St. Johns County
Florida
ST. JOHNS COUNTY
 Population, 1885, 5,714. St. Augustine, county seat.

 Post Offices.-- Carterville, Duke, Florence, Fruit Cove, Matanzas, Moultrie, Orange Dale, Picolata, Racy Point,
Remington Park, St. Augustine, St. Jerome, Switzerland, Tocoi.

 St. Johns county is bounded on the north by Duval, east by the Atlantic ocean, south by Volusia, and west by the St.
Johns river, which separates it from Putnam and Clay counties. The area of this county is 1,000 square miles or 640,000
acres. The population in 1880, as shown by the United States census returns, was 4,535, and the census report for
1885 shows the increase to have been 1,179. There were 282,548 acres of land assessed for taxation in 1885, and of
this number 2827 were improved or cultivated. The valuation placed upon city property is $492,585, and the aggregate
of real and personal property is $1,120,331. The taxation rate of this county is four mills on the dollar for State, and
eight mills for county purposes. The total number of votes polled in 1884 was 1,141 , about 400 of which were registered
as colored votes; 514 were Republican, and 727 Democratic. The county is free from bonded indebtedness and in a
prosperous condition. The lands are usually level and covered with piny woods and scrub palmetto. Orange culture and
the growing of vegetables comprise the principal pursuits. There are three lines of railroad in operation in the county,
and these, with its water navigation, supply sufficient transportation facilities.

 Circuit Court (Fourth Circuit.) - Spring term convenes at St. Augustine, the county seat, the second Tuesday in March;
fall term, the second Tuesday in September. James M. Baker, Jacksonville Circuit Judge; A.W. Owens, Jacksonville,
State Attorney.

 County Officers. - County Judge - M. R. Cooper, St. Augustine; Clerk - B.F. Oliveros, St. Augustine; Sheriff - Ramon
Hernandez, St. Augustine; Superintendent of Schools - Peter S. Arnau; County Commissioners - Benjamin Masters,
Perry McCullar, Iquacie Lopez, James B. Ponce, Francis M. Sanchez.

Orange Growers:
E.C. Allen                        James W. Allen                        M. H. & D Allen
William Aiken                        Dr. Anderson                        M. R. Andrew
John F. Apeler                        J.N. Avery                        C. Barnes
Eluario Baya                        Joseph Baya                        W.F. Billings
William Booth, Jr.                William Bradford                J.H. Braddock
O.F. Braddock                        Cipriako Bravo                        H. Briggs
Ashbury Brown                        Colee & Day                        James P Burroughs        
H. Canfield                        M.E.F. Caneros                        Canova & Colee
Anastaco Capello                Jas Y John Capo                M.F.B. Castello
A.W. Corbitt                        D.L. Dunham                        Dunham & Peck
L.B. Edwards                        Henry Ferris                        A Gay
B. Genovar                        N. Genovar                        Benjamin Hammond
Hargrove & Corbett                Alonzo Hernandez                W.H. Keith
J.J. Krom                        E.M. Lopez                        Ernest Mahr
Antonia Masters                J.A. Mickler                        R.D. Mickler
Telano Mier                        C.J. Montgomery                George Myers
B.F. Oliveros                        D. Pacetti                        G. Pacetti
L.N. Pacetti                        W.S.N. Pinkham                P. Pacetti
M.L. Pomar                        James A. Ponce                J.W. Quigley
Mrs. C.O. Reynolds                J.R. Sanchez                        J.D. Sharp
Alexander Solana                C.U. Solana                        Philip Solana        
H.J. Speissegger                James A. Usina                        F.M. Webster
H.A. Will                        Jacob Wilson


Vegetable and Truck Farmers
D. Bravo                        H.H. Williams

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Area, 1,000 sq. m. - Lat 29 degrees 22 minutes to 80 degrees 13 minutes N.  -- Long. 81 degrees to 81 degrees 40
minutes Population (1890), 8677. -- Assessed valuation (1888), $2,250,870 - County seat, St. Augustine.

St. John's County may almost be termed a peninsula, lying as it does between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the
St. John's River on the west. Along the river there are valuable lands under successful cultivation at many points for
oranges, pears, sugar-cane, vegetables, and the like. A short distance back from the river the flat woods appear,
succeeded by belts of rich hammock, which in turn give way to palmetto scrub that extends to the sea-coast. A few small
streams, tributary to the St. Johns, water the rolling lands along the river, and others find their way into Matanzas Inlet,
Halifax River, and North River on the coast. Much of the land is, and probably must remain, worthless, but thanks to its
climate, the county is one of the most prosperous in the State, and attracts more tourists than any other section. This is
due to the existence of St. Augustine, where nearly three centuries ago Europeans first learned the salubrity of the
Floridian climate. The history of St. Augustine is that of St. John's County, and will be found in the account of that city.

Fishing is good all along the creeks, inlets, rivers, and lagoons, and game is to be found by persevering huntsmen,
thanks to the almost impenetrable "scrub" in which deer and turkeys still find shelter. It is well nigh useless, however, to
hunt without guides and dogs, and even then hunting is no child's play.

