Second of seven children of Lee Cryer and Minerva C. Dare Martin, he married Maranda Samantha Greenwood on 13 May 1858. She died 9 Apr 1863.
He married Isabella Ann Drennen on 20 Dec 1863. He fathered five surviving children:
John Ervin Martin 1859-1929 m1881 Sarah Eleanor Richardson d1952 Harriett Samantha Martin 1860-1939 m 1876 James Valentine Bean d1923 Bartis Knoble Martin 1863-1957 m1881 Rosetta B. Shelton d1912 m1913 Mary Keller Mitchell m ca. 1917 Margaret Schultz Beckham d1972 Lee Cryer Martin, II 1868 - 1936 m 1887 Nevada Julie Beckham d1949 Minerva Emaline Martin 1872-1909 m 1891 Joseph Cunningham Baker d 1958