Correspondence of Mary Martin, and her family, who owned the Albemarle Plantation in Assumption Parish, Louisiana.
Mary Martin (1815-1858), born Mary Winifred Hill Pugh, was the wife of Robert Campbell Martin (born 1813), the owner of Albemarle
Plantation in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. The Martins' were enslavers and their plantation was primarily geared towards
the production of sugar, although other crops, such as corn and cotton, were also grown. By 1860 the Martins owned 91 enslaved
people on the plantation. The Martins had four children that survived into adulthood: Robert Campbell, born in 1839; Whit
(William Whitmell), born in 1840; James Bryan; and Thomas Pugh, born in 1846. Mary Martin was deeply connected to her family
and friends, and she made several extended visits to friends and family during the period in which the letters were composed
despite her ever-increasing ill health. After a long battle with numerous physical ailments, Mary Martin passed away at Albemarle
on February 22, 1858.
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