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The Bahama Connection

At the end of the Civil War the British government issued land grants to a group of British Loyalists, and the sparse population of The Bahamas tripled in a few years. Six-hundred refugees from New York founded Carleton, the first Loyalist settlement in the islands on Great Abaco near the present-day resort of Treasure Cay. They envisioned their town would become King Cotton of the Caribbean and, for a few years, their dream came true. The Abaco Islands' economy boomed and the population grew to more than 2,000. But soon the bloom was off the cotton blossom and fields failed within a few years because of pests and soil depletion. Most of the settlers moved away, leaving a population of 400 on the islands by the end of the century -- 200 white planters and 200 black slaves. The fifty-fifty ratio has held steady to this day. The Abaco Islands have five times more white residents per capita than The Islands Of The Bahamas as a whole.

In the 1800s, The Abaco Islands took on an almost New England character as fishing, wooden boat building and "wrecking" -- salvaging damaged ships while they were sinking -- became the mainstays of the local economy. It took nearly a century for the boat building industry to strip the island of its hardwoods, and today only two firms carry on the tradition. Still, the Loyalist heritage of The Abaco Islands remains strong. Many island residents, commonly called Conky Joes, vehemently opposed Bahamian independence and even tried to secede from The Bahamas and form their own British colony. Descendants of the original settlers even went to England to solicit the support of Queen Elizabeth II, but their efforts were rebuffed.

The Bahamas Plantation life was finished after the emancipation of remaining slaves in 1834. By the early 1840s many residents had left the Bahama's and settled in Florida, particularly in the Keys. Those that remained in the Bahamas frequently traveled to Florida and sometimes set up fishing camps in the Palm Beach County Island (Singer Island).

Census Facts

1830 Census - Dade County has not been created yet. See St. Johns County, the parent of Dade County. You will find that North River is the southern most town on the census, which is well north of the present day Palm Beach County. There are 15 families listed on the North River Census. All of them are slave owners.

1840 Census - The 1840 census for Dade County includes 93 households. There are no towns listed - the entire county is lumped together.

1850 Census: Only 1 District in Dade County.

1860 Census: There are now 3 districts in Dade County, none of which are located in the Palm Beach area:

  • Fort Dallas: Fort Dallas was established on the plantation of William English in 1836 as an United States military post and cantonment in southern Florida during the Seminole Wars. Fort Dallas remained in Union hands during the American Civil War and was abandoned afterward. In 1891, Julia Tuttle brought her family to live in a large home on the Miami River that had been in use when Fort Dallas occupied the spot. Tuttle repaired and converted the home into one of the show places in the area with a sweeping view of the river and Biscayne Bay. In 1895, following the successful efforts of Tuttle and fellow landowner William Brickell to attract a railroad, Fort Dallas was part of the site of the new city of Miami, Florida when Henry M. Flagler extended his Florida East Coast Railway south from Palm Beach.
  • Indian Key: In 1836, Indian Key became the first county seat for Dade County. At that time, this tiny island was the site of a lucrative business-salvaging cargo from shipwrecks in the Florida Keys.
  • Key Vacas (Marathon): In the early 1800s, Marathon was settled by a group of Bahamians and several families from Mystic, Connecticut involved in fishing. In the 1820s, a small group of wreckers moved in and Key Vaca became known as one of the first three settlements in the Keys, along with Key West and Indian Key. The Bahamians were there to farm the land and produced sea island cotton as well as several different types of fruits.

1870 Census: No separate townships or districts listed for Dade County.- a three page census.

1880 Census: Two districts listed for Dade County - Miami River (district 26), two pages, Native Americans and Not Stated (district 25) four pages.

1890 Census: Almost the entire 1890 US Census was destroyed by a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC on 10 January 1921.

1900 Census: Dade County now has eight townships listed. The area of present day Palm Beach County can be found under Lake Worth and Jupiter.

