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James Alfred Willis
10/1866 - 6/25/1928
(Shown at age 39)
James Alfred Willis was born on an unknown day in October 1866 somewhere in Georgia and died on June 25, 1928 in Jackson County, Florida. He lived to be 61 years old.

He married Martha Bula (Buelah) Davis (3/31/1874 - 8/24/1910)
Jesse Willis
Flossy Willis
Dail Willis
Ellie Willis
Andrew Willis
Lester Willis
Thelma Willis
Roy Willis
Elulice Willis
Infant Willis (8/23/1910-10/12/1910)
Census8/3/1870 Ochlocknee GA (Thomas County) 3 yrs old 
156- Jackson Willis (age 28), Florida Willis (27), James A. Willis (3), Thomas E. Willis (2). All were born in GA, except Jackson in FL. Jackson is a farmer and Florida keeps house.  
Census6/22/1900 Precinct 2 FL (Jackson County) 33 yrs old 
s: 294 - James A. Willis (age 33 -10/1866) Bula Willis (24 -5/1876), Jessie Willis (10 -7/1896), Flossie Willis (9 -6/1898), Doyl Willis (7 -3/1893), Ellen Willis (5 -1/1895), George A. Willis (1 -12/1899). Bula and James Married Year: 1888 Years Married: 12. James is farmer. Flossie, Ellen and George were born in FL, all others in GA. James parent were born in GA.  
Additional information about Jackson County, FL around 1900: Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census5/28/1910 Pippin Mill FL (Calhoun County) 43 yrs old 
149 - James Willis (age 48), Bulah Willis (38), Jesse Willis (22), Flossy Willis (20), Dail Willis (18), Ellie Willis (16), Andrew Willis (14), Lester Willis (10), Thelma Willis (8), Roy Willis (6), Elulice Willis (2) . James is a Operator of a Turpentine Still. All born in GA, except Andrew,Lester,Thlma, Roy and Elulice. James and Bulah have been married 24 years, they have had 10 children, 7 are living.  
Death Certificate6/25/1928 FL (Jackson County) 61 yrs old 
Name: James Alfred Willis, Gender: Male, Race: White, Death Date: 1928, Death Place: Jackson, Florida 
Graveyard/Tombstone6/25/1928 FL (Calhoun County) 61 yrs old 
Name: James Alfred Willis, Birth Date: 1866, Death Date: 1928, Cemetery: Mount Olive Cemetery, Burial Place: Altha, Calhoun County 

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4 1870 During the 1870s, the remaining Seminole Indians begin establishing trading posts and other economy with local settlers.
16 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
17 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.
18 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.
40 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
51 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
62 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.
4 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
9 1875 Oconee County formed.
39 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
46 1912 Forsyth, Bleckley, and Wheeler Counties formed.
48 1914 Barrow, Candler, Bacon, and Evans Counties are formed.
51 1917 Atkinson and Treutlen Counties are formed.
54 1920 Seminole, Lanier, Brantley, Long, and Lamar Counties are formed.
58 1924 Peach County is formed.
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 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
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.
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 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
40 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
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 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
57 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
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
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.
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.
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.
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James Roy Willis Sr.
Born somewhere in Florida on February 22, 1903 and died in Calhoun County, Florida on December 11, 1975. He was 72 years old.

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