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Law Enforcement Memorial Services Florida
11-MAY-2005

Law Enforcement Memorial Services Florida

YATES NOTES
David Boyett, July 9, 2004

Background:
My initial family research started years ago tracing my family tree back to 1695 with the arrival of Thomas Boyt and Rebecca to Nansemond County Virginia and studying the migration of my Boyt Boyet Boyett(e) families from Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Since the first of the year I have started researching the migration of the Boyett families into Florida. Both lines branch from North Carolina with the Florida line arriving from Georgia into northern Florida in 1841 and settling in the Chocochatta Settlement near Brooksville in 1843 under land patents issued by the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. The next generations branched to Wesley Chapel area of Pasco County and the Peru and Boyette communities of Hillsborough County.

Last March I started Boyett family research on early day settlers of the Peru and Boyette communities of Hillsborough County. In April I attended the Pasco County Historical Marker dedication at the Holton Cemetery near Wesley Chapel and met several of my distant cousins including Michael Boyette of Wesley Chapel.

In May I discussed my research with noted author Norma Gloosby Frazier who is considered the expert in Pioneer Life in Hillsborough County on the lower Alafia River. She was able to provide some additional names for my research, including the name of Annie Boyett.

In May I shared my research documents with several other researchers including Norma Gloosby Frazier, Grace Yates Patterson, Michael Boyette, and Brenda Inlow. I also located a 1907 group photo which included Annie Boyett of Plant City from the Florida Photographic Archives.

Grace Yates Patterson checked her records and found Annie Boyett married to Robert Yates of Plant City.

A few days later Grace emailed me a single line that got the whole process started:

In a message dated 5/25/2004
> Robert YATES, a Policeman was killed in the line of duty

Being a Police Chief my reply was immediate:
>I have been a police officer since 1971; do you have any additional information on Robert Yates and his death?

I checked the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and no Robert Yates was listed as being killed in the line of duty. The same with the state of Florida records, no listing. I emailed another researcher, Brenda Smith Inlow, who works at the East Hillsborough Historical Society, Inc. in Plant City and asked if she would check the local newspaper archives to see what she could find.

Grace sent me another email that narrowed the date of death down to December 16 of 1911 or 1912 and Brenda was able to locate some newspaper stories that started confirming the undocumented notation in Grace’s records. The year was confirmed to be 1911. Brenda was unable to make copies from the microfilm records and created hand written documents from the microfilm files and forwarded them to me.

I contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department and they couldn’t find any records for Robert Yates being killed in the line of duty and their police reports only go back to the 1930’s. Checking back at the history of Plant City I noticed that the first Mayor in 1895 was a Jonah Yates. I found a cemetery record for Jonah Yates at the Alderman – Pelote Cemetery in Lithia along with several of the Boyett families located in the same cemetery.

Grace sent me addition information concerning the Yates family and I was able to find Robert Yates grandson, Sanford (Sandy) Yates. I called Sanford and was able to create a list of known relatives. At this point I drafted an application and addendum to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

This is the summary of the fatal events:
Officer Yates attempted to detain a suspicious person in the early morning
hours at the Union Station Train Depot in Plant City. The suspect drew a
gun and fled on foot with Officer Yates and Stockade Guard Albert Garner in
foot pursuit. The Stockade guard released two dogs that chased the suspect
into a swampy area outside of town. The suspect shot and killed both dogs
while Yates, Garner, and now a local citizen named Williams joined the
search. As Yates, Garner, and Williams proceeded into the underbrush, the
suspect stepped out from behind a tree and shot Officer Yates. Mr. Williams
armed with a shotgun loaded only with bird shot fired and hit the suspect.
The suspect returned fire and hit Garner. With both Yates and Garner down,
the suspect managed to escape into the underbrush. After the wounded men
were brought back to town, over a hundred local citizens along with officers
and bloodhounds from Tampa continued the search. Officer Yates died from
his wounds and guard Garner recovered. The suspect Lee Armstead was
arrested by a Deputy Sheriff in Pasco County, FL and taken to the Dade City
Jail. The suspect was later transferred under heavy guard to the Tampa jail
under the supervision of Hillsborough Sheriff Robert Jackson. The suspect
gave a statement confessing to the shooting of both officers.


I made an inquiry to the Plant City Police Department and they reported that no officers have ever been killed in the line of duty but perhaps he had worked for the County. Then I called the City Manager, David Sollenberger, who requested the City Clerk to search the minutes from 1911. On June 4 the City Clerk, Virginia Helper, found the minutes that confirmed Roberts Yates was employed by the City. On June 14, 2004, I emailed the completed application and addendum to Chief McDaniel and City Manager David Sollenberger of Plant City.

I asked Brenda to look for any additional newspaper articles and requested actual copies of the documents. Brenda was able to locate the original papers in very poor condition and was able to make copies. Chief McDaniel and a local newspaper reporter, George Newman, visited Brenda on June 18 and viewed the copies that Brenda made.

Brenda mailed me copies of the newspaper articles and I scanned them into computer files for future preservation considering the poor condition of the original papers. Also contained on the same newspaper page with the articles concerning Yates being shot was the local election results of the Tuesday, November 7, 1911. Vestal elected as Marshal and Collector in primary. Taking into account the City Clerks research, see below, this may the proper sequence to establish Yates position in the department. I don't know what the differences were between Night Watchman and Officer but the memorial requirement is not the title but powers of arrest. In this case it appears that he was first a Night Watchman and then a Police Officer. But then again Vestel was also a Night Watchman prior to June, both positions may have had powers of arrest but payed less for a Night Watchman vs. Officer.

1. E. D. Vestel was "elected" Night Watchman at some point prior to the "election" of Yates to fill the unexpired term of Vestel. Perhaps Vestel stepped down prior to running for Marshal and Collector in the November elections? With two elected positions you may have a day officer/marshal and a night officer/watchman (more status to the day officer/marshal)

2. Yates was "elected" to fill the unexpired term on June 5, 1911 as Night Watchman.

3. On October 2, 1911 Yates salary paid as Police Officer in September.

4. Vestel elected Marshal in primary election on Tuesday, November 7, 1911.

5. Yates stopped an armed suspect and newspaper articles indicate that "the officer" fired shots at the fleeing suspect.

6. Yates was shot by the suspect while attempting to make an arrest on November 10, 1911.

7. Yates dies on December 16, 1911.

8. Vestel, Dudley, Vause, and Hinton served as pall bearers and listed as brother officers.

9. Plant City issues warrant payments to his estate on Feb, 5, 1912.

9. Yates grandson states that he has the service revolver used by Officer Yates.


From: Virginia Helper
Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 4:14 PM
To: Dave Sollenberger
Subject: R. E. Yates

Mr. Sollenberger,

Information from Council Minutes on R. E. Yates:

June 5, 1911 - Yates was elected to fill the unexpired term of Mr. E. D. Vestel as Night Watchman.

