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Melvin Berry Martin from SW Alabama to NW Florida

Updated April 6, 2004

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Melvin Berry Martin b. 1869, was my great Grandfather. He was born in LaVerne, Crenshaw Co., Alabama to Neil Martin and Martha Blackmon. Neil Martin's first name was probably Cornelius.

Melvin Berry Martin married in 1890 in Crenshaw Co. AL to Anna Blackmon, who I believe to be the daughter of James Blackmon and Vashti Martin who were found in the 1870 and 1880 Crenshaw Co. AL censuses. After their marriage, Berry and Annie had four sons, William b. 1891, Frank Lester b.1893, Dee Cylvester b.1895, and Clifford b. abt 1898. Annie died soon after Clifford's birth.

By July of 1899, Berry Martin remarried to Sarah Jane (Redmon) Holloway in Coffee Co., AL. They lived in Greenbay, Covington Co. AL for the 1900 census. In 1910 they were recorded living in Williams, Coving. Co., AL and then in Sanford, Covington Co., AL in 1920. The 1930 census shows them living back in Green Bay. They moved to NW Florida, Okaloosa Co., area by the 1940s.

Berry Martin and Sarah Jane had 4 children, Clarence b.1905, Lula B. "Estelle" b.1909, Clantis J. b.1912, and Minnie Ola b.1916.

Berry Martin and Sarah J. Martin are buried in Pilgrim's Rest Cem. Baker, Florida. Melvin Berry's tombstone reads M. Barry Martin deceased 1945.

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