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Josephine Louisa Nixon 

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Robert W. Nixon
1814 - 1885

Louisa Whiddon
1820 - 1863
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Josephine Louisa Nixon
8/9/1860 - 11/1/1910
(Shown at age 35)
Josephine Louisa Nixon was born on August 9, 1860 in Ochesee ,Calhoun Co., Florida and died on November 1, 1910 in Calhoun Co., Florida. She lived to be 50 years old.

She was called "Josie". She was married on February 3, 1877 in Jackson Co, FL. Her daughter Roxie (1898) died as an infant and the youngest child, whose name is known, also died as an infant in 1905. She is believed to be buried in the Abe Springs Cemetery.
Records
Census8/4/1870 FL (Washington County) 9 yrs old 
Listed as family #328, Robt. W. Nixon (age56 born GA), Elizabeth (52 born GA), Sarah M. (22 born AL), Mathew (20 born AL), Lenna Ann (18 born AL), James I. (14 born FL), and Joesphine L. (9 born FL). Robert states he is a Farmer, Elizabeth is a housekeeper. real estate value $700, personal estate value $800, also living with the family -Elton Singleton (10-FL), Jesse Sewell - (age 22-FL) -farmer laborer, Clara A McDowell - (age 25-GA) -domestic servant.  
Census7/10/1880 Precinct 5 FL (Jackson County) 19 yrs old 
Family#276, Franklin age 30 born in FL, farmer, list his father born in MS and mother in FL. Joesphine age 19 born in FL, Keeping House, list father & mother were born in GA. William age 2 born in FL and Matthew age 10 mo. born in FL. 
Additional information about Jackson County, FL around 1880: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/2/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 24 yrs old 
# 25 - Frank Davis (age33), Josephine Davis (24), William Davis (8), Mathew M. Davis (6), F. A. Davis (5), Robert E. Davis (3) & Febia Davis (1). Frank is a farmer. All were born in FL.   Source:  FL ST. census 1885
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1885: The principle towns in Calhoun County were Blountstown, Marysville, Chipola, Selman, Ocheesee, and Abe Springs. In 1884 railroads in Florida were bought out by one company and placed under central management. River Junction, located at the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, is the closest railroad and the primary hub of land transports. The photo on the right shows the iron bridge than spans the Chattahoochee River about a mile from the Depot at River Junction where wharves, storage, steamboats and hotels bussel with activity. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Census6/1/1900 Hansfords Mill FL (Calhoun County) 39 yrs old 
Recorded as family #523: Frank A. Davis (age 47 - Mar.1853), Jessie L. ( age 36 - May 1864), William G. ( age 22 - Oct.1877), Mathew M. ( age 20 -July 1879), Frank A. Jr. ( age 19 -Feb.1881), Robert E. ( age 17 Nov. 1882), Febbie R. ( age 15 - January 1885), Joseph I. ( age 14 -June 1886), Liza A. ( age 12 May 1888), John E. (age 8 Aug. 1891), Mary L. ( age 7 Jan. 1893) and Daniel D. ( age 5 Apr. 1895). All were born in Florida as were their parents. Jessie states that she is the mother of 11 children and 10 are currently living. They have been married 23 years. Frank Sr. states his occupation as Mill Wright and his son, William, is a laborer. William and Febbie have attended school through the 12th grade. They and their parents indicate they can read and write while the others say they cannot.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1900: The first automobile, nick-named Chicken Killer, arrives in Blountstown in 1905. The photo on the right shows The Chicken Killer. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Census5/2/1910 Blountstown, Hansford Mill FL (Calhoun County) 49 yrs old 
family #2, F. A. Davis (age 57), born in FL, states he is a Farmer. wife Joesphine (age 48), born in FL. ; son John (age 18), born in FL; Dan (age 14), born in FL and Otto (age 8), born in FL. 
Graveyard/Tombstone11/1/1910 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 50 yrs old 
Nettle Ridge Cemetery - JOSEPHINE L NIXON DAVIS - 1860 to 1910 sec.3A lot.58   Source:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~flcalhou/Cemeteries/NettleRidge.htm

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1 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.
4 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
5 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.
5 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
10 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
22 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
23 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.
24 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.
46 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
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5 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
9 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
17 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
19 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
29 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
35 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
37 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
40 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.
40 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
41 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
42 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
43 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
44 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
46 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
46 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
46 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
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1 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
2 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
22 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
25 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
48 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
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2 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
3 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
5 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
8 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
15 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
16 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
49 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
50 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.
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49 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
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Josephine & Franklin Davis
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Franklin Davis
Born on December 15, 1852 and died about 1937.
They were married 2/3/1877.