Oct. 2, 1911 - Salary paid as Police Officer in September.

Feb. 5, 1912 - “It was moved and carried that a warrant be drawn in favor of the estate of R. E. Yates for $50.00 payable February and a warrant for $50.00 payable March amount being allowance for salary of Mr. Yates during time he was sick after being shot.”

Household: 1880 - District 7 And 8, Precinct 6, Hillsborough, Florida
Near Moody, Boyett, Simmons, Alderman, Kersey
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Clayton YATES Self M Male W 26 GA Herding Stock GA GA
Nancy YATES Wife M Female W 23 FL Keeping House GA GA
Ida YATES Dau S Female W 6 FL GA FL
Harry YATES Son S Male W 4 FL GA FL
Gittes YATES Son S Male W 2 FL GA FL
Lany YATES Dau S Female W 3M FL GA FL

Household: 1880 - District 7 And 8, Precinct 6, Hillsborough, Florida
Near Moody, Boyett, Simmons, Alderman, Kersey
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Jonah YATES Self M Male W 52 GA Farmer & Stock Raiser GA GA
Hariet YATES Wife M Female W 47 GA Keeping House GA GA
Mary YATES Dau S Female W 15 GA At Home GA GA
Emil C. YATES Son S Male W 6 FL GA GA

Household: Precinct 9, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Ezekiel J. YEATES Self M Male W 27 FL Farmer GA GA
Anna F. YEATES Wife M Female W 23 FL Keeping House FL FL
Lillie A. YEATES Dau S Female W 3 FL FL FL
Ethie P. YEATES Dau S Female W 4M FL FL FL
Wm. YEATES Nephew S Male W 21 GA Farmer GA GA
W.H. CLARK Other W Male W 40 AL Farmer AL AL

Household: Precinct 9, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
W.C. YEATES Self M Male W 28 FL Farmer GA GA
Eva YEATES Wife M Female W 26 AL Keeping House AL AL
Ida YEATES Dau S Female W 6 FL FL AL
Ernest E. YEATES Son S Male W 2 FL FL AL

Household: Precinct 9, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Josiah YEATES Self M Male W 40 GA Farmer GA AL
Sarah A. YEATES Wife M Female W 35 GA Keeping House GA GA
Mary YEATES Dau S Female W 18 FL At Home GA GA
Quiney YEATES Son S Male W 14 FL Farmer GA GA
L. YEATES Son S Male W 12 FL Farmer GA GA
Janie YEATES Dau S Female W 10 FL GA GA
Burrell YEATES Son S Male W 7 FL GA GA
Joanna YEATES Dau S Female W 5 FL GA GA
Appelonia YEATES Dau S Female W 1 FL GA GA

Household: Precinct 9, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Wm. YEATES Self M Male W 72 GA Farmer GA GA
Mary YEATES Wife M Female W 70 AL Keeping House AL AL
Dee S. SAULS GSon S Male W 15 FL Farmer GA GA


Household: Census Place Precinct 11, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Wm.C. YATES Self M Male W 30 FL Farmer GA GA
Eva J. YATES Wife M Female W 25 FL Keeping House FL FL
Ida J. YATES Dau S Female W 6 FL FL GA
Ernest E. YATES Son S Male W 1 FL FL GA

Precinct 11, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Burrerd YATES Self M Male W 52 GA Farmer GA GA
Nancy YATES Wife M Female W 35 AL Keeping House AL AL
John YATES Other S Male W 20 FL Farm Laborer FL FL
Aphelia DEES Other S Female W 25 FL Servant FL FL


Subj: Re: Robert L. YATES 1889 - 1911
Date: 5/24/2004 4:02:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: David Boyett

To: GraceEP


Your information is enough for me to make an inquiry to Hillsborough Co. Sheriff's Office. The family may be able to have his name placed on a memorial in Washington, DC.
http://www.nleomf.com/

I will let you know.

Dave



Subj: Plant City Newspaper
Date: 5/26/2004 9:02:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: David Boyett

To: res170v4@verizon.net


Brenda,

Are you able to find local newspaper articles back to this date? I have written a letter to the Sheriff's Office to see if they have any records. I am trying to determine the circumstances of his death and confirm that it was in the "line of duty". If confirmed his family can be honored with his name being placed on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington DC.

Dave


Subj: Robert L. YATES 1889 - 1911
Date: 5/24/2004 2:12:33 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: GraceEP

To: David Boyett


YATES sometimes spelled YEATES

Robert L. YATES, b. 19 April 1889 Hillsborough County, Florida d. 16 December 1911 Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida. buried Oaklawn Cemetery, Plant City, Hillsborough Co., FL Parents James Cicero YATES & Marguerite Fletcher Grandparents Burrell YEATES & Nancy ALLEN.

Robert YATES married Annie Bell BOYETTE 24 February 1909 in Hillsborough County, Florida. Annie Bell BOYETTE born 7 April 1891 died 3 June 1960 buried Oaklawn Cemetery, Plant City, Hillsborough Co., FL Annie's parents were Berry Bead BOYETTE & Isabella GODWIN.. Annie & Robert had a son Chester Robert YATES, b. 4 May 1910 d. 7 May 2000 and a daughter Viola YATES b. 1911.

Annie Bell BOYETTE YATES married Vernon C. COLLINS about 1914.

The information about Robert L. YATES being killed in the line of duty as a police officer is family oral history. There may be a newspaper article in the Plant City newspaper or Tampa Tribune. Robert's tombstone states death 1911 but it was my belief that it was more like 1912. Sorry that I dont have more info.

