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Mazie Beulah Ward 

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Jesse 'J.J.' Joseph Ward
10/12/1870 - 12/18/1960


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Mazie Beulah Ward
7/28/1908 - 2/8/2001
Mazie Beulah Ward was born on July 28, 1908 in Bruce, Walton Co., Florida and died on February 8, 2001 in Freeport, Florida. He lived to be 92 years old.

She married in 1926 to Benjamin Franklin Thomas (1896 -1966), then she later married John E. Rossell.

She was the matriarch and Chief (Micco) of the Choctawhatchee clan of Creek Indian of Bruce. She was a long standing member of the governing council for the Florida tribe of the Eastern Creeks and served on the N.W. Florida Creek Indian Council.

To here her speak about her ancestors:
Newspaper2/10/2001 Bruce FL (Walton County) 92 yrs old 
MAZIE (WARD) T. ROSSELL was born July 28, 1903 and died February 8, 2001. She was the daughter of Jessie Josiah Ward and Florence Burke. Jessie Josiah Ward was the son of William Josiah (Diamond Joe) Ward and Abseybeth Purvis. William Josiah (Diamond Joe)Ward, was the son of James B. Ward and Elizabeth English. Florence Burke was the daughter of William Nimrod Burke and Mary Jane Ward, who was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Ward and Holland Purvis, Thomas Jefferson Ward was the son of James B. Ward and Elizabeth English.
Mazie was an inspiration to all who knew her. She took great pleasure in assisting anyone seeking information on their family tree. Her 97 plus years and a keen memory made her the authority, that was unsurpassed, on the James B. Ward Family and the history of Northwest Florida.
Bruce Methodist church was overflowing with her relatives and friends. The choir sang "It is well with my soul" accompanied by pianist Zera Denson, her niece. The Eastern Star members from The Freeport, Florida Eastern Star Chapter dressed in their all white clothing performed a beautiful Eastern Star ceremony.
At the cemetery, Chief Andrew Ramsey and other members of the Florida Tribe of Eastern Creek Indians performed a meaningful Creek Indian burial. Chief Ramsey spoke in the Creek language and interpreted it in the English language and explained each part of the ceremony. Not only was it beautiful, it was educational to those who had never attended an Indian Burial.
With Mazie's passing, all who knew her would agree that it was not only the passing of a wonderful person, it was the passing of a library of interesting and wonderful information. We all mourn her death and will miss her greatly. No one can take the place of "Amazing Mazie," as she was referred to by many of her family and friends.
by Ralph Odell Ward 
Newspaper7/28/2001 Freeport FL  93 yrs old 
Mazie T. Rossell, age 97, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, in Twin Cities Hospital. She was born near Bruce on July 28, 1903, and had resided in Bruce most of her life. She is survived by two brothers, Willie N. Ward and Joseph Guy Ward both of Bruce; son, Don Thomas and wife, Keiko; daughter-in-law, Miriam Thomas, all of Bruce; stepdaughter, Julia Bogan of Haughton, La.; special nieces and nephews, Pansy Bjorklund, Zera Denson, Naomi Starr and husband, H.E.; Billy Joe Ward, Dex Pate and wife Margie; Opal Godsey and husband, Earl; Kenna Pate and wife, Carol; Bill Ward and wife, Faye; grandchildren, Allen B. Thomas Sr. and wife Susan; and Camilla Gant; great-grandchildren, Allen B. Thomas Jr., Steven Gant and Jennifer Moorehouse and five great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Rossell was the matriarch and Chief (Micco) of the Choctawhatchee clan of Creek Indian of Bruce. She had been a long standing member of the governing council for the Florida tribe of the Eastern Creeks and had served on the N.W. Florida Creek Indian Council. She was a past Silver Haired Legislator and was President of the Women's Club of Bruce for many years. She was a member of the Democratic Committee for over 50 years, and was a member of Freeport Chapter No. 281, Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral services and Eastern Star services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Bruce Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Young and Dr. Andrew Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in Dead River Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers for Mrs. Rossell will be the members of the Florida Tribe of Eastern Creek Indians. A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 10 at Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel.
Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel
Freeport, FL 32439  

