Ottis Winford Martin

11 October 1914–9 September 1977 (Age 62)
Cooper, Chilton, Alabama, United States

The Life of Ottis Winford

When Ottis Winford Martin was born on 11 October 1914, in Cooper, Chilton, Alabama, United States, his father, James D Martin, was 24 and his mother, Evie Hillsby Jones, was 23. He married Elsie Marguerette Vinson on 9 May 1935, in Thorsby, Chilton, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Meriwether, Baldwin, Georgia, United States in 1930 and Election Precinct 34, Jefferson, Alabama, United States in 1940. He died on 9 September 1977, in Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Martin Memorial Cemetery, Chilton, Alabama, United States.

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Ottis Winford Martin
Elsie Marguerette Vinson
Marriage: 9 May 1935
Peggy Vinson

Spouse and Children

9 May 1935
Thorsby, Chilton, Alabama, United States


    Peggy Vinson


Parents and Siblings




    Paul Earl Martin Sr


    Curtis Martin


    Joseph Marvin Martin


    Frank Arthur Martin


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

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.
1917 · The 167th Infantry Regiment

Age 3

The 167th Infantry Regiment of the Alabama National Guard was assigned to the 42nd “Rainbow Division” in World War II. The 167th fought in 5 major campaigns and served at the front longer than any other U.S. Regiment.

Age 17

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

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)

  • Ottis Martin in household of Judie D Martin, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ottis W Martin, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Unknown, "Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930"

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