Thursday, March 19, 2009

Meet Olive Martin Alexander and Her Family


Olive was my great-grandmother. I knew her well. She was not a terribly friendly woman but she had lost her husband young and had 7 children to raise. She worked her way up at the local shoe factory to a supervisor position. She managed to take care of herself and her children very well. She married a second time, briefly.

Ancestors of Olive Ellen Martin


Generation No. 1

Olive Ellen Martin[1], born 25 Dec 1885 in Jackson County, Indiana; died 21 Jan 1975 in Seymour, Indiana. She was the daughter of Samuel S. Martin and Margaret C Hovis. She married William Hays Alexander[2,3,4]. He was born 11 May 1880 in County, Indiana, and died 10 Oct 1928 in Seymour, Indiana[5]. He was the son of John Alexander and Margaret Amanda Atkins.
*she also married Fred Robertson. He went into a sanitorium with TB and they divorced. She had her (married) name Alexander returned. That was what she wanted on her tombstone.

Generation No. 2

2. Samuel S. Martin[6,7,8], born 14 Feb 1860 in Jackson Co., in; died 18 Jan 1944 in Seymour, Jackson County, in9. He was the son of John Stanley Martin and Mary Ann Allman. He married Margaret C Hovis 1883.
3. Margaret C Hovis[10], born 1867 in Ohio; died 10 Feb 1940 in Paris Crossing, Jennings County, Indiana[11]. She was the daughter of Henry W. Hovis and Elizabeth E. Bohall.

Children of Samuel Martin and Margaret Hovis are:

John A. Martin
Olive Ellen Martin
Roxie Mae Martin[12,13,14]
Stanley Martin[16]
Samuel S. Jr. Martin


