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Genealogy for
Mary Elizabeth Franklin 

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Francis Marion Franklin
6/10/1817 - 9/6/1889

Gatsey Ann Sutton
1821 - 1879
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Mary Elizabeth Franklin
11/13/1844 - 10/17/1918
Mary Elizabeth Franklin was born on November 13, 1844 in Baker County, Georgia and died on October 17, 1918 in Blountstown, Florida. She lived to be 73 years old.

She married Eustace Studstill in about 1860. Their marriage didn't last long, he may have died in the Civil War. Family history says they had one or two children that died young.
She later married Caleb Joshua Halley.

The following rhyme has been handed down in the family. It was a way to remember the children of Caleb & Mary Halley. The names are sung in groups of three, in a sing song fashion:

John, Pierce, Polly,
Suzey, Nancy, Mollie,
Emmie, Tempey, Charlie,
and little Joe Halley.
Records
Census11/26/1850 7th District FL (Gadsden County) 6 yrs old 
Recorded as family #424: Francis Franklin (male, age 33), Gadsy (female, age 29), Martha (female, age 7), Eliza (female, age 7), Mary (female, age 5), Benjamin (male, age 2) and Henry Egeston (male, age 23). Francis is a farmer and estimates the value of his estate to be $300. Everyone was born in Georgia except the youngest child and Henry who were born in Florida. 
Census6/28/1860 FL (Liberty County) 15 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Mary Franklin.  #136 - Hastus Sadeill (age 24)SC, Mary Sadeill (15)GA, Jabitha Sadeill (1) FL. Hastus works as a wood chopper. 
Additional information about Liberty County, FL around 1860: Liberty County was formed 1855 from Jefferson County. 
Census7/2/1870 Oklokonee District FL (Wakulla County) 25 yrs old 
Dweling# 12, family#9 - Caleb Holly (age 27,born in AL), Mary (age 24, keeping house, born in Georgia), Nancy (age 4, Oct.,born in FL) and John (8 months old, born in FL). Caleb cannot read or write. He states his occupation as farmer with an estimated real estate value of $100.
Caleb's sister Amy and her family are listed as the next family. 
Census6/12/1880 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 35 yrs old 
Starting on line 1: Caleb Holley (age 45, born in AL and both parents in NC), Mary (age 36, wife, she and parents were born in GA), Nancy (age 15, daughter), John (age 12, son), Mary (age 8, daughter), Pierce (age 6, son), Susan (age 4, daughter), Gadsden (age 2, son), Cehas (age 1 month, son). All of the children report that they were born in FL, father in AL, mother in GA. Mary (wife) and the younger children indicate they 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.  
Census6/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 40 yrs old 
Florida State Census, Dwelling Number 153/Family #169: Caleb Halley (age 52), Mary (age 35), Jno (age 16), Nancy (age 19), Porlier (age 15), Price (age 13), Susan (age 10), Gaddis (age 9), Charlie (age 7), and Emma (age 3). Caleb is a farmer and says he was born in Alabama and the birth place of both parents is unknown. Mary was born in Florida and both parents in GA. All of the children were born in FL. 
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.
Census6/27/1900 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 55 yrs old 
Listed as family #249: Caleb Halley (age 67, born Apr 1833), Mary (wife, age 56, born Nov. 1843), Charles (son, age 19, born Jul 1880), Tempy (daughter, age 14, born Nov. 1885), Joseph (son, age 12, born Oct. 1887). Mary has given birth to 13 children and 10 are still living. Mary and Caleb have been married 40 years. Mary and her parents were born in Georgia. The children were born in FL. Caleb was born in AL as were his parents. He is a farmer. Mary cannot read or write, but all of the children can. 
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.
Census4/15/1910 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 65 yrs old 
Listed as family #5: Joe Holley (age 22), Mozelle (wife, age 17) and Mary Holley (mother, age 66). Joe and Mozelle have been married less than one year. Joe was born in FL, his father in AL and his mother in GA. Mozelle and both of her parents were born in GA. Mary was born in GA and does not know where her parents were born. Joe is a farmer working a general farm. Both Joe and Mozelle can read and write. 
Graveyard/Tombstone10/17/1918 Nettle Ridge Cemetery FL (Calhoun County) 73 yrs old 
Mary E. HOLLEY - 1843 to 1919 , sec.2 lot. 146 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Mary Franklin's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Mary, her family, and friends. For example, Mary is 11 years old when Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
AgeDateEvent
1 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
6 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.
11 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.
17 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.
20 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
21 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
21 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.
26 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
38 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
39 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.
40 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.
62 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
73 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
AgeDateEvent
3 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
6 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
7 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
8 1852 Taylor County formed.
9 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
10 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
12 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
13 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
14 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
26 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
31 1875 Oconee County formed.
61 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
68 1912 Forsyth, Bleckley, and Wheeler Counties formed.
70 1914 Barrow, Candler, Bacon, and Evans Counties are formed.
73 1917 Atkinson and Treutlen Counties are formed.
AgeDateEvent
9 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
12 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
15 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
21 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
25 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
33 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
35 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
45 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
51 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
53 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
56 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
56 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.
57 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
58 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
59 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
60 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
62 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
62 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
62 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
68 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
69 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
70 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
AgeDateEvent
17 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
18 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
38 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
41 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
64 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
68 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
69 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
73 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.
AgeDateEvent
11 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
16 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
18 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
19 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
21 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
24 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
31 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
32 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
65 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
66 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.
AgeDateEvent
65 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
70 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.
73 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.