Grace

Parents of Robert L. Yates were James Cicero Yates and Marguerite Fletcher. His grandparents were Burrell Yates and Nancy Allen. His greatgrandparents were William Yeates and Mary Cothren. Robert Yates' greatgrandfather William Yeates was in Hamilton County, Florida before 1830 and fought in the Indian Wars then settled near Plant City about 1872 and is buried in Turkey Creek Cemetery near Plant City, FL Dana Parrish of Parrish, Florida is a descendant of Jonah Yates first Mayor of Plant City thru his daughter Mary Magdaliene Yates who married John Parrish. John Parrish was a descendant of Crawford Parrish who established the town of Parrish, Manatee County, Florida. Jonah Yates was from Brooks County, Georgia. Believe his father was Joseph Yates. Jonah Yates and his wife Harriet Holloway are buried in Pelot Cemetery, Hillsborough County, FL Believe Harriet's father was William Holloway.
It is possible that Jonah Yates first Mayor of Plant City is a distant cousin to Robert L. Yates. I really do not know.

Robert Yates will have been the second officer killed in the line of duty in Hillsborough County. The first officer was Officer John McCormick of the Tampa Police Department who was killed in 1895.



Subj: More Articles from 1912 Plant City Courier
Date: 6/26/2004 2:21:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: "res170v4"

To: "David Boyett"

Cc: "Brenda Smith Inlow" , "Grace Patterson"

Sent from the Internet (Details)


Hi:

While at the Archives today I decided to look at the 1912 Courier to see if I could find any more stories on Lee Armstead.

Here is what I found:

Plant City Courier, Friday, January 26, 1912

Trial Next Week

Lee Armstead, The Negro Who Shot The Plant City Officer Is To Be Arraigned

To Answer Charge of Murder in Causing The Death of Robert Yates. Quite a Number of Plant City People Will Go Down to Witness The Trial.

Lee Armstead, the negro despardo, who has been in the county jail for several weeks past, and who is under indictment for murder in having caused the death of Policeman Robert Yates of this city, will be brought to trial on January 29th. Judge Robles of circuit court has set the case for trial on that date.

Armstead, it will be remembered, is the negro who threw this section into a fever of excitement some two months ago. Officer Yates tried to arrest him as a suspicious character but the negro shoved a gun into the officers face backed off and turning suddenly dashed away. Yates and Stockade Guard Garner with the county dogs went in pursuit and trailed the negro into a bay head two miles from the city. The negro first killed one of the dogs and then from ambush shot the two officers and made his escape from the swamp. A close watch was kept and vigilant search made but despite it all the negro gave our people the slip and started north. The next day he was captured near Dade City and carried to Tampa.

Mr. Yates, by the assistance of his physicians made a hard fight for life but the bullet of the negro had done its deadly work and after something like a month of suffering the brave officer had to yield up the fight and die. Garner, the other wounded officer, has sufficiently recovered to resume his work at the stockade.

Had the negro been captured by the Plant City people while the crime was fresh in their minds it is probable that the county would have been saved the expense of this trial. However, be it said to the credit of Plant City, since the negro was landed in jail at Tampa there has never at any time been any serious talk of lynching.

Our city will be well represented at the trial next week, a number from here having been summoned as witnesses. Many others will attend purely through the interest they feel in the outcome of the case.

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Plant City Courier, Friday, February 2, 1912

Trial Is Now On

Lee Armstead, Slayer of Yates, is Now Before The Court

Trial Begun Yesterday

After Considerable Delay. Negro is Being Represented by Able Lawyers. List of Jury Upon Whose Verdict The Fate of Armstead Rests.

The trial of Lee Armstead, the negro who shot the two Plant City officers some two months ago, from the effects of which one of the men, Robt. Yates died was begun yesterday. The trial of the negro was set for Tuesday but on account of another case which hung on longer than was anticipated the trial was not actually begun until yesterday morning. The work of empanneling a jury was started before adjournment Wednesday, the examination of witness was begun yesterday.

The negro is represented by Col. Zewadsky, of Ocala, who is assisting his young son, young Zawadsky a Tampa lawyer, in defending the negro, while the prosecution is being conducted by States Attorney, Herbert Phillips.

It is not believed that it will be required any very great length of time to dispose of this case as there are not a great many witnesses to be examined. There is considerable interest being taken ____ Plant City people in the outcome of the trial and there is considerable speculation as to what the verdict of the jury will be. While the negro was indicted for murder in the first degree, it is thought by some that the State will be unable to convict him as indicted.

The jury upon who decision the fate of the negro will rest is composed of the following gentlemen: J. E. Alderman, farmer; J. H. Dormany, general business; J. E. Blanton, fireman; H. A. Peach, cigarmaker; D. W. Gully, electrician; John J. Craft, carpenter; J. R. Evans, traveling salesman; J. H. Adams, farmer; J. E. Oglesby, merchant, A. D. Stubbs, contractor; Perry Dean, merchant; Love Purvis, farmer.

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Plant City Courier, Friday, February 9, 1912

Mistrial in Armstead Case

The trial of the negro, Lee Armstead, who murdered Robtert Yates, mention of which was made last week, resulted in a mistrial, the jury failing to agree on a verdict.

The people of this vicinity were very much disappointed and chagrined on account of the result of the trial and there were some who were inclined to criticise Judge Robles because of the nature of his charge to the jury.

The case will probably come up for another hearing next week and when it does come up it is likely that some new evidence will be introduced.
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I checked the next two weeks papers and didn't find any follow up article on the murder case.
I did find the following that I thought was interesting.

Plant City Courier, Friday, February 16, 1912

Legal Advertisements

Guardian Notice
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, James C. Yates, Guardian of the person and estate of Chester Robert Yates and Viola Yates, minors, will apply to the Honorable W. S. Graham, County Judge of Hillsborough County, Fla. at his office in Tampa, Fla., on the 6th day of March 1912, for authority to sell, all the right, title and interest of the above named minor in and to the following described real estate lying and being in the county of Hillsborough and State of Florida, and described as followed to wit:
Lots 12 and 18 of Block 5 of DeVane and Thomas Subdivision of N. W. 1 - 4 of S. W. 1 - 4 of S. 29, Tp. 29 S. of R., 22 E recorded in Plat Book 5 Page 14.
James C. Yates, Guardian
January 31st, 1912


Plant City Courier, Friday, July 19, 1912
Front page

Armstead Sentenced.

Lee Armstead, the negro who several months ago killed Nightwatchman Yates and wounded Officer Garner, and who was recently convicted of manslaughter has been sentenced to twelve months in jail.
As Armstead has already served eight months in jail, his sentence in reality is only for four months. This negro should pay his lawyers well and after shaking hands with himself proceed to hunt the tall timber. Personally we consider the result of this trial a travesty on justice.