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The Children of Josephine Louisa Nixon

William G. Davis
Born in Dry Creek (Calhoun County), Florida on October 26, 1877 and died somewhere in Florida about 1935. He was about 57 years old.

He married Annie Monford.
Children: Mary E. (1909), and Willie F. (1915).

His occupation (in 1920) was a log hauler. He moved from Blountstown to Eagle Lake in abt. 1925....
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Matthew Morgan Davis
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on July 1, 1879 and died in Calhoun County, Florida on May 15, 1956. He was 76 years old.

Occupation: Farmer.

Children:
  1. Edna Mae Davis (1903),
  2. Broward Davis (1905)
  3. Thelma Louise Davis (1908)
  4. James M. Davis (1909)
  5. L...
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78 years old
Franklin Angus Davis Jr.
Born somewhere in Florida on January 25, 1881 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on January 20, 1970. He was 89 years old.

Children:
Walter T. (1905)
Samuel (1907)
Mary Lucile (1914)
Falfa (1917)
Charles Ellis (1922)...
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32 years old
Robert 'Bob' Ellis Davis
Born in Jackson Co., Florida on November 12, 1882 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on July 6, 1972. He was 89 years old.

In 1930 his occupation was a laborer at the Saw Mill, he was also a farmer.

Children:
Bessie L (1913)
Inez (1918)
Earl S.(1921)
Robert B.(1923)
Martin B.(1927)
Mary E....
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Charlie R. Davis
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on January 6, 1885 and died in Calhoun County, Florida about 1940. He was about 55 years old.

He does not appear in the 1900 census with his family. ...
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29 years old
Phoebie R. Davis
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on an unknown day in January 1885 and died in Calhoun County, Florida about 1940. She was about 55 years old.

She married Thomas Benjamin McDaniel. After his death in 1925 she married Charlie Bozeman. She probably died between 1935 and 1945. Her youngest daughter, Evenlyn, is found in the 1945 census living...
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33 years old
Joseph Irving Davis
Born in Jackson Co., Florida on June 15, 1887 and died in Blountstown, Florida on December 9, 1981. He was 94 years old.

Occupations: House Builder, Cabinet Maker, Law Enforcement (a Marshall, Police Chief and a Florida Conservation Officer in the first group trained), Store Owner, Wheelwright (wagon wheels), Sawmi...
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70 years old
Eliza Alice Davis
Born in Calhon Co., Florida on May 15, 1889 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida about 1970. She was about 80 years old.

She was called Liza....
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John Elton Davis
Born in Frink, Florida on August 8, 1891 and died in Blountstown, Florida about 1917. He was about 25 years old.

Married Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Ayers.
Children:
Thomas J. Davis
Silas Davis
Johnnie Mae Davis...
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22 years old
Mary Layura Davis
Born in Blountstown, Florida on January 27, 1893 and died in Blountstown, Florida on January 30, 1972. She was 79 years old.

Married 12/26/1909 in Blountstown, FL. Burial at Nettle Ridge Cemetery in Blountstown, FL....
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Daniel L. Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on an unknown day in April 1895 and died in Calhoun, Florida on February 12, 1941. He was 45 years old.

He was called "Dan". He married Annie Armstrong (1907).
Children:
Edward Shelton Davis (1923)
Charles Herman Davis (1926) ...
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James Franklin Davis
Born in Altha, Florida on May 5, 1896 and died in an unknown location on February 5, 1935. He was 38 years old.

Does not show up with his parents in the 1900 or 1910 census ...
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57 years old
Richard Otto Davis
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on January 2, 1902 and died in Blountstown (Calhoun County), Florida on March 17, 1994. He was 92 years old.

Occupation: Logger & Carpenter.
He married Gladys Kent (5/25/1912 - 1/22/1987 Blountstown, FL)...
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