Nelson Wiley Martin was born December 5, 1840, the son of James and Harriett Martin. He was married to Louisiana "Lucy" Anderson on June 22, 1864 in Emanuel County. She was born May 13, 1843 in Emanuel County, the daughter of Arminda Woodard and Hardy Anderson. Nelson and Lucy moved to Pierce County in the late 1860's. He died on February 27, 1929 and Lucy died October 4, 1913. Both he and Louisiana are buried in High Bluff Cemetery.
Nelson Wiley Martin enlisted into the Confederate Army on October 12, 1861, as a Private in Company G, 32nd Georgia Volunteer Infantry from Emmanuel County. He was separated on May 7, 1862.
They had the following children:
1. Melton Latimer Martin, born July 1, 1866, married 1st Jane Steedley. Married 2nd, Loo Reiner Steedley, daughter of Lawrence Peter and Serena (Boatright) Steedley. He died on July 28, 1943. Melton and Lou are buried in Patterson Cemetery, Pierce Co, GA.
2. Emory Lovett Martin, born November 20, 1870, and married Wealthy Thomas. He died on March 20, 1936.
3. Dahony Martin, born December, 1873 and never married. He died about 1920.
4. Austin Martin, born cir 1876, and married Janie Crews. Death date unknown.
5. Willie Jefferson Martin, born January 26, 1881, and married Nannie Cameron. He died November 20, 1951.
6. Wiley A. Martin, born April 16, 1883, and married, 1st Mollie Ann Underwood, daughter of William Wadsworth and Mary Elizabeth (Anderson) Underwood. He married 2nd, Catherine Hunter Tatum, daughter of Henry and Annie Bell (Davis) Tatum. Wiley died June 25, 1966. Wiley and Mollie are buried New Hope Cemetery, Brantley County, GA and Catherine is buried in Blackshear Cemetery, Blackshear, GA.
Nelson was a farmer and lived in the Schlatterville area in what is now Brantley County. He became a member of High Bluff Primitive Church and later of Mars Hill Church.
Submitted by Helen Rowell.
A tombstone was ordered by Gaynell H. Sasser on October 6, 2004, and was placed by Jerry Van Herrin on December 31, 2004.