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Earliest History.....

Robert C. Martin, owner of Albemarle plantation, in Assumption parish, La., was born in Rapides parish, La., in the year 1839; son of Robert Campbell and Mary Winnifred (Pugh) Martin, the former of whom came to Louisiana in 1832 and made his home at Alexandria. April 9, 1835, he was married to Mary Winifred Pugh, daughter of Dr. W. H. Pugh, and a sister of Col. W. W. Pugh, of Assumption parish, La.

In 1840 Robert Campbell Martin, Sr., bought the plantation in Assumption parish that has since been known as "Albemarle," and which is now owned by the great-great-great grandson, Robert C. Martin VI. Robert Campbell Martin, the father, was a son of Peter Boyd Martin, and was born in Bertie county, N. C., March 25, 1813. He was a grandson of Lieut. Peter Martin, of Capt. Humpton's company, 2nd Pennsylvania regiment, of the Colonial armies. Lieut. Peter Martin was killed Sept. 2, 1777, in the battle of Brandywine. Peter Boyd Martin, father of Robert Campbell Martin, was a native of Pennsylvania, from which he moved to Bertie county, N. C., and there married Janet Smith Bryan.

From this latter locality he moved to Rapides parish, La., in 1818, where he passed the remainder of his life and died at his plantation home, 18 miles below Alexandria, Jan. 13, 1838. Robert Campbell Martin, Sr., came to Louisiana in the year 1832; lived in Rapides parish until 1840, when he moved to Assumption parish, and soon thereafter was a prominent figure in the public and political affairs of that time. In 1846 he was elected as one of 2 members of the Louisiana state senate from the Lafourche district, his colleague being the Hon. James C. Allen. Again, in 1857, he was elected to the senate.

He served, also, as a delegate to the convention of 1861, which adopted the ordinance of secession. He was elected to this convention as an opponent of the advocates of immediate secession, but finding an overwhelming majority in favor of immediate withdrawal from the Union, he cast his vote with the majority, saying in a speech delivered on that memorable occasion that if the state must go out it should have his moral and physical support. Subsequent events proved that no citizen of the state was more loyal to the cause of the Confederacy than was he, though the days were dark and the trials were great. Throughout the days, months and years of fiercest conflict, keen privation, bitter bereavement and heartrending desolation, he stood shoulder to shoulder with his neighbors even to the very end.

He was bereft of his wife Feb. 22, 1858, and his own life closed peacefully July 4, 1881. Both were interred in Madewood Plantations cemetery, which at that time was on property owned by the wife's uncle, Thomas Pugh. Four children were born to their union, as follows: Mary Janet, the first-born, died in infancy; Robert C., the subject of this sketch, born in Rapides parish, 1839, moved with his parents to Assumption parish in 1840, and now owns Albemarle plantation; served during the war between the states as lieutenant of Co. C, 26th Louisiana volunteer infantry, C. S. A., and took part in the battle of Chickasaw Bayou and the siege of Vicksburg. R. C. Martin was assessor of Assumption parish 1892 to 1900, inclusive. William Whitmell, the second son, was born at Albemarle plantation, in 1846.

At the beginning of the Civil war he enlisted in the Phoenix Guards, commanded by Capt. Francis Tillon Nicholls, and which company became a part of the 8th Louisiana volunteer infantry, C. S. A. Some time later he was invalided and returned home, by advice of Gov. Moore, who subsequently secured an extension of his furlough. When he had sufficiently recovered his health, on Jan. 1, 1863, he was elected captain of a new company raised in the vicinity of his home, and which became Co. C, of the 26th Louisiana volunteer infantry. A short time later Capt. Lagarde, senior captain of the regiment, declined promotion, and Capt. Martin, then next in rank, was promoted to the rank of major. He was in the reserve at the great battles of Manassas or Bull Run. He took part, also in the battle of Chickasaw Bayou, and was killed June 21, during the siege of Vicksburg. James B., the third son, born at Albemarle plantation, attached himself to Capt. Francis T. Nicholls' company and took part in the Virginia campaign, at the age of 17 years. When his brother had organized Co. C, of the 26th Louisiana, he was transferred to that command. He participated at Chickasaw Bayou and Vicksburg, and afterward served in the Trans-Mississippi department until the close of the war. Thomas Pugh, 4th son, born at Albemarle plantation in 1846, joined his brother's company at Vicksburg when only a boy, and served during the siege of that place. Later, he passed examination in the Trans-Mississippi department and was appointed first lieutenant of ordnance, in which capacity he served until the close of the war. He died in Mexico March 1, 1910, and was brought to Assumption parish for interment in Madewood cemetery.

Robert C. Martin married, on April 24, 1861, Miss Maggie C. Littlejohn, daughter of Rev. William and Eliza (Chisholm) Littlejohn. She was born in Tennessee. Her parents purchased, in 1848, the Melrose plantation, Assumption parish, La., where they resided, until 1862, then moved to Texas. Mrs. R. C. Martin (née Littlejohn) was the granddaughter of Willie and Mary (Montfort) Jones, whose daughter, Mary, married Joseph B. Littlejohn. Willie Jones figured largely in Colonial and Revolutionary times. R. C. Martin has 3 sons now living, viz.: Robert C. Martin, a sugar planter of Assumption parish, La., on Albemarle plantation; William Littlejohn Martin, cashier of the Marshall National bank of Texas, and Whitmell P. Martin, now the presiding judge of the district composed of the parishes of Lafourche and Terrebonne. R. C. Martin 's second marriage was to Miss Marie R. Theriot, of Assumption parish.

Robert C. Martin I & Robert C. Martin II:

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