|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1756|
South Carolina, USA
James Martin, the son of John and Elizabeth Martin, was born October 6, 1756 in the Orangeburg District of South Carolina. By both his first wife (name unknown) and his second wife Mary (maiden name unknown) Martin combined, he may have had more than a dozen children (probably including Treacy Martin Strickland, Nancy "Mercy" Martin Strickland, Talitha Martin Ball, Tabitha Martin Geiger, Delila Martin Haymans, Mary Martin Darby, Sabry Martin Welch, Deborah Martin Baxter, John Asa Martin, Emanuel Henry Martin, James Martin, Jr., Daniel E. Martin, and Levi Martin). The British who invaded Georgia during the American Revolution named James and his father John Martin on a list of Traitors to the Crown. Both may have been preachers of the German Baptist Brethren (Dunker Denomination). For a time James was a Land Commissioner in Bryan County, Georgia, and he signed a lot of deeds. He passed away in Bryan County sometime in 1830 or earlier, and family tradition says he is buried in Ash Branch Cemetery in Bulloch County, Georgia. When his daughter Nancy "Mercy" Martin Strickland died in child birth in 1843, supposedly she was buried with her stillborn child in her arms next to her father. James' wife Mary went to live with one of their sons, Emanuel Henry Martin, in Florida and is probably buried at Indian Lake Cemetery in Marion County, Florida.
Like his wives, James' Native American line probably goes back to the Coree Indians who lived on the Atlantic coast along the Virginia/North Carolina border. By the late 17th century, the Coree population had declined due to disease and war. During the Tuscarora War, some of the surviving Coree fled south seeking refuge among the Cheraw Indians. Later some surviving Cheraws, remnants of other Indian groups, whites, and African Americans became the basis of the contemporary Lumbee Indians.
Thanks to John Wise, Gerald Gieger, and others for so much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
Mary Martin (1764 - ____)*
Treacy Martin Strickland (1789 - 1856)*
Sabra Martin Welch (1790 - 1860)*
Emanuel Henry Martin (1804 - 1851)*
Nancy Martin Strickland (1807 - 1843)*
Ash Branch Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Sharlotte Donnelly
Record added: May 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69454547
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