|THE FLORIDA HERALD
St. Augustine July 8, 1838
Submitted by Susan Mahoney and Thelma (Dee) Schumann, direct descendents of Elijah
O'QUIN. With a special thanks to Maureen DeBolles of the St. Augustine Historical Society.
This report is believed to about the Elijah O'Quin family as it has been told for generations.
More victims to Savage barbarity. "THE WAR IS CONSIDERED PRETTY WELL AT AN
END." By the arrival of a gentleman from Garbys Ferry on the 4th inst. we have
received the heart rending intelligence of the murder of a whole family name GWINN,
who resided on the Santa fe River. They fell victims to savage barbarity; a father,
mother, and two children were found murdered at their residence on the 2nd inst.; a
daughter about 13 years of age is missing. There are many conjectures, as to her
fate; but if murdered her body has not been found.
This is the result of considering the war as pretty well ended, and of withholding
from the suffering inhabitants that subsistence which would have enable them to
live off from their plantations. If they had been mustered into service their families
would have been provided for and their homes would have been protected.
A report is in circulation that two other families had been murdered in the same
neighborhood; making the number seventeen, but we are happy to learn by a
gentleman from Newmansville, that this is an exaggeration. Two persons whose
names we did not learn, were murdered since the massacre of the GWINN family.
Our informant states that a large gang are about the "Big Prairie" and its
neighborhood, supposed to be the Micasukies and Tallahassees; a body estimated
at three or four hundred, supposed to be fugitive Creeks are in the Oke-fe-noke
swamp. Several companies have been raised "on their own hooks" a mounting of
about 200 men. A portion marched to about 200 men. A portion marched to the Big
Prairie, and the remainder to the Oke-fe-noke swamp.
By David Leary: Our friends of Aluchua, and Columbia; They have suffered much
and still suffer--they have done nobly and still do--while we have felt for their
distress, we have admired their devotion and taken pride in their
achievements--their country's gratitude will reward their patrotism--their country's
justice guarantees the reimbursement of their losses.