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Joseph Martin

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Joseph "Nuh -Nishau" Martin
Born [date unknown] in Burke, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Walker, Georgia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 30 Aug 2019 | Created 17 Feb 2017
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Born 1790 Burke, North Carolina, United States. [1]

PARENTS : Father ; John (Joseph) Martin , 1800–1807 Mother : Judith Roach , 1800–

Life Sketch Joseph Martin was 1/2 Cherokee Indian Blood, according to the U.S., Cherokee Baker Roll and Records, 1924-1929.

In the 1821 will of Lieutenant John Martin it is expressly mentioned that his son Joseph has been living in Stokes County, and both John and his son Joseph Martin appear on the 1820 US Census in the same county. Joseph Martin who is married to Mary E Hunt appears on the 1820 US Census in Lincoln county. Also on the 1860 census his children born in the same time frame state the county of Lincoln as their place of birth. These are two different Joseph Martins.

Nûñnë'hï Posted 28 jul 2016 by Shawn Herron On the Cherokee application of William Henry "Spotted Buck" Martin he stated that his father's name was "Joseph Nun Niehau Martin". This word or name does not seem to have any meaning in the Cherokee language, however I did find that the word Nunnehi (The Immortals) does have meaning. On most applications in which family members are listed with names unique to the Cherokee language the people writing it in English would spell it phonetically since there was no standardized way of converting Cherokee to English. In this instance the double vowel was cause to separate it into two words. Joseph Martin who's family began throughout the decade of the Indian Removal Act was among those few who successfully avoided this fate. However he made this possible whether it be that they (being of "mixed blood") passed off as whites, made arrangement with the local government to stay, or simply hid themselves in the mountains yet the folklore of the Cherokee aluded to a more miraculous rendition of events. The Nunnehi a race of immortal spirit people often warned the Cherokee of impending danger and protected them in times of need. One of the most well-known stories about the Nunnehi tells how they helped the Cherokee before the Removal in 1838, when the Cherokee were forced to leave their homeland and resettle in Oklahoma. According to the story, the Nunnehi came to a Cherokee village and told the people to pack up their belongings and to be prepared to leave in seven days to come live with the Nunnehi, for a great catastrophe was about to happen, worse than anything that had ever before happened to the Cherokee. After seven days, the Nunnehi returned for the Cherokee and led them to a large stone deep into the mountains. As the Cherokee watched, the stone rolled away, revealing an entrance into the mountain. Inside the mountain was the most beautiful place the Cherokee had ever seen, and many families rushed into the mountain without ever looking back. However, some of the people refused to enter, and instead chose to stay outside and face whatever was about to happen to them. The people who remained outside were later forced to leave their homes and resettle in Oklahoma. The people who chose to live with the Nunnehi escaped the fate of their fellow Cherokee. According to the story, it is from this group of Cherokee that the small number of modern Cherokee who still live on their native land is descended.

Drowned in Chickamauga River

Posted 01 Nov 2014 by Shawn Herron

"My grandfather Joseph Martin was drowned in the Chickamauga river a few years after 1834. According to indian custom he plunged into the river to cure small pox." -William Franklin


  1. Source: #S1009846831

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On 14 Feb 2018 at 14:26 GMT Karen (Lowe) Tobo wrote:

Martin-35028 and Martin-33482 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, dates, family

Rejected matches › Joseph J. Morton (1790-1846)

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