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|About Elias Wester|
Elias Wester was born about 1795 somewhere in Georgia and died about 1871 somewhere in Georgia. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 76 years old.
1795 - 1871
We are not positive that Elias Wester was Mahala's father. Chas Wester and his family also are found living in Decatur GA. Most of the print has faded from the original census report and the size of his family is unknown. Elias is the other family named Wester living in Decatur GA at the same time. Other Wester families with daughters of the right age living nearby during 1830 include one in Coweta Co. GA, Daniel Wester, and Edward P. Wester in Leon Co. FL.
|Land Deed||1/1/1805 ||GA (Tattnall County) ||10 yrs old |
| Elias Wester is listed in the 1805-1810 book for land deeds. |
|Other||4/11/1825 ||FL (Gadsden County) ||30 yrs old |
|Gadsden County Court, April Term 1825|
In open court this day administered the oath prescribed by law to the within named E. A. Robinson
Witness David L. White, Presiding Judge of the County Court of Gadsden, April 11th, 1825.
It is ordered by the Court that Joseph McBride and Adam Gordon be admitted to practice law in this court and they severally took the oath prescribed by law.
A return of the list of Jurors summoned by the Sheriff:
Arch’d Smith Senr;
John Smith, Senr;
Thos. (Thomas) Edwards,
There being no business for the Petit ordinally discharged. E. A. Robinson, Clk
|Other||10/10/1825 ||FL (Gadsden County) ||30 yrs old |
|Gadsden County Court October Term 1825|
Oct. 10th This day the Court has commenced its present session in conformity to the Act as prescribed by law. Present the Hon David L. White, Presiding Judge, Jason Gregory and Collin Wooten, Associate Judges, Archibald Smith, M. C. Harvey, Justices of the Peace.
The following gentlemen being summoned by the Sheriff as petit jurors were duly appeared and qualified and took their seats, viz:
Samuel Edwards, was absent;
John Lines, was absent;
Jesse Townsen, was absent;
Archibald Smith, Senr;
There being no business for the jurors they were therefore dismissed by order of the Court.
|Land Deed||10/1/1827 ||FL (Jackson County) ||32 yrs old |
| On April 2, 1827 and October 1, 1827, Elias Wester goes to the Tallahassee land office and purchases land in Gadsden County, FL (3-n). On June 16, 1856 and July 1, 1857, Elias Wester goes to the Tallahassee land office and purchases land in Jackson County, FL (4-N). |
|Census||1/1/1830 ||GA (Decatur County) ||35 yrs old |
|page 12, line 11 - Elias Wester : one male under 4, one male (5-9), one male (20-29), one male (30-39), one female under 4, one female (20-29) |
|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. || |
|Other||7/15/1832 ||GA (Decatur County) ||37 yrs old |
| Lauckhead Morrison files a claim against Elias Wister for an unpaid debt. |
|Census||1/1/1840 ||district 635 GA (Decatur County) ||45 yrs old |
|pg 4, line 11: Elias Wester -one male 10-15, two males 15-20, one female 15-20, one female 30-40.|
pg. 6 line 8:Richard Wester - two male 5-10, one male 10-15,one male 30-40,one female under 5, one female 20-30.line 9:Wm Wester - one male 10-15, one male 40-50, one female 10-15, two females 40-50.
