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Sylvester UNKNOWN

Clay Sink Cemetery
Pasco County,
Florida

A memorial to "Sylvester"
Killed and scalped by Indians about 1850 at Little Withlacoochee River in Hernando County.

Speculation: "Sylvester" may be a nickname for Dan Hubbard, a boy who was kidnapped, scalped, and killed by the Indians while running an errand for Jesse Sumner.

From http://www.fivay.org/sumner.html :
"After returning to the Clay Sink area, they (Jesse Sumner and wife Caroline Hall Sumner) acquired a neighbor ten miles away. Unfortunately, the father died and the mother asked the Sumners to take care of their son. The Indians had been friendly and peaceable; all seemed well. Their fears vanished. Those days rope for lassoing cattle was extremely scare and cost a great deal. Therefore, it was necessary to own the rope together. His neighbor ten miles away needed the rope on a certain day. He placed the boy, Dan Hubbard, on the horse and directed him to take the rope to the neighbor. The start was made in early morning. When night came, the boy had not returned. Jesse set out to find him and upon arriving at the neighbor’s house, he learned that the boy had not been there. They immediately started a search and tracked the horse to the Little Withlacoochee River. This is the spot where the Indians had hidden beside a large tree and had taken the boy and the horse. In the meantime the horse came in with boy’s suspenders platted in its mane, which was a message from the Indians to Jesse that they had the boy. During this time, men gathered from far away and a general search was made."

Contributed on 2/25/19 by joepost2000
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Record #: 30233

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Submitted: 2/25/19 • Approved: 2/25/19 • Last Updated: 6/8/20 • R30233-G0-S3

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