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Malissa (Malissy) Davis 

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James Monroe Davis
7/18/1831 - 12/28/1918

Mary Jane Ward
3/26/1838 - 3/21/1921
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Malissa (Malissy) Davis
7/4/1865 - 5/24/1926
(Shown at age 50)
Malissa (Malissy) Davis was born on July 4, 1865 in Dale County, Alabama and died on May 24, 1926 in Geneva County, Alabama. She lived to be 60 years old.

Also went by Lissie.
Census7/22/1870 AL (Geneva County) 5 yrs old 
Recorded as family #229: James Davis (age 39), Moay (age 32), Julia (age 12), Jonas (age 10), James M. (age 8), John G. (age 7), Mealissee (age 5), Reacy (age 3), Allen (age 1). Everyone was born is AL except James who was born in GA. James states his occupation as farmer and estimates the value of his real estate to be $300 and personal estate $1, 063. Julia and Jonas attended school within the last year and Mary cannot read or write. 
Additional information about Geneva County, AL around 1870: Geneva County was created two years prior to this census on December 26, 1868 from Coffee, Dale, and Henry Counties. It is located near the Choctawhatchee River.. The Freedmen's Bureau, formed after the Civil War, managed this land until they were abolished in 1868 by the US Congress. They were committed to the supervision and management of all abandoned lands and the control of all subjects relating to refugees and freedmen. Members of this group harassed settlers by taking bribes and acquired lands they were to protect during the time leading up to their disbandment. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/11/1880 District 79, East Half AL (Geneva County) 14 yrs old 
The family of James M. Davis is listed as: Mary (wife, age 41), Julia (daughter, age 21), Jonas (son, 19), James M. (son, 17), John G. (son, 16), Malissy (daughter, 18), Ramsy (daughter, 11), Allen (son, 9), Arisy [Nicey] (daughter, 7), Susan (daughter, 5), Betsy (daughter, 3), Carrie (daughter, 1) and Joseph (son, 10 months). The three oldest sons list their occupation as day laborers. James lists his as farmer. Everyone was born in AL except James Sr., who was born in Georgia. His father was born in AL and mother GA. Mary keeps house, born in GA, as were her parents.  
Census6/4/1900 prcenct 3 AL (Geneva County) 34 yrs old 
247, family # 248: Daniel Patterson (age 45, Apr.1855), Malisey Patterson (34 July 1865), Helan Patterson (13 Sept. 1886), Postell Patterson (11 Meh. 1888), Susan Patterson (9 July 1890), Albert Patterson (7 May1893), Nelly Patterson (5 May 1895), Annie Patterson (2 Meh. 1898), and brother inlaw, Joseph Davis (22 Apl. 1878). All were born in AL, as where their parents, except Daniel's parents where born in GA. Daniel & Joseph are Farmers. Postell is a farm laborer. Susan goes to school. Daniel, Malisey, Helan & Joseph can read & write.  
Additional information about Geneva County, AL around 1900: A courthouse fire in 1898 destroys many county records. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census4/29/1910 Malvern, precinct 3 AL (Geneva County) 44 yrs old 
117, family #118: D. Patterson (age 55), Lissie Patterson (45), Postell Patterson (21), Albert Patterson (17), Nellie Patterson (15), and Annie Patterson (11). All born in AL, as where their parents. Daniel & Lissie have been married 24 years. Daniel is a farmer, Postell & Albert are farm laborers. All can read & write.  
Other5/2/1918 France during WWI  52 yrs old 
Letter written by Albert Patterson to his mother, Malissa Davis Patterson, while he was in France during WWII. 
Census1/4/1920 prcenct 4 AL (Geneva County) 54 yrs old 
143, family #144: Daniel Pattirson (age 64), Malissa (54), Nellie (22), and Annie (21). All born in AL. Daniel states his father was born in NC and mother AL. Malissa's father was born in GA and mother AL. All can read and write. Daniel is a farmer. Nellie and Annie are farm laborers. 
Graveyard/Tombstone5/24/1926 Slocomb AL (Geneva County) 60 yrs old 
Burns Assembly of God Church - Malissy PATTERSON 7-4-1865 5-24-1926.   Source:
Other3/15/1956 AL  30 yrs after death 
I do state that it is a fact that Mary Susan Patterson Sain is the daughter of the late Daniel and Malissy Davis Patterson. Mary Susan Patterson Sain is the granddaughter of the late James M. & Mary Ward Davis. Mary Susan Patterson married Horace Greely Sain in Geneva Co. Alabama of which they raised a family of seven. There names are as follows: Mary Elizabeth, Theadore, Edna Mae, W.O. (only), Audry Cecil, Solera, and Louise. I have known the Davis and Patterson families for many, many years.   Source:  Nancy Patterson has the original of this document.  It comes from a collection of documents originally owned by Albert Reese Patterson.
Other3/15/1956 AL  30 yrs after death 
I have known Malissy Davis, the wife of Daniel Patterson, for many years. I know that she is the Granddaughter of the late James B. Ward & Elizabeth English Ward. She was married to Daniel Patterson in Geneva Co., Ala. where she lived until she died in 1926. They raised two (2) sons and four (4) daughters as follows: Hellon Patterson borned in 1886, Postell Patterson borned in 1889, Mary Susan Patterson borned in 1890, Albert Reese Patterson borned in 1893, Nellie Mae Patterson borned in 1895, Annie Lee Patterson borned in 1889.   Source:  Original of this document is in the possission of Nancy Patterson.