|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. || |
|Other||10/7/1840 ||GA (Decatur County) ||45 yrs old |
| Ira Sanborn files a claim against Elias Wester and James Lombard for an unpaid debt. |
|Other||4/7/1841 ||GA (Decatur County) ||46 yrs old |
| John Jones files a claim against Elias Wister for an unpaid debt. |
|Marriage||2/22/1846 ||GA (Decatur County) ||51 yrs old |
| NAME: Elias Wester,
SPOUSE: Nancy Oliver,
MARRIAGE DATE: Feb.22, 1846,
MARRIAGE COUNTY: Decatur,
MARRIAGE STATE: Georgia |
|Other||11/10/1849 ||GA (Decatur County) ||54 yrs old |
| Richard Sims files a claim against Elias Wester and J. Marshall for $112.88 they have failed to pay. |
|Census||10/31/1850 ||Division 4 FL (Jackson County) ||55 yrs old |
| # 205 - Elias Wester (47),
William Wester (20),
James Wester (15),
Franklin Wester (12),
Margarett Wester (7). All were born in Georgia, Elias is a farmer, his estate is valued at $160. |
|Census||7/24/1860 ||FL (Jackson County) ||65 yrs old |
| page 100, #743 - Elias Wester (58)GA x, Elizabeth (27)GA /, George (8)FL x,Axey (5)FL, John (3)FL x,Henry (1)FL x, Luncelia Bryant (68)NC /, Susan (12) AL /, Nancy A. (10)AL /, Soloman Roach (14)GA /. (x or /(check) by names for white, black or mulatto). Elias is a farmer, his real estate is value at 2500, personal at 3200 |
|Additional information about Jackson County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod. || |
|Census||6/23/1870 ||Marianna FL (Jackson County) ||75 yrs old |
| Recorded as dwelling #748: Elias Wester (age 68),Elizabeth (41), George (age 16), Axie (age 15), John (age 13), Henry (11), Thomas J. (8), and Mathew (4). Elias and Elizabeth were born in GA and their children in FL. Elias is a farmer and estimates the value of his estate to be $1,000. Elias can read, but not write. Elizabeth can neither read or write. All of the children have been attending school. |
|Additional information about Jackson County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod. || |
|Graveyard/Tombstone||11/27/1871 ||Wester Cemetery FL (Jackson County) ||76 yrs old |
| Elias Wester - 3/3/ 1801 - 11/27/1871 Beloved father farewell|
Elizabeth Wester - 11/25/1828 - 5/19 /1911 - w/o Elias Wester - Good by mother, I will trust we will meet on the other shore.
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Elias, his family, and friends. For example, Elias is 3 years old when Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
||Clarke and Tatnall Counties formed.
||Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become a border between,GA, FL and AL. GA's western border reaches to the Mississippi River.
||Between 1803 and 1811 a horse trail is established connecting Milledgeville, Georgia to Fort Stoddert, American outpost north of Mobile. This is expanded into a road and called The Federal Road by 1811.
||December 10 - Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Morgan, Putnam, and Telfair Counties formed.
||Pulaski County created.
||Twiggs County formed.
||Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
||Madison County created.
||Emanual County formed.
||The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
||During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave GA and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
||First Seminole war begins as Georgia backwoodsmen attack Indians just north of the Florida border. !817-1818. General Andrew Jackson invades the area.
||Rabun County formed.
||December 20 - Campbell and Randolph Counties formed.
||May 15 - Dooly, Fayette, Henry, Houston, Monroe and Newton Counties formed.
||December 9 - Bibb, Dekalb and Pike Counties formed.
||December 8 - Decatur County formed.
||December 15 - Upson and Ware Counties formed.
||Baker, Lowndes, Thomas, Butts and Taliaferro Counties formed.
||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.
||December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
||Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
||Sumter County is formed.
||December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
||Walker County is formed.
||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.
||Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
||Chattooga County formed
||Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
||Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
||Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
||Taylor County formed.
||Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
||Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
||Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
||Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
||Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
||Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
||The Rosetta Stone was discovered
||The first battery was invented by Volta
||The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
||The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
||The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
||Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
||The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
||The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
||The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
||Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
||Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
||Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
||NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
||NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
||NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
||Gold is discovered in Georgia.
||July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
||NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
||NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
||Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
||The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
||Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
||Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
||By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
||The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
||Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
||Second Seminole Indian War begins.
||The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
||Oregon Trail is established
||Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
||Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
||Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
||May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
||American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
||An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
||Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
||Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
||Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico
|The Children of Elias Wester|
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1819 and died somewhere in Florida about 1860. She was about 41 years old.
The name 'Mahala' most like originates from the Muskogee Indian word for 'teacher' which is Mvhaya and pronounced muh-hah-yah.
She married Wiley on 1/17/1832 in Decatur Co. GA. During the 183...