William M FORRESTER Thalia Ann FORRESTER Mary Adelina FORRESTER Harriet J FORRESTER Nancy M FORRESTER Joseph N FORRESTER Louisa Amanda FORRESTER Zenith Elvira BARNES Mini tree diagram
Martha Mealle FORRESTER

Martha Mealle FORRESTER4,5,6,2,8

also known as Mill Foster

Jul 18614,5,6,1,7 - 25th Feb 19261,7

Life History

Jul 1861

Born in Jerusalem, Pickens, Georgia.4,5,6,1,7

25th Feb 1926

Died in Pauls Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma.1,7

Uremic Poison

26th Feb 1926

Buried in Mt Olivet Cemtery, Pauls Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma.1,2,3


  • 1870 Federal Census, Pickens County, Georgia, 25 July, PO Jasper, page111 (scan 55), Hse/Fam #863
    Forester William 51 M W Farmer $200 Real Estate $200 Personal born SCarolina [b abt 1839]
    Forester Zenith 43 F W Keeping House born S Carolina [b abt 1827]Cannot read or write
    Forester Martha M 8 F W At Home born Georgia [b abt 1862]

    1880 Federal Census, Pickens County, Georgia, 12 June, Jerusalem,District 163, page 19B, Hse/Family #165
    Forrester, William W M 61 Farmer SC NC SC Forrester
    Forrester, Zenith  W F 51 Wife Keeping House SC SC SC
    Forrester, Martha M   W F 17 Dau House Keeping GA SC SC

    Terri Smith, a great-granddaughter of Manda, shared these bits ofinformation in some exchanges with me.  Terri has developed agenealogy focusing on the Forrester line.  Originally Terri and someother researchers understood Martha's middle name and main name to beManda.  Terri's great grandmother is named Amanda Forrester, and somegenealogies report this Amanda as a child of William Forrester andZenith Barnes Forrester.  Amanda's Oklahoma death certificate reportsthat her parents were Bill Forrester and Zenis Barnes, which certainlysounds like our William and Zenith.  However, no Amanda ever appearswith William and Zenith in censuses.

    Her original comments reflected this:
    "Manda Forrester is my great grandmother and we believe her full nameto be Martha Manda Forester married to Robert Smith. Her parents areWilliam Forrester and Zenith Barnes of South Carolina. An early censussays Zenith had 7 children, but only 6 living as Thalia Ann, MaryAdalina, Martha Manda, Joseph N, and Louisa N [and Nancy M]. The birthdates for Manda vary from 1861 to 1866 on the censuses. Any idea whothe 7th is and it appears they died young and Martha Manda's realbirth date I have a tree on ancestry.com Smith, McClellan, Findley etcthat searched the Forresters quite a way back starting with Williamb-1819."
    --  Terri Smith Escamillo, personal message on genealogy site OurFamily Tree, 27 February 2011

    I determined that Martha was not Amanda.  Terri later changed her viewas well and information seemed to build to the conclusion that Amandawas the daughter known in early records as Louisa.

    Some genealogies have merged Amanda and Martha, taking Martha's middleinitial M as the name Manda for Amanda.  This is not possible,however, due to census records establishing Amanda and Martha as twoseparate individuals.  Martha is still single and living with hermother in the 1900 census, while Amanda is found in James County,Tennessee, with her husband Robert Smith.  They later moved to IndianTerritory.  Manda is honored on a gravestone with the names of severalof her family members, including her sister Martha, named a Meall onthe stone.

    The 1900 census reports that Martha's mother Zenith has borne 7children, but only 5 are accounted for in the census reports of1860-1880.  Only 4 children are reported as still living in 1900,which accounts for the 3 in the 1880 census and Nancy in the 1870census.  With these accounting for the 4 reported as living, theothers must have died before 1900.

    When enumerated for the 1900 census, Martha was still single andliving with her widowed mother.  Martha's father William died in 1894. Living in the household is also a boarder, whose name appears to bespelled Winnie Findly (Findley or Finley).   I have not found Marthaafter 1900.

