J. J. Martin was born in Alabama and reared in the State of Tennessee. He is an octogenarian and has lived in Texas since 1845. He came to Hopkins County 45 years ago. He married Miss Nancy Everett in Cass County, Texas, at the age of 29 years. By this union six children were born. She passed away at the birth of her last child. J. B. and C. D. Martin and Mrs. James Lee are all children of this union. They are all well known citizens of Hopkins County, honest, upright in their dealings. He next married Miss Elvy Gardner, of Hopkins County. There is no issue living from this marriage. This wife died and he afterwards married Mrs. Picket, four children were born to this marriage. Two are living, one is living with his aged parents and looks after his father’s business affairs. This wife passed away and he then married Mrs. Penington, who still lives. Mr. Martin has followed agricultural pursuits all of his life and is a successful farmer and taxpayer in the county. He is an old Confederate soldier. He has been a member in good standing in the Methodist church for 61 years and expects to die in the faith. He has never been in public life, having no taste in that direction. He is most highly esteemed for his earnest upright Christian character. He is a man of kind disposition, is affable, genial and hospitable, and makes friends wherever he goes. He is 8o years old.