In July 1844, from atop a high bluff overlooking the Indian River in St. Lucie County, Caleb Lyndon Brayton commenced an affectionate correspondence to his wife which continued until his death from tuberculosis ten years later.1 Lyndon had come to Florida to improve his health and seek his fortune. His pregnant wife, Marian, and his young son, Thomas Lyndon, remained behind in Augusta, Georgia, waiting for him to become estabished on the Florida frontier. Brayton, a native of Rhode Island, began his career as a merchant in Fall River, Massachusetts. The onset of tuberculosis prompted a move to the warmer climate of Augusta in the late 1830s where he became a wholesale and retail merchant of boots and shoes.
Coker, Edward Caleb
"A New Englander on the Indian River Frontier: Caleb Lyndon Brayton and the View from Brayton's Bluff,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 70:
3, Article 5.
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