Martha Jane Hunt

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Martha Jane Hunt was born in Baltimore, Maryland back in 1826. The family moved to Philadelphia in the 1830. It’s unclear but when she was 15 or 16 he eloped with Benjamin who was 21. He became director of the U.S. Navy’s 9scientific laboratory in Washington, D.C. There was a dispute in his pay for his work so he resigned in 1847 and went to work for the Boston Gas Company.

As a result, from chemical fumes exposure he died in 1848. The following two years were tragic to Martha as two of her children died as well as her mother, leaving her in emotionally drained and financially ruined. While going through her husband’s hand written notes she discovered something that will forever put her in the history book.

For nearly 10 years she devoted her work on the incomplete notes of her husband experimenting with different chemicals before a breakthrough coming in 1858. While witnessing a firework display in New York City she had an epiphany which netted her patent number 23,536. Her invention brought about changes in the U.S. Navy in 1859.

You may be asking yourself what did she invent. Well first she established the Coston Manufacturing Company. Of course, I’m writing about Martha Hunt Coston. She developed the Coston flare, a device for signaling ships at sea and on land. BTW the one color she needed was blue. Coston Manufacturing Company remained in business until 1985. She died in 1904. Not bad, not bad at all. So, I ask you how many of you could overcome the loss she did and still accomplish what she did? I doubt I could, how about you?

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Never heard of Mary Jame! Nothing new for me! Enjoy your day!

Apr 20, 2017 04:48 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Where there is a will there is a way and she proves it.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 20, 2017 05:07 AM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi James.  Yes, Martha, did rise above her tragic circumstances and became a success.  Very impressive.

Apr 20, 2017 05:32 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I think this woman was amazing. Can't believe her fortitude.

Apr 20, 2017 05:35 AM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Sometimes it takes that kind of drive... I am sure doing this work was very cathartic for her. She was determined to see her husband's work to completion!

Apr 20, 2017 06:25 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks, James, for sharing this interesting history lesson.

Apr 20, 2017 07:06 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a wonderful story of success and being able to overcome deep moments of sadness from the loss of loved ones.

Apr 20, 2017 07:47 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

The moral to the story is:

Apr 20, 2017 08:17 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is another one of your very inspirational posts.  What a story.  A

Apr 20, 2017 08:50 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is carrying on a legacy and accomplishing greatness. Good story to tell.

Apr 20, 2017 08:54 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Successful people have that trait and that is and  why they never give up James Dray 

Apr 20, 2017 04:21 PM #11
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

What a tragically inspirational story. I don't know if I could have made it past the death of 2 of my children and kept going like she did.

Apr 21, 2017 10:15 AM #12
faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty and Lake of the Ozarks - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

Now that's dedication to following up on her husband's ideas.

Apr 22, 2017 09:01 AM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Beautiful story, James Dray.  James, I have read enough, rather many of your comments here on ActiveRain. I just know you too well at this point. Two things come to mind about you;  in fact many more, but for the time being:

                      (1) the famous and well-known Winston Churchil quote-                                                      "...Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up."
(You like challenges, James...You just strike me as
                                 someone who would never give up. Somewhere
                                  somehow, you would find the motivation, courage,
                                strength, and inspiration to 'march forward.')

                      (2) the Donald Urschalitz image above....

Apr 24, 2017 12:43 AM #14
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