I've seen many family data sheets listing Martha as a child of Henry and Sarah KEATHLEY.I first questioned it when I noticed the huge age jump from their daughter Sarah to Martha---about 14 years.Late-in-life babies are not unheard of, but Henry's wife Sarah would have been about 59 at the birth of Martha---that's a bit of a stretch, too.
In the 1860 White Co., TN census, Martha, age 11, shows up in the household of Henry and Sarah.
Wh72-31: Keathley, Henry 65, Saroah 70, Willis 30, James 28, Saroah 22, Martha S. 11
The 1850 White Co., TN censusshows
Wh-469-74: Keathly, Henry 51, Sarah 53, James 22, Martin 33, William 20, Susan 18, Henry 16, Sarah 15 T NC [Keathly is not a typo.You know how census records are.I can't account for the ages being 2 to 3 years off compared to 1860, either.]
Wh-478-76: Keathly, Willis, Mary 25, Martha 5/12 Ind T
This indicates to me, that Willis's wife Mary died bet. 1850 and 1860 and that Willis and daughter Martha moved into the home with Willis's father and mother, Henry and Sarah.This would make Martha Henry's and Sarah's granddaughter rather than daughter.
The 1860 census also shows Martin, William, and Henry, Jr. with homes of their own. I hope this helps someone.