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John Martin
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Birth: 1819
Barnwell County
South Carolina, USA
Death: 1848
Barnwell County
South Carolina, USA

JOHN MARTIN 1819-1848

John Martin was born August, 1819 on Toney Hill Bay in Barnwell District, South Carolina, the first born child of Stephen Martin and Sarah Touchstone after their marriage on November 1st, 1818.

John Martin grew to manhood in the Toney Hill Bay area of Barnwell District, SC among neighbors which included the families of Steedley, Howell, Johnson, Carter, Moody, Varn, Copeland, Peters, Touchstone and many others who later show in the Wiregrass region of South Georgia.

John Martin married first to Mary Elizabeth Varn, the daughter of George Varn and Elizabeth Hiers. The marriage must have taken place when both were relatively young; John was likely about 16 years old and Mary Varn, a few years older. They seem to have settled on or near Stephen Martin's plantation on Toney Hill Bay.

In 1835, George Varn died and his estate was appraised by Stephen Martin, Jesse Howell and Jacob Copeland. On 7 April 1838, the returns of the estate show that cash was paid to Stephen Martin, guardian for John and Mary E. Martin, as part of their share of the estate, indicating that John Martin had not reached the age of majority by that year. The return further confirms that John Martin had married Miss Mary Varn, and both were entitled to a share of the estate. In Aug 1838, Elizabeth (Hiers) Varn, widow of George Varn, died and Stephen Martin was involved with the administration of this estate as well, until he left Barnwell District for Lowndes Co., GA about 1843.

John and Mary E. (Varn) Martin had one daughter:

1. Mary Elizabeth Martin, born 25 Sept 1837 in Barnwell District, SC and died 1885 Decatur Co, GA. She married John Henry Dasher abt 1858 in Lowndes Co., GA. He was the son of Edwin Dasher and Susannah Wisenbaker. J.H. Dasher served in the 26th Georgia along with several of his Martin relatives. He was wounded in action in VA and was, for a period of time, a POW. John H. and Mary (Martin) Dasher had six children. Both are bur. Greenshade Cem. in Decatur Co., GA.

Mary Varn Martin died in 1837 and John Martin remarried to Mary Moody. Issue from the second marriage:

2. Lavinia E. Martin, born 17 April 1843 in Barnwell Dist., SC, died 2 Nov 1908 in Berrien Co., GA. She married Rev. Elijah W. Overstreet in 1867, Berrien Co., GA and they had nine children. Both Rev. E.W. and Lavinia (Martin) Overstreet are bur. Old City (Griner) Cemetery in Nashville, GA.

3. William Columbus Martin, b. 3 Aug 1847 in Barnwell Dist., SC and died 24 May 1900, Berrien Co., GA. He married Isabella Peters in 1864 at Pine Grove Church, near Cat Creek, GA. They had ten children. Both W.C. and Isabelle (Peters) Martin are bur. Cat Creek Church Cem. near Bemis, north of Valdosta, GA.

There had to be other children, but their names can not be learned from surviving records. They might well have perished with the parents.

John and Mary (Moody) Martin died in 1848 in the yellow fever epidemic that swept through the back country of South Carolina that year. The orphaned children were taken in by James A. and Abigail (Steedley) Martin until the grandparents, Stephen and Sarah (Touchstone) Martin arrived to retrieve them, pay respects to the graves of their deceased son and daughter-in-law, visit with old friends and neighbors and take the orphans back to Lowndes Co., GA.

All three of John and Mary E. Martin's surviving children show in the Stephen Martin household in the 661st Militia District, Lowndes Co., GA census of 1850. These children conducted their lives in a manner that brought honor to their family name, earning the respect and admiration of all who knew them, raising large God-fearing families and consecrating themselves to the betterment of their neighborhoods, churches and society.

The tombstone for William Columbus Martin shows a birth year of 1843. This can not be correct, since his sister Lavinia was born in that year. The 1850 census of Wm C. Martin, in the household of his grandfather, Stephen Martin, shows his age as 3 years old. It is impossible to confuse a 3 year old with a 7 year old. All other census records confirm the 1847 birth year. As well, the W.C. Martin bible, now in the hands of descendants, with the first few entries apparently in W.C. Martin's own handwriting, reflects a birth year of 1847. Hence, this birth year is used here and at Wm Columbus Martin's FindaGrave memorial.

