Tolliver Martin - A Wild Goose Chase
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One might imagine that with a name like Tolliver, the research would come easy. But not so!
There are reportedly 2 men that were named Tolliver Martin in my family tree. The first is a brother of my great great great grandfather, John Martin. Supposedly, John settled in Anderson County, SC but his brother Tolliver settled in Virginia and had 10 children.
All things considered, I thought I would track down as many men as I could named Tolliver Martin in hopes of finding either of two in my family tree.
I started my wild goose chase by going to Findagrave and found one man listed and now I am working backwards. Please note that I can trace some of my Martin family to Alabama.
Tolliver G Martin (1908 - 1939) Lee County, Alabama
There is one Tolliver G Martin listed on the FindAGrave website.
Birth: Feb. 12, 1908
Probate Records indicate that he left behind a wife, Virginia Whitlow Martin, but no children at his death. (Ancestry.com)
Census Records for the family Tolliver Grandberry Martin
1930 Lee County, Alabama
George W Martin 62
1920 Lee County, Alabama
George W Martin 52
1910 Smith Station, Lee County, Alabama
Ges W Martin 42
I moved on to researching his family tree to see if this might prove fruitful and I found my 2nd Tolliver Martin, uncle of the 1st one.
1900 Smith Station, Lee County, Alabama
Lafayette Martin 65, born Georgia
Lafayette and Frances were married in 1856. Lafayette was a Confederate Private and served in Georgia. Per Britton & Dobbs Funeral Home Records, 1889-1971 (Patsy Daniel Wright, 2010), p. 22: Lafayette MARTIN, residing at Motts [Lee County], Alabama, died 07 SEP 1900 (age at time of death not given), of consumption (physician Tal MARTIN - evidently his son Toliver); buried 08 SEP 1900 in the family cemetery.
Skipping a few years, I followed the trail of Lafayette to find this census record. It looks like Lafayette is living with his widowed mother and YES - our 3rd Tolerver Martin!
1850 District 52, Lincoln, Georgia
Syntho Martin (Cynthia Baker Martin, widow of Tolliver Martin)
Home in 1850:
District 52, Lincoln, Georgia, USA
Syntho Martin 36
(It turns out that this is Cynthia Baker who was married - you guessed it - the 4th Tolliver Martin in this family.)
I have decided to build a family tree on Ancestry for this group. Who knows, it might help someone! Look for Wild Goose Chase - Martin Family.