Martin Family History & Genealogy
Martin Last Name History & Origin
Nationality & Ethnicity
These are the earliest records we have of the Martin family.
Martin Biographies & Family Trees
Find birth, death records, and obituaries of Martins on AncientFaces:
Most Common First Names
- John 3.1%
- William 2.8%
- James 2.6%
- Mary 2.0%
- Robert 1.7%
- Charles 1.5%
- George 1.4%
- Joseph 1.3%
- Thomas 1.2%
- Jean 1.0%
Martin Death Records & Life Expectancy
According to our database of 266,551 people with the last name Martin that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the longest-lived members of the Martin family on AncientFaces.
- Mrs-Walter De St. Martin lived 122 years
- Willie Martin lived 120 years
- Darrell Martin lived 113 years
- Richard Martin lived 110 years
- Walter Martin lived 109 years
- Ella Martin lived 110 years
- Roxie N Martin lived 109 years
- Lula Martin lived 110 years
- Lucille Martin lived 110 years
- Nellie E Martin lived 109 years
The Williams family, who had migrated from Virginia soon after the American Revolution, were among the earliest pioneers to settle Lauderdale County, and had a long tradition in the wood and lumber business there. Eli's brother, John T. Martin, also married into the Williams family, marrying Ellen's sister Eliza V. Williams. Another Williams daughter, Mary Jane Williams, married William C. Brown, a son of John Brown, another of the first founders of Lauderdale County. The Brown, Martin and Williams families were among the first founders of the Methodist community in the area, donating land, wood, and time to the venture. Also large landowners, Absalom Williams, and sons David and Edwin W. and grandson, Thomas, along with cousin Reason "Reek" Wood, the first Sheriff, began development of the area, constructing a general store, a jail, and a circuit court. The Martins built Alston and Martin General Merchantile, and several dry goods stores. By mid-century there was a post office, and several thriving establishments operated by Reek Wood, Seaton Burks, J. T. Burks, Bill Wood, and assorted Martins and Williams. Absalon's son, David Williams married the lovely Elvyann "Van" Mannery Walker in 1842, and they would eventually have nine children and a great number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who remained in the area. They settled along Williams Switch Road, in what was originally called Williamstown, and became philanthropists, building several schools, churches, a medical clinic and the Williams Opera House, site of the first Public School Commencement 6/8/1894, in which Miss Daisy Williams was Valdictorian.
Richard H. McGaughey, M. D., was Ripley's town physician and ran the medical clinic beginning in 1844. His brother John R. McGaughey would marry Martha Harriett Williams, another of David Williams's daughters, in 1870. Ellen, the seventh of David and Van Williams nine surviving children was very close to her siblings, especially to brother Robert A., born in 1858, who married the beautiful Emily Pitts in 1876, and went on to become a member of the firm Palmer and Williams, publishers and owners of the Lauderdale County Enterprise Newspaper, but resigned to run for Mayor of Ripley, a post to which he was elected three times. He resigned as Mayor to become a member of the Tennessee Legislature. He was also Clerk and Master of the Chancery Count, and eventually established the Lauderdale County Bank, and was its chief cashier. Later he became Chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee, a state delegate to the district elections, and an alternate delegate to the Chicago National Convention the same year. Then he was appointed as President of the Board of Education. He and Emily had three sons and four daughters who were much adored by their Aunt Ellen and Uncle Eli Martin. Suddenly in 1908, at the age of 51, Ellen's beloved brother Robert died of complications of Bright's Disease, complicated by a bout of typhoid.
Ellen and Eli, who also took up breeding fine Plantation Ponies at their Henning, Tennessee farm in their spare time, had five children. Beulah Zebulon who married John Wesley Blythe of the historically important Blythes of Blytheville, Arkansas, Lillias Gertrude who married Charles Carson Ford and relocated to Chicago, Albertha Williams who married Albert Carroll Cheatham of Blytheville who owned a Tobacco Shop and Billiards Parlour there, Eli Van Louis who graduated from Nelson business College in Memphis, then fought in the Army in the trenches of France of WWI, never married, changed his name, became a writer and moved to Hollywood and died mysteriously there at the age of 44. Stories abounded concerning alleged inflamatory articles that Eli Van Louis had written had led to his demise. Juanita, the youngest child, never married and retired from the FBI after a long career with them in Washington, D. C.
Albertha Martin and Albert Carroll Cheatham moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, where he became an executive with the gas company, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and a prominent member of the Methodist Church. They had three children: Albert, Jr., Gordon Martin, and Verlie Louise Cheatham. Albert, Jr. married Lucy Rosemary Robertson, who was a member of one of the first Women's Basketball League, sponsored by Meadows Draughn College. Albert was employed in refrigeration engineering sales. A former Captain in the U. S. Army during WWII who was a gunnery photographer in the Pacific Theater in Japan, and took arial photographs of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, he was also a Mason, a Commander of his VFW Post, and a Shriener in the Clown Unit. Lucy worked until retirement for the U. S. D. A. and was voted Secretary of the Year in 1970. They had two children, Pamela Jean, and Cheryll Anne. Gordon Martin Cheatham served in the Army in Korea, married a woman named Barbara, and had a daughter named Ann. Gordon sadly died in his thirties of cancer. He had adopted two more children while stationed in Germany. Verlie Louise married career Air Force Captain Richard Francis, they never had children, and she worked for the government until her death at age 63.