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9 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
20 1928 The Tamiami Trail opens. It opens the southernmost 275 miles of U.S. Highway 41 from State Road 60 in Tampa to U.S. Route 1 (SR 5) in Miami, Florida to tourist. It also destroys many of the Seminole Indian waterways and hinders their economy.
49 1957 The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
54 1962 The Seminole Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
71 1979 The sovereign status of the Seminole Indian Tribe allows it to establish the first gambling establishment in FL. It is a bingo hall located on their Hollywood, FL reservation.
4 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
5 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
6 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
15 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
15 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
16 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
18 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
19 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
20 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
28 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
30 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
38 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
39 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
43 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
44 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
49 1957 Sputnik is launched by the Soviets and becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. It marks the beginning of the great "space race" between the Soviet Union and the U.S.
52 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
54 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
57 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
63 1971 The first unmanned spacecraft hit Mars and was launched by the Soviet Union
66 1974 Discovery of "Lucy" in Africa, an almost complete hominid skeleton over 3 million years old, only 3 and a half feet tall but having adult teeth, a small brain, walked upright
67 1975 Invention of the CAT scanner (computerized axial tomography)
71 1979 First "test tube baby" from artificial insemination
73 1981 AIDS is identified by scientist; The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, is sent into space.
78 1986 Moments after liftoff the space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing size astronauts and a New Hampshire teacher.
81 1989 An asteroid comes relatively close to colliding with the earth
82 1990 Hubble Space Telescope launched; optical defect discovered and repaired later in 1993.
86 1994 The world watches comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (S-L 9) colliding with Jupiter
89 1997 First Pathfinder vehicle lands on Mars and begin sending first photographs of Martin landscape. These are made available on the internet.
90 1998 Construction begins on the International Space Station.
92 2000 Successful cloning of animals begins in the early 2000s.
4 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
5 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
9 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.
11 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
30 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
31 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
33 1941 NEWS HEADLINES: December 7, 1941 -- Japan launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the US officially declares war on Japan the following day. World War II begins for American soldiers.
42 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
47 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
52 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
55 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
61 1969 NEWS HEADLINES: In July, the U.S. becomes the first nation to land astronauts on the moon. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the lunar surface.
62 1970 NEWS HEADLINES: U.S. forces invade Cambodia and the Vietnam War continues to escalate. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die of drug overdoses. Four Kent State University students are killed during a Vietnam War protest.
69 1977 NEWS HEADLINES: Star Wars is released and becomes the biggest ticket selling movie of all time.
76 1984 NEWS HEADLINES: The first Macintosh computer with a mouse is launched and begins the computer age as it is shortly followed by the first PC and Microsoft.
84 1992 NEWS HEADLINES: The "World Wide Web" (Internet) became available for home use through college and university sponsored "freenets".
92 2000 June 1, 2000 - For the first time since 1851, the United States of America does not participate in a major World's Fair, the Hannover 2000 World Expo, despite a record number, 187, of international participants. President Bill Clinton had withdrawn U.S. participation late in 1999 after agreement to participate in 1997. Congressional apathy toward participation in world events continues a decline in U.S. involvement after the fall of the Soviet Union and victory in the Cold War. A consequence of this policy has led to a rise, among some experts, of anti-American sentiment, and a decline of U.S. influence in diplomatic affairs. Less than half, 18.1 million, of the original attendance estimate, 40 million, visit Hannover's event.
92 2000 The 2000 census enumerates a population of 281,421,906, increasing 13.2% since 1990. As regions, the South and West continued to pick up the majority of the increase in population, moving the geographic center of U.S. population to Phelps County, Missouri.
92 2000 December 28, 2000 - Montgomery Ward, the retail giant since its founding one hundred and twenty-eight years before, announces its intention to cease business. Competition from newer, low-cost retail behemoths such as Wal-Mart lead to its demise. Over the next 10 years Wal-Mart pushes most other 'dime store' businesses to closure.
92 2000 April 3, 2000 - The ruling in the case of the United States versus Microsoft states that the company did violate anti-trust laws by diminishing the capability of its rivals to compete.