Endnotes
1. Obituary, Seymour Tribune, Janurary 22, 1975, Seymour TribuneJanurary 22, 1975Mrs. Alexander Dies, Tires Set Thursday Mrs. Olive L. Alexander, 89, of the Jackson Park Convalescent Center, died at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Center after an illness of 11 years. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday from the Voss Chapel with the Rev. W. Robert Lewis, pastor of Central Christian Church officiating. Burial in Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call at the Voss Mortuary after 4 pm. today. A lifelong local resident, she was a member of Central Christian Church and was retied from the Schawe-Gerwin Shoe Company. Born Dec. 25, 1885, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Margaret Martin. On Dec. 28, 1902, in Seymour, she married William H. Alexander, who died Oct. 8, 1928. Surviving are three children. Mrs. James (Della) Jaynes , of Seymour, Mrs. Eugene (Norma) Wright, of Crothersville, and Mrs. Arthur (Lucille) Gerth, of Seymour; one brother, S.M. Martin, Sr,. of Edwardsport; 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by two sons, tow daughters, two brothers and two sisters. 2. 1920 Census Jackson County, Indiana, William 38, Ollie 34, Della M. 15, Gladdes 13, Merrel 10, Lucile 6, Opel 3, William 6/12. 3. 1910 Census Jackson County, Indiana, William Alexander 30, Ollie E 25, Della M. 5, Gladys 3, Meril H 3/12. 4. Obituary, Seymour Tribune, October 10, 1928, Seymour TribuneOctober 10, 1928William Alexander Dies Early MondayHad Been Ill for Past Six MonthsSuffering of Brights DiseaseRITES 2 P.M. WEDNESDAY William Alexander, age 48, of Glenlawn, died at 3 oclock this morning at his home, 704 Euclid avenue, following an illness of six months. Death was caused by Brights disease. Mr. Alexander was born in Jackson county May 11, 1880, and had lived in the county all his life. He was married in 1902 to Miss Ollie Martin, of near Brownstown. He was affiliated with the Seymour order of Redmen and Haymakers. The former will be in charge of the funeral services which will be held at the First Baptist church at 2 oclock Wednesday afternoon, with the Rev. A.. Cohn officiating. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery. The body is in state at the Tower funeral parlors where friends may call between 6 and 9 oclock this evening. Besides the widow, Mr. Alexander is survived by seven children, Mrs. Della Jaynes, of Seymour; Mrs. Gladys Mails, of Indianapolis; Merill, Lucille, Opal, William Jr., and Norma, all living at home; and a sister, Mrs. Anna Fish, of Norman Station. 5. Obituary, Seymour Tribune, Seymour Tribune - October 10, 1928, Seymour TribuneOctober 10, 1928William Alexander Dies Early MondayHad Been Ill for Past Six MonthsSuffering of Bright’s DiseaseRITES 2 P.M. WEDNESDAY William Alexander, age 48, of Glenlawn, died at 3 o’clock this morning at his home, 704 Euclid avenue, following an illness of six months. Death was caused by Bright’s disease. Mr. Alexander was born in Jackson county May 11, 1880, and had lived in the county all his life. He was married in 1902 to Miss Ollie Martin, of near Brownstown. He was affiliated with the Seymour order of Redmen and Haymakers. The former will be in charge of the funeral services which will be held at the First Baptist church at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, with the Rev. A.. Cohn officiating. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery. The body is in state at the Tower funeral parlors where friends may call between 6 and 9 o’clock this evening. Besides the widow, Mr. Alexander is survived by seven children, Mrs. Della Jaynes, of Seymour; Mrs. Gladys Mails, of Indianapolis; Merill, Lucille, Opal, William Jr., and Norma, all living at home; and a sister, Mrs. Anna Fish, of Norman Station. 6. 1870 US Census, Series: M593 Roll: 326 Page: 277, SS Martin with Cocherham and Allman (1870 U.S. Census)INDIANASeries: M593 Roll: 326 Page: 277. 7. 1900 US Census, Series: T623 Roll: 378 Page: 1, MARTIN, SAMUEL S (1900 U.S. Census)INDIANA , JACKSON, BROWNSTOWN TWPAge: 40, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: INSeries: T623 Roll: 378 Page: 1. 8. 1910 US Census, Series: T624 Roll: 359 Page: 150, MARTIN, SAMUEL S (1910 U.S. Census)INDIANA , JENNINGS, SPENCER TWPAge: 50, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: INSeries: T624 Roll: 359 Page: 150. 9. Burkholder Funeral Records, Jackson County INGenWeb Archive, http://files.usgwarchives.org/in/jackson/cemetery/burk_4.txtMartin, Samuel S. 733 Age 83y 11m4d d. Jan. 18 1944 Mother's maiden name Polly Ann Allman. 10. 1900 US Census, Series: T623 Roll: 378 Page: 1, MARTIN, SAMUEL S (1900 U.S. Census)INDIANA , JACKSON, BROWNSTOWN TWPAge: 40, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: INSeries: T623 Roll: 378 Page: 1. 11. Burkholder Funeral Records, Jackosn Counth INGenWeb Arhchive, http://files.usgwarchives.org/in/jackson/cemetery/burk_4.txtMartin, Maggie 511 Age 73y10m 5d d. Feb. 10 1940 Parents Henry Hovis and Elizabeth BohallBurial Riverview. 12. 1920 US Census, Series: T625 Roll: 439 Page: 95, MANNING, JOHN (1920 U.S. Census)INDIANA , JACKSON, JACKSON TWPAge: 38, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: INSeries: T625 Roll: 439 Page: 95. 13. 1910 US Census, Series: T624 Roll: 357 Page: 122, MANNING, JOHN (1910 U.S. Census)INDIANA , JACKSON, 1-WD JACKSONAge: 27, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: INSeries: T624 Roll: 357 Page: 122. 14. 1900 US Census, Series: T623 Roll: 378 Page: 1, MARTIN, (1900 U.S. Census)INDIANA , JACKSON, BROWNSTOWN TWPAge: , Race: WHITE, Born: INSeries: T623 Roll: 378 Page: 1. 15. Burkholder Funeral Records, Jackson County INGenWeb Archive, http://files.usgwarchives.org/in/jackson/cemetery/burk_4.txtManning, Roxie Mae 2599 Age April29 1888 d. May 5 1963 Parents Samuel Martin and Margaret HovisBurial Riverview Cemetery. 16. 1920 US Census, Series: T625 Roll: 439 Page: 177, MARTIN, STANLEY (1920 U.S. Census)INDIANA , JACKSON, OWEN TWPAge: 22, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: INSeries: T625 Roll: 439 Page: 177.
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