Aunt Mat Battle was born as one of 11 children to Isaiah Tucker Irvin and Isabella Lea Bankston in Wilkes Co., Georgia in 1821. Her niece was Martha, the daughter of her sister, Prudence, who died shortly after delivering Martha in 1830, and who named the child for this Martha. Martha Brooks Stevens never knew her mother, but remained close to this "Aunt Mat," corresponding through the years until Mat's death about 1880."Mat Irvin was a girl that was simply glorious...." a contemporary said of her. She married Oliver Battle in 1838, and died in Texas. This photo dates about 1875, and is marked Waco, Texas. It was in my great-grandmother Martha's collection.