Please, Meet My Marthas

chart of my marthas

If you’ve researched your family history for very long, you’ve likely faced the decision at around 1 a.m. to “just… keep… searching…” or to call it a night and go to bed. If we choose the latter, we occasionally dream restlessly of charts, documents, cemetery maps, new DNA matches, and excitement at finally receiving that reply to a message sent just last Christmas, and on, and on. However, I will admit I am one of the many people unable to resist the “just keep searching” attitude regardless of the clock’s tick… tick… tick… and my eyelids mercilessly drooping.

Hello. My name is Emma and I am a 2 a.m. genealogy addict.

On one of those recent early-morning jaunts around my family garden, while searching among my Hamilton and Tyus surnames for missing facts, duplicates to be merged, and grossly inaccurate data to prune, an uber difficult puzzle appeared.

Martha, Martha, Martha!

Andrew, William, Philip, John, and Martha Tyus are siblings. Andrew and William married sisters: Mary and Martha Hamilton (daughters of Zack and Celia (Stephens) Hamilton). Phillip also married a woman named Martha Hamilton (daughter of Archibald (and unknown) Hamilton). Martha Tyus married… are you sitting down? Mack Hamilton (son of Evan and Catherine (Hill) Hamilton) becoming Martha Hamilton. Initial research suggests that Martha (Hamilton) Tyus, Martha (Hamilton) Tyus, and Martha (Tyus) Hamilton were all born in, and remained in or near, the same geographic area.

To Do:

Over the next few months, I’ll explore the identity and families of these three women. Please join me on this journey as we examine the following:

  • Florida marriage records
  • U.S. federal censuses (especially 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920)
  • Florida state censuses (especially 1885 and 1935)
  • U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims
  • Florida death records
  • Collaborative texts like The Heritage of Jackson County, Florida
  • Collaborative burial information with sites like
  • Social media