Here's what I have on Martha J.
From “Our Eddleman Story” (unpublished research paper) by Mary M. Ward, Gainseville, GA, 1973.
All of Adam Eddleman’s children were born in Rowan Co, N. C., except Martha J.,who was born in Miss., according to census records.
In the 1850 Miss. census, we see Adam EDDLEMAN and wife, Catherine, living still in Carroll Co. Adam is shown as being 57 years old (born 1793), said to be a ginwright, born in North Carolina. Catherine is 51 years old (born 1797), also born in North Carolina. They lived on Lot No. 231. The only child at home in 1850 was Martha J., the youngest, 15, born 1835, in Miss.
Next door to Adam, the father, was the son, Joseph EDDLEMAN, on Lot 234. He was 21 in 1850 (therefore born 1829) in North Carolina. His wife, Margaret (ADAMS) was 18, born in Miss. We do not know what ADAMS family this "Margaret" is from. Her sister-in-law (Joseph's older sister, Mary Ann) had married John ADAMS, in 1840. But we have been told that John "from Wheeling" did not have any of his family to come to Miss. He had several sisters, but we have no information on any of them ever coming south. There were some other ADAMS people in this area.
In the 1850 census, Joseph and Margaret had a son, 2 years old, listed as "John J.” however, we see here another error, for this "John J.” is actually “John P.” or John Peter, born 6 July 1848, in Carroll Co., Miss., died 27 Jan. 1921, National City, Cal., San Diego Co. He was the grandfather of Eugene Walker EDDLEMAN, born 29 Oct. 1924 in National City, Calf.
In the 1860 Attala Co., census, we see Martha EDDLEMAN, age 24 (born 1835, in Miss.), married to Madison OVERSTREET (age 26). This is Martha J., youngest child of Adam and Catherine EDDLEMAN. They are shown with two sons: Alexander, 5, and William, 1.
Also, in 1860, still in Attala, we see Adam EDDLEMAN, (age 66, born in North Carolina), and his wife, Catherine, (61, born in North Carolina). In their household are three young children: John, 12 (John Peter, born 1848), WM. C. B., 10, (called "Butler") and Margaret M., 7. These children, we were told by Mrs. Eugene W. EDDLEWEN, of California, were Adam's grand-children, orphan children of Adam' s son, Joseph and wife Margaret, both of' whom had died before 1860.
In 1870, in Attata, there is no listing for Adam and Catherine EDDLEMAN. So we must presume that they had died between 1860 and 1870 - in their sixties or early seventies. We have not been able to find their burial place. But an interesting story is told by Lena, granddaughter of Joseph, son of Adam. Lena, who is still living (in 1973), is a daughter of John Peter, born 1848. Lena was born 1889. She said that John Peter, born 1848, went to the Civil War in 1862, at age 14. Later, he came home to find his grandparents, Adam and Catherine, dead, and the place burned. A house in which an old Negro couple lived was still standing, and the two other orphan grandchildren, Wm. C. and Margaret Melinda (younger brother and sister of John Peter) were there with the Negro couple. Perhaps this is the reason we can't find the graves of Adam and Catherine. Perhaps, they died in the fire, both being around 70 years of age.
Some relatives took the two children. John Peter, with six other men, took a riverboat to Arkansas, where they homesteaded. The men who set out on this trip were: John Peter EDDLEMAN, ? ADAM, BENNET (age 17), ORIC ??, BLEVINS, BURGET (?) and one other whose name Lena could not recall. In Arkansas, John Peter sent for his aunt, Martha J. EDDLEMAN OVERST'REET (youngest child of Adam EDDLEMAN). Martha J. was a recent widow with three children, a fourth born after she reached Arkansas. John P. helped Martha build her home and lived with her there, according to the Crawford Co., Arkansas 1870 census.
In this census record, 1870, we see M. J. OVERSTREET (age 33 - should be 34, born 1835), obviously a widow, head of household. This is Martha J., youngest child of Adam EDDLEMAN, and aunt of John Peter, born 1848, who was son of Joseph, dead brother of Martha J.
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