Subj: J. C. Yates
Date: 6/20/2004 6:27:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: David Boyett

To: livinggreen@direcway.com


I noticed in the Obit of Robert that his parents placed a public thank you note for the community, doctor, and nurse signed his name J. C. Yates.

This is what Grace Yates Patterson had sent me.

Robert L. YATES, b. 19 April 1889 Hillsborough County, Florida d. 16 December 1911 Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida. buried Oaklawn Cemetery, Plant City, Hillsborough Co., FL Parents James Cicero YATES & Marguerite Fletcher Grandparents Burrell YEATES & Nancy ALLEN.

Robert YATES married Annie Bell BOYETTE 24 February 1909 in Hillsborough County, Florida. Annie Bell BOYETTE born 7 April 1891 died 3 June 1960 buried Oaklawn Cemetery, Plant City, Hillsborough Co., FL Annie's parents were Berry Bead BOYETTE & Isabella GODWIN.. Annie & Robert had a son Chester Robert YATES, b. 4 May 1910 d. 7 May 2000 and a daughter Viola YATES b. 1911.

Annie Bell BOYETTE YATES married Vernon C. COLLINS about 1914.


Then I checked the 1880 Census records and found the following, is this the correct line and is John J. C. ?

Precinct 11, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Burrerd YATES Self M Male W 52 GA Farmer GA GA
Nancy YATES Wife M Female W 35 AL Keeping House AL AL
John YATES Other S Male W 20 FL Farm Laborer FL FL
Aphelia DEES Other S Female W 25 FL Servant FL FL

Another Precinct 11 family.
Household: Census Place Precinct 11, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Wm.C. YATES Self M Male W 30 FL Farmer GA GA
Eva J. YATES Wife M Female W 25 FL Keeping House FL FL
Ida J. YATES Dau S Female W 6 FL FL GA
Ernest E. YATES Son S Male W 1 FL FL GA

I also found several of the Yates living near the Boyett's.
This is in the Lithia, Boyette areas, south of Brandon
Household: 1880 - District 7 And 8, Precinct 6, Hillsborough, Florida
Near Moody, Boyett, Simmons, Alderman, Kersey
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Clayton YATES Self M Male W 26 GA Herding Stock GA GA
Nancy YATES Wife M Female W 23 FL Keeping House GA GA
Ida YATES Dau S Female W 6 FL GA FL
Harry YATES Son S Male W 4 FL GA FL
Gittes YATES Son S Male W 2 FL GA FL
Lany YATES Dau S Female W 3M FL GA FL

Household: 1880 - District 7 And 8, Precinct 6, Hillsborough, Florida
Near Moody, Boyett, Simmons, Alderman, Kersey
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Jonah YATES Self M Male W 52 GA Farmer & Stock Raiser GA GA
Hariet YATES Wife M Female W 47 GA Keeping House GA GA
Mary YATES Dau S Female W 15 GA At Home GA GA
Emil C. YATES Son S Male W 6 FL GA GA

Then more families in Precinct 9:

Household: Precinct 9, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Ezekiel J. YEATES Self M Male W 27 FL Farmer GA GA
Anna F. YEATES Wife M Female W 23 FL Keeping House FL FL
Lillie A. YEATES Dau S Female W 3 FL FL FL
Ethie P. YEATES Dau S Female W 4M FL FL FL
Wm. YEATES Nephew S Male W 21 GA Farmer GA GA
W.H. CLARK Other W Male W 40 AL Farmer AL AL

Household: Precinct 9, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
W.C. YEATES Self M Male W 28 FL Farmer GA GA
Eva YEATES Wife M Female W 26 AL Keeping House AL AL
Ida YEATES Dau S Female W 6 FL FL AL
Ernest E. YEATES Son S Male W 2 FL FL AL

Household: Precinct 9, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Josiah YEATES Self M Male W 40 GA Farmer GA AL
Sarah A. YEATES Wife M Female W 35 GA Keeping House GA GA
Mary YEATES Dau S Female W 18 FL At Home GA GA
Quiney YEATES Son S Male W 14 FL Farmer GA GA
L. YEATES Son S Male W 12 FL Farmer GA GA
Janie YEATES Dau S Female W 10 FL GA GA
Burrell YEATES Son S Male W 7 FL GA GA
Joanna YEATES Dau S Female W 5 FL GA GA
Appelonia YEATES Dau S Female W 1 FL GA GA

Household: Precinct 9, Hillsborough, Florida
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Wm. YEATES Self M Male W 72 GA Farmer GA GA
Mary YEATES Wife M Female W 70 AL Keeping House AL AL
Dee S. SAULS GSon S Male W 15 FL Farmer GA GA



Jul 10, 2004
93 Years Later, Officer's Death Surprises City
By DAVE NICHOLSON
dnicholson@tampatrib.com

