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Jesse 'J.J.' Joseph Ward 

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William Josiah Ward
3/23/1830 - 4/4/1924

Mary Abseybeth Purvis
11/18/1830 - 11/15/1913
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Jesse 'J.J.' Joseph Ward
10/12/1870 - 12/18/1960
Jesse 'J.J.' Joseph Ward was born on October 12, 1870 in Bruce, Walton Co., Florida and died on December 18, 1960 in Bruce, Walton Co., Florida. He lived to be 90 years old.

In 1896 he married Susan Florence Burke (1878 -1948).

Malzie Ward(1898) married Angus E.Pate
Mazie Beulah Ward (1903)married Benjamin Franklin Thomas, 2nd marred John Rossell, married___ Tuggle,
Mano Odell Ward (1908)married Gertrude W. Smith
Willie Nimrod Ward(1911)married Juliette Rigdon

Jesse married in 1936 to Ila Faulk
They had one son Joseph Guy Ward
Census6/18/1880 Precint 10 FL (Walton County) 9 yrs old 
Recorded as family #65: W.J. Ward (age 45), A.B. Ward (female, age 43), William J. (age 26), Mary N. (15), L.B. (female, age 15), Laura A. (13), Josiah (10), and Apseybeth (female, age 8). W.J. says he is cutting timber for a living and his oldest son is a laborer. WJ was born in AL and his parents in GA. A.B. was born in GA and her parents in NC and SC. The children were born in AL.
The family of John J. Ward (age 28) is living next door. Emma (wife, age 20) and children Lewis (7), John G. (6), Josiah (5), Warren (4) and Susan E. (1).
Jack Ward (age 59) is living next door with wife Susan (56) and children James J. (34), Sarah M. (19), Roda C. (16), Benjamin (14) and Ann Etta (12).  
Additional information about Walton County, FL around 1880: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other11/12/1955 FL (Walton County) 85 yrs old 
John Grady Ward, age 82, sworn, says he personally knew Elizabeth English Ward, wife of James B. Ward, was a Creek Indian. He personally knows Jesse Joe Ward of Bruce, FL is the grandson of Elizabeth English Ward. He also knows Elizabeth Rebecca Ward of Freeport and Lyda Apseybeth Ward Hayes of Pensacola, who are sisters of Jesse Joe, and all of them are grandchildren of Elizabeth English Ward. 
Other11/12/1955 FL (Bay County) 85 yrs old 
Sarah Emma Ward Hendrix says that she is 87 years of age and personally knew Elizabeth English Ward, wife of James B. Ward. Elizabeth English Ward was a Creek Indian. She says on oath that she is personally acquainted with Jesse Joe Ward of Bruce in Walton County, Florida, and she personally knows that Jesse Joe Ward is the grandson of Elizabeth English Ward.
She further says she is acquainted with Elizabeth Rebecca Ward of Freeport, Florida, in Walton County and Lyda Apseybeth Ward Hayes of Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Elizabeth Rebecca Ward and Lyda Apseybeth Ward Hayes are the sisters of Jesse Joe Ward, and all of the above named are the grandchildren of Elizabeth English Ward. 
Other11/12/1955 FL (Walton County) 85 yrs old 
Charles O. Silcox, age 89, sworn, says he personally knew Elizabeth English Ward, wife of James B. Ward, and she was a Creek Indian. He was also personally acquainted with Jesse Joe Ward of Bruce, FL and Elizabeth Rebecca Ward of Freeport, FL, Lyda Apseybeth Ward Hayes of Pensacola, FL. Elizabeth and Lyda are sisters of Jesse Joe and all are grandchildren of Elizabeth English Ward. He is not related to the Wards. 
Other11/17/1955 FL  85 yrs old 
C.A. Faulk says he is 85 years old and personally knows Elizabeth English Ward, wife of James B. Ward. Elizabeth English Ward was a Creek Indian. He was personally acquainted with Jesse Joe Ward of Bruce in Walton County, Fl. He also knows Jesse Joe Ward is the grandson of Elizabeth English Ward.
He further says he is acquainted with Elizabeth Rebecca Ward of Freeport, FL, in Walton County and Lyda Apseybeth Ward Hayes of Pensacola, FL, Escambia County. Elizabeth Rebecca Ward and Lyda Apseybeth Ward Hayes are the sisters of Jesse Joe Ward. All of them are grandchildren of Elizabeth English Ward.  
Other12/21/1955 FL (Walton County) 85 yrs old 
Jesse Joe Ward, age 85, sworn, says he is one of six sons of William Joe and Apsebeth Ward. He knows of his on personal knowledge that his grandmother, Elizabeth English Ward, was a Creek Indian. After his grandfather, James B. Ward, died, he traveled with his family in a covered wagon pulled by a yoke of red oxen to Dale County, AL and brought Elizabeth English back to their home. All of Elizabeth’s sons had moved to FL because they were one-half Creek Indian and the people in AL did not like to associate with them, even after the Wards had fount with the whites against the Indians in a battle near their home. In this battle three of the Wards were killed. His grandmother brought her bed, sheets, and pillows and stayed with them for several years. His grandmother took fishing trips and he caught minnows for her to use as bait. She died in Alabama around 1890 when he was 20 years old.  Source:  A copy is also on file at the Muscogee Nation of Florida, in folder titled CAMPESI Draft Federal Petition with Areas Marked Needing Further Documentation.

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12 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
13 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.
14 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.
36 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
47 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
58 1928 The Tamiami Trail opens. It opens the southernmost 275 miles of U.S. Highway 41 from State Road 60 in Tampa to U.S. Route 1 (SR 5) in Miami, Florida to tourist. It also destroys many of the Seminole Indian waterways and hinders their economy.
87 1957 The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
7 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
9 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
19 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
25 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
27 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
30 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.
30 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
31 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
32 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
33 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
34 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
36 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
36 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
36 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
42 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
43 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
44 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
53 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
53 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
54 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
56 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
57 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
58 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
66 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
68 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
76 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
77 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
81 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
82 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
87 1957 Sputnik is launched by the Soviets and becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. It marks the beginning of the great "space race" between the Soviet Union and the U.S.
90 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
12 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
15 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
38 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
42 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
43 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
47 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.
49 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
68 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
69 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
71 1941 NEWS HEADLINES: December 7, 1941 -- Japan launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the US officially declares war on Japan the following day. World War II begins for American soldiers.
80 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
85 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
90 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
5 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
6 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
39 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
40 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.
57 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
59 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
60 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
62 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
63 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
64 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
64 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
65 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
69 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
73 1943 Japanese Americans are relocated to internment camps; Almost 400,000 coal miners go on strike; Race riots break out in Los Angeles and Detroit.
74 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
75 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
84 1954 The nationally televised McCarthy hearings lead to Senator Joseph McCarthy's downfall; Segregation by race in schools is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; Congress adds the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and requires "In God We Trust" to appear on all American currency.
39 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
44 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.
47 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
49 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
50 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.
68 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
69 1939 Hitler takes over all of Czechoslovakia. On Sept. 1st, Germany invades Poland. On Sept. 3rd, Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. World War II has begun.
75 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Mazie Beulah Ward
Born in Bruce, Walton Co., Florida on July 28, 1908 and died in Freeport, Florida on February 8, 2001. He was 92 years old.

She married in 1926 to Benjamin Franklin Thomas (1896 -1966), then she later married John E. Rossell.

She was the matriarch and Chief (Micco) of the Choctawhatchee clan of Creek Indian of Br...
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