Aunt Estella Martin Walker (Deceased) and Johnnie Mae Terrell (Deceased) - 1986 Family Reunion in Los Angeles, Californi
Aunt Estella Martin Walker (Deceased) and Johnnie Mae Terrell (Deceased) - 1986 Family Reunion in Los Angeles, California
"Family faces are magic mirrors.  Looking at the people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future." - Gail Lumet Buckley

Our roots are in Mississippi, but our branches spread far and wide.  Michael Chrichton stated, "If you don't know your family's history, then you don't know anything.  You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."  Our history begins with James "Jim" Martin who was born, according to the 1880 United States Census, in North Carolina in approximately the year of 1859.  He and his brother moved to Beat 3, Lawrence County, Mississippi when they were teenagers.  Jim was predominately of Indian descent and the census labeled him as "Mulatto."  

According to the Twelfth Census of the United States, he met and married Doshie "Dosia or Dacie" Dagan on January 6, 1876 and to this union thirteen (13) children were born, but four (4) died during childbirth and only nine (9) children survived.  The surviving children were Henry (b. 1898), Brady (b. 1896), Jullian (b. 1878), Lillian (b. 1890), Willie (b. 1887), Frank (b. 1884), Beulah (b. 1895), Beatrice (b. 1884) and Estella (b. 1894).  **Please note dates of birth are approximate according to the Twelfth Census of the United States.**

Although the facts are simple, Jim Martin was a farmer by trade in Lawrence County.  Census records confirm that from day one Jim Martin could read and write and he owned his own property.  When the Thirteenth Census of the United States was taken, it is noted that Jim was labeled as a "widow" with the younger seven (7) children living with him.  The Martins have had a long history of reuniting in a big way and over the last thirty-nine years we've done so.  The history of our family continues to unfold through our reunions held biannually.  

The reunion was first held in Monticello, Lawrence County, Mississippi in the summer of 1980.  The first members of our family to initiate this reunion were Johnnie Mae Terrell (Deceased), Frankie Mae Hawthorn (Deceased), Arthur Martin (Deceased), Lentee Walker (Deceased), Classie Steele, Evelyn Martin Hall, Jessie Walker, Jr. (Deceased) and Madie Ree Watson.

Dr. Joyce Brothers stated, "When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses."  We are continuing the Jim Martin Family traditions through our family reunions.  The following is a list of our reunion history:

           1980 - Monticello, Mississippi
           1982 - Monticello, Mississippi
           1984 - Monticello, Mississippi
           1986 - Los Angeles, California
           1988 - Chicago, Illinois
           1990 - Niagara Falls, New York
           1992 - San Jose, California
           1994 - Jackson, Mississippi
           1996 - Gary, Indiana
           1998 - Atlanta, Georgia
           2000 - Gulfport, Mississippi
           2002 - Memphis, Tennessee
           2004 - Dallas, Texas
           2006 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
           2008 - Hattiesburg, Mississippi
           2010 - New York, New York
           2012 - Cozumel, Mexico (Family Cruise)
           2014 - Orlando (Kissimmee), Florida
           2016 - San Jose, California
           2018 - Dallas, Texas
          2020 - CANCELED  

Each generation is equipped with a unique quality of life.  This quality of life is to be handed down as time passes.  In time of test, family is best.  We will strive to keep this family reunion going as a family that "prays together, stays together."