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Lydia Susannah Stafford 



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Lydia Susannah Stafford
1806 - 1880
Lydia Susannah Stafford was born about 1806 somewhere in Florida and died about 1880 somewhere in Louisiana. Dates for birth and death are estimated. She lived to be about 74 years old.

She married Edward Lemuel Howard
Andrew Jackson Howard (1827)

After the death of Edward, She married Esom
Leonidas (1834)
Cicero Davenport (1836 - 1862 Civil War)
Martha Ann
Thomas Jefferson (1841)
Marriage2/19/1827 FL (Leon County) 21 yrs old 
Edward Howard married Lydia Stafford on 2/19/1827 Leon Co. 
Marriage3/16/1834 GA (Thomas County) 28 yrs old 
Marriage Records Thomas Co. Georgia license
March 16, 1834 
Census1/1/1840 District 969 GA (Early County) 34 yrs old 
page 1, line#10- Esom D. Franklin - Males - Under 5: 2, Males - 5 thru 9: 1, Males - 10 thru 14: 1, Males - 15 thru 19: 2, Males - 70 thru 79: 1, Females - 10 thru 14: 2, Females - 30 thru 39: 1 
Census3/23/1850 FL (Franklin County) 44 yrs old 
#93 -James Younge (age 33), Susannah Younge (44), Andrew Howard (22), Leonidas Howard (16), Cicero Howard (14), Thomas Howard (9). James was born in NY, he works as a stevedore. All other were born in FL. There is a check mark for married with in the year for Susannah, she can not read or write. Cicero and Thomas attend school.  
Census1/1/1880 LA (Vernon County) 74 yrs old 
157 - A. J. Howard (age 51), Martha A. Howard (44) Theodveia Howard (9), L. Franklin (73)-mother. A.J. was born in FL, his father in MD and mother in FL. Martha was born in GA,as were her parents. Theodosia was born in FL. Lydia was born in FL, her parents in SC. A. J. is a farmer. 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Lydia Stafford's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Lydia, her family, and friends. For example, Lydia is 5 years old when By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
4 1810 Western Florida, from the Pearl River to the Mississippi, is annexed by the US from Spain.
7 1813 During 1813-14, over 2,000 Muskogee-speaking Creeks move to Florida in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War). Most come from AL and GA.
12 1818 First Seminole Indian War takes place when Andrew Jackson brings his troops into northern Florida.
15 1821 Spain formally cedes Florida to the United States in 1821, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Spanish colonists as well as settlers from the newly formed United States begin to pour into the new territory. Prior to this change, Florida was a wilderness sparsely dotted with settlements of native Indians, escaped/freed slaves and Spaniards.
16 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
17 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
18 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
29 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
31 1837 NEWS HEADLINES: In October, Chief Osceola of the Seminole Indians is captured when he arrives for supposed truce negotiations at Fort Payton. He is imprisoned at St. Augustine, FL where he refuses to eat and attempts to escape several times. In December he is moved to a prison in SC where he dies on January 20, 1838. At the time of his death, Osceola was the most famous American Indian.
36 1842 Congress passes the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. It entitles persons willing and able to bear arms against the Indians and establish themselves in villages along the borders of Indian territory ownership of their land after 5 years.
36 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
39 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
44 1850 Florida's total population has grown to 87,445. This includes about 39,000 slaves and 1,000 free blacks. Indians were not counted.
49 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins and war breaks out with most of the battles occurring in Central Florida. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
55 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.
58 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
59 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
59 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.
64 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
1 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
8 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
24 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
33 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
38 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
47 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
50 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
53 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
59 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
63 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
71 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
73 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
5 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
6 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
22 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
28 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
55 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
56 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
5 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
14 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
24 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
29 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
31 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
34 1840 Oregon Trail is established
36 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
49 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
54 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
56 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
57 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
59 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
62 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
69 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
70 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
27 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Edward Howard
Born about 1781 and died on June 8, 1832.
They were married 2/23/1827.

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Esom Franklin
Born about 1770 and died about 1841.
They were married 3/16/1834.

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The Children of Lydia Susannah Stafford

Andrew Jackson Howard
Born somewhere in Florida on December 9, 1827 and died in Veron Parrish, Louisiana about 1885. He was about 57 years old.

Andrew was a carpenter and a shipbuilder as well as a lighthouse keeper in the 1860's. His daughter, Alice Ann recounts a story of a huge hurricane that had the family escaping the rising water by sta...
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