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J.A. Martiny b. 1827 (Germany) m. Magdalena b. 1830 (France)/settled AL then TX
Posted by: Shoshana McCrimmon (ID *****4420) Date: November 27, 2008 at 08:45:15
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Hi there! I could use some help identifying J.A. Martiny and his wife Magdalena.

I am searching for a J.A. Martiny born c. 1827 in Prussia/Germany, and a blacksmith. He married Magdalena (maiden name unknown) b. July 1830, who is listed in the 1880 census computer database as L.W. born in Prussia ( However, a look at the actual record reveals first initial M. born in France and the 1900 census reveals first name Magdalena.

The 1880 census reveals J.A. and Magdalena had two children, both born in Alabama: John (b. 1863) and William (Willie) (b. 1865). She is listed later in the 1900 census as a widow living with son William, who was a druggist, and his wife Bettie E. (b. 1874 in Texas) and daughter Ruby A. (b. Nov 1895). Her son, John, was my great-great grandfather. He is listed in the 1910 census as living in El Paso, TX, as a carpenter married to wife Ida A. (b. abt 1870) in Texas. They had a daughter, Zora (b. abt 1891) who was my great grandmother. She married Eugene Barton/Borton (b. 1889 in TX).

There are records of a J. Martiny entering the U.S. at the New Orleans Port from Le Havre on 4 Mar 1850, with apparently no other family in tow. Five years later, on 26 Jan 1855 a Magdalena Martiny entered the US through the same route, and also apparently alone. I am wondering if these could be my J.A. and Magdalena Martiny.

Any help anyone can offer with this would be very much appreciated.

~Shoshana McCrimmon

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