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Tobias Emma and Zech MacIvey came to Florida from Georgia n 1858 They came to Florida for a new life and to get away from the civil war The first few years in Florida they lived in a lean-to But shortly after Tobias built a house in the scrub eating raccoon meat and biscuits made from cattail flourOne day Tobias met some Seminole Indians that told them how to herd cattle grow a garden and how to make better flour the leader was Keith Tiger This helped Emma out a lot as well as Tobias One day a general came out to Tobias house and asked him to be a drover That meant he would herd some cattle to Georgia for the soldiers fighting in the because they had no food On the way back from the drive Tobias saw the Indians again this time they gave him a marshtackie which is a horse the Indians use that is real fast They also gave Tobias two wolf dogs which are good for keeping cattle in line Also on the way home from the drive he found a black man hiding in the bushes his name was Skilit Skilit stayed with Tobias and helped him with herding cows When Tobias went back to the scrub he found that the house had been burned down Bushwhackers had burned it down Tobias decided to go find and build a new house They found land just off the Kissimmee River in a nice hammockSoon Tobias and Skilit had enough cows which they branded them and decided to head them over to Tampa and sell them On their first cattle drive they found out about Punta Rassa and how much money they could make with the cows so they headed for there On the way a big storm came It rained all day and night and in the morning all the cows were gone They had drowned in
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