    1900 Federal Census, Pickens County, Georgia, 9 June, JerusalemTownship, District 108, page 5B, Hse #86, Fam #89
    Forrester, Zenith Head W M May 1824  76 Widow 7 children/4 living SCSC SC Farmer Owns
    Forrester, Martha Dau W M July 1861  38 Single GA GA SC
    Findly, Winnie Boarder W F Dec 1812  87 Widow 14 children/12 living SCSC SC

    Terri Escamillo obtained and shared with me a copy of Martha's deathcertificate, which gives her name as Mill Foster.  The parents' namesmatch, though the last name is Foster instead of Forrester.  Terriprovides other information from her research and family sources.

    Zenith did have 7 children according to the census as follows:
    Thalia Ann, Mary Adeline, Harriet J. (died as a child), Nancy M,Martha Mealle (never married and is buried with sister "Mandy Smith",Joseph N, and Louisa Amanda "Mandy."  Mandy was born between 1865-1867and died 1940 Paul's Valley, OK.
    --  Terry Escamillo, note on genealogy Our Family Tree,http://www.ourfamtree.org/browse.cfm?pid=60465

    It appears Martha is the person named simply as Meall on the jointtombstone with her sister Amanda (Louisa) Smith, with several othermembers of Amanda's Smith family.  On the grave her name is Meall,with no further last name.  The single gravestone has several familynames on it, as a single grave.  But the only surname is Smith acrossthe top, making it appear that all names were members of the Smithfamily.  She is reported on her death documents simply as Mill Foster[instead of Forrester].  Mill was never married.

    The cause of death was uremic poison[ing], which is the result ofkidney failure.  Concerning burial, Mill's death certificate saysburial was in Pauls Valley.  The Funeral Register, which has the sameinformation as the death certificate, states further that burial wasin the Mt Olivet Cemetery of Pauls Valley.  But her name does notappear, either under Forrester or Foster, in the Mt Olivet registercompiled by the Oklahoma GenWeb Project.
    --  Mt Olivethttp://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/mtolivet/olivetfsurnames.htm

    Her death certificate has her name as Mill Foster, and Mill's parentsas Bill Foster and Zenas Barns [sic].  This matches Martha, whose fullname Terri Escamillo says is Martha Mealle Forester.  Martha (Mill)never married.  Mill died in  or near Pauls Valley.  The deathcertificate says she lived east of town.

    Oklahoma Certificate of Death
    Mill Foster [Mealle Forrester]
    Single, White Female
    Age 63, Born Georgia, No birth date reported
    Occupation Housework
    Death 25 February 1926 Paul's Valley, Garvin, Oklahoma
    Cause of Death Uremic Poison
    Physician E E Norvell, Wynnewood
    Father Bill Foster [Forrester] born Georgia
    Mother Zenas Barns born Georgia
    Burial Pauls Valley, by Williamson Funeral Company
    Filed 18 March 1926

    Funeral Register, Williamson Funeral Home
    Remains of Mill Foster, Single
    Residence east of Pauls Valley
    Father's Name Bill Foster born Georgia
    Mother's Name Zenas Barnes born Georgia
    Date of Death 2/26/26, age 63 years
    Date of Funeral 2/26/26
    Place of Death east of Pauls Valley
    Occupation House Work
    Cause of Death Uremic Poison
    Physician E E Norvell, Wynnewood
    Charged to D W Smith Paid
    Interment Mt Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
    Coffin or Casket $50.00, Total of Bill $50.00


  • 1. Oklahoma Certificate of Death
  • 2. Terry Smith Escamillo, note on genealogy Our Family Tree, 17 October2012
    • Location: http://www.ourfamtree.org/browse.cfm?pid=60465;
  • 3. Williamson Funeral Home, Funeral Register
  • 4. 1880 Federal Census, Pickens County, Georgia
    • 12 June, Jerusalem, District 163, page 19B, Hse/Family #165
  • 5. 1900 Federal Census, Pickens County, Georgia
    • 9 June, Jerusalem Township, District 108, page 5B, Hse #86, Fam #89
  • 6. 1870 Federal Census, Pickens County, Georgia
    • 25 July, PO Jasper, page 111 (scan 55), Hse/Fam #863
  • 7. Terri Smith Escamillo, note on genealogy site Our Family Tree, 27February 2011
  • 8. Terri Smith Escamillo, personal message on genealogy site Our FamilyTree, 27 February 2011

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