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Stephen H. Martin, Jr
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Birth: 1828
Barnwell County
South Carolina, USA
Death: 1858
Valdosta
Lowndes County
Georgia, USA

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STEPHEN H. MARTIN, JR.

Stephen H. Martin, Jr. son of Stephen H. Martin, Sr. and Sarah Touchstone was born 1828, Toney Hill Bay, Barnwell Co., SC. He moved with his parents to Lowndes Co., GA abt 1843 and grew to manhood there.

About 1851, he met and married Elizabeth Ann Carroll, dau. of James and Elizabeth Carroll of Kenansville, Duplin Co., NC. In 1849, the Carroll family moved to Milltown, Berrien Co., GA. Her brother was Rev. Edwin B. Carroll (see biography below) a company commander at Thunderbolt Battery, Ga. during the War and pastor of Stockton Baptist Church and Hickory Head Bapt. at Quitman, Ga. after the War

Elizabeth died giving birth to their first and only child, Stephen Carroll Martin, born 7 Oct 1852, Lowndes Co., GA. Stephen H. Martin, Jr. died about 1858 and his son, Stephen Carroll Martin was taken in to be raised by his grandfather, James Carroll.

When Mr. Carroll died in 1869, S.C. Martin moved to his paternal grandfather's house. He became involved at Antioch Church, joining in 1888.

When Stephen's paternal grandfather died in 1875, young S.C. Martin asked everyone if all of his grandfather's affairs had been settled. When this question was answered to his satisfaction, young Stephen produced a bag of gold that he had discovered buried under the front steps to Capt. Martin's house and asked "Can I keep it?"

Stephen C. Martin married Elvina Kinard, 9 May 1886 Berrien Co., GA. She was from a prominent Barnwell Co., SC family. They lived near Tifton, Ga. where they raised a large family of children. Stephen Carroll Martin died 20 Jan 1926 and is buried in Tifton, Ga.
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Biographical sketch of Elizabeth Ann Carroll's brother, Rev. Edwin B. Carroll, written 1880:

From Biographical Sketches of Prominent Baptists (Campbell, 1905), pp. 104-5:

E. B. Carroll was born in Kenansville, North Carolina, on the 3rd of March, 1841. His parents were both Baptists - his father an active deacon and his mother a consistent Christian woman. They came to Georgia when he was eight years old, and settled at a place now known as Milltown, in Berrien County. The early years of his life, up to seventeen, were spent on the farm, sometimes attending school and at other times, tilling the ground. At that age his father sent him to Marshall College, in Griffin, Georgia, then conducted by Dr. Adiel Sherwood. He entered preparatory department, but in the autumn was admitted into college proper. When he had finished his Freshman studies, he determined to gain a year. This he succeeded in doing, carrying on the course of both Sophomore and Junior classes at the same time. At the opening of the spring term of the Sophomore year, it was announced by the faculty that he was a regular member of the Junior class. He made this effort, not because his necessities forced him to it, but because he wished to do it and felt that he could. The year that he entered college, 1858, a revival wave swept over almost the entire country. In Griffin, there were numbers added to all the churches - to the Baptist Church, nearly one hundred - and he was among them. Dr. Sherwood, as pastor, of the church, baptized him. The night after his baptism, during an earnest prayer offered by Dr. Jesse H. Campbell, he felt impressed with a strong desire to preach the Gospel. The struggle between this desire and a sense of his own unfitness was fierce, and resulted in his putting the work away from him. To use his own language, he "fought against" this impression for fourteen years, and is now in the work because he feels he can not help it, and the cry of his soul is, "Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel!" In 1860, he entered the Junior class in Mercer University, and pursued studies there until May, 1861, when he returned home, and, though only twenty years old, joined a Regiment "for the War", which was then just beginning. He entered the ranks as a private, but afterwards, having served as second lieutenant,then as first, was promoted to the captaincy, which position he held until the close of hostilities. These rapid promotions show the appreciation accorded him as a soldier. He was stationed in Savannah and on the batteries below the city for the greater part of the war; but entered active service at Dalton, Georgia, and took part in the terrible series of engagements from that place to Atlanta. In the battle of July 22nd, near Atlanta, he was captured, and, in the company with about sixty other officers and 1,000 men, was sent to the military prison at Johnson's Island, Lake Erie. When the War ended, and he returned home, he could find no employment but teaching, in which he has been engaged almost every year since. The church at Stockton, Georgia, where he was teaching, gave him, unsought, a license to preach, and in 1868, he was ordained at Macedonia Church, without having requested it, by a presbytery consisting of Rev.s James Williamson and R.S. Harvey. He does not seem to have enjoyed preaching much, however, until 1873. He often made failures, as he thought, at times not speaking more than five minutes before he would take his seat. He has always felt it a cross, but one that he must take up. His first pastorate was in 1873, at Ocapilco. The same year he accepted a call to Hickory Head, of which he has ever since been pastor. For two years he preached two Sabbaths in the month for the church at Madison, Florida, and for the same length of time, at Valdosta, Georgia. He is now (1880) pastor of Hickory Head and Quitman churches. In these seven years, he has baptized about two hundred persons. In 1876 or 1877 the Board of Trustees of Mercer University conferred on him the degree of A.M. In 1874, he was tendered a professorship in the Young Female College, Thomasville, Georgia, but declined for fear he could not fill it satisfactorily, thus modestly distrusting his own abilities. In October, 1865, he was married to Mrs. Julia E. Hayes, of Thomasville, Georgia. She is all that a preacher's wife should be. They have six bright, interesting children. He is a cousin of Rev. B.H. Carroll of Waco, Texas, and of Rev. J.L. Carroll, of Virginia. He is now living on his farm, in Brooks County, Georgia, preaching to his two churches and superintending his planting interests, quiet and contented. He is ever full of praise and gratitude to the Giver of all good, and seems to desire only the privilege of living to the glory of God and the good of his fellow-men.
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 Parents:
  Stephen Martin (1799 - 1875)
  Sarah Touchstone Martin (1800 - 1876)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Ann Carroll Martin (1832 - 1852)
 
 Children:
  Stephen Carroll Martin (1852 - 1926)*
 
 Siblings:
  Rachel Martin Holliday*
  John Martin (1819 - 1848)*
  James A. Martin (1821 - 1893)*
  William D. Martin (1826 - 1902)*
  Stephen H. Martin (1828 - 1858)
  Jasper Trotti Martin (1831 - 1863)*
  Elizabeth Martin Howell (1833 - 1887)*
  Charles McDuffie Martin (1835 - 1893)*
  Lucius B. Martin (1838 - 1862)*
  Rachel Martin Holliday Gloer (1843 - 1921)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Antioch Cemetery
Lowndes County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Epictetus
Record added: Feb 18, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105420226
 

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- Epictetus
 Added: Feb. 18, 2013
 
 
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