According to the 1880 census, both her parents were born in North Carolina.
Noted events in her life were:
• Alt. Name: Rachel Briggs. 46
• Residence, 1870-1880, Versailles township, Brown, IL. 25
• Residence, 30 Jun 1900, Versailles township, Brown, IL. 34 Living here are M.V. Martin, wife Rachel, and children Lilly, Oscar, and George.