  • Lake Worth: District 31: Precinct 1. St. Lucie and Precinct 2. Lake Worth incl. West Palm Beach city and Precinct 5. Jupiter and Precinct 6. Fort Lauderdale. 18 Pages
  • Jupiter: District 31: Precinct 1. St. Lucie and Precinct 2. Lake Worth incl. West Palm Beach city and Precinct 5. Jupiter and Precinct 6. Fort Lauderdale . 3 pages VIEW LIST

1910 Census: Palm Beach County consists of the following districts/towns:

  • Boynton: District 125 - Election Precinct 4 - Boynton, Election Precinct 5 - Delray. 14 pages
  • Delray: District 125 - Election Precinct 4 - Boynton, Election Precinct 5 - Delray. 19 pages
  • Pompano: District 126 - Election Precinct 6 - Deerfield, Election Precinct 7 - Pompano, including West Pompano town. 8 pages
  • Precinct 1: District 122 Election Precinct 1 - Stuart, Election Precinct 2 - Jupiter. 10 pages
  • Precinct 2: District 122 - Election Precinct 1 - Stuart, Election Precinct 2 - Jupiter. 8 pages
  • Precinct 3: District 123 - Election Precinct 3 - West Palm Beach, excluding West Palm Beach city. 19 pages
  • Precinct 6: - District 126 - Election Precinct 6 - Deerfield, Election Precinct 7 - Pompano, including West Pompano town. 6 pages
  • Precinct 7: District 126 - Election Precinct 6 - Deerfield, Election Precinct 7 - Pompano, including West Pompano town. 4 pages
  • West Palm Beach: District 124 - West Palm Beach city. 35 pages

1920 Census: Palm Beach County now consists of:

  • Boca Raton: District 136 - Precinct 5, Delray, including Delray town and Precinct 6, Bocaratone. 5 pages
  • Boynton: District 135 - Precinct 4, Boynton and Precinct 14, Lake Worth, including Lake Worth town. 13 pages
  • Delray: District 136 - Precinct 5, Delray, including Delray town and Precinct 6, Bocaratone. 30 pages
  • Hobe Sound: District 132 - Precinct 1, Stuart, including Stuart city and Precinct 15, Hobe Sound and Precinct 16, Salerno. 7 pages
  • Indian: District 133 - Precinct 2, Jupiter and Precinct 9, Indian town. 4 pages
  • Jupiter: District 133 - Precinct 2, Jupiter and Precinct 9, Indian town. 9 pages
  • Lake Worth: District 135 - Precinct 4, Boynton and Precinct 14, Lake Worth, including Lake Worth town. 26 pages
  • Okeelanta: District 137 - Precinct 7, Okeelanta. 12 pages
  • Pahokee: District 138 - Precinct 8, Pahokee and Precinct 13, Ritta. 24 pages
  • Palm Beach: District 134 - Precinct 3, excluding that part of West Palm Beach city in this precinct Precinct 10, excluding that part of West Palm beach city in this precinct, and Precinct 17, including Palm Beach town. 23 pages
  • Precinct 11: District 139 - Precinct 11 (part of) and Precinct 12, (part of) excluding that part of West Palm Beach city in these precincts. 6 pages
  • Ritta: District 138 - Precinct 8, Pahokee and Precinct 13, Ritta. 10 pages
  • Riviera: District 139 - Precinct 11 (part of) and Precinct 12, (part of) excluding that part of West Palm Beach city in these precincts. 3 pages
  • Salerno: District 132 - Precinct 1, Stuart, including Stuart city and Precinct 15, Hobe Sound and Precinct 16, Salerno. 6 pages
  • Seminole Indians: District 202 - Seminole Indians in Palm Beach County. 2 pages
  • Stuart: District 132 - Precinct 1, Stuart, including Stuart city and Precinct 15, Hobe Sound and Precinct 16, Salerno. 25 pages
  • West Palm Beach:
    • District 134 - Precinct 3, excluding that part of West Palm Beach city in this precinct Precinct 10, excluding that part of West Palm beach city in this precinct, and Precinct 17, including Palm Beach town;
    • District 140 - West Palm Beach city; Precinct 11 (part of) and Precinct 12 (part of) Bounded by: Sixth Ave., Florida East Coast R. R., Florida East Coast Spur Track, Clear Lake Slough, Datura, Clear Lake.
    • District 141 - West Palm Beach city; Precinct 12 (part of) Bounded by: N. City limits, Poinsetta Ave., Healthy, Florida East, Coast R. R., Sixth Avenue, Clear Lake
    • District 142 - West Palm Beach city; Precinct 3 (part of), and Precinct 12 (part of), including city Bounded by: North City limits, Healthy, Lake Worth, Alley north of Banyan, Florida East Coast RR. Poinsetta Ave.
    • District 143 - West Palm Beach city; Precinct 3 (part of), Precinct 10 (part of) Precinct 11 (part of) and Precinct 12 (part of) Bounded by: Alley north of Banyan, Lake Worth, South city limits, Florida East Coast R. R.
    • District 144 - West Palm Beach city; Precinct 11 (part of), and Precinct 12 (part of) Bounded by: Datura, Clear Lake Slough, Alley north of Banyan St. Florida East Coast R. R. South city limits, Clear Lake.

