William Fountain

10 May 1750 - 15 May 1855

Buried in Knoblock Cemetery off FL Rt 225-A in Martin, Marion Co, FL

William Fountain's tombstone pictured with his grandson Donald Knoblock in 1978

Photo from Ocala Star-Banner

From the Ocala Starr-Banner July 4, 1978
  "The family believes Fountain came from England, born May 10, 1750. He served as a foot soldier under Gen. Light Horse Harry Lee, famous ancestor of Gen. Robert E Lee, of Civiil War fame. Apparently Fountain was never wounded, although a period of sick leave is shown.  
  Fountain fought battles in Virginia and Tennessee, so it is lickely that he saw Gen. George Washington, whose home was in Virginia.  
   The struggle for independece was a cruel one and it is likely this one toughened the young soldier for the years that followed.
   He married and raised a family, though his life is lost in the memories of those now dead. But at the age of 97 years, he performed an incredible feat, even for those sturdy days.  
   Just staying alive that long might be considered a worthy feat. Fountain did more than that. Like a lof Georgia neighbors, the Knoblocks of that day determined to Florida to live.  
   They bought land at what was later to become the Martin [FL] area and in 1847 walked from Lowndes County, Georgia, to ther new home. Their belongings came with them in a cart that may have, on occasion, carried the old soldier or young children, when they became overtired."

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