Name: Juan de la Merced "John M." PONS
Birth: 20 JUN 1815 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida
Death: BET 1880 AND 1900 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida
Census: 1860 Duval Co FL Fed Census, Mayport PO, Series M653-106, Sheet 70, Page 311
Census: 1870 Duval Co FL Fed Census, Jacksonville, Family History Library Film 545628, Roll M593_129, Sheet 449B, Page 4
Census: 1880 Duval Co FL Fed Census, ED 35, Roll 126; Family History Film 1254126, Sheet 566A, Page 33
Occupation: 1860 Fisherman
Occupation: 1870 Retail Grocer
Occupation: 1880 Justice of Peace, widowed
Christening: 25 DEC 1815 Cathedral, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida
Military 28 FEB 1862 CSA: Company I, Florida 8th Infantry Regiment; enlisted at St. John's Bluff, Fla.
Military 18 JUL 1862 CSA: Company I, Florida 8th Infantry Regiment; promoted to Full Lt. Colonel
Military 29 OCT 1862 CSA: Company I, Florida 8th Infantry Regiment; mustered out.
Source Military: Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865
Source Internet: Description of the Greenfield Plantation; http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/duval/history/greenfld.txt
Note Husband's great-great-great grandparents.
U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
about John M Pons
Name: John M Pons
Enlistment Date: 28 Feb 1862
Rank at enlistment: Captain
Enlistment Place: St John's Bluff, FL
State Served: Florida
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Promoted to Full Lt Col on 18 Jul 1862.
Commissioned an officer in Company I, Florida 8th Infantry Regime nt on 28 Feb 1862.
Mustered out on 29 Oct 1862.
Sources: Soldiers of Florida in the ...Civil War...
Biographical Rosters of Florida's Soldiers 1861-1865
American Civil War Regiments
Regiment: 8th Infantry Regiment Florida
Date of Organization: 5 Jul 1862
Muster Date: 9 Apr 1865
Regiment State: Florida
Regiment Type: Infantry
Regiment Number: 8th
Regimental Soldiers and History: List of Soldiers
EIGHTH FLORIDA INFANTRY
The 8th Regiment of Infantry was mustered into the Confederate servi ce in May, 1862, with R. F. Floyd as Colonel; John M. Pons as Lieutenant-C olonel, and W. I. Turner as Major. With the following companies command ed by Captains:
Burrel A. Bobo, Co. A
R. A. Waller, Co. B
David Lang, Co. C
William Baya, Co. D
Thomas E. Clarke Co. E
Felix Simmons, Co. F
J. C. Stewart, Co. G
James Tucker, Co. H
John M. Pons Co. I
Frederick Worth, Co. K
Shortly after the organization of the Regiment it was ordered to Virgin ia where it joined the 2nd and with that Regiment and the 5th, fought in t he Second Battle of Manassas, August 30, 1862, where, as General Prior rep orted: " The 5th and 8th Florida Regiments, though never under fire befor e, exhibited the cool and collected courage of veterans."
Crossing the Potomac near Leesburg, early in September, the Brigade, whi ch consisted of the 2nd, 5th and 8th Florida, 12th Virginia and 14th Alaba ma, marched through Frederick City, over South Mountain into Pleasant Vall ey, and participated in the investment and capture of the Federal forc es at Harper's Ferry, thence they hurried to the field of Sharpsburg, Sept ember 17, where they shared the service of R. H. Anderson's division in th at battle.
In this engagement Colonel Hateley and Lieutenant-Colonel Lamar, of the 5t h, were wounded; the former so severely that he retired from service.
On the return of the army to Virginia, the 8th Regiment was brigaded wi th the other Florida regiments under command of E. A. Perry, who had be en promoted to Brigadier-General. The Brigade remained in R. H. Anderson 's division, in Longstreet's corps, until after Chancellorsville, wh en it became a part of Ambrose P. Hill's corps.
At Fredericksburg December 11, 1862, the 8th Regiment, under command of Ca ptain David Lang, went to the support of the two Mississippi Regiments und er Barksdale, at the river where the Federals were endeavoring to lay the ir bridges. In General
McClellan's report he says: "It (the 8th) acted gallantly and did good ser vice."
Toward noon Captain Lang was severely wounded, and Capt. Thomas R. Lov e, of Co. B. took command, and the position although very much exposed w as maintained until they were ordered back at 4 p. m. A detachment of thr ee companies under Captain Baya were also engaged, and he and Lieu t. H. C. Simmons and 20 men were captured. The companies under Captain La ng lost 7 killed and 24 wounded.
