Addison Family of Marco Island



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You may post the obits you want from our newspaper on your website as long as you do not alter them and state our newspaper as the source.

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Ms. Hudler,
   I am writing to obtain information on posting obituaries on the net. Must I obtain permission from your newspaper to post obits on my genealogy website of my family members who passed away over the years and whose obits were posted in the newspaper? And if so, do I get the permission from you or someone else ? Must I get permission for each individual obit or can I obtain permission for all the obits at once? I am looking forwards to hearing from you. Thank you very much.




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You may post either obit. We simply ask that you note that the obit
published in the Naples Daily News and give the dates.


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Information about Ship that Albert Benjamin Addison and younger brother Joseph sailed to America on. Information obtained from Ian, a distant cousin in England, sent to Margaret Sessions, forwarded to me. Thank you Ian!


From: "Ian Wilkins" <>
To: "Margaret Sessions" <>
Subject: Addison Family
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 11:04:30 +0000 
I have been doing some research on the family and have found the ship that both Albert Benjamin and his brother Joseph emigrated to America on. Here are the details:  

New York Passenger Lists Record info about Albert Addison Name:     Albert Addison Arrival Date: 11 Aug 1888 Estimated Birth Year:   abt 1870 Age:      18 Gender:   Male Port of Departure: London, England Destination: New York Place of Origin:   England Ship Name:    Lower Hill Port of Arrival:   New York Line:     12 Microfilm Serial: M237 Microfilm Roll:    524 List Number: 1098 Port Arrival State:     New York Port Arrival Country:   United States    

New York Passenger Lists Record info about Joseph Addison Name:     Joseph Addison Arrival Date: 11 Aug 1888 Estimated Birth Year:   abt 1873 Age:      15 Gender:   Male Port of Departure: London, England Destination: New York Place of Origin:   England Ship Name:    Lower Hill Port of Arrival:   New York Line:     13 Microfilm Serial: M237 Microfilm Roll:    524 List Number: 1098 Port Arrival State:     New York Port Arrival Country:   United States  

It confirms they travelled together. The ship has a very unusual name and I can find no photo or details of it on the internet.   

All the best Ian   ------

The ship was the Tower Hill  a twin screw steamer owned in Liverpool, built
in Glasgow.
r420 ft long and 45 ft beam. Durimg 1888 the ship visited New York several
times. Usually after sailing from Liverpool
That is all the info I have. There may be more in New York State Archives or
perhaps in New York City Library   Someone in England looked this up for me.
TOWER HILL was 4021 gross tons, length 420.4ft x beam 45.1ft, one funnel, four masts, twin screw, speed 12 knots. Accommodation for 30-1st class passengers. Built by Dobie & Co, Glasgow (engines by J. Howden & Co, Glasgow), she was launched for the Twin Screw Line, Liverpool on 28th Jun.1880. On 5th May 1883 she started her first Liverpool - New York - London voyage and on 23rd Jun.1883 commenced London - New York sailings. In 1886 accommodation for 70-2nd plus 3rd class passengers was added and on 2nd Apr.1891 she started her last voyage on this route for the Twin Screw Line. On 10th Jun.1891 she started sailings on the same route for Wilson-Hill Line and on 17th Oct.1896 under charter to Wilson's & Furness-Leyland Line. Sold to the Allan Line , she commenced a single round voyage between Glasgow and New York on 1st Jul.1897 before being renamed TURANIAN and continuing on the same service. Switched to the Glasgow - South America route on 22nd Apr.1899, she stranded on the Cape Verde Islands in Nov. 1899, was salvaged and scrapped. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3,p.1146] 


 info from Polk County, FL. Library abt. Richard Addison and family. - Copyright applies


