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William Wyatt Parish 

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7/12/1826 - 3/2/1891
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William Wyatt Parish
2/25/1862 - 2/1/1913
(Shown at age 38)
William Wyatt Parish was born on February 25, 1862 in Calhoun Co., Florida and died on February 1, 1913 in Blountstown, Florida. He lived to be 50 years old.

He married Nancy in Calhoun Co. FL. He was a circuit - riding Freewill Baptist Minister and served as County Commissioner and as School Board Member. He was a member of the Dixie Masonic Lodge in Blountstown. He died of complications of Diabetes.

  1. John Harris Parish (6/1884 died in AL)-married Minnie Lee
  2. Jessie W. Parish (10/14/1885 - 1913)
  3. Annie Parish (1/ 1888 7/22/1990)
  4. Mary Elizabeth Parish (10/ 1893 -7/22/1990)
  5. Dolly Parish (2/ 1896)
  6. Minnie Lee Parish (1/1898 8/4/1900)
  7. Calvin J. Parish (1902)
Census7/1/1870 Marianna FL (Calhoun County) 8 yrs old 
Dwelling #153, household #110: Thomas Parish (age 57) Mary (age 45, keeping house), Mary C. (age 17), Sarah E. (age 15), Ellen R. (13), William W. (10), Jane (3) and Robert S. (eight months old). All indicate they were born in Florida. Thomas is a farmer with an estimated personal estate value of $300, and he was born in Georgia. The children 10 yrs old and older indicate they were attending school. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/1/1880 Pippins Mills FL (Calhoun County) 18 yrs old 
Family #5: Thomas Parrish (age 66, farmer, born in NC, father born in NC and mother born in VA); Mary (age 52, wife, keeping house, born in GA, father/NC, mother/NC); William (age 18, son, working on farm); Jane (age 15, daughter, attending school); Robert (age 10, son). All of the children were born in FL and they cannot read or write. The family living next door (family #4) is the Levi Yon family. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1880: Blountstown was declared the seat of Calhoun County in 1880. Prior to that, Abe Springs had been the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Marriage9/13/1883 FL (Calhoun County) 21 yrs old 
William Wyat Parish married Nancy Halley on Sept. 13th 1883. page 109 
Other1/1/1885 FL (Calhoun Co. County) 22 yrs old 
Antioch Baptist Church records listed him as a deacon and in (1893) a Free Will Minister.  Source:  Antioch Baptist Church records 1866-1893.
Census6/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 23 yrs old 
dweling#229 family#256 - W.W. Parish ( age 24), Nancy (18), John (1). All were born in FL. Wyatt's parents were born in SC and Nancy's in AL & GA. Wyatt is a farmer. 
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.
Census6/27/1900 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 38 yrs old 
Dweling # 244 - Wyett W. Parish (age38- born July 1862), Nancy Parish (34- 5/1866), John H. Parish (15 June 1884), Jessie W. Parish (14 -Oct. 1885), Annie Parish (12 -Jan. 1888), Mary Parish (8- Oct. 1893), Dolly Parish (4- Feb. 1896)& Minnie Parish (2- Jan.1898). Wyett & Nancy have been married 17 years. Nancy states she has had 6 children all are living. All were born in FL. Wyett is a farmer.  
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.
Other11/8/1904 FL  42 yrs old 
W.W. Parrish commission to Calhoun County Board of Public Instruction. 
Census4/22/1910 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 48 yrs old 
household#7 -W. W. Parish (age48), Nancy Parish (45), Annie Parish (21), Dallie Parish (14)& Calvin Parish (8). Wyatt & Nancy have been married 26 years, they had seven children, six are living. All were born in FL, as were their parents. Wyatt is a carpenter.  
Graveyard/Tombstone2/1/1913 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 50 yrs old 
Nettle Ridge Cemetery - W.W. PARISH - 2-25-1862 2-1-1913 sec.2 lot.175   Source:

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2 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
3 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.
3 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
8 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
20 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
21 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.
22 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.
44 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
3 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
7 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
15 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
17 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
27 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
33 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
35 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
38 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.
38 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
39 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
40 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
41 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
42 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
44 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
44 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
44 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
50 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
51 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
20 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
23 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
46 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
50 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
51 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
1 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
3 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
6 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
13 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
14 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
47 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
48 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.
47 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe

Nancy Halley
Born on May 20, 1866 and died on August 9, 1932.
They were married 9/13/1883.

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The Children of William Wyatt Parish

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Mary Elizabeth Parish
Born somewhere in Florida on October 8, 1893 and died in Blountstown, Florida on July 22, 1990. She was 96 years old.

She lived in Chipola and was a charter member of the Union Church. She taught adult Sunday School classes at Union and later at the Pentecostal Church when she moved to Blountstown. She served as the ...
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Calvin Jennings Parrish
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on July 28, 1901 and died in Leon County, Florida on August 10, 1970. He was 69 years old.

He married Nellie Hill (8/28/1902 - 3/3/1972). They divorced in 1929 and Calvin later married Irene Slusher in 1955.
Calvin Parrish/Hill (1920)
Hillard Rhuda Parrish/Hill (8/17/1...
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