The harbor of St. Augustine, with its connecting inlets, is a favorite resort for yachtsmen, and a short day's run to the
northward opens the extensive inland cruising grounds of the St. John's River and its numerous lakes.

The Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Halifax River Railway (J., T. & K. W. System), St. Augustine to Palatka, has stations as
follows:
Distance from St.
Augustine
Stations
Distance from Palatka
0
St. Augustine
31
0
New St. Augustine
30
4
Tocoi Junction
26
8
Smith's
22
10
Middleton
20
12
Armstrong
18
14
Holy Branch
16
16
Ould's
14
18
Merrifield
12
20
Buena Vista
10
21
Pattersonville
9
25
East Palatka Junction
6
31
Palatka
0
The Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Halifax River Railway (J. T. & K. W. system) is the most direct route between the two
cities . Stations and distances follows:
Distance from
Jacksonville
Stations
Distance from St.
Augustine
0
Jacksonville
37
1
South Jacksonville
36
3
Phillips
24
5
Bowden
32
9
Summerville
23
10
Nesbit
27
11
Eaton
26
14
Sweetwater
23
16
Bayard
21
18
Register
19
19
Clarksville
18
21
Durbin
16
28
Sampson
9
32
Magnolia Grove
5
37
St. Augustine
0
1890 Census
In 1889,census enumerators counted 510 farms in St. Johns County, the majority of those under fifty acres. Only two
farms contained 1,000 acres. In 1890, farmers harvested 51,000 bushels of sweet potatoes from 357 acres. Only
twenty-five acres were then planted in Irish potatoes, yielding 1,200 bushels. By 1895, cultivated lands in the county
amounted to 4,600 acres and nearly 10,000 head of cattle roamed the county's pastures and woods

                             St. Johns County Public Schools
See History of St. Johns County Schools Part 1
1850 School Census


School Reports
1869 School Law
Florida Department of Instruction Circular 3
1870 State School Report
1871 State School Report
1872 State School Report
1873 School State Report
1900 School State Report
1902 School State Report
1906 School State Report
1910 School State Report
1914 School State Report

School Information
Public School #1 Aviles Street
Peabody Fund
Peabody Educational Fund only for Public Schools
Peabody School Songs
Public School #1 Orange Street
Public School #2 1st African American School (Letters from Teachers)
Biography of Dr. Oliver Bronson St. Johns County 1st Superintendent of Public Schools
Biography of Rev. C. O. Reynolds St. Johns County 2nd Superintendent of Public Schools
Mill Creek School
Letter Writing as a Course
Superintendent Meserve's Tour of Schools
Hastings High School
Biography of Dr. W. Douglas Hartley 15th Superintendent of Public Schools
Ketterlinus High School
Hastings Vocational School
Evelyn Hamblen School

Monthly Reports from Public School #2  American Missionary Association
June 1867
March 1871
April 1871
May 1871
June 1871

Teachers
St. Johns Public School 1881 School List
St. Johns Public School 1882 School List
St. Johns Public School 1883 School List
St. Johns Public School 1884 School List
St. Johns Public Schools Flagler Era 1885-86, 1891-92, 1894-95, 1897-99
History of St. Augustine School 1896
St. Johns Public Schools 1900-1901
St. Johns Public Schools 1909
St. Augustine Public School 1919

                                   St. Augustine Burial Records
1878-79 Death Certificates and Burial Permits
1880-81 Death Certificates and Burial Permits

                               St. Johns County Death Records
1890 - 1891 Death Records
1892 , 1901 Death Records
1902 - 1903 Death Records
1904 - 1906 Death Records
1907 - 1908 Death Records
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St. Johns County Communities
St. Johns County
Board of Education
1869
First Chairman of the Board of Education Dr. Nathan D.
Benedict, Fatio Dunham, Secretary
1885
Board of Public Instruction
County Supt.
Peter Arnau
Commrs:  
A Lopez (Chairman),
John Allen,
L. A. Colee,
M. S. Usina,
W. S. M. Pinkham,
C Pomar was treasurer for the Board of Public instruction.
1894
Ernest Oliveros - Treasurer
1896
R. F. Sabate - Superintendent of St. Johns County Public
Schools,
M. R. Cooper,
L. A. Colee,
J C. Rogero  Ernest Oliveros, Treasurer
   
1914
L A Colee, chair
1923
Evelyn Hamblen, chair; E. S. Estes, J. W. Case; September
N. J. Adams takes place of J. W. Case.
St. Johns County Public Schools #1
Aviles St (Hospital Street)
County Judge
7 - 26- 1845 E B Gould - Judge of Probate

