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Elizabeth Martin
11/24/1844 - 9/28/1909
Elizabeth Martin was born on November 24, 1844 somewhere in Alabama and died on September 28, 1909 somewhere in Florida. She lived to be 64 years old.

She was called "Betsey". She married ________ Spears. She had one son named William "Bill" Spears.
She later married Thomas M. Parish. Thomas and Betsey had two children Thomas Edward and Mary Eleanor Parish.
Marriage1/17/1869 FL (Calhoun County) 24 yrs old 
Calhoun County Marriage (1862-1899): Elizabeth Spears and Thomas Parish, Jr. are issued a marriage license.  
Marriage1/17/1869 FL (Calhoun County) 24 yrs old 
Thomas Parish Jr. married Elizabeth Spears on Jan 17th 1869 in Calhoun Co., FL  
Census7/1/1870 FL (Calhoun County) 25 yrs old 
Dweling #3, household #2 - Thomas M. Parish (age 22), Elizabeth ( age 29) Edward F. Parish (1), William Spears (8), Rachel C. Spears (16). All born in FL. Thomas is a farmer and Elizabeth keeps house. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/1/1880 FL (Calhoun County) 35 yrs old 
Family #3: Thomas Parrish Jr. (age 36), Elizabeth (age 37), William (18), Thomas (10). Thomas is a farmer. Elizabeth is Keeping House. William & Thomas are farmer laborers. All were born in FL. Thomas' parents were born in NC and Elizabeth's in AL.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1880: Blountstown was declared the seat of Calhoun County in 1880. Prior to that, Abe Springs had been the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/2/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 40 yrs old 
Dweling #288, household #315: Thomas Parish (age 35), Bittie Parish (age 40), William Spears (age 22, stepson), W. E. Parish (14), and Mary Parish (12). Thomas is a farmer, he was born in FL, his parents in NC & GA. Bittie keeps house, she was born in FL, her parents unknown. All others born in FL. William is a laborer.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1885: The principle towns in Calhoun County were Blountstown, Marysville, Chipola, Selman, Ocheesee, and Abe Springs. In 1884 railroads in Florida were bought out by one company and placed under central management. River Junction, located at the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, is the closest railroad and the primary hub of land transports. The photo on the right shows the iron bridge than spans the Chattahoochee River about a mile from the Depot at River Junction where wharves, storage, steamboats and hotels bussel with activity. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.

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6 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
1 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
6 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.
11 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.
17 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.
20 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
21 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.
21 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
26 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
38 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
39 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.
40 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.
62 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
9 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
12 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
15 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
21 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
25 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
33 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
35 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
45 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
51 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
53 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
56 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
56 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.
57 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
58 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
59 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
60 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
62 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
62 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
62 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
17 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
18 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
38 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
41 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
64 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
11 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
16 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
18 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
19 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
21 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
24 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
31 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
32 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
65 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
65 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe

Thomas Parish
Born on November 16, 1848 and died on January 2, 1926
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The Children of Elizabeth Martin

78 years old
Thomas 'Ed' Edward Parrish
Born in Bluntstown, Florida on April 27, 1870 and died in Blontstown, Florida on November 10, 1963. He was 93 years old.

He married Florence Rosetta Pelt.
Eva Parish
Carl Parish
Jesse Parish
Thomas W. Parish
Lillie Mae Parish
M. J. Parish
Sidney Parish
Edward J. Parish
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78 years old
Mary Elinder Parrish
Born in Calhoun Co., Florida on March 19, 1872 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on August 5, 1971. She was 99 years old.

Children: Ada (1/14/1895), William Edgar 9/13/1901-2/13/1938) & Nathaniel (abt. 1903). ...
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