During the early part of the Chancellorsville campaign, Perry was on du ty near Fredericksburg; May 2, 1863 the Brigade, after an exhausting mar ch and skirmishing, rejoined the Division in time to march to the Furna ce at daylight on May 3. They took part in the gallant fighting of May 3 a nd 4, and General Anderson in his report paid a special tribute to "Brigad ier-General Perry and his heroic little band of
Floridians who showed a courage as intrepid as that of any others in the ir assault upon the enemy in his entrenchment on the third and in their su bsequent advance on Chancellorsville."
In General Perry's report he say's: " The conduct of both officers and m en of my command through the tiresome marches and continued watching, as w ell as while engaging the enemy, was such as to meet high praise. The fi rm and steadfast courage exhibited, especially by the 5th and 2nd Flori da Regiments in charge at Chancellorsville, attracted my particular attent ion."
The General especially noted the services of Capt. W. E. McCasslan d, H. F. Riley, Lieut. D. B. Taylor, Lieut. William Scott, Maj. T. C. Eld er and Ma;. D. W. Hankle, Staff officers and volunteer aides.
The 8th lost 11 killed and 35 wounded. Among the latter were Capt. B. F. W hitner, Lieuts. T. M. Nelson and T. S. Armestead. The 2nd lost 3 killed, i ncluding Adj. Woody F. Butler, and 29 wounded; and the 5th lost 6 killed a nd 22 wounded, among the latter Maj. B. F. Davis.
At the battle of Gettysburg the Brigade was commanded by David Lang, of t he 8th, the heroic fighter of Fredericksburg, who had been promoted to Col onel (promoted September 18 1862), General Perry being disabled by typho id fever.
General Lang in his report of the battle of Gettysburg said: "Since the ba ttle I have had no staff at all except David Wilson. The Adjutant of the 8 th has been acting for me. There are now but 22 line officers and 233 enli sted men for duty in the Brigade. Our loss has been 455, aggregate kille d, wounded and missing. I think that a large number of missing are men w ho have been captured unhurt, as there were a large number of men who we re exhausted by the rapidity with which the first charge was made, who we re unable to keep up on the
In the battle of Fredericksburg the 8th lost their colors; the Color-bear er and the entire color guard of the 8th were killed or wounded and the ir colors left on the field. Owing to the fact that several colors of oth er Brigades fell back with the Florida Brigade, the 8th did not miss the ir colors until after it was too late to secure them. During the night a F ederal Lieutenant of artillery, whose command had been moved up to the pos ition, was examining the ground in front of them, discovered two piec es of artillery belonging to a Federal battery. In moving these pieces, wh ich owing to the proximity of the Confederate line had to be done by han d, Sergeant Horen of the 72nd New York Volunteers, picked up the flag of t he 8th from where it lay on the ground by the dead Color-bearer.
Colonel Lang in this report mentions the fact that the 2nd Regiment also l ost its colors and the greater part of its men. The flag of the 2nd w as a silk one presented by the ladies; it was the Confederate battle fl ag with this exception -- the intersection of the cross in the center of t he flag was surrounded by a golden sun-burst.
In the Gettysburg fight the 5th Florida lost 17 killed and 76 wounded; amo ng the killed were Capt. John Frink, and Lieuts. J. A. Jenkins and J. C. B lake; among the wounded, Capts. William Bailey and R. N. Gardner, Lieut s. G. L. Odum, J. C. Shaw and George Walker.
The 2nd lost 11 killed and 70 wounded. The 8th 5 killed and 65 wounded. Am ong the wounded were Capts. T. R. Love, J. Mizell and T. B. Livingston; Li euts. Hecter Bruce, W. W. Wilson, E. J. Dismukes, John Malone, F. M. Bry an and T. W. Givens.
At the battle of Bristow Station, October 14, 1863, the Brigade was conspi cuously engaged, loosing a considerable number killed and wounded; among t he latter Lieutenant-Colonel William Baya, commanding Regiment, and Sergea nt Major Arnow of the 8th Regiment.
In the campaign of the Wilderness May, 1864, the Florida Brigade lost 2 50 men. Among the wounded, was General Perry, who was compelled on that ac count to retire from service. In the campaign of 1864, which followed th at of the Wilderness, the old Brigade continued to add to its laurels.
After General Perry retired Colonel Lang again became the Brigade command er and remained such until the remnant of Perry's Brigade was consolidat ed with Finnegan's Brigade about June 1, 1864; from that time until the su rrender the Florida Brigade was known as Finnegan's Brigade.
The story of the service of the 2nd, 5th and 8th, Perry's Brigade, is so c losely interwoven that the story of one is practically the story of them a ll; they differ in details only. For this reason the story of the 8th h as been made fuller that it might take in its gallant compatriots, who
wrote the name of Florida high up on a scroll of fame and in characters th at can only fade when time shall cease to be.
