Martha Gresham Davis is said to be a daughter of Rev. George Buchanan Davis and Mary Gresham. She was born September 7, 1820 in Coweta County, Georgia and died December 8, 1859 in Coweta County, Georgia. She married [as first wife] Dr. James Madison Couch on March 12, 1844.
From "First Families of Henry County, Georgia"
Compiled by the Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Georgia
By Joseph Henry Hightower Moore
"Dr. James Madison Couch I, b. Laurens Co., SC, 23 Dec. 1822, d. Griffin, GA, 22 Sept. 1877, m. (1) Martha Gresham Davis, b. 7 Sept. 1820, d. 8 Dec. 1859, dau. of George Buchanan Davis and wife Mary Gresham. Their young son, James Amos Couch, 1845-1851, was perhaps the first burial with a carved stone in the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cem. west of Hampton. Martha (Davis) Couch was buried beside this child in 1859, although she and Dr. Couch were living in Griffin at the time of her death, and notwithstanding her burial in a Methodist cem., she and Dr. Couch during their residence in Bear Creek Station (Hampton) were members of Antioch Baptist Church in Fayette Co. Dr. J. M. Couch settled on a small farm at Bear Creek Station in 1849 and was the first medical doctor in what became the city of Hampton. He sold his Henry Co. properties in Nov. 1854 and moved to Griffin, where in 1860, as a widower, he was a resident of the Griffin Medical College, in which he no doubt gave lectures. He m. (2) in Griffin, 26 Aug. 1860, Melvina (Crawford) Crawford, widow and second wife of George Crawford of Monroe Co. who had died in Griffin in 1858 and to whom she had been married in Atlanta in 1854. She appears to have been a dau. or grand-dau. of William Crawford of Atlanta and Griffin. Melvina (Crawford) Crawford Couch was b. 24 Sept. 1822 and d. 19 Jan. 1897. Dr. Couch owned various business and railroad lots and other property in Griffin. In 1853, with Smith H. Griffin (later of Oaklea Plantation at Hampton) and others, he was involved in the early promotion and building of the Savannah, Griffin and North Alabama Railroad. Construction of the railroad was halted by the outbreak of war in 1861, but when finished after the war, it gave life to the city of Senoia and other places along its route and increased Griffin's importance as a rail center. During the Confederate War Dr. Couch was a member of the Spalding Co. 1001st District Militia (Griffin) and was instrumental in 1863 in organizing Griffin Fire Company No. 1 for state militia service. He is said to have later died from illness contracted in the defense of Georgia in 1864. Dr. Couch, his second wife and several children are buried in the Griffin City Cem."
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