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Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1395010315000
Classification: Query
I have spent years trying to find connections for parents or siblings for a Rufus Franklin Martin b. 1819 in Nelson Co VA. Rufus lived 40+ years in Coffee County Tennessee, last appearing in the 1900 census there.

To date, I can document that:
Rufus married an Emily Toms in Mar 1847 at Lovingston, Nelson Co.
Rufus and Emily eventually made their way to Coffee Co. TN prior to 1860. (based on 1860 census)
Upon the death of Emily, he apparently married her sister Margaret in Coffee Co. Tennessee about 1864. Rufus married a 3rd time in 1877 to Martha Farris (Farrar) in Coffee Co.

It is thought that the children of Rufus Martin likely stayed in and around Coffee and Franklin county Tennessee. Rufus' son George Wesley Martin my great-grandfather came to Madison County Alabama which borders on Franklin co TN.

I am hopeful someone might have any lead that would help me move my research forward.

Thanks
Ron

Re: Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1396827691000
Classification: Query
Hi, Ron. I am researching Rufus Franklin Martin also. I have some info but am stalled out now. I know he was living in Manchester, TN when he died but don't know where he is buried. I assume it is in the Manchester area. I also have some info on the Tomes family that was his wife's relatives. Your relative, George Martin, is my mother's Uncle George. She was the daughter of George's younger brother, James Arthur Martin. I had met George years ago as a child and even went to the funeral with my mother. I would love to know what information you have gathered on the family, pictures etc. I don't know anything about Rufus except that he married Emily Tomes and also her sister Margaret. We are the descendents of his wife, Martha Francis Farris, with whom he was married to when he died.

If you can, please write me at celticspirit2008@gmail.com or even call me at 931-359-7410. I look forward to hearing from you!

Donna Balinger
1301 Yell Rd.
Lewisburg, TN 37091

Re: Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1396909621000
Classification: Query
Donna,
Thank you for your reply. I will be emailing you some of the information I have on Rufus Martin and his wives and children in the very near future.

Ron Cobble
ronco@knology.net

Re: Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1396925998000
Classification: Query
Thanks, Ron. Any information you have will be appreciated. Do you happen to know the name of Rufus' father and mother? I can't get past Rufus on names and where they came from. Mom always said the Martin family originated from Ireland but we cannot find anything about who exactly came from Ireland and what part of Ireland. I have been to Ireland several times and the Martin name is very prominent there. My niece and family live in Ireland and she is researching the Martins but we need a name and County where our relative came from and then she can go to the archives there and gather more history. Have you heard anything about a family member coming from Ireland?

Thanks again for your help. If I find any more info on Rufus or any of the Martins, I will send to you.

Re: Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1398022590000
Classification: Query
I am afraid that I am stuck like you on finding the parents of Rufus. Also, my Mom has always said the Martin family originated from Ireland but she can’t recall anything further. There are and have been numerous red-headed descendants (me being one).

I sent an email to your Gmail account with the few details that I do have on the Martin's.



Re: Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1398648432000
Classification: Query
Thanks for replying. I am going to try to contact someone in Lovingston, VA to help locate any info on Rufus Martin and his family. Will let you know when I get any information. I also am a redhead and my mother, Lola Martin, always said her grandpa was a big redheaded man that spoke with a very hard to understand Irish brogue. She always said he did something that the family did not approve of and his family banished him and then he came to the U.S. I don't know what year this was or where his place of origin in Ireland was. Since my niece still lives in Galway, Ireland, she is doing ancestry and that is why we need to find what town the family lived in so she can do some searching there and hopefully find some of our long lost relatives still living there. I will let you know what we turn up.

Donna

Re: Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1424908676000
Classification: Query
Ron,
I am Donna and my grandfather is James Arthur, George's brother. I went with a friend to Manchester TN to the library to do research on Rufus and his family there. I got the names and phone numbers of some of the Toms people listed in the phone book and called, but never heard back from any. I am going to try this again and see if I can get in touch with a Toms family member because the Toms descendants should have more info on Rufus than any of the other family members since he married Emily Toms first. I still want to know if he came from Ireland as my mother always told me. I have even checked the ship's lists for a name of Rufus or even Franklin (or Frank) Martin and found one F. Martin coming from Ireland from port of Belfast in Ireland on May 19, 1858. Don't think that is our Martin but not sure yet. It said he arrived in New York on the ship, T Bayne. I could not find a T Bayne ship when I Googled it. Still digging and will know if I find anything else.

Donna

Re: Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1425423557000
Classification: Query
Donna,
There was so much red hair among the Martin's here in Madison County, it was an assumption that their heritage had to be Irish. Good idea about trying to contact the Toms descendants to see if they have anything. I'm still working of the premise Rufus was born in 1819 somewhere Nelson VA. The last time I looked at the line, I was trying to gather all the Martin surname in Nelson from the 1820 census. I have never found any searchable indexes for the 1820 census data, so its a page-by-page search. I found a Martin in Coffee County census once who gave his place of birth as Ireland, he was a tailor, but it never panned out. Thanks for the update!

Re: Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1428089947000
Classification: Query
Hi, Ron. I haven't been working on genealogy for a little while, but starting back now. I am still stuck on Rufus. I have the feeling that HE is our relative connection to Ireland and I feel that he traveled to Virginia by himself. I think he had no other relatives to come to America with him but not sure if any other of his family came after him or even before him. I have tried calling some Toms names from the phone book but all I got was voice mail and left a message to call me, but they never called back. So I have come up with the idea to go to Manchester myself and place a classified message in the newspaper asking for any family member of Emily or Margaret Toms or Tomes who was married to Rufus Martin (who passed away in 1900 in Manchester) to contact me as I am working on the Martin genealogy. Hopefully I will get a response and maybe even meet and gather information and even pictures! I have no pictures of Rufus. I have also tried to find out more information on his wife (my great-grandmother) Martha Frances Farris. I do know that she moved from Manchester after Rufus died and lived in the Cleveland or Chattanooga Tennessee area when she died. I lived in Cleveland growing up and still have some relatives living there and I might go there to the archives or library and research her family. I am also going to do the DNA test. I will let you know what I find out.
Donna B,

Re: Rufus Franklin Martin of Coffee County via Nelson VIrginia

Posted: 1428875332000
Classification: Query
That sounds like a great plan. You would seem to think there would be some descendants of the Tomes/Toms or you great-grandmother Martha Frances Farris that would at least respond to your inquiries. If there is anything I can do from my end to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact me. I have yet to find where Rufus was buried to this day.

Ron C
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