The three King sisters, the daughters of Isaac and Ann King, made a pact when they were young and unmarried: each would name a daughter after one of the two other sisters. They kept that promise. The known King generations had a habit of naming children after siblings as much as parents. It leads to circumstantial evidence of family ties that is hard to ignore.
Myra Ellen King was the middle of the three girls, and most of what we know about the Kings come from her stories about the family. She was born in Hall County on 22 April 1882, and was educated with her sisters at her father’s school on Latty Road. Myra married Walter Alexander Martin on 2 June 1903, and for a while they lived with Isaac and Ann until Isaac died in 1905.
By 1910 Myra and Walter had moved to Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, where Walter got a job with Atlantic Steel Company. Myra’s mother, Ann, was living with them, but in 1914 Ann purchased 15 acres from S. S. Seaborn on Timber Ridge Road. Walter and Myra lived on Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs while the north Atlanta town was still mostly pasture land.
Walter died 21 December 1944, and Myra lived her later years in Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia. Her memories were passed down verbally and most of the Martin children to whom she related the stories up to her death in 1969 are now gone. The remaining stories are vague memories.
Myra and Walter had the following children:
Willie King Martin: Willie was born on 14 November 1903, five and a half months after Myra and Walter were married. Willie became a victim on the Flu Epidemic in 1918 at the age of fifteen. According to The Atlanta Constitution on 10 October 1918, “Willie K. Martin, the 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Martin, died Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock. Besides her parents, she is survived by one brother and three sisters. Harry G. Poole has charge of the arrangements.” Willie was buried with her sister Ruth and grandfather Isaac King at Timber Ridge Church Cemetery in Hall County, Georgia.
Rubye Martin: Rubye was born on 23 August 1905 with her twin sister Ruth. She married Carl Lockett and lived in Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia, where she died in the 1980s.
Ruth Martin: Rubye’s twin sister died at the age of three. She was born on 23 August 1905 and died on 16 Dec 1908. She was buried next to her grandfather Isaac King at Timber Ridge Church Cemetery in Hall County, Georgia.
Walter Kermit Martin: Kermit was born 14 April 1910 in Atlanta, and married Martha Oneita Suder in 1929. Kermit worked with his father at Atlantic Steel, and like his father retired from the company. Kermit died on 9 September 1978 and Oneita passed away on 3 December 1980. They raised three children:
1. Walter Hugh Martin (9 June 1931-1998)
2. Gwendolyn Ardis Martin (28 February 1933)
3. Richard Stanley Martin (18 April 1934)
Clyde Ann Martin: She was born in 1911 in Atlanta, and first married Palmer Bailey. They had one child, Phyllis King Bailey. Clyde and Palmer divorced, and she married Bailey Johnson. They had one child, Bill Johnson. Clyde Ann Martin Johnson died in 1993.
Hazel Lee Martin: Hazel was born in 1914 and died 14 October 1970. She married Ed McGee and raised five children:
1. Daniel McGee
2. Myra McGee
3. Edweena McGee
4. Ester McGee
5. Jonathan McGee
Paul Daniel Martin: Paul was the youngest of Myra’s children. He was born in 1920 and died in 1996. Paul served in the U. S. Air Force during World War II. He married Elizabeth Dyson and raised two sons:
1. Dan Martin
2. Clyde Martin
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