One of my goals for 2012 is to use the Surname Saturday blogging prompt as a way to assure that I spend some time researching each of my family lines and that I have appropriate source citations for the genealogical facts related to my ancestors. I’ve decided to use my ahnentafel report and work back through the generations starting with my grandparents, writing a summary of each ancestor. If you discovered this post through a search engine and find one of your ancestors listed here, please leave a comment to let me know.
My paternal great-grandfather Ambrose B. MARTINDALE was born about 26 May 1844 in Bismarck, St. Francois County, Missouri, the third child of Howell B. and Mary Elizabeth (EATON) MARTINDALE.
The Martindale family moved to Arkansas some time before the 1860 federal census was taken.
A.B. (as he was known) served in both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. From July 1862 until January 1863, he served in Co. A, Crawford’s Battalion of the 1st Arkansas Infantry (CSA). He was taken prisoner of war at Arkansas Post, Arkansas, on 11 January 1863.  He later served in Co. E of the 50th Missouri Infantry (USA).
A.B. first married Zilla Melissa Robinson on 13 January 1872 at Bismarck, St. Francois County, Missouri. Three children were born before Melissa died 2 June 1877:
He next married Sarah Belle Forshee on 1 June 1879 in Bismarck, St. Francois County, Missouri. A.B. and Sarah had six children, four of whom lived to adulthood:
- William Clarence (1880-1889)
- Maude Alberti (1881-1958)
- Walter Ivan (1883-1958)
- Mamie Olive (1884-1971)
- Mamie Viola (1886-1886)
- Arthur Bryant (1887-1961)
A.B. died on 29 October 1918 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, and was buried the next day at Hollywood Cemetery. He was a victim of the influenza epidemic of 1918.
I have written three blog posts related to Ambrose B. Martindale:
- On This Day – May 26 – his birthday
- On This Day – June 1 – the anniversary of his marriage to my great-grandmother Sarah Belle Forshee
- Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo – you just have to read it!
Because he left so many records, he is one of my favorite research subjects, and I have many records to analyze and much more to write!
I have done extensive research on Ambrose, particularly in Texas, where he lived the latter part of his life. At the present time, I have no specific research plans other than to continue to periodically do Google searches and watch for newly-digitized records for the areas in which he lived.
 Texas State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate 41191 (1918), A. B. Martindale; digital image, Fold3.com, Texas Death Certificates (http://www.fold3.com/documents/19419207/texas_death_certificates/ : accessed 20 Apr 2010).
 1850 U.S. census, Washington County, Missouri, population schedule, Concord Township, p. 126 (stamped), dwelling 525, family 525, H. B. Martindale; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Feb 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 421.
 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwelling 850, family 854, Howell B. Martindale; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Feb 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 51.
 A. B. (Ambrose B.) Martindale; Unfiled Papers and Slips Belonging in Confederate Compiled Service Records; National Archives Records Administration, Publication M347; digital images, "Civil War Soldiers - Confederate - Misc," Fold3.com (www.fold3.com : accessed 10 May 2010).
 Ambrose B. Martindale (Sgt., Co. E., 50th U.S. Infantry), pension no. Inv. 1,107,478; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington.
 Martindale-Robinson marriage, 13 Jun 1872, Washington Co., MO, Marriage Book C, p. 231.
 Caledonia Methodist Cemetary (htt p://www.rootsweb.com/~mowashin/cemetery/cdoniam-m.html).
 Texas, death certificate no. 55565 (1957), Lucy A. Upton; digital image, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," FamilySearch Record Search (http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/ : accessed 3 May 2010).
 Texas State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate 11104 (1946), Robert Ellis Martindale; digital image, Fold3.com, Texas Death Certificates (http://www.fold3.com/documents/19419207/texas_death_certificates/ : accessed 21 Apr 2010).
 Martindale-Forchee marriage, 1 Jun 1879, Washington Co., MO, Marriage Book C, p. 363.
 Wayne County, Missouri Cemeteries (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Genealogical Society, n.d.), 26.
 Hopewell Cemetary Listing (http://www.rootsweb.com/~mowashin/cemetery/).
 Texas State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate 21812 (1958), Walter Ivan Martindale; digital image, Fold3.com, Texas Death Certificates (http://www.fold3.com/documents/19419207/texas_death_certificates/ : accessed 21 Apr 2010).
 Harris County, Texas, death certificate no. 03613 (1971), Mamie Olive Spurlock; Texas Department of Health, Austin.
 Wayne County Cemeteries, 26.
 Texas death certificate 41191 (1918), A. B. Martindale.