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John Harris Parish 

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Thomas Marshall Parish
8/8/1812 - 6/16/1895

Mary Elizabeth Parker
7/12/1826 - 3/2/1891
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John Harris Parish
3/2/1847 - 7/23/1920
John Harris Parish was born on March 2, 1847 in Gadsden County, Florida and died on July 23, 1920 in Calhoun County, Florida. He lived to be 73 years old.

He married Ester Jane Yon
  • Thomas Marshall (1867-1870)
  • William Jesse (2-9-1870 - 12-5-1957)
  • John Dennis (11-19-1868 - 5-5-1954)
  • John Harris Jr. (9/18/1881-3/11/1920)
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    Census7/25/1860 West Wynnton Bend FL (Calhoun County) 13 yrs old 
    Listed as dwelling #127, family #128: Thomas Parish (age 48), Mary (age 35), Julia (18), John (13), Thomas (11), Matilda (9), James (8), Charlotte (7), Elizabeth (6), Eleanor (5), Flora (3), Mary (1) and Henry Monsford (laborer, age 30). Thomas was born in Georgia, estimates the value of his property to be $600 and his occupation is farming. Mary, his wife, was born in North Carolina. The children between 8 and 18 have been attending school and all were born in Florida. 
    Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
    Military5/2/1864 Marianna FL (Jackson County) 17 yrs old 
    Name: John Harris Parish, Residence: Marianna, Jackson County, Florida, Age at Enlistment: 17, Enlistment Date: May 2, 1864, Rank at enlistment: Private, Enlistment Place: Marianna, Jackson County, Florida, State Served: Florida, Survived the War?: Yes, Service Record: Enlisted in Company C, Florida 1st Infantry Regiment on May 2, 1864., Birth Date: March 2, 1847 
    Census6/1/1880 Pippins Mills FL (Calhoun County) 33 yrs old 
    #4 - John Parrish (age 33), Jane Parrish (32), John Parrish (12), Jesse Parrish (10) All were born in FL excpt Jane in AL. John's parents were born in NC. Jane's father was born in GA and mother in AL. John is a farmer.  
    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.  
    Census6/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 38 yrs old 
    page 439, #204 - John H. Parish (age 37, Jane (36), John D. (17), William (15) and servant Dollie Moody (16). Jane was born in AL, as were her parents, All others born in FL, John's father was born in NC and mother in VA. John is a farmer. 
    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.
    Military1/1/1907 FL (Calhoun County) 59 yrs old 
    Confederate pensions-A02235 - John Harris Parish, 1st Regt Inf Resv., wife: Ester (Yon) ,year: 1907 ,page: 16 
    Census2/2/1920 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 72 yrs old 
    #453 - John H. Parish (age 72), Easter J. Parish (age 71). They were born in FL, as were their parents. Occupation: merchant General, Industry: Retail, They own their home. 
    Graveyard/Tombstone7/25/1920 Bloutstown FL (Calhoun County) 73 yrs old 
    J. H. PARISH - 3-2-1847 to 7-25-1920 Sec. 3A Lot.22
    ESTER JANE PARISH - 11-25-1848 7-31-1922 Sec. 3A Lot. 22 

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    Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during John Parish's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of John, his family, and friends. For example, John is 8 years old when Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
    3 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.
    8 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.
    14 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.
    17 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
    18 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.
    18 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
    23 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
    35 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
    36 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.
    37 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.
    59 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
    70 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
    6 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
    9 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
    12 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
    18 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
    22 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
    30 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
    32 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
    42 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
    48 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
    50 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
    53 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.
    53 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
    54 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
    55 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
    56 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
    57 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
    59 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
    59 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
    59 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
    65 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
    66 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
    67 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
    14 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
    15 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
    35 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
    38 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
    61 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
    65 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
    66 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
    70 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.
    72 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
    8 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
    13 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
    15 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
    16 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
    18 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
    21 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
    28 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
    29 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
    62 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
    63 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.
    62 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
    67 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.
    70 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
    72 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
    73 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.

    Ester Yon
    Born on November 25, 1848 and died on January 31, 1922.
    They were married 5/27/1866.

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