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Katherine Frierson Force Martin (1845-1915)
Our Frierson family journey begins with Katherine (Kate) Ogie Frierson. Katherine was the daughter of Samuel Gordon Frierson (1805 - 1857) and his wife, Frances W. Harding (1813-1890).
The Frierson family seems to have a great deal of historical information to draw from. They were in some influencial circles. Kate's 1st husband Henry Clay Force is well documented in the pages of history but her 2nd husband, my ancestor, Willam Edward Martin, seems to be a mystery. Additionally, Kate and her 2nd family moved to Florida. William, as the story goes, was a farmer. According to the 1900 census, Katie had 8 children but only 6 were still living in 1900. That leaves one unaccounted for. A letter from Peter Evans Force (1868-1930) to Uncle Manning F. Force August 23 clearly gives an opinion of the type of man, Mr. Martin proved to be.
Henry Clay Force was from a rather famous and important family. His brother, Union Civil War General Manning Force, left behind a treasure of manuscripts that are housed as the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont, Ohio. Those letters document the 4 known children of Katherine and Henry Clay Force. I suspect that she must have also lost a Martin child that may forever be forgotten.
Finding census records on Katherine as proven to be challenging as well.
A copy of the death certificate for a Katherine Martin who died Dec 8, 1915 in Desoto County, Florida has proved to be another Katherine Martin and not my family member. Both Katherine and her 2nd husband's burial location remain a mystery to me. The last known location for either was in 1900 Census in Oxford, Florida.
1850 Tuscaloosa County, Alabama State Census
S. Gordon Frierson
White males under 21 - 3
1860 Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Francis Beebee, age 49, hotel keeper, value of real estate $10,000, born VA
1870 likely in Hale County, Alabama
1880 likely in Etawah County, Alabama
1900 Oxford, Sumter County, Florida
William Martin, age 67, born South Carolina, marriage year 1880, father born SC, mother born SC, farmer
Oddly, they live next door to Harmon Eli Martin. The Harmon Eli Martin family is well documented but, so far, I cannot tie the two families together.
Both William and Katherine's final resting place remain a mystery to me.