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Samuel  Ethridge 



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Samuel Ethridge
1805 - 1890
Samuel Ethridge was born about 1805 somewhere in North Carolina and died about 1890 somewhere in Florida. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 85 years old.

He moved from N. Carolina and was living in Georgia between 1837-1851. He first married Lucinda Grantham in Early County on 1/22/1837. Later, he married Sarah Ducker Goodwin on April 29, 1850. Around 1855 he briefly lived in Alabama. He moved to the North Florida area by 1860 where he lived the remainder of his life.

Children with Lucinda:
  1. James (1838),
  2. Arlenas (1839),
  3. Ann (1843),
  4. Martha (1847),
  5. Nancy (1847),
  6. John (1849)
Children with Sarah:
  1. Enoch (1851),
  2. Frances (1855)
  3. Isaac (7/17/1858)
His third marriage is to Sarah Ann Scott on 4/21/1863. Date of her death is not known.
Marriage1/22/1837 Blakely GA (Early County) 32 yrs old 
Samuel Ethridge marries Lucinda Grantham on Jan. 22th in 1837 in Early Co. GA  
Marriage4/29/1850 GA (Decatur County) 45 yrs old 
The marriage of Samuel Ethridge and Sarah Goodwin is recorded on April 29, 1850. 
Census9/19/1850 District 22 GA (Decatur County) 45 yrs old 
Recorded as family #293: Samuel Ethridge (age 34), Sarah (age 32), James (12), Arlenas (female age 11), Ann (age 7), Martha (age 5), Nancy (age 3), Susan (age 13), and John (age 1). Samuel was born in NC and Sarah and the children in GA. Samuel is a farmer and does not provide an estimate of the value of his real estate. Neither he nor Sarah can read or write. No one else with the last name of Ethridge is living in Decatur County. 
Additional information about Decatur County, GA around 1850: Map of Decatur County, GA created around 1846 -- four years before the 1850 Census. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/11/1860 FL (Jackson County) 55 yrs old 
Family #115: Samuel Etheredge (age 52), Sarah (age 41), Martha (age 15), John (age 11), Enoch (age 9), Frances (female, age 5), and Isaac (age 6 months). Samuel was born in N. Carolina; Sarah, Martha, John and Enoch in Georgia, Frances in Alabama and Isaac in Florida. Samuel indicates his occupation is a laborer. Neither Samuel nor Sarah can read or write. 
Additional information about Jackson County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Other12/1/1862 Abe Springs Bluff FL (Calhoun County) 57 yrs old 
12/1/1862 State of Florida
Calhoun County
Report of jurors, Grand and Petit for Fall term 1862
Talesman, attending and serving in the Circuit Court at said term and entitled by law to payment from the state.

#3: Thomas Parish - number of miles: 30, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 5.50.
#5 Wm H Pope - number of miles: 30, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 5.50, # 14 Henry B. Davis - number of miles: 20, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 4.50, # 18 Samuel W. Davis - number of miles: 46, number of days: 4, amount in dollars: 9.50, #34 Ishmael Ayers - number of miles: 20, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: 4.50, # 36 John Peacock - number of miles: 24, number of days: 1, amount in dollars: 3.50, # 38 Robt. W. Nixon - number of miles: 6, number of days: (part of page missing), amount in dollars: (part of page missing), #58 T.H. Yon Jr.- number of miles: 20, number of days: 1, amount in dollars: 3.25, # 65 Jesse Bailey - number of miles: 8, number of days: 2, amount in dollars: (part of page missing), # 69 Levi Yon - number of miles: 30, number of days: 1, amount in dollars: 4.(missing)
Dec. 1st 1862
William Clark
Clerk of Calhoun County Circuit Court  
Census7/8/1870 Marianna FL  65 yrs old 
Recorded as family #255: Samul Etheridge (age 65), Enoch (age 18), Isaac (age 10), and Francis (female, age 16). Samul was born in South Carolina and the children in Florida. Samul is 'at home' and estimates the value of his estate to be $200. The dwelling listed immediately above is his daughter and son-in-law, Henry and Martha Beck. 
Census6/14/1880 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 75 yrs old 
Recorded as family #92: William H. Beck (age 37), Martha (wife, age 34), Nancy (daughter, age 7), Hennie (daughter, age 5), Jesse (son, age 4), Kizzie (daughter, age 7 months), Samuel Ethridge (father-in-law, age 90, widower) and Ella Vann (servant, age 18). William is a farmer. William and Martha were both born in GA. The children were born in FL. Samuel was born in NC as were his parents and he 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.  
Graveyard/Tombstone1/1/1890 Old Shiloh Cem., Scotts Ferry FL (Calhoun County) 85 yrs old 
Samuel Ethridge - 1805 -1890 

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5 1810 Western Florida, from the Pearl River to the Mississippi, is annexed by the US from Spain.
8 1813 During 1813-14, over 2,000 Muskogee-speaking Creeks move to Florida in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War). Most come from AL and GA.
13 1818 First Seminole Indian War takes place when Andrew Jackson brings his troops into northern Florida.
16 1821 Spain formally cedes Florida to the United States in 1821, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Spanish colonists as well as settlers from the newly formed United States begin to pour into the new territory. Prior to this change, Florida was a wilderness sparsely dotted with settlements of native Indians, escaped/freed slaves and Spaniards.
17 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
18 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
19 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
30 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
32 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.
37 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.
37 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
40 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
45 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.
50 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.
56 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.
59 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
60 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
60 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.
65 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
77 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
78 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.
79 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.
2 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
9 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
25 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
34 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
39 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
48 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
51 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
54 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
60 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
64 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
72 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
74 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
84 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
6 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
7 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
23 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
29 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
56 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
57 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
77 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
80 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
25 1830 The U.S. Government begins forcing Cherokee Indians from their homes in what becomes known as the Trail of Tears. Many Cherokee hide in the mountains of North Carolina and surrounding states.
1 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
6 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
15 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
25 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
30 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
32 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
35 1840 Oregon Trail is established
37 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
50 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
55 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
57 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
58 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
60 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
63 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
70 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
71 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
28 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Sarah Ducker
Born about 1819 and died about 1863.
They were married 4/29/1850.

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Isaac Samuel Ethridge
Born somewhere in Florida on July 17, 1858 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on March 22, 1905. He was 46 years old.

Buried in the Old Shiloh Cemetery No. 2 in Calhoun County, FL. ...
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