Here’s Your Sign #21 ~ Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

This sign states this town was named for Joseph Martin, pioneer who settled here in 1778. In 1793 the courthouse of Henry County was moved here, and the town was established. Patrick Henry, for whom the county was named, lived near here once. In 1865, Stoneman, moving South to join Sherman, captured Martinsville. It was incorporated as a town in 1873 and as a city in 1929.

General Joseph Martin is my 3rd cousin 4 times removed. He was born September 18, 1740, in Albemarle, Virginia. He married Sarah Lucas (1740-1782) in 1762. They had 8 children, 2 sons, and 6 daughters. He was a noted Indian fighter. He was appointed by Governor Benjamin Harrison as an Indian Agent, and in his instructions to Joseph he said: “Much, therefore, must be left to your prudence and discretion, in both of which I have confidence.” He also served in the Revolutionary War . He died on December 18, 1808 at the age of 68.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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