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William Riley Milton

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  • Name William Riley Milton  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 05 Dec 1845  Appling, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1850  Militia District 456, Appling, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1860  Ocala, Marion, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 05 Mar 1864  Sumter County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Military 05 Mar 1864  Madison, Madison, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1880  Precinct 1, Orange, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1885  District 13, Orange, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1900  Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 20 Jul 1907  Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Buried Pinewood Cemetery, Daytona Beach, Volusia, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Person ID I2058  tng Genealogy

    Father Algernon Solomon Milton,   b. 1797, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Jane Hardin,   b. 1807, Tattnall, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 15 Aug 1850 and 27 Jun 1860, Appling, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Abt 1825  Appling, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F681  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Miller,   b. 01 Apr 1845, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 1906, Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 03 Jan 1869  Sumter, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Julia Idella Milton,   b. 27 Nov 1867, Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1934, New Smyrna, Volusia, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [Natural]
     2. William Andrew Milton,   b. 16 Nov 1870, Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [Natural]
     3. James Rufus Milton,   b. Jun 1872, Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880  (Age ~ 9 years)  [Natural]
     4. Thomas Oscar Milton,   b. 23 Dec 1874, Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Oct 1937, Daytona Beach, Volusia, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [Natural]
    +5. Mary Jane (Jennie) Milton,   b. 02 May 1878, Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1944, Leesburg, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [Natural]
     6. Minnie Pauline Milton,   b. 30 Mar 1881, Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [Natural]
    Family ID F889  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 05 Dec 1845 - Appling, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Ocala, Marion, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - 05 Mar 1864 - Madison, Madison, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 03 Jan 1869 - Sumter, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jul 1907 - Umatilla, Lake, Florida, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    William Riley & Mary Milton gravestone
    William Riley & Mary Milton gravestone

    Albums
    William Riley Milton Civil War pension
    William Riley Milton Civil War pension (5)
    William Riley Milton Civil War pension

  • Notes 
    • [Meltona.FTW]

      [james_s_mills_jr 2.ged]

      From the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Pvt. Wm. Riley Milton, Camp 741,Florida Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Tavares, FL. website:

      William Riley Milton, was born on December 5, 1845, in Appling, Georgia.

      His sister, Ann, married John Turner on Christmas Day, 1845, and moved to the Umatilla, Florida area.

      The family history states that William Riley moved to Florida in 1855. While we are not certain whether William Riley was residing in the Umatilla area or the Madison area during the War Between the States, we do know from the Confederate Archives that he was enlisted by Lieutenant Hart at Madison, Florida, as a Private in Company B, Fifth Regiment, Florida Infantry, on May 3, 1864: his enlistment was for a period of three years. His military records indicate that he was injured during military service and spent time in the hospital.

      He was captured at Farmville, Virginia, on April 6, 1865, and was paroled at Newport News, Virginia, on June 25, 1865, after taking an oath of allegiance to the United States. The Confederate records indicate that at the time he was paroled, his place of residence was listed as Sumter County, Florida.

      With regard to his injury, he stated that it was as a result of "being thrown from my horse the year of surrender." Later medical examinations revealed that he suffered from a hernia and from a fracture of the right thigh bone which was poorly set. He did qualify for a veteran's pension from the State of Florida which was granted in 1902.

      It appears that William Riley Milton was a part of Finagans' Brigade and the famous "Whirlwind Brigade." This Brigade was involved in most of the major battles throughout Virginia during the last years of the war.

      After the war, William Riley Milton returned to what is now Lake County, Florida, and was married in Leesburg, Sumter County, Florida, on January 3, 1869, to Mary Miller. He made Homestead Entry no. 2394 on November 13, 1875, and on February 13, 1884, received a grant of 169 acres in Orange County, Florida.

      William Riley and Mary Milton had six children: all born in Umatilla, Florida. Their son, William Andrew, was the father of W. A. Milton, Sr., and grandfather of W. A. Milton, Jr.; both born in Grand Island, Lake County, Florida.

