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William 'Matt' Madison Ward 

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Thomas Jefferson Ward
6/8/1825 - 7/1/1919

Holland 'Polly' Purvis
1825 - 1888
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William 'Matt' Madison Ward
4/10/1855 - 7/3/1886
William 'Matt' Madison Ward was born on April 10, 1855 in Geneva Co., Alabama and died on July 3, 1886 in Holmes Co., Florida. He lived to be 31 years old.

Samuel Tilden Ward (18821981)
Vesta Vitano WARD (18841972)
'Miss Willie' W. M. Ward (18871967)
Census9/11/1860 Newton AL (Dale County) 5 yrs old 
Recorded as family #1431: Thomas J. Ward (35 years old), Holland (female, age 35), Mary J. (age 12), James C. (age 10), Lydia E. (age 8), William M. (age 6), Susan E. (age 4), Holland L. (female, age 1), and Henny Simmons (age 14). Thomas is a farmer and estimates the value of his real estate to be $500 and personal estate to be $555. Thomas was born in AL, Holland in GA and the children in AL.  
Land Deed6/20/1883 FL (Holmes County) 28 yrs old 
Document Number: 2989 - W. M. Ward -Issue Date: 20 Jun 1883 - sec.1,twp.6-N,range. 16-W. 

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6 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.
9 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
10 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.
10 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
15 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
27 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
28 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.
29 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.
1 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
4 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
10 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
14 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
22 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
24 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
6 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
7 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
27 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
30 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
5 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
7 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
8 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
10 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
13 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
20 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
21 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded

Hester Brigman
Born on April 20, 1862 and died about 1930
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The Children of William 'Matt' Madison Ward

56 years old
Vitano Ward
Born in Wards Mill Crossing, Holmes Co., Florida on May 6, 1884 and died in Atlanta, Fulton Co,, Georgia on September 23, 1972. She was 88 years old.

Her full name was Vesta Vitano Ward.
  1. Daughter Baggott (19131913),
  2. Hiram Lecroy Baggott (19141918),
  3. Dora Helen Baggott (19151996),
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