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Chambers Chesnut McCaa

Obituary of James Chesnut Sr., Gainesville, Florida.

James Chesnut, Sr., died at the home of his daughter in Gainesville, Fla., on February 15, 1916, at the age of eighty-one years. He was one of the first settlers of Alachua County and one of the most esteemed citizens of the State. He was born in Camden, S. C., a son of John and Ellen W. Chesnut. In 1856 he was married to Amelia M. McCaa, of Camden, and they removed to Florida in 1861, settling on a large plantation near Alachua, and there they lived until a few years ago, when they moved to Gainesville. When the War between the States came on, Captain Chesnut entered the service of the Confederacy and served throughout the four years of conflict as a member of Company C, 2d Florida Cavalry. His death removes the last of that company, which was under Capt. William Chambers. Returing home after the surrender, for nearly half a century he devoted his attention to his plantation and became one of the most successful planters in the State of Florida. For some years he was President of the Bank of Alachua, resigning on account of advanced years. He was highly regarded by people in all walks of life.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1916.

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