Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday’s Thoughts

Martha Francis Meadows

Martha Francis Meadows was the oldest daughter of John Calvin Meadows and Sarah Ann Oliver Meadows. Francis was born about 1845 in Georgia. Francis is little known, in that she isn’t on any records after 1880 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. There isn’t any evidence that Martha Francis married, and it looks as though Martha Francis Meadows died after the 1880 census was taken. She is listed on the 1850 through 1880 censuses, however, those censuses don’t yield a lot of information about her or her family.

Martha is shown with her parents J. C. and Sarah Ann living in District 699, Troup County, Georgia in 1850. She was five years old. Her father was a farmer and his real estate value was $1000. 
The 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses do not name the relationships of individuals listed with the head of the house. As a matter of fact, these censuses give very little information on an individual. It does show that Martha was born in Georgia, she was sixteen years old on th1860 census.  By 1860 Martha was sixteen years old and her family had moved to the New Site, Western Division, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. It states that John Calvin was a farmer and his real estate value was 1000, and his value of personal estate was $2800.

The 1870 census the family is living in Daviston, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. Her father continues to farm and his real estate is 700, and his personal is 500. Francis is twenty-three years old on this census. Francis cannot read or write, and she states she is an assistant in house.

Now, Francis is living at home with her widowed father who is sixty-one years old. He is still farming. Francis can’t read or write, and has never married. Possibly she had a disability of some kind. She states on this census she is keeping house. She is living with her sister Elizabeth age thirty-two, and Asa her brother age seventeen, James age fifteen her brother, and Henry Meadows age twenty-one a laborer, and he had married with the year. He probably was working for John Calvin on the farm. Henry is probably related to the family. There are family members living nearby them.Living nearby John Calvin Meadows family are relatives. His daughter Dolly, his son Robert and wife Sephronia, another relative Zada P. Spates, his son Asa Crayton's mother-in-law.    

Martha Francis Meadows apparently died after the 1880 census was taken because she hasn’t been found on any records after that census.There no death information for her. There isn't a marriage record for Martha Francis and she doesn't show up in suggested records with another name.  Research continues on this line. 

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