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Joseph Elton Davis 

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Thomas Allen Davis
1807 - 1870

Tersey 'Terry' McCrone / McCroan
1804 - 1880
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Joseph Elton Davis
1842 - 1895
Joseph Elton Davis was born about 1842 in Dale Co., Alabama and died about 1895 in Dale Co., Alabama. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 53 years old.

Married Mary Jones on 5/1/1866 in Decatur Co. GA.
Records
Census10/26/1850 AL (Dale County) 8 yrs old 
Recorded as family #140: Thomas A. Davis (age 44, born in GA), Jersey (age 46, born in GA), James M. (age 19, born in GA), Woody R. (age 17, born in GA), John L. B. (age 15, born in GA), Bethia A. (age 13, GA), Thomas A. (age 12, GA), Anna J. (10, GA), Joseph E. (7, AL), Rhoda E. (5, AL), Sinena E. (3, AL), Jersey (2, AL). Thomas states his occupation as farmer and estimates the value of his estate to be $100. The three oldest sons also state they are farmers. All of the children age 10 and older attended schools in the last year. Thomas and Tensey cannot read or write. 
Census9/21/1860 AL (Dale County) 18 yrs old 
Recorded as family #1673: Thomas A. Davis (age 53, born in GA), Tiercy (age 48, born in GA), Joseph E. (age 18, born in AL), Anne J. (age 20, born in GA), Rhoda E. (age 16, born in AL), Sarena E. (age 14, born in AL), Tiercy (age 12, born in AL). Thomas states he is a farmer and estimates the value of his real estate at $1, 500 and person estate at $1, 290. All of the children attended school during the last year and neither Thomas nor his wife can read or write. The family of J. B. L. Davis is listed next. 
Census6/7/1870 Colbert AL (Tuscumbia County) 28 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Joseph Davis.  house# 42: Joseph Davis (age 27), Mary Davis (22), Jessee Davis (3) Mollie Davis (2) Mattie Philips (18) Myra Sunester (12) Calvin Devanny (20)-gardner. All were born in AL, but Mollie in TN. Joesph is a house painter. Mary keeps house. Value of estate $1000, value of personal $1000.  
Census6/2/1880 Colbert AL (Tuscumbia County) 38 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Joseph Davis.  Joe Davis (age 38), Mary Davis (32), Jessie Davis (14), Mollie Davis (12), Josie Davis (8) & Tobe Christan (29)-Servent. Joe is a house painter. Mary keeps house. All were born in AL. Joe's parents born in AL. Mary's father in Germany & mother in AL.  

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8 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
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2 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
11 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
14 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
17 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
23 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
27 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
35 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
37 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
47 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
53 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
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19 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
20 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
40 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
43 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
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13 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
18 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
20 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
21 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
23 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
26 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
33 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
34 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded


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