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John Holcomb O'Bryan 

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Halcomb O'Bryan
4/1850 - 1930

Sarah Frances Hansford
3/1859 - 1957
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John Holcomb O'Bryan
12/3/1898 - 2/6/1953
(Shown at age 54)
John Holcomb O'Bryan was born on December 3, 1898 in Calhoun Co., Florida and died on February 6, 1953 in Tallahassee, Florida. He lived to be 54 years old.

He was a enumerator in the 1920 census for Hansford Mill in Calhoun Co. FL.
Census6/1/1900 Hansford Mill FL (Calhoun County) 1 yrs old 
Recorded as family #577: Halcomb W. O'Brian (born April 1850, age 50), Sarah F. (wife, born March 1859, age 41), Mary J. (daughter, born August 1881, age 18), Seaborne L. (son, born August 1886, age 13) and Sarah F. (daughter, born July 1880, age 10), un-named baby (son, born Nov. 1898, 1 year old). Halcomb and his parents were born in GA. Sara and her parents were born in FL. The children were born in FL. Holcomb is a farmer. The older children have been attending school and can read and write. Halcomb and Sara can also read and write. They are currently renting the farm where they live. 
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.
Military1/1/1918 FL (Calhoun County) 19 yrs old 
WWI Civilian Draft Registrations for John Holcomb O Bryan, born 12/3/1898 in Calhoun Co. FL. 
Census1/5/1920 Atha FL (Calhoun County) 21 yrs old 
Recorded as family #43: Halcomb W. O'Bryan (age 69), Sarah F. (wife, age 61), and John (son, age 21). Sara and John can read and write. Sara and John were born in FL. Sara's parents were born in GA. Halcomb and his parents were born in GA. Halcomb is a farmer working a general farm. 
Graveyard/Tombstone2/6/1953 Mt. Olive Cem. FL (Calhoun County) 54 yrs old 
John H. O'BRYAN - Dec.3, 1898 Feb.6,1953 - Sect. Y lot.8  Source:

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8 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
19 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
30 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.
2 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
2 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.
3 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
4 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
5 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
6 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
8 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
8 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
8 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
14 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
15 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
16 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
25 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
25 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
26 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
28 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
29 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
30 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
38 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
40 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
48 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
49 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
53 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
54 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
10 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
14 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
15 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
19 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.
21 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
40 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
41 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
43 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.
52 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
11 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
12 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.
29 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
31 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
32 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
34 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
35 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!
36 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.
36 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
37 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
41 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
45 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.
46 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
47 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
11 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
16 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.
19 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
21 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
22 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.
40 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
41 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.
47 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Ruth Grant
Born on July 21, 1906 and died on November 30, 1994.
They were married 1/7/1928.

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The Children of John Holcomb O'Bryan

infant daughter O'Bryan
Born in Altha, Florida on January 8, 1930 and died in Altha, Florida on January 8, 1930. This child was stillborn.

Died shortly after birth. Burial Chipola Cemetery in Altha, FL....
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John Charles O'Bryan
Born in Altha, Florida on February 10, 1937 and died in Hosford, Florida on July 11, 2008. He was 71 years old.

He married Peggy Sue Andrews (born 2/11/1937). 2nd marriage to Erma Jean _________.
He served in the U.S. National Guard and retired from the State of Florida Game and Fish Commission. He was a Ba...
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