Presley Martin

Submitted by Victoria Sills.

PRESLEY MARTIN was born in 1816, according to family history. He married Susan S. Pierce, daughter of Arthur D. Pierce and Sarah McCullough, November 15, 1838 in Marshall County, West Virginia. He and Susan had 4 children: George C. Martin, b. 1840; Randolph A. Martin, b. 1841; James H. Martin, b. 1843 and Sarah V. Martin, b. about 1847. In 1852, Susan died and was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Moundsville, West Virginia.

In 1853, Presley married my g-g-grandmother, Mary Ellen Pierce, who was the younger sister of Susan S. Pierce, his first wife. They were married in Monroe County, Ohio. Presley and Mary Ellen took his and Susan's four children and moved to Bonaparte, Iowa.

They then began their family starting with their first son, John B. Martin, b. 1854; William Manning Martin, b. 1856, and Lafayette Martin, b. 1857, before moving south. In 1861, they were in LaBelle, Knox County, Missouri, where my g-grandmother, Susan Ellen Martin, was born. They then moved on to Cherokee County, Kansas, where they lived out the rest of their lives. In 1865, their son, Robert Martin, was born, then Richard Martin was born in 1866; their twins, Henry and Hattie Martin, were born in 1873, all in Cherokee County, Kansas.

Mary Ellen died in 1875, and Presley in 1878, at Sherwin Junction, Cherokee County, Kansas. They are both buried at Spicklemyer Cemetery, a very small old cemetery, that sits on Cherry Creek, out in the back of a field, just south of Sherwin, Kansas. My g-grandmother, Susan Ellen Martin, married Charles Thomas Smith in Cherokee County, Kansas in 1880, so she helped raise her little brother and sister, Henry and Hattie, as they were only 2 years old when their mother Mary Ellen died; they were 5 years old when their father, Presley, died.