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Friday, September 13, 2019

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: John Joseph Martin of Bienville Parish

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.

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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.

Family photographs from the collection of Mary V. Smith. Accessed November 6, 2004. Used with permission. 

Wimberly, Vera. Wimberly Family History: Ancestors, Relatives, and Descendants of William Wimberly, Pioneer from Georgia to Louisiana, 1837. Houston, Tex.: D. Armstrong, 1979. Print. 

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