History of Laurel Hill
by Mark Curenton
The Laurel Hill area attracted
some of the earliest settlers once Florida became part of the United
States in 1821. Two years later an Army captain surveying the route for a
road across Florida mentioned the “Scotch Settlement” on the Yellow
Water River. In 1827 John Lee Williams, in describing the Yellow Water
River, stated, “There is a very good settlement of industrious farmers
on this river, forty miles above the bay.”
Cemetery Record Records
with over 2,000 headstone photographs
Wood has carefully
surveyed Almarante Cemetery (Laurel Hill) and Magnolia Cemetery (South
of Laurel Hill) and has graciously allowed us to publish the records and
photographs here for relatives, historians and genealogists.
Records are listed
History of Almarante
Cemetery by Tracey Curenton
Magnolia Cemetery Record
A Brief History of
Okaloosa County was created from portions of Santa Rosa County and Walton County in 1915, establishing it as Florida’s 52nd county. A young state representative from Walton County, William Henry Mapoles,
was to become known as the “father of Okaloosa County” for the role he
played in the formation of the County.
Mapoles introduced a bill during the 1913 legislative session proposing the creation of a new county. This bill passed the House, but died in the Senate. The bill was re-introduced and was passed on June 3, 1915 subject to referendum by the voters in the districts affected. A special election was held on September 7, 1915 and the measure was passed by voter margins of 4 to 1 in Walton County and 2 to 1 in Santa Rosa County.
The first suggested name for the new county was Yellow River County, but was later changed to Wilson County, most likely because Woodrow Wilson was President at that time. The name finally agreed upon is said to be derived from the Native American words “oka” and “lusa” which loosely translates into “blackwater.”
Milligan was established as the temporary county seat, however, this was not a popular choice due to the town’s proximity to the Yellow River in an area known to flood. An election was held on March 6, 1917 to determine whether Laurel Hill, Baker, or Crestview would become the county seat. A runoff election was required between Crestview and Baker which was held on April 3, 1917 resulting in Crestview becoming the permanent county seat.
Daniel Campbell & Effie McLean
and Other Connections
Excerpts from the November 1982 booklet by Mayme
Tyner and Mayme Pearl Tyner, Laurel Hill, FL 32567-8236
of booklet contributed by
Forward - by Mayme Tyner
Campbell Family History and
article on Daniel Campbell from the Pensacola Gazette of December 10, 1842
As told by Will Barnhill, Baker Florida
to Mayme Tyner
Campbell of Skye Isle, Scotland - from newspaper clipping
history in connection to Laurel, Hill Florida - some sections written
by Ferrin C. Campbell
Josephine Baggett &
Honest John Campbell -
a quiet, small man in stature with large or prominent ears and wore a
beard stained with tobacco juice...
Country Living in the early
Mack and Effie Tyner lived on what could well have been called
"The Back Forty." Our music, particularly at night, was...
James Campbell -
born November 26, 1890, married Pauline Polly Spears...