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Elizabeth Isibelle (Bella) Montford 



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Elizabeth Isibelle (Bella) Montford
2/5/1860 - 11/29/1909
(Shown at age 40)
Elizabeth Isibelle (Bella) Montford was born on February 5, 1860 somewhere in Alabama and died on November 29, 1909 in Calhoun Co., Florida. She lived to be 49 years old.

Children: Agnes (1885),Delia (1889) and Claudia (1892).
Census6/14/1870 Township 14 AL (Choctaw County) 10 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elizabeth Montford.  Recorded as family #294: John T Montford (age 41), H A (female, age 30), Elizabeth (age 10), Fannie (9), William (3), and Thomas (9 months old). John is a farmer and estimates the value of his estate to be $500. Everyone was born in AL. Neither John nor H.A. can read or write. 
Marriage1/15/1885 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 24 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elizabeth Montford.  page 113, marriage of J. L. Pope to Isibelle Mumford.  
Census6/1/1900 Board Head FL (Calhoun County) 40 yrs old 
family #699: James L Pope (age 40), Isabelle Pope (36), Agness Pope (14), Delia Pope (12), and Claudy Pope (8). James and Isabelle were married at age 17. James was born in FL as were his parents. Isabelle was born is AL, as were her parents. All children born in FL. James is a farmer.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1900: The first automobile, nick-named Chicken Killer, arrives in Blountstown in 1905. The photo on the right shows The Chicken Killer. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Graveyard/Tombstone11/29/1909 Nettle Ridge Cem., Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 49 yrs old 
ELIZABETH BELL POPE - 2-5-1860 to 11/29/1909 lot:1 plot: 92   Source:

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Elizabeth Montford's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Elizabeth, her family, and friends. For example, Elizabeth is 2 years old when May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
1 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.
4 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
5 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.
5 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
10 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
22 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
23 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.
24 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.
46 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
5 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
9 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
17 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
19 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
29 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
35 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
37 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
40 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.
40 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
41 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
42 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
43 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
44 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
46 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
46 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
46 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
1 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
2 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
22 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
25 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
48 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
2 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
3 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
5 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
8 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
15 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
16 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
49 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
49 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
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James & Isibelle
James & Isibelle

James Pope
Born on January 19, 1860 and died on December 28, 1909
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The Children of Elizabeth Isibelle (Bella) Montford

18 years old
Claudia L. Pope
Born somewhere in Florida on June 2, 1891 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on November 17, 1931. She was 40 years old.

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