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William Burton Clark
11/17/1839 - 5/13/1917
(Shown at age 37)
William Burton Clark was born on November 17, 1839 somewhere in Florida and died on May 13, 1917 in Calhoun County, Florida. He lived to be 77 years old.

He served as a 2nd Corporal in CSA Calhoun Co. Ranger's 1861 and Co. H, 5th Reg. 1862).

He had four children with wife Elizabeth:
Rhoda Carrie
Jesse Henry
Charles Clark
Other2/2/1863 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 23 yrs old 
$860 dollars owned to Terrel Yon. NOTE: Click link below to view 5.22 MB PDF copy of this document. 
Marriage3/8/1866 FL (Calhoun County) 26 yrs old 
Eliza Yon married Wm. B. Clark on March 8, 1866 in Calhoun Co., FL.   Source:
Census7/4/1870 FL (Calhoun County) 30 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #191, family #131: Williams B. Cook (age 30), Eliza Cook (33), Rhoda Cook (3), Shepherd Cook (2), Higdon Yon (14), John Yon (12) & Silas Yon (1). William is a farmer, Eliza keeps house. Estate value is $1000, personal is $150. All were born in FL. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/14/1880 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 40 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #96, family 112: William Clark (age 40), Elizah Clark (age 42), Rhoda Clark (12), Shepp. Clark (10), Jesse Clark (9), John Clark (6), Charles Clark (4), Silas Yon (20) & John Yon (22). All were born in FL as were their parents. William's father was born in GA. William is a farmer. Silas & John are stepsons and work on the farm, they can't read or write. Rhoda and Shepp attend school. 
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.  
Other1/1/1882 FL (Calhoun County) 42 yrs old 
Revised List of jurors -
Pg. 1: #1. Wm Ayers, 2. Thos Ayers, 3. Asa Ayers, 9. Sam Ayers, 10. Ish Ayers, 13. Benj. Ayers, 15. Alfred Bailey, 17. Gadi Bailey, 22. P.B. Bailey, 23. Wm M. Clark. ,44. Wm Cutts, 46. L. C. Davis, 46. Isaac Etheridge, 47. B. H. Franklin
page 2: 68. Caleb Halley, 75. Jno T. Kent, 76. W.A. Kent, 79. Jno A. Kelley, 81. Jno Kent,
page 3: #85. Geo Sutton, 96. B. F. McDaniel, 97. Josh McDaniel, 99. Jasper Musgrove, 100. J. M. Maddox,107. Thos McKeown
page 4: 114 Robt Nixon, 115 J. J. Nixon, 116 R. W. Nixon,118 Jno H. Parish, 119. Thomas Parish Sr., 120. Thomas Parish Jr., 122. Jno W. Peacock, 123. Jno. W. Pope, 125. B. F. Pope, 126. Tim Pope, 130. J.M. Peacock
page 5:143.J.R. Stone, 151. David Stephens, 152. L.M. Stone, 156. S.S. Stone, 153. A.J. Wood, 155. Joe Wood, 156. J.C. Wood, 172. Levi Yon, 173. Newton Yon, 174. T.M. Yon, 175. John Yon, 176. H. A. Yon 
Census4/29/1910 Shiloh FL (Calhoun County) 70 yrs old 
Family #200; 207: W.B. Clark (age 70) & daughter Carrie Self (age 42). Carrie is a widow and keeps house, she was married 9 years and had one child. W.B. is a farmer. He was born in FL and his parents were born in GA. 
Graveyard/Tombstone5/13/1917 Wood Cem. FL (Calhoun County) 77 yrs old 
William Burton Clark - Nov.17, 1839 to May 13, 1917  

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3 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.
3 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and some of the Seminole Indians living in FL are moved to the Indian Territory
6 1845 Florida becomes the 27th state to join the United States. William Moseley becomes the first governor and David Yulee the first senator.
11 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.
16 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.
22 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.
25 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
26 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.
26 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
31 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
43 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
44 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.
45 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.
67 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
78 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
5 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
14 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
17 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
20 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
26 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
30 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
38 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
40 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
50 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
56 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
58 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
61 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.
61 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
62 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
63 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
64 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
65 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
67 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
67 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
67 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
73 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
74 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
75 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
22 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
23 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
43 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
46 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
69 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
73 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
74 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
78 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.
1 1840 Oregon Trail is established
3 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
16 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
21 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
23 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
24 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
26 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
29 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
36 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
37 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
70 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
71 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.
70 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
75 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.
78 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
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Elizabeth 'Eliza' Stone
Born on October 26, 1835 and died on May 28, 1906.
They were married 3/8/1866.

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The Children of William Burton Clark

41 years old
Shephard Clark
Born somewhere in Florida on an unknown day in October 1869 and died somewhere in Florida about 1950. He was about 80 years old.

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