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John Martin (1764 - 1872)

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John "Johnny" Martin
Born in Marylandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1790 in Rockingham, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Blue Springs, DeKalb, Tennessee, United Statesmap
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Profile last modified 3 Sep 2019 | Created 12 Jun 2015 | Last significant change: 3 Sep 2019
14:59: Shirley (Strutton) Dalton edited the Biography for John Martin (1764-1872). (US Census (Slave Schedule), 1850) [Thank Shirley for this]
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John was born in March 1764 in Maryland. His parents are at this time uncertain. He passed away on 29 June 1872 in DeKalb County, Tennessee at the age of 108. He is buried in Caney Fork Cemetery, Warren County, Tennessee.

John and wife Catherine left North Carolina not long after their marriage and settled for a few years in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Their first 4 or 5 children were born in South Carolina.[1] They moved from there to Warren County, Tennessee about 1805.[2]

John Martin appears on the 1812 Tennessee Early Tax List in Warren County, Tennessee. Listed nearby are several of his wife's brothers -- Aaron Cantrell, Sampson Cantrell, Watson Cantrell.[3]

John and Catherine 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.[4]

John remained a farmer in Warren/DeKalb County, Tennessee for the remainder of his life. (Dekalb created using part of Warren in 1837.)

Marriages & Children

John married Catherine "Kate" Cantrell about 1790 in Rockingham County, North Carolina. They had eight children:

  1. Mary Elizabeth Martin, 1793
  2. Robert Martin, 1794
  3. William Cantrell Martin, 1797
  4. John E Martin, 1802
  5. Sampson Martin, 1805
  6. Telitha Martin, 1807
  7. James Martin, 1809
  8. Thomas Martin, 1813

John married second Sarah Ellen "Sallie" Hutson on 2 August 1823 in White County, Tennessee.[5] They had no children.

Death & Legacy

John's will was written 9 January 1854 in DeKalb County, Tennessee and entered for probate on 6 January 1873 (John died in June 1872).

Named in his will:

  • second wife Sallie (Hutson) Martin
  • daughter Elizabeth Cantrell (wife of Watson Cantrell)
  • son Robert Martin
  • son William C Martin
  • son John Martin
  • children of son Sampson Martin
  • daughter Tilletha Walker and her children (wife of William Walker)
  • son James Martin
  • son Thomas Martin
  • Executors: sons John Martin, James Martin, wife Sally Martin
  • Witnesses: Joseph Banks, Richard N Banks, Enoch H Banks

Son John Martin and widow Sarah Ellen Martin filed a lawsuit on 5 May 1873 in DeKalb County, Tennessee, against the other children of John Martin in which he asserted that the other children were given land by their father and he was not. He states that he built a house nearby his father and rented John Sr.'s land, made improvements to his father's house, and provided "day & night" care for his father during the 17 months before his death. He asked for title to his homeplace and pay for services.[6]


In 1850 John was the owner of 24 slaves.[7] By 1854, he was the owner of 26 slaves who were named in his will that year. By the time he died, they had all been freed. Names listed in his will:

  • Bequeathed to daughter Elizabeth Cantrell: Rachel, Francis and Martin
  • Bequeathed to son Robert Martin: Jane, Rhoda and George
  • Bequeathed to son William Martin: Alvin, Martha and Jack
  • Bequeathed to son John Martin: Betty, Ruth and Joseph
  • Bequeathed to son Sampson Martin's children: Bill, Henry and Salina
  • Bequeathed to daughterTelitha Walker: three unnamed Negroes
  • Bequeathed to son James Martin: Letty, Dick and Joyett
  • Bequeathed to son Thomas Martin: Mary, Sarah and Nancy
  • Bequeathed to wife Sally: "... Silver my Negro man and Dorcas my Negro woman so long as she remains my widow."


  1. 1800 census
  2. History of Warren County Tennessee, joseph Buckner Killebrew, 1874.
  3. Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895
  4. posting to Martin Family Genealogy Forum; GenForum; 9 Mar 2005 by Nathan Meredith
  5. "Tennessee State Marriage Index, 1780-2002," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), John Martin and Sarah Hutson, 02 Aug 1853; from "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2008); citing p. 45, White, Tennessee, United States, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
  6. DeKalb Co., TN, Chancery Court Enrolling Docket Book, pages 407 to 413 for 5 May 1873.
  7. "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 ," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 4 August 2017), Jno Martin, De Kalb county, De Kalb, Tennessee, United States; citing line number 34, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 444,858.
  • "United States Census, 1800," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 September 2019), John Martin, Spartanburg District, South Carolina, United States; citing p. 176, NARA microfilm publication M32, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 50; FHL microfilm 181,425.
  • 1812, John Martin; Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Ancestry Record 2883 #141567
  • 1830; Census Place: Warren, Tennessee; Series: M19; Roll: 181; Page: 375; Family History Library Film: 0024539. 1830 United States Federal Census. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • Year: 1840; Census Place: De Kalb, Tennessee; Roll: 520; Page: 244; Image: 506; Family History Library Film: 0024543. 1840 United States Federal Census. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 August 2017), John Martin, DeKalb, Tennessee, United States; citing p. 244, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 520; FHL microfilm 24,543.
  • Year: 1850; Census Place: District 5, DeKalb, Tennessee; Roll: M432_876; Page: 78A; Image: 287. 1850 United States Federal Census. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009.
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), John Martin, De Kalb county, part of, De Kalb, Tennessee, United States; citing family 1100, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Year: 1860; Census Place: District 5, De Kalb, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1247; Page: 113; Image: 232; Family History Library Film: 805247. 1860 United States Federal Census. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009.
  • Year: 1862. U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008.
  • Year: 1870; Census Place: District 5, DeKalb, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1524; Page: 157B; Image: 319; Family History Library Film: 553023. 1870 United States Federal Census. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 110224106.

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