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Martin, Joe James

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Joe James Martin (Married) Sara Alice Strum

Joe James Martin

Date of Birth: September 1859

Place of Birth: Mississippi

Date of Death: June 25, 1939

Place of Death: Neshoba Co., MS

Age at Death: 73

Occupation: Farmer

Burial: Tucker Catholic Cemetery

Holy Rosary Church

Sara Alice Strum

Date of Birth: May 1871

Place of Birth: Mississippi

Date of Death: February 1939

Place of Death: Neshoba Co., MS

Age at Death: 67

Occupation: Housewife

Burial: Tucker Catholic Cemetery

Holy Rosary Church

Information gained from the Twelfth Census of the United States, June 20, 1900. Mississippi, Neshoba County, Philadelphia: Joe James Martin, head of household, born September 1859, age 40, born in Mississippi, father, Joe Jimmerson Martin, born in Alabama, mother born in Georgia. Occupation: Farmer. Sara A. Martin, wife, born May 1871, age 29, born in Mississippi; father born in Alabama; mother born in Alabama. Sara Alice’s father was Herod Strum, born in Alabama. Sara Alice’s mother was Almeda Strum, born in Alabama in September 1839. Almeda’s father was born in South Carolina; her mother was born in Georgia.
Joe James Martin married Sara Alice Strum in 1892. (Neshoba Co., MS, marriage records, Book 3, Page 347)

U.S. Census, 1870, Neshoba Co., MS: Herrod Strum, aged 40; Almeta, aged 34; Alice, aged 1 month.

U.S. Census 1860, Neshoba Co., MS: Herrod Strum, aged 29, farmer, born in Alabama; Almeda Strum, aged 23, house keeper, born in Alabama.

The tombstones for Joe Martin and Alice Strum Martin were placed on the gravesites at Tucker several decades after their deaths by some of their descendents (grandchildren or possibly great-grandchildren through Mae Stephens’ family). The marker for Joe reads, Papa Joe Martin, 1871-1940. The marker for Alice reads, Mama Alice Strum Martin, 1875-1940. These dates are inaccurate in light of all other more reliable records.

Joe Jimmerson Martin, father of Joe James Martin, died in the Battle of Vicksburg during the Civil War (1861-1865).

Obituary from the Neshoba Democrat, published Friday, June 30, 1939:

Joe Martin, 73, dies at Linwood
Funeral Services from Catholic Church at Tucker
Joe Martin, age 73, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hardy Stephens, in the Linwood community on Sunday afternoon, June 25. Mr. Martin had been in ill health for several years, during which time he had made his home with Mrs. Stephens.
Funeral services were held from the Catholic Church at Tucker Monday afternoon.
The deceased is survived by the following children: Mrs. Nora Cumberland, Mrs. Virgie Burkes, Mrs. Mae Stephens, Mrs. Ethel Ladd of Linwood, Mrs. Essie Davison, Odie Martin, Jodie Martin of Philadelphia, and Mrs. Gertie Skipper of Tucker. Also one half sister, Mrs. Mary Saddler of Preston and several grandchildren survive. His wife preceded him in death about four months ago.

Obituary from the Neshoba Democrat, published February 1939:

Mrs. A. Martin Dies at Linwood
Victim of Paralytic Stroke Friday Night
Mrs. Alice Martin, age 67, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hardy Stephens, in the Linwood community Sunday morning about 4 o’clock.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband, Joe Martin, and the following sons and daughters: Jodie and Odie Martin, Philadelphia; Mrs. Nora Cumberland, Mrs. Mae Stephens, Mrs. Ethel Ladd, Mrs. Virgie Burkes, Linwood; Mrs. Essie Davison, Philadelphia, and Mrs. Gertie Skipper, Tucker.
The following sisters and brothers also survive: Mrs. Eliza Phillips, Slate Springs; Mrs. Nancy Nicholson, Mrs. Fannie Young, Mrs. Agnes Bounds, Linwood; Mrs. Nora Stephens, Beat Line and B.A. Strum, Deemer.
Funeral services were held Monday at 11 o’clock from the Catholic Church at Tucker, conducted by the pastor. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Bill Nicholson, Corbet Bounds, Asa Young, Galjhrey Young, Cassel Young, and Cleveland Young, all nephews of the deceased.
Nora Elcy Martin (Married) John Elmer Cumberland
Date of Birth: December 25, 1893
Date of Death: April 19, 1977
Age at Death: 83
Surviving children: Luva Dee, Willie Hazel, Cleo Olvin, Annie Ruth, Johnnie Leverne, George

