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Francis Juan Cercopuly was born on March 15, 1805 in St. Augustine, Florida, the son of Greek and Spanish immigrants. He came to Savannah while a young man and worked on the small barges and boats traveling along the Savannah River. He became a captain on the steamers “Ida” and “Beauregard,” both of which played important roles in Savannah’s history during the Civil War. He died on July 26, 1869 and was buried in Cathedral Cemetery in Savannah.
Hardegree, Cindy, "A Biography of Francis J. Cercopuly" (1985). Savannah Biographies. 43.