The author: William (Bill) Ryan lives in historic Flagler County Florida on the Atlantic Coast of Florida about 20 miles south of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city. He is a director of the Flagler County Historic Society and spent some 20 years tracing the almost vanished “Old Kings Road” built by the Colonial British as one of the prime entryways into Florida. This old highway existed right up to 1914. He had an lengthy career in the high technology imaging and photographic industry. He resolved to film and record as much as possible of this old British highway which was constructed prior to the American Revolution. Many stories came about concerning events in the early history of Florida. One such is “I am Grey Eyes” concerning an unique Seminole Indian who was reported to have set much of the trail of the British Highway by driving a herd of 500 cattle to the new settlement of New Smyrna to the south. A new book is in completion “Bulow Gold” concerning an immense treasure collected during the Seminole War of 1835 and possibly still buried in Florida. Bill Ryan combines intensive historical research with a linked together story to bring history alive. His account of Osceola, the great Seminole leader, was called to be “very accurate” by Seminole historians. “The early history of Florida is very exciting and extends far beyond what is known about St. Augustine. I hope my books will make the many stories of early Florida combine with the real characters and events as I found them.” Bill Ryan
Bill Ryan. Osceola His Capture and Seminole Legends (Kindle Locations 3602-3616). Bill Ryan.
Other books: "The Search for Old Kings Road" "I am Grey Eyes" "Bulow Gold"
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20 May 1767 a Seminole Indian called Grey Eyes and some 25 Indian boys drove 500 cattle from Colerain Georgia on the St. Mary's River to a destination in South East Florida a distance of about 106 miles. The British Governor of Florida credited "my friend" Grey Eyes with finding a route for a new roadway. This is the story of a most unusual Seminole as told by Grey Eyes himself.
The Bulow family of Florida in 1821. Immense wealth, courage and planning of Charles Wilhelm Bulow who begans what would become the largest plantation in Florida. Here is the lost journal of "Aunty Mary" who was Bulow's housekeeper. This well researched story takes you from 1812 to present time as two geneology researchers seek to unlock clues to a great treasure in gold reportedly still there.
Old Kings Road in Florida was built by British Engineers prior to the American Revolution. Right up to 1914 it was the main entry into Florida. Here slaves escaped to freedom, plantations large and small lined the route. The Second Seminole War along this road was one of the largest slave rebellions in the United State. Here is historian Bill Ryan's effort to locate Old Kings Road.
Osceola, the great Seminole War leader, was captured on Old Kings Road in Florida in 1835. He was meeting under a white flag of truce. His capture under a white flag was debated in Congress, the Court of England and capitols throughout the world. This well researched historical fiction account reveals much that is new including a portrait of his wife and son. Osceola speaks for himself.