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THOMAS JEFFERSON MARTIN
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Shelby County, Alabama
Thomas Jefferson Martin, was a merchant and lived on a farm near Harpersville, Alabama. He was born May 29, 1842, near his place of residence. He had passed the greater part of his life as a merchant in Harpersville, retiring to his farm in 1897. He was the son of John Martin and Sarah (Thweat) Martin, both natives of South Carolina, where they married and soon afterward, 1820, located in Shelby County, Alabama They reared a family of eleven children, five of whom were surviving in 1904. The father was a well-to-do farmer, a Democrat, and he and his wife belonged to the Baptist church. He died in 1874, she in 1877.
Thomas J. Martin was reared to farm life and given a fair common school education. He took an honorable part in the Civil war. He enlisted as a private in Company I, of the Eighteenth Alabama infantry. He was wounded at the battle of Shiloh and incapacitated for further service.
He began a mercantile business in 1866 at Harpersville, which he continued with success until 1897. He at one time dealt largely in real estate and was one of the largest landowners in the county.
He married, March 3, 1868, Evaline Moore Kidd. She was the daughter of Joseph W. Kidd and Caroline E. (Moore) Kidd and was born in Shelby County, Oct. 22, 1843. Her father was a son of William Kidd and Polly Henderson Kidd, while her maternal grandparents were Everett Moore and Anna Graham Moore. Both sides of the family were early comers to Alabama, the Kidds from Georgia, the Moores from North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin had five children in 1904, their names were: Thomas Algernon Martin, Sallie Graham Martin, John Renfro Martin, Joseph Webb Martin and Earl Thweat Martin. Thomas J. Martin and his family were among the best citizens of Shelby county, and merit the very high measure of esteem accorded them through all the countryside.
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