Martha Jane "Mattie" Walker

Martha Jane “Mattie” Walker McNair
March 15, 1897 – September 24, 1991

Today is the birthday of my great-grandmother, Martha Walker McNair. She was born in North Carolina and lived most of her life in the Plymouth/Tarboro areas of Washington and Edgecombe County. Martha was the next to the youngest of 10 children that I know of, born to Anthony Walker and Martha Jane Baker.

Martha married Abraham Lincoln McNair and together they would have 10 children, 5 of whom died as young kids. Her only daughter to live to adulthood, Alice, is my grandmother.

I don’t know very much about Martha. I only have one memory of her, and that was when I was quite young and I remember her being in bed. My mother describes her as being quite stern and tough. I recently asked my mother is she could choose one word to describe her, what would it be – her answer, “Bossy.” Kalonji says that’s who I get it after :-)

Happy Birthday to my great-grandmother!

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