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Francis Marion Martin and Family
First wife was Frances Annie Carrel and 2nd with was Mary Elizabeth Paschall

Jas. Parkson and Mary Wilson Martin this Rev James Parkson Martin brother to Moses Lydell Martin
His wife Mary died in Tennessee
1880 Census Wise County, Texas
Seth Taylor Martin age 30 MS father AL mother TN
Mary E Martin 23 TN father TN and mother TN
James P Martin age 61 AL father SC and mother SC This is Moses L Martin's brother
Ervin F Martin age 20 MS father AL mother TN Seth's brother
Buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Wise. Texas

"A Biographical Sketch of the life of Francis Marion Martin" found in "History of Wise County"
A Biograhical sketch of the Life of: (written by) Rev. Francis Marion Martin 1919 (copied by: Dorothy Martin Eberhart, 1994
"History of Wise County"
To get a copy of this write
History of Wise County
Decatur,Texas 76234

Francis Marion Martin, the oldest child and son of Jas. Parkson and Mary Wilson Martin, was born in North Mississippi in Tishomingo County, June 28, 1844, on the parents homestead on County Road. He was dedicated in infancy by his parents in the Methodist Church; which was on his parents home place, Bluff Springs. All of his school years were spent here, and he received only the required amount of education.

Thence about the first of March, 1863, I, F. M. Martin, resumed position in the parents home again and remained there until my marriage. From quite a small boy I was convicted of my sins and thus striving against this from time to time, also feeling impressed with the call to preach the gospel, I continued until August 1868, when I was stricken down under affliction one dark gloomy night about the mid hour and at which time I made a complete surrender to the Lord by repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, my soul was so happy that my parents rose up to rejoice with me. Oh, the very courts and the golden streets of Heaven were open to my vision, my father got his hymn book and began to sing praises for redeeming grace, and at once my life was turned to calling sinners to repentance. My brother-in-law, H. B. Baker, was present and was very wicked, so I approached with appealing words of warning about sin which brought him to weeping. Thus in a very short time he became religious and was useful in the church. My only surviving sister and he are living at a ripe age and yet faithful to God. I, because of affliction, was not permitted to attend church for one year or more. In April, 1869, we were faced by a sudden call of death to give up a dear mother. Oh, she's in Heaven waiting the coming of her loved ones. Oh, I know she was a true Christian. She sleeps near New Salem Church, the home of our membership, awaiting the glorious call of the resurrection morn. Yes, my mother will know her children that she led to the house of God early in life, and knelt so often in secret prayer. I am happy and proud that I was dedicated in infancy and raised at a family altar. Solomon said, "Raise a child up in the way he should go and when he is old he won't depart from it," and this invariably proves true. After I was converted I did not unite with the church and take up my cross as I should have. I became indifferent, drifting back in sin. Then on November 9, 1868 I married Miss Frances Annie Carrel, a good religious girl, which was a great stay and help in restoring the comfort and joy of my soul.

Thence the second Sabbath in August, 1873, I joined the Methodist Church south At New Salem, William H. Evans was the preacher in charge. I began Sabbath school and Church work at once. We have dedicated nine babies to God in baptism, four boys and five girls. We have on deceased infant baby girl, invisible to this world. Our children have been converted and joined the church. Two sons and two daughters, by my first wife, and two sons and three daughters by a second wife, all surviving.

On November 2, 1877, with loaded wagons, my father, brother and wife, sister and husband, one little brother, me and my wife and children, and a young man named C. M. Sherbet, started to Texas, arriving in Wise County, December 8, 1887. We stopped a few miles west of Aurora near Rough Edge school house, where Father an all placed our letters in the M. E. C. S., under Rev. J. H. Miller, in chare of the circuit. My father began preaching. I was elected clerk, class leader, and Sabbath School Superintendent. My wife, having been in feeble health for several years, gave way and on December 3, 1878, her Savior called her to her heavenly home, there to shout victory throughout the annals of eternity. Precious loved children, and friends, you all can meet her in heaven. She was left without a father, but had a dear, faithful mother to train her up. She professed religion in early youth and united With the Methodist Church, and was a faithful worker for the Lord, in public and private prayer. She was the only child and raised by a step-father who was very kind to her, William Jones; he loved her as his won.

In 1879 we built a school house three miles southwest of Rough Edge, known as Pleasant Grove on the Aurora and Springtown road. To this place we moved the church under Charge of the pastor, Rev. Joe G. Putman, who served four years. William Price served five years as Presiding Elder. I continued my work in the church and Sabbath school.

