Picture taken in Hampton, TN late 1929
Wiley Martin Greenwell was born December 13, 1898 in Butler, TN. He died on November 13, 1934. He was the son of John Martin Greenwell and Elmina Dugger. He had 15 brothers and sisters. Five died in the early 1900's. The reamaining ten are Arthur (7-11-1880 to 6-17-1967), Henry (12-9-1893 to 9-22-1969), Dewey (2-19-1899 to 8/9/1969), George (7-24-1903 to unknown), Tine (9-10-1905 to 3-2-1975), Mae 5-26-1911 to 1999), Ruby (10-9-1913 to 6-13-1980), Woodrow (11-24-1916 to 6-27-1976) and Lizzie (1-11-1991). Lizzie is the only remaining sister of Wiley's that is alive today.
He married Mae Valley Hall on June 23, 1927. They had four children, Lloyd (1928), Lois (1929-1997), Louie (1931) and Luther (1934-1936). They lived at Greggs Branch in a one room log cabin.
Wiley was a combat veteran having served in the Army in WW1. His unit was sprayed with poisonous gasses as they charged the Ver Dun fortress in France. Apparently, his lungs were affected and he became ill and died shortly after of pneumonia.
Wiley was a sawmill worker, who was on the move where ever the work was to have been found. He probably took other odd jobs to scrape by. According to my Great Aunt Lizzie Greenwell Stanbery, he was a very good singer, and he sung tenor and would sing at the Sugar Grove Church. He was full of fun and kind and loving.
A first born male Greenwell child has carried "Martin" as his middle name as follows, Howard Martin Greenwell (born abt.1834/35 in Wilkes, NC), John Martin Greenwell, Wiley Martin Greenwell, Lloyd Martin Greenwell, Glenn Martin Greenwell and today with Wiley's great grandson, Scott Martin Greenwell (b, 1986).
The Greenwell's believe in the strength and revitalization of our ancestors before us. This stregth continues with today's living Greenwell's, and if the past is any indication it will continue well into the future, for we are secure in our belief that ancestral heritage's are part and parcel of those who came before us.
The above information (including dates) were provided by, Dr. Lloyd Martin Greenwell, Louie S. Greenwell, Great Aunt Lizzie Greenwell Stanbery and her daughter Mary Stanbery Campbell.
Submitted by and presented with the permission of Patricia Greenwell Bell