Herman, Nora Lee Frances
Johnnie Marion Martin
Date of Birth: June 30, 1895
Date of Death:
Age at Death:
Johnnie died young while his parents were living and farming in Arkansas. He is likely buried in Arkansas.

3. Virgie Lee Martin (Married) Lloyd W. Burkes
Virgie Lee Martin
Date of Birth: November 5, 1898
Date of Death: March 2, 1982
Age at Death: 83
Burial: Linwood Baptist Church Cemetery
Lloyd W. Burkes
Birth: July 2, 1894
Death: October 21, 1964
Age at Death: 70
Burial: Linwood Baptist Church Cemetery
Virgie Lee Martin married Lloyd W. Burkes in 1916. (Neshoba Co., MS, marriage records, Book H, Page 233)

Virgie’s tombstone records birth as Nov. 5, 1899. Nora’s bible: Nov. 5, 1898. U.S. Census record of June 20, 1900, shows birth as November 1897.
Mae (married Sam Dickerson) (no children)
Macie (married G.W. Tidwell)
Jason (married ???)
Waudine never married. Waudine was born on Dec. 28, 1926; she died January 14, 1995, (aged 68), in Anderson Memorial Hospital, Meridian, MS.
Burial: Linwood Baptist Church Cemetery
4. Almadia Mae Martin (Married) James Hardy Stephens
Almadia Mae Martin
Date of Birth: May 27, 1901
Date of Death: March 18, 1978
Age at Death: 76
Burial: Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Stephenstown, Deemer Rd

James Hardy Stephens
Birth: September 25, 1904
Death: June 9, 1960
Age at Death: 55
Burial: Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Stephenstown, Deemer
Nora’s bible records Mae’s birth: May 27, 1901; tombstone: May 27, 1902.
Name in obituary appears as May Almidia Stephens.

5. Annie Ethel Martin (Married) Sidney Hobison Ladd, Sr.
Annie Ethel Martin
Date of Birth: December 6, 1903
Date of Death: May 7, 1981 Place of Death: Doctors’ Hospital, Jackson
Age at Death: 77
Burial: Oak Ridge Church of God Cemetery
Sidney Hobison Ladd, Sr.
Birth: April 30, 1903
Death: February 24, 1983
Place: St. Dominic’s Hospital
Age at Death: 79
Burial: Oak Ridge Church of God Cemetery
Ethel (age 21) and Sidney (age 21) were married on March 10, 1925
There were children of this union.
Obituary: Mrs. Ethel Ladd. Philadelphia.
Services for Mrs. Ethel Martin Ladd, 77, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Oak Ridge Church of God. The Rev. W.L. Owens, the Rev. Jack Lessie, and the Rev. Frank McGaugh will officiate, burial to be in the church cemetery under direction of McClain-Hays Funeral Home.
Mrs. Ladd died Thursday morning in Doctors’ Hospital in Jackson.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters; four sons, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, and a brother.

6. Mary Lessie (Essie) Martin (married) James Thomas Davidson
Mary Lessie (Essie) Martin
Date of Birth: October 30, 1906
Date of Death: 1940
Age at Death: 33 or 34
Burial: Linwood Baptist Church
James Thomas Davidson
Birth: August 31, 1903
Death: March 3, 1986
Age: 82
Burial: Linwood Cemetery
Children: 1 son, Harold Davidson of Neshoba; 1 daughter

7. Jodie Delong Martin (married) Effie S. Birth: September 4, 1915
Date of Birth: March 5, 1910
Date of Death: January 15, 1977
Age at Death: 66
Burial: Oak Ridge Church of
God Cemetery
Children: Audine, Joe, and George

8. Odie Pernell Martin (married) Judy Daniels
Date of Birth: March 5, 1910 Birth: August 26, 1918
Date of Death: April 8, 1999 Place: Lauderdale Co., MS
Age at Death: 89
Place of death: Laird Hospital, Union, MS
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery
Union, MS (Old Decatur Rd., S.)
Children: Robert David Martin (born: Oct. 18, 1951; died: Oct. 6, 1987) age 37, massive heart attack. Burial: Ackerman, MS, Presbyterian Church.

