Rifle from Historic Feud to be Donated

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Rifle from Historic Feud to be Donated to the Orange County Regional History Center

Orange County Sheriff David Mizell. Image from the Historical Society of Central Florida

Orange County Sheriff David Mizell. Image from the Historical Society of Central Florida

Susan Arline Williams and her family, descendants of pioneer Mose Barber, bring a late-17th century violent feud to a symbolic end with a donation to the Orange County Regional History Center. Orange County Sheriff David Mizell was shot and killed in 1870, the only Orange County Sheriff killed in the line of duty, starting a feud that led to the deaths of nine, most of them members of the Barber family. The feud created friction between the Barbers and Mizells well into the 20th century.

The rifle that is believed to have killed Sheriff Mizell will be donated to the History Center by Susan Arline Williams at the Pine Castle United Methodist Church during Pine Castle Pioneer Days. History Center Executive Director, Sara Van Arsdel, will receive the donation at a ceremony of reconciliation.

Sunday, February 24, 2013; service starts at 8 a.m. at the Pine Castle United Methodist Church at 801 Fairlane Ave, Orlando, Fla., at the corner of Fairlane and Hansel avenues.