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Helen Melissa Patterson 

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Daniel Patterson
4/10/1855 - 1/28/1930

Malissa (Malissy) Davis
7/4/1865 - 5/24/1926
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Helen Melissa Patterson
9/9/1886 - 2/14/1940
(Shown at age 22)
Helen Melissa Patterson was born on September 9, 1886 in Geneva County, Alabama and died on February 14, 1940 in Panama City, Florida. She lived to be 53 years old.

She had red hair. She was hard of hearing. She died of Leukemia. (name spelled Helen on Marriage license & Death Certificate)
Census6/4/1900 prcenct 3 AL (Geneva County) 13 yrs old 
247, family # 248: Daniel Patterson (age 45, Apr.1855), Malisey Patterson (34 July 1865), Helan Patterson (13 Sept. 1886), Postell Patterson (11 Meh. 1888), Susan Patterson (9 July 1890), Albert Patterson (7 May1893), Nelly Patterson (5 May 1895), Annie Patterson (2 Meh. 1898), and brother inlaw, Joseph Davis (22 Apl. 1878). All were born in AL, as where their parents, except Daniel's parents where born in GA. Daniel & Joseph are Farmers. Postell is a farm laborer. Susan goes to school. Daniel, Malisey, Helan & Joseph can read & write.  
Additional information about Geneva County, AL around 1900: A courthouse fire in 1898 destroys many county records. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Marriage2/20/1908 Slcomb AL (Geneva County) 21 yrs old 
To any person lawfully authorized to solemnize marriage with said State, greetings: You are hearby authorized to selebrate the rite of matrimony between: Henry Howard and Helen Patterson and required to return marriage licese, and certicate, duly certified under your hand, to the Probate Judge of the aforesaid county. Witness my name as Judge of Proate at the Crurt House in Genave, Alabama, this the 18 day of Febuary AD 1908. P.C. Black

I Certify that the within named Groom, Henry Howard and bride, Helen Howard were by me the undersigned, joined in marriage by the authority of the within license. Done this 20th day of February, AD 1908 in County of Geneva, city of Slcomb in the state of Alabama. H. A. Smith - Minister of the Gospel. 
Census5/4/1910 Malvern AL (Geneva County) 23 yrs old 
Recorded as family #130: H. T. Howard (age 32), Hellen (wife, age 23), Julian (son, age 7), Joel (son, age 11 months). All were born in Alabama. H. T. and Hellon state that both parents were born in AL. H. T. says he is a farmer with a lsonzral (???) farm. 
Census1/7/1920 Fadette AL (Geneva County) 33 yrs old 
family # 36: Henry T. Howard is listed as the head of household (age 41) with Hellen M. (wife, age 33), Julian A. (son, age 16), Joel A. (son, age 10), Mildred (daughter, age 7), Milburn (son, age 4), Wilburn (son, age one month). The three oldest children are attending school. Both parents can read and write. All report that they were born in AL. Henry's parents were born in GA while Hellen's were born in AL. Henry states that he is a farmer with his own house/farm. The oldest children state their occupations as laborer at house farm.

