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Julius Caeser Martin Sr.

Julius Caeser Martin Sr. was born in Oct. 16, 1857 (or 1853) in Evansville, Preston County, WV, the son of John M. and Louisa (Miller) Martin. He was a longtime railroader in West Virginia. 

Tragedy befell Julius in childhood, at the age of five, when the family resided in or near Grafton, Taylor County, WV. Just a few days after Christmas 1862, the father died of smallpox. 

As a young man, Julius resided in Upshur County, WV. 

On Dec. 30, 1885, the 28-year-old Julius married 19-year-old Emma Jane Lewis (1866- ? ), at her parents' home, by the hand of Rev. A. Lister of the Methodist Protestant Church. She was a native of Buckhannon, Upshur County, and the daughter of carpenter Perry C. and Martha A. Lewis Sr. 

They had at least six children -- Grover C. Martin, Lillie Brue Yerkey, Walter K. Martin, Julius Caeser Martin Jr., Cassel Martin and Martha Louise Cottrill. 

The 1900 census shows the Martins living in Buckhannon, where Julius was employed as a "baggage master" on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Sadly, son Walter died at the age of 13 on March 29, 1903. His death certificate shows they were living in Clarksburg at the time, and he was a "school boy."

Bird's-eye view of Buckhannon, early 1900s

By 1903, the family had moved to Clarksburg, Harrison County, WV, with William continuing his work as a baggage master. Newlywed daughter and son in law Lilly and Edward Eldon Yerkey lived under their roof in 1910, with Edward working as an engineer on the railroad. Their residence that year was on Baltimore Street. 

In summarizing Julius' working career, the Buckhannon (WV) Delta once said: Ever since the B. & O. railroad was built up the river, one of the familiar faces in the baggage car has been that of Julius C. Martin. For many years Mr. Martin ran on the train between Clarksburg and Pickens, but was later transferred to the run from Clarksburg to Richwood." Richwood was a center for converting timber into wood pulp, used in producing paper products such as cups, dollies and wrapping paper.

Julius suffered from chronic kidney disease. Seeking treatment at Clarksburg Hospital, he died there on June 19, 1918, at the age of 65. He was buried in Clarksburg's Masonic Cemetery. His official West Virginia death certificate is scant with detail, but confirms he was a baggage master on the B&O.

Railroad tracks at a pulp and paper mill in Richwood, WV

The census of 1920 shows widowed Emma making her home back in Buckhannon, on North Kanawha Street, heading a household with her children ranging in age from 33 to 11. That year, son Grover labored as a lumber husker in a planing mill, and sons Julius and Cassel were barbers in a barber shop. 

Emma's fate after that is unknown. 

~ Son Grover C. Martin ~

Son Grover C. Martin (1886- ?  ) is lost to the hazy mists of history for now. 

He died before 1944, and possibly much earlier than that. He may be the same Grover Martin, a farmer, who passed away just a few days shy of his 20th birthday, on Nov. 2, 1903, at Grassy Meadows, Greenbrier County. The cause of death was double pneumonia, with burial at Grassy Meadows.

~ Daughter Lillie Brue (Martin) Yerkey ~

Daughter Lillie Brue Martin (1889-1944) was born in Buckhannon. 

She married Edward Eldon Yerkey (1886-1954) on Aug. 12, 1909 in Harrison County. He was the son of Darius A. and Mary Eveline (Richards) Yerkey of Good Hope, Harrison County. 

They had at least four children -- Martin Edward Yerkey Sr., Mary E. Kelley, Harry K. Yerkey and Aljon Yerkey. 

In 1930, the Yerkeys made their home in Weston, Lewis County, WV, with Edward working as a conductor on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (the "steam" railroad), a position he maintained for the rest of his life. By 1944, they had moved to 395 Broaddus Avenue in Clarksburg, Harrison County. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and belonged to the Methodist Church. 

Suffering from heart disease, Lillie died of a heart attack at age 54 in Harrison County on June 22, 1944. 

Edward passed away at the age of 67 on May 30, 1954, in Clarksburg. He was laid to rest in the Elk View Masonic Cemetery. 

Grandson Martin Edward Yerkey Sr. (1911-1970) married Josephine Bosanec ( ? - ? ). They had one son, Martin Edward Yerkey Jr. The Yerkeys lived in Clarksburg, where Martin was employed at the Hazel-Atlas glass factory and Whitehair Machine Shop. In about 1962, they moved to Keyser, Mineral County, WV, where Martin "worked as a machinist at Bolt and Forge for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Cumberland, Md.," said the Clarksburg Exponent. He died at University Hospital in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV on Jan. 13, 1970, at the age of 58, "following an extended illness," said the Exponent.

Grandson Aljon Yerkey served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Philadelphia, circa 1954. In January 1970, he was mentioned in the Clarksburg Exponent obituary of his brother Martin, and was living in Woodbridge, VA at the time.

Granddaughter Mary E. Yerkey ( ? - ? ) married William Kelley. In 1970, they made their home in Weston, Lewis County, WV.

Grandson Harry K. Yerkey died sometime prior to 1970.

~ Son Julius Caeser Martin Jr. ~

Son Julius Caeser "Jay" Martin Jr. (1893- ? ) was born in 1893. 

He made his home in Detroit, MI in 1944-1974.

~ Son Cassel Martin ~

Son Cassel ("Castle") Martin (1895- ? ) was born in 1895. 

He also resided circa 1944 in Detroit.

~ Daughter Martha Louise (Martin) Cottrill ~

Daughter Martha Louise Martin (1908-1974) was born on May 9, 1908 in Clarksburg. 

She wed Ross H. Cottrill (1909-1974), a native of Chillicothe, Ross County, OH, and the son of Esta and Anna May (Herron) Cottrill, on March 2, 1929. They had no children. 

In 1944-1974, the Cottrills lived in Weston, Lewis County, with their residence at 113 McGary Avenue. Ross was a longtime plasterer, and a veteran of World War II. They were members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Weston. 

Ross died at age 64, on March 15, 1974, "following an unexpected illness," said the Weston Democrat

Martha outlived him only by a little more than three months. She passed away in Weston's Stonewall Jackson Hospital at the age of 66 on June 25, 1974. She was laid to rest in the Peterson Cemetery, joining her husband in eternity.

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