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William  Davis 

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Ellis Fairbanks Davis
1813 - 10/10/1885

Ruthy Weathington
1818 - 3/1853
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William Davis
12/17/1841 - 3/16/1919
William Davis was born on December 17, 1841 in Blountstown, Florida and died on March 16, 1919 in Marianna, Florida. He lived to be 77 years old.

He enlisted in the Confederate Army on August 11, 1862, at Merrill’s Bridge in Marianna, FL. He was in the 11th Infantry Co. A of Florida, under Captain W. J. Robinson. In September 1864, he was shot in the line of duty during the battle of Turkey Ridge. Turkey Ridge was located between Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia. The wound was to his left hip and he was admitted to the General Hospital in Richmond on December 4, 1864. He wasn’t able to return to duty and had to go home to await further orders. He never received further orders and was at home when Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia, April 9, 1865.

He married Delaura Pledger on Dec 24, 1867, and they had 5 children.
William H.
George B.

He filed for military pension in 1907, but had difficulty proving he was not a deserter. In 1913 his pension was approved, and he received $120.00 per year. He died six years later from incurable cancer.
Census11/11/1850 FL (Calhoun County) 8 yrs old 
#132 -Ellis F. Davis (age 37, born in MS) is listed as head of household. Ruthy (age 32, born in GA), Alford D. (age 12), William E. (age 10), Walter (age 8), Laura (age 6), John (age 4), Martin (age 3 months). All of the children were born in Florida.
(next door is brother Joseph) 
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Census6/9/1860 Marianna FL (Jackson County) 18 yrs old 
Ellis F. Davis (age 46, born in MS) is listed on line 13 with: Elizabeth (age 32, born in S. Carolina), William (age 18), Walter (age 16) Laura (age 14), John (13), Martin (10), Franklin (7), and Ellen (3). All of the children were born in Florida. He estimates the value of his real estate at $1, 000 and personal estate at $1, 000. His occupation is recorded as farmer. 
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Census7/1/1870 Marianna FL (Jackson County) 28 yrs old 
dwelling #86, house#58: William Davis (age 30), Farmer, with wife Laura (age 22) and daughter Florence (age 2). All born in FL.

house#61 - Cordelia Davis (24) John (3) & Jacob (4mo) all born in FL. 
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Census7/10/1880 Precinct 5 FL (Jackson County) 38 yrs old 
Family#276, William E. (age 39) Delorse W. (age 34) Jane (age 12) born in FL, William H. (age 8) born in FL and George B. (age 4) born in FL. William was born in FL, he is a farmer, list his father was born in MS and mother in FL. Delorse was born in FL, She is Keeping House, list father born in SC and mother in NC. 
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1 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.
1 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
4 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
9 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.
14 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.
20 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.
23 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
24 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.
24 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
29 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
41 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
42 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.
43 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.
65 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
76 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
3 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
12 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
15 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
18 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
24 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
28 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
36 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
38 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
48 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
54 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
56 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
59 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
59 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
60 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
61 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
62 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
63 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
65 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
65 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
65 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
71 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
72 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
73 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
20 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
21 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
41 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
44 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
67 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
71 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
72 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
76 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
78 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
1 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
14 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
19 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
21 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
22 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
24 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
27 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
34 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
35 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
68 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
69 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
68 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
73 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
76 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
78 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.

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