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Martin  Davis 

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Ellis Fairbanks Davis
1813 - 10/10/1885

Ruthy Weathington
1818 - 3/1853
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Martin Davis
3/12/1849 - 12/29/1930
(Shown at age 71)
Martin Davis was born on March 12, 1849 in Blountstown, Florida and died on December 29, 1930 in Parker, Florida. He lived to be 81 years old.

Martin was a store owner and operator in St Joe, FL. He was known for his cured hams. He had cured so many the hooks the hams hung on had turned yellow. When a Yellow Fever epidemic hit the St. Joe area in the 1880s, he was forced to move when the government put the area under quarantine and fenced it in. Martin managed to escape by walking to the town of Parker. He started another homestead there on a quarter section of land.

He was a generous man and often traded his land for services or products. At one time he gave a man by the name of Mr. Martin ninety acres if he would travel to Gainesville for him and if he would improve the ninety acres. He was also known to give an acre or two in trade for a side of meat or a sack of meal. When he was older, he gave each of his grandchildren an acre when they married. Many kin still live on the old homestead around Parker today.

He had eight children with wife Lovey:
Emma Atwood "Addie" Brown (1/20/1872–7/6/1902)
John Ellis (3/13/1878–1/22/1970)
Mary Ann Elizabeth Faircloth (3/1880-12/1929)
Lonnie Leamond (10/20/1883–10/27/1967)
Charles "Charlie” William (9/6/1887–1/3/1956)
Martin Monroe (4/3/1891–9/14/1933)
James (10/1892)
Delbert Franklin (7/12/1896–11/1990).
Census11/11/1850 FL (Calhoun County) 1 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) 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1850: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/9/1860 Marianna FL (Jackson County) 11 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. 
Additional information about Jackson County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Marriage4/15/1875 FL (Jackson County) 26 yrs old 
Martin DAVIS married Lovely C. COOPER on 4/15/1875 in Jackson Co., Florida   Source:
Census1/1/1880 GA (Decatur County) 30 yrs old 
family#363 - Martin Davis (age25) Lovie S. Davis (24), Ellis Davis (4), (nephew) Chorce Barber (4), Emma Davis (3)& Marian Davis (4mo.) Martin is a farmer.  
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1880: Map of Decatur County, GA created around 1885 -- three years after the 1880 Census. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/26/1900 Parker FL (Washington County) 51 yrs old 
family# 283 - Martin Davis (age47) born May 1853, Lizzie Davis (42) Dec.1857, John E Davis (22) -Mar.1878, Mary Davis (20)-Mar.1880, Lenor Davis (16) -Oct.1883, Charles Davis (13) - Dec.1886, Martin Davis (10) -Apr.1890, James Davis (8) -Oct.1892, Dalbert Davis (3) -July 1896 & (border) Harry Marshall (15) -Apr.1885. All are born in FL, except Lizzie born in GA. Martin's parents were born in FL and Lizzie's in GA. Martin and John are fisherman. Martin and Lizzie have been married twenty years, they have eight children, all living. Lenor, Charles, Martin &James attend school.  
Additional information about Washington County, FL around 1900: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census1/1/1910 Parker FL (Washington County) 60 yrs old 
family# 49 - Martin Davis (age63), Lovie Davis (58), Charles Davis (27), Martin Davis (21), James Davis (17)& Delbert Davis (13). Martin & Lovie have been married 8 years and have 7 children. Martin in a house carpenter. Charles works fishing nets, Martin Jr. a clerk at a general store, Delbert is an errand boy for the ? family. All are born in FL, except Lizzie born in GA. Martin's parents were born in FL and Lizzie's in GA.
(near by son) -family#47 Ellis (31), Lydia(23) & Harvey(1 8mo.) all born in FL. Ellis is a laborer - woodman.  
Military7/21/1919 FL (Calhoun County) 70 yrs old 
WWI record for Pvt. Davis (the son of this Martin Davis) reports no injuries and an Honerable Discharge on 7/21/1919 for convenience of Government. He served overseas from November 12, 1918 through July 10, 1919. He enlisted at Blountstown, FL on August 21, 1918 when he was about 23 years old. 
Census1/11/1920 Parker FL (Bay County) 70 yrs old 
Recorded as family #49: Martin Davis (age 69, Lori S. (wife, age 66) and Delbert F. (son, age 22, born in FL). Martin was born in FL, father in MS and mother in FL. Lori was born in GA, parents born in GA. Martin is a Gardener/Truck and Delbert is a salesman working in a ??Retail Drug Store.
(sons live near) #48 John E. & his family, #51 Charles & his family. 
Census4/18/1930 Parker FL (Bay County) 81 yrs old 
family#52 - Martin (age81), Lovie S. (76) & Delbert F. (33). All were born in FL, Martin father was born in MS & mother in FL, Lovie's parents were born in GA. Estate value $1000. Martin was married at age 23 and Lovie age 17. All can read & write. Delbert is a teacher at a public school.
# 53 next door is son - John E. and his family. 
Graveyard/Tombstone12/28/1930 FL (Bay County) 81 yrs old 
DAVIS Martin -Mar. 12 1849 to Dec. 28 1930 -Parker Cemetery, Parker, Bay County, FL  

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Martin Davis's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Martin, his family, and friends. For example, Martin is 6 years old when Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
1 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.
6 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.
12 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.
15 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
16 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.
16 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
21 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
33 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
34 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.
35 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.
57 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
68 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
79 1928 The Tamiami Trail opens. It opens the southernmost 275 miles of U.S. Highway 41 from State Road 60 in Tampa to U.S. Route 1 (SR 5) in Miami, Florida to tourist. It also destroys many of the Seminole Indian waterways and hinders their economy.
4 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
7 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
10 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
16 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
20 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
28 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
30 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
40 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
46 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
48 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
51 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
51 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.
52 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
53 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
54 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
55 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
57 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
57 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
57 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
63 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
64 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
65 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
74 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
74 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
75 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
77 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
78 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
79 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
12 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
13 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
33 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
36 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
59 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
63 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
64 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
68 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.
70 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
6 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
11 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
13 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
14 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
16 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
19 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
26 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
27 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
60 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
61 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.
78 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
80 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
81 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
60 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
65 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.
68 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
70 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
71 1920 Adolph Hitler begins to organize the Nazi party in Germany; The Ku Klux Klan launches a recruitment campaign using mass marketing techniques to gain 85,000 new recruits; the first commercial broadcast is made.

Lovey 'Lizzie' Cooper
Born on December 25, 1857 and died on June 25, 1936.
They were married 4/15/1875.

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The Children of Martin Davis

37 years old
Lonnie Lamond Davis
Born in Jackson Co., Florida on October 20, 1883 and died in Panama City, Florida on October 27, 1967. He was 84 years old.

Georgia Olene Davis Brown
Katherine Marcella Davis Parker
Norman Woodrow Davis (9/16/1917)
Laverne Davis ...
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Charles William Davis
Born in Washington County, Florida on September 6, 1886 and died somewhere in Florida on November 3, 1956. He was 70 years old.

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Delbert Davis
Born somewhere in Florida about 1896 and died somewhere in Florida about 1990. He was about 94 years old.

Delbert was a Schoolteacher, Scoutmaster, surveyor, musician and photographer. He played in the Parker String Band. He was recognized as a Great Floridian in 2000 and a plaque in his honor hangs at th...
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