Wednesday - 18 December 2002
Hello Mary:
We are familar with the Addison family because they were among the first settlers of Loughman, here in Polk County.  I must say right away that you have confused Richard Addison with his son, Richard Benjamin Addison.  The former was an immigrant from England and the latter was the person who registered for the World War I draft.   The Addison family is still numerous in the Loughman area.  There was an elderly lady by the name of Dottie Addison who researched this family extensively.  She was a regular user of this library for many years.  However, in questioning the staff, we cannot remember seeing her for some time, perhaps as long as two years.  She may be deceased.
We were able to locate the following information for you:
Richard Addison was born during May of 1859 in England.  He came to the United States from Portsmouth, England.  The date of his arrival is in question.  In one record he claims to have arrived in 1870 and in another he claimed 1880.  The correct date is unknown.
Richard was married about 1890 to Miss Susan Frances ________.  Her maiden name is unknown to us.  The place where the couple married is also unknown to us.   However, we can state that they did not marry in Polk County or Orange County.   The couple arrived in Polk County in 1891 and settled near the present-day community of Loughman.   The Everglades Cypress Company built a huge sawmill and turpentine still near their lands in the late 1890's.   Richard was a pioneer citrus grower and we found no record of him working in the lumber or naval stores industry.
Richard and Susan were the parents of eight children, as follows:
1) Richard Benjamin Addison - born August 1892 at Loughman, lived at Loughman
2) Eliza Frances Addison - born August 1893 at Loughman, married a Mr. Reeves, lived at Lakeland, Florida
3) Mary V. Addison - born October 1896 at Loughman, married Arthur Brannen, lived at Loughman.
4) James Thomas Addison - born about 1902 at Loughman, lived at Kissimmee, Florida
5) Maggie M. Addison - born about 1904 at Loughman, married W.E. Lassiter and lived at Lake Wales, Florida.
6) George Washington Addison - born 6 May 1907 at Loughman, lived at Loughman, died 24 May 1994 at Haines City, Florida
7) Joseph Lee Addison - born about 1909 at Loughman, later lived at Davenport, Florida
8) Gertrude Addison - born about 1912 at Loughman, married Everette Goodman and lived at Tampa, Florida.
Richard Addison died in Loughman on 23 March 1953.  He was 93 years old.  His funeral was held at Grissom Funeral Home in Kissimmee, Florida and he was also buried there, in the Rosehill Cemetery.  At the time of his death he had a sister Miss Alice Addison of Bristol, England and a brother, Mr. Albert Addison of Fort Myers, Florida.
We hope you find this information helpful.
Joe Spann - Library Manager
Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library
100 East Main Street
Bartow, Florida 33830-4629
(863) 534-4380



Interpretation of Richard Addison Sr.'s Royal Naval Records in England.

Subject: Richard Addison's Records
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 15:34:27 +0000

One or two things :

Definition from the era of Nelson's Navy:-


The office of the Boatswain is to take into his custody, and to keep under
his charge, all the ropes in general belonging to the ship: with all her
cables, anchors, and sails; her flags, colours and pendants; and is to stand
answerable for them. He is also to take care in peculiar of the long boat
and the furniture thereof, and is either himself or his Mate to go in her,
and to steer her upon all occasions. He is likewise to call up all the
several gangs and companies of men, belonging to the ship, to the keeping of
their watches, the exertions of their works and spells (as they call them),
and to see that they do them thoroughly; and to keep them in peace, and in
order one with another. Lastly, he is (in the nature of a Provost Marshal at
land) to see all offenders punctually punished, either at the capstan, or by
being put in the bilboes, or with ducking at the main yard-arm; accordingly
as they are censured by the Captain, or by a Martial Court.

A Warrant Officer was (as is the case now, I believe) someone above the top
rank of NCO (ie a Chief Petty Officer) but below the status of an Officer
(Sub-Lieutenant and above). Usually a "below decks" seaman who had real
ability and worked his way to the top of his particular tree, but was not
"gentleman" enough to be a "real" officer. <G>


From pension ledgers 96/2
  Seaman & Petty Officer        -    to 24 April 1852  9 years 13 days
Seniority as Warrant officer 25 April 52.
  Boatswain 3rd Class    25 April 52 to 31 Dec 54    2 years 251 days

From Full Pay Ledgers
Boatswain             3rd Class    1 Jan 55   to   2 Nov 58
                                                              } 8 years 358 days
                               2nd Class   3 Nov 58 to   22 Dec 63

