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Malissa Middleton Yon 

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Levi Markes Lafayette Yon Sr.
9/21/1810 - 5/1/1881

Nancy Eleanor Dennis
10/6/1822 - 7/25/1878
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Malissa Middleton Yon
1/18/1853 - 1931
Malissa Middleton Yon was born on January 18, 1853 somewhere in Florida and died about 1931 somewhere in Florida. She lived to be 78 years old.

She married on 10/25/1868 to Benjamin Henry Franklin (3/1848 -1932)
  1. Benjamin Morgan (1/1875 -1955) - married Elmira Malissa McKeown (1887)
  2. Silas Higdon (4/20/1892-11/29/1971) - married Phoebie _______ (1903 -1998)
  3. William Jesse (9/26/1871-6/5/1963) - married Lenora Stone (1884-1972)
  4. Charles Lafayette (4/18/1877) - married Eula Lee Coxwell (1881-1957)
Census7/21/1860 West Wymton district FL (Calhoun County) 7 yrs old 
dweling#122, family# 123, Levi Yon (age 49, Farming, born in SC), Nancy (36, housekeeping, AL), Flora (15, domestic, AL), Jane (13, FL), Mary (11, FL), Malissa (9, FL), Elleanor (7, FL), Charles (5, FL), Jessie (3, FL), Levi M. (1, FL). Estimated value of real estate is $4,000 and estimated value of personal property is $4,000.A check mark is by Levi, Nancy and Flora, for Mulatto or Black. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1860: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/1/1900 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 47 yrs old 
236, 73 - Ben H. Franklin (age 52 - March 1848), Malissa (47 - Jan. 1853), Benj. M. (25 - Jan. 1875), Silas H. (8 - Apr. 1892). Ben and Malissa have been married 32 years and have four children. All were born in Florida. Ben and son Benjamin are logger.  
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.
Census4/3/1930 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 77 yrs old 
52,54 - Benjamin H. Franklin (age 82), Malissa M. Franklin (77), son,Silas H. Franklin (37). Benjamin was born in FL, his father in GA and mother in AL. Malissa was born in FL, her parents in AL. Benjamin was 21 and Malissa 16 when they were married. Their race is white, they don't own a radio and don't live on a farm. Their home is valued at $2000. Ben and Malissa are unemployed. Ben is a veteran of the civil war. Silas is single, he is a teacher working in Public school. 
Graveyard/Tombstone1/1/1931 Nettle Ridge Cem. FL (Calhoun County) 78 yrs old 
Benjamin Franklin -1848 to 1932, lot 1, plot 207

Melissa Franklin 1859 to 1931 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Malissa Yon's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Malissa, her family, and friends. For example, Malissa 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 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.
12 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
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.
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
77 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
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.

Benjamin Franklin
Born on an unknown day in March 1848 and died about 1932.
They were married 10/25/1868.

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