Texas Family Group Sheet for the Thomas MARTIN Family


Husband: Thomas MARTIN
Birthdate: 8 Mar 1824
Birthplace: London, England
Death date: 25 Apr 1892
Place of death: Calvert, Robertson, TX
Burial: Calvert Cemetery, Calvert, Robertson, TX
Father: Joseph Martin (?)
Mother: Sara Ewing (?)

Marriage date: bef 1862
Marriage place: TX

Wife: Sarah Jane LIVINGSTON
Birthdate: 5 Dec 1840
Birthplace: AL
Death date: bef 1900
Place of death: Robertson Co, TX
Burial: Robertson Co, Tx
Father: John L. Livingston
Mother: Mary E.

CHILDREN

Child No. 1: John E. Martin
Birthdate: 1862
Birthplace: TX
Death date: bef 1900
Place of death: TX
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Child No. 2: Mary A. Martin
Birthdate: 1864
Birthplace: TX
Death date: aft 1951
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Child No. 3: Sarah M. Martin
Birthdate: 1866
Birthplace: TX
Death date: aft 1900
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Child No. 4: Laura Anna Martin
Birthdate: 1868
Birthplace: TX
Death date: aft 1900
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Child No. 5: Jessie T. Martin
Birthdate: 20 Apr 1871
Birthplace: TX
Death date: 12 Jan 1888
Place of death: Calvert, Robertson, TX
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Child No. 6: Florence Elizabeth Martin
Birthdate: 10 Oct 1875
Birthplace: Calvert, Robertson, TX
Death date: 16 Feb 1967
Place of death: Houston, Harris, TX
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Child No. 7: Agnes E. Martin
Birthdate: 1878
Birthplace: TX
Death date: Bef 1900
Place of death: TX
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Documentation:
Thomas Martin:
* Birth & death dates from headstone, Calvert, TX.
* 1860, 1870 Port Sullivan, Milam Co, TX, census.
* 1880 Calvert, Robertson Co, TX census.
* Milam Co., TX Deeds: Bk D2, Pg 13.
* Bk 25, pg 73; Book D2,Pg 14; Vol 11, Pg 349-350, 351-352.
* Robertson Co, TX Deeds: Vol V, Pg 314, 315, 325; Vol U, pg 581-582.
* Mason: Lodge-Golden Rule #70, Port Sullivan, Milam Co., TX index card.
* Military: Tx Milam Co. Muster Rolls, Civil War.
* Tax Assessments: 1854-1870 Milam Co, TX.
* 1872-1882 Robertson Co, TX.

Notes:
* Thomas Martin came to America (around 1844) from England. He settled in Port Sullivan, Milam Co, TX on Little Rock or Brazos St. with 33 acres in 1n 1854. He had cattle, sheep and a horse. By 1860 he had 5 horses and 100 sheep. At this time he was a single man, age 30 and was a Clerk, possibly for the Port Sullivan market. He belonged to the Mason's Grand Royal Arch Grand Chapter 71 in Port Sullivan. Before 1862 he met and married Sarah Jane Livingston probably in Port Sullivan.
* Thomas enlisted in 1861 as a Priate under Capt Wm. W. McGinnis, 20th Brigade, Texas Mounted for Tarrant County near Ft. Worth. He also enlisted later that year as a Private under Capt. C. C. Jones to Home Guards (Reserve Co), Pr. #1 at Bee Co, 29th Brigade, Texas Mounted near Corpus. He was on call by the Governor for state defense.
* In 1862 Thomas also owned 640 acres in San Sabo Co, TX and 150 acres in Milam Co.
* In 1862 his first child, John E. Martin, was born in Milam Co, TX.
* Possibly also served in 1863 under First Lieutenant to Capt. O. S. Sheldon, Co B, 16th Brigade, Texas State Troops for 6 months under order of the Governor. In 1864 his worth was listed as $2,660 and he owned 1 slave. In Jan, 1864 Thomas, age 39, was under Capt. Robert P. Ashford, Milam Co, Militia 27th under Brig. Gen. H. P. Hale. In July 1864, Thomas was furloughed as apothecary from the Militia Co in Bell Co. His daughter, Mary A. was born that year.
* In 1865, Thomas still has a negro working for him, 150 acres in Milam Co. and livestock for a personal wealth of $2,660.
* In 1866 Sarah M. was born and Thomas's slave is not on the record as property and his wealth has fallen to $1,348. The Civil War is over and the rebuilding is beginning for the Martins. In 1867 Thomas paid Milam Co taxes on 640 acres that he still owned in San Sabba Co. In 1868 his value for tax purposes has fallen to $670. Apparently he has sold off all his sheep and owns only 2 horses and 20 cattle at this time.
* 26 Dec 1868 Thomas participated at a stated convocation of Golden Rule Chapter #70, Royal Arch Masons in the Masonic Lodge at Port Sullivan, and was an officer known as Principal Sojourner.
* In 1870, Thomas is listed on the Milam Co. tax assessment next to his brother, Robert (R.B.). The total value is $1540. At this time, Thomas bought a lot in Port Sullivan and probably moved his family into town. According to 1870 census records, Thomas is now a merchant with his home valued at $2,500 and his personal estate valued at $1000. Wife, Sarah, is keeping house with John, Mary, Margarette and Laura at home. Sarah's sister, Alice, age 15 also lives with them. There is also a black couple that live next to them by the name of Livingston that might have been former Livingston family slaves from Sarah's family in AL. Their names were Gene Livingston, age 55, with his wife Lucy and their baby. Thomas's brother, Robert is also a merchant who probably works with Thomas and he lives 2 doors down from Thomas. Robert's wife, Virginia and children, Lilly, William, Margarette, Amelina and Thomas are living there too. All of Robert's children, ages 15-1 were born in TX.
* After 1870, Thomas owned a lot in Calvert, Robertson Co, TX. The town of Calvert had just started in June, 1869 when the first train of the Houston & TX Central Railroad reached that point. This was the demise of Port Sullivan and the reason that Thomas bought a lot and moved there about this time. In 1871 Jessie T. was born in Robertosn, TX and in 1872 Thomas Martin purchased 184 acres in Robertson Co, TX on the waters of S. Mineral Creek, a branch of the Navosota River, located about 5 or 6 miles NE from the town of Owensville. This land probably provided the Martins with the means to support themselves from the crops and the livestock raised there.
* It appears that Thomas bought a building in Calvert and he owned and ran a hotel in 1874. His property and furnishings were a total assessed value of $1,010. In 1875, Florence Elizabeth (my ancestor) was born and in 1876 Thomas sold off 10 acres in Port Sullivan to Pompy and Mary Livingston, probably Sarah's family.
* In later years, Agnes E. was born and Thomas continued to run the hotel and a merchantile store of some type in Clavert. His children lived with him in the 1880 census and his wife's sister, Alice is 24 and staying there as well. Sarah's other sister, Julia (married Mr. Faubion) is 23 and there with her children Lemora, Ernest and a new baby boy. Thomas's assessed tax value is only about $600.
* In 1892 Thomas Martin died in Calvert, TX and is buried in Calvert Cemetery next to his daughter, Jessie, who died in 1891. The unmarked graves next to Thomas's are probably his wife, Sarah and his daughter, Alice.
* In a 1900 deed transferring the lots in Calvert to S. R. Higginbotham, the only remaining Martin children are shown as Mary A. Margret, Florence and Anna.
 

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