Garden 337, Moses Barber (1800-1870)
Moses Barber has been an interesting project for me. It was quite
difficult to find his story, but once I did, I was impacted by his zeal.
in Brevard County (near Orange County, Florida - Central East of the
state), Moses' main occupation was that of a cattleman. Before that,
however, Barber was fought in two Seminole Indian wars and the Civil
War. Being the fighter that he was, barber had a difficult time staying
passive. On several occasions he would be found in severe dispute with
the Orange County Sheriff and tax collector at the time. The greatest
dispute was the "Barber-Mizell Family Feud of 1870". The story goes that
Barber refused to pay taxes towards the reconstruction of the
government by the Republican party. Because of that, Mizell took it upon
himself to steal Barber's cattle. This provoked Barber especially
because he claimed that the sheriff was overstepping his jurisdiction
(the border lines between Orange County and Brevard County were not
clearly defined at that time). Moses and David went at it in a violent
fashion. Over forty deaths were reported as a result of that feud.
believe Moses Barber should be commemorated not only for fighting for
his country but for fighting for his principles and political
convictions as well. And so, as a part of the Flor 500 project, I am
honored to dedicate my Indian Blanket Wildflower Garden to a worthy
veteran, commendable cattleman, and brave Floridian - Moses Barber.
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