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Martha Ann Bowles

Martha Ann Bowles was the thirteenth child and fifth daughter of John and Celia Bowles. She was born about 1838 according to census data (12 in 1850; 22 in 1860).

Martha married Jefferson Nunnally sometime after 1860. They had three children: Lou Ella (b. 14 Nov 1864), John Buford (b. Jan 1867), and Harriet Marinda (b. 30 Mar 1873).

Jefferson S. Nunnally was a son of John B. and Elizabeth (White) Nunnally. His grandparents were Obadiah and Rhoda White, so Celia White, Martha's mother, was Jefferson's aunt. Thus Jefferson Nunnally and Martha Bowles were first cousins. It was not unusual for first cousins to marry in those days when families grouped together in small communities frequently intermarried repeatedly.

Sometime between Harriet's birth and October 1878, Martha apparently died. On 13 Oct 1878, Jefferson married again, this time to Amanda Eaton Gregory.

[Nunnally, J.S. and Amanda Gregory. Bond 12 oct 1878. James H. Eaton on bond. Groom age 38. Bride age 29. Married 16 Oct 1878 at Robert Eaton's by B. D. Porter. Wit. R. Gillock and R. Eaton. (Metcalfe County KY Marriages, Volume 1, 1868-1883, page 83)]

According to the Kentucky Death Index, Jefferson lived until 12 Apr 1912.

Of their children, Lou Ella married Henry S. Free and they had six children: Bedie Ann (b. 10 Dec 1884), Addie Florence (b. 7 Jul 1887), Martha Harriett (b. Oct 1889), Doshie Ellen (b. Jun 1892), Hanson (b. May 1894), and Raymond (b. abt. 1900).

John Buford married Virginia Mayfield and they had four children: William Wesley (b. Apr 1895), Jessie Clifton (b. May 1897), Charles Henry (b. Nov 1899), and Ruby Belle (b. 1904).

Harriett married Abraham Bray and they had six children: Beulah Ethel (b. 1897), Frank Wendell (b. 23 Jan 1901), Goldie May (b. 6 May 1903), Lenice Irvin (b. 17 Apr 1905), Olive Wintress (b. 1909), and Hallie Zelma (b. 1914).

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