Just why Henry Summer, a young South Carolina lawyer, journeyed to Florida in the winter of 1837 is not clear. This account, entitled simply “Journal &c. for 1837,” indicates his purpose was to search court records in St. Augustine-perhaps for Judge John Belton O’Neall, a noted jurist with whom he was associated. Born in 1809 of distinguished German stock, Henry was one of six sons. One brother, William (1815-78), became a horticulturist of some note and gave the name Pomaria to the Newberry County community where he lived. Another, Adam (1818-66), was a well-known Columbia printer. As this narrative makes graphically clear, two other brothers, John and Nicholas, died at Tampa Bay in 1836.
Moore, John Hammond
"A South Carolina Lawyer Visits St. Augustine - 1837,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 43
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol43/iss4/6