"Coonbottom" to Quincy
No man would immigrate into Florida—not out of Hell itself!
J. Randall Stanley, History of Gadsden County
Dr. Wragg and Josie's later children remembered the lawlessness of the region surrounding "Coonbottom" (Concord) and later Quincy, Florida, and the fear that they shared in the years between 1878 and 1889. In regard to the move, there was just a hint of friction between Josie and Dr. Wragg. Wragg had gone down to Concord ("Coonbottom"), Florida, and, after buying a horse and buggy and renting a house, sent for the family. Josie was concerned that she was taking her family to a lawless "frontier territory." As the family left Milledgeville, Georgia, in a little "spring wagon" to take the train to Concord, Dr. Wragg's daughter Pamela remembered Josie telling the children, "'It is a very poor place to bring you children.' I remember I didn't like it as I thought it was a reflection on Papa." Thomas Wragg, Jr., commented on the move and alluded to the tragedy to come: "From Milledgeville he went to Coonbottom and hung out his shingle. The blackout came just as things began to look bright."1