Name: Martin, Henry
Occupation: Janitor, Bell Ringer, University of Virginia
Birth: 4 Jul 1826, Monticello
Death: 6 Oct 1915, Charlottesville
Spouse(s): Martha Jane Bullock Martin, Lucy J. Speers Martin, Patsy Washington Martin
Parents: Maria Carr, UNK Father
Children: Eliza Ann Martin Cobbs, William Martin, Margaret Martin Justin, Annie Laurie Martin Brooks, Lucy Martin, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Martin, Alice Virginia “Jennie” Martin Coles, Cornelia Martin, Mary Venable Martin Fleming Calloway
Notes: Undertaker – Jas. Perley & Sons
On October 8, 1915, Mr. Henry Martin was laid to rest at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery.
THE DAILY PROGRESS
Saturday October 9, 1915
Henry Martin was the Bell Ringer at the University of Virginia for over 50 years. While his headstone is located in nearby Oakwood Cemetery, his Death Certificate, signed by Dr. George R. Ferguson, indicates that he was buried at Society (Daughters of Zion) Cemetery. It is possible that Mr. Martin’s name was added to the Oakwood headstone after his wife’s death in 1919. Mr. Martin’s Death Certificate indicates that his father was Thomas Jefferson.
A portrait of Henry Martin taken by the Holsinger Studio.
While it was widely reported that Mr. Henry Martin could neither read nor write, in 1902 The Times of Richmond reported receiving a letter from him.
Wednesday July 16, 1902
Henry Martin claimed that he was born at Monticello on the day Thomas Jefferson died but little has been uncovered about his parentage. Mr. Henry Martin himself was reported to be the father of 24 children. Jennie, one of his daughters, married John D. Coles, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John and Priscilla Coles who are both buried at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery. The two brief newspaper notices below, from March and June of 1900, tell us that another daughter, Mrs. Annie Martin Fitts, was living in New York City, and that he also had relatives in Boston.
THE COLORED AMERICAN
(Washington, D. C.)
Saturday March 31, 1900
THE DAILY PROGRESS
Tuesday June 19, 1900