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Martin Tillman Haltom


Posted By: VJ SYLVARA (email)
Date: 3/25/2007 at 14:52:12

...Martin Tillman Haltom was born January 5, 1825 in MontgomeryCounty, North Carolina to Rachel Haltom. Married September 9, 1847 to Elizabeth Elsome Randall (Owen County, In.), born January 2, 1824 in Kentucky. Martin was an only child. In Owen County, Martin only attended school for 4 months. He lived with his mother and they had only one book in their home, which was the Holy Bible. Martin grew up to teach school in Owen County.
Martin entered 70 acres in Morgan township of Owen Co. Indiana, April 1849. When the family decided to move to Iowa, Martin sold this land on December 11, 1852. He and Elizabeth and their three little girls left Owen County in a covered wagon and one team.
Martin settled in Clarke County, Iowa. Martin was a staunch Democrat and almost was elected to the Iowa legislature from his district. He served as a Justice of the Peace there and as township accessor. Martin Haltom was a Baptist minister. His wife was a Presybterian originally, joining the Missionary Baptist Church upon coming to Iowa. The children walked two miles to church. A story told by one of his children, described a wagon trip to church one morning when Martin had been baptized. He put the children in the back of the wagon and as it had been raining, Otter Creek was high when they crossed. The children thought they would be drowned when the water came up in the wagon box but they made it across all right.
Martin died of a stroke on April 10, 1882 in Clarke County. Wife Elizabeth died on March 4, 1880 of consumption. Both are buried in the Walker Cemetery, in Lucas County, Iowa, just across the county line...
The History of the Haltom Family 1999


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