Hi Jan, I am tring to find out who Martha's parents were. I know that Martha's Mother was a Simonds and was married to John S. Totherow. Please email me at: email@example.com
39. MARTHA L. (MATTIE)5 TOTHEROW (JOHN S.4, JAMES JOSHUA3, JOHN (DETHEROW)2, JOHANNES (DETHEROW)1) was born June 20, 1861 in North Carolina, and died October 20, 1921 in Jackson County, Pisgah Alabama. She married WILLIAM (OLD BILL) MARTIN DEHART February 01, 1904 in DeKalb County, Alabama, son of WILLIAM DEHART and SARAH LOVELACE. He was born January 22, 1845 in Needmore, Bryson City, NC, and died June 25, 1926 in Jackson County, Pisgah, Alabama.
Notes for MARTHA L. (MATTIE) TOTHEROW:
Martha L. "Mattie" Totherow was born June 04, 1865 more that likely in the Bryson City North Carolina area and died October 24, 1921 in Jackson County, Pisgah Alabama. She is buried along side her husband, William (Old Bill) Martin DeHart, in the New Hope Cemetery in Jackson County, Pisgah, Alabama. Martha's middle named has not yet been verified but is believed to (L.) maybe after her mother. Martha's parents are John S. Totherow and Minerva L. Simonds of Macon County, North Carolina.
William "Old Bill" Martin DeHart was my Great Grand Father. He is the son of William and Sarah Lovelace DeHart. William "Old Bill" DeHart was married to Mary Ann Walls, they had 5 children together in the Needmore area of Western North Carolina in Swain County near Bryson City. Martha was listed in the 1880 Swain County Census as domestic help in the William and Mary Ann Walls DeHart household. Martha would have been somewhere around 15 to 16 years old. In mid to late summer 1884, William "Old Bill" DeHart, "Old Bill" announced to his wife that he was going to market in South Carolina with a wagon full of Straw and Apples. He then told his family goodbye and that he would return in several days. Unbeknownst to his family, Martha Totherow was hiding beneath the straw. "Old Bill" and Martha disappeared and never returned to North Carolina nor his family. Family back in North Carolina thought that something happened, which was not too uncommon back then. Mary Ann had to raise the children by herself and had to have help because the baby was on months old at that time. Mary Ann raised the children and died in March 1921 and is buried at Grave Gap Cemetery near Bryson City, NC.
Martha Totherow and William "Old Bill" DeHart apparently headed for Alabama and not South Carolina. Birth records show that they both started a family in or near Pisgah, Alabama and had their first child Cleveland DeHart born on January 18, 1885, second child was Samuel Warren DeHart born on March 18, 1887, third child was Rebecca Catherine (Becky) DeHart born on August 16, 1893, fourth child was Martin DeHart born on April 20, 1894, and the fifth child was Dallas "J.D." Gaston DeHart born on December 21, 1897. Martha and "Old Bill" were farmers and probably worked on a farm for a Mr. W. W. Horalson in Jackson County or DeKalb County Alabama. Later research found that Martha and "Old Bill" were married on February 1, 1904. This means they married after the births of their 5 children. Mr. W. W. Horalson appears on their marriage license as a witness.
Little is know about their lives working on a farm in Alabama, Martha died October 24, 1921 at the age of 56.
In the 1900 United States Federal Census shows Martha L. DeHart being married to William M. DeHart for 21 years and list their 5 children. It also shows her being 39 years old and being born in June 1860. They are listed as living in Precinct 24 Whiton, Dekalb County, Alabama. The census shows that they were married 1879.
Probate Office, DeKalb County, Alabama: Marriage License
Year: 1900; Census Place: Whiton, De Kalb, Alabama; Roll: T623_14 Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 78.
Personal information provided by family members from North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.
More About MARTHA L. (MATTIE) TOTHEROW:
Burial: October 24, 1921, New Hope Cemetery, Jackson County, Pisgah, Alabama
Notes for WILLIAM (OLD BILL) MARTIN DEHART:
William (Old Bill) DeHart, middle name is believed to be Martin, was the son of William DeHart born 6 Mar 1806 he married Sarah Sally Lovelace born 27 May 1811.
William (Old Bill) DeHart married Martha Totherrow born 4 Jun 1865. They had 4 boys and a girl born around 1885 thru 1897.
More About WILLIAM (OLD BILL) MARTIN DEHART:
Burial: June 26, 1926, New Hope Cemetery, Jackson County, Pisgah, Alabama
Fact 1: 1995, Middle Name believed to be Martin
Fact 2: Middle initial from tombstone is M.
Children of MARTHA TOTHEROW and WILLIAM DEHART are:
59. i. WILLIAM CLEVELAND6 DEHART, b. January 18, 1885; d. February 1976, Oneonta, Alabama.
60. ii. SAMUEL WARREN DEHART, b. March 30, 1887; d. February 12, 1978, Dekalb Hospital, Pisgah, Alabama.
61. iii. REBECCA CATHERINE (BECKY) DEHART, b. August 16, 1893; d. November 10, 1979, Gadsden, Alabama.
62. iv. MARTIN CHARLES DEHART, b. April 20, 1894; d. February 08, 1948, Crossville, Alabama.
63. v. DALLAS "J.D." GASTON DEHART, b. December 21, 1897, Marshall County, Alabama; d. May 21, 1978, Jackson County Hospital.
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