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John William Davis 

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1809 - 1880

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1815 - 1890
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John William Davis
3/12/1843 - 10/2/1906
(Shown at age 47)
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.

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.
Census8/14/1850 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.  
Military1/1/1861 AL  17 yrs old 
film#M374 roll# 11 -John W. Davis - Private - CSA Alabama 18th Infantry Co. C.  
Marriage9/26/1867 AL (St. Clair County) 24 yrs old 
Marriage of John W. Davis to Vina E. Phillips at the house of T. Phillips.  Source:  Book - St. Clair Marriages -page 51
Census1/1/1880 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.  
Census6/9/1900 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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7 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
4 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
7 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
8 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
9 1852 Taylor County formed.
10 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
11 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
13 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
14 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
15 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
27 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
32 1875 Oconee County formed.
62 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
1 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
10 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
13 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
16 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
22 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
26 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
34 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
36 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
46 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
52 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
54 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
57 1900 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.
57 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
58 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
59 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
60 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
61 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
63 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
63 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
63 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
18 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
19 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
39 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
42 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
12 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
17 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
19 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
20 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
22 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
25 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
32 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
33 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
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Melvina Phillips
Born on August 27, 1848 and died on August 9, 1911
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