Captain Henry Monroe Harrington & Polester Raulerson
It is a great honor to be able to recognize the descendants of Captain Henry Monroe Harrington and Polester Raulerson as the 2019 Columbia County Pioneer Family. Both Henry and Polester were among the first white settlers that would call Columbia County home. Both came of age in the late 1830s against the backdrop of the Second Seminole Wars, and like many in the region, the conflict shaped the trajectory of both their lives. Polester and her siblings survived a brutal Indian attack at Ocean Pond that forced them to move to the community of Corinth to seek protection. At the age of 16, Henry enlisted with the Florida Mounted Militia and patrolled the Florida/Georgia border to safeguard civilians and settlers against Creek raids from Georgia. His service also brought him to the community of Corinth where he established a relationship with Polester. They were married in between Henry’s tours of duty, and they established a family over the next two decades.