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Martha Melvina Alexander 

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Thomas Houston Alexander
4/1809 - 1/10/1905

Caroline Braiser
1824 - 1889
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Martha Melvina Alexander
9/18/1866 - 5/15/1951
(Shown at age 84)
Martha Melvina Alexander was born on September 18, 1866 in Pickens County, Alabama and died on May 15, 1951 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. She lived to be 84 years old.

She was called Mattie. She married Henry Jefferson Owens on February 6, 1894.
She is buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Itawamba County, MS (Baptist).
Census8/31/1870 Henry AL (Pickens County) 3 yrs old 
Dwelling #34, Family #34: The household of T Alexander (age 56) consists of Caroline (age 46), Sarah (20), John (17), Ann (17), Mary (13), Dina (10), Jane (8), Samantha (6), and Melvina (age 3). Thomas is a farmer and his oldest son is a farm hand. He estimates the value of his real estate to be $200 and personal property to be $300. He was born in Kentucky and Caroline was born in South Carolina. All of the children were born in AL.  
Marriage2/6/1894 AL (Pickens County) 27 yrs old 
Name: Mattie M. Alexander, Spouse: H. J. Owens, Marriage Date: Feb. 6, 1894, County: Pickens, State: Alabama, Performed By Title: Minister of the Gospel, Performed by Name: J. B. Dean Source information: Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research  
Census1/1/1920 Lebanon AL ( Lowndes County) 53 yrs old 
Jeff Owens (age 45, Feb.1855, AL) Minerva Owens (32 , Sep. 1867, AL) Margaret Owens (17,Feb. 1877, AL) James Owens (15, June 1884, AL) Martha Owens (13, Aug. 1886, AL) Samull Owens (12,March 1888, AL) Ida Owens (9,May 1881, AL) Thomas Owens (5, Dec. 1894, AL) Lee Owens (1, Oct. 1898, AL). Jeff is a farmer, his parents were born in SC. Minerva's father was born in KY, mother is SC. Jeff and Minerva married in 1894.  
Census2/2/1920 Towary's Store MS ( Itawamba County) 53 yrs old 
#330,#302-Henry J. Owens (age 64)AL Martha M. Owens (52)AL, Ludie Owens (33)AL -teacher, Homer Owens (25)AL - farmer, Lizzie Owens (20)AL, George Owens ( 18)AL - laborer, Minnie Owens ( 16)MS, Dessie Owens (14)MS, Curmie Owens (12)MS, Allie Owens ( 9)MS . Henry is a farmer, his parents were born in SC. Martha keeps house, her father was born in KY, mother in SC.  
Death Certificate5/15/1951 MS (Itawamba County) 84 yrs old 
Martha Melvina Owens, a widowed housewife, dies from chronic myocardolics. She was born 9/18/1866.  

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3 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
11 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
13 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
23 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
29 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
31 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
34 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.
34 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
35 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
36 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
37 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
38 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
40 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
40 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
40 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
46 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
47 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
48 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
57 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
57 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
58 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
60 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
61 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
62 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
70 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
72 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
80 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
81 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
85 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
16 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
19 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
42 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
46 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
47 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
51 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.
53 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
72 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
73 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
75 1941 NEWS HEADLINES: December 7, 1941 -- Japan launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the US officially declares war on Japan the following day. World War II begins for American soldiers.
84 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
2 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
9 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
10 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
43 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
44 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.
61 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
63 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
64 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
66 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
67 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
68 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
68 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
69 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
73 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
77 1943 Japanese Americans are relocated to internment camps; Almost 400,000 coal miners go on strike; Race riots break out in Los Angeles and Detroit.
78 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
79 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
43 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
48 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.
51 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
53 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
54 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.
72 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
73 1939 Hitler takes over all of Czechoslovakia. On Sept. 1st, Germany invades Poland. On Sept. 3rd, Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. World War II has begun.
79 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

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