Luther Vanhook Martin

Male 1890 - 1954


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  • Born  27 Sep 1890  Cynthiana, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  28 Feb 1954  Denver, Denver, CO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Fairmont Cemetery, Denver, CO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Father  John Thomas Martin,   b. 27 Jan 1861, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1929, Cynthiana, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret (Maggie) Givens VanHook,   b. 26 Jul 1867, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1929, Cynthiana, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family 1  Living 
    Children 
     1. Marguerite Martin,   b. 1917, Colorado Springs, CO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2015 
    Family ID  F2820  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Carmen Azlee Isaacks,   b. 2 Mar 1910, Fisher, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1982, Jacksboro, Jack, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1937  Raton, Colfax, NM Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Married:
    • 1940 United States Federal Census - Denver, Denver, Colorado
      Name Age
      Luther V Martin 49
      Carmen A Martin 30

      "http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~thekelsayfamilyt/The%20Kelsay%20Family/Biographies/Revrobkelsay.htm" - "The Kelsay Family / Descendants of Robert Kelsay"

      On February 24, 1929, when he was fifty-two years of age and she was eighteen, R.E. (Royal Edward) Kelsay married Carmen Azlee Isaacks, the daughter of Ernest Melvin Isaacks and Eula Belle Wilson. The Wilson family was from Hamlin, Texas. Carmen Azlee Wilson had graduated from Central High School in June of 1927. She was an extremely attractive young lady and an excellent dancer. She was in a Charleston contest at the Majestic Theater in Fort Worth in 1925 and took second place in the competition behind Ginger Rogers, who later won first place in the state-wide finals in Dallas, and went on to a dancing and screen career.

      After their marriage, the new couple made their first home at 1904 Ben Hall Court in Fort Worth. R.E. Kelsay Jr. was their first child and was born on May 6, 1930. They moved to Dallas in 1931, and to Corpus Christi in 1933. Their second child, Azlee Ann Kelsay was born on January 22, 1933 in Fort Worth just before the move. R.E. Kelsay was in the Lumber and Loan business in Corpus Christi. He moved the family to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1935, and started a Lumber Yard there also. While the Kelsay family lived in Colorado Springs, Blanche Shook was a frequent guest in the home, along with other ladies of her family; they often stayed for extended periods of time. R.E. Jr and his sister, Ann were told to call, Blanche "Aunt Blanche". She was an old friend from R.E. Kelsay's Fort Worth years.

      During the evening of July 26, 1937, Azlee left with Luther Vanhook Martin, the contractor whom had built the new Kelsay home in Colorado Springs. R.E. Kelsay filed for divorce from Carmen Azlee Kelsay on August 28, 1937. He was nearly sixty-one at the time, and Azlee was twenty-seven. She did not contest the divorce or custody arrangements. "Aunt" Blanche agreed to stay with the Kelsay family for a while, accompanied, in the interests of respectability, by her sister-in-law, Martha Reinhart.

      R.E. Kelsay sold the home and the Kelsay Lumber Yard in Colorado Springs and moved to San Antonio in 1938 after his divorce became final in March. Blanche and R.E. Kelsay were married en route to San Antonio at Raton, New Mexico on March 8, 1938. Several weeks later after their arrival in San Antonio, Blanche adopted R.E. Jr. and Ann. Once again, he went into the Lumber Yard business.
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2015 
    Family ID  F3345  Group Sheet