Hi, i am new to the community, but have been researching my family's geneology for about 15 years. I have a group that resided in Issaquena county (as tenant farmers, i believe) in the early 1920's - early 1930s. The fathers name is John Lee Martin (or Lee John Martin), and the mother was Ella Harrington Martin. They were white, which i think is important to note, as there were NOT that many white tenant farmers in Issaquena county in the 1930s from what i can tell. They had several kids, all of whom i've found in the various census' to 1930 and 1940, and also in the Mississippi Educable Children's list. Somewhere between 1930 and 1934, John (or Lee) and Ella were divorced. I 'believe' John then migrated to California, worked and lived in the Benecia, CA WPA camp, and died in Yolo, California in 1956. 'IF' this is the right John L. Martin, his parents were William Martin and Mary Stewart, who were from Senatobia, MS (according to his death certificate).
Ella and John's kids were:
Henry Taylor Martin (1915-1981)
Jefferson Davis Martin (1917-1976)
William Modis Martin (1919-2001)
Lucille Martin Lorenz (1921-1986)
Annie Mae Martin Ward (1923-1982)
Mildred Martin (possibly 1924-?)
Mary Lottie Martin Tobleck (1926-1999)
Mildred Martin (1930-?)
Ella and John are my Great Grandparents.
Ella remarried in 1934 to Murray 'Pops' Wilkins in Greenville, MS. My Grandmother, Mary Lottie Martin met and married my grandfather in Greenville on NYE in 1942 at the First Baptist Church, in Greenville, so i believe they stayed in Greenville for some time, then they moved to New Orleans. Some of the family does appear in the 1940 census in Greenville.
I am trying to track down the family of John Lee Martin. I have searched ancestry and familysearch seven ways to sunday, as they say, and have come up empty on him and his parents. No marriage, no birth, etc. I have even visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Part of my problem is that John Martin is a very common name. Also, i believe they were a very poor family, as the kids ended up in orphanages (can't find record of that either, just family word of mouth) because John and Ella weren't providing/caring for them properly. At one point, my grandmother, Mary Lottie Martin, was taken in by Nora Adams in Hinds County, where she resided in the Adams Tourist Court (her 8th grade graduation certificate lists her as Lottie Adams, it was in a set of papers i was provided by my dad!).
If there is anyone who has any information or stories about a white (although there are also family stories about mixed half siblings) Martin family, living in Issaquena, Sharkey, Washington (or even Tate!) counties, in the 1930s, i'd love to hear about it! I have done the ancestry DNA, and uploaded it to gedmatch and familytreedna, and there are some matches to me and my father (the Martin line), but we haven't been able to track down any family as of yet.
I would be very grateful to anyone with ANY information!