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Melvina Eliza Phillips 



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Melvina Eliza Phillips
8/27/1848 - 8/9/1911
(Shown at age 42)
Melvina Eliza Phillips was born on August 27, 1848 in an unknown place and died on August 9, 1911 somewhere in Alabama. She lived to be 62 years old.

She was called "Vinia" . She married John W. Davis in St. Cair,AL on Sept. 26,1867 at her family home. They owned a farm in Trout Creek.
Charley G.
John W.
Thomas P.
George W. Davis (Feb.1876)
Willie J. Davis (Jan.1870)
Birthy E. Davis (Feb.1879)
Henry N. Davis (June 1882)
Absaham N. Davis (Feb. 1884)
Lawance B. Davis (Mar. 1887)
Johnie Davis (Aug.1888)
Wiliam Davis (June 1892)
Marriage9/26/1867 AL (St. Clair County) 19 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) 31 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) 51 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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2 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.
5 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
8 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
11 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
17 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
21 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
29 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
31 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
41 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
47 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
49 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
52 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.
52 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
53 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
54 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
55 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
56 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
58 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
58 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
58 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
13 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
14 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
34 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
37 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
60 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
7 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
12 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
14 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
15 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
17 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
20 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
27 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
28 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
61 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
62 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.
61 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
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John Davis
Born on March 12, 1843 and died on October 2, 1906
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