After the war, James returned to Stokes Co., NC and married Mary Rebecca Moorefield Boaz on 5 Mar 1866. She was the widow of Robert Boaz, who was killed during the Civil War. The 1880 Federal Census of Stokes Co., NC shows James, his wife Rebecca and their five children living in the Peters Creek Township. This area is near the VA/NC state line. The 1900 Federal Census of Stokes Co., NC shows James as a widower, living with his son, William R. and his sister, Susie Martin Frye. Susie was a widow and she and two of her children, Agnes and Robert L. Frye lived with James at this time. They were living in the west division of the Sauratown Township of Stokes Co., NC. In his later years, James lived with his son, William R. Martin, in Tobaccoville, NC. When he died, he was carried by horse and wagon approximately thirty miles back to Walnut Cove, NC to be buried beside his beloved Rebecca.
"My parents were Henry and Nancy Lou Ellen Montgomery. I had two brothers and one sister older and four sisters and five brothers younger. When I was nine, we moved to Quanah, Texas and in the spring of 1908 we moved to a farm north of Quanah in the Marshall community. The fall of 1910, we moved back to Mississippi. Our father was a sharecropper and we seldom got to go to school before February or March. That was in a one-room school with one teacher that taught through the eighth grade. In September 1912 we moved back to Texas to the Hoolyann community near Kirkland. There we traded with Furr Mercantile, the original Furr Store. In 1914 we moved seven miles west of Goodlett, Texas and our school was Curryville. In 1920 our father bought a farm two and one half miles southwest of Goodlett. My oldest living brother had gone in the service and was killed in World War I on October 27, 1918. On December 11, 1921 I boarded a train for Abilene, Texas where I entered Draughn’s Business College. I was 21 years old. June, 1922 I went back home to help lay by the crop. In August I got a call from Quanah asking if I would help the county agent close that office. I worked six weeks there and on September 27, 1922 Tom Harman and I were married. We moved to Goodlett the following year and on September 5, 1923 our son, Lyle was born. We moved back to Quanah in 1924 and our daughter, June, was born June 4, 1925. In the year of 1928 we moved to Lubbock and the country was in the depression and jobs were scarce. Tom began work in the harvest the summer of 1929. He ended up in a small town of Gruver just 13 miles west of Spearman. He got a job as a cook in the only cafe. The children and I went back to Goodlett and stayed with my parents until Tom could send for us. On August 1, 1929 we boarded the train, spent the night in Amarillo and the next morning we got on the Rock Island train for Gruver. When we got to Gruver that evening there was no vacancy in the one and only hotel. We spent the night at Uncle Sam Gruver’s home. The next day Tom put up an 8x10 foot tent at the water tower. The 6th of August I was asked to help and learn to operate the telephone office. It turned into a blessing and in February of 1930 the job was mine." for more go to [external link]
The republication of rare and out-of-print books provides an excellent way for the general researcher of Irish genealogical history to obtain the reference books needed to delve into otherwise unobtainable scholarly works on Irish history.
I have republished books on two of the main ruling classes in Ireland during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries - namely, the O'Brien and the MacNamara clans.
These three books, out of print for over a century, provide a veritable cornucopia of information on two major Irish surnames, the bearers of which have contributed to the vast majority of Irish and Celtic written history.
The MacNamaras were at one time powerful overlords of the later mediaeval period, ruling swathes of Counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary for several centuries in succession
Regards from Ireland,
Born in Williamston in Martin County, North Carolina, Martin attended Williamston Academy and then studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1859 and became the prosecuting attorney of Martin County. He was elected solicitor for North Carolina's second judicial district in 1868 and was re-elected to that post in 1874. Martin was a member of the Republican party and a delegate to the 1876 Republican National Convention.
In 1878, Martin was elected to the U.S. House, defeating incumbent Democrat Jesse Johnson Yeates. Although Martin served most of his two-year term, Yeates successfully contested the election and unseated Martin on January 29, 1881, two months before the expiration of Martin's term.
After leaving Congress, Martin returned to the practice of law in Tarboro, North Carolina; he was that town's postmaster from 1897 until his death in 1900. Martin is buried in Williamston Cemetery in his hometown.
~Why weren't his children mentioned~Especially, my grandmother, Cleretta Martin?
Martin family relatives that are connected somehow to this Martin family I'm
referring to. These are the names of her father's parents, Marion Thompson Martin and Hannah Josephine Stout. My grandmother father's name is Russia Ferguson Martin. I believe her brothers settled in Colorado and Montana. Though there was one other relative who had came to settle in
the state of Wyoming sometime around, I believe, the 1900's? Apparently a well known cowboy in his time. I know all of my Grandmother's family and relatives are no longer around. But I thought I see if there might be maybe just a few who might be around. Would love to connect with actual Martin relatives if all possible. Thank you. Anyone needing more information or have some questions, please let me know. Thank you for reading.