Menan M. Martin is my 4xgreat-grandfather. The records I have shows that Menan and Elizabeth had 14 children. My ancestor is Joel C., older brother of Thomas D. In the spring of 1851 Joel, Thomas D. and his 6 year old son James, along with several other family members left Overton County TN. They loaded up their flatboats with livestock and household goods and floated down the rivers to Izard County Arkansas. There, Joel and Thomas bought a few hundred acres of rich bottom land along the White River and began farming. Thomas, who came to AR as a widower, married Susan Hutcheson - who's family was well established in the Northfork area. Thomas was a fine blacksmith and wagon maker as well as farmer.
The info I have says that Thomas left his daughter Elizabeth (b. 1848) behind in TN with his mother (also named Elizabeth) when we left for Arkansas. Thomas and Susan had 10 children, 9 of whom grew to adulthood. It is said that he served as a confederate Lieutenant during the Civil War, but we have not been able to sustantiate that.
Both Joel and Thomas refused to own slaves and they were both literate and well read for their time.
I also have some information on Menan and Elizabeth - they purchased 350 acres on May 11, 1816 on the west fork of Obed's River in Overton County, TN from Thomas Jackson for the $930. (Overton County Deed BooK D, page 107). Over the next 3o years he continued buying land and by his last purchase on February 13, 1845, he had a total of 918 acres. Menan & Elizabeth had a total of 14 children. Menan died in early 1849. On roll 22, page 426 of the Overton County court records, dated May 1849, Obadiah T.L. Martin (Menan's son) was named administrator of Menan's will. Elizabeth died sometime between 1864 and 1870.
I also have quite a bit of information on James Martin (Obediah's father) from Virginia including a copy of his will.
If you are interested, I would be happy to share all the info I have. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org