22 February 2009

Ann Martin, Daughter of Lt. John Clendenin

Ann (Clendenin) Martin was the daughter of Lt. John & Mary (Webb?) Clendenin*.

Based upon information from General Abstracts in Revolutionary War Pension Files by Virgil White....
Clendennan, John, BLW #1803-200, NC Line, soldier died in 1787 at "Big Harpeth" in Sumner Cty, TN leaving a widow (not named); sol's daughters & only heirs were: Ann, wife of Lewis Martin of Gallatin Cty, IL in 1831 & Rose Brisby who was living in West TN; an Alexander and James Trousdale were witnesses on 25 Oct 1831 in Gallatin Cty, IL.
....I looked for the Lewis & Ann (Clendenin) Martin family in Gallatin County, Illinois, with little or no results and no further leads. After being contacted by one of Ann's decendants, I now know that the family moved to Texas (many of Ann's grandchildren were born in Texas) and then onto Tulare County, California.

Ann (Clendenin) Martin's Death Notice

“Near Vandalia, in this County, on the 5th inst, Mrs. Ann Martin, aged 94 years. [Nov. 1869]

Ann Martin's Obituary

It is very seldom we are called upon to notice the death of so old a person in our midst. In some respects the subject of this notice was singular. We propose to state a few points in her character. Mrs. Martin was a very industrious woman, knitting and spinning were here chief pleasures: she always made a practice of doing her own washing, she made her own soap when she was in her 93d year. In these things she proved herself one of a generation rapidly passing away. To all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren she was very kind; indeed, she was grandmother to all around her home. Mrs. M had lived a widow thirty-four years, and had lived with her son, Mr. J. M. Martin, for twenty years. A little while before she died she handed him a pocket knife, the property of his father, saying she was going to die and could carry it no longer, that now he must keep it to remember his mother by. She died peacefully. N. Burton.” [Buried in Vandalia Cemetery, Tulare Co., CA]

A list of other Martins buried in Vandalia Cemetery can be found here. Martins listed in the "Great Register" of Tulare Co. in 1869 can be found here, in 1888 here and 1898 here. Martins enumerated in the 1870 CA Tulare Co. census can be found here.

*See Mary "Polly" Trousdale, half-sister of Ann (Clendenin) Martin here.

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