      William Riley and Mary Milton were charter members of the Live Oak Baptist Church, which was located near what is now Dona Vista, Florida.

      William Riley Milton was typical of the other young men his age at the time. He entered the Army during the closing days of the war when the outlook was bleak for the South. He was fighting because his State was being invaded. He and the other men like him paid a terrible price and set examples of courage and self-sacrifice which we should continue to hold dear in their memory. William Riley Milton suffered the rest of his life from the injury sustained during the war: that did not prevent him from being a contributing member in his community and setting a good example for those around him. He died in 1907 and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Daytona Beach, Florida.

      "Whirlwind Brigade"

      The following was obtained from an article titled "They Charged the Enemy Like a Whirlwind" by J. Mark Akerman, published in the Confederate Veteran (November - December 1992 Issue).

      After several battles and other engagements, the original Perry's Brigade (the Florida 2nd, 5th and 8th) were down to approximately 250 men. A new brigade was formed out of the remnants of six Florida regiments: the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th and the 11th. The average effective strength of each regiment was, at this time, about 200 men.

      Due to their noted performance at various battles such as Cold Harbor in June 1864, the noted correspondent (P. W. Alexander) with a Savannah newspaper explained the will and eagerness of the Florida Brigade to respond to its orders and said "They charged the enemy like a whirlwind". Thus giving the Florida unit the nickname of the "Whirlwind Brigade".

      The Whirlwind Brigade gave distinguished service with bravery, several charges and endured exhaustive marches at places such as Weldon Rail Road, Belfield, Virginia., and Hatcher's Run.

      By April 2, 1865, General Lee's lines begun to break and there were no reserves to fill the gaps. A few days later, Federal Gen. Custer captured what was left of the 5th, 8th and 11th Florida regiments. Many of the Floridians were without shoes and most had only a few rounds of ammunition.

      The remaining members of the Florida Brigade marched to Farmville, a little village near Appomattox, where a sharp encounter ensued. However, the war was over for them. They finally had to yield to "overwhelming numbers and resources".

      There is no question that Lee held a special charity for the members of his Florida Brigade.

      There were few military units, from either side, that distinguished themselves more nobly or sacrificed more willingly during this Great War, than the Florida Brigade that came to be known fondly as the "Whirlwind Brigade".

      William Riley was living with his sister Ann, her husband John Turner, and their children, in Leesburg, Marion County, Florida per the 1860 Census.

      William Riley, Mary, and their children (Julia, William, Rufus, Thomas, & Jennie) lived in Precinct 1, Orange County, Florida per the 1880 Census.

      William Riley, Mary, and their child (Minnie) lived in Umatilla, Lake County, Florida per the 1900 Census.

  • Sources 
    1. [S351] Florida State Census, 1867-1945, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2008;).
      Census Year: 1885; Enumeration District: 13; Locality: District 13; County: Orange; Page: 4; Line: 32; Archive Series #: M845, Roll 10
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=FloridaStateCen1867&h=26104&indiv=try
      [ View Florida Census Document]

    2. [S353] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;).
      Database online. Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 1, Orange, Florida; Roll: T9_131; Family History Film: 1254131; Page: 389.3000; Enumeration District: 125; Image: 0420.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1880usfedcen&h=5990008&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]

    3. [S372] U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, Historical Data Systems, comp., (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Database online.
      Record for William R Milton
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=civilwar_histdatasys&h=3543810&indiv=try
      Name: William R Milton
      Residence: Sumter County, Florida
      Age at enlistment: 18
      Enlistment Date: 5 Mar 1864
      Rank at enlistment: Private
      Enlistment Place: Madison, FL
      State Served: Florida
      Survived the War?: Yes
      Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, Florida 5th Infantry Regiment on 03 May 1864.

