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Biographical Appendix


Azariah Martin

Azariah Martin.  In Kentucky were born Miss Lucinda Hill and Mastin B. Martin, who grew to maturity in that State, and were married. The father was born April 7, 1809, and the motherís birth occurred September 29, 1815, and while their home was in Madison County, there was born to them a son, in 1839, to whom they gave the name at the head of this sketch.  About March, 1845, they moved to Farmington, Mo., and two years later located in Iron County, near Stoutís Creek, on the farm now owned by their son, Azariah.  After the fatherís death, October 4, 1851, the mother managed the home until she married Mr. James Davidson.  She also passed away, December 30, 1878, at the age of sixty-three years.  Of six children born to her first marriage, Humphrey, James, Viennia, Samiria and Azariah are living. Azariah spent his youth after his fifth year in Missouri, in St. Francois and Iron Counties, at home, but he was enabled to buy out the heirs of the old home, between 1866 and 1869.  During the war he took part with both sides, and was taken prisoner in 1863 at Cotton Plant, Ark., in the hospital.  He was paroled and returned home, and for a time worked at Pilot Knob, at burning charcoal.  In August 1864, he joined the State militia, and in September entered the Forty-seventh Missouri Infantry.  He was mustered out in April, 1865.  He was in the action at Pilot Knob.  For two years he was engaged in charcoal burning, but has since that followed farming and stock raising.  May 28, 1867, he married Amanda Hill, a native of Louisville, Ky.  Mr. and Mrs. Martin are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He is also identified with the Farmersí Alliance.