9. Gertrude Alenine (Alice ?) Martin (m. Skipper) (m. Bagwell)
Date of Birth: January 3, 1913
Date of Death: January 12, 1991
Age at Death: 78
Burial: Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Neshoba Co.
Gertie’s tombstone records her birth as January 13, 1913. Nora’s bible: Jan. 3, 1913. Gertie died in Newton Co., at Hilltop Manor Nursing Home, Union, MS.
Children: 3 daughters: Betty Skipper Carroll, Bonnie Skipper Allen, and Peggy Skipper Patton.
Obituary: Mrs. Bagwell.

Services for Gertrude Alice Bagwell were held Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of McClain-Hays Funeral Home. Rev. James Maddox officiated. Burial was in Goodhope Cemetery.
Mrs. Bagwell, 77, died Saturday in Hilltop Manor Nursing Home in Union. She was born and reared in Neshoba County where she made her home all of her life.
She had been a resident of Hilltop Manor since May of 1989. She was a member of Goodhope Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Betty Skipper Carroll of Arlington, Texas; Mrs. Bonnie Skipper Allen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Mrs. Peggy Skipper Patton of Andrews, Texas; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Odie Purnell Martin of Union; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Bud Adkins, Sam Dickerson, Ernest Ladd, Billy Joe Ladd, Elvin Sharp and George Hayes.

The following information comes from Brantley Cumberland, in an unpublished document called Cumberland Family: From Scotland to Cumberland Mountains:
The Cumberland family of Neshoba County and the surrounding area came to Mississippi from Alabama around 1850. The father’s name is unknown; he had died before the family moved to Mississippi. According to the 1860 U.S. Census records of Neshoba County, Mary (Polly?) Cumberland, the mother of the following children, was living in this area: John, James, George, Lewis, Thomas, Mary, Fannie, Riley, and Samuel. During the Civil War (1861-65), the following of these sons served as soldiers in the Confederate Army: John, James, Lewis, Thomas, and Riley.

Mary (Polly?) and her children came by wagon and forded the Tombigbee River near Columbus, Mississippi. They traveled to Neshoba County, where they stopped on the west side of Bogue Chitto and Owl Creek swamp on the old Columbus Road, about a quarter mile north of the highway as it now runs (MS Highway 21). They built a small house, and some of the family stayed on there for several years. As the boys grew older, they married and moved out into the county. They stayed in the vicinity and raised their families. A good part of their food was fish and wild game, as there was plenty of it available. They did very little farming, other than growing small crops of corn and other vegetables. Later, they began to grow cotton, cattle, and many other crops.

In those early days, people hauled practically all of their supplies from Meridian, Mississippi, by wagon, and this trip took most of a week to make. At night they would camp out on the roadside. During Sam Cumberland’s last trip to Meridian, he took pneumonia from exposure and died at approximately forty years of age. Sam and his wife Jo were buried at Sandtown Cemetery. Some older members of the family were buried at North Bend Methodist Church, in the old cemetery on the west side of the road.

Mary Petty Cumberland’s son James had the following sons:
Tom (his children: Tommie, Pet, Jim, Purvis, Bonnie, Audrey)
Sandtown United Methodist Church Cemetery; Neshoba Co., MS:
J.T. "Tom" Cumberland
Born: December 14, 1868
Died: January 8, 1964
L.C. (Doc) (his children: Ferman, D.H., Orman, Edith, Effie)
Sandtown United Methodist Church Cemetery; Neshoba Co., MS:

L.C. Cumberland
Born: May 13, 1876
Died: June 24, 1946
Willis Ferman Cumberland
Born: March 24, 1908
Died: March 9, 1975
D.H. Cumberland
Born: November 23, 1910
Died: April 9, 1998
3. George (his children: Elmer, Lettie, Ab, Willie and Nellie)

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