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Elias Wester
1795 - 1871
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.

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.
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Land Deed1/1/1805 GA (Tattnall County) 10 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  Elias Wester is listed in the 1805-1810 book for land deeds. 
Other4/11/1825 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:
John Johnston, Daniel Love, William Stafford, John Lines, Alexander Duglass, Samuel Edwards, Arch’d Smith Senr; Alexander Love, John Smith, Senr; Cullen Edwards, Elias Wester, John Parramore, Sherod McCall, William Norwood, John Edwards, Randal Johnston, Sevier Whiddon, Andrew Johnston, Thos. (Thomas) Edwards, Abraham Geiger, John Martin, Mathew Whiddon, Daniel Buie
There being no business for the Petit ordinally discharged. E. A. Robinson, Clk 
Other10/10/1825 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:
Randal Johnston, Thomas Speight, Jonathan Thomas, Elias Wester, Thomas Dawsey, John Rogers, Daniel Campbell, Leborn Rawls, Samuel Edwards, was absent; Hosea Wilder, John Lines, was absent; Jesse Townsen, was absent; David Howard, Thomas Mills, Silas Hillyard, Archibald Smith, Senr; Daniel Love, Daniel Buie, Allen McKenzie, Andrew Johnson, James Wilson, William Norwood, John Paramore
There being no business for the jurors they were therefore dismissed by order of the Court. 
Land Deed10/1/1827 FL (Jackson County) 32 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  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). 
Census1/1/1830 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.  
Other7/15/1832 GA (Decatur County) 37 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  Lauckhead Morrison files a claim against Elias Wister for an unpaid debt.  
Census1/1/1840 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.  
Other10/7/1840 GA (Decatur County) 45 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  Ira Sanborn files a claim against Elias Wester and James Lombard for an unpaid debt. 
Other4/7/1841 GA (Decatur County) 46 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  John Jones files a claim against Elias Wister for an unpaid debt.  
Marriage2/22/1846 GA (Decatur County) 51 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  NAME: Elias Wester, SPOUSE: Nancy Oliver, MARRIAGE DATE: Feb.22, 1846, MARRIAGE COUNTY: Decatur, MARRIAGE STATE: Georgia 
Other11/10/1849 GA (Decatur County) 54 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  Richard Sims files a claim against Elias Wester and J. Marshall for $112.88 they have failed to pay. 
Census10/31/1850 Division 4 FL (Jackson County) 55 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  # 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. 
Census7/24/1860 FL (Jackson County) 65 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  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.  
Census6/23/1870 Marianna FL (Jackson County) 75 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.  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/Tombstone11/27/1871 Wester Cemetery FL (Jackson County) 76 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elias Wester.   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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AgeDateEvent
6 1801 Clarke and Tatnall Counties formed.
7 1802 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.
8 1803 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.
12 1807 December 10 - Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Morgan, Putnam, and Telfair Counties formed.
13 1808 Pulaski County created.
14 1809 Twiggs County formed.
16 1811 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".
16 1811 Madison County created.
17 1812 Emanual County formed.
17 1812 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".
18 1813 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).
22 1817 First Seminole war begins as Georgia backwoodsmen attack Indians just north of the Florida border. !817-1818. General Andrew Jackson invades the area.
24 1819 Rabun County formed.
25 1820 December 20 - Campbell and Randolph Counties formed.
26 1821 May 15 - Dooly, Fayette, Henry, Houston, Monroe and Newton Counties formed.
27 1822 December 9 - Bibb, Dekalb and Pike Counties formed.
28 1823 December 8 - Decatur County formed.
29 1824 December 15 - Upson and Ware Counties formed.
30 1825 Baker, Lowndes, Thomas, Butts and Taliaferro Counties formed.
31 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.
32 1827 December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
35 1830 Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
36 1831 Sumter County is formed.
37 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
38 1833 Walker County is formed.
41 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.
42 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
43 1838 Chattooga County formed
52 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
55 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
56 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
57 1852 Taylor County formed.
58 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
59 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
61 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
62 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
63 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
75 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
AgeDateEvent
4 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
5 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
12 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
19 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
35 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
44 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
49 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
58 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
61 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
64 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
70 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
74 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
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5 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
16 1811 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.
17 1812 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.
33 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
39 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
66 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
67 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
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3 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
8 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
9 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
10 1805 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.
11 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
16 1811 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.
25 1820 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.
35 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
40 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
42 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
45 1840 Oregon Trail is established
47 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
60 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
65 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
67 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
68 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
70 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
73 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
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1 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
2 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
38 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico


The Children of Elias Wester

Mahala 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...
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