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George William Stanley
5/10/1848 - 9/12/1933
George William Stanley was born on May 10, 1848 in Walton Co., Florida and died on September 12, 1933 in Cook, Bay Co., Florida. He lived to be 85 years old.

He was an orphan and raised by Eli Wright & Mary Bird Wright. He served in the Civil War in Captain Joe Hutto's Company, then was transferred to Captain Jones' Company at Vernon and fought in the battle at Marianna. He said that he was captured at the battle of Marianna, but he and two other boys escaped the first night. He had had four children with wife Lydia: Mary Alice Stanley (born 10/12/1874 in Walton Co. FL to 9/10/1967), Susan P. Stanley (1876, born in Walton Co., FL), Fannie A. Stanley (1880, born in Walton Co.), and Anna Frances Stanley (9/9/1879 to 6/1/1967, born in Panama City, FL).
Census6/21/1860 Euchee Anna FL (Walton County) 12 yrs old 
Recorded as family #257: Eli Wright (age 52), Mary Wright (age 48), Louisa Wright (19), Nancy Wright (17), Alexander Wright (14), Narcislus Sconery (17), Mathew Clark (11), and George Stanley (age 8). Eli is a farmer born in GA. Mary was born in GA. The children 17 and older were born in AL and those younger were born in FL. Eli estimates the value of his real estate to be $80 and personal estate at $250.  
Census4/8/1930 Bruce FL (Walton County) 81 yrs old 
Recorded as family #15: George W, Stanley (age 78), Lyddia E. (wife, age 78), and Susie Tantum (daughter, age 53). He was born in FL, his father in SC and mother in GA. Lyddia was born in FL, her father in AL and mother in GA. Susie was born in FL, her father in AL and mother in FL. George and Lyddia were 21 years old when they were first married. George owns his house and the family lives on a farm. All three can read and write. Stanley is a veteran.  

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2 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.
7 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.
13 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.
16 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
17 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.
17 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
22 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
34 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
35 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.
36 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.
58 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
69 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
80 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.
5 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
8 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
11 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
17 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
21 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
29 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
31 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
41 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
47 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
49 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
52 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.
52 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
53 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
54 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
55 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
56 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
58 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
58 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
58 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
64 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
65 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
66 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
75 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
75 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
76 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
78 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
79 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
80 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
13 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
14 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
34 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
37 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
60 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
64 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
65 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
69 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.
71 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
7 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
12 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
14 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
15 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
17 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
20 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
27 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
28 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
61 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
62 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.
79 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
81 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
82 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
84 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
85 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!
61 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
66 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.
69 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
71 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
72 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.

Lydia Ward
Born on November 8, 1852 and died on December 4, 1936.
They were married 11/20/1973.

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Mary Alice Stanley
Born in Walton Co., Florida on October 12, 1874 and died in an unknown location on September 10, 1967. She was 92 years old.

She had five children with husband James: Lydia Dahlia Infinger (5/9/1907) to(8/9/1992) in Panama City, FL. Daisy Inez Infinger (10/27/1894) in FL and died in Walton, FL. Gus Campbell Infinger (8/...
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