John T. Dismukes St. Augustine's Florida (May 13, 1847-December 4, 1925)
Early Years John Thompson Dismukes (May 13, 1847 - December 4, 1925) was born in Davidson county, near Nashville, Tenn., in May 13, 1847. He was the son of John Thompson Dismukes Sr (1791-1845) and Ann Logan Monroe Dismukes (1805-1892) . At the age of seven he moved to Gadsden county, Florida. In March 1864 at the age of seventeen he enlisted at Camp Finegan, Fla. in Captain Patrick Houstoun's company of artillery. He was paroled at Tallahassee in May, 1865.
Marriage He became an agent of the Adams Steamboat line in Dardanelle, Arkansas. He married Elizabeth Elcan Gibbs Dismukes, (1848-1942) on April 7, 1870 in Manhattan, New York. They had nine children: Roberta L. Dismukes *1871-1963, George Woodson Dismukes (1873-1898), Julia Alice Dismukes Green (1875-1974), Emma Renee Dismukes Malette (1877-1970), Minnie Bolling Dismukes Puller (1879-1939), John Dismukes (1881-1885), William T. Dismukes *1887-1887), and Elizabeth Gibbs Zalesky Johnson (1909-192).
St. Augustine Years After ten years he moved to Quincy Florida and in December 1886 he moved to St. Augustine to become a banker. His bank became a national bank in 1886 where he was president. In 1900 he was elected a member of the executive council of the American Bankers' association. He was also president of the Florida Association of Bankers. He was also the president of the St. Augustine Board of Trade.
John Dismukes endowed a free clinic for dental care near the Orange Street school. In the 1960s this became a target of Civil Rights protesters because the free clinic was only for white students. In 1921 Dismukes was the Vice-President of the Buckingham Smith Fund.
His home was one of the most beautiful homes in St. Augustine - 80 Water Street.
In Trinity Episcopal Church there is a window memorializing John Thompson Dismukes and Elizabeth Gibbs Dismukes. Jesus in Eucharistic vestments. It was made by the Jacoby Stained Glass Co., St. Louis Mo
On December 21, 1922 George Miller, his son-in-law after a lengthy illness with cancer of the throat took his own life. The body was found in his bedroom after the revolver shot attracted the household. He died within a few minutes.