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William F. Parish 

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Wiley James Parish
1810 - 1860

Mahala Wester
1819 - 1860
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William F. Parish
1843 - 1878
William F. Parish was born about 1843 in Gadsden County, Florida and died about 1878 in Blountstown, Florida. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 35 years old.

He fought in the Civil War and was wounded at Cold Harbor, Va. He was appointed Regimental Musician and served time in Libby Military Prison in Richmond for desertion till the end of the war. In 1870 he married Florence in Liberty Co. FL. His occupation was listed as a Laborer on 1870 census. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church (now Nettle Ridge) and died between 1870 and 1880.
Records
Census11/28/1850 7th District FL (Gadsden County) 7 yrs old 
Listed as family #454 (below Benjamin Holly's family) : Wiley Parrish (age 40, farmer), Mahala (age 30), Sarah (age 12, female), Stephen (age 10, male), Alfred (age 8, male), William (age 6 ?, male), Jane (4, female), Wiley (2, male). Wiley Sr., Mahala and Sarah were born in GA and the rest of the children were born in FL. Stephen indicates that he is attending school. Wiley Sr. lists the value of his home to be $200. 
Census6/9/1860 FL (Liberty County) 17 yrs old 
#33 -Theoplus Floyd (age 33)GA, Sarah Floyd (24)GA, William (16)GA, Jane (14)GA, Wiley (9)FL, Mary (8)FL, Caroline Floyd (4)FL. Theoplus is a farmer. 
Additional information about Liberty County, FL around 1860: Liberty County was formed 1855 from Jefferson County. 
Military4/10/1865 GA  22 yrs old 
William F. Parish (or Parrish) enlisted as a private in Co F, 18th Regiment Ga. Inf. June 13, 1861. He was wounded at Cold Harbor, Va. June 27, 1862. Transferred to Co. H, 8th Regiment Ga. Inf., in exchange for Samuel J. Nawlin, October 8, 1862. Appointed Regimental Musician. He deserted. Later, he was in a U. S. A. Military Prison (Libby), at Richmond, Va., an listed as a Confederate deserter, April 10, 1865. From the Staff and Band of the 8th Georgia Volunteer Infantry.  Source:  http://home.earthlink.net/~larsrbl/8thStaff.htm
Other1/1/1866 FL (Calhoun Co. County) 23 yrs old 
Antioch Baptist Church records listed him as a Member.  Source:  Antioch Baptist Church records(1860 to 1870)
Marriage5/15/1870 FL (Liberty County) 27 yrs old 
Marriage of Flora Ann Yon and William F. Parish on May 15th 1870. 
Census6/21/1870  FL (Calhoun County) 27 yrs old 
dwelling# 14 family#18: William F. Parish (age 26) and Flora A. (age 24). States that he is a laborer born in Georgia. She is keeping house and was born in Florida. The value of their personal estate is $40. The Yon family is listed as family#9 on the same page. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  

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2 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
7 1850 Florida's total population has grown to 87,445. This includes about 39,000 slaves and 1,000 free blacks. Indians were not counted.
12 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins and war breaks out with most of the battles occurring in Central Florida. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
18 1861 No Floridian's voted for Lincoln during the 1860 election. On Jan. 10, 1861, Florida seceded from the U.S. and joined the Confederate States of America a few weeks later.
21 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
22 1865 May 10th -- Union troops occupy Tallahassee. While Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River that had not been captured, Union troops occupy the capitol following the surrender of the major Confederate armies in the east.
22 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
27 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
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1 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
10 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
13 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
16 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
22 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
26 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
34 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
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18 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
19 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
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12 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
17 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
19 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
20 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
22 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
25 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
32 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
33 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded


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Florence Yon
Born on March 30, 1845 and died about 1901.
They were married 5/15/1870.

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The Children of William F. Parish

Jessie Florence Parish
Born somewhere in Florida on April 15, 1871 and died in Blountstown, Florida about 1902. She was about 30 years old.

She died during child birth and is buried with her infant at Nettle Ridge Cemetery in Blountstown, FL.

She went by Florence.
While her daughter (Jessie Florence) would not talk about it...
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