See Miscellaneous Notes on George Washington Martin for a history that includes Thomas Dudley Martin.
Friday, June 26, 1903 The Dresden Enterprise, Dresden, Tennessee - “Mr. Thos. D. MARTIN, one of our most highly appreciated and staunch friends and one of the best citizens of this whole county, last week had an operation performed by that renowned eye specialist, Dr. EDWARDS, of Union City, for the removal of a thin skin, which had commenced to grow over his left eye. The operation was successfully done and we are glad to state, Mr. MARTIN is now getting along all right.” (Ref 1)
Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee - “Thomas D. Martin is one of nine children of William and Sarah Martin (For parents biography see sketch of G. W. Martin.), and was born in Weakley County, Tenn., April 27, 1835. He was educated in the schools near his boyhood's home, and Dresden Academy. April, 1863, witnessed his marriage with Cornelia, daughter of A. and Elizabeth Cother. Mrs. Martin is a native of Weakley County, born in 1887. She was educated at the Female academies of Dresden and Paris, Tenn., and is the mother of one daughter, Florence E., the wife of Walter W. Morris, a farmer and resident of Obion County. When a young man, Mr. Martin was engaged in the mercantile business in Hickman, Ky., for about three years. He was then engaged in ministerial labors until the second year of the war, when he engaged in farming and the leaf tobacco business. He owns a valuable farm of 400 acres near Martin on the North Carolina & St. Louis Railroad, which is well adapted for raising all kinds of grain, also for raising stock. He has a fine residence and the grounds are neatly laid off in walks filled with shells brought from New Orleans. It might be of interest to add that Mrs. Martin has the largest collection of choice house plants of any lady in the county. Mr. Martin is a Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for James Buchanan. He is a man ever ready to support worthy enterprise and is much respected by his neighbors and friends.” (Ref 2)
It is interesting that the 1870 census lists a Thomas S. Martin, age 5, living in the Thomsas D. Martin household. However, there is no mention of Florence Eugenia, a daughter. (Ref 3)
(1) MaryCarol’s Weakley County, Tennessee. Weakley County Genealogy & History, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnweakle/
(2) Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee, http://www.rootsweb.com/~tnobion/weakley/mo.htm
(3) 1870 Census, Tennessee, Weakley County, Civil District 3, Dresden Post Office, Page 1, Household 3