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Mary Abseybeth Purvis 

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Chelsey Jasper Purvis
1800 - 12/5/1866

Lydia Wright
1800 - 1/7/1885
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Mary Abseybeth Purvis
11/18/1830 - 11/15/1913
(Shown at age 65)
Mary Abseybeth Purvis was born on November 18, 1830 somewhere in Georgia and died on November 15, 1913 in Walton Co., Florida. She lived to be 83 years old.

Her parents were Lydia Wright & Chelsey Purvis.

  1. William Jasper (1854 - 1938),
  2. Mary Nicey (1860 -1881),
  3. Rebecca (1864).
  4. L. B. -female (1865 - ?),
  5. Laura A. (1867 - 1945),
  6. Jesse Josiah (JJ) (1870 - 1966),
  7. Lydia Apseybeth (1872 - 1964),
  8. Thomas Franklin (1857)
  9. Warren Ashley (1857-1945),
Census1/1/1840 GA (Dooly County) 9 yrs old 
Chesley Purvis: two Males - (Under 5), two Males - (10 thru 14), one Males - (30 thru 39), one Females - (Under 5), three Females -( 5 thru 9), two Females -( 10 thru 14), one Females - (30 thru 39)Jesse and Bennett Purivs on the same page 
Census6/18/1880 Precint 10 FL (Walton County) 49 yrs old 
Recorded as family #65: W.J. Ward (age 45), A.B. Ward (female, age 43), William J. (age 26), Mary N. (15), L.B. (female, age 15), Laura A. (13), Josiah (10), and Apseybeth (female, age 8). W.J. says he is cutting timber for a living and his oldest son is a laborer. WJ was born in AL and his parents in GA. A.B. was born in GA and her parents in NC and SC. The children were born in AL.
The family of John J. Ward (age 28) is living next door. Emma (wife, age 20) and children Lewis (7), John G. (6), Josiah (5), Warren (4) and Susan E. (1).
Jack Ward (age 59) is living next door with wife Susan (56) and children James J. (34), Sarah M. (19), Roda C. (16), Benjamin (14) and Ann Etta (12).  
Additional information about Walton County, FL around 1880: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Graveyard/Tombstone11/15/1913 FL (Walton County) 83 yrs old 
Antioch Cemetery: Abseybeth Ward, born 11/18/1830 and died 11/15/1913. Tombstone notes that she was born in GA and died in FL. Other family members buried in the same plot are: William Joseph Ward, Gertrude Ward, and Billie Joe Ward.  Source:

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5 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
7 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.
12 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
12 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.
15 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
20 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.
25 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.
31 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.
34 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
35 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
35 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.
40 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
52 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
53 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.
54 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.
76 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
1 1831 Sumter County is formed.
2 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
3 1833 Walker County is formed.
6 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.
7 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
8 1838 Chattooga County formed
17 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
20 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
21 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
22 1852 Taylor County formed.
23 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
24 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
26 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
27 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
28 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
40 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
45 1875 Oconee County formed.
75 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
82 1912 Forsyth, Bleckley, and Wheeler Counties formed.
9 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
14 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
23 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
26 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
29 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
35 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
39 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
47 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
49 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
59 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
65 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
67 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
70 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.
70 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
71 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
72 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
73 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
74 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
76 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
76 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
76 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
82 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
83 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
4 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
31 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
32 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
52 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
55 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
78 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
82 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
83 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
5 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
7 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
10 1840 Oregon Trail is established
12 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
25 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
30 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
32 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
33 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
35 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
38 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
45 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
46 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
79 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
80 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.
3 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico
79 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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The Wards
The Wards
Abseybeth  & Joe Ward
Abseybeth & Joe Ward
William Josiah Ward and Abesybeth Purvis Ward
William Josiah Ward and Abesybeth Purvis Ward
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William Ward
Born on March 23, 1830 and died on April 4, 1924.
They were married 1/1/1850.

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27 years old
William Jasper Ward
Born somewhere in Alabama on February 23, 1853 and died in Bruce, Florida on July 18, 1938. He was 85 years old.

His father served in the Fifty-third Alabama Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and fought battles in FL when he was 12 years old.

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Mary Nicey Ward
Born in Walton County, Florida on June 5, 1860 and died in Walton County, Florida on May 21, 1881. She was 20 years old.

To see a photo of Mary please view this website(photo at the bottom of page)Finding James Ward's parents. ...
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Jesse 'J.J.' Joseph Ward
Born in Bruce, Walton Co., Florida on October 12, 1870 and died in Bruce, Walton Co., Florida on December 18, 1960. He was 90 years old.

In 1896 he married Susan Florence Burke (1878 -1948).

Malzie Ward(1898) married Angus E.Pate
Mazie Beulah Ward (1903)married Benjamin Franklin Thomas, 2nd marred John Rossel...
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