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John Bennett Halley 

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Caleb Joshua Halley
5/15/1834 - 6/6/1909

Mary Elizabeth Franklin
11/13/1844 - 10/17/1918
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John Bennett Halley
10/21/1869 - 6/24/1940
(Shown at age 71)
John Bennett Halley was born on October 21, 1869 in Sopchoppy, Florida and died on June 24, 1940 in Blountstown, Florida. He lived to be 70 years old.

He was a Farmer, Stable owner, Owner/Operator of the Purina Feed Store. He ran a Skating Rink on the second floor of his store. He also operated a sawmill and owned a turpentine still at the site of the present day Charlie Johns St. Bridge.

About 1903 they lived in a home at the present day corner of Angle and Main St. in Blountstown In about 1908 they moved west of town in the area of present day Hummingbird Way. The homestead was originally own by Jonas Bailey. Mary became tired of living so far out in the county and her husband spending long days in town. So, in 1912 John bought some land on Hwy 69 north from Levi Yon and built a large home there. Years later they moved even closer in to a home next to the feed store on Main St.
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Census7/2/1870 Oklokonee District FL (Wakulla County) about 8 months old 
Dweling# 12, family#9 - Caleb Holly (age 27,born in AL), Mary (age 24, keeping house, born in Georgia), Nancy (age 4, Oct.,born in FL) and John (8 months old, born in FL). Caleb cannot read or write. He states his occupation as farmer with an estimated real estate value of $100.
Caleb's sister Amy and her family are listed as the next family. 
Census6/12/1880 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 10 yrs old 
Starting on line 1: Caleb Holley (age 45, born in AL and both parents in NC), Mary (age 36, wife, she and parents were born in GA), Nancy (age 15, daughter), John (age 12, son), Mary (age 8, daughter), Pierce (age 6, son), Susan (age 4, daughter), Gadsden (age 2, son), Cehas (age 1 month, son). All of the children report that they were born in FL, father in AL, mother in GA. Mary (wife) and the younger children indicate they cannot read or write. 
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.  
Census6/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 15 yrs old 
Florida State Census, Dwelling Number 153/Family #169: Caleb Halley (age 52), Mary (age 35), Jno (age 16), Nancy (age 19), Porlier (age 15), Price (age 13), Susan (age 10), Gaddis (age 9), Charlie (age 7), and Emma (age 3). Caleb is a farmer and says he was born in Alabama and the birth place of both parents is unknown. Mary was born in Florida and both parents in GA. All of the children were born in FL. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1885: The principle towns in Calhoun County were Blountstown, Marysville, Chipola, Selman, Ocheesee, and Abe Springs. In 1884 railroads in Florida were bought out by one company and placed under central management. River Junction, located at the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, is the closest railroad and the primary hub of land transports. The photo on the right shows the iron bridge than spans the Chattahoochee River about a mile from the Depot at River Junction where wharves, storage, steamboats and hotels bussel with activity. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Marriage4/17/1890 FL (Calhoun County) 20 yrs old 
on page #179 - John B. Halley married Mary Peacock on April 17,1890   Source:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flcalhou/marriages/grooms.txt
Land Deed12/12/1898 FL (Calhoun County) 29 yrs old 
John B. Halley, via the May 20, 1862 act or treaty, filed an original homestead entry in compliance with FL Statutory reference 12 Stat. 392 for a total of 160. 3 acres. Land description is: W1/2SE, Tallahassee, No 1N 8W 2 and E1/2SW Tallahassee No 1N 8W 2. Document number 13878. 
Census4/25/1910 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 40 yrs old 
Recorded as family #33: J. B. Halley (age 40), Mary (wife, age 34), Ellis (son, age 18), Annie (daughter, age 16), Wess (son, age 12), Belle (daughter, age 11), Phenlon (son, age 9), Marion (son, age 7), Lee Roy (son, age 1) and Mart McNely (a black servant, age 21, widowed, born in FL). J. B. was born in FL and both parents in the United States. Mary and her mother were born in FL and her father in the United States. All of the children were born in FL. Mary has given birth to 8 children and all are still living. J. B. and Ellis are farmers working the family farm. All, except the youngest children, can read and write. The youngest children have attended school during the past year. 
Land Deed5/20/1912 FL (Calhoun County) 42 yrs old 
John B. Halley - original - April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566) - sold on 5/20/1912 for a total of 40.2 acres. Land description is: NWSE 36/ 1-N 9-W Tallahassee, Document number 07984.  
Other5/30/1916 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 46 yrs old 
Handwritten pages from the front of John Bennett and Mary Elizebeth Peacock Halley's bible records the birth of each child between 1892 through 1916.
Marriage: J. B. Halley and Mary Elizebeth Peacock was married April th 17, 1895.
Births:
John Bennett Halley was born Oct. th 21, 1869
Mary Elizebeth Peacock was born May th 17, 1875
James Ellis Halley was born Feb. th 22,1892
Annie Lee Halley was born April th 20, 1894
Mary Ella Halley was born March th 4 1896
Celap Wess Halley was born Jan. th 29, 1898
Marry Belle Halley was born may th 4 ,1899
Charley Rubn Halley was born April th 13, 1901
John Marvins Halley was born Aug. th 14 1903
Lee Roy Halley was born Aug. th 16, 1908
Lillie Mae Halley was born Jan. th 10, 1911
Allbert Chester was born Jan. th 1 , 1913
Clerence Eugene Halley was born Aug.30, 1916

