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|About Alexander Colley|
Alexander Colley was born on August 17, 1786 somewhere in Pennsylvania and died on June 6, 1881 in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. He lived to be 94 years old.
8/17/1786 - 6/6/1881
He married Mary Ann Eager (1786 NY -1848)
Slott E. (1812)
Mary Ann (1815)Rebecca(1816)
John E. (1821)
Robert L. (1825)
Benjamin Cole (1827)
In 1870 he married Martha McHenry Stiles (1789 -1879).
|Census||1/1/1860 ||Benton PA (Columbia County) ||73 yrs old |
|page 6 -Alex Colley (age 74),
Martha Colley (70),
Caroline A Cunningham (16) |
|Other||6/3/1876 ||Benton Villiage PA (Columbia County) ||89 yrs old |
|Will of Alexander Colley |
|Census||1/1/1880 ||Benton PA (Columbia County) ||93 yrs old |
|134 -Robert Colley (age 55),
Martha J. Colley (52),
Mary J. Colley (18),
Frank Colley (10),
father -Alexander Colley (93). Alexander is a widow. Robert is a shoemaker. All were born in PA |
|Graveyard/Tombstone||7/6/1881 ||Benton PA (Columbia County) ||94 yrs old |
|Alexander Colley 1786 - 1881 - burial at Saint Gabriel Cemetery |
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||The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
||The Rosetta Stone was discovered
||The first battery was invented by Volta
||The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
||The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
||The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
||Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
||The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
||The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
||The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
||Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
||Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
||Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
||Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
||Edison invents the electric light bulb.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
||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.
||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.
||Gold is discovered in Georgia.
||July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
||NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
||NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||Constitution of the United States is signed
||Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
||The United States establishes the Navy
||Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
||Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
||The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
||Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
||Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
||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.
||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.
||Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
||Second Seminole Indian War begins.
||The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
||Oregon Trail is established
||Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
||Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
||Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
||May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
||American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
||An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
||Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
||The National League of Baseball is founded
||Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
||Russia begins war with Sweden
||French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
||French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
||Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
||White Terror and bread riots in Paris
||Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
||Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
||Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico
|The Children of Alexander Colley|
31 years old
Born in an unknown place on October 4, 1819 and died somewhere in Ohio on March 5, 1907. She was 87 years old.