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Mary Elizabeth Greenville Purswell 

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Gabriel Purswell
6/18/1809 - 4/8/1898


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Mary Elizabeth Greenville Purswell
9/1852 - 1/1928
(Shown at age 48)
Mary Elizabeth Greenville Purswell was born on an unknown day in September 1852 in Barbour Co., Alabama and died on an unknown day in January 1928 in Slocomb Co., Alabama. She lived to be 75 years old.

Her parents were Gabriel Purswell (1809 -1898) and Elizabeth Stivender (1811-1863)

She was called "Mollie"
Census7/28/1860 AL (Barbour County) 7 yrs old 
#762 -Gabriel Purswell (age 51)SC, Elizabeth Purswell (48)SC, Mary E. Purswell (8)AL, Eliza I. Sprowl (20)FL. Gabriel is a farmer. 
Census6/17/1880 East half of Geneva AL (Geneva County) 27 yrs old 
# 230, #232 - John Patterson (age29), Mary E. Patterson (27), Mary A. Patterson (10), William B. Patterson (8), Fanny C. Patterson (7), Columbus E. Patterson (4), Indianna Patterson (10m) & (laborer)Asberry Keyser (23). All were born in AL, John's parents were born in GA and Mary's in AL. John is a farmer. John can read, but not write. Mary and William can not read or write. William and Fanny attend school.  

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1 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
4 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
7 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
13 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
17 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
25 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
27 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
37 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
43 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
45 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
48 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.
48 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
49 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
50 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
51 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
52 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
54 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
54 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
54 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
60 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
61 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
62 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
71 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
71 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
72 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
74 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
75 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
76 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
9 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
10 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
30 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
33 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
56 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
60 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
61 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
65 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.
67 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
3 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
8 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
10 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
11 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
13 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
16 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
23 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
24 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
57 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
58 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.
75 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
57 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
62 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.
65 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
67 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
68 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.
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Mary Patterson
Mary Patterson

John Patterson
Born on March 6, 1847 and died on January 18, 1890
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The Children of Mary Elizabeth Greenville Purswell

63 years old
Columbus Lonzo Patterson
Born in Geneva Co., Alabama on April 23, 1872 and died in Holmes Co., Florida about 1949. He was about 76 years old.

He married Nancy Elizabeth Newton (7/26/1882 AL -9/1958 FL).
  1. Premila Melia Patterson ( 2009),
  2. John William Patterson (1901 1949),
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20 years old
James Ampton Patterson
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on September 19, 1880 and died in Gadsden County, Alabama on October 15, 1966. He was 86 years old.

He married Vallie Thomas (1882)

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17 years old
Charlie Patterson
Born somewhere in Alabama about 1883 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on December 23, 1910. He was about 27 years old.

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