Family # 38 H. W. Knight (age 47? - MS) head widow, Scott W (20 - AL). Lillie R. (17-FL) , Eula (15-FL). His parents where born in AL. He is a farmer.  Source:  Starting on line 83, District 3, Sheet #2B, Enumeration District ion #100.
Census4/18/1930 Dundee AL ( Geneva County) 43 yrs old 
family# 275-Henry T. Howard (age52), Hellen Howard (43), Milburn Howard (14), Wilburn Howard (11)& Hilburn Howard (8).They rent their home. All were born in AL, except Henry born in GA, as were his parents. Hellen's parents were born in AL. Henry was married at age 30 & Hellen at age 21. Henry is a Carpenter and he states he is not a veteran.  
Census1/1/1935 Lynn Haven, Precinct 11 FL (Bay County) 48 yrs old 
page 3 -Henry Howard (age57), Helen Howard (48), Hiley Howard (18), Milburm Howard (15), Hilburn Howard (12), (grandson)Floyd Howard (9)& Julian Howard (36).They live outside the city limits in Lynn Haven. Race: white; Henry was born in GA, all other in AL. Degree of education: Henry, Helen & Julian -(common) Hiley & Milburn- 5th gr., Hilburn 3rd gr. & Floyd 1 st. gr. They rent their home. Henry is a carpenter.  
Newspaper1/1/1940 FL (Bay County) 53 yrs old 
Obit in Panama City Herald. 
Graveyard/Tombstone2/14/1940 Panama City FL (Bay County) 53 yrs old 
Millville Cemetery - Helen Patterson HOWARD, b. Sep 1886 d. Feb 14 1940, - Ss/w Henry Thomas Howard, D/95   Source:
Death Certificate2/14/1940 Panama City FL (Bay County) 53 yrs old 
Helen Malisia Howard wife of Henry T. Howard died on 2/14/1940 at 7:40 pm. Died of Acute Lukelma. Occupation stated as House wife. Born in Alabama. Race: white. Mother's name Malisia Davis, Father's name Daniel Patterson. Burial on 2/15/1940 in Millville. 
Other3/15/1956 AL  16 yrs after death 
I have known Malissy Davis, the wife of Daniel Patterson, for many years. I know that she is the Granddaughter of the late James B. Ward & Elizabeth English Ward. She was married to Daniel Patterson in Geneva Co., Ala. where she lived until she died in 1926. They raised two (2) sons and four (4) daughters as follows: Hellon Patterson borned in 1886, Postell Patterson borned in 1889, Mary Susan Patterson borned in 1890, Albert Reese Patterson borned in 1893, Nellie Mae Patterson borned in 1895, Annie Lee Patterson borned in 1889.   Source:  Original of this document is in the possission of Nancy Patterson.

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20 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
31 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
42 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.
3 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
9 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
11 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
14 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
14 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.
15 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
16 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
17 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
18 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
20 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
20 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
20 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
26 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
27 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
28 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
37 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
37 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
38 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
40 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
41 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
42 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
50 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
52 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
22 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
26 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
27 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
31 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.
33 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
52 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
53 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
23 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
24 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.
41 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
43 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
44 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
46 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
47 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!
48 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 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
49 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
53 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
23 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
28 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.
31 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
33 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
34 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.
52 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
53 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.
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Henry Howard
Born on July 19, 1878 and died on October 7, 1965.
They were married 2/20/1908.

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The Children of Helen Melissa Patterson

36 years old
Joel Amos Howard Sr.
Born in Slocomb, Alabama on May 12, 1909 and died in Panama City, Florida on July 29, 2000. He was 91 years old.

Occupation: business owner and mechanic. Moved to Panama City, FL in 1925 and worked as a mechanic at Nelson Buick Company. Later owned and operated Howard Motors. He served in the U.S. Navy during W...
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54 years old
Mildred Howard
Born in Slocomb, Alabama on April 13, 1912 and died in Panama City, Florida on July 29, 1998. She was 86 years old.

Married 6/23/1923. Occupation: Seamstress. She also volunteered at Bay Memorial Hospital. Called Aunt Mittie. Burial at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Panama City, FL....
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41 years old
Milburn Howard
Born in Slocomb, Alabama on September 4, 1915 and died in Panama City, Florida on March 5, 1993. He was 77 years old.

He was the owner and operator of Howard's Shoe Repair in Panama City. He was called "Uncle Preacher". He married Mary Maud McGraw....
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37 years old
Wilburn Thomas Howard
Born in Slocomb, Alabama on December 22, 1919 and died in Panama City, Florida on August 1, 2010. He was 90 years old.

He moved with his family to Panama City in 1922. He was a master mason and a master mechanic, well known in the community for his expertise. He worked for the Hudson Dealership and then the Chrysler P...
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34 years old
Hilburn Henry Howard
Born in Slocomb, Alabama on February 14, 1922 and died in Bagley, Minnesota on January 31, 2010. He was 88 years old.

He grew up in Slocomb, where he attended school. In 1933, he moved with his family to Panama City, Fla.
He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1942, as a Motor Mechanicís Mate and served with the Coa...
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