January 15, 1880, I married Miss Mary Elizabeth Paschall, a former acquaintance of my first wife;, both had been reared in Hardin County, Tennessee with in ten miles of each other

I became more impressed that duty still called me higher and something I had neglected in the past. I said to my wife Mollie that we should take up family prayer, and she said, "Very well, if you think so," and we erected the family altar. From January 22, 1880 we have prayed twice daily, seldom letting anything interfere. Still being led in Divine calling, I applied to the church for Exorter's license, under the charge of Rev. Fishburn, which was unanimously granted. In October 1882, on Silver Creek at Slover school house it was granted, and the ensuing year, 1883, Bro. Price Elder and I took charge of the circuit together. I served under him five years.

Thence in December of the same year I moved to Wise County southwest, on Salt Creek near Cottondale, in the bounds of the Paradise Circuit. Bro. I. M. Mills, was preacher in charge. He organized a class at Cottondale, I was elected Secretary and C. L. I leased a place known as the Uriah Survey, where many families forted up in Indian times. They had moved the school house off this pace where people guarded on mile east on Uncle Milten Perkins' place. I was elected trustee together with my cousin, J. W. Martin and S. W. Campbell in May, 1884, and I assessed the first assignments with 71 and 69 scholars. In third Sabbath in March, I organized Sunday School and prayer meeting and named the place Gravel Hill, the first in this community. Bro. I. M. Mills preached for us some and in August we had a protracted service for a week, with several conversions. My Sabbath school scholars and I introduced union literature, and we are still using it. I superintended S. C. nearly three years. Thence, others took my place and continued in good interest.

In 1886 I bought a place in the woods, built my house, moved on it. In February cleared my farm and my good wife and children did very much hard labor here, and we remained on it twenty-eight years. We had very much afflictions during the time. I was blind about nine years, but the good Lord restored my vision again. Oh. He has been very kind to us all through live.

My father departed this life Jan. 1, 1884. He sleeps at Pleasant Grove near where my dear companion and other kindred are awaiting the trumpet sound of the great resurrection morn, when we will meet the Lord in the air.

Poolville Cemetery Located in the Northwest Quadrant of Parker County. Take FM 920 to Poolville -turn west in front of the post office. Special thanks to Ruby "Jerri"and Hardin Ray, who did the "leg-work" in obtaining the information for this cemetery and to Virginia Thorton and Margaret Phillips for helping transcribe all the information and keeping everthing up to date.

Martin Francis M, Rev 6/28 1844 4/24 1922 }DS h/Mary Elizabeth

I am looking for the SCIVALLY FAMILY. George Bates and his wife Seleta(Scivally) move to Decatur,Tx. They were there for the Cesus of 1870. The census read as folowing: George Bates age 29, Brithplace Tennessee, S(Seleta) age 28, Birthpalce Tennessee,A. E. Age 3 Brithplace Tennessee, J.E. Age 1 Birthplace Tennessee, (Seleta brother and sisters move with them)James age 17 Brithplace Tennessee, Mary age 15 Brithplace Tenessee, Martha age 11 Brithplace Tennessee.

New Their daughter Areva Bates married Jesse Woody   Wise county, Texas

Woody, Jessee M. Bates, Miss Arreva Aug 2, 1885 Book 1A 29

Son Samuel Woody and Emeline

New information on Rev James Calvin Scivally read the chances

James Calvin Sciavlly was my grandfather. Born 1852 Tennessee He married his wife 1876

1 Martha Ann Martin She was born Aug 5 1852. Where? Now know she born in Mississppi daughter Rev. Moses Lyell Martin and Margaret Ariel Martin. Moses is brother to Rev. James P Martin, Aurora, Wise, Texas

She died on 23 Feb 1922, In Greer County, Oklahoma

James Calvin Scivally was Texas Ranger before he married her. 1884 Now know "The  Ravia   Tribune" 22 September 1904,  Ravia  ,  Johnston County  , Indian Territory, now  Oklahoma

 Story by J. C. Scivally about frontier life


By Rec. J. C. Scivally

 On November 19, 1876 I was married to M. A. Martin the daughter of Rev. M. L. Martin

He was a Methodist preacher in the Indian Territory. He died in Greer county, Oklahoma  on 16 Jul 1932.

