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Martin Family Papers, 1824-1930

Martin Family Papers, 1824-1930

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Martin Family Papers, 1824-1930 UALR.MS.0051

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-05-08T09:49-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Martin Family Papers, 1824-1930
Dates: 1824-1930
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet
Identification: UALR.MS.0051


Arranged alphabetically by sender, then chronologically. Correspondents with only one letter, along with additional documents, are grouped together in the last file under "General Correspondence and related materials."

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains photocopies of correspondence concerning the Jared C. Martin family of Bayou Fourche, Pulaski County, Arkansas. While selected antebellum letters in the collection refer to matters of historical interest (e.g., medical conditions, politics and government, religion), most letters were written by family members and therefore relate primarily to personal matters. Of particular interest: this collection contains a list of slave purchases as well as a grade report from the Little Rock Female Seminary.

Biographical Note

Jared C. Martin, born 1806 October 11, was the son of John Martin II and Elizabeth Allen. Reared in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, he moved to Little Rock around 1821, where he operated a ferry as well as carried mail between Little Rock and Arkansas Post for two years. On 1827 January 25, he married Mary Douglas. The couple lived at Bayou Fourche, where they owned a farm and reared their children (John D., James A., Mary, Elizabeth A., William A., Sallie B., Emily S., Mary D., Martha J., Jared C., and Henry G.). Jared C. Martin was a member of the 1843 Territorial Legislature and served as state treasurer, 1843-1845. He died 1857 November 7.

Allen Martin, Jared C. Martin’s brother, was born 1801 November 10. Around 1821, he helped his brothers James and Jared run the ferry at Little Rock. Allen served in the following positions: Pulaski County surveyor, 1825-1830; member of the Arkansas Legislative Council, 1831-1833; and Pulaski County sheriff, 1836-1838. Allen married Mahala Rowland 28 May 1839. After Mahala’s death, he married Maria Rowland 21 November 1865. The couple lived in Pulaski County before moving to Texas. Andrew Martin, another brother of Jared C. Martin, was born 1793 April 12. He married Sarah Farrar in Missouri, 1816 January 7. The couple had seven children.

James A. Martin, son of Jared C. Martin, was born at Bayou Fourche, 1830 October 17. After attending school in Little Rock, he studied for a year in Tennessee. Returning to Arkansas, he married Huldah Toncray around 1852 and worked as a surveyor. During the Civil War, James served in the Confederate Army in Lieutenant Colonel Alexander T. Hawthorne’s regiment and as a clerk under General James F. Fagan. He later returned to surveying and worked in Arkansas and surrounding states. He died 1905 August 5.

John R. Martin III, brother of Jared C. Martin, was born 1789 May 3. He married Rebecca Caldwell in 1817. The couple moved to Arkansas from Missouri in 1818. In 1820, John returned to Missouri and became a successful farmer. He was politically active and served in the Missouri Legislature, 1829-1836. In 1840, John returned to Arkansas and settled at Bayou Polk, Independence County, where he continued to farm and serve as postmaster, 1848-1862. He died 1864 September 27.

William Andrew Martin, son of Jared C. Martin, was born in Pulaski County, 1837 August 13. He attended school at Fayetteville but returned to manage the family farm after his father's death. William served in the Confederate Army. He later married Susan R. Hamlett (date?). The couple had four children and lived on the family farm.

Arkansas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Cotton production--Arkansas--History--19th century
Families--Arkansas--19th century
Indians of North America--Arkansas--History--19th century
Louisana State University. (owner)
Martin family
Slave bills of sale--Arkansas--19th century


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This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Martin Family Papers, 1824-1930, UALR.MS.0051. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock. Original materials are owned by Louisiana State University at Shreveport and photocopies of the material are housed at the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture.

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