Marriages
Eustace Studstill
Born about 1836 and died about 1863.
They were married 1/1/1860.

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Caleb Halley
Born on May 15, 1834 and died on June 6, 1909.
They were married 1/1/1865.

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The Children of Mary Elizabeth Franklin

24 years old
Nancy Marie Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on May 20, 1866 and died in Blountstown, Florida on August 9, 1932. She was 66 years old.

She married William in Calhoun Co. FL. She served as a School Board Member and was the Post Master for many years at the Chipola Post Office.

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71 years old
John Bennett Halley
Born in Sopchoppy, Florida on October 21, 1869 and died in Blountstown, Florida on June 24, 1940. He was 70 years old.

He was a Farmer, Stable owner, Owner/Operator of the Purina Feed Store. He ran a Skating Rink on the second floor of his store. He also operated a sawmill and owned a turpentine still at the site of ...
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78 years old
Mary 'Polly' Nashville Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on January 4, 1872 and died in Blountstown, Florida on January 27, 1960. She was 88 years old.

Married 9/19/1889 in Blountstown, FL to William Jesse Spears.
Children: Dora B. (10/1892) Laura E. Spears (5/1895), Leola Spears (7/1897), Chelly Spears (1904), John Spears (4/29/1906 - 12/14...
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65 years old
Pierce Franklin Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on June 1, 1874 and died in Blountstown, Florida on October 24, 1940. He was 66 years old.

Married on (9/7/1893) to
Mary Elinder Parish (3/19/1872 to 8/5/1971).
Children: Ada P. (1/14/1895), William Edgar 9/13/1901-2/13/1938)& Nathaniel ( ).

He served in WWI and count...
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Susannah 'Susey' Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on March 10, 1876 and died in Blountstown, Florida on February 2, 1937. She was 60 years old.

She was called Susey/Susie.
She married 5/22/1890 to Robert Stanford Parish. They had one son, Jim. After Robert died, she married William "Bill" Kelly and they had two daughters, Nellie Ethel (18...
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27 years old
Gatsey 'Mollie' Ann Mariah Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on May 5, 1878 and died in Panama City, Florida on May 6, 1960. She was 82 years old.

Married Judson Barber, they had two children: Stella & Hilton. ...
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59 years old
Charlie Barkwood Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on July 9, 1880 and died in Pensacola, Florida on September 1, 1969. He was 89 years old.

Married Maude Haney (8/28/1896 to 11/29/1970) and they had two children. Both died at an early age. After he and Maude divorced, he married Winnie Bracewell Gatlin and they had one son, Buford Eli...
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Emma 'Emmie' Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on August 2, 1883 and died in Panama City, Florida on October 9, 1945. She was 62 years old.

Married on 9/13/1896 to William Vickers. She is buried at Millville Cem. in Panama City, FL....
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Tempey E. Halley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on November 7, 1885 and died in Tarboro, North Carolina on June 29, 1927. She was 41 years old.

Married 12/13/1903 to John Mackeral Haney(1862-1950)
Children:
Lillie(1905)
Carrie L.(1908)
Tft.(?son) (1911)
Isham(1913)
Gladys Velma (1915 -1988)
Claudia Elizabeth (1919)...
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68 years old
Joseph Edgar Holley
Born in Blountstown, Florida on November 4, 1887 and died in Blountstown, Florida on June 3, 1961. He was 73 years old.

Married 11/21/1909 in Calhoun Co, FL to Lillie Mozelle Wingate.
Children:
Henry J.
Ora D.
Lilly J. ...
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