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Jessie Davis 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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Jessie Davis Yon
4/10/1862 - 6/27/1934
(Shown at age 33)
Jessie Davis Yon was born on April 10, 1862 in Calhoun Co., Florida and died on June 27, 1934 in Calhoun Co., Florida. She lived to be 72 years old.

She married on 2/12/1880 to Thomas McKeown (2/8/1858-2/3/1927).
  1. William L. (3/20/1881-1/6/1920)-married Aletha E. Bracewell
  2. John B. (5/18/1883)
  3. Thomas J. (12/17/1885-2/22/1970)-He was a sheriff -married Alma Baggett
  4. Elmria Malissa (11/1887)
  5. James M.(11/11/1889-6/13/1933)-married Nora Stone
  6. Joshua (12/7/1892-8/26/1950)
  7. Ruel H. (1893)
  8. Ellen L.(1895)
  9. Alma (1898-2/24/1970)-married George Cooley
  10. Susan Irene (1900)-married James Parish, Joseph O'Conner
Census6/21/1870  FL (Calhoun County) 8 yrs old 
dweling#12,family#9 Levi Yon (age 59) Farmer, states he has 5000 acres worth $800, born South Carolina; wife Nancy E. (age 46) born Alabama; Levi M.L. (age 12); Jessie D. (age 6); John M. (age 4);Lydia M. (age 2); children born in Florida.  Source:
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1870: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census6/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 23 yrs old 
178,201 -Thomas Mckeown (age 27), Jessie Mckeown (23), Wm Mckeown (4), John Mckeown (2). Thomas was born in SC, his parents were born in SC. Jessie was born in FL, her parents in SC. All children born in FL. 
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.
Census6/27/1900 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 38 yrs old 
246 -Thomas Mc Keown (42 -Feb. 1858), Jessie Mc Keown (38 - Apr. 1862), William C. Mc Keown (19 - March 1881), John B. Mc Keown (17 - May 1883), Thomas J. Mc Keown (14 - Dec. 1885), Elmira Mc Keown (12 - Nov. 1887), James M. Mc Keown (10 - Nov. 1889), Joshua Mc Keown (7 - Dec. 1892), Lirib H. Mc Keown (5 - Oct. 1894), Ella L. Mc Keown (3 -Oct. 1896). All were born in FL. Thomas is a farmer. Thomas and Jessie have been married 20 years and have 8 children. 
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.
Census4/27/1910 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 48 yrs old 
29, 79 -Thomas Mckeown (age 52), Jessie Mckeown (48), Tom Mckeown (24), Jim Mckeown (20), Josh Mckeown (18), Rual Mckeown (16), Elmira Mckeown (14), Alma Mckeown (12), Susie Mckeown (10). Thomas was born in FL, his parents were born in SC. Jessie was born in FL, her parents in AL. Thomas and Jessie have been married 30 years and have 10 children all living. All children born in FL. Thomas is a farmer, Tom is a farm laborer and Jim is a school teacher. 
Census1/19/1920 Blountstown, district 14 FL (Calhoun County) 57 yrs old 
200,215 -Thomas Mckeowin (age 61), Jessie Mckeowin (58), Thomas J. Mckeowin (35), Gosh Mckeowin (28), Rural Mckeowin (26), Alma Mckeowin (18), Susie Mckeowin (16). All were born in FL. Thomas' parents were born in SC. Jessie's father born in FL and mother in SC. Thomas is a farmer, Thomas J., Josh and Ruel are laborers. 
Death Certificate1/1/1927 FL (Jackson County) 64 yrs old 
Thomas McKeown - Death Index- county: Jackson Co. FL, race: W, Book Vol:308, page:2804, year:1927 
Census4/12/1930 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 68 yrs old 
44, 45 -Tom J. Mckeown (age 45), mother- Jessie Mckeown (68), Lilly Mckeown (8), nephew-James E Mckeown (6), nephew-B. M. Franklin (17). They own their home. Tom is a farmer, B.M. is a laborer. Jessie states she was 18 when she got married, she is now a widow. All were born in FL. Jessie's father was born in SC and mother in AL. 

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2 1864 Battle of Olustee is a Confederate victory. Union troops pull back
3 1865 Battle at Natural Bridge (Wakulla County) is a Confederate victory.
3 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.
8 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
20 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
21 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.
22 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.
44 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
55 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
66 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 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
7 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
15 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
17 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
27 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
33 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
35 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
38 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.
38 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
39 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
40 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
41 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
42 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
44 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
44 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
44 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
50 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
51 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
52 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
61 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
61 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
62 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
64 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
65 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
66 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
20 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
23 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
46 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
50 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
51 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
55 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.
57 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
1 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
3 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
6 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
13 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
14 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
47 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
48 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.
65 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
67 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
68 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
70 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
71 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!
72 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.
72 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
47 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
52 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.
55 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
57 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
58 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.

Thomas McKeown
Born on February 8, 1858 and died on February 3, 1927.
They were married 2/12/1880.

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The Children of Jessie Davis Yon

19 years old
William L. McKeown
Born somewhere in Florida on March 20, 1881 and died somewhere in Florida on January 6, 1920. He was 38 years old.

He married Aletha E. Bracewell...
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13 years old
James M. McKeown
Born somewhere in Florida on November 11, 1889 and died somewhere in Florida on June 13, 1933. He was 43 years old.

He was called "Jim". He married Nora Stone ...
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10 years old
Joshua McKeown
Born somewhere in Florida on December 7, 1892 and died somewhere in Florida on August 26, 1950. He was 57 years old.

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8 years old
Ruel Higdon McKeown
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on October 9, 1894 and died somewhere in Florida on December 23, 1962. He was 68 years old.

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