Im really not sure if we will ever get solid documentation on this but lets examine the evidence that we have.
1850 AL Census of Walker Co. shows William Naesmith age 41 born Tenn. married to a Martha age 35 born Tenn.
We have a marriage date of June 20, 1835 Morgan Co. AL for William Naesmith and Martha O'Rear.
It has been established that William's father is Alexander Naesmith b. February 23, 1779; York, South Carolina d. July 1859; Lawrence County, Alabama.
1830 Morgan Co. Census Nesmith, Alex 2 males0-5 1 male 5-10 1 male 15-20 3 males 20-30 1 male 50-60 2 females 10-15 1 female 15-20 1 female 20-30 1 female 30-40
Which places William with his father Alexander in Morgan Co. AL about the time he married Martha O'Rear there in June 20, 1835
Ok that gives a reason for the wedding to take place in Morgan Co. AL in 1835, the grooms family was living there.
We also know by 1850 they have moved to Walker Co. AL
So where were they in 1840 and who else was around?
Examination of the 1840 Census shows this information, if I could get age ranges it would firm up the identifications: Nesmith, WilliamAL WALKER CO.289 1840 Orear, JamesAL WALKER CO.285 1840 (most likely James Martin Orear nephew to Martin Orear) Orear, MartinAL WALKER CO.284 1840 Nesmith, AlexanderAL MORGAN CO. 39TH REGIMENT 036 1840 Nesmith, RobertAL MORGAN CO. 39TH REGIMENT 033 1840 Nesmith, ThomasAL MORGAN CO. 39TH REGIMENT 036 1840 (These might all be other sons of Alexander Sr.)
Ok so it looks like all the possible suspects were in Walker Co. AL by 1840.
Where were people in 1830?Well Alexander Naesmith wasn't in AL, I can only find a John Nesmith in Jackson Co. AL and no Orear's at all in AL, nor any Orea or Rear.
Orear, MartinTN FRANKLIN CO.79 1830 Orrare, JohnTN FRANKLIN CO.72 1830 Orrear, DanielTN FRANKLIN CO.95 1830
Im assuming this is Daniel O'Rear, Martins father and Martin's brother John.
Going back to the 1850 census if Martha is 35 then she must have been born in TN in 1815.Problem is no one knows where Daniels family was between 1804 when he was in GA and the 1830 census when he shows up in TN.However all of Martin O'Rears children prior to 1830 are shown as being born in TN the ones after in AL.Thus we can place him in TN in the proper time frame to be the father of Martha also.
What would be interesting would be to know the movements of Alexander Nesmith between his birth in SC and Morgan Co. AL 1830.I cant seem to find him anywhere.
Ok, so we have Martin O'rear in the right birth place and date range, also Martin O'Rear is one of the first to move into AL all his other relatives are in the area by the 1850 census but not the 1840 census when he shows up in Walker Co near to William Nesmith.Its the fact that he's in the right place for her to be born and for her to be married that cause me to think Martin is her father.It has to be one of Daniel's sons because theres just no other O'Rears in that area of AL that I know of that she could belong to.I mean she cant spring full grown into the world, and I dont see her being in AL from her birthplace in TN without her family being with her, so they must be there in time for her to be married in 1835 and there are only two O'rears in the area by that time Martin and James and if James is Martin's nephew then hes too young to be her father.Which just leaves Martin.To cinch this we just need to see the age ranges for that 1840 census.If anyone knows of any information to dispute this line of reasoning let me know please, and if anyone has any information to add please do.
Anyway Laney thats my line of reasoning for my belief that Martha belongs to Martin O'Rear.