John MARTIN (16 Jul 1821 SC - MS), the neighbor to Samuel Andrew AGNEW often mentioned in the latter's diary, was the eldest son of James D. MARTIN (abt 1798 SC - aft 1870 MS) and Mary LINDSAY (1800 SC - MS). On page 99A of the 1850 Abbeville Dist. (Saluda Regiment), SC, census, the James MARTIN household was enumerated immediately after that of Dr. Enoch AGNEW, the latter household including then 16-yr-old eldest child Samuel A. AGNEW, "Student." The third household down from MARTIN's was that of John HADDON, Jr., who was married to James and Mary MARTIN's eldest child, dau Elizabeth. Included in the HADDON household listing was 1-yr-old "Marietta" (Mary Etta) HADDON, my wife's ggmother. John MARTIN, wife Sarah and family were also enumerated in the 1850 Saluda Regiment census, but on page 152A, suggesting they may have been some distance from the other three households at that time.
In the 1860 Southern Subdivision (Corona P.O.), Tippah Co., MS, census, however, the John MARTIN and Enoch AGNEW families are quite close. The household of Dr. Enoch AGNEW was enumerated on page 691, with diarist Samuel A., then age 26, "As R Pres Ministry," still living at home. The next sheet, page 692, listed the John MARTIN household (same family members as in 1850 Abbeville Dist., SC, census, with the loss of son John H. and the addition of two younger children). The John HADDON, Jr., household is nearby, listed on page 682, but also in the Corona P.O. area. William BRICE, for whom the "Cross Roads" was named, was listed on page 639, also served by the Corona P.O..
All these families were part of a migration from upstate SC to north MS in the two decades before the Civil War, many of the families being Associate Reformed Presbyterians from around Abbeville, SC. John HADDON, Jr., and William BRICE were, along with Joseph AGNEW (Enoch's brother) and Thomas WATT, elected ruling elders in 1860 to serve their fellow congregants at Bethany ARP Church, then located very near Brice's Cross Roads. The Rev. Samuel Andrew AGNEW eventually pastored the Bethany church for about 35 years, officiating at the 1870 wedding of Mary Etta "Mollie" HADDON (John MARTIN's niece) and James Edward McCARLEY, the maternal gparents of my wife's mother, the lively 91-yr-old Lila Marguerite GREEN ISAAC, who remembers well her pretty grandmother "Mollie."
Our family reads and rereads the S. A. Agnew diary with great interest, finding ever more clues about the lives our ancestors led in north MS. The original diary is at UNC, Chapel Hill, with photocopies at MSU, Starkville, and USM, Hattiesburg, among other places.