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, Hill County, Texas, in 1900, Cooke County, Texas, in 1910 and 1920. Mrs. Joe E. Martin was head of the family in 1930 in Cooke County, Texas.
Children of Joseph Elisha Martin and Mary Hardeman Sims:
+696. i. William Madison Martin, born 20 October 1878, Italy, Ellis County, Texas, died 27 December 1952, Venus, Johnson County, Texas, married 19 September 1903, Bynum, Hill County, Texas, to Amanda “Mindie” Bourland.