Richard D. Kerce

Pioneer in Columbia County, Florida, 1855-1859

Richard D. Kerce was born August 22, 1811, in Barnwell County, South Carolina. His parents have not been identified. He married Christianna/Anna “Susie” Eliza Bielling about 1838, probably in Barnwell County, South Carolina. She was born November 18, 1819.

Richard D. Kerce and his family moved often. They were found in the 1840 census living in Lee County, Georgia, next door to brother-in-law, John Belan; however, they were back in Barnwell County, South Carolina, by December 25, 1841, when their second child was born. The family was enumerated in Barnwell County in the 1850 census. By December 1855, they were living in Columbia County, Florida, and they were still in Columbia County, Florida, April 1, 1859, when Richard D. Kerce received 319.075 acres of land from the Bureau of Land Management, said land then in Columbia County, which later became part of Union County, Florida. By 1860, the Richard D. Kerce family was enumerated in Worth County, Georgia, but they moved to New River County, Florida, in time to be enumerated on the 1860 census there.