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George Thomas Coxwell
3/26/1830 - 6/13/1890
George Thomas Coxwell was born on March 26, 1830 in Warren County, Georgia and died on June 13, 1890 in Chipola , Calhoun County, Florida. He lived to be 60 years old.

He married Sarah Jane Johnson
William (1858)
Nancy Ann
Martha Jane
Benjamin J.
Enoch G.
Samuel S.
Emma L.
Alice M.
Ella M.
Andrew W. (1872)
Joseph O. (1874)
Josephine E. (1874)
Walter B.(1876)
Benjamin N. (1878)
Thomas (1883)
Marriage7/13/1858 GA (Taylor County) 28 yrs old 
Groom: George T Coxwell, Bride: Sarah Jane Johnson, Marriage Date: July 13, 1853, Marriage Place: Taylor, Georgia  
Census1/1/1860 Georgia Militia District 757 GA (Taylor County) 29 yrs old 
498, 462 -George T. Coxwell (29), Sarah J. Coxwell (24), Mary A. E. Coxwell (5), Enoch G. Coxwell (3), Martha Coxwell (3) & William J. W. Coxwell (1). All were born in GA. George is a farmer. 
Census6/18/1870 Butler GA (Taylor County) 40 yrs old 
#286 -George Coxwell (age 40) Sarah Coxwell (33), Enoch Coxwell (13), Martha Coxwell (13), William Coxwell (11), Samuel Coxwell (9), Emma Coxwell (6), Allice Coxwell (2), Ella Coxwell (5mo). All were born in GA. George is a blacksmith,Sarah keeps house, Enoch and William work on the farm,Martha attends school. George's estate value is $700, his personal value is $700  
Census7/14/1880 District 1044 GA (Worth County) 50 yrs old 
Page: 517B -#616: George T. Coxwell (age 50), Sarah J. Coxwell (43), Enoch G. Coxwell (23), Samul S. Coxwell (20), Emma L. Coxwell (16), Alice M. Coxwell (12), Ella M. Coxwell (10), Andrew W. Coxwell (8), Joseph O. Coxwell (6), Josaphine E. Coxwell (6), Walter B. Coxwell (4), Benjamin N. Coxwell (2). All were born in GA, George's father was born in NC and mother in SC. Sara's father was born in NC and mother in SC. George is a blacksmith, Ench and Samuel are farm laborers.  
Census1/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 54 yrs old 
Pg.18,#167 -G. T. Coxwell (age 55), S. J. Coxwell (48), E. G. Coxwell (28), Lenna Coxwell (21), Allice Coxwell (17), Ella Coxwell (15), Andrews Coxwell (13), Joe Coxwell (11), Josie Coxwell (11), Walter Coxwell (9), Ben Coxwell (7), Thomas Coxwell (4). All were born in GA. G.T. is a blacksmith, E.G. is a farmer  
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.
Graveyard/Tombstone6/13/1890  GA (Wilkinson County) 60 yrs old 
George T. Coxwell - 3/26/1830 - 6/13/1890
Red Level Cemetery, Wilkinson County, GA 
Newspaper8/12/1890 Butler GA (Taylor County) 60 yrs old 
It is with the greatest solemnity I seat myself to inform your readers of the departure of a most noble citizen, brother G. T. Coxwell, who was instantly summoned to depart this life the 13th day of June at 12 o'clock, as he was returning from his work to his home to take dinner with the aged wife who yet awaits his return.

There was a little cloud in the west from which the vivid lightning was playing across the wide spread land. Brother Coxwell was struck and killed without the privilege of speaking to anyone. This kind of death often leaves us in doubt as to whether our friends are at rest or not, but there arises no doubt in this case, as brother Coxwell had made a beautiful profession. On the 26th day of last Dec., about 1 o'clock I reached his home, finding brother and sister Coxwell alone, it being the day after Christmas; everything looked sad and drear, as there had been a large number of his children and grandchildren there, as guests the day before. I don't think there was even a child in the house.

