Col Francis Littlebury Dancy
and the Dancy Family
of Orange Mills, Florida
(February 5, 1806 - October 27, 1890)
Col. Francis Littlebury Dancy (Feb 5, 1806- October 27, 1890)
Youth
Francis Littlebury Dancy constructed the seawall at St. Augustine He was born Feb 5, 1806 in Tarboro Edgecomb
County, NC. His parents were
Edwin Dancy and Lucy Knight Dancy. He was named after Francis Little Dancy an
attorney and a wealthy planter. His cousin
William (Oct 11, 1818 - May 9, 1860) stayed in Tarboro and also became an
attorney and wealthy planter.

Marriage
He had married Florida Forsyth Reid (born March 12, 1819 died 1894)  on Oct 17, 1833 the daughter of Robert
Raymond Reid Sr
. a territorial governor of Florida. They were parents of ten sons and five daughters. They were
married in St. Augustine.

West Point and Early Military Duty
He was at West Point from July 1, 1821 to July 1, 1826. He was graduate from the class of 1826. He started in the
garrison at
Ft. Monroe, Va (Artillery School for Practice) from 1826-28. He was on Engineer duty from October 28, 1828
to August 6, 1829.  Then he was on Topographical duty from August 6, 1829 to March 31, 1831. He went to Ordinance
duty from March 31 to July 11, 1831.  He then returned to Topographical duty from July 11, 1831 to Dec 6. 1832. He
was assigned first to Ft. Moultrie S. C. in 1833. He rose to the rank of first lieutenant in the Second artillery (September
11, 1836.).

Military Road
He was sent to Ft. Marion Fla from 1833-34, Ft. King Fla from 1834-35 and back to Fort Marion in 1835 to repair the
Military Road in Florida. He served as Quartermaster and Commissary against the Seminole Indians and fought in the
Battle at Oloklikaha.  He finished with Engineer duty from July 14 to September 11, 1836.  He resigned in 1836.

Seawall and St. Augustine Mayor
He was in the employment of the United States as a civil engineer doing repairs at Fort Marion and building the sea wall
(along with Lieutenant Stephen Tuttle and Lieutenant Henry W. Benham) at St. Augustine, 1836-38. He was mayor of St.
Augustine from 1838-39. In 1840-41 he participated in the Seminole war again as lieutenant-colonel and colonel of a
Florida regiment of volunteers. The regiment was disbanded March 28, 1841. He was a member of the state legislature
in 1841.

Plantation at Orange Mill
At Orange Mill on the St. Johns River he owned a plantation. They used a pit saw to saw logs into boards for their
house. Their plantation also had a corn-sheller and a mill for the corn. (After the war the family use a hopper machine to
grind grain. The house was built on light wood blocks with cypress log walls. It was fifty feet in length by twenty feet width
with a ten foot hallway and a twelve foot plaza front and back. The entire structure was built in 1844 without nails using
wooden pegs.

State Engineer and Surveyor General
From 1853-57 he was State engineer and geologist. Dancy later became the United States Surveyor General of Florida
by President James Buchanan (1858-61).  This position was under the Secretary of the Interior and his headquarters
were located in St. Augustine. These jobs gave him access to the building of the early railroad system in Florida and the
canal systems. His job with the state in part required him to inspect the building of railroads.

Inspecting the Railroad
Fernandina, Fla., August 18, 1857
"I, Francis L. Dancy, do hereby certify that the Florida Railroad company hav track laid on the fourth and fifth sections of
ten miles each making in all fifty miles of track laid down on the line of road from Fernandina to Cedar Keys, and that the
engine and cars are running over the same. The work is done in a substantial and workmanlike manner. The iron rails,
(sixty pounds to the yard) are well fastened to the crossties by chairs and spikes of the best quality. The road as far as
completed, will compare favorably with any road in the Southern country. F. L. Dancy Special Railroad Inspector.

Bridge Inspection
He certified the cost of the bridge structure across the Nassau River to Amelia Island on the line of the Florida Railroad
is one hundred thousand dollars that was paid to Jos. Finnegan and Co. He also approved the plans for the bridges and
required a draw of 60 feet for passage of boats or vessels.

Civil War
t the start of the war on February 10, 1861 Dancy  turned over the United States Surveyor General's office records to
the Confederate Commission of Lands of the State of
Florida. He officially resigned on March 4, 1861. He was appointed
Quartermaster General of Florida by the Confederate state government.

Dancy Tangerine
The Dancy family returned to Orange Mills after the war. He was at one time Floridas largest citrus grower and
developed the Dancy tangerine in 1867. By 1872 he was helping other planters start the Dancy tangerine.

He died on Oct 27 1890 at Buena Vista in
Putnam County. He's buried in Orange Mills at the Dancy Family Graveyard.

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MRS. F. F. DANCY DEAD (April 18, 1894, issue of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida)
After A Long and Memorable Life She Seeks Her Reward

Mrs. F. F. Dancy died at her home near
Orange Mills in Putnam County at 8 o'clock Monday night after an illness of
some time. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon under the direction of undertaker Gordon of this city and the
internment was in the family burying ground.

Mrs. Dancy was one of the oldest residents of
Florida and was a lovely and amiable woman. Under disadvantages in the
way of church and schooling, she reared a very large family. She was loved by all who knew her and her life has been
one of usefulness.

