James Harris Martin
21 May 1807
28 Mar 1883
Hillsboro City Cemetery
Hillsboro, Hill, Texas
James H Martin was my 4th GGF and Dr Nathan Kennedy’s father-in-law.
Susan Hannah Knox is my second great-grandmother. Not that far away, as generations go. And yet…
I have only one source to document the existence of Susan, only one. And it’s an indirect source at that.
No census, no BMD, no headstone…
O Mistress mine where are you roaming?
Following the death in 1897 of her husband, Dr Nathan B Kennedy, Susan William Lee Martin Kennedy appeared fairly regularly in the Dallas Morning News. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed against the Pacific Express Company after her buggy’s horse was not kept under control and flipped the buggy over, “permanently injuring” Mrs Kennedy:
Dallas Morning News, 18 Nov 1902
Dallas Morning News, 21 Jul 1904
That suit was apparently dismissed, but my third great-grandmother’s name still appeared with regularity in the Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio papers, this time as President of the Old Ladies Home Society of Texas, an organization based in Houston, intended to assist destitute elderly women (and later, men). She traveled all over Texas, attempting to raise funds for this project:
Dallas Morning News, 4 Apr 1901
San Antonio Daily Express, 26 Nov 1901
Dallas Morning News, 10 Nov 1904
All of these delicious little tidbits of posterity were found at GenealogyBank.com!