DRAFT ---Update for John Francis Pelot (#222) ---DRAFT

Last Updated 9 April 2000

On Page 115, for John Francis Pelot (#222), b. 3 December 1830:
1. Please add to the writeup:

John Francis pelot settled in Marion County circa 18611. John Francis Pelot served in the Civil War as a private in Captain Josh McGahagin's Company First Florida Reserves2 and also in Captain E.D. Howse's Company, Home Guards3. John Francis Pelot migrated from South Carolina to central Florida, probably after the Civil War. The town was named Belleview, after his daughter Agnes Isabelle (Belle) Pelot4, whom he left on the plantation site in Hardeeville, South Carolina. He died on 11 June 18845, 6. He is buried in a Evergreen Cemetery in Ocala.
2. Please update the third child [410] as Minnie L., b 1863 in Florida. She married a ____ Polly7.

3. Please add the following child to the fourth child [#411] Frank (John Francis Pelot II), b. 1867 (1864? on his tombstone) and d. 1956:

1. James Edgar was b. 5 January 18818 in Florida. He m. Margaret Whisnant. She was b. in 1896. She served as the Post-Master of Belleview Post Office. He d. in 1952, She died in 1965. Children:

a. Joseph Harrell Pelot, Sr., b. 22 November 1925 in Belleview, Florida, m. Peggy Ruth Watson. She was born on ?? 1920 in Wildwood, Florida. Her parents were George Clyde Watson and Ruth Anna from Wildwood, Florida. Children:

(1) Patricia Ruth, b. 1948, at Ocala, Florida. She m. (1) Richard Lenze and (2) Carl White. Child through first husband:

(a) Stephen Lenze, b. Tavares, Florida.

(2) Joseph Harrell Pelot, Jr., b.12 August 1950 at the Monroe Memorial Hospital in Ocala, Florida. He was nicknamed Jody after the little boy in the movie "The Yearling". The movie was filmed in Cross Creek, Florida in the early 1940s. John Francis and his brothers helped handle the animals for the movie. He m. (1) Nancy Deloren Driggers on 12 August 1972 in Oxford, Florida. They divorced on 3 June 1974. He m. (2) Maria Antoliana Ledezma from Paraguay. Her parents were Pedro Ledezma and Edelmira Rivas. She was born on 10 May 1939. They divorced on 10 October 1993. He is retired from the United States Navy as a Chief Hospital Corpsman and currently works at the Naval School of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Children:

(a) Anna Maria, 26 October 1978 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

(b) Joseph Franklin, 4 March 1980 at the Monroe Memorial Hospital in Ocala, Florida.

b. John Franklin III, b. 1 March 1920 at home in Belleview, florida. He m. (1) Mary Lee on ____ and divorced on _______. He m. (2) Ruby Rayfelt on ______. He is residing in Belleview, Florida, retired Post Master of Belleview, Florida. Children through his first wife:

(1) John Franklin IV (Frankie), b. _____. He m. Judy _______ on ______.

(2) Virginia Lee, b. ______.

c. Paul Eugene Pelot, known by family as "Gene", b. 1922 at home in Belleview, Florida. He was single, 20 years old at time of his death. He was an Army Air Corps aviator and did not survive the war, he was killed in 1944 when lightening struck his B-17 that he was flying from Mexico to Drew Field in Tampa, Florida. All eleven crew members died. He is buried in Belleview Cemetery.

d. James Edgar Jr., b. _______ at home in Belleview, Florida. He m. Harriett ______ on _______. He d. on ______.
His wife is living in Oklawaha, Florida. Children:

(1) James Edgar III (Jay), b. _____.
(2) Diane _____, b. _____.
(3) Peggy _____, b. _____.


  1. Florida Voter Registration lists 1867-68 Marion County Precinct 1: Pelot, John F. Voter Number 76, 25 Jul White 6 years in State, 6 years in county. Surname spelled Pelote on duplicate record.
  2. State of Florida, Marion County, Widow's Application For Pension, 6 August 1903, (Claim #5261).
  3. State of Florida, Marion County, Widow's Application For Pension, 2 January 1905, Pension Claim 7006, claiming enlistment on 1 July 1864.
  4. Ocala Star Banner, 1997 The Bourbons and the Big Fire , p. 9. It states: "The town of Belleview was founded in 1884. It was named by John P. sic., an early settler who owned most of the land, after his daughter Belle. Pelot was named Postmaster when the town incorporated in 1885."
  5. State of Florida, Marion County, Widow's Application For Pension, 17 June 1907, Pension Claim 808 4186.
  6. Under Pension Claim Act of 1909, State of Florida, Marion County, Widow's Application For Pension, 28 July 1909, Pension Application Number 14904, Pensioner 5359.
  7. State of Florida, Duval County, Probate File No. 7505, Minnie Polly is granted guardianship for her mother Mary J. Pelot, a lunatic, 5 January 1925.
  8. Marion County, Florida - 1917-1918 Civilian Draft Registration Marion County, Florida - 1917-1918 Civilian Draft Registration, James Edgar registered for World War I, listed birthdate as 5 January 1881.
  9. Dates of Belleview Cemetery lists the following Pelot's:
    • James E. Pelot 1881-1952
    • John F. Pelot 1864 - 1956 (?)
    • Paul Eugene Pelot 1922 - 1944
    • Margaret Whisnant Pelot 1896 - 1965
    • Mary J. Pelot 1841 - 1926
    • James Pelot, Fla. Regt., CSA (no dates). See Miscellaneous Pelots.

The above additions were provided by Joesph H. Pelot at jhpelot@nsh10.med.navy.mil.

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