res­id­ents of Florida

Researched and com­piled by:

Patri­cia O’Quinn Foster
Fred T. Foster
San Diego, California

April 1990

Des­cend­ants of Allen and Mary Ann Brown O’Quinn

[photo of the Allen O’Quinn tombstone]

Allen O’Quinn was born 07 Octo­ber 1802 in Ker­shaw County, South Car­o­lina, the sixth child and fourth son of John O’Quinn and his wife, Rhoda Hor­ton. Some­time prior to 1827, Allen moved with his fam­ily to the town of Deep­step in Wash­ing­ton County, Geor­gia. While there, on 30 Decem­ber 1826, he was issued a com­mis­sion as Cap­tain in the Geor­gia Mili­tia and served in this capa­city until 08 July 1830.

The 1830 census shows Allen liv­ing in Wash­ing­ton County with his wife whose age is lis­ted as between 15 to 20 years. The fam­ily does not include any children.

One source indic­ates that Allen’s wife was Mary Ann Brown, whereas another source states that her name was Mary McMul­len. Sub­sequent death cer­ti­fic­ates filed for two of Allen’s chil­dren list their mother’s maiden name as “Brown”. Census records show that she was born in Wash­ing­ton County, Geor­gia.

Their first child, Eliza Ann, was born in 1834 in Wash­ing­ton County. Records indic­ate that the remain­ing eight chil­dren were born in Mus­cogee County, Geor­gia, where the fam­ily had moved in 1834 or 1835.

Prop­erty records in Mus­cogee County show that Allen O’Quinn made three land pur­chases in 1839 and 1850, totalling 605 acres. In 1850, he sold 150 acres for $2000 and the remain­ing 455 acres were sold on 27 March 1854 for $2700.

It is evid­ent that the O’Quinns moved from Mus­cogee County in the early 1850’s. An item in the Geor­gia records shows that Allen O’Quinn of Jef­fer­son County, Flor­ida appoin­ted Robert E. Pat­ter­son of Mus­cogee County as his attor­ney to sell two lots in Mus­cogee County; this was dated 05 March 1853.

Later in the 1850’s, Allen moved his fam­ily to the adja­cent county, Taylor County, Flor­ida. There he served as Clerk of the Cir­cuit Court from 01 Novem­ber 1859 to 12 Novem­ber 1861. One of his first offi­cial acts took place on 03 Novem­ber 1859, when he issued a mar­riage license to his son, Andrew Mar­tin, and Mary Eliza­beth McMul­len. [note to see Appendix #1 for a copy of this entry in the Taylor County Court Records. As of now, there is no Appendix #1, and pho­tos in this doc­u­ment are of such poor qual­ity that they can’t be included.] Allen also served a brief period as County Judge of Taylor County, from August through Novem­ber 1869.

The 1860 census shows Allen liv­ing in the vil­lage of Fen­holo­way, near Perry, Taylor County, Flor­ida, with his wife, six chil­dren, and a grand­son John, prob­ably the child of John H. Walsing­ham and Eliza Ann (O’Quinn) Walsing­ham who were mar­ried 09 Novem­ber 1851 in Mus­cogee County, Geor­gia.

Prop­erty records in Taylor County show that Allen and Mary Ann O’Quinn sold 361 acres in Taylor County to James Stroud for $2,800 on 01 Novem­ber 1864.  There are no other exist­ing records of Mary Ann O’Quinn so it is prob­ably that she died some time between 1864 and 1870. In both the 1870 and 1880 census records, Allen is shown liv­ing with his son Daniel and his fam­ily in Taylor County.

To under­stand the burial place of Allen O’Quinn, it is neces­sary to know a few facts about his son, Andrew Mar­tin. After mov­ing to Taylor County, Flor­ida with his par­ents, he mar­ried Mary Eliza­beth McMul­len on 03 Novem­ber 1859. their first child, Wil­liam Allen, was born 04 Octo­ber 1860 in Taylor County.

From an inter­view with Wil­liam, pub­lished in the Largo Sen­tinel in Largo, Flor­ida in 1927, it is evid­ent that Andrew Mar­tin and his fam­ily moved to Hills­bor­ough County, Flor­ida (now part of Pinel­las County) on 12 Janu­ary 1868. Prop­erty records of Hills­bor­ough County show that Andrew Mar­tin O’Quinn star­ted buy­ing prop­erty in 1877 and made at least 29 land purchases.

One of the last remain­ing par­cels of land once owned by Andrew Mar­tin O’Quinn is loc­ated [address deleted]  near 102nd Avenue, in Largo, Pinel­las County. Here among the cit­rus trees is the grave of Allen O’Quinn.

The grave is marked by an obelisk about four feet high, made of pew­ter. On the east side is the inscrip­tion: “Allen O’Quinn, Died Feb. 13, 1885, Age 82 years, 4 mo’s, 6 days.” On the north side is the Masonic Emblem and on the south side a sheaf of wheat. The west side con­tains this poem:

Dear Father with a Rev­er­ent Hand,
This to They Memory Given,
While One by One the House­hold Bond,
God Reunites in Heaven

The cit­rus grove where Allen’s grave is loc­ated con­sists of 40 acres and is owned by Mrs Mar­gueritte W. Thur­ston. It is the last pro­du­cing cit­rus grove in Pinel­las County and, accord­ing to Mrs Thur­ston, it will remain so as long as she is alive.

Allen and Mary Ann O’Quinn had nine children:

  1. Eliza Ann O’Quinn, born ca 1834
  2. Victaline (or Vic­toria or Vic­to­lina) O’Quinn, born ca 1835
  3. John R. O’Quinn, born ca 1837
  4. Andrew Mar­tin O’Quinn, born 21 Feb­ru­ary 1839
  5. Vir­gil I. O’Quinn, born ca 1842
  6. Wini­fred Ann O’Quinn, born ca 1843
  7. Daniel F. O’Quinn, born ca 07 April 1844
  8. Mary Ann O’Quinn, born ca 1847
  9. Bry­ant Jef­fer­son O’Quinn, born 09 Octo­ber 1850

One Comment

  1. Anna O'Quinn Richter
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Permalink


    I’ve been curi­ous about the Ker­shaw county OQuinns for a while, spe­cific­ally their ori­gins, which I think is North Car­o­lina? I’m from South Car­o­lina; my O’Quinns are the Col­leton county bunch, but a couple of us are work­ing on a hypo­thesis that our line ori­gin­ated in Robe­son county in 1700’s (Tarler O’Quin, Robe­son County, 1790 census).

    Has any­one in your line done a DNA test that you know of? I’d be inter­ested in any con­tacts you have with other O’Quinn researchers.

    thanks much. I enjoyed your site.

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