PLANT CITY - A South Florida man's search for his family roots uncovered a forgotten part of Plant City history: the 1911 slaying of rookie Officer Robert E. Yates.
The police department long has maintained it never had an officer die in the line of duty, but the truth was found in the yellowing pages of city records tucked in a vault at city hall.
It's not clear how Plant City forgot about the death of an officer; somehow the word got lost in the generations since Yates was shot in a swamp more than 90 years ago.
City officials want to correct the oversight. Police Chief Bill McDaniel has requested Yates' name be added to a national monument to officers killed while on duty.
Yates' grandson, 58-year-old Sanford Yates of Alachua, said the family handed down stories about the officer's death from generation to generation, never realizing Plant City had forgotten. ``I was kind of astonished that they had so completely lost touch with their history.''
It was through research by David Boyett of Broward County, a distant descendant of Yates, that the story of the officer's death was revived.
A Chase, Then Shots
A confrontation leading to the slaying of Yates, who had been on the job a couple of months, began when he tried to question a suspicious- looking man near a train depot early on the morning of Nov. 10, 1911, a Friday. The man refused to cooperate, drew a gun and ran, with Yates in pursuit.
A guard at a stockade, Albert Garner, joined in the chase, as did two local residents and two bloodhounds, according to newspaper accounts. The chase ended in a swamp about two miles from town where the suspect killed the two dogs and shot Yates and Garner, news accounts state.
The suspect, Lee Armistead, was wounded by one of the civilians but eluded capture for 36 hours, according to the newspaper accounts.
``The more impulsive spirits who demand an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth may predominate the moving spirit of the posse, which seeks the desperado who shot down two good men seeking only to serve the law,'' an account in the Nov. 11, 1911, Tampa Morning Tribune states. He was caught near Dade City.
Yates, who was paralyzed by the shot, lived a month before dying Dec. 16, 1911, at his parents' home. He was 22. His wife, Annie, delivered a baby daughter, Viola, between the days her husband was wounded and died, Sanford Yates said. Yates also was survived by a son, Chester Robert Yates, who was about 19 months old when his father died.
Garner survived.
Yates was buried in Oaklawn Cemetery in Plant City. An inscription on his weathered tombstone says, ``Just as the morning of his life was opening into day, his young and lovely spirit passed from earth.'' The inscription doesn't mention he was an officer killed in the line of duty.
History Fades
Despite extensive coverage of Yates' death, the story might have been lost in history had it not been for David Boyett and his search for his family roots. Boyett, while researching family members who settled in southern Hillsborough County, learned that a distant ancestor, Annie Boyett, had married Robert Yates, an officer who was killed on the job.
The tidbit intrigued Boyett, a 54-year-old law enforcement veteran who for the past nine years has been chief of the Sunrise Police Department, near Fort Lauderdale.
He eventually learned the slaying took place in Plant City and called the police department. Initially he was told there was no officer killed in the line of duty in Plant City, Boyett said.
After more research, Boyett was able to tell Plant City officials the slaying took place in 1910, 1911 or 1912. The East Hillsborough Historical Society and city officials eventually found references to Yates' death, burial records and newspaper clippings.
Boyett is trying to find out what kind of punishment, if any, Armistead received; he has learned the first trial on a first-degree murder charge ended in a mistrial. After that, the trail goes cold.
Boyett's research led him to Sanford Yates, who still has his grandfather's service revolver, a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson six-shooter.
Sanford Yates said he recalled his father recounting his grandfather's slaying and how his grandmother struggled to survive. According to city records, the Plant City Commission gave Annie Yates $100 in 1912; there is no mention of her getting a pension, City Clerk Virginia Helper said.
Sanford said his father recalled how they were so poor his mother threw herself on the ground in agony when the children once spilled 25 cents worth of chicken feed.
City Manager David Sollenberger said the city wants to honor Yates. McDaniel has submitted an application to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Foundation to have Yates' name added to a monument listing officers killed in the line of duty.
A spokesman for the foundation said there are more than 16,000 names on the monument, which was dedicated in 1991 in Washington. Occasionally the name of an officer forgotten in history will be added, such as the recent addition of an Iowa marshal killed in a 1931 grocery store robbery.
Boyett said he is pleased to have played a role in helping get recognition for Yates' death, which otherwise might have been forgotten.
Researcher Michael Messano contributed to this report. Reporter Dave Nicholson can be reached at (813) 754-3765.

This story can be found at: http://tampatrib.com/nationworldnews/MGBI1839HWD.html

Robert Eli Boyett
Killed In the Line of Duty
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/la/winn/boyett/robboyt.html

Subj: Law Enforcement Memorial
Date: 7/10/2004 7:03:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: David Boyett

To: Sorralla




Susie,

Just a little note to let you know I completed the research on Annie Boyett and Robert Yates. We now have an application pending for the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington.

http://tampatrib.com/nationworldnews/MGBI1839HWD.html
http://www.pbase.com/daveb/yates&page=all

Lost history found and history mystery solved.

David Boyett
Ft. Lauderdale


Subj: Fletcher and Yates
Date: 7/10/2004 3:36:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: GraceEP

To: res170v4@verizon.net

Cc: David Boyett, livinggreen@direcway.com


1860 Attala County, Mississippi
William Fletcher 47 farmer born La.
Amanda 29 born Miss.
George W. 14 born Miss.
Samuel G. 10 born Miss.
F. Marion 8 born Miss.
William E. 5 born Miss.
Margaret L. 1 born Miss.
Sarah J. 14
Rachel 12
E. Martha Smith 15

1870 Suwannee County, Florida
Jane Fletcher 45 born Miss.
Jane 25
Rachel 22
Frank 18
Eddy 14
Maggie 10
James 8
Robert 5
Augustus R. Smith 22 Ga.

William Fletcher was the son of James D. Fletcher born 20 January 1799 NC
died 29 August 1858 Attala County, Mississippi and 1st wife.
James D. Fletcher probate Attala County, Mississippi.
William Fletcher married Amanda Jane Taylor.
Amanda Fletcher widow bought land from William Yeates in Levy County, Florida. William Yeates grandson James Cicero Yates married Marguerite L. Fletcher daughter of William Fletcher and Amanda Jane Taylor. Marguerite Fletcher Yates was born in Kosciousko, Attala County, Mississippi about 1859.
James Cicero Yates and Marguerite L. Fletcher's children were :
Emma Elizabeth Yates married William Jack Brown
Lula M. Yates married Henry M. Mobley
Walter Scott Yates married Maude Campbell
Robert Yates married Annie Bell Boyette
Leila Yates married Roy Milton Mims
Arthur Lee Yates married Wilma Boyette sister of Annie Bell Boyette

James Cicero Yates was the son of Burrell Yates and Nancy Allen and he was the grandson of William Yeates and Mary Cothren.

.....................
Thanks Brenda for the article from the 1912 Plant City, Florida Courier about Marguerite Yates going to visit her brother Sam in Texas whom she had not seen in 36 years.

Grace


The Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers . . .

Night Watchman Robert E. Yates
Plant City Police Department
Florida
End of Watch: Saturday, December 16, 1911
Biographical Info
Age: 22
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, November 10, 1911
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Night Watchman Yates died of wounds he received when he was shot by a suspect he had attempted to question.

Night Watchman Yates was on patrol when he observed a suspicious man near the train depot. When Watchman Yates attempted to question the man, he refused to cooperate and drew a gun. The suspect fled on foot and Watchman Yates pursued him.

A guard at a stockade, two other local residents and two bloodhounds assisted Watchman Yates in the chase. The suspect fled into a swamp, with Watchman Yates and the civilian in pursuit. The two bloodhounds were sent in after the suspect, but he shot and killed them.

Watchman Yates and the civilians then entered the swamp. As they searched for the suspect, the suspect emerged from behind a tree and opened fire, striking Watchman Yates and the stockade guard.