                        1st Class    23 Dec 63 to  31 Jan 72      8 years 42 days

                        Chief          1 Feb 72  to 31 Dec 7                             
Chief Boatswain 1 Feb 1872
Minotaur               Chief          1 Jan 73  to  15 May 73   } 2 years 153 days
Asia                     Chief           16 May 73 to 2 July 74

Sheerness Yard        Master Rigger 3 July 74 to 10 Apr 79    4 years 283 days

                                                                 36 years 5 days       ???    to Whitehall
Pension .8.11.a year  from 11 Apr 1879 (age 55) to 4 April 1914         
            for pension 7 Apr 79
                            Discharged Dead per Certificate and Letter
                                (1)  Senile Decay
                                (2) Cancer of forearm

            Granted G H Pension of a year under
            O in C 28 July 93 from 1 April 94  -  E1494/94

I don't know if you need a lot of interpretation of the above but.....

It seems that the record you have is an 'office' transcription into the
ledger with none of the detail of service you get on the actual papers.

The British Minotaur class ships were: HMS Minotaur, HMS Agincourt, and HMS
Northumberland, which was the last frigate-hulled iron warship. They were
larger than Warrior and Achilles, but also slower under sail, slower even
than the smaller iron warship.


I am not clear what the word is preceding "to Whitehall" but this is
obviously some comment on the despatch of the pension papers to the
Admiralty HQ in Whitehall, London.

The inserted section beginning "DD (Discharged Dead...)" is almost certainly
added in 1914 when the Navy were informed of Richard's death by letter,
enclosing a Death Certificate, so they then ceased paying the pension.

It looks as though the second cause of death was "Cancer of the forearm",
but the word "cancer" is not clear - I just can't think of anything else.
Possibly you have already got a Death Certificate for Richard and so know
that anyhow?

Neither Trish nor  I know what the term "G H Pension" means but we may be
able to check in the local library, as we may also be able to find something
about the service of a Warrant Officer in the Navy Lists, published every

We have checked on the Minotaur (see above) and there are quite a number of
sources for pictures of her in her prime and later. If you are interested we
could let you know from where they might be obtained.

I would think that a 'working man' in the late 19th century who had a
pension of  150 pounds or so was reasonably well off. One web site
calculates it at about the equivalent of 7500 pounds today, the current
legal minimum wage in Britain is 8736 pounds per year (40 hours per week, 52
weeks per year).


NOTE: Albert Benjamin Addison became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1913 in Fort Myers, Lee County, FL.

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 Hi Mary,
You have my permission to use this.
We do not add all information for our fishing spots ourselves.  I cannot say
who exactly added this information or whether it was copy write protected.
Hope this helps!

Naomi Gordon
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Addison Bay
Marco Island, Fllorida.
Spot Description:
Boating and fishing on and around Marco Island is some of the best in the world. Multiple species of fish pass right by the island on regular migatory routes. The boating is beautiful and calm in the Gulf of Mexico. May through July is generally considered "Tarpon Time, an angler's MUST, as these silver giants pass through the rivers, bays and estuaries.Fish the aqua waters of the Gulf or go to backwater and bays, or the scenic mangrove islands. Try your hand at redfish, snook, grouper, trout, tarpon, permit, snappers or sharks. Whether your an avid fisherman or a novice all waits you here. The islands and bays surrounding Marco were often named for the pioneers living on them such as: Cannon Island, Kice Island and Charity Island, named for Charity Newell Addison. Addison Bay was named for her husband Albert Addison. Johnson Island, Johnson Bay, MacIlvane Island (destroyed when the Isles of Capri developed) and MacIlvane Bay were named for Victor McIlvane and his wife Barbara Frances Collier. Horr's Island was named for John Foley Horr, a U. S. Marshall and pineapple planter on what is now called 'Key Marco.' Curry Island was named for one-armed John Curry who lived there. Big Marco, Little Marco, Key Island now Keywaydin and Tarpon Bay and Unknown Bay are self explanatory while Sugar Bay and Blue Hill Bay make me wonder. Providing entrance to these bays from the Marco River are the passes. The lights and buoys marking the entrances to the passes are: Hurricane Pass, Capri Pass, Big Marco Pass (1889), Caxambas Pass, Coon Key Pass and Goodland Pass