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.
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!
The prompt for Day 8 of Women’s History Month is
Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any letters or diaries. Between me and my 2 aunts, I’m not aware of any being in existence.
But, I do have a photograph of an old house, and on the back of the photo is info about the house, written by my 3rd great-grandmother, Susan William Lee (Martin) Kennedy (1843-1918). Pretty cool, I think!
“J. T. Stanley
Mrs Wm L Kennedy
Ownes This book”
The only problem is that this house is in Mineral Wells, Texas, not Grandview, Texas. Right owner, wrong location. Simply proof that every item of evidence needs to be thoroughly examined. Don’t assume anything!