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Dr James M. Martin
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Birth: Jul. 1, 1827
Tuscaloosa County
Alabama, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 1900
Lincoln County
Mississippi, USA


"Dr. Jim is dead!"

When, on last Saturday morning, in accents soft and low this message passed from lip to lip, grief welled up in every heart and tears unbidden sprang to almost every eye.

Could it be that this kindly, loving, generous man, whose nature was as sweet and mild as May -- who for more than a third of a century had stood in the homes of the people of Brookhaven and baffled and beat back the common enemy of mankind, as it attacked their loved ones, had, himself fallen a victim to death -- the only enemy he ever had?

As this mental query was answered in the affirmative, a hush seemed to fall over the city in the consciousness of the loss it had sustained.

Dr. Jas. M. Martin, was in his 74th year, having been born near Tuscaloosa, Ala., on July 1, 1827. He removed to Brookhaven in 1866, and from that time to his death practiced his profession with signal success. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Mallory, daughter of Major John Mallory, State Auditor of Mississippi, in 1855; and this union was blessed with three sons and three daughters, the latter whom with his wife, still surviving.

Dr. Martin (not able to read next several words) church was taxed and the cortege of carriages was one of the longest that ever wended its way to the Brookhaven Cemetery.

Closed, as with a golden clasp, is the volume of a long and busy life. It's stainless pages are replete with stories of daily deeds of devotion to this profession which is the cause of suffering humanity, and scintillant with illustrations of a noble, unselfish and generous nature.

Missed upon the street in his familiar form and kindly greeting; vanished is the hand and hushed the gentle voice that so often brought balm and healing to the sick and the afflicted. Gone forever is the light that made luminous with love and jeweled with joy a home, from whose family alatar the incense of purity and love of God hath ever ascended. But into the lives of those who remain there steals the blessed peace of the sweet consciousness that there is not death, that what seems so is transition; and that the idolized husband and father has but passed through the valley to make the ascent to the suncrowned heights of eternal life and joy. E. L. M.

Lincoln County Public Library Obituary Collection
Courtesy of Sue Dorman

Dr. Martin connected himself with the Methodist church at the age of 23, and for fifty years his daily walk was that of the consistent, upright, trusting Christian, without variableness or shadow of turning.

Of him, as man and citizen, as Christian and physician, as husband, and father, as friend and neighbor, it is indeed difficult to speak, lest truth may be mistaken for extravagant eulogy, Loyal and loving, tender and true, sympathetic and sincere in every relation to kindred, humanity and God.

His life was like a star.

His lips were never known to voice an unkind word about a fellow creature, for he was the friend of all mankind; and his mind was as incapable of a base motive as his heart of an ungenerous impulse.

When on Sabbath morning his remains were carried to the Church he loved so well, thence to be taken to the final resting place where many of his loved ones so long have dwelt, Jew and Gentile, Catholic and Protestant, magnate and artisan, white and colored, the youthful and the aged, assembled to do homage to his spotless life and drop a tear to his honored memory.

The active pallbearers were Doctors J. W. Barnett, J. B. Daughtery, J. H. Johnson, Chas. A. Barber, C. E. Grafton, T. Y. Nelson, Ira L. Parsons and Solon Wilson. The honorary pallbearers were: Prest. L. T. Fitzhugh, Prof. R. S. Ricketts, W. M. Anderson and Z. D. Davis, of Jackson, and Hon. A. C. McNair, Dr. Tom McNair, Capt. A. E. Moreton, Messrs, Jno. McGrath, E. Pfeifer, Julian Willoughby, W. F. Parsons, J. Priebatsch, Willard Seavey, Hiram Cassedy, Jr., Brooks and Chas. Hardy.

Beautiful and touching tributes to the virtues of the deceased were paid by Pres. W. B. Murrah, of Jackson, and Rev. T. W. Adams, of this city.

The standing room capacity of the ......(story not continued)

Lincoln County Public Library Obituary Collection
Courtesy of Sue Dorman

Family links: 
  Mary Mallory Martin (1836 - 1904)*
  Gertrude Martin (1858 - 1874)*
  Hattie Martin Sherman (1858 - 1923)*
  John Mallory Martin (1860 - 1884)*
  Mamie L. Martin (1871 - 1962)*
  Maude Mallory Martin (1875 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Lincoln County
Mississippi, USA
Plot: Section 11 Lot 1
Created by: Denise Bowman Flynn
Record added: Sep 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41843753
Dr James M. Martin
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Dr James M. Martin
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