) (line 44, spelled Raley Right) and his family lived in Suwannee County, Florida. Wright's father, Turner (listed as TJ Right), owned their home free and likely farmed his own land, a rarity among African Americans in the rural South.

Riley Wright was born in 1893 (though some of his documents list his birth year as 1895) around Falmouth in Suwannee County in northern Florida, one of five children. Like his father and grandfather before him, Wright worked as a farmer. He married Eva Coleman on April 15, 1917, and was drafted on August 3, 1918. He joined the 807th Pioneer Infantry unit, one of sixteen established. In France, Wright and his unit served in a technical capacity: they constructed and repaired roads, bridges, and railways. Though the Army did not consider these infantry units as combat units, their work on the front lines brought them in direct contact with the enemy. The 807th participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the last major engagement of the war. Wright survived the offensive. However, he succumbed to disease on January 7, 1919. The influenza killed a great many soldiers as well as civilians in the outbreak of 1918-1919, though the mortality rate of black regiments was often higher than in white regiments because of discriminatory white doctors.

Wright is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery at Plot H Row 10 Grave 28 in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for K-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Snell, R.W.
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Digital reproduction of original census record by R.W. Snell, June 12, 1900: Suwannee, Florida
Page: 10
Enumeration Disctrict: 0111
FHL microfilm: 1240177.

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ca. 1900-06-12


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