Martha (Galphin) Milledge
Martha Galphin married John Milledge (1757-1818), whose father had been one of the original settlers of Georgia in 1733. Milledge served as a U.S. congressman from Georgia from 1792-1802, governor of Georgia from 1802-1806, and in 1803 the city of Milledgeville was created and named in his honor as the new capitol city of Georgia. John and Martha lived at Overton, their plantation near Augusta. From 1806-1809, John served as a U.S. Senator, but records indicate that Martha’s illness forced his retirement from public life in 1809. They are buried in the Milledge family cemetery outside Augusta.
Martha’s portrait was probably painted by the famous miniaturist James Peale (1749-1831) during her husband’s congressional service in the nation’s capitol.