Private William Harvey Vanderipe was born in Kentucky on June 10th, 1834.
His family traveled to Florida in 1844; his family, along with the families Chapman and Hancock, established the village of Miakka ca. 1850.
William served in the state militia during the 3rd Seminole War, first as a corporal in Addison’s Company from April 7th, 1856 to October 8th, 1856; next in Durrance’s Company, Florida Mounted Volunteers as a private from January 12th through June 22, 1857; next in Lesley’s Company, Florida Mounted Volunteers as a private from August 24th, 1857 through April, 1858.
He is believed to have established established a herd of cattle in the Myakka region of Manatee County (now part of Sarasota County), Florida before or during the Civil War.
He was mustered into Confederate service on March 5th, 1862 when he was enlisted as a Private in Captain Smith’s Company (Key West Avengers), 7th Regiment Florida Infantry by Major R. B. Thomas at Tampa, Florida for a period of 3 years or the war.
He was discharged for unspecified reason by Major Thomas on April 25th.
He married Eliza Jane Burts on September 17th, 1863 at Manatee County, Florida.
He is reported to have enlisted with Company A, Florida 1st Special Cavalry Battalion on or about July 7th, 1864. He surrendered at the end of the war, taking the Oath of Allegiance in October of 1865.
After the war, he continued to raise cattle, and at one time owned over a thousand acres adjacent to the Myakka river between Upper and Lower Lake.
He became the first Postmaster of Manatee in 1872, and served several terms as a county commissioner. He served as the president of the Bank of Manatee from its establishment in January of 1900 until his death on July 7th, 1901.
Eliza Jane applied for and was granted a Confederate Widow's Pension for her husband's service.