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Joseph Irving Davis 

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Franklin Angus Davis
12/15/1852 - 1937

Josephine Louisa Nixon
8/9/1860 - 11/1/1910
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Joseph Irving Davis
6/15/1887 - 12/9/1981
(Shown at age 33)
Joseph Irving Davis was born on June 15, 1887 in Jackson Co., Florida and died on December 9, 1981 in Blountstown, Florida. He lived to be 94 years old.

Occupations: House Builder, Cabinet Maker, Law Enforcement (a Marshall, Police Chief and a Florida Conservation Officer in the first group trained), Store Owner, Wheelwright (wagon wheels), Sawmill owner/operator and Boat Builder. He was a true jack-of-all-trades.
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He sometimes said "Irving" was not his middle name. However, he provided no other middle name and used "Irving" as most of his life.
Records
Census6/1/1900 Hansfords Mill FL (Calhoun County) 12 yrs old 
Recorded as family #523: Frank A. Davis (age 47 - Mar.1853), Jessie L. ( age 36 - May 1864), William G. ( age 22 - Oct.1877), Mathew M. ( age 20 -July 1879), Frank A. Jr. ( age 19 -Feb.1881), Robert E. ( age 17 Nov. 1882), Febbie R. ( age 15 - January 1885), Joseph I. ( age 14 -June 1886), Liza A. ( age 12 May 1888), John E. (age 8 Aug. 1891), Mary L. ( age 7 Jan. 1893) and Daniel D. ( age 5 Apr. 1895). All were born in Florida as were their parents. Jessie states that she is the mother of 11 children and 10 are currently living. They have been married 23 years. Frank Sr. states his occupation as Mill Wright and his son, William, is a laborer. William and Febbie have attended school through the 12th grade. They and their parents indicate they can read and write while the others say they cannot.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1900: The first automobile, nick-named Chicken Killer, arrives in Blountstown in 1905. The photo on the right shows The Chicken Killer. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Marriage12/19/1909 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 22 yrs old 
Marriage of Jessie F. Bailey to Joseph I. Davis on Dec. 19, 1909. Book 2, page 365 
Census4/15/1910 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 22 yrs old 
Recorded as family #3: Joseph I. Davis (age 23) and Florence (wife, age 16). Both were born in FL as were their parents. Joseph is working as a laborer at the Saw Mill. 
Land Deed1/1/1913 FL (Jackson County) 25 yrs old 
 
Military4/21/1917 Blountstown FL  29 yrs old 
WWI record for Pvt. Davis reports no injuries and an Honerable Discharge on 4/21/1917 for convenience of Government. He did not serve overseas. He enlisted in Blountstown, FL on November 11, 1915 when he was 27 7/12 years old.  
Military7/5/1918 FL (Calhoun County) 31 yrs old 
WWI Draft Registration Card #260: born 6/15/1887 in Jackson Co. FL. States his occupation as chief in the town of Blountstown. States he served in the military before for a year and a half as a Private. His eyes are blue and the color of his hair is light. His height is tall.  
Census1/20/1920 Shiloh, district 12 FL (Calhoun County) 32 yrs old 
Family # 259: J.I. Davis (age 33), Jessie (26), Stynson (7), Josephine (5) & Winieford (2 11mo.). All were born in FL, as where their parents. J.I. states he is a mechanic at a Sawmill. He & Jessie can read & write.

