Our inheritance is a legacy of trees, created by ancestors who were born in Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and other southern states and brought to Columbia County, Florida as slaves. During the reconstruction era, they settled in Mikesville. Their children grew up and married neighbors from Fort White, Scrub Town High Springs and other nearby communities creating roots as intertwined as conjoined twins. Our fore parents declared that to separate them would require extreme measures, which, if not done carefully might cause irrevocable damage. And so our heritage is a legacy of trees: the Payne, Niblack, Shuman, and McNish Families of Mikesville, Columbia County, Florida. These are their stories.