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John Allen Kent
5/4/1853 - 2/1/1929
John Allen Kent was born on May 4, 1853 somewhere in Georgia and died on February 1, 1929 in Calhoun County, Florida. He lived to be 75 years old.

He was called "Jack". His parents were John Turner Kent and Matilda Morris. His grandparents were Theophilus and Elizabeth Kent who lived in Coffee County, AL.

John married Sarah Elizabeth Kelly (9/29/1862 -1/11/1926). They lived near Hansford's Mill and Stafford's Creek.
Their children:
John Simon Kent (4/1884)married Beulah Johnson
Georgia S. Kent (1/1888)
Mary Allie Kent (9/1889).
Other1/1/1882 FL (Calhoun County) 28 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 
Marriage9/24/1882 FL (Calhoun County) 29 yrs old 
John A. Kent married Sarah Kelly on Sept. 24, 1882 in Calhoun Co. FL  
Census1/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 31 yrs old 
231.265 - J.A. Kent (31), Lizzie (23) & John (11).John was born in GA, Lizzie & John Jr. in FL. John's parents were born in GA, Lizzie's mother in GA and father in NC. 
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.
Census6/1/1900 Hansford Mill FL (Calhoun County) 47 yrs old 
# 531 -John A. Kent (age 47, 5/1853);Sarah E. Kent (age 37, 9/1862); John A. (age16, 4/1884); Georgia S. Kent (age 12, 1/1888); Mary A. Kent (age10, 9/1889). John states he is a farm laborer. John states he was born in Florida, his Mother was born in GA, Father AL. Sarah states she was born in Florida, her parents were born is NC. All children were born in FL. John states he can't read or write. Sarah states she can read & write. States the children attended school. 
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.
Census1/1/1910 Bluntstown FL (Calhoun County) 56 yrs old 
116 - J. A. Kent (age57), Lizzie Kent (48), C. B. Davis (33), Georgia Davis (22), Biron Davis (8), J. S. Kent (27), Bulah Kent (23)& Ernest Kent (6mo.) John, Lizzie and Bulah were born in GA, all others in FL.John's parents were born in GA. Lizzie's father in NC and mother in GA. John and Lizzie have been married 28 years, had 4 children, 3 are living.John is a farmer. C.B. and Georgia have been married less than a year.J.S. and Bulah have been married 1 year.  
Census1/16/1920 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 66 yrs old 
187, 201 -John A. Kent (age 67) and wife Elizabeth S. (57). both were born in FL. Her father was born in NC, other parents in FL. John is a farmer.

next door lives -188,202 -John A. Jr. (37) with his family. 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during John Kent'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 2 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.
2 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.
8 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.
11 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
12 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
12 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 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
29 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
30 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.
31 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.
53 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
64 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
75 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.
1 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
3 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
4 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
5 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
17 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
22 1875 Oconee County formed.
52 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
59 1912 Forsyth, Bleckley, and Wheeler Counties formed.
61 1914 Barrow, Candler, Bacon, and Evans Counties are formed.
64 1917 Atkinson and Treutlen Counties are formed.
67 1920 Seminole, Lanier, Brantley, Long, and Lamar Counties are formed.
71 1924 Peach County is formed.
3 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
6 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
12 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
16 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
24 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
26 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
36 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
42 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
44 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
47 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
47 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.
48 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
49 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
50 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
51 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
53 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
53 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
53 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
59 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
60 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
61 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
70 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
70 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
71 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
73 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
74 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
75 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
8 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
9 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
29 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
32 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
55 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
59 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
60 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
64 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.
66 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
2 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
7 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
9 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
10 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
12 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
15 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
22 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
23 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
56 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
57 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.
74 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
76 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
56 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
61 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.
64 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
66 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
67 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.

Sarah Kelly
Born on September 29, 1862 and died on January 11, 1926
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The Children of John Allen Kent

24 years old
Mary Allie Kent
Born in Blountstown, Florida on September 12, 1890 and died in Blountstown, Florida on August 31, 1975. She was 85 years old.

Her parents were John A. & Sarah E. Kent.

She was married about 1910 in Blountstown,FL.
Bessie L (1913),
Inez (1918),
Earl S.(1920),
Robert B.(1923) ,
Martin ...
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