      Description: height: 5 ft. 8 in., light complexion, grey eyes, light hair.
      Birth Date: 5 Dec 1845
      Sources: Soldiers of Florida in the ...Civil War...
      Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865

      Regiment: 5th Infantry Regiment Florida
      Date of Organization: 14 May 1862
      Muster Date: 9 Apr 1865
      Regiment State: Florida
      Regiment Type: Infantry
      Regiment Number: 5th
      Regimental Soldiers and History: List of Soldiers

      Regimental History
      FIFTH FLORIDA INFANTRY REGIMENT.

      The 5th Florida Regiment was organized in 1862, and mustered
      into service with J. C, Hately as Colonel; Thompson B. Lamar as
      Lieutenant-Colonel; B. F. Davis as Major; Capt. W. H. Baker as
      Quartermaster, and Capt. R. W. Reed as Commissary.

      The companies were commanded by Captains:
      A. Z. Bailey (Co. A)
      Garrant Vanzant (Co. B)
      W. D. Bloxham(Co. C)
      A. J. Lee (Co. D)
      John W. Hollyman (Co. E)
      John Frink (Co. F)
      W. J. Bailey (Co. G)
      W. T. Gregory (Co. H)
      Sam A. Spencer (Co. I)
      Richmond N. Gardner (Co. K).

      Immediately upon its organization the Regiment was ordered to
      Virginia, where it joined the 2nd Florida, being assigned to
      Pryor's Brigade; with which it took part in the Second Battle
      of Manassas and in the Maryland campaign and won distinction at
      Sharpsburg.

      After the return from Maryland the 5th was brigaded with the
      other Florida regiments and became a part of Perry's immortal
      brigade, surrendering at Appomattox Court House with but 6
      officers and 47 men, the only representatives left for duty at
      that time of a magnificent regiment.

