John Martin, Sr.

John Martin, Sr.[1, 2]

Male 1764 - 1872

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  • Name  John Martin, Sr. 
    Suffix  Sr. 
    Born  17 Jan 1764  , , MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Dec 1872  Smithville, DeKalb, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2130  All Family Connections
    Last Modified  26 Aug 2007 

    Family 1  Catherine "Kate" Cantrell,   b. Mar 1780, , Stokes, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1851 
    Married  Abt 1793  , Rockingham, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Elizabeth Martin,   b. 1793, Stokes, Spartanburg, SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1870, , DeKalb, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Robert Martin,   b. Feb 1794, , Spartanburg, SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1873, , Warren, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. William Cantrell Martin,   b. 1797, , Spartanburg, SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1879, , DeKalb, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John E. Martin, Jr.,   b. 1802, , Spartanburg, SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1880, , DeKalb, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Sampson Martin,   b. 1805, , Spartanburg, SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1847, , Warren, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Telitha Martin,   b. 1807, , Spartanburg, SC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1865, , Warren, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. James Martin,   b. 1809, , , TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Thomas Martin,   b. 1813, , Warren, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1870, , DeKalb, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  15 Jan 2007 
    Family ID  F808  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Sara Ellen "Sally" Hutson,   b. 1799, , , VA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884, , , TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 May 1855  , Coffee, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  19 Dec 2006 
    Family ID  F2664  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Last Will And Testament of John Martin Proven in Open Court in DeKalb County Tennessee on January 6, 1873

      I John Martin, Sr. of the county of DeKalb and State of Tennessee do make and publish This my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made knowing the uncertainity of life and the certainity of death.
      First I give my boddy to the dust and my soul to God who gave it to me. And to sutch worldly estate as it hath pleased God to intrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows;
      First Direct all my debts and funeral expences be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of my moneys I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my executors from any portion of my Estate Real or personal.

      Secondly I give to Elizabeth Cantrell and her children three negroes namely Rachel Francis and Martin all three rated at Sixteen hundred dollars.

      Thirdly I give to Robert Martin three Negroes namely Jane Rhoda and George all three rated at sixteen hundred dollars.

      Fourthly I give to William C. Martin three Negroes namely Alvin Martha and Jack all three rated at fifteen hundred and fifty dollars.

      Fifthly I give to John Martin and his children three negroes namely Betty Ruth and Joseph all three rated at fifteen hundred dollars.

      Sixthly I give to Sampson Martin's children three negroes namely Bill Henry and Salina and a certain piece of land where they now live. The said Negroes and land all rated at sixteen hundred dollars.

      Seventhly I give to Tilletha Walker and her children three Negroes and a stud colt -- it being three hundred dollars more than she ought to have in Justice.

      Eighthly I give to James Martin three Negroes namely Letty Dick and Joyett and the tract of land where on he now lives all rated at sixteen hundred dollars.

      Ninethly I give to Thomas Martin three Negroes namely Mary Sarah and Nancy all three rated at eleven hundred dollars also to Thomas our Stable hosso? our Waggon and two Steers worth one hundred and eighty dollars and all the land inside of his fence he payed two dollars per acre that is all over two acres.

      And here I will State that having Given all my sons a piece of land Except John Therefore I will to him one hundred dollars in place thereof .

      Tenthly My will is that after my decease the lands whereon I now live at Skirt Mountain and a tract on Banard Creek be sold on a twelve months credit and that thereof my children whose shares are the less shall be made equal to those of the great is with the intent of this money which they were behind and thus my will is that my wife Sally shall have sufficient of the cleared land to maintain her, her lifetime, together with the dwelling house Kitchen and furniture thereof which is her own concerning which furniture she may dispose of as she will at her death-----and then my wife is to have my saddlehouse and a farm horse and farming tools and Silver my Negro man and Dorcas my Negro woman so long as she remains my widow.

      Concerning the sale of my lands; if after all my children are made equal there should be a remainder it shall be equally divided among all my children.

      Lastly I do hereby make ordain and appoint my beloved Sons John Martin James Martin together with my wife Sally my executors of this my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I John Martin the said Testator have this my Will written on one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this 9th day of January 1854.
      Sined sealed and published in the presence John Martin [seal]
      of us who have subscribed in the presence
      of the testator and of each other
      Witnesses
      Joseph Banks
      Richard N. Banks
      Enoch H. Banks

      Duly proven in open court and ordered to be rendered as the last Will and Testament of John Martin Deceased January the 6th 1873
      J. L. Hollis Judge

      NOTE* All the Children listed in the Census Info. above and his second wife are all named in his Will dated JAN. 09,1854 and in the DeKalb Co.,TN. Chancery Court Enrolling Docket Book on pages 407 to 413 dated MAY 05,1873 is named the following...John MARTIN,Jr. & Sarah Ellen MARTIN,widow of John MARTIN,Sr. dec'd. vs. (1)William C. MARTIN,son of John MARTIN,Sr. dec'd.;(2)children of Elizabeth MARTIN and her husband Watson «b»CANTRELL«/b»...;(3)Robert MARTIN;(4)James MARTIN;(5)children & grandchildren of Sampson MARTIN...;(6)children of Telitha WALKER...;&(7)Thomas MARTIN...{mentions}John MARTIN,Sr. died in DeKalb in 1872,Will made in 1854,left negroes,John,Sr. owed no debts except to John,Jr. who says that the other children were advanced land about 50 or 60 yrs. ago but not charged for it,but John,Sr. made no title to any of them and the children held the property and claimed it as their own.
      In 1853 John, Jr. moved near John, Sr. and lived there to present. Wife of John, Sr. died in 1851,Thomas moved in for a year,then John, Jr. moved in. In 1854 or 1855 [NOTE:he married her before the JAN. 09,1854 date of his Will] John,Sr. married Sarah E., John,Jr. built a house nearby and rented John,Sr's. land. John.Jr. cleared 35 or 40 acres of land himself and John,Sr. promised him pay for the improvements. John,Jr. added a room to John,Sr's. house,repaired chimneys & fence.
      John,Jr. lived in sight of John,Sr. since 1853,got wood,made fires,went to mill,"especially after the loss of his slaves". For 17 months before his death,John,Sr. required care "day & night". John,Jr. asks for homeplace & pay for services.

      John & Catherine («b»CANTRELL«/b») MARTIN are listed as members of the Caney Fork & the Old Bildad Baptist Churches as early as 1812 and Catherine is noted in the Church Records as dead in 1851.
      Source: posting to Martin Family Genealogy Forum; GenForum; 9 Mar 2005 by Nathan Meredith Lorance

  • Sources 
    1. [S80] Federal Census 1860, U.S. Bureau of the Census, (U. S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration), DeKalb Co., TN; M653_1247; p 113; District 5; PO Smithville (Reliability: 3).
      House #485
      Martin, John Sr. 94 M W Farmer $5600 $7000 b MD
      Sarah E. 61 F W b VA

    2. [S92] Federal Census 1870, (Effective date 1 Jun 1870), DeKalb Co., TN; M593_1524; p 157; District 5; PO Smithville (Reliability: 3).
      House #93
      Martin, John 106 M W Farmer $4000 $300 b MD
      Sarah E. 70 F W b VA
      Rachel 11 F W Domestic Servt b TN

      Note written on census form: "Is remarkably stout, can ride on horse back and walk all about the yard and garden. Enjoys excellent health and looks well. -- 16 March 1764."