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Robert Martin (abt. 1789 - abt. 1855)

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Robert Martin
Born about in Kershaw, Lancaster, South Carolinamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1830 in Kershaw, SCmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Attala, Holmes, Mississippimap
Profile last modified 16 Mar 2015
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1850 Census Attala Co, MS 1830 United States Federal Census 1850 United States Federal Census American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Mississippi, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1805-1890 Mississippi, State and Territorial Census Collection, 1792-1866 Web: Mississippi, Find A Grave Index, 1798-2012


1850 Census Attala Co, MS5 42 42 Martin Robert 62 M . Farmer 400 S Carolina . . . . . 6 42 42 Martin Elcy 52 F . . . S Carolina . . . . . 7 42 42 Martin Fleming 19 M . . . S Carolina . . . . . 8 42 42 Martin Mary 16 F . . . S Carolina . . . . . 9 42 42 McDaniel Joshua 28 M ... Farmer ... N Carolina . . . . .Next door was William McDaniel whose wife was Elizabeth Jones daughter of John Jones

Note: 1850 Attala County, Mississippi census 30, 42, 45, 53 1850 Madison County, Mississippi Census 239 Robert and his wife may have been killed in a house fire, along with a Joshua McDaniel, living with them at the time.Robert and Elcy moved to Mississippi after 1834 before 1850 since on Mar 4, 1844 he and his wife sold land in Attala County to Adam McWillie for $200 and on Sep 2, 1844 Robert and Samuel also sold land to Adam McWillie for $250.

Attala County, Mississippi Pioneers lists Robert and Elcy as having sold property to Adam McWillie on 4 Mar 1844 for $200.00. Land description: East half of Southwest quarter of Section 4, Township 12, Range 5 east, 80 acres. On 2 Sep 1844, Robert Martin and Samuel Martin sold the adjoining plot to Adam McWillie. Southeast quarter of Section 4, Township 12, range 5 east, 160 acres. (4) From this same source we learn that Robert was on the tax rolls in 1843 and that he was listed on the 1850 slave schedule as owning three slaves.

Elcy Martin may have been a Fleming, perhaps a sister to Rebecca, Samuel I's wife. Many of Robert's descendents believe this to be true, however, I have been unable to verify with documentation. Robert and Elcy did name a son Bailey Fleming and called him Fleming, adding credence to the theory. I found an Alexander Fleming living in the Kershaw District in the 1830 Census (5) near where Samuel I and Mary had lived.

Three of Roberts son's found their sweethearts in Madison County and married there (6). Mahala Ann and Mary Ann Robinson were sisters .

There is some confusion regarding Mary P Martin and Mary S Martin. Mary P is listed in the 1850 Census as a sixteen-year old daughter of Robert and Elcy (7). We know that she married Henry Kennedy Barwick and had a family of ten children. Henry had moved from South Carolina to the Camden, Madison County, Mississippi area, which was a gathering place for immigrants from South Carolina. Robert and his family were living in Attala Co, just across the county line from Camden. This is the controversy. Did Robert and Elcy name two daughters Mary? Is that the reason for the middle initial being used, Mary P and Mary S or was this a mistake on the part of the census taker? Both girls were perhaps named for Mary, Robert's Mother.

Descendents of Margaret Martin and Roderick McLean have maintained that Margaret, who married Roderick McLean, is a daughter of Robert and Elcy Martin. Though no primary documentation has been found. They were wed 12 Oct 1839 in Kershaw, South Carolina (8). After Margaret died, he married Caroline Martin, documented daughter of Robert and Elcy. His third wife was Mary S Martin, probable daughter of Robert and Elcy (9). Roderick McLean inherited the "dredge line" that ran between Natchez, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee along the Natchez Trace and this inheritance proved to be his demise. A dredge wagon was used to haul freight up and down the Trace. He was killed when a heavily loaded wagon overturned on him. The sight of the accident and his burial place are unknown. Roderick's minor children were left in the care of H.K. Barwick, Mary P's husband-another reason to believe that they were all part of the Robert Martin family.