1930 Census: Palm Beach County consists of:

  • Belle Glade: District 55 - BELLE GLADE TOWN and District 56 -> ELECTION PCT. 38, BELLE GLADE, EXCLUDING BELLE GLADE TOWN
  • Boca Raton: District 43 - BOCA RATON TOWN and District 44 - ELECTION PCT. 30, BOCA RATON
  • Boynton: District 36 - ELECTION PCT. 25, BOYNTON, EXCLUDING BOYNTON BEACH TOWN
  • Boynton Beach: District 35 - BOYNTON BEACH TOWN
  • Canal Point: District 51 - ELECTION PCT. 35, CANAL POINT, EXCLUDING PAHOKEE TOWN
  • Chosen: District 54 - ELECTION PCT. 37, CHOSEN
  • Delray Beach:
    • District 37 DELRAY BEACH CITY, WARD 1, ELECTION PCT. 26 (PART)
    • District 38 DELRAY BEACH CITY, WARD 2, ELECTION PCT. 26 (PART)
    • District 39 DELRAY BEACH CITY, WARD 1, ELECTION PCT. 28 (PART)
    • District 40 DELRAY BEACH CITY, WARD 2, ELECTION PCT. 28 (PART)
  • Gladeviews: District 49 ELECTION PCT. 34, GLADEVIEW
  • Greenacres: District 46 - GREENACRES CITY TOWN
  • Jupiter: District 1 JUPITER TOWN and District 2 ELECTION PCT. 1, JUPITER EXCLUDING JUPITER TOWN
  • Kelsey: District 3 KELSEY CITY TOWN
  • Lake Worth:
    • District 27 LAKE WORTH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 20, BOUNDED BY (N) CITY LIMITS; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) LAKE AVE.; (W) DIXIE HWY.
    • District 28 LAKE WORTH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 21 (PART), BOUNDED BY (N) CITY LIMITS; (E) DIXIE HWY.; (S) LAKE AVE.; (W) CITY LIMITS.
    • District 29 LAKE WORTH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 22, BOUNDED BY (N) LAKE AVE.; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) CITY LIMITS; (W) DIXIE HWY.
    • District 30 LAKE WORTH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 23 (PART), BOUNDED BY (N) LAKE AVE.; (E) DIXIE HWY.; (S) CITY LIMITS; (W) CITY LIMITS.
  • Lantana: District 33 LANTANA TOWN and District 34 ELECTION PCT. 24, LANTANA AND HYPOLUXO, EXCLUDING LANTANA TOWN
  • Loxahatchee: District 48 ELECTION PCT. 33, LOXAHATCHEE
  • North Delray Beach: District 41 ELECTION PCT. 26, NORTH DELRAY BEACH, EXCLUDING DELRAY BEACH CITY
  • Pahokee: District 50 PAHOKEE TOWN (PART) and District 52 PAHOKEE TOWN (PART)
  • Palm Beach: District 4 PALM BEACH HARBOR TOWN and District 26 ELECTION PCT. 19, PALM BEACH TOWN
  • Precinct 2: ELECTION PCT. 2, KELSEY CITY, EXCLUDING KELSEY CITY AND PALM BEACH HARBOR TOWNS
  • Precinct 21: ELECTION PCT. 21 EXCLUDING LAKE WORTH CITY
  • Precinct 23: District 32 ELECTION PCT. 23 EXCLUDING LAKE WORTH CITY
  • Precinct 32: District 47 ELECTION PCT. 32 EXCLUDING GREENACRES CITY TOWN
  • Precinct 36: District 53 ELECTION PCT. 36, PAHOKEE, EXCLUDING PAHOKEE TOWN
  • Precinct 4: District 25 ELECTION PCT. 4 EXCLUDING WEST PALM BEACH CITY (NO POPULATION)
  • Ritta: District 58 ELECTION PCT. 40, RITTA
  • Riviera: District 6 RIVIERA TOWN and District 7 ELECTION PCT. 3, RIVIERA, EXCLUDING RIVIERA TOWN
  • Shawano: District 59 ELECTION PCT. 41, SHAWANO
  • South Bay: District 57 ELECTION PCT. 39, SOUTH BAY
  • South Delray Beach: District 42 ELECTION PCT. 28, SOUTH DELRAY BEACH, EXCLUDING DELRAY BEACH CITY
  • West Palm Beach:
    • District 8 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 4, BOUNDED BY (N) CITY LIMITS; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (W) CITY LIMITS.
