By: Esther M. Ziock Carroll
1842 - 2 MARCH - Daniel Martin was born in either Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee or Missouri according to various census & death certificates. I lean more toward Virginia or West Virginia. Virginia attained statehood in 1788 & West Virginia attained statehood in 1863. Prior to this West Virginia was part of Virginia. So either way at the time that Daniel was born it all would have been Virginia. Perhaps he was born in that part of Virginia that later became West Virginia. I am doubtful that Missouri is his birthplace. Tennessee is a possibility I think more than Missouri. But I lean mostly toward Virginia. Hope fully one day the mystery will be solved.
1861 - Daniel claimed to have served in the Civil War from 1861 - 1865 in Co. G, 48th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War.
1865 - 28 May - Daniel marries Narcissus Huitt in Washington County, Missouri. (The marriage record is listed as G.M. Martin to Narcises Hewitte) - It is bewildering about this wedding taking place so soon after the Civil War. Daniel states that he served in the 48th Virginia Infantry to 1865. The 48th was at the surrender at Appomatox on April 9th, 1865. Then Daniel marries in WashCoMo less than two months later. Whirlwind romance?
1866 - 20 June - Daniel's son, James Marion, is born.
1868 - Daniel's son, Richard Webb, is born
1870 - Daniel & Narcissus are residing in Crawford Co., MO.
1870 - Daniel's son, John Edward, is born
1872 - Daniel's son, George Washington, is born
1876 - Daniel's daughter, Mary "Polly", is born
1878 - Daniel's son, Daniel, is born
1878 - Narcissus dies in childbirth with her son Daniel Theodore Martin.
1880 - Daniel & his son James M. are living in Walton T., WashCoMo. Daniel's age is given as 35 & birthplace Missouri. Occupation "laborer". Birthplace of parents is given as "Virginia". James M.'s gives birthplace of parents as Missouri. The other children were raised by various relatives.
1890 - According to the 1890 Veterans census for Courtois, Harmony T., WashCoMo. Daniel Martin was a private with Co. G, 48th Virginia Infantry from 1861 - 1865. No disabilties incurred.
1900 - living in WashCoMo
1910 - living in WashCoMo.
1915 - So far I have been unable to find a death certificate on Daniel. If I remember the story correctly that I was told: Daniel,Sr., while carrying in firewood, tripped & fell on the front porch, injuring himself. This happened at the log cabin of his son, Otis, on Courtois Creek. George Breakfield sat up with Daniel that night. At around midnight Daniel asked, "What time is it?" They told him & he replied, "Well, maybe I'll make it till morning then." Those were the last words he ever said. He died the next day - 28 Feb. 1915. He is buried in Shoal Creek Cemetery, Huzzah, Crawford County, Missouri.
NOTE: Several lineages on Ancestry.com give Daniels parents as Samuel Gilbert Martin & Cynthia Riley Williams. Further research on my part determined that this is incorrect. Samuel & Cynthia's son, Daniel, died during the Civil War (1864) from disease at DeValls Bluff, Ark. while in the army. They were from Greene Co., Mo.
There are two family legends about my Daniel. The first is that he killed a man over some woman, changed his last name to Martin and came to Missouri bringing one brother with him. The second is that during the Civil War Daniel deserted the Union army after being forced to fight some of his own brothers who were with the Confederacy. Daniel then joined the Confederate army and rode with Quantrill's Raiders for a brief time. As yet I have been unable to neither prove or disprove either legend.
Daniel & Narcissus became the parents of six children. Narcissus died in childbirth with her last child, Daniel. After her death the oldest son, James, stayed with his father and the other children were raised by various relatives. Children of Daniel & Narcissus are:
After the death of his first wife Narcissus Daniel remarried to Sarah Jane Hawkins Dicus 28 March 1882. The Vienici web site gives the actual date as 2 April 1882. They were married by Henry C. Compton, JP, at the house of the bride. Daniel & Jane became the parents of five children:
DO THE DOGS BITE??? - A story I was told years ago about either Jane Hawkin or Margie Dicus (can't remember which anymore) when she would walk over to visit neighbors. Even though she had been there many times before & the dogs would always bark at her arrival she would always ask before coming in the yard, "Do the dogs bite?)