Adolphus Newton Pacetty is born 10-Jul in Saint Marys, Georgia.
Mother Charlotte Elizabeth Smith dies. Late in life, Pacetty claims that Charlotte was the daughter of James Smith, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Adolphus Newton Pacetty moves to Florida. He resides in the state for the rest of his life, except four years of service in Alabama during the Civil War.
Amelia Monson is born in Saint Augustine 24-Oct. Her grandmother in Antonia Paula Bonelly, sister of Adolphus' grandmother Maria Catarina Bonelly (Amelia and Adolphus are second cousins).
Adolphus Newton Pacetty transports family members to Tampa in a canvas covered wagon dawn by two horses. At this time, Tampa is a frontier outpost with only 185 non-military inhabitants (as of 1849). The journey's route is Saint Augustine to Picalato to Palatka to Tampa.
According to the 1860 Federal Census, Adolphus Newton Pacetty is a painter in Key West, Florida.
Adolphus Newton Pacetty agrees to transport two northern men caught behind enemy lines from Tampa to the federal naval forces occupying Key West. Sailing under a flag of truce, his vessel--the schooner Laura--is seized by USS Crusader, and Pacetty is threatened with court martial and hanging. He escapes by jumping overboard and it aided by friends in Key West to return to the mainland. The event convinces Pacetty to join the Confederate cause.
Pacetty enlists at Richmond, Virginia on 10-Oct and is appointed Acting Master in the Confederate States Navy. He is ordered to Mobile, Alabama in command of the CSS Alert.
Federal navy is victorious at the Battle of Mobile Bay--a moment immortalized when Admiral David Farragut's orders, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" Pacetty witnesses the sinking of USS Tecumseh which strikes a torpedo (mine) in the harbor. The captain of Tecumseh, who perishes in the attack, is Commander Tunis AM Craven, who was the same man who seized Pacetty's vessel and arrested him at Key West three years before.
Pacetty surrenders by order of Lieutenant Commander Joseph Frye on the Alabama River and is paroled 10-May.
Adolphus Newton Pacetty marries Amelia Monson 06-Nov in Saint Augustine, Florida
Ameila Mary (Minnie) Pacetty is born in Saint Augustine on 14-Apr. Two more daughters are born to the Pacettys, including Ellen (1871) and Nicasia (1873).
Pacetty lists himself as a sea captain in the 1870 Federal Census, with real estate worth $300, a wife and an infant daughter. The Pacettys live with Amelia's mother, Laureanna Leonardy, whose property is worth $1600 (Amelia has real estate worth $500 herself). No address is given. The house is shared with four of Laurenna's other children, ages 16-28. The eldest, William F Monson, is a fellow war veteran and a carpenter.
Adolphus Newton Pacetty is elected Sherrif of Saint Johns County. He serves 1877-1881.
Adolphus Newton Pacetty is the jailer in Saint Augustine and lives with his family at the City Jail on Tolomato Street in Saint Augustine. He and Amelia have three daughters ages 7-11. The youngest, Nicassia (Cassie) dies in 1881.
In the City Directory, Adolphus Newton Pacetty is a merchant with a shop on Charlotte Street in Saint Augustine, Florida. The 1886 Directory describes the shop as a confectionery, on Charlotte Street opposite Edwards House.
Ellen Lyons Pacetty marries Harry A Jones in Saint Augustine 11-Sep.
Adolphus Newton Pacetty is a land agent living with Ameila at 56 Marine Street. His daughters have both married: Minnie to Thomas Dowd (31), a photographer, and Ellen to Harry A Jones (28), a house painter. They all live together in a household of nine persons, including 2 and 3-year old grand daughters (both belonging to Ellen) and Philip Murphy, who Adolphus has adopted. Murphy is 24 at the time of the census and also works as a house painter.
For the 1910 Federal Census, the house at 56 Marine Street holds eleven people. The Pacettys have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and the adopted Philip Murphy. Adolphus has no profession, and the young men are all listed as painters. Ellen and Harry are raising four daughters, ages 3-13.
In the City Directory, the household remains populated as it was in 1910.
Adolphus Newton Pacetty dies in Saint Augustine on 10-May.
1. Ameila Mary, 1868
2. Ellen Lyons, 1871
3. Nicasia. 1873