Researched & Written By:
Esther M. Ziock Carroll
JAMES MARION MARTIN
1866 - 20 June - James was born in Courtois, Washington County, Missouri & was the first child of Daniel Martin and Narcisses Huitt.
1870 - The Martin family is residing in Crawford County, Missouri
1878 - James mother dies in childbirth with her 6th child. James stayed with his father while the other children were raised by various relatives.
1880 - James & his father Daniel are living in Walton T., WashCoMo. James birthplace is given as Missouri. Daniel's age is given as 35 birthplace Mo., birthplace of parents Va., occupation laborer.
1882 - James father Daniel remarries to Mrs. Sarah Jane Hawkins Dicus.
1892 - James marries his step-sister, Mrs. Margie Frances Dicus Henslee. Margie was the daughter of Sarah Jane Hawkins & Brad Dicus & the widow of Jesse F. Henslee.
1900 - The James Martin family was residing in Reynolds County, Missouri. James' occupation was farming. They were living next door to the William Nelson Martin family. The census gives Nelson's fathers birthplace as Tennessee & James's father's birthplace as Tennessee.
1942 - James Martin died suddenly at age 75 while residing in Potosi, Washington County, Missouri. At 7:00 p.m. on June 3rd he was returning home from Adams grocery store on Depot Hill. He collapsed on the porch and was dead before help could be summoned. He is buried on the east edge of the New Masonic Cemetery, Potosi. There is no tombstone.
James and Margie's children:
two other Martin children died young.
Ida Bell Martin b: 1892 - married James Cooper. They had six children one of whom died as a child. Mr. Cooper was once sheriff of Washington County. Ida died in St. Charles County in 1988 at the age of 96 years and is buried in New Masonic Cemetery, Potosi. "Aunt Idie" was a very sweet and loving person and I have many fond memories of her.
GUY THOMAS MARTIN - was born 3 Jan. 1898 at Palmer, Washington County, Missouri. He married Berdie Mae Henderson in St. Francois County and they had eleven children one of whom died in infancy. Guy served in the U.S. Army in WWI. [Guy played the harmonica very well. He was a real scrapper and got into many fights!] My grandfather died in 1969 in St. Louis and is buried in New Masonic Cemetery, Potosi.
Olive Bradley Martin was first married to Ben Maxwell. They had seven children. After Ben's death she married Harry Engleke. Ollie died in 1973 and is buried in New Masonic Cemetery, Potosi.
Joseph Daniel Martin b: 8 May 1901 Reynolds Co., Mo. - d: 29 May 1961 buried next to his parents in New Masonic Cemetery, Potosi - was married to Elva Dickey. Served in WWI.
MISCELANEOUS MARTIN INFO:
Margie smoked a corn cob pipe and while residing at Irondale she maintained a still. She evidently passed her brewing tallents on to her son, Guy, as he was known to make homebrew a concoction which he referred to as "Panther Piss". Margie had psychic abilities (premonitions) a trait she inherited from her mother who was part Indian (Native American). Margie also told people's fortunes by reading tea leaves in the bottoms of tea cups and many of her predictions came true. Her favorite expression was, "Why, it's a sin to the crickets and grasshoppers!" She loved to dance and could not keep still whenever she heard "dancin' music". (Makes me think of Granny in the Beverly Hillbillies!)
Margie allegedly remarried in southern Missouri, but later divorced and resumed the Martin name. She died at the home of her daughter, Ollie Maxwell, at 906 N. Mine St. in Potosi on November 17th 1955. Her age was 86 years, 11 months and 2 days. She is buried next to James, her husband of 50 years, in New Masonic Cemetery, Potosi.
Cloa - (Margie's daughter by previous husband Jesse F. Henslee) b: 3 Jan. 1888 - d: 22 Oct. 1924 - buried: Mitchell Cem., Randolph T., Leadwood, St.FranCoMo - married Calvin Akins
Criminal Records - Crawford County Missouri
Otis Martin - placing dynamite in water - 5 May 1903 - guilty - $100 fine - Bk. P, Pg 310
SEARCHING FOR PICTURE OF GUY MARTIN
Dillon insisted on being in the picture. I kept pushing him away but he kept coming back. So I finally decided to let him be in the picture. He loves posing for the camera!
Esther Ziock Carroll trying on the shoes of her gr. grandmother, Margie Dicus Martin. They were a perfect fit!