A short preface: Joseph Noah Abernathy was born 1875 or 1876 in Longtown, Perry County, Missouri to Sion and Margaret Abernathy. A few eras he witnessed, likely without realizing it, were the Atlantic Slave Trade, the western expansion of the United States, and a mass immigration to the United States and Canada. He witnessed five wars and outlived three children.
1880: Noah was enumerated for the 1880 U.S. Federal census on June 18th in Perry County, Missouri. He was one of seven children in the household of Sion Abernathy.
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1898: Spanish - American War
1899: Noah and Marry had another son, Walla B. Abernathy.
1900: Noah and family were enumerated in the summer for the 1900 U.S. Federal census. Noah was farming in Perry County, Missouri (southeastern part of the state).
1901: President William McKinley was assassinated in September. Just over a month later, Noah and Marry had another son. His name was Harry Joseph Abernathy.
1903: Wright Brothers first flight.
1904: Noah and Marry finally have a daughter, Lydia Margaret Abernathy.
1907: Lona Loretta Abernathy, another daughter, arrives.
1908: Ford Model T is first manufactured.
1909: Noah and Marry gave birth to another daughter, Olga Mary Abernathy.
1910: Noah and family were enumerated in the summer for the 1910 U.S. Federal census. Noah is farming in Bollinger County, Missouri. Bollinger is a neighboring county of Perry, just to the south.
1912: Titanic disaster.
1913: Noah and Marry must bury one daughter, Olga Mary. Just shy of three weeks later, another daughter arrives. Her name was Bertha May Abernathy.
1914: World War I begins.
1915: A Christmas present for Noah and Marry is another daughter, Sadie S. Abernathy.
1918: Noah fills out his World War I draft registration card. He was still farming in Bollinger County, Missouri at the age of 43. He was described as having gray eyes and gray hair. This is also the year of birth for his daughter Cora Irene Abernathy.
1920: Noah saw women receive the right to vote. He and his family were also enumerated in the 1920 U.S. Federal census. They were still farming in Bollinger County, Missouri.
1921: Noah and Marry gave birth to Hersel Harold Abernathy.
1923: Noah gave his oldest daughter Lydia away in marriage. He also watched son Walla B. tie the knot.
1925: Another son gets married: Harry Joseph.
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1929: The stock market crashes, and the Great Depression begins.
1930: While Noah and his family are enumerated for the 1930 U.S. Federal census, there's a Holocaust going on in Eastern Europe. Noah is a general farmer in Bollinger County, Missouri.
1931: Noah is just one state away from the Dust Bowl.
1932: Daughter Lona gets married.
1939: World War II begins.
1940: Noah and family are again enumerated for the U.S. Federal census in Bollinger County, Missouri. And Noah is still farming.
1941: The beginning of the year saw daughter Cora get married. The end saw an attack on Pearl Harbor.
1945: Nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
1947: Beginning of the Cold War, and the death of another son. Walla B. passes away in January.
1950: The Korean War begins, and Noah's wife of 54 years dies.
1955: The Civil Rights Movement is underway.
1957: Joseph Noah Abernathy died in a nursing home at Stoddard County, Missouri. Noah was laid to rest beside his wife at Plainview Cemetery in Bollinger County.
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