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Lydia Susannah Stafford
1806 - 1910
(Shown at age 104)
Lydia Susannah Stafford was born about 1806 in Leon County, Florida and died about 1910 in Anacoco, Vernon Parish, Louisiana. Dates for birth and death are estimated. She lived to be about 104 years old.

Her father was Ellis Stafford, he served in Revolutionary war and settled in Tallahassee, FL. She married Edward Lemuel Howard
Andrew Jackson Howard (1827)

After the death of Edward, She married Esom
Leonidas (1834)
Cicero Davenport (1836 - 1862 Civil War)
Martha Ann
Thomas Jefferson (1841)
Marriage2/19/1827 FL (Leon County) 21 yrs old 
Edward Howard married Lydia Stafford on 2/19/1827 Leon Co. 
Marriage3/16/1834 GA (Thomas County) 28 yrs old 
Marriage Records Thomas Co. Georgia license
March 16, 1834 
Census1/1/1840 District 969 GA (Early County) 34 yrs old 
page 1, line#10- Esom D. Franklin - Males - Under 5: 2, Males - 5 thru 9: 1, Males - 10 thru 14: 1, Males - 15 thru 19: 2, Males - 70 thru 79: 1, Females - 10 thru 14: 2, Females - 30 thru 39: 1 
Census3/23/1850 FL (Franklin County) 44 yrs old 
#93 -James Younge (age 33), Susannah Younge (44), Andrew Howard (22), Leonidas Howard (16), Cicero Howard (14), Thomas Howard (9). James was born in NY, he works as a stevedore. All other were born in FL. There is a check mark for married with in the year for Susannah, she can not read or write. Cicero and Thomas attend school.  
Census1/1/1880 LA (Vernon County) 74 yrs old 
157 - A. J. Howard (age 51), Martha A. Howard (44) Theodveia Howard (9), L. Franklin (73)-mother. A.J. was born in FL, his father in MD and mother in FL. Martha was born in GA,as were her parents. Theodosia was born in FL. Lydia was born in FL, her parents in SC. A. J. is a farmer. 

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4 1810 Western Florida, from the Pearl River to the Mississippi, is annexed by the US from Spain.
7 1813 During 1813-14, over 2,000 Muskogee-speaking Creeks move to Florida in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War). Most come from AL and GA.
12 1818 First Seminole Indian War takes place when Andrew Jackson brings his troops into northern Florida.
15 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.
16 1822 Florida Territory is purchased
17 1823 The Treaty of Moultrie Creek pushes the Seminole Indian towns into the interior of the Florida peninsula.
18 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.
29 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
31 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.
36 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
36 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.
39 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
44 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.
49 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.
55 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.
58 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
59 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.
59 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
64 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
76 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
77 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.
78 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.
100 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
1 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
8 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
24 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
33 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
38 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
47 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
50 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
53 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
59 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
63 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
71 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
73 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
83 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
89 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
91 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
94 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.
94 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
95 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
96 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
97 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
98 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
100 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
100 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
100 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
5 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
6 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
22 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
28 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
55 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
56 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
76 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
79 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
102 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
5 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
14 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
24 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
29 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
31 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
34 1840 Oregon Trail is established
36 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
49 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
54 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
56 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
57 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
59 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
62 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
69 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
70 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
103 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
104 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.
27 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico
103 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe

Edward Howard
Born about 1781 and died on June 8, 1832.
They were married 2/23/1827.

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Esom Franklin
Born about 1770 and died about 1841.
They were married 3/16/1834.

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The Children of Lydia Susannah Stafford

43 years old
Andrew Jackson Howard
Born in Leon County, Florida on December 9, 1827 and died in Veron Parrish, Louisiana about 1885. He was about 57 years old.

Andrew was a carpenter and a shipbuilder as well as a lighthouse keeper in the 1860's. His daughter, Alice Ann recounts a story of a huge hurricane that had the family escaping the rising water by sta...
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