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Experance Josie Ellis 

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William C. Ellis
1795 - 1870


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Experance Josie Ellis
1820 - 3/1870
Experance Josie Ellis was born about 1820 somewhere in Georgia and died on an unknown day in March 1870 in Leary, Georgia. Actual date of birth is unknown. She lived to be about 50 years old.

She went by Exey or Exy. Family info has it that her maiden name was Hatcher, but she is found in the marriage record with the last name of Ellis. She marred Simeon on April 5, 1838 in Russell Co. AL.

She died of Pneumonia one month before her husband and was buried somewhere on Deer Run Plantation with her husband. The grave site is believed to have been destroyed.
Marriage4/4/1838 AL (Russell County) 18 yrs old 
State of Alabama
Russell County
If any judge of Justice of the Peace or any authorized minister of the gospel of the said state. You or any of you are hereby authorized to join in Holy Matrimony Simeon Howard and Experience Ellis for sodoing this shall be your sufficient license.
Witness my hand seal an office this 4th day of April 1838. Thomas S. Tate
Executed the within on the 5th April 1838 Lola Edwards
Recorded July 12th, 1838 Thomas S. Tate -clerk  
Marriage4/5/1838 Seale AL (Russell County) 18 yrs old 
Groom's name: Simeon Howard, Bride's name Experience Ellis, Marriage date: April 5, 1838. County: Russell
William Howard- wittiness   Source:  Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957 index
Census1/1/1840 AL (Russell County) 20 yrs old 
The families of John, William and Simeon Howard are recorded near each other. Family members in each household consist of:
  • page 37 #24 - William -- The ages of all males are: One under 5 years old; one between 5-9; one 15-19; one 20-29; and one between 60-69. One female lives in the house between the age of 20-29.
  • page 37 #23 - Simeon -- Living in Simeon's house are one male between the age of 30-39 and one female between the age of 20-29.
  • page 55 #17 - John -- 1 one male between 20-29; one female between 5-9; one female between 30-39.
  • page 27 #10 -Ralph --two male under 5, two males 5-9,two males 10-14, one male between 30-39; two females under 5,two female between 5-9; one female between 20-29,one female between 30-39. 16 male slaves and 8 female slaves
Additional information about Russell County, AL around 1840: Russell County was created in 1832 by an act of the Alabama General Assembly and named for a Creek War hero (Col. John Russell). It is the home of several forts, including Fort Mitchell. It contains several major waterways including the Chattahoochee and Big Uchee Rivers. 
Census1/1/1850 AL (Henry County) 30 yrs old 
page 10, Line 20 Simeon Howard - one male under 21, one male over 21,
one female under 21 and one female over 21.
Alabama State Census 
Census6/26/1850 AL (Russell County) 30 yrs old 
Recorded as family #1260: Simeon Howard (age 35), Exy (age 30), Mary (age 10), Simeon (age 6) and Sarah (age 4). Simeon Sr., Exy and Mary were born in GA and Simeon Jr. and Sarah were born in AL. The children have not attended school during the past year. 
Census6/9/1860 Beat One AL (Russell County) 40 yrs old 
family#122 - Simeon Howard (age 46, a day laborer born in GA) and his wife Exey (age 40, born in GA) Mary (age 19), Simeon (age 18, day laborer), S. J. (female, age 16), J. F. (female, age 12), William (age 8), and Thomas Laudin or Lawless (age 64, relationship unknown)He was born in VA and cannot read or write. Personal estate is estimated at $100. Children are born in AL. There is a mark in the box for race beside Simeon and Simeon Jr. name. 
Death Certificate6/1/1870 GA (Calhoun County) 50 yrs old 
The Calhoun County Georgia 1870 Mortality report, Reel No: T655-9, records the death of Simeon Howard, a widdowed white male, age 65, in April. He died of Pulmonalis Mors. He was a shoemaker. On the very next line, it records the death of his wife, Experance Howard, a married white female, age 50, the prior month in March. She died of Pneumonia. 

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1 1821 May 15 - Dooly, Fayette, Henry, Houston, Monroe and Newton Counties formed.
2 1822 December 9 - Bibb, Dekalb and Pike Counties formed.
3 1823 December 8 - Decatur County formed.
4 1824 December 15 - Upson and Ware Counties formed.
5 1825 Baker, Lowndes, Thomas, Butts and Taliaferro Counties formed.
6 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.
7 1827 December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
10 1830 Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
11 1831 Sumter County is formed.
12 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
13 1833 Walker County is formed.
16 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.
17 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
18 1838 Chattooga County formed
27 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
30 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
31 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
32 1852 Taylor County formed.
33 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
34 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
36 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
37 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
38 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
50 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
10 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
19 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
24 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
33 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
36 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
39 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
45 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
49 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
8 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
14 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
41 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
42 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
10 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
15 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
17 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
20 1840 Oregon Trail is established
22 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
35 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
40 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
42 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
43 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
45 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
48 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
13 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Simeon Howard
Born about 1815 and died on an unknown day in April 1870.
They were married 4/5/1838.

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The Children of Experance Josie Ellis

Mary Ann Howard
Born in Russell Co., Alabama on an unknown day in October 1840 and died in Morgan, Georgia about 1915. She was about 74 years old.

We know she had a daughter name Willie (her name may have been William S. - notice the 1870 census).
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Simeon Daniel Howard Jr.
Born in Abbeville, Henry County, Alabama on December 11, 1843 and died in Gadsden County, Florida on January 8, 1919. He was 75 years old.

He was called "Sim". Note in the census reports he appears to be younger that the 12/11/1837 date of birth he gave in 1907 pension document. He was younger than Mary his sister and didn't appear in...

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Sarah Jane Howard
Born in Russell County, Alabama on October 17, 1846 and died in Calhoun Co., Georgia on January 10, 1914. She was 67 years old.

She was called "Sal" or "Sally". She may have married Bill Gladden.
  1. Simon J. Howard (4/4/1871 - 10/19/1877),
  2. Sinnie Myrtle Howard (4/20/1878 -2/20/1954 )
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Rena Howard
Born in Russell Co., Alabama on January 26, 1853 and died in Calhoun Co., Georgia on April 30, 1944. She was 91 years old.

Her middle name may have been Ellen or Eliza. She was called "Rennie" In the 1930 census she states she was married at age 19 and is now a widow. She had two children as stated in the 1900 census
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74 years old
William 'Buck' Jasper Howard
Born in Russell County, Alabama on April 12, 1856 and died in Hiland Park, Florida on January 15, 1950. He was 93 years old.

He moved from Calhoun County, GA to Dale County, AL between 1870 and 1880. He first married Josephine Strickland around 1877, she died at about age 21. His 2nd wife was Alice Virginia Rigsby, she died...
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