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Mary Jane Ward 

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James Benjamin Ward
1796 - 1861

Elizabeth English
1798 - 12/25/1888
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Mary Jane Ward
3/26/1838 - 3/21/1921
(Shown at age 76)
Mary Jane Ward was born on March 26, 1838 in Geneva County, Alabama and died on March 21, 1921 in Geneva County, Alabama. She lived to be 83 years old.

Records
Census10/24/1850 AL (Dale County) 12 yrs old 
family#145: James B. Ward (age 54, farmer, born in SC), Elizabeth (age 52, born in GA), William J. (20, farmer, born in AL), Benjamin F. (16, farmer, AL), Elizabeth (14, AL), Mary (12, AL), Monroe (5, AL), Ann Elliott (12, race is recorded as "b" [choices were white, black or Indian], born in AL). 
Census8/31/1860 AL (Dale County) 22 yrs old 
family #1221: James M. Davis (age 27), wife Mary (age 22), Julia (2) and Jonas (5 mo.). James is a farmer and estimates the value of his estate to be $110 and personal at $342. He was born in GA, other in AL. 
Census7/22/1870 AL (Geneva County) 32 yrs old 
Recorded as family #229: James Davis (age 39), Moay (age 32), Julia (age 12), Jonas (age 10), James M. (age 8), John G. (age 7), Mealissee (age 5), Reacy (age 3), Allen (age 1). Everyone was born is AL except James who was born in GA. James states his occupation as farmer and estimates the value of his real estate to be $300 and personal estate $1, 063. Julia and Jonas attended school within the last year and Mary cannot read or write. 
Additional information about Geneva County, AL around 1870: Geneva County was created two years prior to this census on December 26, 1868 from Coffee, Dale, and Henry Counties. It is located near the Choctawhatchee River.. The Freedmen's Bureau, formed after the Civil War, managed this land until they were abolished in 1868 by the US Congress. They were committed to the supervision and management of all abandoned lands and the control of all subjects relating to refugees and freedmen. Members of this group harassed settlers by taking bribes and acquired lands they were to protect during the time leading up to their disbandment. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census4/22/1910 Fadette AL (Geneva County) 72 yrs old 
#93 -James M. Davis (79), Mary (72), daughter -Julia (52),daughter -Carrie (33), Step. daugher -Jessie (16),Step. son -Frank (12) & Step. daugher-Hattie(10). James was born in GA, as were his parents. Mary was born in AL, her parents in GA. all others in AL. James and Mary have bee married 54 years, they have 13 children, all are living. James is a farmer. 
Census1/4/1920 prcenct 4 AL (Geneva County) 81 yrs old 
family # 139: Mary Davis (age 82),daughter- Julia (63)grandaughter-Jessie (25),grandson- Frank J. (22),grandaughter - Hattie M. (21), granddaughter - Odell (2). Mary is a farmer. Jessie, Frank & Hattie are farm laborers. All can read and write, but Odell. Mary states she was born in AL, her parents were born in GA. Julia was born in AL, all others born in FL. 
Graveyard/Tombstone3/21/1921 Slocomb AL (Geneva County) 83 yrs old 
Christian Home Church Cemetery - Mary WARD DAVIS - Mar. 26, 1838-Mar. 21, 1921  
Other2/29/1956 AL (Geneva County) 35 yrs after death 
Susan Davis Martin of Gevena County, Alabama, says she is 86 years of age. The attached two photographs are true pictures of her mother, Mary Ward Davis, the daughter of Elizabeth English Ward the Creek Indian and James B. Ward. She has had these pictures in her possession since the death of her mother Mary Ward Davis and she knows they are true pictures of her. 
Other12/28/1956 AL  35 yrs after death 
Thomas Henry Peel, of Geneva County, Slocomb, Alabama, says he is 86 years old. He knew Elizabeth English Ward, widow of James B. Ward, and her two sons, John Jackson and Monroe Ward and her daughter, Mary Ward, who married James W. Davis. Elizabeth English Ward lived with her daughter, Mary Ward Davis in her later years and died there. He knew Elizabeth English Ward for several years and she was known by all to be a full blooded Creek Indian. James W. Davis was my nearest neighbor, lived only two miles away. He is not related by blood or marriage to Elizabeth English Ward or any of her descendants. Nor is he related by blood or marriage to any of the Davis family. 

