Person:Martha Tackaberry (1)

Martha Tackaberry
b.Abt 1838
  • HJohn Hume1825 - 1866
  • WMartha TackaberryAbt 1838 -
m. 6 Sep 1855
  1. Edward Hume1857 - 1858
  2. Wilson Theodore Hume1859 - 1921
  3. Robert Alexander Hume1862 -
Facts and Events
Name Martha Tackaberry
Gender Female
Birth[1] Abt 1838
Marriage 6 Sep 1855 Placerville, El Dorado County, CAto John Hume

Notes for MARTHA TACKABERRY: Martha, a handsome and much admired young woman (according to the biographer of James Hume), married John Hume at the age of 17. By age 28, she was a widow with two young sons. She remarried William H. Ayers, a pharmacist, and was living with him in 1870 in the town of Watsonville, CA. This marriage may have been a disaster. Someone later took acid to a marriage record in the family bible -- I think it was to obliterate this marriage. I never heard of Mr. Ayers until I found him in the census. Martha's son, Wilson, listed her name in the family record of her death as "Martha Hume."

In the 1870 census, Martha was listed as owning $1,000 in real estate. Her sons Wilson, 10, and Robert A., 7, were living with her and Mr. Ayers. Also with them were Martha's siblings, Nannie E. Tackaberry, 25, a teacher, and George E. Tackaberry, 21, apprentice to a printer. A young woman named Mary Bell, 18, teacher, also lived in the household, as did Elijah S. Ayers, probably William's father.

  1. Based on being 17 when she married John Hume, as per the narrative.