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They settled one mile east of Valley View where they bought a 200 acre farm that Joe named Crescent Farm. On the property was a fine two-and-a-half story white-framed Victorian house. In later years Joe Martin was vice president of the First Guaranty State Bank of Valley View, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a successful farmer. He was in much demand as a fiddle player at dances in the county.

Joseph E. Martin and his family lived in Ellis County, Texas, in 1880,[2685] Hill County, Texas, in 1900,[2686] Cooke County, Texas, in 1910[2687] and 1920. Mrs. Joe E. Martin was head of the family in 1930 in Cooke County, Texas.[2688]

Children of Joseph Elisha Martin and Mary Hardeman Sims:[2689]

   +696.        i.   William Madison Martin, born 20 October 1878, Italy, Ellis County, Texas, died 27 December 1952, Venus, Johnson County, Texas,[2690] married 19 September 1903, Bynum, Hill County, Texas, to Amanda “Mindie” Bourland.[2691]



[2685] 1880 U.S. Census, Ellis County, Texas, E.D. 50, Sheet 50, Pct. 4. Martin, Joseph E., age 27, born Mo. Mo. Mo.; Mary H., age 18, wife, born Texas Tenn. Texas; William, age 1, son. All white.

[2686] 1900 U.S. Census, Hill County, Texas, E.D. 43, Sheet 10. Martin, Joe E., age 46, born Mo. Mo. Mo.; Mary H., wife, age 38, born Texas Tenn. Texas; Henry D., son, age 19; Paul, son, age 17; Pearl, dau., age 15; Joe A., son, age 13; Lyle W., son, age 10; Roger Q., son, age 8; Fred M., son, age 6; Dave S., son, age 3. All white.

[2687] 1910 U.S. Census, Cooke County, Texas, S.D. 13, E.D. 62, Sheet 3. Martin, Joseph E., age 56, mar1, mar 32 yrs., born Mo. Mo. Mo.; Mary H., wife, age 48, mar1, mar 32 yrs., had had 12 children, 11 living, born Texas Tenn. Texas; Pearl S., dau., age 24; Joseph A., son, age 22; Liles W., son, age 20; Roger S., son, age 18; Fred M., son, age 15; David S., son, age 13; Jack B., son, age 8; Bert A., son, age 3. All white.

[2688] 1930 U.S. Census, Cooke County, Texas, S.D. 4, E.D. 49-20, Sheet 1B. Martin, Mrs. Joseph E., age 69, widow, mar at 16; Jack B., son, age 28, mar at 27; Evalyn, dau.-in-law, age 26, mar at 25; Bert A., son, age 23, single. All white.

[2689] Bible of Joseph E. and Mary H. Sims Martin. Names and birth dates of all children.

[2690] Texas Death Record. William Madison Martin, born 20 October 1878, Italy, Texas, died 27 December 1952, Venus, Johnson County, Texas. Residence: Venus. Parents: Joe E. Martin, Mary Hadaman Sims. Male, white, age 74 years, 2 months, 7 days, married. Both parents born Texas. Occupation: telephone operator. Burial: Venus Cemetery.

[2691] Bible of Joseph E. and Mary H. Sims Martin. W. M. Martin married Minnie Bourland, Sept. 19 /03. Hill County, Texas, Marriage Records. W. M. Martin to Mindie Bourland, 19 September 1903.

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