When Martha Stanley was born on February 17, 1812, in Columbia, South Carolina, her father, Samuel, was 70, and her mother, Martha, was 26. She married John B Steele on February 29, 1834, in her hometown. They had two children during their marriage. She died on December 24, 1889, in Greenville, Alabama, having lived a long life of 77 years, and was buried there.
Note Stanley Bible says: Martha Stanley Steele ______ in Hayneville Ala Dec 26, 1885 Death date and burial info taken from web page of Mildred Stinson Brown. This web page also says Martha died from neuralgia of the brain. Her grave is marked by a DAR marker.
Buried next to John Wesley Steele.
1840 Census - Lowndes County, Alabama - believed to be listed with Robert Stanley as head of house - number of females and males in household would equate to Martha and her 2 boys living with her brother and sister-in-law.
1850 Census - Lowndes Twnsp, Lowndes, Alabama - living with R.H. Stanley - 35 yrs old; listed under her was Robert 16 b. Georgia and John, 12 b. Georgia.
1860 Census - Hayneville, Alabama - sister to head of house (WHStanley) - 45 yrs old.
1870 Census - Greenville, Butler, Alabama - living in house - head of house Robert Stanley; 57 yrs old.
1880 Census - Greenville, Butler, Alabama - sister to head of house (Robert H. Stanley); 67 yrs old.
Info in Stanley Family file at South Caroliniana Library says: "The dates on Antie's grave: Martha Stanley Steel / Born March 12, 1812 / Died Dec. 26, 1887 / Married John Steel - no date. The name Stanley does not appear on the grave. From Irene Stanley, Friday 25 July 1958" Last Changed: 26 August 2013 by Mary E. Stanley onto Familysearch profile: Martha Stanley 17 February 1812 – 24 December 1889 K2WG-YFH
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH5S-B4G : 4 April 2020), Martha Steele in household of R H Stanley, Lowndes county, Lowndes, Alabama, United States; citing family 36, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Martha by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Martha: