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William Seaborn Van Pelt 

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1775 - 1/16/1838


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William Seaborn Van Pelt
2/7/1827 - 1888
(Shown at age 35)
William Seaborn Van Pelt was born on February 7, 1827 somewhere in North Carolina and died about 1888 in Jackson Co., Florida. Actual date of death is unknown. He lived to be about 60 years old.

On Jan. 27, 1850 he married Elizabeth Pippins (Sept. 1829) and they had the following children:
  1. William Seaborn Pelt (7/14/1850)
  2. John Mason Pelt (1852),
  3. Abigail Pelt (5/23/1854),
  4. Mary Elizabeth Pelt (7/1858). She married William Griffin Taylor,
  5. James G Pelt (1859)
  6. Delila Pelt (1868)
William Seaborn married a second time to Susan Melvnia Day and they had the following children:
  1. Gussie Pelt,
Census11/29/1850 FL (Gadsden County) 23 yrs old 
Seaborn Pelt (age 23), Elizabeth Pelt (20), Seaborn Pelt (1) Seaborn and Elizabeth were born in NC, Their son in FL. Seaborn is a farmer. Their home is valued at $400.  
Census7/11/1870 FL (Calhoun County) 43 yrs old 
page 23, house 284 , 196: Seaborn Pelt (age 42), Elizabeth Pelt (41), Mason Pelt (17), Abigal Pelt (15), Mary Pelt (12) & James Pelt (11). All where born in Florida. Seaborn is a farmer, his home is valued at $500. Elizabeth can not read or write, there is an x in the box for deaf, dumb, blind, insane or idiot.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/14/1880 Precinct 2 FL (Walton County) 53 yrs old 
Seaborn Pelt (age 53), Elizabeth Pelt (50), Dellia Pelt (13). Seaborn is a farmer, he was born in FL, his father in NC and mother in GA. Elizabeth keeps house, she was born in GA, her parents in NC. Dellia was born in FL, she can not read or write. 
Additional information about Walton County, FL around 1880: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census1/1/1900 Pippins Mill FL (Calhoun County) 12 yrs after death 
W Griffin Taylor (age 52) Mary E Taylor (42), Hiram Taylor (21), Ira G Taylor (19), Mariah E Taylor (17), James G Taylor (15), Ephraum Taylor (11), Griffin Taylor (6), & mother in law - Elizabeth Pelt (70). Elizabeth is a widow, she was born in FL, her parents in NC. She can not read or write. 
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.

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during William Van Pelt's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of William, his family, and friends. For example, William is 3 years old when Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
8 1835 The Second Seminole Indian War keeps the United States and Seminoles Indians fighting in North & Central Florida.
10 1837 NEWS HEADLINES: In October, Chief Osceola of the Seminole Indians is captured when he arrives for supposed truce negotiations at Fort Payton. He is imprisoned at St. Augustine, FL where he refuses to eat and attempts to escape several times. In December he is moved to a prison in SC where he dies on January 20, 1838. At the time of his death, Osceola was the most famous American Indian.
15 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
15 1842 Congress passes the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. It entitles persons willing and able to bear arms against the Indians and establish themselves in villages along the borders of Indian territory ownership of their land after 5 years.
18 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
23 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.
28 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.
34 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.
37 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
38 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
38 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.
43 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
55 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
56 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.
57 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.
3 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
12 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
17 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
26 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
29 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
32 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
38 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
42 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
50 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
52 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
1 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
7 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
34 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
35 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
55 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
58 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
3 1830 The U.S. Government begins forcing Cherokee Indians from their homes in what becomes known as the Trail of Tears. Many Cherokee hide in the mountains of North Carolina and surrounding states.
3 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
8 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
10 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
13 1840 Oregon Trail is established
15 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
28 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
33 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
35 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
36 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
38 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
41 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
48 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
49 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
6 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico
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The Children of William Seaborn Van Pelt

William Seaborn Pelt
Born in Liberty Co., Florida on July 14, 1850 and died in Jackson Co., Florida on March 13, 1935. He was 84 years old.

He dropped the Van from the family name.
He married 9/29/1870 to Mary Jane Mercer (1852-1941).

  1. Andrew Jackson Pelt (2/5/ 1870),
  2. William Jesse Pe...
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