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Silas Higdon Yon 

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Terrel Higdon Yon
10/18/1820 - 1/21/1864

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10/26/1835 - 5/28/1906
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Silas Higdon Yon
10/25/1860 - 5/1/1905
(Shown at age 30)
Silas Higdon Yon was born on October 25, 1860 in Calhoun Co., Florida and died on May 1, 1905 somewhere in Florida. He lived to be 44 years old.

He married
Martha T. Dickens(4/1873 - ).

Their children were:
Charles L. (4/22/1892 - 05/08/1963),
James William (2/13/1896-1/11/1979),
Pearl (8/4/1898 - 6/7/1902)&
Edward (5/3/1904 - 3/4/1970).
Census7/4/1870 FL (Calhoun County) 9 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #191, family #131: Williams B. Cook (age 30), Eliza Cook (33), Rhoda Cook (3), Shepherd Cook (2), Higdon Yon (14), John Yon (12) & Silas Yon (1). William is a farmer, Eliza keeps house. Estate value is $1000, personal is $150. All were born in FL. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/14/1880 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 19 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #96, family 112: William Clark (age 40), Elizah Clark (age 42), Rhoda Clark (12), Shepp. Clark (10), Jesse Clark (9), John Clark (6), Charles Clark (4), Silas Yon (20) & John Yon (22). All were born in FL as were their parents. William's father was born in GA. William is a farmer. Silas & John are stepsons and work on the farm, they can't read or write. Rhoda and Shepp attend school. 
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.  
Marriage7/1/1891 FL (Calhoun County) 30 yrs old 
Silas H. Yon married Martha T. Dickens on July 1, 1891 in Calhoun Co., FL   Source:
Census6/13/1900 Shiloh FL (Calhoun County) 39 yrs old 
Recorded as family #137: Silas H. Yon (age 39 - born 10/1860), Martha Yon (27- 4/1873), Charles Yon (8- 4/1892), Pearl Yon (2- 8/1898), William Yon (4 - 2/1896), Martha Martin (a 16 year old servant- 4/1884), George McNealy (a 18 year old servant - 8/1881), Jesse Davis (servant, 21 - 7/1887) & James Scott (a 22 year old boarder - 10/1887). Silas and Martha had 4 children 3 are living. All were born in FL. Silas is a farmer. Charles attends school. James is a carpenter. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1900: The first automobile, nick-named Chicken Killer, arrives in Blountstown in 1905. The photo on the right shows The Chicken Killer. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Graveyard/Tombstone5/1/1905 Wood Cem. FL (Calhoun Co. County) 44 yrs old 
Silas H. Yon - Oct 25, 1860 to 1 May 1, 1905 - In memory of - Rest in Peace, noble father for God's will must be done, Thou art gone but not forgot   Source:

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1 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.
4 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
5 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.
5 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
10 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
22 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
23 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.
24 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.
5 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
9 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
17 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
19 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
29 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
35 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
37 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
40 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
40 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.
41 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
42 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
43 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
44 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
1 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
2 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
22 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
25 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
2 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
3 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
5 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
8 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
15 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
16 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded

Martha Dickens
Born on an unknown day in April 1873 and died about 1960
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