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 Hercules Terrapin Martin

Hercules Terrapin Martin

Arkansas, USA
Death 22 Nov 1868 (aged 46)
Oklahoma, USA
Burial Cherokee County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 8774736 · View Source
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**Born Tsu-ni-gu-hi-ga; tombstone shows that he was a member of the Masonic Lodge; he was Full-Blood Cherokee.

Father: Little Terrapin from Creek Path, Guntersville, AL
Mother: Polly from Creek Path, Guntersville, AL.

Little Terrapin left AL in 1817 and moved his family to the Dardanelles in AR, where other groups of Cherokees had already settled known as the Old Settlers.

In 1834 when Tsu-ni-gu-hi-ga was 12, he was sent to the Choctaw Academy in KY. He returned at the age of 17 with his name changed to Hercules Terrapin Martin.

He served as interpreter for Montfort Stokes, the Cherokee Agency at Manard, IT (OK). He was also appointed the first postmaster at Manard. He was a Clerk of the Cherokee Senate and penned the Laws of the Cherokee Nation in 1851.

He was a LT. in the Confederate Army.

Hercules was married to Permelia Griffin and is buried beside her with a child that lies between them.

They had the following known children:
1. Narcissa Evaline Martin b. 1850 d. 1907 who married John M. Smith.

2. Lewis Algeron Martin b. 1852 d. 1910 who married Sillen Krebs (Click on: L. A. Martin.)

3. John B. Martin b. 1853 d. 1877 who married Dollie E. Lowrey (Click on: John B. Martin.)

4. William Henry b.9 Mar 1855 Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory who married Sarah Jane "Jennie" Lowrey on 9 Sep 1883 (Click on: William Henry Martin)

5. Elsie Jane MARTIN b. 1856 Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory d. 1917 Talala, Rogers Co., Oklahoma, burial Fairview Cemetery, Talala, Rogers Co., Oklahoma (Click on: Elsie J. Sangster) who married (1) Lawson RUNYON and (2) Jesse E. SANGSTER.

6 Warren M. Martin b. Dec., 1861 d. Sep. 19, 1903 who married Mary Jane Choate; parents of Leroy. (Click on: Warren M. Martin)

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