This is a hard family. One, because it’s from a wife’s line, which means that with changing last names it’s often hard to track. But the entry point here, Elizabeth Martin, remarried at 28 and finding anything at all about her or her husbands is proving difficult.

  • John Martin
  • m. Maria Martin
    • => Elizabeth Martin
    • m. Charles R. McBlair (see McBlair Family)
    • m. S. B. Burne

The Lineage
Richard Lee Higgins Jr. => Richard Lee Higgins Sr. => Nellie May Walker => Anna Elizabeth McBlair => Elizabeth Martin

Elizabeth Martin
Born: About 1854 in Fauquier County Virginia
Married: Charles Ridgely McBlair
Married: Jan 12, 1882 to SB Burne

Known as “Big Mama”

Undated
Prince William County Virginia Marriages 1854-1938
Shows “Big Mama” Elizabeth Martin/McBlair’s second marriage – Burne, S.B. 26 Fauquier s/o Thomas W./C.A. to Elizabeth McBlair 28 Wid. Fauquier d/o John/Maria Martin 12 Jan 1882.

I know from other sources that her first husband, Charles Ridgely McBlair, died young. Their child Elizabeth was living with her (McBlair) grandparents when she was 10. This was in 1880. Big Mama remarried two years after that event. I don’t know why her daughter wasn’t with her in 1880. Verbal history seems to keep Elizabeth in the family’s good graces afterwards though. And there’s always the possibility that Charles didn’t die, that they were divorced.

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