John Martin and Allied Families
Our Martin ancestors came from two different Martin families.
John Martin (b. Abbeville, SC; 1st road surveyor through Creek Indian Country), and well respected by local chiefs, and also a road surveyor of Gadsden Co): His daughter, Laura Lavinia ‘Viney’ Martin (b.5/16/1830 Monticello, FL) married John Bird, and they had Sarah ‘Sallie’ Bird, who married Francis Marion “Frank” Martin (from Abbeville, SC).
Both Laura and Sarah married Adam McNealy and George McNealy, respectfully, after their husbands died, living on the Adam McNealy plantation with their slaves. After their husbands died, they had to re-marry to keep their land, because women could not own land back then.
Francis Marion “Frank” (Hunt) Martin b. 7/3/1846 in Leon Co, FL): His mom was Ann Martin (from SC); dad unknown. He married Sarah Bird, had my great grandfather (FO Martin), and died in a cotton gin about a year later. Sarah then married George McNealy. Sarah’s dad is John Andrew Bird. Sarah’s mother, Laura Lavinia Martin/Bird, married George McNealy’s dad, Adam McNealy, where they all lived with their slaves (on Adam McNealy’s plantation).
– Martin and Allied Families.pdf 11 pages – Rufus King family
– Caroline Lancaster Wilder Papers.pdf 25 pages
– Mary Elizabeth Lancaster King Papers.pdf 20 pages
– From the “Fain Families of Southwest Georgia”
(be patient…. it’s over 300 pages)
– Excerpts relating to John Martin (m. 11-16-1809) from this book
– General Joseph Martin In a 1789 letter to Senator William Grayson, Henry reminded his political ally that Martin had been so effective in his Indian dealings during the Revolutionary War that British agents had offered rewards to their Indian allies for Martin’s scalp.
– South Carolina Archives Search (search for John Martin Abbeville)
FIND A GRAVE INFO
Martin and Byrd Connections
Congressional Document 512 on the Emigration of Indians (search for John Martin)
Judge John Calvin Martin (1784-1840) – A Cherokee Indian The first Chief Justice of the first Supreme Court ever instituted in the Cherokee Nation.
Captain John Martin Congressional Doc 512 (see page 723, it states that John Martin was listed as the first road surveyor in Gadsden County, and surveyed the road through Creek country, and was well acquainted with the Indians, and much respected by the most important chiefs).
Within the complete listing of Alabama Indian Villages, Towns and Settlements at this site:
Martin on the Creek Census on page 320, with 2 males & 2 females in family, in the town of Ekundutske. Page2 Page3 This town, once called ‘Ekundutske’, was later named Ikanhatki. Ikanhatki(white ground). A former Upper Creek town on the right bank of lower Tallapoosa River, Montgomery co., Ala., immediately below Kulumi town. Swan, who passed there in 1791, says it had been settled by Shawnee, who had 4 villages in the vicinity, and they are called by him Shawnee refugees, but Bartram (1775) states that they spoke Muscogee. Under the name Ekundutske the village was said to contain 47 families in 1832. (A. S. G.)
John Martin lived in Abbeville, SC & Abbeville, GA
Since he was surveyor of Indian Country, it is thought that the naming of Abbeville, GA and/or Abbeville, FL in Fayette Co, FL, was his undertaking, to commemorate his birthplace of Abbeville, SC.
Abbeville County, South Carolina Geneology
Martin Martin & Other Martins in Screven Co, GA
(search for last name Martin)
Francis Marion “Frank” Martin Died Sept 1880
in Cotton Gin (32 yrs old; my g. grandfather)
Our cousin Ryan Martin was killed in tragic motorcycle crash when a school bus pulled out in front of him as he rode his motorcycle to work one morning. He was a firefighter and married with a small child. He will be sorely missed.