Next door lives Charles & Ell Wood. 
Census4/12/1930 District 7, Outside town, Port St. Joe FL (Gulf County) 42 yrs old 
#3, Joseph I. (age 41), Florence (31), Stinson (17), Josephine (15), Winefred (13). All were born in FL. Joseph was 22 when he married and Florence was 17. They rent their home at $5 a month. They do not have a radio. Joseph is a proprietor at the sawmill, he is not working at this time. Joseph is a veteran of WWI.  
Census1/1/1935 Princent one FL (Calhoun County) 47 yrs old 
Recorded on line #45: Joe I. Davis (age 47), Florence (38), Stinson (21) & Winifer I. (18). all were born in FL. Joe and Stinson have an 8th gr., Florence has a 6th gr. and Winifer has 9th gr. education. They own their home. Joe is between jobs, Stinson works at the saw mill. 
Census1/1/1945 Blountstown, precint 1 FL (Calhoun County) 57 yrs old 
J. I. Davis (age 57 ), Florence Davis (50), Stenson Davis(32), Delano Howard (12), Amos Howard Jr.(10) George B. Howard (8), Sandra Joe Howard (6), Ronnie Johnson (4).
next door - Harley Wilds(29), Josephine Wilds(29), Silvia Wilds(2) & Harley Wilds Jr.(0) - All were born in FL, except Harley born in Iowa, he is in the Army and has a 11th gr. education. J.I. has a 2nd gr., Florence a 7th gr., Stenson has a 7th, Delano a 7th gr. and Josephine has a 7th grade education. Amos has a 5th gr. and George has a 2nd gr. education. J. I. is a Policeman.  
Newspaper11/8/1950 Panama City News Herald FL (Bay County) 63 yrs old 
Blountstown News: Mrs. H.C. Flood and children of Jacksonville were the weekend guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Davis. Friends of Delano Howard, who is a student at FSU, in Tallahassee, will regret to learn that he is ill in a hospital there. Mr. and Mrs. Amos..... 
Newspaper11/28/1950 Panama City FL (Bay County) 63 yrs old 
BLOUNTSTOWN -- Mrs. Joe Davis was guest of honor at a birthday dinner Thursday at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Price.  
Newspaper3/9/1952 Panama City News Herald FL (Bay County) 64 yrs old 
Howard-Halley Wedding Event of Interest to Many Friends -- In a simple but lovely ceremony on March 1, Miss Mary Frances Halley and Pfc. Delano Howard were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents. Article includes wedding party names and parents. 
Graveyard/Tombstone12/9/1981 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 94 yrs old 
Nettle Ridge Cemetery - JOSEPH I DAVIS - 6-15-1887 to 12/09/1981 sec.3 lot. 249   Source:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~flcalhou/Cemeteries/NettleRidge.htm
Death Certificate1/14/1987 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 6 yrs after death 
Certificate# 87107 - 123/587 for Joseph Irving Davis - Calhoun Co. FL dated 1/14/1987. 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Joseph Davis's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Joseph, his family, and friends. For example, Joseph is 22 years old when The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
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19 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
30 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
41 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.
70 1957 The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
75 1962 The Seminole Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
92 1979 The sovereign status of the Seminole Indian Tribe allows it to establish the first gambling establishment in FL. It is a bingo hall located on their Hollywood, FL reservation.
AgeDateEvent
2 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
8 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
10 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
13 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.
13 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
14 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
15 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
16 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
17 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
19 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
19 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
19 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
25 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
26 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
27 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
36 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
36 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
37 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
39 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
40 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
41 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
49 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
51 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
59 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
60 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
64 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
65 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
70 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.
73 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
75 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
78 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
84 1971 The first unmanned spacecraft hit Mars and was launched by the Soviet Union
87 1974 Discovery of "Lucy" in Africa, an almost complete hominid skeleton over 3 million years old, only 3 and a half feet tall but having adult teeth, a small brain, walked upright
88 1975 Invention of the CAT scanner (computerized axial tomography)
92 1979 First "test tube baby" from artificial insemination
94 1981 AIDS is identified by scientist; The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, is sent into space.
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21 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
25 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
26 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
30 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.
32 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
51 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
52 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
54 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.
63 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
68 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
73 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
76 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
82 1969 NEWS HEADLINES: In July, the U.S. becomes the first nation to land astronauts on the moon. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the lunar surface.
83 1970 NEWS HEADLINES: U.S. forces invade Cambodia and the Vietnam War continues to escalate. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die of drug overdoses. Four Kent State University students are killed during a Vietnam War protest.
90 1977 NEWS HEADLINES: Star Wars is released and becomes the biggest ticket selling movie of all time.
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22 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
23 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.
40 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
42 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
43 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
45 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
46 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!
47 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
47 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.
48 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
52 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
56 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.
57 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
58 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
67 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.
75 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
79 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
80 1967 Martin Luther King leads an anti Vietnam protest in New York; The American Indian Movement is founded; Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King are assassinated; Three Apollo astronauts are killed in a fire on the launch pad.
84 1971 Charles Manson is found guilt of murder.
85 1972 Break-in at the Democratic headquarters sets of the Watergate Scandal.
86 1973 The Vietnam War peace pacts were signed in Paris and the last of the American forces finally leave Vietnam.
90 1977 Jimmy Carter, a Democrat from GA, is elected president.
94 1981 Ronald Reagan is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
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22 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
27 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.
30 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
32 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
33 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.
51 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
52 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.
58 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Jessie 'Dumpsy' Bailey
Born on November 23, 1894 and died on January 8, 1987.
They were married 12/19/1909.

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The Children of Joseph Irving Davis

24 years old
George Stinson Davis
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on January 24, 1913 and died in Blountstown, Florida on November 1, 1990. He was 77 years old.

He first married Florence McClellan in 1931 and divorced her before 1935. In 1936 he married Johnnie Mae Granger. They adopted a daughter, Mary Ann.

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33 years old
Florence Josephine Davis
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on May 12, 1915 and died in Milton, Florida on July 19, 2002. She was 87 years old.

She lived in Milton, FL. Her 5th husband was Edward Simmons, they had no children....
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23 years old
Johnnie Winifred Davis
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on January 22, 1917 and died in Blountstown, Florida on May 22, 1991. She was 74 years old.

Married 8/5/1938. Burial at Nettle Ridge Cemetery in Blountstown, FL...
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