My brother Chris just got back from another trip to south Florida. On the way back he visited Fort Meade, in the southernmost part of Polk County, to check on a relative who once lived there. That was Valentine Bock (1841-1913), a great-great-grandfather on our mother’s side of the family. As far as we know, he is the first member of our family to move to Florida.
Sure enough, he is buried in Fort Meade’s cemetery, along with his second wife (he divorced his first wife when she refused to go to Florida). I’ll let my brother tell more in the video: