|Birth: ||May 24, 1865|
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 1954|
Daughter of James O'Rear(1835-1864) & Nancy Melinda ??(1838-??).
Martha was head-strong and stubborn as a teenager and put her mother and step-father through some very challenging times. (Sounds familiar, huh?) Anyway, when she was about 13 or 14, she announced to her parents that she'd been given a proposal of marriage - to which they said it wasn't going to happen. Not long after, she came home and showed them the marriage license, stating that it had taken place that afternoon. They promptly marched to the justice of the peace and told him that they'd not given their consent; she was younger than she'd led the justice to believe and that the marriage would definitely be annulled. (which it was). Martha admitted later in life that she'd not really loved the fellow enough to marry him and had been going to refuse him until her parents told her 'no.'
A few years after that, about 1882, she married her step-brother, William Mullins. Shortly after that, the Mullin's families decided to leave Alabama and head to Oklahoma Territory. Martha often told her children about the trip and how hard it was. They crossed through the states of Mississippi, Louisiana and a corner of Texas, following the Red River. She told about their encounters with alligators and who in some places, it was open prairies with no wood for miles, which meant no fires for warmth (and it was winter) or cooking. If memory serves me correctly, I believe that I've been told Martha knew that was was pregnant before they left, but they thought they'd make Oklahoma in plenty of time to set-up housekeeping, at least somewhat, before the babe came.
That didn't happen...Martha's labor pains began early one morning when they were 'in the middle of nowhere.' I've been told and can only image the 'panic' that seized her and the family. Pushing the horses as fast as they dared, they'd still not seen any signs of civilization and night time was approaching and the baby was ready to make an entrance. Just as they'd slowed down to make a hasty camp; they saw someone riding toward them. They were informed that Jimtown was just a stone's throw from there and they set-out again. Making it to town, William Eli made his appearance - born on January 22, 1883.
They knew that they were in Jimtown, but upon inquiring where that was, were told it was in the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory. Actually, they would out that they had crossed into the Territory about two days previously. A few days after William was born and wanting to travel just a bit further east, William asked Martha if she was ready to go, to which she said that she wasn't going anywhere, she'd had all of the traveling that she take and was staying put. Her mother, step-father and their family went on and she and William stayed in Jimtown a while.
I haven't been able to find anything as to what happened to her parents after that. I also don't know if they had moved to Atoka before William died in 1885 or not. I do however, know for a fact, that this is where she married my gr-gr-grandfather, Elias Henry Rice, on Sept. 11, 1886.
Elias Henry Rice (1849 - 1935)*
William Eli Mullins (1883 - 1985)*
Ernest Emel Rice (1888 - 1949)*
Joseph Emil Rice (1890 - 1966)*
Arthur Leymel Rice (1895 - 1947)*
Otto Pleasant Rice (1899 - 1931)*
Sidney Albert Rice (1906 - 1997)*
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Originally Created by: J&G Sanders
Record added: Jun 05, 2010
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