      Source: Soldiers of Florida in the ... Civil War ... page 135

      Battles Fought
      Fought on 7 Jun 1862 at Fair Oaks, VA.
      Fought on 1 Jul 1862.
      Fought on 30 Aug 1862 at 2nd Manassas, VA.
      Fought on 10 Sep 1862 at Frederick, MD.
      Fought on 11 Sep 1862 at Maryland.
      Fought on 12 Sep 1862 at Frederick, MD.
      Fought on 12 Sep 1862 at Hagerstown, MD.
      Fought on 12 Sep 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD.
      Fought on 14 Sep 1862 at Frederick, MD.
      Fought on 14 Sep 1862 at South Mountain, MD.
      Fought on 15 Sep 1862 at Frederick, MD.
      Fought on 15 Sep 1862 at Maryland.
      Fought on 16 Sep 1862 at Maryland.
      Fought on 17 Sep 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD.
      Fought on 18 Sep 1862 at Antietam, MD.
      Fought on 20 Sep 1862.
      Fought on 2 Oct 1862.
      Fought on 2 Oct 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD.
      Fought on 6 Oct 1862 at Frederick, MD.
      Fought on 13 Oct 1862 at Frederick, MD.
      Fought on 1 Nov 1862.
      Fought on 10 Nov 1862 at Amosville, VA.
      Fought on 2 Dec 1862 at Winchester, VA.
      Fought on 12 Dec 1862.
      Fought on 13 Dec 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA.
      Fought on 2 Jan 1863 at Murfreesboro, TN.
      Fought on 1 Mar 1863.
      Fought on 2 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA.
      Fought on 3 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA.
      Fought on 4 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA.
      Fought on 1 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
      Fought on 2 Jul 1863.
      Fought on 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
      Fought on 3 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
      Fought on 4 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
      Fought on 5 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
      Fought on 14 Jul 1863.
      Fought on 15 Jul 1863 at Culpeper Court House, VA.
      Fought on 1 Aug 1863 at Brandy Station, VA.
      Fought on 1 Aug 1863 at Culpeper Court House, VA.
      Fought on 13 Aug 1863 at Culpeper Court House, VA.
      Fought on 2 Sep 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
      Fought on 14 Oct 1863 at Bristoe Station, VA.
      Fought on 1 Nov 1863.
      Fought on 28 Nov 1863 at Mine Run, VA.
      Fought on 30 Nov 1863.
      Fought on 30 Nov 1863 at Mine Run, VA.
      Fought on 3 May 1864 at Chancellorsville, VA.
      Fought on 5 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
      Fought on 6 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
      Fought on 6 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
      Fought on 10 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
      Fought on 12 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
      Fought on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
      Fought on 15 May 1864.
      Fought on 20 May 1864 at Milford Station, VA.
      Fought on 25 May 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
      Fought on 26 May 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
      Fought on 30 May 1864 at Mechanicsville, VA.
      Fought on 31 May 1864 at Gaines' Farm, VA.
      Fought on 1 Jun 1864.
      Fought on 1 Jun 1864 at Hall's Shop, VA.
      Fought on 2 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
      Fought on 3 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
      Fought on 5 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
      Fought on 10 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 15 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 15 Jun 1864.
      Fought on 23 Jun 1864 at Reams' Station, VA.
      Fought on 24 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 1 Jul 1864.
      Fought on 1 Jul 1864 at Virginia.
      Fought on 15 Jul 1864.
      Fought on 15 Jul 1864 at Florida.
      Fought on 21 Aug 1864 at Weldon Railroad, VA.
      Fought on 21 Aug 1864 at Reams' Station, VA.
      Fought on 30 Aug 1864 at Weldon Railroad, VA.
      Fought on 1 Sep 1864.
      Fought on 1 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 8 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 10 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 14 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 17 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 19 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 24 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 11 Oct 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 15 Oct 1864.
      Fought on 15 Oct 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
      Fought on 6 Nov 1864.
      Fought on 21 Dec 1864 at Savannah, GA.
      Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Chester Station, VA.
      Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Bermuda Hundred, VA.
      Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Richmond, VA.
      Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Florida Hospital, Richmond, VA.
      Fought on 4 Apr 1865 at Goode's Bridge, VA.
      Fought on 5 Apr 1865 at Amelia Court House, VA.
      Fought on 5 Apr 1865.
      Fought on 5 Apr 1865 at Farmville, VA.
      Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Burkeville Junction, VA.
      Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Burkeville, VA.
      Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at High Bridge, VA.
      Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Sailor's Creek, VA.
      Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Farmville, VA.
      Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Harper's Farm, VA.
      Fought on 20 Apr 1865 at Macon, GA.

    4. [S360] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;).
      Year: 1850; Census Place: Militia District 456, Appling, Georgia; Roll M432_61; Page: 1; Image: 3.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1850usfedcenancestry&h=18474702&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]
      Name: Solomon Melton
      [Solomon Milton]
      Age: 52
      Birth Year: abt 1798
      Birthplace: Georgia
      Home in 1850: Militia District 456, Appling, Georgia
      Gender: Male
      Family Number: 7
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Solomon Melton 52
      Jane Melton 43
      Benjamin Melton 20
      William R Melton 4
      James Melton 1

    5. [S354] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;).
      Year: 1860; Census Place: Ocala, Marion, Florida; Roll M653_108; Page: 325; Image: 326.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1860usfedcenancestry&h=10646542&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]

    6. [S340] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;).
      Year: 1900; Census Place: Umatilla, Lake, Florida; Roll: T623_172; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 71.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1900usfedcen&h=34092496&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]

    7. [S142] Gravestone.
      [ View gravestone photograph]

    8. [S122] FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40209493
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40209493.

    9. [S282] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, (Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004;).
      Online publication - Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=worldmarr_ga&h=841952&indiv=try
      Name: Algernon Solomon Milton
      Gender: Male
      Birth Year: 1798
      Spouse Name: Jane Harden
      Marriage State: of GA
      Number Pages: 1

      Source Citation: Source number: 8331.001; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1;