My immediate PIKE ancestors came from the Lowndes-Brooks County, Georgia area and North Carolina before that. Sion Hall Pike was born March 14, 1826 in the Morven vicinity of Brooks (then Lowndes) County, Georgia, the eldest child of John Pike and Nancy Hall. S. H. Pike married Martha Virginia Marsh around 1850 and subsequently migrated to the Marion County, Florida vicinity. Their daughter, Louisa (Lou or Louee) Pike, married my great-grandfather, Joseph Murray Thomas, in Orange County, Florida, on February 15, 1880.
It is believed that in 1844, prior to his marriage to Martha Marsh, Sion Hall Pike fathered a son, Sion Hall Pike, Jr., with Nancy Lindsey Ivey in Lowndes County. Sion Hall Pike, Jr. died February 18, 1863, without known marriage or children, as a result of wounds received while serving as a private in Company H, First Georgia Infantry, CSA, during the Civil War. Sion Pike, Jr. is buried with Nancy, Jane and Malinda Ivey in the Brushy Creek Cemetery, Cook County, Georgia.
During the Civil War, S. H. Pike (Sr.) enlisted May 17, 1862 at Camp McCarthy in Putnam County, Florida, in Capt. John W. Pearson's Independent Company, Florida Volunteers. In September 1863 this unit became Company B of the 6th Battalion, Florida Infantry and in April 1864 the remnants were consolidated with other units into the Florida 9th Infantry Regiment. S. H. Pike served throughout the war and was wounded at Weldon Railroad near Petersburg, Virginia, in August 1864 (probably at the battle of Globe Tavern). He returned to duty and was captured April 6, 1865, at Farmville, Virginia, a day before the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. He was imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland, and upon his release on June 17, 1865, returned to Florida.
Census records show that S. H. Pike was a farmer his whole life.
S. H. Pike (nicknamed "Sab") died in Lake County, Florida, on May 9, 1900. Martha Marsh Pike died there February 20, 1918. Both are buried in the Pike section of the Umatilla Cemetery in Umatilla, Lake County, Florida.
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