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2 1840 Alabama reports a total population of 590,756 on the 1940 Federal Census. This includes 335,185 whites, 255,571 blacks, 253,532 slaves, zero Native Americans, and others.
12 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.
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1 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
6 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
15 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
18 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
21 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
27 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
31 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
39 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
41 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
51 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
57 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
59 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
62 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
62 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.
63 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
64 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
65 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
66 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
68 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
68 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
68 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
74 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
75 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
76 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
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23 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
24 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
44 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
47 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
70 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
74 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
75 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
79 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
81 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
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2 1840 Oregon Trail is established
4 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
17 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
22 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
24 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
25 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
27 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
30 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
37 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
38 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
71 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
72 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
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71 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
76 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
79 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
81 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
82 1920 Adolph Hitler begins to organize the Nazi party in Germany; The Ku Klux Klan launches a recruitment campaign using mass marketing techniques to gain 85,000 new recruits; the first commercial broadcast is made.
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Born on July 18, 1831 and died on December 28, 1918
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The Children of Mary Jane Ward

56 years old
Julia Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on February 18, 1858 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on February 6, 1948. She was 90 years old.

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Jonas Clay Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on April 15, 1860 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on July 11, 1943. He was 83 years old.

Married Enma J. Davison...
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James Monroe Davis Jr.
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on January 27, 1862 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on January 22, 1941. He was 79 years old.

Married about 1895 to Nettie Burns, born 1876 died 1949....
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22 years old
John Green Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on May 12, 1863 and died in Sopchoppy, Florida on October 25, 1948. He was 85 years old.

He is buried at Grimes Cemetery in Sopchoppy, Wakulla Co., FL.

Three of his children -- Frank, Jessie and Hattie -- can be seen in The Davis Family Photo<...
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50 years old
Malissa (Malissy) Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on July 4, 1865 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on May 24, 1926. She was 60 years old.

Also went by Lissie....
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Reece Davis
Born somewhere in Alabama on March 28, 1867 and died in Liberty Co., Florida on November 3, 1914. He was 47 years old.

On Aug.1, 1901 he married Elvira "Elvy" Trice in Wakulla Co. FL. Their children were Jeff (8/1/1903 -5/3/1984),George Washington (1907), Mable 2/23/1912 -8/9/1915) & Reece (abt. 1914). ...
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Allen T. Davis
Born in Gevena County, Alabama on March 26, 1869 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on December 24, 1943. He was 74 years old.

He married Amanda Lize _________(born 3/1872) in about 1894. Later he married on 8/3/1916 to Jessie L. Harrison (3/23/1987 - 1/20/1976).
His children were
Ernest Albert Davis(1895 1982)
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24 years old
Nicey/Nicie Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on February 23, 1871 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on March 4, 1934. She was 63 years old.

Married about 1889 to George H. Peel (born 9/17/1873 in SC, died 8/25/1929)....
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27 years old
Susan Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on April 27, 1873 and died in Slocomb, Geneva County, Alabama on November 15, 1973. She was 100 years old.

Susan and Tim had two children: Josephine Elise Martin (1899) and Carrie Martin (3/4/1902 to 8/2/1902).

Burial at Christain Home Cemetary, Geneva County, AL. ...
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Elizabeth "Betsy" Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on April 24, 1875 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on November 30, 1918. She was 43 years old.

Married Jonah H. McCallister...
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58 years old
Carrie Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on November 25, 1876 and died in Geneva County, Alabama about 1940. She was about 63 years old.

Married 1/7/1912 to H. M. Boyett. ...
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Joseph Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on December 3, 1878 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on December 10, 1923. He was 45 years old.

Married 12/9/1905 to Margie King (born 1889 in GA....
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Jasper Davis
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on November 19, 1880 and died in an unknown location on August 20, 1965. He was 84 years old.

He had three children: Cora Lee, Lena and Jasper Jr. (Jasper Jr. died as an infant 3/12/1917 to 10/8/1917 ). ...
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