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Holland 'Polly' Purvis 

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Chelsey Jasper Purvis
1800 - 12/5/1866

Lydia Wright
1800 - 1/7/1885
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Holland 'Polly' Purvis
1825 - 1888
Holland 'Polly' Purvis was born about 1825 somewhere in Georgia and died about 1888 in Walton, Florida. Dates for birth and death are estimated. She lived to be about 63 years old.

Her parents were: Chesley Purvis and Lydia Wright Purvis.

Polly and Thomas were married in 1847 in Dale Cy, FL.

1. Mary Jane (1848, Dale Co., AL - Feb. 1918, Bay Co., FL) ; married Mr. BURKE
2. James Chester (possibly Chesley) (7/1850, Dale Co., FL - 1923)
3. Lydia Elizabeth (1852, Dale Co., AL - ?)
4. William Madison (4/10/1855, Dale Co., AL - 7/3/1886, Holmes Co., FL) ; married Hester Ann Helen Brigman
5. Susan E. (3/17/1856, Dale Co., AL - 10/6/1949, Bruce, Walton Co., FL)
6. Holland L (Abt 1859, Dale Co., AL - ?)
7. Thomas Jefferson, Jr. (1/25/1862, Dale Co., AL - 12/18/1901, Holmes Co., FL)
8. Jesse B. (Abt 1866, FL - 11 Aug 1886)
9. Sarah Emma (Abt 1868, FL - ?)
10. Henry Simmons (? -?)
Census1/1/1840 GA (Dooly County) 15 yrs old 
Chesley Purvis: two Males - (Under 5), two Males - (10 thru 14), one Males - (30 thru 39), one Females - (Under 5), three Females -( 5 thru 9), two Females -( 10 thru 14), one Females - (30 thru 39)Jesse and Bennett Purivs on the same page 
Census11/18/1850 FL (Dale County) 25 yrs old 
Family #460: Thomas J. Ward (age 34), Hallana (age 33), Mary J. (age 2), James C. (age 4 months). Thomas is a farmer and he was born in AL. Hallana was born in GA. All of the children were born in in AL. 
Census9/11/1860 Newton AL (Dale County) 35 yrs old 
Recorded as family #1431: Thomas J. Ward (35 years old), Holland (female, age 35), Mary J. (age 12), James C. (age 10), Lydia E. (age 8), William M. (age 6), Susan E. (age 4), Holland L. (female, age 1), and Henny Simmons (age 14). Thomas is a farmer and estimates the value of his real estate to be $500 and personal estate to be $555. Thomas was born in AL, Holland in GA and the children in AL.  
Census6/18/1880 FL (Walton County) 55 yrs old 
Family #69: T.J. Ward (age 55), Hollan (wife, age 54), Thomas J. (son 18), Jessee B. (son, age 14), Sarah E. (daughter, age 12). T.J. was born in AL and his parents in SC. Hollan was born in GA, her father in GA and her mother in SC. The oldest child was born in AL and the rest in FL. T.J. is a farmer, Thomas J. is a laborer and Jessee is working on the family farm. The two oldest boys have been attending school. Hollan cannot read or write.

The families of W.J. & A.B. Ward, John & Emma Ward, Jack & Susan Ward, and T.F. and Wat Ward live in the same area.  
Additional information about Walton County, FL around 1880: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Holland Purvis's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Holland, her family, and friends. For example, Holland is 5 years old when Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
10 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
12 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.
17 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.
17 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
20 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
25 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.
30 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.
36 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.
39 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
40 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
40 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.
45 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
57 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
58 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.
59 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 1826 January 24 - Treaty of Washington abrogates Treaty of Indian Springs. The Creeks cede a smaller area and are allowed to remain on their lands until January 1, 1826.
2 1827 December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
5 1830 Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
6 1831 Sumter County is formed.
7 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
8 1833 Walker County is formed.
11 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.
12 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
13 1838 Chattooga County formed
22 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
25 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
26 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
27 1852 Taylor County formed.
28 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
29 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
31 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
32 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
33 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
45 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
50 1875 Oconee County formed.
5 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
14 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
19 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
28 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
31 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
34 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
40 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
44 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
52 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
54 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
3 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
9 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
36 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
37 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
57 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
60 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
5 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
10 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
12 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
15 1840 Oregon Trail is established
17 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
30 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
35 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
37 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
38 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
40 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
43 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
50 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
51 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
8 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Thomas Ward
Born on June 8, 1825 and died on July 1, 1919.
They were married 1/1/1847.

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The Children of Holland 'Polly' Purvis

30 years old
Mary Jane Ward
Born in Dale County, Alabama on January 13, 1848 and died in Bay County, Florida on February 1, 1918. She was 70 years old.

She married William Nimrod Burke (1845-1915)
Warren A. Burke (1876-1966)

son, Warren married Nancy Jane Morgan
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Lydia Elizabeth Ward
Born in Dale City, Alabama on November 8, 1852 and died in Panama City, Florida on December 4, 1936. She was 84 years old.

Married in Walton Co. FL. She had four children with husband George: Mary Alice Stanley (born 10/12/1874 in Walton Co. FL to 9/10/1967), Susan P. Stanley (1876 born in Walton Co., FL), Fannie A...
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William 'Matt' Madison Ward
Born in Geneva Co., Alabama on April 10, 1855 and died in Holmes Co., Florida on July 3, 1886. He was 31 years old.

Samuel Tilden Ward (18821981)
Vesta Vitano WARD (18841972)
'Miss Willie' W. M. Ward (18871967) ...
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Susan Absie Ward
Born in Dale Co., Alabama on March 17, 1856 and died in an unknown location on October 6, 1949. She was 93 years old.

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Thomas Jefferson Ward Jr.
Born in Dale County, Alabama on January 25, 1862 and died in Holmes County, Florida on December 18, 1901. He was about 39 years old.

He married Delila Jane Crews (Feb.1873-1962)
Sumpter Kelly Ward (Oct. 1890 - 11/25/1963)- married Frances Lawhorn
Aubrey Victor Ward (1892-1962) - married Verna Hagan
Helen E...
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