Martha Obedience Bivins

16 February 1830–1 December 1901 (Age 71)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of Martha Obedience

When Martha Obedience Bivins was born on 16 February 1830, in Tennessee, United States, her father, John George Washington Bivins, was 26 and her mother, Naomi Hill, was 25. She married Henry Clark Burroughs on 24 December 1846, in Fayette, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Justice Precinct 1, Shelby, Texas, United States in 1880 and Center, Shelby, Texas, United States in 1900. She died on 1 December 1901, in Shelby, Texas, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Newburn Cemetery, Center, Shelby, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Henry Clark Burroughs
Martha Obedience Bivins
Marriage: 24 December 1846
Mary J Burris
Naomi Elizabeth Burroughs
John Burroughs
Martha Adeline Burroughs
Monroe Minor Burroughs
George Nalor Burroughs
Sarah Catherine Burroughs
Margaret A. Burroughs
Ellen Josephine Burroughs
William Burroughs
Amanda Bell Burroughs

Spouse and Children

24 December 1846
Fayette, Tennessee, United States


    Mary J Burris


    Naomi Elizabeth Burroughs


    John Burroughs


    Martha Adeline Burroughs


    Monroe Minor Burroughs


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Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 5

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1850 · Compromise of 1850

Age 20

The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.

Name Meaning

English, of Welsh origin: variant of Bivens .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Martha Burris in household of Clark Burris, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Marthy Burrus in household of Henry C Burrus, "United States Census, 1850"
  • M O Burroughs in household of H C Burroughs, "United States Census, 1880"

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