Martha Jane (Holford) Brockett

Martha Jane Holford, the eighth and youngest child of John and Sarah Holford, was born 26 July 1824. Martha married Milton Young Brockett on 12 August 1843 in Overton County. He was born 14 September 1818 to Elisha and Ceclia (Young) Brockett in Smith County, Tennessee.

Milton and Martha had two daughters:

1. Sarah Jane, born 1 August 1844, in Smith County. Sometime between 1860 and 1865, Sarah married James H. Tuttle, Sheriff of Grayson County, Texas, in 1860 and an Assistant Revenue Assessor in 1870. James died between 1870 and 1876.
2. Eugenia Clay, born 9 November 1846. Eugenia married a lawyer named James S. Porter. They lived in Sherman. James died in 1904 and Eugenia in 1937. Both are buried in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman.

Milton is listed in the Overton County census in 1840 as a single head of household in the occupational category of "Learned professions and engineers", so he appears to have become a physician quite young.

In the 1850 Census, "M. Y." is listed as a doctor by occupation. His real estate is valued at $1275. He was also an minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian church. He was a member of the Sparta Presbytery in 1854.

During the 1850s, the Brocketts moved to Sherman, Grayson County, Texas. In the 1860 Census, they had real estate worth $1500 and a personal estate of $2500. They are had two slaves, girls of 14 and 12.

In the 1870 Census, their real estate was still valued at $1500, but the value of their personal property was only $800.

In 1880, their daughter Sarah was a widow. She and her three sons, Claude, Ernest, and William, were living with Milton and Martha.

Milton died sometime before 1900. In that census, Martha is living with Sarah, along with a servant. One of Sarah's sons is also dead. as the census indicates that she had three children, two of whom are still living. Martha may have died in the first decade of the 20th century, as she cannot be found in the 1910 Census.


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