Mrs. Florida Forsyth Dancy was born in or near Augusta,
Georgia, in the year 1818 and was the daughter of United
States Judge Robert Raymond Reed, afterwards Governor of Florida under the Territorial Government. She lived with
her parents in
Georgia until she was 14 years of age, when she removed with them to St. Augustine, where she was
afterwards married to Lt. Francis L. Dancy of the United States Army, a native of North Carolina. It will be remembered
that Col. Dancy built the sea wall at St. Augustine. They lived in St. Augustine until the close of the Seminole War when
her husband resigned his commission as lieutenant in the Army and they moved to the plantation at Buena Vista which
has been their home ever since.

Her husband died a little over three years ago. She leaves eight children, six sons and two daughters: Lee of Savannah,
Robert, Dr. W. McL., Edward, James M., and Benjamin; Mrs. Porcher L'Engle, and Miss Jennie.

                                                                                 
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David Yulee Dancy
(Born Nov. 14, 1848 - died February 19, 1913 Married Julia Wilhelmina Remshart on April 26, 1876. They had four
children:
William Remshard, Flora Lee, David Yulee, Lucy L Engle Dancy.  He died in Savannah, Georgia. He had
a cotton factor business there.
William Remshard Dancy (1877-1960) became a doctor with an M. D. degree from
Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1903. He would study medicine in the Universities of Berlin and Vienna and serve as the
resident superintendent of the Savannah Hospital (Warren A. Chandler Hospital) He would continue his families military
tradition by being a Captain in the U. S. Army Medical Corps during World War I.

Janet Dancy
(Born 1842?)

Lucy R. Dancy
(Nov. 26, 1834 died September 12, 1858) She attended school somewhere in St. Augustine and was listed on the 1850
census as reading and writing. She is buried in the Dancy Family Graveyard in Orange Mills.  

Lucy Jordan
(Born 1864 - died November 31, 1942) Married Peter Porcher L'Engle. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in
Jacksonville, Florida.

Francis F. Dancy
(Born Feb. 12, 1837 and died November 19, 1837)

Edwin R. Dancy
(Born March 17, 1839 and died December 26, 1853.) Lived in St. Augustine and was listed in the 1850 census as
reading and writing.

LaFayette E. Dancy
(Born July 23, 1855 died October 28, 1888)

Robert Francis Dancy
Robert F. Dancy his son was selected as chief clerk in his fathers office, while a nephew, Edward Foxhall, of Tarboro,
North Carolina, was chosen as draftsman to make up maps of surveys as made by U. S. Deputy surveyors in the field.  
Robert was killed at the battle of Olustee.

Robert Dancy
(Born1849)

Benjamin B Dancy
(Born 1853?)

James M. Dancy
James M. Dancy his son was born on 15 day of January, 1845 He would write about his experiences in the Civil War in
the 1930s when he was 88 years old. His schooling before the war consisted of  a split board shack on the east bank of
the
St. Johns River about one-fourth of a mile up from their plantation and about the same distance down from our
nearest neighbor, Morecio Sanchez and his family of two sons, Emanuel and Henry, and three daughters, Panchita,
Deloris, and Eugenia, as scholars. His first teacher was a tall thin elderly woman, an old maid sister of, my father's,
Elizabeth Dancy, from Tarboro, North Carolina.

The next teacher was a large, stout Englishman, who had resided in Boston, Massachusetts, for some years. He was
very fastidious about his eating, especially meat, it must be hung up in the shady air until he could begin to see it move
about, then it was to be takes down and cooked. Of course no one but he would eat it. And poultry must be treated in
the same way. They must be tied up by the tail feathers until they dropped out.

His next teacher, a young New Yorker threatened with consumption, was just from college. In a short time he regained
his health entirely. One night his father was awakened by loud singing and by the voice of some one leading in prayer
out at the servant's quarters. He went out and found his teacher, Mr. Benjamin W. Thompson, having a prayer meeting
with the servants. This was more than his father's hot Southern blood could stand. He broke up the meeting. Next
morning at breakfast he informed the young man that he could pack up his belongings and leave. This he did. He went
Fernandina, Florida, where he had friends, and obtained a position which retained until out war and secession was
declared. He went back home to New York, where he went into a U. S. Volunteer army and was promoted to a brigadier
generalship. After the war he sent to his brother Benjamin, for (he claimed) his name's sake, the first ten-dollars
greenback they saw after the war.

James became a member of  Capt. J.J. Dickinson forces at Rallston on the banks of the St. Johns River six miles above
their home. He would later serve in Dunham's artillery. (Company A, Captain Joseph Dunham's Light Artillery)

His wife was
L. B. Dancy and they had the following children: Miller H 1873, Flora R. 1874, Elsie 1876, and Winifred
1878.

Edward Dummit Dancy
(born 1857)
Edward Dummit Dancy and Sallie Champion. Their son named
Edward Dummit Dancy was born on 18 Sep 1882 He
passed away on 31 Jan 1918 in Jacksonville Duval, Florida, USA.

William McLaws Dancy
William McLaws Dancy was born in Putnam County on October 18, 1852. He graduated the Philadelphia Dental college
in 1872 and was the first dentist from
Florida to receive the doctor of dental surgery. He carried out his practice in
Jacksonville. He was mayor of Jacksonville for two terms and an alderman. He married Mae Young Wilson of
Jacksonville on April 14, 1874. They had one child...
Willie Mae.
The sea wall, St. Augustine
Photographer:
William Henry Jackson, 1843-1942,  
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