Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Martin Family of Christian County, Illinois

The Martin family resided in Christian County, Illinois before moving to Runnells, Polk, Iowa.

Wilson Willis Martin was born Jul 1858 in ,Hawkins,TN. He died: Abt. 1929 in Runnells, Polk, Iowa. He married Martha Jane McDuffey on 17 Dec 1886 in Christian County, Illinois.

They had the following children:

Ada Belle Martin born: 18 Mar 1890 in ,Christian,Illinois. She died: 1986 in Iowa.
Ada Belle Martin married Arthur Otis Blood on 30 Oct 1905 in Runnells,Polk,Iowa.

Iva Persilla Martin is my great-grandmother. She was born: 30 Jan 1896 in ,Christian,Illinois and died on 07 Mar 1976 in Des Moines,Polk,Iowa.


Iva Persilla married French Bullington in Iowa. These people are my direct ancestors.


Willis Wilson Martin's first wife, Martha McDuffey died in ,Polk, IA, USA on 29 Dec 1906.

Willis Wilson then married Martha's sister, Sarah Elizabeth McDuffey. Martha and Sarah's parents were John Boneparte McDuffey (whose father was John Robert McDuffey, Jr., shown in photo below) and Nancy Ann Selby. They were from Kentucky and Indiana, respectively, and both died in Runnells, Polk, Iowa.

Willis Wilson Martin and Sarah Elizabeth McDuffey had the following children:

Bert Albert Martin 15 Feb 1877
Charles Spindle Martin 19 Mar 1880
Anna Menerva Martin 21 Feb 1882
Bertha Rosella Martin 11 Mar 1884

These children were all born in ,Christian,Illinois

Sarah Elizabeth (McDuffey) Martin died 15 Sep 1885, leaving Willis with four small children, plus two from Martha.

Somehow, the younger children, by Sarah, were left in the care of the Kettlecamp family in Christian County, Illinois, while Willis Wilson took his two eldest children, Ada and Persilla, to Runnells, Polk, Iowa. One son, Bert Albert Martin, ended up in Runnells.

All of elder daughter, Ada (Martin) Blood's children were born and died in Iowa.
All of Iva (Martin) Bullington's children were born and died in Iowa.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Rising Sun Cemetery

Across from 6390 E. University, Pleasant Hill, Iowa 50327

Lat: 41° 35' 58"N, Lon: 93° 28' 53"W
Four Mile Twp, R23W Section 2

In Pleasant Hill, Iowa drive east on E Oakwood Drive for 3 miles. Turn left onto Rising Sun Road and continue north for 1/2 mile. The cemetery will be on the east or right side of the road at the intersection with E University Ave (Hwy 163). It is 1/2 mile north of the community of Rising Sun.

Wicker Cemetery

Polk County, Iowa - WICKER Cemetery
Camp twp. Polk Co., Iowa

Sometime called "CLARK" cemetery. Located in Camp twp. Polk Co. in the NW corner of section 32. Cemetery is on top a hill, north side of the road which runs between the abandoned town of Adelphi and the town of Runnells. Residents of the area tell the story that the first people buried there were 2 transients who fell ill and died while camping in the area. No stones mark their place of burial. Earliest stone found in the cemetery is for Nancy Wallace who died 1849. Many stones are missing from this cemetery. Residents report of seeing a pile of broken headstones, which mysteriously disappeared and were never found. The old part of the cemetery is on the north east side of the road that which runs through the cemetery. -Polk County IAGenWeb site

Lowman Cemetery

Lowman Cemetery

The cemetery is on SE 56th just west of Hwy 376, which is about 2 miles NW of Runnells.
The land was donated years ago by the Samuel and Elizabeth Lowman family. It is on the hill outside of Runnells, in Polk County, Iowa.

The Halterman Family

The Halterman family settled in Runnells, Polk, Iowa in the 1800's. This is my mother's paternal side of the family. Many Haltermans are buried in the Warren-Powers Cemetery in the (used to be)town, called Adelphi. I will have to find out the earliest burial there, and let you know.

Here is a headstone of Irvin C. (Christian) Halterman. He is my mother's grandfather:

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Warren-Powers Cemetery in Adelphi, Polk, Iowa

I have many ancestors in this cemetery. My mother is there, along with many paternal relatives.

Here is the entrance of Warren-Powers Cemetery in Adelphi, Polk, Iowa: