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Sarah Ellen Robertson, was born December 24, 1850 , probably in Marion County, Florida. She was the daughter of Ozias P.Robertson and Clarissa Harley Jane Jerkins. She was raised by her Step-Father Middleton D. Rogers, whom she named her only son after, George Middleton Dykes. She married Jasper J. Dykes November 7, 1867 . She died September 6, 1883 of complications of childbirth after the birth of her eighth child, Susan M Dykes. She is buried in the Fort Mason Cemetery, near Eustis, Lake County, Florida. ( see Cemetery Record Page)


Ozias P Robertson, was born in South Carolina January 27, 1817.. He married Clarissa Harley Jane Jerkins December 7, 1848 in Marion County, Florida. He and Clarissa were living next door to her family, the Jerkins, on the 1850 census of Marion County, Florida. Ozias was the son of Thomas Marmaduke Robertson and Janet Capers. Ozias died before 1852. Johns S. Jerkins, was the Administrator of his estate according to Marion County, Florida Probate records, dated January 15, 1852.

Thomas M Robertson, was born about 1784 near Charleston, South Carolina. He married (1) Janet Capers, born in South Carolina. He moved to Florida about 1843, settling on Bounty Land acquired from the United States of America for his service in the war of 1812, South Carolina Militia, Captain Walters Company. The Robertson family was one of the first families to settle on land that is now Leesburg, Florida. The Thomas M Robertson homestead was located on property that now comprise the heart of Leesburg. Thomas died in Moss Bluff, Florida on December 27, 1858. A memorial was erected in the Lone Oak Cemetery, Leesburg by the Daughters of the Revolution because he was the first person to own land in Leesburg. Thomas may have had a second marriage because his wife's name on the 1850 census of Marion County, Florida was Sarah.

Thomas had the following children: Thomas E Robertson, b 1810, died 1870/1880; Mary L. Robertson, b 1813; Sarah B. Robertson ; Ozias P Robertson ; Ann Rebecca Robertson b July 4 1819 - d about 1860; John Marmaduke Robertson b July 19, 1822 - d August 20, 1878; Richard Raymond Robertson b October 7 1826 - d before 1880; Caroline Capers Robertson b September 28 1829 - d June 6 1878.


Jerkins Family

The Jerkins family has been very rewarding to search out. It started with my Grannies picture of her G Grandma "Rogers" . When I found the grave of Clarissa H. J. Rogers in the Ponceannah Cemetery, Lake County, Florida, beside her was buried Sarah Jerkins! From this clue I was able to put the puzzle together. Thanks to many other researchers for helping to fill in the gaps.



Clarissa Harley Jane Jerkins, born June 6, 1829 in Georgia, the daughter of John S. Jerkins and Sarah (Nipier?). She married December 7, 1848, Ozias P Robertson. She and Ozias apparently had one daughter, Sarah Ellen Robertson. Ozias Robertson died before 1852 and she married Middleton D. Rogers. She and Middleton were living in Orange County, Florida on the 1860 census with the following children: John P Rogers age 6, William M Rogers age 4, Mary E Rogers age 1?, and Sarah E. Robertson age 9. Clarissa helped raise her grandchildren when Sarah died after the birth of her eighth child. She lived in Lake County, near Paisley on Lake Norris. Clarissa died April 19, 1913 and is buried in the Ponceannah Cemetery, Lake County, Florida between Middleton D Rogers and her mother, Sarah Nipier? Jerkins. Her tombstone reads " Faithful to her Christ, Even until the End".

Obituary of Clarissa Jerkins

Link to Poinciannah Cemetery photos of Gravestone

Photo of Clarissa Harley Jane Jerkins, Mary Jane Dykes Palmer,Edna Palmer Clark and Dorothy Clark Canova ca 1910

John S. Jerkins, was born about 1805 in Georgia.He was very likely the son of Zacheriah Jerkins, the Revolutionary War veteran because he lived on land that was near or owned by Zacheriah. He was in the Houston County, Ga. records in 1826. He was in Irwin County, Ga. in 1830, in Lee County, Ga. in 1840. He was listed on the 1850 Marion County Florida census, and on the 1860 Census in Orange Springs, Putnam County, Florida. He married Sarah Nipier? before 1824. . Her maiden name was listed as Nipier on the death certificate of her daughter Henrietta Jerkins Story. He served in the Militia during the last Indian Wars in Florida. All four of his sons served in the Confederate Army; two, maybe three of them died in the Civil War. John S. Jerkins died January 29, 1863 in Melrose, Florida.

Children of John S. and Sarah Jerkins were: Reason Wilson Jerkins b abt 1824, married Eliza Rogers ( sister of Middleton Rogers) d December 13, 1864, Murfreesburo, Tn. ; Clarissa Harley Jane Jerkins b 1829; Susan H Jerkins b abt 1830 married Newman Brantley , Robert Green Gerkins b abt 1832 died at Gettysburg; Richard Jerkins, b abt 1835 may have died in Civil War; Samuel Thomas Jerkins b November 26, 1837 married Mary Jane Vause,( sister of Caleb Franklin Vause) died 1909, Sumter County, Florida; Henrietta b abt 1839 married Warren Lumpkin Story; Betsy Ellen Jerkins b abt 1844married Josh McEwen.

Henrietta Jerkins Story and Jerkins Brothers killed in Civil War


Zachariah Jerkins, born March 18, 1756 in North Carolina according to his pension records. He served in the Revoltionary War .He volunteered for service in 1776 in Halifax County, N.C. He marched to Charlottesville and Hillsborough,N.C. and then to Charleston, S.C. where he joined Gen. Gate's command.

He married Sarah Bailey on May 16, 1797 in Bulloch Co. Ga .His name appears in land records of Wilkes,Washington,Tattnall,Hancock,Montgomery,Irwin, Early, Muscogee Counties of Georgia. By 1830 he was on the Leon County Florida Census. According to one report he and his sons operated a stagecoach line between Tallahassee and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 1833 his application for Pension was approved and he was given $80.00 per year.

He died after 1835 and a monument was erected in Tallahassee, Florida in April, 1999 by the Florida State Society, Daughters of the Revolution. His name is listed as Zachariah Gherkins. It was spelled that way on his pension application.

A special thanks to Jack Butler for sharing his research of Zachariah Jerkins

Photos of Jerkins Monument


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