|Death: ||Sep. 11, 1843|
Nancy (maybe Mary) "Mercy" Martin Strickland was born about 1807 to Mary and James Martin, Sr. near Ash Branch in Bulloch County, Georgia. She had more than a dozen siblings and half siblings. Her mother was an Indian, today identified as Lumbee, and her father was also probably an Indian. On January 1, 1827, Mercy married the son of her older sister Treacy Martin Strickland, her nephew John Strickland, Sr. The marriage license was issued in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, but the marriage took place in Bulloch County. They had four children, James Martin Strickland (buried in Thomas Cemetery in Brantley County, Georgia), Mary Ann Strickland Bennett (buried at Upper Black Creek Cemetery in Bulloch County, Georgia), Ellen Ophelia Strickland Clanton Harvey (buried at Little Creek Cemetery in Bryan County, Georgia), and Henry Strickland (buried in High Bluff Cemetery in Brantley County, Georgia). Then on September 11, 1843, at about age 36, Mercy died in childbirth and was buried with her stillborn child in her arms in Ash Branch Cemetery in Bryan County, Georgia next to her father. (Her mother had moved to Florida to live with son Emanuel Henry Martin and is probably buried at Indian Lake Cemetery in Marion County, Florida.) More than a year later, on November 6, 1844, Mercy's husband remarried, to Lydia Thompson Strickland, and they moved on to what is now Brantley County, Georgia.
Mercy's Native American line 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 Mercy's descendent John Wise for so much of this information, and thanks to "Ann" for creating this site. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions. If a closer relative than I would like to manage this burial site, please let me know.
James Martin (1756 - 1830)
Mary Martin (1764 - ____)
John Strickland (1804 - 1879)
James Martin Strickland (1827 - 1902)*
Ellen Ophelia Strickland (1830 - 1919)*
Mary Frances Strickland Bennett (1833 - 1910)*
Henry Strickland (1842 - 1920)*
Infant Strickland (1843 - 1843)*
Ash Branch Baptist Church Cemetery
Maintained by: Sharlotte Donnelly
Originally Created by: Ann
Record added: Apr 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68749860
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