Homestead Documentation for Benjamin James

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Title

Homestead Documentation for Benjamin James

Alternative Title

James Homestead

Subject

Oviedo (Fla.)
Property--Florida
Homesteading

Description

The homestead documentation for Benjamin James. James' homestead was located in the southwestern portion of present-day Oviedo. James was born Savannah, Georgia, and migrated to Hastings, Florida, where he met his wife, Esther James. The couple married on January 24, 1913, at what then was called The Woods, on the eastern side of the town of Gabriella, near Bear Gully Lake. The couple had nine children, in addition to the four children from Esther's previous marriage.

On July 8, 1921, James filed a homestead for 160 acres for his growing family at The Woods. Following a hurricane devastated Miami on September 11, 1926, the James family opened their property to Floridians left homeless in the aftermath. These refugees became the first settlers of the Jamestown and included Bob and Flossie Wells, George and Nettie Davis, and Morris J. "Preacher" and Margaret Williams, the Nails, the Olivers, the Perrys, the Bryants, the Evans, the Brannons, the Walkers, and the Ryans. James is the only African American to have a Central Florida town named after him.

Source

Original homestead document: Private Collection of Kathy Parry.

Date Created

1917-10

Contributor

Parry, Kathy

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original homestead document.

Is Part Of

Oviedo Historical Society Collection, Oviedo Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

3.78 MB

Medium

22-page homestead document

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Benjamin James Homestead, Jamestown, Oviedo, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held Kathy Parry and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Kathy Parry

External Reference

Robison, Jim."Family, Faith, Farming Built Hamlet." The Orlando Sentinel, June 20, 2004. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2004-06-20/news/0406180557_1_esther-james-jamestown-pine.

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Original Format

22-page homestead document

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