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John Green Davis 

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

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3/26/1838 - 3/21/1921
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John Green Davis
5/12/1863 - 10/25/1948
(Shown at age 22)
John Green Davis was born on May 12, 1863 in Geneva County, Alabama and died on October 25, 1948 in Sopchoppy, Florida. He lived to be 85 years old.

He is buried at Grimes Cemetery in Sopchoppy, Wakulla Co., FL.

Three of his children -- Frank, Jessie and Hattie -- can be seen in The Davis Family Photo posted on this site.

1st marriage to Josephine P. Lewis (3/17/1868-8/15/1901, west Sopchoppy Cem.). They had four children:
Frank (abt. 1895)
Hattie (abt. 1897)
May Bell (12/11/1891-4/25/1900)
Jessie (abt. 1892)

2nd marriage to Nancy Brock Keen on 6/22/1902. They had three children:
Ozella (abt. 1902)
Thomas Allen (10/9/1903-5/17/1992)who married Verlie Erla Dean Smith on 10/26/1926
Tipton (1906)who married Augusta Evans on Jan. 9, 1926

3rd marriage to Mary Dee Robison Coleman. They had four children:
Nollie (1919)
Johnnie (abt. 1922)
Anabel (abt. 1923)
Pearl (1926)
Census7/22/1870 AL (Geneva County) 7 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) 17 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 Sopchoppy FL (Wakulla County) 37 yrs old 
Recorded as family #44: John Davis, (born July 1863, age 36), Josephine (wife, born March 1868, age 32), Jessie (daughter, born Oct 1892, age 7), Frank J. (son, born June 1895, age 4), and Hattie M. (daughter, born May 1897, age 3). John and his parents were born in AL. Josephine was born in FL and her parents in N. Carolina. All of the children were born in FL. John is a log chopper and has been unemployed two months. The oldest child is attending school. Both John and Josephine can read and write. Josephine has given birth to 4 children and 3 are still living.  
Marriage1/1/1902 FL (Wakulla County) 38 yrs old 
John G Davis married Nancy Keen on June 22, 1902. Book 1, page 183   Source:
Census1/1/1910 Sopchoppy FL (Wakulla County) 46 yrs old 
Recorded as family #61: John Davis (age 45), Nancy (wife, age 44), Ozala (daughter, age 8), Thomas A. (son, age 6), Buford F. (son, age 4), Willie Keen (stepson, age 18). John was born in AL and his parents in the USA. Nancy was born in the USA and her parents in GA. All of the children were born in FL. John and Nancy have been married for 9 years. Nancy has given birth to 9 children and 9 are still living. John is employed as a section foreman. John and Nancy can read and write and the children have been attending school. 
Marriage2/2/1919 FL (Wakulla County) 55 yrs old 
John G Davis married Mary D Coleman Feb. 2, 1919, book 2, page 212   Source:
Census1/24/1920 Sopchoppy FL (Wakulla County) 56 yrs old 
Recorded as family #172: John J. Davis (age 54), Mary D. (wife, age 34), Tipton (son, age 14), Nollie (daughter, age 2 months), Dallie Coleman (stepson, age 9), Katie D. (stepdaughter, age 7), William A. (stepson, age 4). John J. was born in AL, Mary D. in GA and all of the children in FL. John and Mary can read and write and the older children have been attending school. John states his occupation as farmer working a general farm. He also owns his house. 
Census4/12/1930 Sopchoppy FL (Wakulla County) 66 yrs old 
Recorded as family #108: John G. Donis (age 66), Mary D. (wife, age 44), Katie Colema (stepdaughter, age 17), Christa Colema (stepson, age 14), Nolie Davis (daughter, age 10), Johnny Davis (daughter, age 8), Annie B. Davis (daughter, age 5), Pearl Davis (daughter, age 3 months). John, Mary and the older children can read and write. The children have been attending school. John was born in AL, Mary in GA and the children in FL. John is a farmer working a general farm which he owns. He estimated the value of his estate to be $800. They do not own a radio. John was 28 and Mary was 19 at their first marriage. 
Census1/1/1935 Sopchoppy FL (Wakulla County) 71 yrs old 
Recorded on page 7, line 3: John Davis (age 72), Mary D. (age 49), Katie Dell Coleman (age 22),Thruston Coleman (19), Nolie Davis (age 15), Johnnie Davis (age 13), Annie Bell Davis (age 10), Pearl Davis (age 8). John was born in AL, Mary in GA, others in FL. They rent their home and John is a farmer, Thurston job is in Public work. John has an 4th grade education, Mary an 8th,Katie a 12th, Thurston an 8th, Nolie a 9th, Johnnie a 6th, Annie a 5th & Pearl a 3rd. 
Graveyard/Tombstone10/25/1948 Sopchoppy FL (Wakulla County) 85 yrs old 
Grimes Cemetery: John Green Davis 5/12/1963 - 10/25/1948 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during John Davis'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 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
1 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
2 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
2 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.
7 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
19 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
20 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.
21 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.
43 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
54 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
65 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.
2 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
6 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
14 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
16 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
26 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
32 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
34 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
37 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.
37 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
38 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
39 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
40 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
41 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
43 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
43 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
43 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
49 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
50 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
51 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
60 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
60 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
61 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
63 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
64 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
65 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
73 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
75 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
83 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
84 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
19 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
22 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
45 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
49 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
50 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
54 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.
56 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
75 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
76 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
78 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.
2 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
5 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
12 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
13 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
46 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
47 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.
64 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
66 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
67 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
69 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
70 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!
71 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.
71 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
72 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
76 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
80 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.
81 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
82 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
46 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
51 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.
54 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
56 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
57 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.
75 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
76 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.
82 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Josephine Lewis
Born on March 17, 1868 and died on August 15, 1901
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Nancy Keen
Born about 1864 and died about 1915.
They were married 6/22/1902.

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Mary Dee Robison
Born on an unknown day in December 1885 and died about 1960.
They were married 2/2/1919.

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The Children of John Green Davis

May Bell Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on December 11, 1891 and died somewhere in Florida on April 25, 1900. She was 8 years old.

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20 years old
Jessie Alton Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on October 2, 1894 and died in Franklin County, Florida on October 8, 1974. She was 80 years old.

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19 years old
Frank J. Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on an unknown day in June 1895 and died in an unknown location about 1923. He was about 27 years old.

He may have died in January 1923 in Geneva County, Alabama....
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17 years old
Hattie M. Davis
Born somewhere in Florida on an unknown day in May 1897 and died somewhere in Florida about 1959. She was about 61 years old.

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Ozella Davis
Born in Wakulla County, Florida on October 29, 1901 and died somewhere in Florida on an unknown day in January 1987. She was 85 years old.

She married James S. Daniels (1899-1950)
children: George
Wilmer ...
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91 years old
Nolie Dee Davis
Born in Sopchoppy, Florida on November 2, 1919 and died in Tallahassee, Florida on January 18, 2016. She was 96 years old.

Nollie married Daymond Grimes
Children :
Bill & Bob (Twins)
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19 years old
Pearl Davis
Born in Sopchoppy, Florida on June 30, 1926 and died in Monroe, Georgia on July 27, 2012. She was 86 years old.

She was born in Sopchoppy, Florida on June 30, 1926,the youngest child born to John Green Davis and Mary Robison Coleman Davis and is the great granddaughter of Elizabeth English Ward. She Loves to w...
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