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Halley's Family 
Census1/3/1920 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 50 yrs old 
Recorded as family #387: John B. Holley (age 50), Mary E. (wife, age 44), Ruben (son, age 19), John M. (son, age 17), Roy (son, age 13), Lillie (daughter, age 11), Chester (son, age 8), Eugene (son, age 4). All were born in FL and so were their parents. All, except the two youngest children, can read and write. All of the children, except the 4 year old, have been attending school. John B. is a farmer and works his home farm. 
Census1/1/1930 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 60 yrs old 
Listed as the 48th dwelling: John B. Halley (head, age 60), Mary E. (wife, age 54), John M. (son, age 27, not-married), Lilly M. (daughter, age 19, not-married), Chester A. (son, age 17, not-married), Clarence E. (son, age 13). All were born in FL and state that their parents were also born in FL -- except John's father who was born in AL. John B. estimates the value of his home at $3, 500. John states his occupation as Merchant of wholesale groceries and his oldest son, John, is a salesman. 
Death Certificate6/24/1940 FL (Calhoun County) 70 yrs old 
Florida Death Index, 1936-1998: John Bennett Halley died in 1940 in Calhoun Florida. 
Graveyard/Tombstone6/25/1940 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 70 yrs old 
Bogg Cemetery: John Halley, born 10/21/1869 and died 6/24/1940. Tombstone says 'Salvation through Christ The Redeemer'. He is buried next to his wife.   Source:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~flcalhou/Cemeteries/boggswc.htm

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1 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
13 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
14 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.
15 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.
37 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
48 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
59 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.
AgeDateEvent
8 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
10 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
20 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
26 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
28 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
31 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
31 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.
32 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
33 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
34 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
35 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
37 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
37 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
37 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
43 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
44 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
45 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
54 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
54 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
55 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
57 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
58 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
59 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
67 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
69 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
AgeDateEvent
13 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
16 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
39 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
43 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
44 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
48 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.
50 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
69 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
70 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
AgeDateEvent
6 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
7 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
40 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
41 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.
58 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
60 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
61 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
63 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
64 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!
65 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
65 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.
66 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
70 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
AgeDateEvent
40 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
45 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.
48 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
50 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
51 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.
69 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
70 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.
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Mary Peacock
Born on May 17, 1875 and died on December 23, 1957.
They were married 4/17/1890.

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The Children of John Bennett Halley

24 years old
James Ellis Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on February 22, 1892 and died in Blountstown, Florida on July 16, 1968. He was 76 years old.

He served in WWI....
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18 years old
Annie Lee Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on April 20, 1894 and died in Blountstown, Florida on October 6, 1961. She was 67 years old.

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79 years old
Mary Eleanor "Ell" Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on March 4, 1896 and died in Blountstown, Florida on February 17, 1985. She was 89 years old.

Occupation: Book Keeper. Burial at Boggs Cemetery in Blountstown, FL....
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20 years old
Caleb Wesley Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on January 29, 1898 and died in Thomasville, Georgia on January 31, 1951. He was 53 years old.

He was called "Wes" . He served in WWI and in 1918 he marred Etta Armstrong. ...
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41 years old
Margaret Belle Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on May 4, 1899 and died in Blountstown, Florida on March 29, 2001. She was 101 years old.

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19 years old
Charles Reuben Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on April 13, 1901 and died in Dothan, Alabama on November 27, 1933. He was 32 years old.

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38 years old
John Marvin Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on August 14, 1903 and died in Blountstown, Florida on September 6, 1962. He was 59 years old.

He owned and operated Halley's Service Station on Main St. in Blountstown, FL. It opened in 1946, and was a two story building. At his death his son took over the business untill it closed in 2005. ...
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32 years old
Lee 'Buck' Roy Holley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on August 16, 1908 and died in Tallahassee, Florida on December 15, 1989. He was 81 years old.

Change name to Holley. Occupations: Owner/Operator of the Gulf Station, Operated a Meat Market in Altha and a Furniture Store in Blountstown, FL. ...
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47 years old
Lillie Mae Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on January 10, 1911 and died in Tallahassee, Florida on March 16, 1986. She was 75 years old.

Married 12/22/1931 in Blountstown, FL...
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17 years old
Albert Chester Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on January 1, 1913 and died in Tallahassee, Florida on July 10, 1995. He was 82 years old.

His occupation was Public Works. 2nd Marriage 6/29/1968 to Mary Cantley Tyns. Burial at Bogg Cemetery in Blountstown, FL....
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45 years old
Clarence Eugene Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on August 30, 1916 and died in Tallahassee, Florida on February 25, 2002. He was 85 years old.

Occupation: Business Owner, State Government worker. Second marriage to Blanche A. Collins....
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