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Mary Catherine Purvis 

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Chelsey Jasper Purvis
4/28/1828 - 1900


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Mary Catherine Purvis
10/6/1856 - 7/28/1957
(Shown at age 81)
Mary Catherine Purvis was born on October 6, 1856 somewhere in Alabama and died on July 28, 1957 in Geneva Co., Alabama. She lived to be 100 years old.

Children: Matilda (July 1878)
Infant Girl (1880)
Irvin (Sept. 1884)
Alabama (Dec. 1885)
Earley (Feb. 1887)
Lena (June 1889)
Lanie (May 1893)
Ballie (May 1895)
Savada Patterson (May 1897 - 1976)
Jesse (May 1900)
Allie "Skeet" Patterson (1901)
Census6/17/1880 Gilleys AL (Dale County) 23 yrs old 
#246 - Thomas Patterson (age 25), Catharine Patterson (22), Matilda Patterson (2) & Girl Patterson (2mo). Thomas is a laborer. All were born in AL. Thomas & Catharine state their parents were born in GA.  
Census6/16/1900 Precincts 1, 3 Branton AL (Geneva County) 43 yrs old 
Thomas Patterson (age36-Dec. 1863), Mary C. Patterson (42-Oct. 1857), Matilda Patterson (22- July 1878), Irvin Patterson (15 - Sept. 1884), Alabama Patterson (14 - Dec. 1885), Earley Patterson (13 - Feb. 1887), Lena Patterson (10-June 1889), Laney Patterson (7 - May 1893), Balley Patterson (5 - May 1895),Savada Patterson (3 - May 1897)& Jessee Patterson (0 - may 1900). Thomas & Mary have been married 23 years, they have 11 children, 10 are living. All were born in AL. Mary states her parents were born in GA, Thomas' was born in AL. Thomas works as a Turpentine mark. Matilda, Irvin, Alabama, Earley & Lena farm labor.  
Additional information about Geneva County, AL around 1900: A courthouse fire in 1898 destroys many county records. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census5/11/1910 Geneva City AL (Geneva County) 53 yrs old 
Thomas P. Patterson (age57), Cathine Patterson (48), Lanie Patterson (18), Ballie A. Patterson (14), Savada Patterson (11), Alla Patterson (9) & Robert V. Patterson (3)-grandson). Thomas & Mary have been married for 30 years, they have 11 children, 10 are living. All were born in AL, Thomas & Mary's parents were all born in GA. Thomas is a farmer, Lanie, Ballie are farm laborers.  
Census1/6/1920 Geneva ,beat 10 AL (Geneva County) 63 yrs old 
#84 - Thomas Patterson (age55) & Katherine Patterson (50). Both born in AL, as were their parents. Thomas is a stone stacker at a stone mill. They own their home and both can read & write.  
Census4/5/1930 Precinct 10 AL (Geneva County) 73 yrs old 
Recorded as family #108: Thomas P. Patterson (age 77) and Catherine Patterson (age 73). Thomas estimates the value of his property to be $500. They do not live on a farm. Thomas was 22 and Catherine was 18 when they were married. Both were born in AL. Thomas' father was born in AL and his mother in GA. Catherine's father was born in GA and her mother in AL. Thomas is working as a brick mason. 
Graveyard/Tombstone7/28/1957 Geneva City Cemetery AL (Geneva County) 100 yrs old 
Mary C. PATTERSON: (101 yrs. of age) 10-6-1856 - 7-28-1957, Section C.  

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3 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
9 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
13 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
21 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
23 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
33 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
39 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
41 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
44 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
44 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.
45 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
46 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
47 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
48 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
50 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
50 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
50 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
56 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
57 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
58 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
67 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
67 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
68 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
70 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
71 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
72 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
80 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
82 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
90 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
91 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
95 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
96 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
101 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.
5 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
6 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
26 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
29 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
52 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
56 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
57 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
61 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.
63 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
82 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
83 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
85 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.
94 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
99 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
4 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
6 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
7 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
9 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
12 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
19 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
20 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
53 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
54 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.
71 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
73 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
74 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
76 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
77 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!
78 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
78 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.
79 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
83 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
87 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.
88 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
89 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
98 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.
53 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
58 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.
61 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
63 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
64 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.
82 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
83 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.
89 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Thomas & Catherine Patterson
Thomas & Catherine Patterson
Mary Patterson
Mary Patterson

Thomas Patterson
Born on December 24, 1853 and died on January 9, 1944
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Sevada M. Patterson
Born in Geneva, Alabama on May 11, 1897 and died in Arcadia, Florida on June 27, 1978. She was 81 years old.

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