Virgil Josh Martin

14 April 1915–7 February 1983 (Age 67)
Childress, Childress, Texas, United States

The Life of Virgil Josh

When Virgil Josh Martin was born on 14 April 1915, in Childress, Childress, Texas, United States, his father, Claude L. Martin, was 24 and his mother, Emma Lee Watts, was 19. He had at least 1 daughter with Elsie Helen Stratton. He lived in Justice Precinct 2, Collingsworth, Texas, United States in 1920 and Justice Precinct 4, Donley, Texas, United States in 1930. He registered for military service in 1940. He died on 7 February 1983, in Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Shamrock, Wheeler, Texas, United States.

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Virgil Josh Martin
Elsie Helen Stratton
Carol Ann Martin

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    Elsie Helen Stratton




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    Pauline Martin


    Opal Martin


    Lorene Martin


World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 14

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 20

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

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)

  • Virgil Martin in household of Claude Martin, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Virgil J Martin in household of Elmer C Martin, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Martin, "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"

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