The 1850 Census (10) shows Robert, sixty-two years of age, Elcy, fifty-two years; Fleming, eighteen years; and Mary P, sixteen years of age. Joshua McDaniel, a twenty-eight year old, born in North Carolina, was also listed.

David Frazier, a descendent of Martha Martin and David Frazier reports that Robert and Elcy may have died in a house fire (11). They died on the same day and are buried in the same grave. Joshua McDaniel may have died at the same time.

Robert and Elcy Martin Obituary From "The Camden Weekly Journal Volume XV I" Camden South Carolina May 1855

Died at their residence in Attala County, Miss. On17th Inst., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin. They were natives of Kershaw District, S.C. The former died in the sixty-eighth year of his age, the latter in her fifty- seventh. Hand in hand, peacefully and happily they journeyed together through the many long years of life and when death came it could not separate them, for now side by side in the same grave they lie. The hand of Providence is almost seen in this dispensation for forty years through the varying incidents of life they dwelt in mutual love and around them grew up manly sons and fair daughters, the pride and pleasure of their declining years; at last when the doom came, which awaits us all no separation took place, and if we are permitted to judge by the purity of their lives while with us here, we are assured a glorious immortality is theirs. They both were descendents of the best blood of the Revolution, and inherited the virtues and principles of their patriotic fathers. The writer of this humble offering has long known the family, particularly Mr. Martin, and can truly say that he bore the stamp and character of "the noblest work of God" -"an honest man". Could more be said?We leave him now to that God in whom he trusted. (12)

Note that the author of the obituary mentions that Robert's father served in the Revolution. David McNair Martin in a letter to his daughter, Ella tells of John Martin living near Camden, South Carolina. "His three son s' names were David Martin, Robert Martin, and Samuel Martin, He and his sons lived there sometime after the Revolutionary War. The three sons served in it, in the Rebel Army. My father's name was John Martin, [son of David]. He had four brothers and one sister: William Martin, Sherwood Martin, [the one who witnessed our Mary's deed], Francis A Martin, Green Martin, and sister Betsey Martin." This is another clue that says our Samuel may be the same Samuel as John's Samuel. Both our Samuel and John's Samuel served in the Revolutionary War. Also our Samuel named a son Robert, perhaps after his brother and a son, Samuel, after himself.

I wish to thank the following people for contributing information about the Robert and Elcy Martin family: John B Frazier, a descendent of Bailey Fleming Frazier and David Lavaniel Frazier, a descendent of David Lavaniel Frazier, both, sons of Martha Martin Frazier; also Francine Andrews, a descendent of Margaret Martin McLean and Sharon Kay Pierce, daughter- in-law of Polly Ray Pierce.

Robert and Elcy Martin References:

1.1820 U.S. Census Kershaw District, South Carolina, #151A.2.1830 U.S. Census Kershaw District, South Carolina, #027. 3.1840 U.S. Census Attala County, Mississippi, p 211. 4.Betty Couch Wiltshire, Attala County, Mississippi Pioneers, (Heritage B ooks, Inc.) p 147. 5.1830 U.S. Census Kershaw District, South Carolina, #013, Alexander Flem ing. 6.Madison County, Mississippi Marriage Records. 7.1850 U.S. Census Attala County, Mississippi, p 99. 8.Margaret Martin and Roderick McLean Marriage____________ 9.Mary S. Martin Marriage______________ 10.Ibid. 1850 U.S. Census. 11.David L. Frazier website, Camden Weekly Journal, Volume XVI, Camden, South Carolina, Tuesd ay Morning, May 29, 1855.

Father: Samuel MARTIN Mother: MARY

Marriage 1 Elcy FLEMING b: ABT 17 MAY 1799 in Kershaw District, South CarolinaChildren Margaret MARTIN b: 7 MAY 1817 Lawrence MARTIN b: ABT 1818 in Kershaw District, South Carolina Samuel MARTIN b: 1821 in South Carolina Mary MARTIN b: 30 AUG 1823 in South Carolina Martha MARTIN b: 2 NOV 1825 in Kershaw District, South Carolina Caroline MARTIN b: DEC 1827 in South Carolina Bailey Fleming MARTIN b: 27 FEB 1831 in South Carolina

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