Here is  in 1880 Census

J.C. SCIVALLY   Self   M   Male   W   27   TN   Farmer   TN   TN
 M.A. SCIVALLY   Wife   M   Female   W   23   MS   Keeping House   AL   TN
 R.S. SCIVALLY   Nephew   S   Male   W   15   TN   Farmer   TN   TN
Source Information:
  1880 Census Place Precinct 2, Wise, Texas
By 1884
Our Brother in Red. (Muskogee, Indian Terr.), Vol. 2, No. 6, Ed. 1 Friday, February 1, 1884
Bro J C Scivaly "Our prayers to God is that the Indian Mission Conference may double

Here is one of his stories

"The Ravia Tribune" 22 September 1904, Ravia , Johnston County , Indian Territory, now Oklahoma
Indian Murder the Huff family near Decatur, Texas January 1874
The Ravia Tribune, 14 July 1904" Ravia, Johnston County, Indian Territory, now Oklahoma


We told you in our other letter we would tell you of some murders.

In January 1874 I moved with two brothers and two sisters 15 miles northwest of Decatur and settled on Briar Ranch near where the town of Alvord now stands. There were three other families living on the little creek besides us, Mr. Huff, Mr. Marr and Mr. Welch. Then there were no more settlements between us and Decatur, a distance of 15 miles. It was 8 mi9les east to where any one lived, but along the road from Decatur to Audubon there were some few people living on Black and Catlet Creek, and near Audubon was the Ball settlement. Myself and brothers put in a farm on Bell County school land. There was lots of game in that county at that time. Why, Nr., Editor, the deer eat up your Watermelons and sweet potato vines. Well everything went on nicely until August 24. That morning I got up, eat my breakfast and went down in the field about 400 years to get my team to go to work, but when I saw three men riding toward them. I supposed they were some men from Decatur full of booze and had made their horses jump the fence. But to my astonishment I saw they were Comanche Indians. I went back to the house and reported. We went into the house and shut the doors, we took our axes in. I told my brothers we would do what we could, for I knew they would kill us. About the time we got in the house Mr. Huff came riding up and asked me if we knew the Indians were all around us. I told him I did, that they had got my horses, (two mules and one horse). At this time the Indians began shooting at Huff. He said he was afraid they would kill his horses. I told him I cared nothing about the horses, but was afraid they would kill his folks. He said he would try to go home. I told him he could not get home for the Indians would kill him before he could get there, for it was only about 200 yards to his house and 36 Indians with 175 horses, though I told him if he wanted to go I would not hinder him, but if he went and got the Indians after him I would kill him for my sisters were depending upon me to defend them. So he got on his horse and went to the Baker settlement. Now his family consisted of Mrs. Huff and two grown daughters. Mr. Huff had fed his horses on the north side of the house, having no yard fence his wagon was close to the house. In cutting the horses from the wagon they saw there was no man present so they went at their fiendish work by first committing an outrage on the girls then shooting and scalping them. Now I had done a very foolish thing in loaning my Winchester rifle to a man to go hunting. If I had had my gun I could have run them off but I had nothing but axes and an old shotgun with both locks off, so I could do nothing but watch the Indians do their hellish work and wait my own fate, as I expected them to kill us as soon as they got through their work at Huff’s. Minutes seemed hours but the time finally came when five of the Indians rode up to my yard fence. I stood and looked out through a crack (our house being a log house). I then got my hammerless shotgun, famed it through the crack and pointed it toward them. They jabbered to each other awhile then turned around rode off and left me gladly disappointed.

Now some people say a sinner has no right to pray but I believe any sinner will pray when he knows he is going to be killed and that I now see. After the Indians finished their work and left I waited till I thought they were gone then I went to the Huff residence to behold the awfullest scene I ever witnessed. Mrs. Huff was under the floor, she was crippled and had to go on a crutch, and I suppose she had raised a plank, the floor being laid down loose. She had been shot twice and scalped and her clothing tore off her. I got her from under the floor and straightened her out. Mollie the oldest girl was lying in front of the door on her fame with a side saddle on her; she was also as nude as she came into the world. She was scalped and her skull broken in and her brains running out, also the blood running from several places on the thighs where the Indians had stuck their spears. I weepingly picked up her body and carried it into the house. Poor girl; just the night before this awful tragedy I came up from the field with her and her and her sister hauling a load of corn I told her she had better not be out at night, for the Indians might get her. She laughed and said she was too pretty, they would not kill her, but alas, alas! such was a frontier life. Peace to her ashes, and may heavenly watcher guard her grave.

Pallas, the youngest girl was east of the house under a tree. I suppose she had tried to get away. She had been shot, the ball going in under the left shoulder blade and out through the left breast going through her heart. She was not scalped. She had a Testament in one hand and a case-knife in the other. I carried her body into the house to keep the hogs from eating her.

Will tell you in our next about the dressing, burying and leaving. J. C. Scivally