Company I of the 24th reserve infantry regiment included a number of relatives of my Hall County Martin clan, the families of Jonathan Martin.
Andrew and Lemuel Grier were sons of Andrew J. Grier and Jonathan Martin’s youngest daughter, Harriett. Lemuel was killed in Virginia in 1864, but Andrew surrendered at Appomattox. After the war, Andrew married Lettie King, sister of my great grandfather Isaac King.
Robert and Cleveland Coffee were sons of Iley and Parmelia Isbell Coffee, who raised my great great grandmother, Nancy C. Isbell, when Parmelia’s sister and brother-in-law died during the war. The Coffee’s brought Nancy from Pendleton, South Carolina, back to Hall County where she later married Johnnie A. Martin. The Coffee brothers were captured at Gettysburg in 1863.
Isaac Hawkins, who married David Martin’s oldest daughter Nancy, survived the war. David Martin is my great great great grandfather and Johnnie Martin’s father. Isaac’s brother James was killed in Virginia in 1864. His other brother, William, was last reported Absent Without Leave in January of 1865. B. T. Highfield was killed in Virginia in 1864. His son William married Nancy Jane Hawkins, the daughter of Isaac and Nancy Martin Hawkins.
John McAfee Hulsey was related to my great great great grandmother Tempie Hulsey King, who raised several daughters and granddaughters who married into different lines of the Martin family. John was last recorded as Absent Without Leave. James P. Kendrick was the brother of my great great great grandmother, Teresa C. Kendrick, who married David Martin. James was discharged in 1864.
David and Teresa Martin’s oldest son, Robert J. Martin, the brother of my great great grandfather, Johnnie A. Martin, died at Camp Winder in Richmond, Virginia, one month after mustering into the company in 1862, according to war records. Noah Martin, a farmer and circuit preacher in the Glade District, was the grandson of Jonathan Martin and he was the son of John Martin (David’s brother). Noah was wounded at Fredericksburg in 1862 and lost the use of his hand after being shot in the wrist. He spent the rest of the war working light duties.
Another future circuit preacher, John Benjamin Poole, married Noah’s sister, Samaria Martin. He received a head wound in Sharpsburg and was captured in 1864. His brother William Henry Harrison Poole was wounded in the hip at Fredericksburg and was furloughed at the end of 1864. John’s other brother, Andrew Lafayett Poole, was considered Absent without Leave in January 1865, and their father, Andrew Jackson Poole, mustered in as Captain at the age of 46, but resigned at the end of 1863. Both Andrews are supposed to be buried at Bethlehem Baptist Church near Lula, Georgia, where the company's veterans met every year after the war.
Benjamin Franklin Pittman, a young second sergeant, was captured in Virginia in 1864. He later married Sarah Jane Josephine Poole, daughter of Andrew Jackson Pool, and sister to John, William and Andrew Lafayett Poole. Pittman himself was the son of Malinda Grier Pittman, sister of Jonathan Martin’s son-in-law, Andrew J. Grier.
There are probably other relatives of Company I, but the connections are not known. Having come from South Carolina, Larkin Wright was probably the namesake of my great great great great grandfather, Larkin Wright, but I haven’t proven a connection. No other relatives are located in similar Hall County reserve units, but several are identified in infantry units of the 43rd regiment.