Marcellus Martin was born in August 1849 in Preston County, WV, the son of Henry and Keziah (Miner) Martin.
Little is known of his life, and the scant historical record is very confusing. Marcellus apparently married Addie (?) (1860- ? ). They were a decade apart in age.
In 1868 and 1869, just a few years after his ill-fated brother in law Adrian Johnson drowned while fording a creek, during the Civil War, Marcellus signed paperwork attesting that the widow, Rebecca Catherine (Martin) Johnson, had been left with five minor children to support. At the time, Marcellus was living in Preston County. His signature -- "Mar Sellis Martin" -- is on file today in Adrian's original Civil War pension files at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
In 1880, when the federal census was taken, Marcellus and Addie made their home with his widowed mother in Independence, Preston County, WV.
Court records of Marion County, WV, show that they had an only child -- William Martin -- and that Marcellus was deceased by the year 1891. In 1891, William was named as a grandson and heir of Keziah (Miner) Martin in a legal filing made by an uncle, Presley Martin. At the time, William made his home in Pennsylvania.
Nothing further is known.
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