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Zachariah "Zack" Martin
Birth: Jan. 22, 1888
Franklin County
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1955
Stephens County
Georgia, USA

Zack Martin from from Katheryn Curtis Trogden, The History of Stephens County, Georgia: The Toccoa Woman's Club, Inc.: Toccoa, Georgia (1973) Library of Congress 72-82734, page 346:

Zack Martin, the son of Derrell Andrew Martin and Julia Ann Clementine Kesler was born Jan. 22, 1888 Franklin Co., Ga., died 1956 Toccoa, Ga. married Retha Acree, daughter of James Knox and Nancy C. Banks Acree of Habersham (now Stephens) Ga. See Acree Family History.
Zack Martin first came to Toccoa in 1910 where he became a prominent and well-known business man. he first was associated with C.H. Dance in the cotton merchandising business. For 20 years he was one of the leading cotton brokers in Northeast Georgia. He and W.J. Rothell organized Martin and Rothell Co., dealers in in cotton and fertilizer. In 1945 he organized Martin and Green Lumber Co., in partnership with his son, Wallace Martin, and Henry T. Green. Later he and his son bought out Mr. Green's interest, and the business was known as Martin Lumber Co. He was active in the business until his death in 1955.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church. He also was well-known throughout the state for his political activities.

The children of Zack and Retha Martin were: 1 Wallace; 2 Daniel Allen; 3 Clyde; 4 Fay.


Zack Martin, Toccoa business and civic leader, cotton merchant, donated the valley behind his house to the City of Toccoa, Georgia, for use as a recreation center. The area encompassed the Toccoa/Stephens County High School Baseball field, the Toccoa Midget football field, the Toccoa Little League field, the Campfire Girls hut, and the tennis courts. Zack kept the donation silent for years, believing that the best good deeds are those that do not meet public acclaim. The Stephens County Indians won the Georgia State Baseball championship on this field in 1972. Thousands of youngsters have used the facilities over the years, with no knowledge of their secret benefactor.

Zack was also involved in politics in the state of Georgia, entertaining his friend Senator Richard Russell often at the home on 111 Big A Road in Toccoa. Zack and his wife Retha set up a Gold Star Park in Toccoa in honor of the fallen veterans of World War II and their Gold Star Families, with a monument and azaleas, after son Sgt. Clyde Sydney Martin, a navigator on a B-52, died in Europe in 1944. Clyde is buried in a place of honor at the U.S. Airmen's cemetery in Cambridge, England.

Zack began his career in the fertilizer and dry goods business, then became a cotton broker, starting Martin and Green Dry Goods, with partner Henry Green. He entered a partnership with Mr. Rothell, whose building stands across the train station in Toccoa. He later helped son Wallace Ford Martin and his sister Naomi Fay Martin Graves start Martin Lumber Company, the builders who built affordable and durable housing for soldiers returning from World War II, and helped many people own houses who had never had the means to own them before. Martin Lumber built many of the first subdivisions in Toccoa, including Pine Valley, Meadowbrook, Indian Village, and others. Son Wallace named streets in Toccoa after children Abby, Julia and Andrew.

Zack was known as a tough but fair man, and a dedicated Christian. His last words according to his beloved wife Retha and son Wallace were "timber, timber, timber."
Anderson Independent-Mail
Friday, October 21, 1955
Zack Martin

Toccoa, Ga., Oct. 20 -- Zack Martin, 67, one of Toccoa's well known business men,died late Wednesday night in a local hospital following an illness of several days.
Mr. Martin was born January 22, 1888, in Franklin County, the son of the late Derrell A. and Julia Keasler Martin, Pioneer Frinklin County Citizens.

He moved to Toccoa in 1910 and was associated with C. H. Dance in the cotton merchandising business. In 1920 he and W. J. Rothell organized the Martin-Rothell Co., dealers in cotton and fertilizer. In 1945 he organized the Martin & Green Lumber Co., and at the time of his passiong was active in this business.

He was known locally and throught the state for his political activities, and was a member of the Toccoa First Methodist Church.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Retha Acree Martin, two sons, Wallace Martin of Toccoa, and Dr. Dan Martin of Atlanta; one daughter, Mrs. R. W. Graves, Jr. of Toccoa; four sisters, Mrs. Elbert Whitfield, Mrs. George Segars, Mrs. Hayden Vandiver and Mrs. Knox Wilkinson all of Toccoa; six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock friday afternoon from the First Methodist Church of Toccoa, with the Rev. Cullen Jones, the Rev. Kelly Barnes, the Rev. Billy Wallace and the Rev. Everette Brady officiating. Burial will follow in Toccoa Cemetery.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers; James Martin, George Martin, Mack Wilkinson, Olin Whitfield, Albert Segars, Jack Acree.

The body is at the Fred Northcutt & Sons Funeral Home and will be placed at the church at 1:30 p.m.

Family links: 
  Derrell Andrew Martin (1851 - 1918)
  Julia Ann Clementine Kesler Martin (1845 - 1932)
  Retha Jane Acree Martin (1891 - 1975)*
  Wallace Ford Martin (1916 - 1985)*
  Daniel Allen Martin (1917 - 1991)*
  Clyde Sidney Martin (1920 - 1944)*
  Mary Mollie Martin Vandiver (1871 - 1961)**
  William Terrell Martin (1872 - 1946)**
  Oliver Parks Martin (1873 - 1949)**
  Emory Speer Martin (1879 - 1952)**
  Lula Frances Martin Whitfield (1882 - 1961)*
  Zachariah Martin (1888 - 1955)
*Calculated relationship
Toccoa Cemetery
Stephens County
Georgia, USA
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2nd cousin 2x removed (Miller/Mayson line)
- Barbara Reid Ruiz
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014
"Linger awhile and walk with me into the shadowy mist that was yesterday. Stroll across the faded pages of history and from our hardships learn the ways of a better life. Pass me not for I am the spirit of your ancestors. In your veins flow my blood and t...(Read more)
- Terry Lee Cochran
 Added: Dec. 2, 2010
My grandfather Zack Martin, a man of honor, integrity and a Christian. His legacy lives on in his descendants which include at least six medical doctors, two lawyers, an engineer, several teachers and nurses, as well as two all Conference college football...(Read more)
- Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D., J.D.
 Added: Dec. 1, 2010
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