Betty, Martha Ann Whitlock and John Jackson Rains are my
ggg-grandparents. The "History of Northeastern Louisiana" gives record of the Rains/Whitlock/Small families who migrated from Tennessee to Louisiana and Marthaville was named for her. Historical plaque at Marthaville states "John Jackson Rains,born Warren County Tennessee,came with others to Sabine Parish Louisiana and founded town of Marthaville in 1851. It was incorporated in 1884. First U.S. Post Office was opened in 1855 and J.J. Rains was Post Master. First Newspaper "Martha's Bulletin"
published in 1888. Battle of Crump Hill fought here in April 2, 1864.(Civil War). Both J.J. and Martha's ornate tombstones are in the Marthaville Cemetery- The plaque says that Martha was born in Warren County also, but the tombstone says Wilson County. She was born Aug. 25, 1821 and died March 25, 1898. She was older than J.J. by about 3-4 years and they married when he was 15 yrs old. Their children were: James Polk, Nancy, George D., Isaac David (mine), John F., Salena, Sarah, Thomas J., Jennie, and Commodore Perry Rains. I do not know much about Martha Ann but have some information on the Whitlocks of Wilson County and other places. I am unable to tie her to anyone at this time. If you have anything that may shed light on this, I would dearly love to know. Thanks, Lucy Grisham-Lewisville, Texas