Watchman Yates was paralyzed by the shot. He died just over a month later from his wounds. The stockade guard recovered from his wounds.

The suspect was apprehended the day after the incident and charged with murder.

Watchman Yates had served with the Plant City Police Department for several months and was survived by his wife, son and daughter.
________________________________________
Visit Night Watchman Yates's memorial at www.ODMP.org


Subj: Re: Officer Robert E. Yates - 1911 - Plant City, FL
Date: 7/13/2004 11:28:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: David Boyett

To: weiss@odmp.org


Steve,

He was originally hired as a nightwatchman but was changed to police officer at the time of the shooting.

This is a copy of research done by the Plant City Clerk. The family would perfer the title "Police Officer".

David

From: Virginia Helper
Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 4:14 PM
To: Dave Sollenberger
Subject: R. E. Yates

Mr. Sollenberger,

Information from Council Minutes on R. E. Yates:

June 5, 1911 - Yates was elected to fill the unexpired term of Mr. E. D. Vestel as Night Watchman.

Oct. 2, 1911 - Salary paid as Police Officer in September.

Feb. 5, 1912 - “It was moved and carried that a warrant be drawn in favor of the estate of R. E. Yates for $50.00 payable February and a warrant for $50.00 payable March amount being allowance for salary of Mr. Yates during time he was sick after being shot.”

If you need further information or would like to see the minutes, please let me know.

Thanks,

Virginia


In a message dated 7/13/2004 11:23:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time, "Steve Weiss" writes:

>David,
>
>
> Thank you for your quick response. I was able to access the link you sent and based on the articles posted, I was able to add Night Watchman Yates to the ODMP. You can view his memorial at the following link:
>http://www.odmp.org/officer.php?oid=17376
>
> Thank you for the help you provided. I am glad we were able to honor this hero. I hope to see his name added to the NLEOMF wall in May 2005
>--
>Steve Weiss, Director of Research
>The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.
>PO Box 184
>Oakton, VA 22124-0184
>
>E-mail: weiss@odmp.org
>Fax: (786) 551-8562
>Phone: (516) 353-3698
>Web: http://www.odmp.org/
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From:
>To:
>Cc:
>Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:58 AM
>Subject: Officer Robert E. Yates - 1911 - Plant City, FL
>
>
>> Steve,
>>
>> Thanks for the email to the Trubune. This is a link to the newspaper >articles and I will ask the Plant City Police Department to send you a copy >of the NLEOMF application and a police patch. Just click on the thumbnail >and then right click to print or save back to your computer.
>>
>> http://www.pbase.com/daveb/yates&page=all
>>
>> So far no photo has been found of Officer Yates. This is a summary of the >events:
>>
>> Officer Yates attempted to detain a suspicious person in the early morning hours at the Union Station Train Depot in Plant City. The suspect drew a gun and fled on foot with Officer Yates and Stockade Guard Albert Garner in foot pursuit. The Stockade guard released two dogs that chased the suspect into a swampy area outside of town. The suspect shot and killed both dogs while Yates, Garner, and now a local citizen named Williams joined the search. As Yates, Garner, and Williams proceeded into the underbrush, the suspect stepped out from behind a tree and shot Officer Yates. Mr. Williams armed with a shotgun loaded only with bird shot fired and hit the suspect.
The suspect returned fire and hit Garner. With both Yates and Garner down, the suspect managed to escape into the underbrush. After the wounded men were brought back to town, over a hundred local citizens along with officers and bloodhounds from Tampa continued the search. Officer Yates died from his wounds and guard Garner recovered. The suspect Lee Armstead was arrested by a Deputy Sheriff in Pasco County, FL and taken to the Dade City Jail. The suspect was later transferred under heavy guard to the Tampa jail under the supervision of Hillsborough Sheriff Robert Jackson. The suspect gave a statement confessing to the shooting of both officers.
>>
>> Attention Plant City PD
>> Please send a police patch and copy of the submitted application to:
>>
>> Steve Weiss, Director of Research
>> The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.
>> PO Box 184
>> Oakton, VA 22124-0184
>>
>> E-mail: weiss@odmp.org
>> Fax: (786) 551-8562
>> Phone: (516) 353-3698
>> Web: http://www.odmp.org/
>>
>>
>> David Boyett




Tampa Tribune

Officer Gets Belated Recognition
7/14/04 9:38:46 AM
PLANT CITY - Nearly a century after Plant City patrolman Robert E. Yates was killed by a suspect, his name has been included on a web site that honors the nation's fallen officers.
Yates was added to the Officer Down Memorial Page after an article in Saturday's Tampa Tribune about Plant City rediscovering a long forgotten piece of its history: that an officer had died in the line of duty in 1911.
The link to Yates' is at www.odmp.org/officer.php?oid=17376 . The page dedicated to Yates includes his date of death, Dec. 16, 1911, and a seven paragraph description of his slaying.
Plant City officials have requested his name be added to a national monument in Washington, D.C. for officers who are killed on the job.
The Plant City Police Department had long believed that it had never had an officer lost in the line of duty. Yates' death in the years before World War I may have remained forever forgotten by Plant City officials had it not been for David Boyett of Sunrise, who was researching his family roots and learned a distant ancestor was married to an officer who was killed on the job.
But he had few details on Yates.
Working with information provided by Boyett and others, Brenda Smith Inlow, administrative assistant at the East Hillsborough Historical Society in Plant City, looked through old newspapers to find articles on Yates' death. The articles confirmed that Yates was mortally wounded Nov. 10, 1911 by a suspicious man he chased into a swamp, and died about a month later. In the confrontation, another officer was wounded but recovered and two bloodhounds were killed.
Plant City Police Chief Bill McDaniel has asked the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Foundation add Yates" name added to a monument honoring more than 16,000 officers the line of duty.
Reporter Dave Nicholson can be reached at (813) 754-3765.
-- Dave Nicholson , Tampa Tribune


Jul 15, 2004
Plant City Officer Was Slain In 1911 And Hailed In 2004
By KATHY STEELE
ksteele@tampatrib.com

