John William Davis
|About John William Davis|
John William Davis was born on March 12, 1843 in Butts Co., Georgia and died on October 2, 1906 in Trout Creek, Alabama. He lived to be 63 years old.
John William Davis
3/12/1843 - 10/2/1906
He married in St. Cair,AL on Sept. 26,1867 (at the home of his in-laws T. Phillips) to Melvina "Vina" Eliza Phillips(1848 to 8/9/1911). They owned a farm in Trout Creek. John enlisted as a private with the Alabama Inf. in the Civil War. In 1863 he was captured in the battle of Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He spent two years at Johnson's Island prison in Ohio till the end of the war. After he was pardoned, he walked all the way home stopping along the way and chopping wood for people to get food. He had walked barefoot untill one family gave him a worn-out pair of shoes. In 1906, just prior to his death, he was bitten by a dog with rabies. He then when mad and had to be held and strapped down to keep him from hurting other members of the family. He is buried at Box Cemetery.
|Census||8/14/1850 ||District 8 GA (Butts County) ||7 yrs old |
|family# 146 - Crispens David (age 40), Martha Davis (35),
Catharine Davis (11),
Francis M. Davis (8),
John W. Davis (10),
Martha H. Davis (4),
Mary A. L. Davis (15),
Nancy J. Davis (13)&
Wyatt S. Davis (1). Crispens is a farmer, born in SC. all other born in GA. Estate value #1200. Crispens & Martha state they can not read & write.
|Military||1/1/1861 ||AL ||17 yrs old |
|film#M374 roll# 11 -John W. Davis - Private - CSA Alabama 18th Infantry Co. C. |
|Marriage||9/26/1867 ||AL (St. Clair County) ||24 yrs old |
|Marriage of John W. Davis to Vina E. Phillips at the house of T. Phillips. |
|Census||1/1/1880 ||Trout Creek AL (Saint Clair County) ||36 yrs old |
|Dewlling #187, family# 185 - John W. Davis (age 34),
Veny E. Davis (31),
Charly G. Davis (11),
John W. Davis (10),
Thoms P. Davis (7),
George A. Davis (5)&
Birtha E. Davis (1). John is a farmer and was born in GA, parents in SC. Veny keeps house, she was born in AL, as were her parents. Children born in AL.
|Census||6/9/1900 ||Ragland AL (Saint Clair County) ||57 yrs old |
|dwelling: 73, family: 74 - John W. Davis (age58-Mar.1842),
Viney E. Davis (51-Aug.1848),
Willie J. Davis (30-Jan.1870),
George W. Davis (24-Feb.1876),
Birthy E. Davis (21-Feb.1879),
Henry N. Davis (17-June 1882),
Absaham N. Davis (16-Feb. 1884),
Lawance B. Davis (13-Mar. 1887),
Johnie Davis (11-Aug.1888),Wiliam Davis (8-June 1892)&
Colbern Hathcook (15-June 1885)
John is a farmer, he was born in GA, as were his parents. Viney was born in AL, her parents in SC. They have been married 33 years and had 12 children, 10 of them are living. All others born in AL. George & Birthy work on the farm. Henry & Lawance work at the Coal mine. Colbern is a border and works on the farm. All state they can read & write except Wiliam.
Sons live next door - # 72 -Charly & wife Lizza; # 75 Timmie & wife Mattie (and their families).
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John, his family, and friends. For example, John is 12 years old when Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
The 1850 Federal Census reveals the
Free black population=2,265;
Cotton production in bales=564,429;
Corn production in bushels=28,754,048;
Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
||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.
||Oconee County formed.
||Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
||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
||Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
||Edison invents the electric light bulb.
||The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
||Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
||First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
||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.
||Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
||First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
||The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
||Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
||The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
||The triode vacuum tube is invented
||Electrons are discovered by Thomson
||Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
||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.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
||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.
||Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
||The National League of Baseball is founded
Graves of Vinia and John Davis
Grave of John Davis
Grave of John Davis Jr.
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