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Mary Martin of Franklin, Virginia Born about 1790

Mary Martin of Franklin, Virginia Born about 1790

Posted: 10 Jun 2004 11:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 May 2005 4:43AM GMT
Surnames: Martin, Robertson, Ray, Joetz
I am trying to locate Mary's parents. Mary was married to Tunstall Ferguson of Pittsylvania County about 1818. She had one child Martha Jane Ferguson bn. 1819 and died about 1821. Mary's mother's raised Martha Jane and was known as Susie. I have found several Martin families that could be her parents. Robert Martin and Susannah Ray or Wray, md. 13 Feb. 1798, in Franklin County,Robert Martin and Susannah Robinson, md 16 Dec 1799 Franklin County, and John Martin and Susannah Joetz, md. 1789 in Pittsylvania County. Mary had two sister, Deliah Martin and Betsy Martin.

Re: Mary Martin of Franklin, Virginia Born about 1790

S. RIchards (View posts)
Posted: 19 Jul 2004 2:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am presently researching Martha Jane Furgeson - John H. Craghead: Tunstall Ferguson- Mary Martin; Timothy Craghead- Mary Agee; possible connections to the Worsham Line and documentation ( sexton Records and Death Certificates ) that state that Martha Jane was born in Pennsylvania. I seem to keep finding more questions, but I know they will lead to answers. I will share what I have and would like to hear from you.

Re: Mary Martin of Franklin, Virginia Born about 1790

Posted: 28 Nov 2005 4:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Apr 2006 5:46PM GMT
Surnames: Ferguson
Mar y Martin, Tunst all Ferguson, and Mart ha Jane Ferguson are on my mothers line. Robert Ferguson has been list ed as his father, but I can find very little on Tunstall. Do you have any documentation on Tunstall's birth? I have found a Robert Ferguson of Pittsylvania who was in the revolutionary war with his records in the war, but cannot connect him to Tunstall. Thanking you for any reply. Charlene Bronson

Re: Mary Martin of Franklin, Virginia Born about 1790

Posted: 13 Oct 2012 3:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Oct 2012 4:12PM GMT
I am entirely confused about this. The only marriage I can see for John Craghead is to Jane Martin in 1842. I'm trying to link John Craghead's wife to Tunstall Ferguson, and then try to figure out the Martins and whether Tunstall is the son of Robert Ferguson. Does anyone have any information that I've missed?

In the book "The David Reeder Family History" by Adolph Madsen Reeder, it says this about Martha Jane Ferguson. (I think it's possible that it's Greenbrier Pittsylvania County VA rather than Greenbrier Pennsylvania. In her death records, it puts her birthplace as Pennsylvania, but in the censuses she lists it as Virginia.)

The Craghead family was among the early settlers of Franklin County, Virginia. John H. Craghead's father was Timothy Craghead who married Mary Polly Agee. Their people came to America with the French Huguenots in about 1692 and settled in Virginia.

Martha Jane Furgensen was bom in Greenbire, Pennsylvania about 1819. Her parents died while she was very young and she learned to work hard and became very thrifty with an abundance of energy. Her foster father was an extensive slave holder and it became customary to tie them up each morning and lash them so they would remember to work hard all day, in the cotton fields. Their painful moaning and screams were a disheartening memory to young Martha Jane.

Her life became such a nightmare, she ran away and faced the
world alone. In her varied employment she met John H. Craghead. They were married 1 December, 1837, at Franklin. She was 18 years of age and 10 years younger than her man. Life became sweet to this young couple. Soon the L.D.S. Elders found them and the Gospel furnished the comfort they had yearned for. The privations of frontier life was not distasteful to them. They were soon wending their way across the plains with ox teams and came directly to Brigham
during the early fifties and erected the little log house just to the south of the Tithing Office. Three of their younger children were bom here. To visit the home of Grandmother Craghead, one was impressed with its inviting homey atmosphere and its tidy arrangement.
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