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Dr. Theophilus  West 



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Dr. Theophilus West
1820 - 1910
(Shown at age 30)
Dr. Theophilus West was born about 1820 in Tallahassee, Florida and died about 1910 in Marianna, Florida. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 90 years old.

His parents were Charles Bundick West & Zipporah Topping West from Virginia.
He married Rebbecca Davis, they had one son, Theodore D. West. After the death of Rebbecca, he married in 1902 to Annie Slade of Columbus, Ga. They had two sons, Charles Slade West and Marion H. West.

He was the personal physician to Robert E. Lee during the war between the states and practiced medicine in Marianna for many years after the war. The Davis/West house (built for Rebecca buy her father) in Marianna is on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks.

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Marriage3/14/1861 FL (Jackson County) 41 yrs old 
Dr. Theophilus West married Rebecca Davis Spears on 3/14/1861 - book: B page:34.  
Other1/1/1877 Marianna FL (Jackson County) 57 yrs old 
He was appointed by Governor Drew to be a member of the County School Board. He served as Chairman of the Board continuously for twelve to fifteen years. 

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1 1821 Spain formally cedes Florida to the United States in 1821, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Spanish colonists as well as settlers from the newly formed United States begin to pour into the new territory. Prior to this change, Florida was a wilderness sparsely dotted with settlements of native Indians, escaped/freed slaves and Spaniards.
2 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
3 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
4 1824 Tallahassee is established at the capital of Florida because it is half-way between the two government centers in St. Augustine and Pensacola. The Legislative Council meets in November in a log house erected in the vicinity of today's capitol.
15 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
17 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.
22 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.
22 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
25 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
30 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.
35 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.
41 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.
44 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
45 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 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
50 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
62 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
63 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.
64 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.
86 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
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
57 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
59 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
69 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
75 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
77 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
80 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.
80 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
81 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
82 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
83 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
84 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
86 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
86 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
86 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
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.
62 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
65 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
88 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
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.
55 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
56 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
89 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
90 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.
13 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico
89 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
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Rebecca Davis
Born on October 21, 1822 and died on January 30, 1901
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