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Martha Hogston & William Crabtree
Posted by: dianna steinbach (ID *****6916) Date: May 25, 2012 at 11:31:23
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Does anyone know anything regarding a marriage between Martha Hogston & William Crabtree sometime between 1870 & 1880?
It is extremely frustrating based on the information found in the U.S. census for Martha Hogston.

*In 1870, she is listed as a “daughter,” being 17 years old, is “without occupation”, is single, is living in Rich Valley, Smyth County, residing with her parents: William & Mary A., a brother; Ephraim; age 8 years old, (born 1862) and a sister; Mary; age 23, (born 1847), as “Martha A.C. Hogston.”

*In 1880, she is listed as an “inmate,” is 26 years old, living in Rich Valley, Smyth County, is single, residing with Mary Hogston, (not her sister), in a “house of ill fame,” with her 3 children; Modena Crabtree; age 4 years, but this is a typographical error: she is 9 years old, (born 1870), John Crabtree; age 3 years old, (born 1877) and James Crabtree; age 2 years old, (born 1878), as “Martha Crabtree.”

*In 1900, she is listed has the “head” of the household, is 47 years old, is widowed, is employed as a “day laboress”, is a mother of 7 children; 6 of which are living, lives in Rich Valley, Smyth County, and resides with the following:
Sarah A. Hogston, age 17, (born 1883), listed as a “daughter”
Wm. H. Hogston, age 11, (born 1889), listed as a “son”
Daniel C. Hogston, age 5, (born 1895) listed as a “son”
Mary Hogston, age 57, listed as a “step-mother”
James Hogston, age 22, listed as a “step-father”

She is listed as “Martha A. Hogston” and seems to have dropped the name of Crabtree altogether. Also, her children, Modena, John and James have moved out and are no longer living with her.
1. Did she divorce William? If so, where would I find those records?
2. Did he die in the Civil War? If so, where would I find those records?
3. Who are William’s parents?
4. Did he die and she is, in fact, his widow?
5. Did they even marry at all?
6. Who is/are the father(s) of Sarah, Wm. H, and Daniel? (1900 Census)

*1910 census, lists “Martha Hogston” as being 59 years old, lives in Saltville, Smyth County, is the “head” of the household, is widowed, works as a “laundress” for “private families” and lives with Henry Hogston (Probably William Henry Hogston) who is identified as her “son,” age 21 years; (born 1889), and Clay Hogston (Daniel Clayburn Hogston) also her “son,” age 18 years; (born 1892)

*1920, “Martha Hogston” is 65 years old, lives in Rich Valley, Smyth County, is the “head” of the household, is widowed, no occupation is recorded, and lives with her “son” Henry Hogston, age 26 years; (born 1894) and “grandson” Gypsum Blevins; age 18 years.

After, 1920, there is no more Martha Hogston or Martha Crabtree found.
There seems to be no death record or cemetery information for her either.
Can you tell me where I might locate where she is buried?
Can you tell me where I might find William Crabtree’s final resting place also?
Can you tell me where I might find information regarding births of Martha Hogston’s or Crabtree’s children?
I have a copy of Modena Adaline Crabtree’s death certificate that identifies her mother as “Martha Hogston” and her father as “William Crabtree”

Posting this on Tazewell County Gen Forum because hoping someone may know about Smyth county residents also.
Thanks- Dianna

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