Narrative from "Martin Surname" Copyright 2018 Ryan Wadleigh
Green Taylor Martin was born circa 1808 in Knox Co., Kentucky. He died on September 22, 1878 in Stockton, San Joaquin Co., California. He married first Margaret S. Logan on April 20, 1835 in Claiborne Co., Mississippi. (She was born on February 24, 1816 in Madison County, Kentucky and died on September 26, 1843 in Rodney, Jefferson Co., Mississippi. She is buried at Beechlands Plantation, Claiborne Co., Mississippi). They apparently had one daughter, born between 1835 and 1840, who probably died during the 1840s or at least before 1853.
He married second Anna Maria Harrison on August 8, 1844 in Boyle Co., Kentucky. (She was born on October 25, 1814 and died on April 27, 1849. She is buried in the Oakland College Cemetery, Claiborne Co., Mississippi.) They had no known children.
He married third Cornelia Smith Beazley, widow of David Nelson Hunt, sometime between 1860 and 1862 in California. (She was born on November 24, 1839 in Tennessee and died on March 3, 1883 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., California. She is buried in the City Cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento Co., California.) They divorced on July 19, 1877 in San Joaquin Co., California. They had the following children:
Green Martin was a lawyer. Only two known sources provide information on him in connection to his birth family. The Annals of Platte County just provides his name and indicates that he was a "lawyer of Missouri." Also, the estate papers of his father indicate that in 1853 he was alive, and a resident of Louisiana. (Since he was actually living in California at that time, it may be an indication that the family had lost touch with each other.) Until recently, he has been confused with his cousin Green T. Martin (son of Joseph) who married Elizabeth Bones and lived and died in Platte County, Missouri. In actuality, these were different people who happened to have the same name. The above three marriages are conjectures and it has not been definitively proven that all women were married to the same man.
As a young man, Green apparently moved to western Mississippi. There he married Margaret Logan in 1835 in Claiborne County. In 1840, they were living in neighboring Jefferson County, Mississippi, next to his brother Gill Martin. It was there that Margaret died from a yellow fever epidemic in 1843. After this, he apparently traveled to Kentucky where he married Anna Harrison in 1844 in Boyle County. They returned to Mississippi, where Anna died in 1849 of unknown causes. During this time period, Green also owned land on the other side of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. After his second wife's death, he decided to go west to California for the gold rush. Later records suggest that Green abandoned whatever land that he owned in Louisiana or Mississippi.
He probably made the trip west to California in 1850. In 1850 he was living in Big Oak Flat, California, working as a miner. Eventually, he started working as a lawyer in California and was eventually created County Judge for Tuolumne County. In 1860, he was living in Sonora, California. Sometime between 1863 and 1865, Green moved with his third wife and family to Stockton, California, where he remained. There, Green worked as a lawyer and Justice of the Peace until his death.
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