Petition for Division of Estate 1838

Elizabeth Varn
William McCormick & wife, Eliza
Daniel Varn


John Martin
Mary E. Martin
Aaron Varn

South Carolina ) To the Honorable Chancellors of the Said State
Barnwell District )

Humbly complaining sheweth unto your Honors, your Oratrines and orator Elizabeth Varn, William McCormick and Elizabeth McCormick, his wife, Daniel R. Varn and Anna Varn, an infant by the said Elizabeth Varn, her mother and next friend of Barnwell District, that George Varn, late of the District and State aforesaid, being seized of a considerable real and personal estate, that is to say [this portion omitted] ... and the following slaves, namely Andrew, Crawford, Isaac, Old Lucy, Old Jenney, Young Lucy, who has subsequently had a child called Charles, Clarrisa, Little Jenney and Louisa, besides plantation stock, furniture and so forth, on or about the 14th day of April 1835, departed this life intestate, whereupon the said estate, real and personal became distributable between your Oratrines and Orators, and the intestate Mary Varn, in the following proportions, that is to say, to the said Elizabeth Varn, the intestate widow one third, to the said William McCormick and Eliza, his wife, one sixth, to the said Daniel R. Varn and Anna Varn, each one sixth, to the said Mary Varn, one sixth part; that administration of the intestate personal estate was granted to Aaron, who has possessed himself thereof, and has sold the same except the slaves before named, who are still in his possession; that the intestate daughter, Mary Varn, since his death, intermarried with John Martin by whom she had one child, Mary E. Martin, and departed this life sometime in the year 1837, leaving her said husband and child surviving her, and entitled to her part of the estate of the intestate estate.

Any your Oratrines and Orators further shew unto your honors that they are anxious and it would be for the benefit of all the parties interested to have a distribution of the intestate estate. To the end, therefore, that the said John Martin, Mary E. Martin and Aaron Varn, may answer all and singular, the premises that distribution and partition of the said estate may be made under the sanction of this court, that a writ of partition directed to proper commissioners may issue for that purpose, that matters of account relating to the said estate may [portion omitted] ... Court there and then a full and true answer made to all and singular the premises, and to abide and perform such order and decree therein as to your Honors shall seem agreeable to equity and good conscience and your Oratrines and Orators will ever pray and so forth.

Patterson & Butler
Compl Solrs [Complainant's Solicitors]

On motion of Patterson & Butler, the complainant's solicitors, it is ordered, with the consent of the defendants, that a writ of partition do issue and directed to Joseph Howell, Jesse Howell, William Carter, George W. Muse and Eason Smith, to divide and make partition of the lands and slaves within mentioned and described between the parties, according to the prayer of the written bill.

March, 1838
Alf. Aldrich, Judge, Court of Equity.
Filed March 28, 1838. Writ of partition issued same day.

I acknowledge the decision of process to answer this bill for my wards, John Martin & Mary E. Martin, and consent that a writ of partition to issue to divide the lands and slaves herein described and mentioned, according to the prayer of the written bill.

[Date unreadable] 1838

Stephen (mark "S") Martin
Guardian for John Martin & Mary E. Martin

Note: Stephen Martin was appointed legal guardian for his son, John Martin, who, having been born in August 1819, had not yet reached the age of majority by 28 March 1838 and John & Mary Varn Martin's infant daughter, Mary E. Martin, who was born in 1837.


Family links: 
  Stephen Martin (1799 - 1875)
  Sarah Touchstone Martin (1800 - 1876)
  Mary Elizabeth Varn Martin (1815 - 1837)
  Mary Elizabeth Martin Dasher (1837 - 1885)*
  Lavinia Elizabeth Martin Overstreet (1843 - 1908)*
  William Columbus Martin (1847 - 1900)*
  Lucius B. Martin*
  John Martin (1819 - 1848)
  James A. Martin (1821 - 1893)*
  William Dwight Martin (1826 - 1902)*
  Stephen H. Martin (1828 - 1858)*
  Jasper Trotti Martin (1831 - 1862)*
  Elizabeth Martin Howell (1833 - 1887)*
  Charles McDuffie Martin (1835 - 1893)*
  Rachel Martin Holliday Gloer (1843 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Martin Plantation, Toney Bay, SC
Created by: Epictetus
Record added: Feb 19, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105472337

- bob tarte
 Added: Nov. 8, 2016
Be Thou At Peace.
- Epictetus
 Added: Feb. 19, 2013

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