Emma McCoy Martel

Birth
Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA
Death 26 Aug 1906 (aged 39–40)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Memorial ID 171978105 · View Source
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Probably the daughter of James McCoy/McCay of Stonewall, Shenandoah County, VA and his wife [Margaret] Elizabeth. The surname is spelled both ways in various documents and census listings. James McCoy/McCay was born about 1835 in Ireland and died 18 Apr 1910 in Shenandoah County. His tombstone reads "James McCoy".

Married first, Julius H. Haas, 22 Jul 1885, in New York, NY. Emma is listed as Julius' widow in the 1894 Washington, DC city directory. (It is very possible that the two were divorced, rather than Julius having died. There are several listings of a Julius H. Haas living in New York after this date. Divorcees sometimes listed themselves as widows in this time period due to the social stigma divorce carried.)

Married second, Charles Martel (born Karl David Hanke), American librarian responsible for the creation of the Library of Congress Cataloging System. The wedding was described in the Washington Evening Star, 17 Mar 1900:

"Mr. Charles Martel, assistant chief of the catalogue department of the Congressional Library, and Mrs. Emma J. McCay Haas, a widow of Woodstock, Va., were married in the clerk's office of the court of common pleas in Baltimore yesterday by Rev. William V. Way. In applying for the license, Mr. Martel gave his age as forty years and his present address 713 B street, Washington, D.C. His bride's age is thirty-five years [sic]. The couple returned to this city after the ceremony."

Child:
1. Renaud "Rennie" Tristan, b. 5 Jan 1901, d. 23 Nov 1968. He married Juanita Irene Dement; they were later divorced. They had a daughter, Emma Irene "Tess" Martel Love, and a son.


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  • Created by: HWA
  • Added: 29 Oct 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 171978105
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Emma McCoy Martel (1866–26 Aug 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 171978105, citing Prospect Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by HWA (contributor 46565033) .