5/23/49 Gad Humphreys - Judge of Probate

11/9/59 John Lott Phillips - Judge of Probate

11/8/61 G. A. Pacetty - Judge of Probate

11/16/63 James Middleton - Judge of Probate

12/7/64 Irvine Drysdale = Judge of Probate

09/1866 B. A. Putnam - Judge Circuit Court

1/1/66 John L Phillips - Judge of Probate

John Lot Phillips, Judge of Probate, St Johns County Fl St Aug Dec 15, 1866

Judge A. A. Knight, County Judge, 1868

John B. Stickney - County Judge 1871-72

George W. Atwood 1876

M. R. Cooper - 1877, 1896-1910
County Commissioners
John Lott Phillips, President 1866

Ramon Canova - 1866

H. H. Williams, J. W. Gilbert, S. Benjamin, Geo. Burt, O. Bronson, Jr. - 1871

H. H. Williams,
Andrew Anderson, D. Papy, George Burt, O. Bronson Jr.
Clerk of Courts
Bernardo Segui, 1834

John C Buffington 1866

Fatio Dunham - 1867 1874

David Dunham - 1869

George W. Atwood - 1869

Chas. D. Lincoln - 1871-72

J. D. Stanberry - 1876

B. F. Oliveras - 1877-78

Wm F. Forward - 1901
Assessor of Taxes
J. W. Gilbert - 1871-72

David L. Dunham - 1876-1877

R. F. Ximanies - 1901
County Treasurer
Oliver Bronson Jr - 1871-72

C. O. Pomar - 1901
Justices of the Peace
Daniel H. Campbell, 1867

John Lott Phillips, 1867

J. D. Stanbury, 1869

J M Stickney, S Sevelly, S Benjamin, George Colee - 1871

David L. Dunham 1876

C. E. Mackey, 1901
 Constables
John J Darling, John Irwin - 1871-72

Sylvannus Roberts 1896-99

George Segui, 1901
Commissioner of Pilotage
R Hernandez, H. M. Snow, A. N. Pacetti, D. Allen, A J Goss -
1871-72
     Collector of Revenue
John G. Long - 1868
J. D. Standbury - 1869
J. D. Tannihill  - 1871-72
Jos F. Llambias - 1877
A. E. Lopez  - 1900
   Notary Public
J B Stickney, J D Stanbury, F Dunham - 1871
J B Stickney, J D Stanbury, P Dunbar - 1872
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St. Johns County School
Superintendent
W. Douglas Hartley
St. Johns County School
Superintendent
Joe Joiner
2003
St. Johns County School
Superintendent
Otis Mason
St. Johns County School
Superintendent
Dr. Hugh Balboni
Oliver Bronson
Oath (Nov 10, 1868)
C. O Reynolds
1876
Thomas T. Russell
March 5, 1877
Thomas A. Pacetti
March 13, 1879
Charles F. Perpall
November 8, 1880
Peter Arnau
November 29, 1884
R. F. Sabate
January 3, 1893
E. H. Reynolds
January 5, 1897
W. S. M. Pinkham
January 8, 1901
Deloren D. Corbett
January 7, 1913
Robert B. Meserve
January 6, 1925
C. G. Oldfather
January 8, 1929
D. D. Corbett
January 3, 1933
John A. Crookshank
January 2, 1945
W. Douglas Hartley
January 8, 1957
Otis Mason
1984
Gary Matthews
1992
Dr. Hugh Balboni
1996
Joe Joiner
2003
St. Johns County Superintendent of Public Schools
St. Johns County School
Superintendent
WSM Pinkham
St. Johns County Superintendent
Gary Matthews
Map of St. Johns County in 1892 when Flagler County was part of St. Johns. (Note Railroad route)
Enlarged
St. Johns County
1827
Enlarge
D. D. Corbett
(October 5, 1873 - May 3, 1945)
Born in St. Augustine, he was first
elected county superintendent of
schools in 1912, 1916, 1920. In 1931
he was elected county commissioner
and was again chosen county
superintendent. He did not seek
reelection in 1944.
Territorial
Sheriffs
 
James R.
Hanham
1821-23
Francis J.
Alvice
 
Squire
Streeter
1825-27
Waters
Smith
1827-
F. J. Avice
1833
Joshua
Joyner
1834
Jose
Simeon
Sanchez
 
Statehood
 
Jose
Simeon
Sanchez
1845-47
James M.
Gould
1847-48
Michael
Usina
1848
Raphael
Bartolome
Canova
1849-53
Jacob
Mickler
1854-55
J. A.
Mickler
1855
Paul
Sabate
1855-57
A. D.
Rogero
1857-61
Martial Law
 
William
Mickler
1864-65
A. D.
Rogero
1866-67
Ramon
Hernandez
1872
H.
Hernandez
1874-77
A. N.
Pacetti
1877-81
Raymond
Hernandez
1881-88
H. H. Floyd
1888-89
C. J. Perry
1889-97
S. E. Davis
1897-1901
C. J. Perry
1901-19
E. E.
Boyce
1919-42
J. T.
Shepherd
1942-49
L. O. Davis
1949-1970
Dudley
Garrett
1970-80
Francis
O'Loughlin
1981-84
Neil Perry
1985-2005
David B.
Shoar
2005-
   
Sheriffs
St. Johns County
Moultrie
Picolata
Elkton
Tocoi
Fruit Cove
New Switzerland
Remington Park
Spuds
Armstrong
Hastings
Moccasin Branch
Mill Creek
St. Augustine
Cartersville
Matanzas
Racy Point
 
Coroner
Reuben Loring
Surveyor
Charles E. Hawkins, 1834