Martha Ellen R Williams was born 4 April 1874 in Mercer County, West Virginia to Samuel Williams, a farmer, and Mary Petrey Williams according to birth records. By the 1880 census, six-year-old Martha’s family has moved to Cabin Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia. In the household, in addition to her parents, are her 20-year-old sister Martha, 15-year-old brother Samuel, 13-year-old sister Nancy, 10-year-old sister Arthelia, 8-year-old sister Lena, and 4-year-old younger brother Andrew.
Martha married 21-year-old coal miner Henry Preston Hudnall in 1892 at the age of eighteen. Their daughter Cora was born 27 October 1893 or 1894. Next came Virgie on 5 October 1898. The 1900 census states Martha was the mother of 4 children of which only 2 were living. On 6 July 1901 their son Elmer was born, followed by my great-grandfather Clarence Huling on 16 October 1902. It’s an odd coincidence that three of their children were born in October.
Martha passed away 11 March 1912 of tuberculosis at the age of 37. I have not located where she was buried yet. I wish I knew more about Martha, her likes, her dislikes, her hopes and dreams. I hope someday, perhaps through this blog, I will get a more complete picture of the person Martha was and the stories of her life.