At Appomattox the 2nd Florida surrendered 9 officers and 59 men; the 5th F lorida 6 officers and 47 men; the 8th 4 officers and 28 men. This record n eeds nothing added to tell the world the gallantry of the men who march ed under Florida's standard.
Source: Soldiers of Florida in the ... Civil War ... page 186
Battles John M. PONS Fought
Fought on 17 Jul 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD.
Fought on 29 Aug 1862 at 2nd Manassas, VA.
Fought on 30 Aug 1862 at 2nd Manassas, VA.
Fought on 31 Aug 1862 at 2nd Manassas, VA.
Fought on 1 Sep 1862 at Maryland.
Fought on 8 Sep 1862 at Buckeytown, MD.
Fought on 10 Sep 1862 at Maryland.
Fought on 12 Sep 1862 at Frederick, MD.
Fought on 15 Sep 1862 at Maryland.
Fought on 16 Sep 1862 at South Mountain, MD.
Fought on 17 Sep 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD.
Fought on 18 Sep 1862 at Sharpsburg, MD.
Fought on 29 Sep 1862 at Warrenton, VA.
Fought on 30 Sep 1862 at Shepherdstown, VA.
Fought on 7 Oct 1862 at Frederick, MD.
Fought on 30 Oct 1862.
John M. PONS Mustered out
The following is a letter written from the Greenfield Plantation in Duv al County in 1851 by Bunberry Haynes and describes the local area
around his brother Melton Haynes' plantation.
The letter follows:
I thought I would have written some time ago but through neglect have dela yed till now. I am still staying with Melton attending to his plantation b usiness. Crops are generally sorry in this section owing to the long droug ht. Through the month of May and June we will make
about twenty bags of cotton but not more than half enough corn. We have pl enty of game have deer, bear and panthers. I killed a very
large panther about three weeks ago. We have the best bear and panther do gs perhaps you ever saw. You had better come out this winter and look at t he country. We will show plenty of good land and mosquitoes and fleas enou gh to keep you moving but in fact I am certain that you can do a great de al bette here than you can where you now live. I am very well pleased wi th the country so far as I have seen. I am well at present and have enjoy ed as good health this season as I ever did. I have but one grand objecti on to the country and that is the girls are very scarce. Melton and his fa mily are well. Give my respects to all inquiring friends and especial ly to the gals. Give my love to your family. I have nothing more at presen t. I remain yours truly.
Greenfield Plantation was bounded to the north by St Johns River, on the e ast by Pablo Creek, on the west by Mount Pleasant Creek and south by lan ds of John Pons heirs and the public lands (cannot define at this time sou th boundry).
If you look on a map this is lands just to the west of Mayport. If y ou go east on Atlantic Blvd to San Pablo road and turn north; you're ther e. Greenfield Creek even flows down the middle of it. I even show an ar ea called Greenfield on my map at that location.
Plantation included 1000 acres not including any marsh land. It was boug ht in1849 for $3000. The Haynes brothers lived peacefully at
Greenville Plantation for nearly ten years, began rearing their families a nd cultivating the farm. They had many slaves and enjoyed
platation life. When the Civil War began Bunberry Haynes moved his fami ly to Hampton (near Stark). In 1862 the Port Authority in
Jacksonville told the Haynes unless they were neutral they had to leave. W hen the Union gunboats came into the river early one morning,
Melton Haynes hurriedly packed up and moved his family back down near Lees burg in the area where he had gotten his first land grants in Florida. T he house is reported to have been burned by Union forces. After the war (1 866) the plantation land and out buildings were sold for by Melton Hayn es (through an agent, for he did not return until a trip in 1876) for $150 0. It sold again that same year for $6000.
It is said the family would row a boat acoss the river and go to chur ch at the Mayport Methodist Church.
Father: Francisco Dominico "Francis" PONS b: 10 MAR 1786 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida
Mother: Mariana Margarita Antonia VILLALONGA b: 26 SEP 1785 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida
Maria Genovieve Antoinia "Mary" HERNANDEZ b: 3 JAN 1814 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida c: 11 JAN 1814 in Cathedral, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida
22 JUL 1839
in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Territory of Florida
in John PONS and Maria HERNANDEZ
in Bernardo SEGUI, Clerk of Court; Executed by: Fr. C. RAMPON, Catholic pastor
in Internet: CamdenCounty.Org, http://www.camdencounty.org/Marriage_Records_1823-1880_St._Johns_Co._Florida.pdf
- Esperanza Genovieve PONS b: 23 APR 1840 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Territory of Florida
- Jose Gertrudo "Joseph G." PONCE b: 1 NOV 1848 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Territory of Florida c: 4 DEC 1848 in Cathedral Parish, Saint Augustine, Saint Johns County, Florida