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Samuel W. Davis 

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Walter Davis
1772 - 1836

Rebecca Harvey
1776 - 8/1/1852
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Samuel W. Davis
1818 - 1885
Samuel W. Davis was born about 1818 in Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi and died about 1885 in Jackson County, Florida. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 67 years old.

His middle name may have been Walter.

He was married twice. His first wife, Lucretia died when he was in his late 40's and he married a second time to Hester Ann Jane McClellan (b about 1837, d about 1890) on 10/26/1869 in Calhoun County, Fl.

He had eight children: Lewis Cass (Bud), Georgia Ann (Sittle), Henrietta (married Isaac Samuel Ethridge), Sugar, William, Honey, Rosanna, and Frances Lucretia.

Alonzo L. Ethridge, the great-great-grandson of Samuel, Remembers a story told when he was a child. Samuel owed a plantation with slaves. He when off to fight in the Civil War. When Samuel returned home from the war, he set his slaves free, but they didn’t leave.
Records
Census11/13/1850 FL (Calhoun County) 32 yrs old 
Recorded as family #150: Samuel W. Davis (age 32, born in Mississippi), Sucritia (or maybe "Lucretia", age 23, born in GA), Buda (son, age 2, born in FL), Sittle (daughter, 3 months, born in Florida) and John C. Taylor, a 34 year old carpenter born in Rhode Island, is also living with them. Sucritia states that she cannot read or write and Samuel estimates the value of his real estate to be $3900. The 1850 US Census Slave Schedule shows one 11-year-old female slave as owned by Samuel. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1850: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Land Deed9/1/1852 Tallahassee Land Office FL  34 yrs old 
Document #9514 records a cash sale of 40. 04 acres to Samuel W. Davis in accordance with the 4/24/1820 Land Act. The land is described as Parcel #1 NESW Tallahassee NO 2S 9W 36. 
Land Deed9/1/1852 Tallahassee Land Office FL  34 yrs old 
Document #9445 records a cash sale of 130 acres to Samuel W. Davis in accordance with the 4/24/1820 Land Act. The land is described as
Parcel #1 W1/2SW Tallahassee NO 2S 8W 3 and
Parcel #2 3 Tallahassee NO 2S 8W 31. 
Land Deed9/1/1852 Tallahassee Land Office FL  34 yrs old 
Document #9444 records a cash sale of 40. 01 acres to Samuel W. Davis in accordance with the 4/24/1820 Land Act. The land is described as Parcel #1 SESE Tallahassee No 2S 9W 25. 
Census7/20/1860 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 42 yrs old 
Family number 82 lists Samuel W. Davis (age 42), Cresy (female, age 40), Lewis (male, age 15), Georgeann (female, age 10), Henrietta (female, age 8), Sugar (female, age 5) and Honey (female, age 3 months). Samuel and Cresy say they were both born in Georgia and all of the children were born in Florida. Samuel is a farmer and estimates the value of his personal estate to be $3, 500. Cresy cannot read or write. The 1860 US Census Slave Schedule shows one black female (age 35), one mulatto female (age 12) and one mulatto male (age 6) slaves as owned by Samuel. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other12/1/1862 Abe Springs Bluff FL (Calhoun County) 44 yrs old 
12/1/1862 State of Florida
Calhoun County
Report of jurors, Grand and Petit for Fall term 1862
Talesman, attending and serving in the Circuit Court at said term and entitled by law to payment from the state.

#3: Thomas Parish - number of miles: 30, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 5.50.
#5 Wm H Pope - number of miles: 30, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 5.50, # 14 Henry B. Davis - number of miles: 20, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 4.50, # 18 Samuel W. Davis - number of miles: 46, number of days: 4, amount in dollars: 9.50, #34 Ishmael Ayers - number of miles: 20, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 4.50, # 36 John Peacock - number of miles: 24, number of days: 1, amount in dollars: 3.50, # 38 Robt. W. Nixon - number of miles: 6, number of days: (part of page missing), amount in dollars: (part of page missing), #58 T.H. Yon Jr.- number of miles: 20, number of days: 1, amount in dollars: 3.25, # 65 Jesse Bailey - number of miles: 8, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: (part of page missing), # 69 Levi Yon - number of miles: 30, number of days: 1, amount in dollars: 4.(missing)
Dec. 1st 1862
William Clark
Clerk of Calhoun County Circuit Court  
Other12/1/1862 Abe Springs Bluff FL (Calhoun County) 44 yrs old 
State of Florida
Calhoun County
Report of jurors, Grand and Petit for Fall term 1862
Talesman, attending and serving in the Circuit Court at said term and entitled by law to payment from the state.
#3: Thomas Parish - number of miles: 30, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 5.50.
#5 Wm H Pope - number of miles: 30, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 5.50, # 14 Henry B. Davis - number of miles: 20, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 4.50, # 18 Samuel W. Davis - number of miles: 46, number of days: 4, amount in dollars: 9.50, #34 Ishmael Ayers - number of miles: 20, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 4.50, # 37 Robt. W. Nixon - number of miles: 6, number of days: (part of page missing), amount in dollars: (part of page missing), #58 T.H. Yon - number of miles: 20, number of days: 1, amount in dollars: 3.25, # 65 Jese Bailey - number of miles: 8, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: (part of page missing), # 69 Levi Yon - number of miles: 30, number of days: 1, amount in dollars: 4.(missing)
Dec. 1st 1862
William Clark
Clerk of Calhoun County Circuit Court  
Military1/1/1865  47 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Samuel Davis.  Samuel Davis was mustered into the 11th Florida Infantry of the Confederate Army. He was assigned to Company K as a Private. He was mustered out as a Private. No dates are on the card.  Source:  From Soldier Records taken from a General Index Card found on Film Number M225, roll 2
Other8/2/1869 Abe Springs Bluff FL (Calhoun County) 51 yrs old 
In the name of the State of Florida, To the sheriff of Calhoun County, Greeting We commanded you, that you summons the following persons appended below, to be and appear before the Judge of our County Court at a court to be held at Abe Springs Bluff on the first Monday in September next by 10 o’clock in the morning, to serve as Jurors at and during the term of said court. Given under my hand and seal of the office this the 2nd day of Aug. AD 1869
Wm Clark – clerk
# 4 John Peacock
#8 Alfred Bailey
#11 S.W. Davis
#20 J.S. Stone  
Marriage10/26/1869 FL (Calhoun County) 51 yrs old 
The marriage of Hester McClellan and Samuel W. Davis is recorded. 
Census7/4/1870 FL (Calhoun County) 52 yrs old 
Recorded as family #182: Samuel Davis (age 51, born in MS), Hester (age 40, born in GA), Luis (age 21, born in FL), Henrietter (age 18, born in FL), Rosanna (age 6, born in FL), Frances (age 4, born in FL) and William (age 15, born in FL). Samuel states he is a farmer and estimates the value of his real estate to be $500 and personal property to be $1500. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Land Deed11/25/1889 Gainesville Land Office FL  4 yrs after death 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Samuel Davis.  Document #6672 records a Homestead Entry of 149. 75 acres to Samuel W. Davis in accordance with the 5/20/62 Land Act. The land is described as
Parcel #1 3 Tallahassee NO 19S 26E 26
Parcel #2 8 Tallahassee NO 19S 26E 26
Parcel #3 9 Tallahassee NO 19S 26E 26
 