The two old patriots seemed very calm and serene. This always did possess me to discuss religious matters, so I began the subject at once in which I was warmly joined by both. This discussion lasted till about 4 o'clock, p.m., when I returned to my home leaving brother Coxwell under deep conviction. It seemed for want of a new supply of grace, which it seemed he was bound to receive, for he sang a hymn and bowed in prayer where he remained until he received the gift he desired, after which he was uncontrollably happy for three days during which time he slept very little. Since that time sister Coxwell tells me she has never seen him fret at anything. Oh, what a glorious, happy thought to be governed by the love of God, for just six months and seventeen days, at the same time of day we met in this religious service he was called away, leaving a dear wife and six children mourning the loss of a kind and affectionate head and stay.

Brother Coxwell was the chaplain of Board Head Alliance and will be long missed by his much loved kindred and friends. He was born March 26th 1830, aged sixty years and was buried at Red Level June 15th. The burial was largely attended by members of the F. A. and I. U., as well as the community at large. We reached the grounds at about 10 a.m. and found about 200 people present, which number was increased until about 400 were present. The corpse reached the place at 11 o'clock, and as the grave was not quite ready, the people grouped about under the friendly shade trees until about 12 p.m. The grave being ready the coffin was placed on a temporary bier, and brother Beauchum standing at the head of the corpse, proceeded with the religious services, at the close of which the beautiful, solemn and impressive burial rites of the F.A. and I.U. were concluded. The coffin lid was then lifted so that all might be allowed a last look upon brother, husband, father, friend and the sight of the grief stricken ones who crowded around for a last farewell glance, is long to be remembered and not to be forgotten. After this sad parting scene, the lid was replaced and all that was mortal of a devoted husband and affectionate father, a true friend and exemplary Christian, an allianceman that was true to the care, and a Mason, was consigned to the mother dust.
Respectfully, J.M. Hall, Editor
Published in The Butler Hearld
August 12, 1890  

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5 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
7 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.
12 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.
12 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
15 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
20 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.
25 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.
31 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.
34 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
35 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.
35 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
40 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
52 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
53 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.
54 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.
1 1831 Sumter County is formed.
2 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
3 1833 Walker County is formed.
6 1836 Seminoles massacre Major Francis L. Dade and his 103 man command. This starts the second Seminole War. February - Battle of Hitchity. March 27 - Colonel J.W. Fannin and his Georgian's executed by order of Santa Ana at Goliad on Palm Sunday. July - Battle of Brushy Creek. July 3 - Battle of Chickasawachee Swamp. July 27 - Battle of Echowanochaway Creek.
7 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
8 1838 Chattooga County formed
17 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
20 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
21 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
22 1852 Taylor County formed.
23 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
24 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
26 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
27 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
28 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
40 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
45 1875 Oconee County formed.
9 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
14 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
23 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
26 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
29 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
35 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
39 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
47 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
49 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
59 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
4 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
31 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
32 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
52 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
55 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
5 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
7 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
10 1840 Oregon Trail is established
12 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
25 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
30 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
32 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
33 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
35 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
38 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
45 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
46 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
3 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Sarah Johnson
Born about 1837 and died about 1893.
They were married 7/13/1858.

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The Children of George Thomas Coxwell

William James Washington Coxwell
Born somewhere in Georgia on October 3, 1858 and died in Calhoun, Florida on January 14, 1889. He was 30 years old.

William married Mary Emma Streetman (9/29/1857 to 12/5/1916)...
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Ella Mahama Coxwell
Born in Bulter Co., Georgia on December 24, 1869 and died in Blountstown, Florida on July 9, 1957. She was 87 years old.

  1. Jesse Thomas Bailey (1-26-1889 to 10-1-1961)
  2. John David Bailey (1-1890 to 4-2002)
  3. Charles James Bailey (9-12-1891 to 11-8-1979)
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