Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.
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|The grave of Moses S. Thompson found in Bethel Cemetery - Erath County, Texas|
|Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston |
|This family moved from Henry County, Tennesee to Conway County, Arkansas. According to Google Maps, this would take over 100 hours to walk. Conway County to Dallas County was another 100+ hours.|
|Two descendants of John Thompson and Mattie Hairston Chisum Thompson described this as their grandmother's home. This home can be seen near Bethel Cemetery. Could this be the home John A. Thompson was building when he died?|
Robert Thompson sold land some of his land in the Bethel area of Erath County to Phillip A. Hairston, my great-grandfather, in December 1883. My grandmother was three years old when the Hairston family moved that year from Falls County to Erath County.
|John Joseph Martin was the first child of Laura Frances|
Bryan and Thomas Jefferson Martin. He was born in
Bienville Parish, Louisiana on May 14, 1869.
|John married Sarah Olive "Ollie" Thomas on December 3, 1893. Ollie was the daughter of|
Lucy T. Wimberly and Newport L. Nix. She and John were second cousins, both descendants
of William Wimberly. J.J.'s grandmother was Sarah Margaret Wimberly Bryan. Ollie's grandfather, John Lawson Wimberly, was the brother of Sarah Margaret Wimberly.
This was found in the collection of Mary Smith and identified by her as belonging to Marguerite Cook Clark. This photo was identified as John Joseph Martin and his first wife, Olive. Olive died at age 35 and this woman looks older so I wonder it's actually his first wife. I would love input from family.
John and Ollie had 4 children - Clara Essie, Redick Clinton, Frankie Bertha, and Thomas Alvin "Pete." Ollie died on August 25, 1909 and is buried in the Wimberly Cemetery.
|After the death of Sarah Olive Thomas Martin, John's first wife, he married Mary Ann Chapman Johnson, the daughter of John and Carolina Chapman. She was the widow of|
Henry Johnson. John and Mary Ann had two children - Maggie Lois Martin and Charles John Martin.
John Joseph Martin died on February 18, 1942. He is buried
in Wimberly Cemetery with his first wife.
His second wife died in 1966 and is buried with her
first husband in the Social Springs Cemetery in
Red River Parish, Louisiana.
|Laura Frances Bryan, the first child of Joseph B. and Sarah Margaret was born on |
November 22, 1846 in Bienville Parish. According to two family Bibles, she married Thomas Jefferson Martin on November 24, 1867; however, Louisiana Compiled Marriages at Ancestry.com gives a date of January 4, 1869.
Laura Frances Bryan Martin and her husband, Thomas
Jefferson Martin, along with their youngest child and only
daughter, Mary Marguerite "Maggie" Martin. Maggie was
the mother of Marguerite Cook Clark.
Photo taken about 1889.
Laura Frances Bryan Martin with Charley and Maggie.
Laura and Thomas had eight children. Maggie was the only
daughter. Sons were John Joseph, Thomas Reddick, Jesse
Pittman, James Bryan, Thomas Jefferson, William Walter,
and Charles Arthur.
|This transcription of a poem written by Laura F. Bryan Martin was probably typed by Marguerite Cook Clark. Was Laura writing about her children who were grown or the children who died young? She had three children of her own die young. Thomas Reddick Martin died in 1872 at age 1, Jesse Pittman Martin was about 6 years old when he died in 1978, and William Walter Martin was about two years old when he died in 1882. All three are buried in the Wimberly Cemetery.|
In addition, two of Laura's siblings died before the age of five. William Walter Bryan died at four years of age and Lucy Elizabeth Bryan was three years old when she died.
|On the back of the photo is a note written to Harriett Albritton Bryan, wife of Terrell Bryan (Laura's father's brother) living in Erath County, Texas. Was the note written on this photo and never sent OR was it sent and later returned to Laura's family by a descendant of Terrell and Harriet? |
Here is the transcription.
I thought I would get a good picture to send you but failed to get it taken. This one has been taken more than two years. I think it is a sorry picture but it is the best I can do now. I want you and uncle Terrel to send me your pictures I am very anxious for them. I send two more of my boys Tommy and Charley
Laura F. Martin
|Laura Frances Bryan Martin and her daughter, Maggie.|
|Thomas Jefferson and Laura Frances Bryan Martin with granddaughter, Ethel.|
In the back - Annie Cook Martin and James Bryan Martin (parents of Ethel), Charley
Martin, and Maggie Martin. Photo taken about 1906
|Thomas and Laura at their home in Bienville Parish. |
In 1929, Laura Frances Bryan Martin died of pneumonia as a result of
contracting influenza. Her husband had passed away in 1928.
They are both buried in the Wimberly Cemetery.