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Willis F. Martin

The Administrator of the Estate of Whitaker A. Mothershead when Whitaker died in 1850 was Willis F. Martin; the Securities were George W. Johnson and Louis Bolduc. George W(ashington) Johnson and Willis Martin also served as Securities twelve years earlier in 1838 for the Estate of Clifton Mothershead.

Note: W.F.L. Martin is on the Jefferson Co MO 1830 Census, right above Thomas Long's family - Whitaker Mothershead married Thomas Long's daughter, Evaline/Ellen in 1834. The next family is Milton BAKER's family - Milton Baker was married to William Mothershead's daughter, Sarah. About five families further down on the census list is Clifton Mothershead's household.

1830 Jefferson County MO Census listing for Big River Township.

The following information concerning Willis F. Martin was found in: source: Goodspeed's History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford & Gasconade Counties, Missouri, published 1888:

"Whitaker A. Martin, a druggist, of Steelville, was born in Jefferson County, Mo., in 1835. Reared a farmer and receiving a limited education, he began clerking in Washington County when twenty years of age, in which capacity he was employed until 1861, when he entered the army as captain of Company A, White's Battalion, Missouri State Guards; having served his term of enlistment he was on his way to join the regular service, when he was taken prisoner, though soon afterward paroled. From 1864 to 1865 he was engaged in mining gold in Montana; and then returning to Missouri he spent some years in contracting on the Iron Mountain Railroad. For a short time he was commissioned stock merchant in East St. Louis, and in 1886 he bought a stock of drugs in Steelville, where he has since been actively engaged in business. in 1870 he married Susan J. Scott and to their union were born two children. Mrs. (Susan)Martin died, and in 1885 Mr. Martin married Mrs. Mollie Mayes, by whom he has one daughter. Politically Mr. Martin is a staunch Democrat. His parents were Willis F. and Lucy N. (MOTHERSHEAD) Martin, natives, respecitvely, of Georgia and Kentucky, who reared a family of seven children. Willis F. Martin, a farmer by occupation, came to Missouri in 1812; he died in 1864, at the age of fifty-four years. Mrs. (Lucy) Martin is still living, aged seventy-eight years. They were among the earliest settlers of Jefferson County."