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Matthew Morgan Davis 

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Franklin Angus Davis
12/15/1852 - 1937

Josephine Louisa Nixon
8/9/1860 - 11/1/1910
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Matthew Morgan Davis
7/1/1879 - 5/15/1956
Matthew Morgan Davis was born on July 1, 1879 in Calhoun County, Florida and died on May 15, 1956 in Calhoun County, Florida. He lived to be 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. Lenora Davis (1914)
  6. John Elton Davis (1918)
  7. Linnie Bell Davis (1920)
  8. Leonard Charles Davis (1922)
  9. Norman .A. Davis (1929)
Records
Census7/10/1880 Precinct 5 FL (Jackson County) 1 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) 5 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) 20 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.
Census1/1/1910 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 30 yrs old 
family 6: Math M. Davis (age 30), Maggie Davis (30), Edna M. Davis (7), Broward Davis (5), Thelma Davis (2) and James M. Davis (7 mo). All were born in FL. Matt & Maggie have been married 8 years and have 4 children all living. Matt is a farmer, he can't remember where his parents were born. Maggie's parents were born in FL.  
Military9/12/1918 FL (Calhoun County) 39 yrs old 
WWI draft Card - Name: Mathew Morgan Davis, Birth Date: July 1, 1879 age: 39, City/County: Calhoun, State: FL, Ethnicity: B (incorrectly checked), nearest relatve: Maggie Davis 
Census1/17/1920 Blountstown, district 5 FL (Calhoun County) 40 yrs old 
dweling#191, household# 195 -Math M. Davis (age 40), Maggie Davis (40), Edna Davis (17), Broward Davis (15), Thelma Davis (12), Jennie Davis (10), Lenora Davis (6), Linnie D. Davis (4), John E. Davis (1), Dessie Stone (26)sister inlaw, widow. Mathew own his home. His parents were born in FL. Lenora, Linnie & John can't read or write. Mathew is a farmer #123  
Census4/12/1930 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 50 yrs old 
house# 51 - Matthew M. Davis (50), Maggie Davis (50), James M. Davis (19), Lenora Davis (16), Lennie B. Davis (14), John E. Davis (11), Norman E. Davis (9), L. C. Davis (8). All were born in FL, as were their parents. Matthew and Maggie have been married 23 years. Matthew is a farmer. 
Census1/1/1935 Precinct 1 FL (Calhoun County) 55 yrs old 
page 45 -Math Davis (age54), Maggie Davis (54), John Davis (16), Norman A. Davis (14)& L.C. Davis (23)
Can not read census - page has faded.   Source:  FL St. census 1935
Death Certificate5/15/1956 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 76 yrs old 
Matthew Morgan Davis death certificate dated 5/1956. 
Graveyard/Tombstone5/16/1956 Nettle Ridge, Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 76 yrs old 
MATHEW MORGAN DAVIS - 7-1-1879 to 05/15/1956 sec.3 lot 13   Source:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flcalhou/Cemeteries/NettleRidge.htm

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3 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
4 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.
5 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.
27 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
38 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
49 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.
AgeDateEvent
10 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
16 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
18 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
21 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.
21 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
22 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
23 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
24 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
25 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
27 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
27 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
27 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
33 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
34 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
35 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
44 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
44 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
45 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
47 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
48 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
49 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
57 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
59 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
67 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
68 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
72 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
73 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
AgeDateEvent
3 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
6 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
29 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
33 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
34 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
38 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.
40 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
59 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
60 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
62 1941 NEWS HEADLINES: December 7, 1941 -- Japan launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the US officially declares war on Japan the following day. World War II begins for American soldiers.
71 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
76 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
AgeDateEvent
30 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
31 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.
48 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
50 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
51 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
53 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
54 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
55 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
55 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
56 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
60 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
64 1943 Japanese Americans are relocated to internment camps; Almost 400,000 coal miners go on strike; Race riots break out in Los Angeles and Detroit.
65 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
66 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
75 1954 The nationally televised McCarthy hearings lead to Senator Joseph McCarthy's downfall; Segregation by race in schools is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; Congress adds the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and requires "In God We Trust" to appear on all American currency.
AgeDateEvent
30 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
35 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.
38 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
40 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
41 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.
59 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
60 1939 Hitler takes over all of Czechoslovakia. On Sept. 1st, Germany invades Poland. On Sept. 3rd, Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. World War II has begun.
66 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.


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Maggie Stone
Born on January 6, 1880 and died on January 2, 1953
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The Children of Matthew Morgan Davis

Edna Mae Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on December 7, 1903 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on April 29, 1969. She was 65 years old.

She married Jesse R. Bodiford (3/11/1905 - 6/18/1977 - Polk Co. FL)

Children:
Oprah
Mary Pearl
Annette
T.M.
Charles
James C.
Kenneth...
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Joseph Broward 'Buck' Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on December 9, 1904 and died in Leon County, Florida on November 18, 1982. He was 77 years old.

He married Viola M. ________ (5/16/1907 - 10/23/1991)
children:
Margaret E.
Patricia Ann ...
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Thelma Louise Davis
Born in Calhoun, Florida about 1908 and died in an unknown location about 2000. She was about 92 years old.

Married 10/15/1921 to Enoch Rufus Lee.
children:
Velma B.
E. M.
B. M.
Rufus Douglas ...
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James M. Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on September 15, 1909 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on October 13, 1994. He was 85 years old.

He was called "Jim". He married Lucy V. Ayers (6/5/1916 to 7/1/2005)
Children:
James O. Davis
Charles David Davis
Howard Haley Davis
Mary Madeline Davis
Lucille Marie Davis ...
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Maggie Lenora Davis
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on August 5, 1913 and died in Hernando County, Florida on April 26, 1998. She was 84 years old.

She married Gordon Lee Coburn (7/18/1913 -7/2/1956).
children:
Helen J.
Patsy Ann
Gorden Lee Jr.
Mary Elizabeth (1941 -2006)...
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Linnie Dell Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on August 24, 1915 and died in Calhoun County, Florida on October 27, 2006. She was 91 years old.

She was called "Jack".
She married Calvin Cecil Bodiford Sr. (1915 - 1991)
children:
Calvin Cecil Jr.
Josephine
Jane
Carolyn ...
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John Elton Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on June 8, 1918 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on October 2, 1990. He was 72 years old.

Married Ida Lee Bryant
children:
John Morgan
Donald L. ...
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Norman A. Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on August 5, 1920 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on March 24, 1998. He was 77 years old.

Married Verbie Sullivan. ...
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78 years old
Leonard Charles Davis
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on January 23, 1922 and died in Blountstown, Calhoun County, Florida on December 15, 2010. He was 88 years old.

Married Sally Irene__________ (3-2-1922 to 8-23-1995) He was called"L.C." He worked as a heavy equipment operator and a farmer. ...
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