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Joanna Watson Carson
1/12/1855 - 2/25/1884
Joanna Watson Carson was born on January 12, 1855 in an unknown place and died on February 25, 1884 somewhere in Florida. She lived to be 29 years old.

Children: James William (12/22/1871 -1/2/1934), Jane "Jennie" (9/18/1873 -2/14/1889), John David (1876 -6/19/1904), William "Will" Asa (1878 - ).
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Census6/8/1880 Pippins Mill FL (Calhoun County) 25 yrs old 
homeshold#91, family#104: Asa Ayers (age34),Joan(23),James(8),Jane(6)John (4) & Asa(2). Asa is a farmer, he was born in GA, father in SC, mother GA, Joan keeps house, she was born in FL as were her parents. Children all born in FL. Asa (son) had a fever on the day this record was taken. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1880: Blountstown was declared the seat of Calhoun County in 1880. Prior to that, Abe Springs had been the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  

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6 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.
9 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
10 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.
10 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
15 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
27 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
28 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.
29 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.
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1 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
4 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
10 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
14 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
22 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
24 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
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6 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
7 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
27 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
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5 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
7 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
8 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
10 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
13 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
20 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
21 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded


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Asa Ayers
Born on January 9, 1846 and died on February 16, 1906.
They were married 5/22/1870.

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The Children of Joanna Watson Carson

59 years old
James William Ayers
Born in Clarksville, Calhoun Co., Florida on December 22, 1871 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on January 2, 1934. He was 62 years old.

He married Jessie C. Bailey( 6/9/1876- 11/17/ 1917
Children:
William Asa Ayers(1895)
Jesse McKinley "J. Mack" Ayers (1896)-
Mattie Lea Ayers (1889)...
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John David Ayers
Born somewhere in Florida on an unknown day in February 1876 and died somewhere in Florida on June 19, 1904. He was 28 years old.

Children:
  1. Johanna Watson (1895),
  2. Elizabeth (1897),
  3. Silas Syvester (1899-1911),
  4. Velma Victoria (3/9/1901),
  5. Alono Asa (9/13/1902-1931)...
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