PLANT CITY - It has been almost a century since rookie police officer Robert Yates died from complications of a gunshot fired by a fleeing suspect.
He's just now taking his place in memorials to officers killed in the line of duty. The Plant City officer's sacrifice was somehow forgotten - although not by his own family - over the generations.
On Wednesday, Yates was added to the Officer Down Memorial Page after an article in Saturday's Tampa Tribune about Plant City rediscovering Yates' death, a long forgotten piece of its history. Officials are confident his name will be added to state and national monuments next year.
The link to Yates on the Officer Down Memorial Page is at www.odmp.org/officer.php?oid=17376. www.odmp.org/officer.php?oid=17376.
More honors are expected.
Plant City officials have requested that his name be added to a national monument in Washington. Sunrise Police Chief David Boyett, who is a distant relative, made a similar request to the Florida Fraternal Order of Police. The organization maintains a memorial wall in Tallahassee.
Annual ceremonies by the organizations will be held in Tallahassee on May 8 and 9 and in Washington on May 15 as part of a celebration of National Police Week.
The officer's grandson, Sanford Yates of Alachua, credits Boyett for bringing the facts to light.
Working with information provided by Boyett and others, Brenda Smith Inlow, administrative assistant with the East Hillsborough Historical Society in Plant City, looked through old newspapers to find articles on Yates' death. The articles confirmed that Yates was mortally wounded Nov. 10, 1911, by a suspicious man he chased into a swamp. In the confrontation, another person was wounded and two bloodhounds were killed.
``I love genealogy, and I love a challenge,'' Inlow said.
It's not unusual that research discovers forgotten cases, said Bruce Mendelsohn, spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington.
About 16,500 officers' names have been engraved on the national monument since 1984, he said.
This year, 362 names were added. Only 145 names were of officers who died in the past year.
``The remainder were historical cases,'' Mendelsohn said.
Because he died at his parents' home, Yates probably saw his daughter Viola, born one week before his death on Dec. 16, 1911, at age 22, but that is something Sanford Yates always has wondered about.
The patrolman also was survived by his widow, Annie Belle Yates, and their 18- month-old son, Chester.
``It was torture to live through,'' said Sanford Yates, recalling family stories told to him about his grandfather's death.
Although Yates finds his grandfather's belated recognition gratifying, he probably won't be able to attend any memorial services. The 58- year-old Vietnam veteran suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and rarely leaves his home.
``My wife and children might go,'' he said.
In all the research, the most amazing thing to Sanford Yates was what happened to Lee Armstead, the man accused in the shooting.
A first trial ended in a mistrial. At a second trial, jurors convicted Armstead of manslaughter. He got 12 months in prison with credit for eight months served.
``I guess back then killing a police officer wasn't as serious as today,'' Yates said.
Reporter Dave Nicholson contributed to this article. Reporter Kathy Steele can be reached at (813) 754-3765.

This story can be found at: http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGBRUSS9OWD.html
MSNBC (same story)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5440510/


EDITORIAL – TAMPA TRIBUNE
Jul 17, 2004
Remembering A Fallen Officer


Nearly a century after his death, a Plant City police officer has been appropriately memorialized on the online Officer Down Memorial Page that lists law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
Robert Yates' name should also be added to a national monument in Washington and a memorial in Tallahassee.
Yates died at age 22 in December 1911, a month after being shot. He left behind a wife and two young children.
He had been forgotten by all except his family. That is, until Sunrise Police Chief David Boyette, a descendant of Yates' wife, Annie, began researching his family's history.
Boyette discovered that Annie Boyette's young husband had been killed on the job, but when he called the Plant City Police Department seeking more information, he was told no Plant City officer had ever been killed in the line of duty.
With the help of Brenda Smith Inlow of the East Hillsborough Historical Society in Plant City, Boyette uncovered old newspaper articles confirming that Yates was mortally wounded on Nov. 10, 1911, by a man he chased into a swamp.
Boyette deserves credit for reopening this forgotten piece of history and bringing recognition to an officer who gave his life in the service of his community.

This story can be found at: http://tampatrib.com/News/MGBTM7ZWQWD.html
Yeats, Annie
Gender: Female
Family:
Marriage: 13 NOV 1914 Hillsborough Co., Florida
Spouse: Collins, Vernon C.
b. 5 MAR 1888 Hillsborough Co., Florida
d. OCT 1979
Gender: Male
Parents:
Father: Collins, Daniel J.
Mother: Platt, Sarah Jane
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~fcc/main/gedcom/f_b4.htm



David,

It is with sincere appreciation and gratitude to you that I write this note. We were so moved with the Memorial services yesterday and Sunday in Tallahassee. Elizabeth really enjoyed and learned much. She wishes that we will be able to participate again. Your kindness and generousity toward us were sincerely appreciated. Thank you!

Thanks for the links. I can't wait to check them out.

I do look forward to opportunities to share info on the Boyett line whenever one or the other comes across something new.

Sincerely,

Kay

p.s. Sandy wants to use the mugs for his chocolate soy milk ( which he enjoys every night - hours after midnight). He was so pleased to have something to remind him of you and the important work that you do.
----- Original Message -----
From: davidboyett@aol.com
To: kay@barleyg.com
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 12:49 AM
Subject: DNA Surname Project Page

Kay,

The memorial services were a great success. Thank you for attending and we should stay in touch. A few links for your review.

DNA Project Page:
http://bellsouthpwp.net/B/o/Boyt-Boyett/Page.htm
I just got a lab result tonight for another UK member "Boyt" that also matches Group 2.

Yates:
http://www.pbase.com/daveb/yates&page=all
I will update this next weekend to include the memorial services and photos.

Sheriff Brownell:
http://www.pbase.com/daveb/brownell



David




May 21, 2005
90 Years Later, Slain Officer Remembered, Honored
By DAVE NICHOLSON
dnicholson@tampatrib.com


