Sallie Abigal was born on 17 August 1860 in DeWitt County.1It is unusual but in the 1860 census, Sallie's mother, Mary, is not mentioned.
She was due to give birth to Sallie in two months. It is not known where Mary is or if the census taker inadvertently left her out. The only family members reported in the census are W. E. age 34. A.A. (Aryanna) age 4, E.D. (Elizabeth Doretta) age 2, Charles age 7 and Richard age 10. Sallie is mentioned in the 1870 census in Clinton, DeWitt, Texas as a ten year old. Along with her parents she is living with her other siblings: Charles age 17, Aryanna age 15, Elizabeth age 12, John age 7, Fred age 4 and Nancy age 1. Her father is a shoemaker.2
By 1880 Sallie has married Uriah Owen They were married April 21, 1880, in Cuero, DeWitt County. The ceremony was performed by Woodlief Thomas, 'minister of the gospel.' Witnesses to the event were Martin Broer and Wm. E. Lips.3
In the census of 1880, the couple is listed in the household of William E. and Mary H. along with Fred age 14, Nannie age 11, Mollie age 9, Nettie age 7 and Otis age 4. Uriah's occupation is given as dentist. The date on this census is July 6, 1880.4
Those not at home are Doretta who has married, Charles and John may be in Mexico, and Richard probably died before 1870.
Sallie and Uriah are probably visiting with her family because they are found in another census enumeration in the city of Gonzales on June 30, 1880. Their last name is listed as Owens.5
Uriah Owen was the fourth child of a family of eight children, born to Otha and Susan A. Cline, 6 on August 26, 1849.7 He grew to manhood in Saybrook, Illinois. It is said that he graduated from Ann Arbor Michigan School of Dentistry. Shortly, thereafter, he went to San Francisco for his health where he spent several years.8 Later he went to Gonzales, Texas where he met and married Abbie Lipps9 and set up a dental business in Gonzales.10
Later on July 31, 1883 a daughter, Nettie Bertha Owen, was born in Leesville, Gonzales, Texas. According to the certificate of birth, the mother, Sallie Abbie, was born in Cuero and age 23 at the time of this birth. Uriah was 33 years old.11
The February 13, 1886,issue of the Gonzales Inquirer carried a notice which read:
| "U. Owens, The Dentist--Office over Mrs. Green's Millinery store.
Will visit residences. All kinds of dentistry done and warranted."
Uriah died in 4 April 1889, and this brief article appeared in the Inquirer on April 4, 1889:
|"Dr. U. Owens, who practiced dentistry in this county for a number of years, died Monday
from heart disease, at the residence of Frank Baker, six miles west of Hochheim."12
The next record of Abbie is in 1891, when the June 18 issue of the Inquirer reported that "Miss Sarah Owens, who has been teaching school at Beeville, returned to Gonzales this week." 13 Perhaps when Sallie returned to Gonzales, she met Andrew John Martin. They were married on January 23, 1893.14 He had two children by a previous marriage, Charles N. (b Dec 1879) and Arthur J. b. Jan 1883).15
As an added note about Andrew, according to the 1880 Census, Blanco County, Texas it lists Andrew J. Martin 27, his wife, Lina V., 19, a son, Charles, 1, and brother -in-law, Samuel S. Skaggs, 16. Birthplaces of Martin and his parents are all in Tennessee.16Lena had died in 1883.
Andrew and Abbie had a son, Ernest Claude, born to them in January 1899.17 In 1900 the family is living in Milam County, Texas. Andrew works on a farm as a day laborer chopping wood. His two sons, Charles and Arthur, are also living with them and working on a farm. Sallie's daughter, Nettie Owen, is 16 years old and living with them also.18
Around 1905 Nettie marries Ernest Albert Crundwell of Brownwood.19 Later, during 1909, Sallie's father, William Ernest Lipps dies. His obituary states that she and her family are living in Brownwood.20
By 1910, the family has moved to Chapel Hill in Brown County, Texas. Andrew's two boys have moved out. Both Charles and Arthur have moved to Colorado and have sons born in 1904 and later move to California. Andrew is working on a farm. Claude is eleven years old. Nettie who had married Ernest Albert Crundwell is living in the north part of Brownwood City.21 They have a little daughter, Hazel R, who was born 10 July 1906.22 Ernest Albert is working delivering grains for a grain company.23 His parents are Joseph and Ruth Crundwell, longtime residents of Brownwood. Joseph was born in England and Ruth was born in Texas. His occupation is jeweler.24 After twelve years from the birth of Hazel R, Ernest Albert and Nettie have an addition to their family, Joseph Bradly who was born 28 July 1918.25 Shortly after this time the entire family moves to California perhaps because Andrew's sons are living there.
|Claude Martin's WWI Draft Registration
In 1918 Claude has registered for World I service. He is living in San Lorenzo, Alameda County, California.26 Claude states on the draft registration that he is working for the Mojave Powder Works in San Lorenzo, Alameda County, California and lists his mother, Abbie Martin of Los Angeles as next of kin.
In 1920 Ernest Albert and Nettie are living in Los Angeles on North Kern St. Ernest is working for a flouring company as a salesman. So he is still involved with grains.27 Living with them is Nettie's mother, Sallie Abby Martin and Claude Martin. Claude is working as a gilder in an art store. Andrew is either visiting or living with his son, Arthur and his family in Los Angeles.
By 1922 Claude has married Gertrude A. Swenson and soon has two children, Douglas C, born 16 October 1922 and Mary Elizabeth 16 August 1927. In 1930 he works as furniture upholster.28
In 1930 Ernest Crundwell and Nettie B. are living on Saturn Street near Vineyard. Ernest is 52 years old and working for a seed company as a salesman. The value of their home is $10,000. Next door to them is living Hazel who is married to H Murl Cripe. They are renting their home with a value of $25.00. H. Murl is 25 years old born in Indiana and both his parents were also born in Indiana. He married at age 20 and Hazel R. is 23 years married at age 18 years. Murl is working in upholstering in manufacturing. They have one daughter Nettie E. born 22 Mar 1930. 29