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3 1821 Spain formally cedes Florida to the United States in 1821, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Spanish colonists as well as settlers from the newly formed United States begin to pour into the new territory. Prior to this change, Florida was a wilderness sparsely dotted with settlements of native Indians, escaped/freed slaves and Spaniards.
4 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
5 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
6 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
17 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
19 1837 NEWS HEADLINES: In October, Chief Osceola of the Seminole Indians is captured when he arrives for supposed truce negotiations at Fort Payton. He is imprisoned at St. Augustine, FL where he refuses to eat and attempts to escape several times. In December he is moved to a prison in SC where he dies on January 20, 1838. At the time of his death, Osceola was the most famous American Indian.
24 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
24 1842 Congress passes the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. It entitles persons willing and able to bear arms against the Indians and establish themselves in villages along the borders of Indian territory ownership of their land after 5 years.
27 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
32 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.
37 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.
43 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.
46 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
47 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
47 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.
52 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
64 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
65 1883 Three railroad companies are merged to form the Florida Transit and Penisular Railroad Company. Thee are: Florida Transit Railroad Co., Peninsular Railroad Co, and the Tropical Florida Railroad Co.
66 1884 Most railroads in Florida are passed into the hands of a single company owned and operated by a single management, under the name of The Florida Railway and Navigation Company. It has more that 500 miles of main track in operation and about 300 miles of track under construction. The longest route was the "Western Division" which ran from Tallahassee to Jacksonville - 209 miles.
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12 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
21 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
26 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
35 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
38 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
41 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
47 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
51 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
59 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
61 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
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10 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
16 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
43 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
44 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
64 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
67 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
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2 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
12 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
17 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
19 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
22 1840 Oregon Trail is established
24 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
37 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
42 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
44 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
45 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
47 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
50 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
57 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
58 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
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15 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico


Marriages
Lucretia Unknown
Born about 1827 and died about 1867.
They were married 1/1/1847.

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Hester Ann McClellan
Born about 1837 and died about 1890.
They were married 10/26/1869.

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The Children of Samuel W. Davis

Lewis 'Bud' Cass Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on October 27, 1847 and died in Bay Co., Florida on August 22, 1932. He was 84 years old.

Children:
Frances (1876)
Charles (1877)
Joseph (1882)
Samuel P. Davis (9/17/1885 -12/5/1974)-married Eleanor R.(11/ 5/1885 -6/10 /1974)
Moody B. Davis (2/1890 -1958)-marred Mab...
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Georgia 'Sittle' Ann Davis
Born somewhere in Florida about 1850 and died in an unknown location about 1935. She was about 85 years old.

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63 years old
Henrietta Davis
Born somewhere in Florida about 1852 and died in an unknown location about 1930. She was about 78 years old.

She was married twice. When she was 20 years old, she married John Burke. They had at least one son who was named John Burke after his father. When she was 25, she married Isaac Samuel Ethridge (i...
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37 years old
Roxann ' Roxie' Davis
Born in Calhoun CO., Florida on April 26, 1863 and died in Marianna, Florida on January 29, 1926. He was 62 years old.

Her name is listed as Rosanna in the 1870 census. Roxie and James Matthew Peacock (10/14/1853 - 1/22/1940) where married 11/29/1878 in Calhoun, Fl.
Their child: Sarah Ella Peacock (8/30/1886 - ...
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70 years old
John H. Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on August 1, 1870 and died in an unknown location about 1950. He was about 79 years old.

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