PLANT CITY - More than 90 years after his death, the name of a slain Plant City patrolman has been added to a monument to fallen officers.
The shooting death of rookie Officer Robert E. Yates was a forgotten chapter of local history. Until last year, no one seemed to remember his sacrifice. Research by a distant family member and others uncovered the story behind the only known Plant City police officer killed in the line of duty.
Yates' name was recently added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington. There were 415 names added to the monument this year, including 153 officers who died in 2004 and 262 who, like Yates, died in previous years.
``We tend to add more names from history than names from the previous year,'' said Bruce Mendelsohn, spokesman for the memorial.
When the memorial receives a request to add a name, it requires documentation such as old newspaper clippings or reports, Mendelsohn said. The names added this year included a night watchman killed in 1808, he said.
The names of about 17,000 slain officers are listed on the memorial, he said.
President Bush was among those who paid tribute this week to the fallen officers. At Sunday's annual Peace Officers' Memorial Service, Bush consoled family members of some of the officers killed in 2004.
Yates was mortally wounded Nov. 10, 1911, by a man he chased into a swamp. The assailant was sentenced to 12 months in prison for manslaughter of the 22-year-old father of two young children.
David Boyette, a descendant of Yates' wife, Anne, uncovered accounts of the officer's death while doing family research. He received help from Brenda Smith Inlow of the East Hillsborough Historical Society.
Police Chief Bill McDaniel welcomed the news that Yates had finally received the recognition he deserved.
``When this first came to light, it was amazing to me that a person who had paid the ultimate price could have been lost to history,'' McDaniel said. ``I personally researched the matter and I wholeheartedly endorsed having his name added to the memorial.''
Thomas Yates, a lifelong Plant City resident whose father, Arthur, was the brother of Robert Yates, said ``I was just as shocked as anyone else.''
He said his father, who died in 1982, didn't talk much about Thomas Yates.
``I just knew he was killed as a young man,'' Thomas Yates said.
Yates, 71, said he was glad to hear that the uncle he never met was recognized on the memorial.
``It's wonderful,'' Yates said. ``I'm glad.''
Reporter George Graham contributed to this report. Reporter Dave Nicholson can be reached at (813) 865-4432.

This story can be found at: http://www.tampatrib.com/News/MGBVDIPZY8E.html
• Go Back To The Story

Plant City Newsletter – July 14, 2004
http://www.plantcitygov.com/news/files/Plant_City_News_Express_v1N12.htm

http://cobbsasser.com/tBoyettJohnSabraSasser.html

John's & Sabra's
List of Descendants

(1) William Boyett
b: Abt 1834 GA
d: Aft 1870

(2) John Berry Boyett
b: Abt 1838 GA
m: ELIZABETH LNU
b: Abt 1845 FL
(1) Everett Boyett
b: Abt 1864 FL

(2) John Boyett
b: Abt 1866 FL

(3) Francis Boyett
b: Abt 1867 FL

(4) Sabra E. Boyett
b: 1868 FL

(5) Berry Boyett
b: May 1872 FL
m: Isabelle LNU
b: Jul 1872 FL
(1) Annie Belle Boyett
b: Apr 1891 FL

(2) Brantley Boyett
b: Jan 1898 FL
(6) William Boyett
b: Abt 1874 FL

(7) Franklin Boyett
b: Abt 1877 FL

(3) Thomas A. Boyett
b: Oct 1842 FL
d: Aft 1900
m: #1=VIRGINIA LNU
b: Abt 1842 GA
d: Abt 1869
m: #2=E.J. LNU
b: Abt 1842
d: Bef 1900
Thomas's children by Virginia (LNU) Sasser:

(1) Adeline Boyett
b: Oct 1861 FL
m: Benjamin Patterson
b: Feb 1860 FL
(1) Minor C. Patterson

(2) Noah B. Patterson
b: Jul 1888 FL

(3) Fred R. Patterson
b: Jul 1890 FL

(4) Thomas C. Patterson
b: Mar 1893 FL

(5) Mary V. Patterson
b: Apr 1895 FL
(2) Howell Boyett
b: May 1867 FL
m: Lizzie LNU
b: Abt 1868 GA
(1) Lollie Boyett
b: Sep 1891 FL

(2) Thomas M. Boyett
b: Sep 1894 FL
(3) John H. Boyett
b: Jul 1868 FL
m: Fannie Lee
b: Nov 1871 FL
(1) Ida Lee Boyett
b: Aug 1887 FL

(2) Mellie Boyett
b: Nov 1889 FL

(3) Jesse Edward Boyett
b: Aug 1892 FL

(4) Tempie A. Boyett
b: May 1895 FL
Thomas's children by E.J. (LNU) Sasser:

(1) Sarah J. Boyett
b: Mar 1857 FL
m: David A. Thompson
b: Nov 1846 GA
(1) John Thompson
b: Abt 1871 FL

(2) Annie I. Thompson
b: Nov 1877 FL
m: John A. Boyett
b: Aug 1871 GA
(1) Myrtie Boyett
b: Sep 1896 FL

(2) Asa Boyett
b: Jun 1898 FL
(2) Charles R. Boyett
b: Abt 1858 FL

(3) Laura L. Boyett
b: Apr 1873 FL
m: John M. Ryals
b: May 1870 FL
(1) Gracy Ryals

(2) Viola Ryals
b: Oct 1896 FL
(4) Thomas S. Boyett
b: Sep 1875 FL

(5) Susan Boyett
b: Jul 1877 FL
b: Benjamin Asbell
b: Oct 1870 FL
(1) Verman Asbell
b: Nov 1892 FL

(2) Jackson Asbell
b: Jun 1895 FL

(3) Herman Asbell
b: Oct 1897 FL

(4) Daniel Asbell
b: Dec 1899 FL
(6) Lillie Boyett
b: Abt 1879 FL
m: L.D. Townsend

(7) James M. Boyett
b: Feb 1881 FL
m: Frances L. Stanley

(8) William Boyett
b: Jul 1885 FL

(9) Sabra Boyett
b: Jan 1888 FL
m: J.H. Cooper

(10) Fritzie Boyett
b: Apr 1891 FL
m: Bertha B. Gaskins

(4) Sarah J. Boyett
b: Mar 1847 FL

(5) Charles R. Boyett
b: Abt 1848 FL

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Bobby Earp 16-Nov-2008 02:49
Does anyone know how I can get info on officers from around 1946 in Plant city...names, etc...history...
gfhgh 25-May-2007 19:03
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Amanda 20-Sep-2006 06:15
Looking for information and found it at this great site...
Janet 14-Jul-2006 03:21
Excellent, love it!
Judy Ann Yates 19-Jun-2006 22:28
I am a descendent of William Yeates and Mary Cothren, great-grandparents of Policeman Robert Yates. My grandfather, Maurice Marvin Yeates, later Yates, was 10 years old and living in the Turkey Creek area of Florida in 1911. In our familly there are three relatives who may have heard my grandfather talk about Robert's death in the line of duty. Could you contact me?
Also, I would like to have any information about the ancestors of William Yeates and Mary Cothren. We have hit an deadend in our research about this early pioneer couple. I especially would like to contact Grace Yates Patterson and Norma Gloosby Frazier. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.