Tennessee Dixie “Tennie” <I>Martin</I> Corrigan

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Tennessee Dixie “Tennie” Martin Corrigan

  • Birth 24 Jul 1866 Artois, Glenn County, California, USA
  • Death 25 May 1935 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot East Plot-Lot 2251
  • Memorial ID 112207655

Tennessee Dixie Martin was the last daughter born to W. D. Martin and Minerva Fay Lloyd. She was born on the Parott Grant on their ranch and land grant..for lack of a proper location I used Artois, which would have actually been Germantown at the time.

W. D. and Minerva had 9 children and lost all but 4 in a very short period of time. 1 child passed in 1864 and they lost 3 in 1866, Tennessee was born in 1866 and then Minerva passed in 1867, and they lost another son in 1870.

They lived on the Parott Grant located south of Chico, CA., then a land grant in Artios and moved later to a grant in Shasta County.

She was married to Frank Belew in Willows, August 1, 1888 and had two sons. Tennessee had a difficult life after her first marriage to Frank Belew. They eventually separated and had been separated for a while when he committed murder and was hung in Folsom Prison in 1898. She was hounded by the press and was drug into the trial as was her father, brother, sister and brother in law. This went on into 1901. She was listed on documents in February and March of 1901 as Mrs. William F. Kavanagh.

In 1900 Census I found her, as Tennessee Belew, and she is a servant in a boarding house in Redding, CA. She lists that she has two children, her two boys, Merritt and Ray, but they are not shown in the census. Then I lost track of her and I found her again, in 1902 Sacramento directory, managing a rooming house for her brother in law and sister, John W. and Ellen Martin Bradford Bird.

She had three more husbands. In order they are:

William F. Kavanaugh/Kavanagh February 1901 Confirmed
Richard M. "Dick" Slater After October 1910 Newspaper-Confirmed
Joseph Daniel Corrigan, aka: Daniel Joseph Corrigan and Joseph Daniel Grogan-(his true name) November 7, 1919 Confirmed

We have not been able to find burial information for Corrigan/Grogan.

Family Members


She does not have a headstone





  • Created by: Wendy
  • Added: 12 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 112207655
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tennessee Dixie “Tennie” Martin Corrigan (24 Jul 1866–25 May 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 112207655, citing Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Wendy (contributor 47584563) .