Martha L Sexton

Female15 June 1867–4 June 1945

Brief Life History of Martha L

When Martha L Sexton was born on 15 June 1867, in Cocke, Tennessee, United States, her father, James M Sexton, was 19 and her mother, Sarah Lambert, was 19. She married George W Harper on 12 March 1886, in Bybee, Cocke, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Knox, Tennessee, United States in 1880. She died on 4 June 1945, in Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

George W Harper
1860–1911
Martha L Sexton
1867–1945
Marriage: 12 March 1886
Caldona Elizabeth Harper
1888–1928
Ora Lee Harper
1889–1954
Walter Burton Harper
1889–1945
Lacy Harper
1898–1922
Viola Harper
1901–1976
Buford Mack Harper
1902–1977

Sources (17)

  • Mattie Buckner in household of William Poston, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Martha (Mattie) Sexton - Government record: birth-name: Martha (Mattie) Sexton
  • Martha Sexton, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    12 March 1886Bybee, Cocke, Tennessee, United States
  • Children (6)

    +1 More Child

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (10)

    +5 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1868 · Impeach the President!

    Age 1

    Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

    1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

    Age 11

    When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

    1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

    Age 23

    This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

    Name Meaning

    English: occupational name for a sexton or churchwarden, from Middle English sextein(e) ‘sexton’ (Old French secrestein, medieval Latin sacristanus). The sexton was originally the officer of a church in charge of the sacred vessels and vestments, but later came to denote one who looked after the churchyard and dug graves.

    English: in northern England a variant of Saxton .

    English: possibly a habitational name from Sexton in Ermington (Devon), recorded as Shecoteston in 1329. The placename derives from the family of Richard Sheccoc, recorded at Sexton in 1199, + Middle English toun ‘farmstead, village, settlement’. The origin of Richard Sheccoc's name is uncertain due to confusion between c and t, as seen in the name of one of his descendants, Richard Scheccote, recorded at Sexton in 1333.

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

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