Holt County, MO Biography

Horace MARTIN, a resident of Corning, came to Holt Co. in 1868. He was born at Ellington, Conn. on Dec. 11, 1814. His ancestors were among the first Puritan settlers of New England who came over in the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. He emigrated with his father to Cayuga Co., N. Y. and remained there until 27 years of age. He became self-educated, but developed an early genius for mathematics and, when working on a farm for twelve dollars a month, was engaged to make astronomical calculations for almanacs published at Auburn, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. He was married Jan. 7, 1841 to Eliza CLOSE. The spring of 1842 he moved to Crawford Co., Ohio. He farmed there, for nine years served as county surveyor, and for four terms also filled the office of justice of the peace. In 1868 he came to Mo. and became a resident of Corning. He has served as justice of the peace in Lincoln township for two terms, the first by appointment and the second by election. For a number of years he has been observer for the United States Signal Service and has kept a very complete record of valuable meteorological observations, from the summer of 1869 to the present, and has furnished reports to the Smithsonian Institute. Prior to the Civil War he was a Democrat, but has since acted with the Republican party. His only son was killed at Martinsburg, West Virginia while serving as a member of the 34th Ohio regiment in the Union Army.

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