MRS. MARTHA A. JOINER, a resident of Bird Township and a member of a prominent family in this section, makes her home on section 5. Her father was Drury Pulliam, and her mother bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Cole. They belonged to old Kentucky families and were married in that State and came from there to Morgan County, Ill. There they made their home for some time but removed to Macoupin County at quite an early day, and settled in South Palmyra township. Here the good mother was called away from earth, leaving her children and husband to mourn her loss, which was also deeply felt by the community at large. The father died in Waverly, Ill. They were the parents of eleven children of whom Martha who became Mrs. Joiner, was one of the younger members. This daughter was born in Anderson County, Ky., in October, 1816. She came to macoupin County, Ill., with her parents while still a young child.
This lady remained at home with her parents until her marriage with Thomas Joiner, which took place June 18, 1848, in South Palmyra Township. The first home of the newly married couple was in the township just named. Here they lived for some time and then removed to Bird Township, and settled on section 5. In the fall of 1883 Thomas Joiner was called away from earth, leaving a widow and children to mourn his irreparable loss, in which the community deeply sympathized with them.
Three of Mrs. Joiner's six children arrived at years of maturity, namely: Solomon, Mary and George. Mary died when a young lady of sixteen years; Solomon and George are both residents of the township in which their mother makes her home and a biographical sketch of the eldest son will be found elsewhere in this work. Since the death of Mr. Joiner, his widow has continued to reside upon the old homestead. This lady is an earnest and devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in which her departed husband was also an active member. Mrs. Joiner's pure Christian character, excellent judgment and neighborly kindness make her beloved by all who know her while her connection with two fo the best known families in this section give her a broad field of acquaintance and friendship.