Purdy L. Hicks served from 1942 until 1945. He was in the Navy, attached to the SeaBees, the corp responsible for the building of landing strips on Pacific Islands. I know nothing about the other men in the photo. If you do, I'd love to hear from you.
MARTIN, William C. 1885-1965
William C. Martin, 80, of East Point, died August 15, 12:30 p.m. in the Paintsville Clinic after an illness of three months when he suffered a stroke.
Born April 28, 1885, Pike County, He was the son of Abner and Mary Jane Owens Martin. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors are his wife, Ora Alley Martin, one son, Jimmie Martin of Portsmouth, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Landon Tackett, East Point; three grandchildren, one brother, W. R. Martin of Malonetone and one sister Sarah Branham of Virgie.
The body remained at the Preston Funeral Home until 4:00 p.m. Monday August 16 and then was removed to the Wright Funeral Home in Greenup. Funeral services were held August 17, 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Olive Church and burial in the Mt Olive cemetery with the Preston Funeral Home in charge.
The Paintsville Herald Wednesday August 18, 1965
Up until somewhere around the Civil War, the Martin family practiced the Quaker religion. The original Martin group came over from England via Ireland and settled in Pennsylvania. They then emigrated to NC and from there, to VA and KY. William Craft's father died, along with several of William's siblings, around 1895.
Civil War General, South. Parents: Amos Bird and Claudia Bellinger Northrop> Amos' parents were Joel Prout and Sarah Bird Northrop. His niece, Sarah Bird Northrup, married John Ridge, a Cherokee. Prior to this time, the Northrop/Northrup families were from CT. Amos Bird Northrop may have been the first to move South. The Bellinger family was well connected socially in S.C. Before the War, Lucius was listed as a physician. They lost almost everything in the War and afterward, he is simply listed as a "farmer".
Nancy Buchanan was born 1814 in NC. Somewhere between 1850 and 1860, she and her husband and children emigrated to Meeker County, MN. They called the new area "New Virginia" but this later changed to Collinwood. She died in 1881. Her husband was Jacob Hutchins. They had at least 14 children. Her sister, Rutha, married David Mullins. Her parents were William and Elizabeth Jones Buchanan.
Brothers met several times during the war but did not serve together.