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Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
William Martin. Died in Vernon. Twenty minutes before the clock struck twelve on the night of January 19th, 1883, William Martin was called upon by his Savior to come home to that better world. On January 9th he was taken with smothering spells. Words cannot express the great suffering he had to endure, yet without a murmur he bore it all. Often he would repeat that good old song, “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in thee.”
William Martin was one of our early settlers. He came to Kansas in the year 1870, staked out his claim, and moved his family in 1871. Many were the hardships he went through during the early settling of this country. He was a faithful worker in the vineyard of his Lord. He will be missed not only by his dear wife and children who deeply mourn his loss, but also by the disciples worshiping at Vernon.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
THE MARTIN FAMILY.
Entry for Courier Prize.
William Martin was born in Virginia in 1812. Was married to Sarah Lewis in 1835. The following are the family of these so far as they now live in Cowley County, Kansas.
Sons and daughters of William and Sarah (Lewis) Martin.
1. Mary A. Wellman.
2. Elizabeth Painter.
3. Hartzell H. Martin.
4. Morgan Martin.
5. Ellery C. Martin.
6. Wm. Emerson Martin.
7. Emma L. Hawkins.
8, Minerva C. Martin.
9. Alice J. Martin.
10. Parker W. Martin.
Children of Rudolph Wellman and Mary A. (Martin) Wellman.
1. Lena Hawkins.
2. Edwin Wellman.
3. Frank Wellman.
4. John Wellman.
5. George Wellman.
[APPEARS AS IF MARY A. MARRIED HAWKINS FIRST; WELLMAN SECOND.]
Children of W. W. Painter and Elizabeth (Martin) Painter.
1. Flora Painter.
2. Willie Painter.
3. Harry Painter.
4. Ferdin Painter.
5. Effie Painter.
6. Mabel Painter.
7. Warren Painter.
Children of Hartzell H. Martin and Jennie Martin [Maiden name not given].
1. Cora Martin.
2. Mary Martin.
3. Eva Martin.
4. Georgie Martin.
Children of Morgan Martin and Annie Martin [Maiden name not given].
1. Pearl Martin.
2. Fred Martin.
3. Archie Martin.
[NOW IT GETS REALLY CONFUSING...ON TOP OF THAT COURIER LISTED THE WIFE OF THE DIFFERENT MARTIN MEN UNDER A WEIRD NUMBER SYSTEM!]
Maggie Martin, wife of Ellery C.
Flora C. Martin, wife of Wm. Emerson.
Theron H. Martin, son of Wm. Emerson.
AM CONFUSED AS TO RELATIONSHIP OF THESE THREE LISTINGS!
Children of Albert Hawkins and Emma L. (Martin) Hawkins.
1. Eugene A. Hawkins.
2. Gertrude Hawkins.
Children of Daniel Hawkins and Lena (Wellman) Hawkins.
1. Jessie Hawkins.
[Appears as though Lena Martin married Wellman; and then Daniel Hawkins.]
There were four entries for the premium, two of them being incomplete in that they did not state the names of the persons composing the families, only giving figures. These were thrown aside for that reason. Of the two remaining, Mr. Philip Teter’s family numbered thirty-nine, all living within a radius of two and one-half miles. Mrs. Sarah Lewis Martin’s family, listed above, numbers forty-two [THANKS TO THE FUNNY WAY COURIER COUNTED], all living in Cowley County. She is awarded the special premium, consisting of a ten dollar gold piece and a life subscription to the “COURIER.”
Gather No. 1 on their list was SARAH LEWIS MARTIN rather than William Martin due to the fact that she was the one who entered. William Martin was not counted.