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Unknown MARTIN

This unknown MARTIN, the father of Russell MARTIN, could possibly be Russell Nage MARTIN found in the 1800 Franklin Co., GA tax list. It is possible he moved up into Tennessee before his children were born. Some clues that this man's name may have been Russell are found in the book, "Pioneers of Walden's Ridge" by Elsie Connor Adams, granddaughter of Keziah Thurman Rogers Connor Much of the book was written by Keziah's son, Thomas C. Connor. In it he states that in 1858 after the crops had been harvested, the wheat was ground into flour and "also corn had been raised in the valley and ground into meal at the mill in the valley operated by Russell Martin's widow". As my ancestor, Russell M. Martin (Anna's son) was still living in 1858, this would have to be Anna, widow of Russell Martin, the children's father.

He was married sometime before abt. 1816 to Anna ????. They had at least 6 children, all of whom were born in Tennessee:

  1. Russell, b. abt. 1816. (Married Mary ROGERS).
  2. Alexander M., b. abt. 1822. (Married Sarah "Sallie" ROGERS).
  3. Margaret, b. abt. 1826.
  4. Rebecca Caroline, b. abt. 1827. (Married Robert C. MAHAN).
  5. Rhoda Adeline, b. abt. 1830. (Married John MAHAN).
  6. William Thomas, b. abt. 1831. (Married Martha A. ????).

Given that William Thomas, the youngest child, was born about 1831, and that Anna MARTIN is living alone in 1840, it is assumed that her husband died sometime between 1831 and 1840.

Here are the records after 1840 in which Anna appears with her children:

1840 Federal Census of Hamilton County, Tennessee
M704, Roll # , Page 148

Head of Household: Anna MARTIN
Free White Males: 1 - 5-10; 1 - 15-20;
Free White Females: 1 - 10-15; 2 - 15-20; 1 - 40-50.

1850 Federal Census of Hamilton County, Tennessee
Enumeration Date: 29 Aug 1850
M432, Roll #881, Page #745, Dwelling #60, Family #60

Ann MARTIN 54 F Tennessee
Margaret MARTIN 23 F Tennessee
Adaline MARTIN 20 F Tennessee
Thomas MARTIN 19 M Farmer Tennessee

Some time (probably prior to 1854 when Rhoda Adaline's oldest child Missouri was born), Anna moved to Walker County, Georgia with her daughter and son-in-law.

1860 Federal Census of Cedar Grove, Upper Cove Dist., Walker County, Georgia
Enumeration Date:
M653, Roll # , Page #864, Dwelling #1364, Family #1309

John MAHAN 30 M Georgia
Adeline MAHAN 30 F Tennessee
Missouri A. MAHAN 6 F Georgia
Caroline E. MAHAN 5 F Georgia
Oliver B. MAHAN 3 M Georgia
Robert F. MAHAN 1 M Georgia
Annie MARTIN 67 F Widow Tennessee

It appears that Anna died sometime between 1860 and 1870, as she no longer appears in the census living with her daughters.

If you can add any information to the above data or have any questions, please contact me. Thank you!

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