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Louisa  Whiddon 

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Elias Green Whiddon
8/17/1774 - 1834

Ludicia Unknown
1777 - 1850
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Louisa Whiddon
1820 - 1863
Louisa Whiddon was born about 1820 in Decatur Co., Georgia and died about 1863 in Calhoun Co., Florida. Dates for birth and death are estimated. She lived to be about 43 years old.

Louisa and her sister Eliza married on the same day, July 11, 1837 in Decatur County GA. Louisa married Henry A. Lewis (1815 NC).
They had six children:
  1. Eliza Lewis (1838)
  2. Dicey Lewis (1840)
  3. Francis M. Lewis (1842)-born with no arms or legs
  4. Mary Jane Lewis (1844)
  5. James E. Lewis (1846)
  6. John H. Lewis (1849)

She later married Robert Nixon and they had two children:
  1. Robert Nixon (1857)
  2. Josephine L. Nixon (1860)
Records
Census8/7/1820 GA (Decatur County) about 7 months old 
Page 5, line 28 - Eli Widdeon - one males (under 10),one male (10-15),three male (16-25), one male (26-44),four female (under 10), two female (10-15), one female (26-44)and three slaves.  
Census1/1/1830 GA (Decatur County) 10 yrs old 
Page 5, line 8 - Eli Widdeon - two males (under 5), two males (5-9),one male (10-14),one male (20-29), one male (50-59),one female (5-9), one female (10-14), one female (15-19),one female (20-29), one female (40-49)and six slaves. 
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1830: Decatur County is officially created in 1823 from new lands and portions of Early County. Of interest, Hernando Desoto traveled through this area in 1540 following the Capachequi River (now called the Flint River). Later, this county is divided to form Grady, Seminole and Thomas counties. This map of Decatur County, GA was created around 1830. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Marriage7/11/1837 GA (Decatur County) 17 yrs old 
Henry A. Lewis married Louisa Whiddons on July 11, 1837 in Decatur Co, Georgia

Her sister Eliza marries James Gough/Gouf on the same day   Source:  Georgia Marriages to 1850 -Provo, UT
Census1/1/1840 GA (Decatur County) 20 yrs old 
page 4, line 14 : Henery A. Lewis - two males (20-29),one female (under 5), one female (20-29). on line 15 is a Wyley Lewis. 
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1840: Map of Decatur County, GA created around 1839 -- one year before the 1840 Census. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census1/1/1850 District 22 GA ( Decatur County) 30 yrs old 
family #364 - H. Lewis (age 35 NC), Louisa Lewis (30 GA), Eliza Lewis(12 GA),Dicey Lewis(10 GA), Francis Lewis (8 GA),Mary Lewis(6 GA),James Lewis (4 GA), John Lewis (1 GA).  
Census7/1/1860 Ochesee FL (Calhoun County) 40 yrs old 
Listed as family #43, Robt. W. Nixon (age 47, born in GA), Louisa (age 40, born in GA), Daniel G. (23 born GA), Samuel (17 born GA), Roxy Ann (14 born GA), Sarah M. (13 born AL), Mathew (11 (born AL), Lenna Ann (9 born AL), James (7 born AL), and Robert (5 born FL). Robert W. states he is a Farmer, Louisa states she is a Housekeeper, Daniel is a Laborer and Samuel is a Hireling. All have a check mark in box for Mulatto

Listed as family #44, Martha Nixon 88 (born GA). Listed as housekeeper. Mary J. Lewis (15 GA), James Lewis (13 GA), John H. Lewis (11 GA), Samuel Lewis (9 GA), Josephine Lewis (6 GA), Thomas J. Lewis (3 FL). (mother of Robert, living next door.)

#42 - Home of Louisa's daughter - Eliza J. Pippen (23), Morgan (3), William Eliza (5 mos)Francis M. Lewis (17) & Arnetta Lewis (8). Francis was born with no arms or legs. Moran and William born in FL, others in GA. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other11/5/1863 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 43 yrs old 
Will of Louisa Nixon - Her husband Robert Nixon gives the 2 year old white cow known as the 'White Cow's Heifer' to Louisa's son, James E. Lewis, in accordance with her death bed wishes.  

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AgeDateEvent
1 1821 Spain formally cedes Florida to the United States in 1821, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Spanish colonists as well as settlers from the newly formed United States begin to pour into the new territory. Prior to this change, Florida was a wilderness sparsely dotted with settlements of native Indians, escaped/freed slaves and Spaniards.
2 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
3 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
4 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
15 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
17 1837 NEWS HEADLINES: In October, Chief Osceola of the Seminole Indians is captured when he arrives for supposed truce negotiations at Fort Payton. He is imprisoned at St. Augustine, FL where he refuses to eat and attempts to escape several times. In December he is moved to a prison in SC where he dies on January 20, 1838. At the time of his death, Osceola was the most famous American Indian.
22 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
22 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.
25 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
30 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.
35 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.
41 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.
AgeDateEvent
1 1821 May 15 - Dooly, Fayette, Henry, Houston, Monroe and Newton Counties formed.
2 1822 December 9 - Bibb, Dekalb and Pike Counties formed.
3 1823 December 8 - Decatur County formed.
4 1824 December 15 - Upson and Ware Counties formed.
5 1825 Baker, Lowndes, Thomas, Butts and Taliaferro Counties formed.
6 1826 January 24 - Treaty of Washington abrogates Treaty of Indian Springs. The Creeks cede a smaller area and are allowed to remain on their lands until January 1, 1826.
7 1827 December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
10 1830 Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
11 1831 Sumter County is formed.
12 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
13 1833 Walker County is formed.
16 1836 Seminoles massacre Major Francis L. Dade and his 103 man command. This starts the second Seminole War. February - Battle of Hitchity. March 27 - Colonel J.W. Fannin and his Georgian's executed by order of Santa Ana at Goliad on Palm Sunday. July - Battle of Brushy Creek. July 3 - Battle of Chickasawachee Swamp. July 27 - Battle of Echowanochaway Creek.
17 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
18 1838 Chattooga County formed
27 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
30 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
31 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
32 1852 Taylor County formed.
33 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
34 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
36 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
37 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
38 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
AgeDateEvent
10 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
19 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
24 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
33 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
36 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
39 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
AgeDateEvent
8 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
14 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
41 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
42 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
AgeDateEvent
10 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
15 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
17 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
20 1840 Oregon Trail is established
22 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
35 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
40 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
42 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
43 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
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13 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico


Marriages
Robert Nixon
Born about 1814 and died about 1885
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The Children of Louisa Whiddon

35 years old
Josephine Louisa Nixon
Born in Ochesee ,Calhoun Co., Florida on August 9, 1860 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on November 1, 1910. She was 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...
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