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Robert Benjamin Dunham 

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Robert Benjamin Dunham
1825 - 1880
Robert Benjamin Dunham was born about 1825 somewhere in South Carolina and died about 1880 in Calhoun Co., Florida. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 55 years old.

Children: Eugenia,Mary,George,John B., Robert J., Clara B.,John H. and James W. Dunham.
Census10/29/1850 district 5 FL (Calhoun County) 25 yrs old 
dweling#76, household# 76 William W.RAMSEY (age24) born in FL; Julia M. RAMSEY (20)SC; John H. RAMSEY (1)FL; Robert B. Dunnam (27)SC; John RAMSEY (20)FL.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1850: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census7/26/1860 Chipola District FL (Calhoun County) 35 yrs old 
dweling#157, household# 160 - Jefferson Richards (age 23) Laborer Mary E. Richards (18), Nancy Dunham (60), & Robert B. Dunham (38). All were born in SC, except Jefferson in FL. Jefferson and Robert are laborers, Mary keeps house and Nancy is listed as domestic.   Source:
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Marriage6/5/1878 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 53 yrs old 
page 69, Marriage of R. B. Dunnam to Mary Pope on Jun 5,1878.  

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10 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
12 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.
17 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
17 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.
20 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
25 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.
30 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.
36 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.
39 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
40 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
40 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.
45 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
5 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
14 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
19 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
28 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
31 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
34 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
40 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
44 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
52 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
54 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
3 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
9 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
36 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
37 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
5 1830 South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union, setting the stage for the creation of the Confederacy.
35 1860 About 63,000 men from South Carolina served in the Confederate armed forces.
43 1868 South Carolina was readmitted to the Union.
5 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
10 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
12 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
15 1840 Oregon Trail is established
17 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
30 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
35 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
37 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
38 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
40 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
43 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
50 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
51 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
8 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Mary Pope
Born on April 12, 1852 and died on August 26, 1890.
They were married 6/5/1878.

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53 years old
Clara Belle Pope Dunham
Born in Calhoun Co., Florida on August 27, 1872 and died in Blountstown, Florida on June 22, 1949. She was 76 years old.

She had eight children with husband Robert:
  1. Thomas Bailey (1897-1903),
  2. Ida Lucille Bailey Traylor (5/31/1899 to 1962),
  3. William Gadi Bailey (8/31/1900 to 6/9/1985),
  4. ...
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