92 2000 November 7, 2000 - George W. Bush, son of the former President, and Vice President Al Gore hold a virtual dead-heat for the presidency, with a disputed vote in Florida holding off the naming of the winner of the President Election until the Supreme Court of the United States voted in favor of Bush on December 12. This ruling gave Florida to the Bush camp by a 527 vote majority, and a victory in the Electoral College, 271-266, despite gaining less popular votes than Gore.
93 2001 April 8, 2001 - Tiger Woods becomes the first golfer to hold all four major golf titles simulteneously by winning the Master's tournament in Augusta, Georgia. This followed a remarkable run in 2000 when Woods claimed victory at the final three majors of that season; the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship.
93 2001 NEWS HEADLINES: September 11 -- (9 11) -- The World Trade Towers are hit by terrorist flying commercial planes full of passengers.
1 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
2 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.
19 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
21 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
22 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
24 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
25 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
26 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
26 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
27 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
31 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
35 1943 Japanese Americans are relocated to internment camps; Almost 400,000 coal miners go on strike; Race riots break out in Los Angeles and Detroit.
36 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
37 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
46 1954 The nationally televised McCarthy hearings lead to Senator Joseph McCarthy's downfall; Segregation by race in schools is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; Congress adds the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and requires "In God We Trust" to appear on all American currency.
54 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
58 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
59 1967 Martin Luther King leads an anti Vietnam protest in New York; The American Indian Movement is founded; Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King are assassinated; Three Apollo astronauts are killed in a fire on the launch pad.
63 1971 Charles Manson is found guilt of murder.
64 1972 Break-in at the Democratic headquarters sets of the Watergate Scandal.
65 1973 The Vietnam War peace pacts were signed in Paris and the last of the American forces finally leave Vietnam.
69 1977 Jimmy Carter, a Democrat from GA, is elected president.
73 1981 Ronald Reagan is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
79 1987 January 24 - approximately 20,000 protesters march through Cummings, Georgia in all White Forsyth County.
79 1987 President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev meet in Washington and sign an agreement calling for the dismantling of all Soviet and US missiles.
81 1989 George Bush is elected president. (Republican)
85 1993 Bill Clinton is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Democrat)
86 1994 O.J. Simpson is chased down by police and later his trial is telecast for the world to watch.
89 1997 A robust economy creates the longest prosperity in U.S. history.
91 1999 United States budget goes into surplus.
93 2001 George W. Bush is elected president. He is the son of George Bush who served as president from 1989-1993. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
1 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
6 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.
9 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
11 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
12 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.
30 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
31 1939 Hitler takes over all of Czechoslovakia. On Sept. 1st, Germany invades Poland. On Sept. 3rd, Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. World War II has begun.
37 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
81 1989 The Berlin Wall falls uniting communist East Germany and capitalistic West Germany
82 1990 Iraq (Sadam Hussein) invades Kuwait causing the U.N. to impose sanctions. This leads to the Gulf War.
84 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is formed.
85 1993 South Africa accepts racial equality.
88 1996 Pope John Paul II affirmed evolution by natural selection
91 1999 Yugoslavia breaks up and Serbia is contained.
92 2000 China begins to emerge as an economic giant.
92 2000 Internet, cellphones, and social networking (using websites such as Twitter and Facebook) begin to grow in popularity and become standards for most house holds by 2010.
93 2001 September 11, 2001 - 911 - Islamic fundamentalist terrorists hijack four U.S. airliners and crash them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City. The attack of two planes levels the World Trade Center and the crash of one plane inflicts serious damage to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, causing nearly 3,000 deaths. The fourth plane is heroically crashed by passengers into a Shanksville, Pennsylvania cornfield when they learn of the plot, preventing destruction of another structure in Washington, D.C., supposed to be the White House or the Capitol building. The plot is attributed to the Al-Qaeda organization led by Osama Bin Laden.
93 2001 October 7, 2001 - In response to the tragedy of September 11, the United States military, with participation from its ally the United Kingdom, commence the first attack in the War on Terrorism on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. By November 12, the Taliban government leaves the capital, Kabul.
93 2001 April 1, 2001 - China-U.S. incident. An American spyplane collides with a fighter plane of China and makes an emergency landing in Hainan, China. The U.S. crew is detained for ten days
93 2001 September 18, 2001 - Anthrax attacks by mail from Princeton, New Jersey against news and government targets begin. Federal officials announce the first case on October 4. World wide concern about terrorism continues to escalate.

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