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Garden 337, Moses Barber

Posted By Priscilla R. Mercado, Monday, April 21, 2014
Priscilla Mercado
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Garden 337, Moses Barber (1800-1870)

Researching 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.

Residing 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.

I 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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