Rhoda Jemima Francis Martin

Bedford, Virginia, United States

The Life of Rhoda Jemima Francis

When Rhoda Jemima Francis Martin was born in 1810, in Bedford, Virginia, United States, her father, Samuel L Martin, was 42 and her mother, Mary Ann Kasey, was 32. She married Thomas H Nichols on 17 September 1830, in Bedford, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Bedford, Bedford, Virginia, United States in 1850.

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Thomas H Nichols
Rhoda Jemima Francis Martin
Marriage: 17 September 1830
Samuel W James Nichols
Joshua Nichols
Thomas Griffin Nichols
Nancy Elizabeth Nichols
Mary Jane Nichols
Louisa Ann Nichols
Catharine S Nichols
Jemima Adaline Nichols

Spouse and Children

17 September 1830
Bedford, Virginia, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Samuel L Martin





World Events (8)


Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 2

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 34

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, Irish, French, Dutch, German, Czech, Slovak, Spanish (Martín), Italian (Venice), etc.: from a personal name (Latin Martinus, a derivative of Mars, genitive Martis, the Roman god of fertility and war, whose name may derive ultimately from a root mar ‘gleam’). This was borne by a famous 4th-century saint, Martin of Tours, and consequently became extremely popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. As a North American surname, this form has absorbed many cognates from other European forms.2 English: habitational name from any of several places so called, principally in Hampshire, Lincolnshire, and Worcestershire, named in Old English as ‘settlement by a lake’ (from mere or mær ‘pool’, ‘lake’ + tūn ‘settlement’) or as ‘settlement by a boundary’ (from (ge)mære ‘boundary’ + tūn ‘settlement’). The place name has been charged from Marton under the influence of the personal name Martin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • J Nichols in household of Dicy Hudson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Gemima Nicholes in household of Thomas H Nicholes, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jemima Martin in entry for Thomas Nichols, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989"

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