Martha was born in Limestone County, Alabama, the youngest daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Word) Bennett.
After her mother's death in 1847, her father remarried to Margaret Hall, and in the 1850's the family moved to Marshall County.
Her father became a successful farmer and planter in the area near Warrenton, AL, before dying in 1860. 19 year old Martha continued living in Marshall County with her stepmother Margaret (Hall) Bennett, and her half brothers John S. and Henry W. Bennett.
Martha married Confederate Captain Thomas J.P. Eubanks September 9, 1863, while he was home in Marshall County on leave. Captain Eubanks served with Col. James Sheffield of the 48th Alabama. Two months before the wedding, at the Battle of Gettysburg, Captain Eubanks led four unsuccessful attacks on Little Round Top and was recognized for his gallantry. A week after marrying Martha, he rejoined his unit in Southern Tennessee for the Battle of Chickamagua and was killed in action near Lookout Mountain. Col. Sheffield accompanied the body of his friend home to Marshall county, burying Captain Eubanks in the Bennett family cemetery near Warrenton.
The US Census of 1870 shows Martha M. Eubanks living with Margaret Bennett in Marshall County.
Martha (Bennett) Eubanks remarried to Patton A. Barnard of Oleander, AL on Sept 21, 1876, in Marshall County, Alabama, according to familysearch.org. (Patton was previously married to Margaret Allen in 1844, and Lidey S. Pickins in 1869, also from familysearch.org.)
In the 1880 US Census, Oleander, AL, "Pattin" A. Barnard (55) is listed with Mattie E. Barnard (37), and son Harvey P. (18), daughter Mattie E (9), son James L. (7), and daughter Margaret (16). Given their marriage date 4 years prior, it is unlikely that any of these children are Martha's.
A post on ancestry.com quotes a grandchild of Patton Barnard as saying her grandfather served in the army as 1st LT under Colonel Sheffield and owned a store in Oleander. Interestingly, Martha's first husband, Captain Eubanks, also served with Colonel Sheffield, so it's likely Patton served with and knew her first husband.
In the US Census of 1900 for Marshall County, Pat A. Barnard, age 77, lived with his wife Mattie B. (Bennett?). Her birth month was listed as September 1826, then the year was crossed out and overwritten with 1846. They had been married 20 years in 1900. Mattie listed her father as from Virginia, mother as from Alabama. The next family on the census is that of John Barnard, age 26, and his family. All were farmers, and could read and write.
A 1895 Article in the Guntersville Democrat sought veterans of the 48th Alabama to help locate the spot at which Capt. Thomas Eubanks fell during the war, in the hopes of raising a monument. The article gave a quick biographical sketch of Eubanks, confirming his marriage to Martha Bennett, his burial at the Bennett cemetery, and Martha's "present" (1895) marriage to Patton A. Barnard of Oleander.
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