    • District 9 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 5, BOUNDED BY (N) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (W) CITY LIMITS.
    • District 10 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 6, BOUNDED BY (N) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (W) CITY LIMITS.
    • District 11 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 7, BOUNDED BY (N) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (W) CITY LIMITS.
    • District 12 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 8, BOUNDED BY (N) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) 5TH EXTENDED, 5TH, ELECTION PCT. LINE; (W) ELECTION PCT. LINE.
    • District 13 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 9, BOUNDED BY (N) 5TH, 5TH EXTENDED; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) 3D EXTENDED, 3D; (W) ELECTION PCT. LINE.
    • District 14 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 10, BOUNDED BY (N) 3D, 3D EXTENDED; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) CLEMATIS EXTENDED, CLEMATIS; (W) ELECTION PCT. LINE.
    • District 15 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 11, BOUNDED BY (N) CLEMATIS, CLEMATIS EXTENDED; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) FERN EXTENDED, FERN; (W) DIXIE HIGHWAY.
    • District 16 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 12, BOUNDED BY (N) CLEMATIS EXTENDED, CLEMATIS; (E) DIXIE HIGHWAY; (S) FERN; (W) ELECTION PCT. LINE.
    • District 17 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 13, BOUNDED BY (N) FERN, FERN EXTENDED; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) OKEECHOBEE RD. EXTENDED, OKEECHOBEE RD.; (W) DIXIE HIGHWAY.
    • District 18 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 14, BOUNDED BY (N) FERN; (E) DIXIE HIGHWAY; (S) OKEECHOBEE RD., DORA; (W) ELECTION PCT. LINE.
    • District 19 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 15, BOUNDED BY (N) DORA, OKEECHOBEE RD., OKEECHOBEE RD. EXTENDED; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) VALLETTE WAY EXTENDED, VALLETTE WAY, PARK PLACE; (W) ELECTION PCT. LINE.
    • District 20 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 16, BOUNDED BY (N) PARK PLACE, VALLETTE WAY, VALLETTE WAY EXTENDED; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) BELVEDERE RD. EXTENDED, BELVEDERE RD.; (W) ELECTION PCT. LINE.
    • District 21 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 17 (PART), BOUNDED BY (N) BELVEDERE RD.; (E) RAILROAD TRACKS; (S) SOUTHERN BLVD., SOUTHERN BLVD. EXTENDED; (W) WEST PALM BEACH STUB CANAL.
    • District 22 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 17 (PART), BOUNDED BY (N) BELVEDERE RD., BELVEDERE RD. EXTENDED; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) SOUTHERN BLVD. EXTENDED; SOUTHERN BLVD.; (W) RAILROAD TRACKS.
    • District 23 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 18, BOUNDED BY (N) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (E) CITY LIMITS; (S) CITY LIMITS; (W) ELECTION PCT. LINE.
    • District 24 WEST PALM BEACH CITY, ELECTION PCT. 31, BOUNDED BY (N) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (E) ELECTION PCT. LINE; (S) CITY LIMITS; (W) CITY LIMITS.
    • District 45 ELECTION PCT. 31 EXCLUDING WEST PALM BEACH CITY