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Seward James Harper  Sr.

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Peter Love Harper
10/15/1858 - 11/22/1933

Mary Ann Whitley
11/15/1855 - 1/30/1937
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Seward James Harper Sr.
1/30/1877 - 7/8/1960
(Shown at age 68)
Seward James Harper, Sr., was born on January 30, 1877 somewhere in Georgia and died on July 8, 1960 in Coffee Co., Georgia. He lived to be 83 years old.

Child: Seward James Jr. (1920)
Records
Census6/16/1880 Militia District No 1026 GA (Coffee County) 3 yrs old 
Recorded as family #148: Peter (born 1857, age 28), MaryAnn (wife, born 1857, age 23), Seward (son, born 1877, age 3), Marthy (daughter, born 1879, age 1). All were born in GA. Peter is a farmer and his wife is keeping house. John Harper (age 71) is living next door with his wife Charlotte (age 70) and their family. Lewis Harper (born 1813, age 67) and his wife Diecy (born 1817, age 68) are also neighbors. 
Census6/15/1900 Alphaha Town,Militia District 518 GA (Berrien County) 23 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #248, family #269: Peter L. Harper (age 41, born Oct.1858) Mary A. Harper (44, Feb.1855), Seward J. Harper (22, Jan. 1878), Martha A. Harper (19, March 1881), John D. Harper (12, Dec. 1887), Eunie M. Harper (10, Jan. 1890), Fannie Harper (6, Jan. 1894), Wiley B. Harper (3, Nov. 1896), George J. Taylor (16, March 1884). All were born in GA as were their parents. George is a boarder and a farmer laborer. Peter is a farmer. Peter says he can not read or write. Mary, Seward & Martha can read & write. Eunie & Fannie say they can read but they can't write. 
Military9/17/1918 GA (Coffee County) 41 yrs old 
Draft registration card #1428 for Seward James Harper. States he was born 1/30/1877,he is 41 years old. . States he lives in Willacochee, Coffee Co. GA, he is a self employed farmer, he is tall with a slender build, gray eyes and black hair. He has no physically disqualifications. He states he is native born US citizen and his race is white citizen. nearest relative: Matilda (M ? -can't read) Eunice Harper, address R4 Willacochee, Coffee Co. GA. 
Census1/24/1920 Douglas, Militia District No 748 GA (Coffee County) 43 yrs old 
Recorded as family #247: Seward J. (age 42), Lizzie (age 24, wife), and Malcon (age 13, son). All were born in GA.  
Census4/22/1930 Militia District 748 GA (Coffee County) 53 yrs old 
Recorded as family #400: Seward J. Harper (age 53), Elizabeth (wife, age 33), Wavie (daughter, age 15), S.J. (son, age 9), Peter L. Harper (father, age 71), Mary A. (mother, age 75). Seward, his wife and his children were all born in GA as were their parents. Peter L. was born in GA, his father in NC and his mother in SC. Mary A. was born in GA as were her parents. The family lives on a farm that is owned by Seward. Seward states his occupation as farmer and says he is a veteran.  
Graveyard/Tombstone7/8/1960 GA (Coffee County) 83 yrs old 
Rev. Seward James Harper - Birth: Jan. 30, 1877 Death: Jul. 8, 1960 - Mora Cemetery  

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Seward Harper's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Seward, his family, and friends. For example, Seward is 32 years old when The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
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28 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
35 1912 Forsyth, Bleckley, and Wheeler Counties formed.
37 1914 Barrow, Candler, Bacon, and Evans Counties are formed.
40 1917 Atkinson and Treutlen Counties are formed.
43 1920 Seminole, Lanier, Brantley, Long, and Lamar Counties are formed.
47 1924 Peach County is formed.
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2 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
12 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
18 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
20 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
23 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.
23 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
24 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
25 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
26 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
27 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
29 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
29 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
29 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
35 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
36 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
37 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
46 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
46 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
47 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
49 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
50 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
51 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
59 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
61 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
69 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
70 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
74 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
75 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
80 1957 Sputnik is launched by the Soviets and becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. It marks the beginning of the great "space race" between the Soviet Union and the U.S.
83 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
AgeDateEvent
5 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
8 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
31 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
35 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
36 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
40 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.
42 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
61 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
62 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
64 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.
73 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
78 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
83 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
AgeDateEvent
32 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
33 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.
50 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
52 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
53 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
55 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
56 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!
57 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
57 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.
58 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
62 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
66 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.
67 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
68 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
77 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.
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32 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
37 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.
40 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
42 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
43 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.
61 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
62 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.
68 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Seward Harper Sr.
Seward Harper Sr.
Seward & Lizzie
Seward & Lizzie
Graves of S.J. and Elizabeth Harper
Graves of S.J. and Elizabeth Harper


Marriages
Elizabeth Maine
Born on January 9, 1897 and died on February 13, 1975.
They were married 1/1/1919.

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The Children of Seward James Harper Sr.

69 years old
Seward James Harper Jr
Born in Mora, Coffee County, Georgia on May 28, 1920 and died in Columbia Co., Florida on June 24, 1992. He was 72 years old.

He was known to some as S.J. Harper and to others as Jim Harper, this was on a wooden sign on his porch, too.....I remember my Grandma calling him Jimmy (from Sherry Kulp)...
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