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Dr. Theophilus West, a physician and druggist, was an honored citizen of Jackson County, moving there from Leon County where his father, Charles Bundick West, was a successful farmer. Dr. West's career spanned the fields of medicine, teaching, and farming. He enlisted in Company E, 8th Florida Infantry of the Confederate States Army and was appointed assistant surgeon. He accompanied his regiment to Northern Virginia, where he served out the war. Returning afterwards to Jackson County, Dr. West started anew at his plantation near Marianna and resumed his medical practice. In 1872, he moved to Marianna and opened the city's first drug store. After the death of his first wife, he married Annie Slade of Columbus, Georgia, with whom he had two sons.
The collection contains various papers of the Charles B. West family of Jackson County, Florida. It includes deeds, land grants, tax notices, seizure of property notices, and a confederate bond. Of particular interest is a civil war letter from Dr. Theophilus West, at a camp near Brandy Station, Company E, 8th Florida Infantry, to his sister, Mrs. A.M. Watson, Marianna, Florida, November 6, 1863.
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Confederate States of America. Army. --Florida Infantry Regiment, 8th.
Land settlement Florida Land grants Florida
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Jackson County (Fla.) Marianna (Fla.)