Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
Mr. Martin, who is now farming and carrying on the dairy business at Brighton, was born in Logan county, Kentucky,
August 7, 1821. His grandfather was a Virginian and a soldier in the revolutionary war. His father, John Martin, was one
of the pioneer settlers of Coles county, Illinois; he went from Illinois to Kentucky and married, as his second wife, Miss
Holly Woods, who became Mr. Martin's mother. He lived in Logan county, Kentucky, till 1828, and then emigrated to
Greene county, Illinois, and settled six miles east of Whitehall. He was one of the earliest settlers in that part of the state,
and for a considerable time there were only two other settlements in that vicinity. There was only one house in Jerseyville
at the time, and the country all the way south to Scarritt's prairie was wild and unsettled. John Martin, his father, died in
the same neighborhood where he settled. The subject of this sketch was raised there, and attended the first schools which
were ever started in that part of Greene county. He was married March 16, 1843, to Mrs. Martha Henderson, whose maiden
name was Peter, a daughter of John Peter. She was born in Kentucky, and emigrated with her father to Illinois, and settled
in Scarritt's prairie, in Madison county, in 1829. Mr. Martin was farming on Lawton's prairie east of Whitehall till 1854, and
then moved to section twenty, Brighton township. For the last fifteen years he has been extensively engaged in the dairy
business. Both his children are deceased. Mary Frances died at the age of seven. Holly Jane married Jacob G. Stahl and
died in 1874, when twenty-eight years old. He was on old line Whig in the days of the whig and democratic parties, and in
1844 voted for Henry clay for president. He has been a republican since the formation of that party. Mr. Martin is now
one of the older settlers of Illinois, living in Macoupin county.
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