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4 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
12 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
14 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
24 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
30 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
32 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
35 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
35 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.
36 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
37 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
38 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
39 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
41 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
41 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
41 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
47 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
48 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
49 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
58 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
58 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
59 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
61 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
17 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
20 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
43 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
47 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
48 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
52 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.
54 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
3 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
10 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
11 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
44 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
45 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.
44 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
49 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.
52 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
54 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
55 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.
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Daniel Patterson
Born on April 10, 1855 and died on January 28, 1930
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The Children of Malissa (Malissy) Davis

22 years old
Helen Melissa Patterson
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on September 9, 1886 and died in Panama City, Florida on February 14, 1940. She was 53 years old.

She had red hair. She was hard of hearing. She died of Leukemia. (name spelled Helen on Marriage license & Death Certificate)...
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29 years old
Postell James Patterson
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on March 25, 1889 and died in Panama City, Florida on July 11, 1969. He was 80 years old.

Married 7/29/1912 to Viletta "Lettie" Lewis. He died from TB.

Vance (9/13/1914 -2/13/1989)-married Lois Clark
Mabel (10/26/1916-6/28/1993)
Melous (1918) -married Roy Carl...
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50 years old
Mary Susan Patterson
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on July 27, 1890 and died somewhere in Alabama on November 16, 1949. She was 59 years old.

She was called Susie. She married on 6/6/1908 to Horace Greely/Grillie Sain. They lived in Geneva county, Alabama and had seven children:

(1) Edna
(2) Mary Elizabeth
(3) Thed...
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87 years old
Albert Reese Patterson
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on May 8, 1893 and died in Panama City, Florida on April 15, 1994. He was 101 years old.

Occupation: Skilled Craftsman, Carpenter, Brick Mason and Mayor of Callaway (1936-1958). Join Alabama State Militia in 1915. Served in Arizona under General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing. On 6/16/19...
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55 years old
Nellie May Patterson
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on May 13, 1895 and died in an unknown location on July 23, 1962. She was 67 years old.

She had three children: James Monroe Waters, Ruby Ruth Waters & Lillie Malissa Waters....
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50 years old
Annie Lee Patterson
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on March 15, 1898 and died in Bay County, Florida on January 30, 1984. She was 85 years old.

John Jr.
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