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.

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