|Birth: ||Dec. 4, 1848|
|Death: ||Aug. 16, 1916|
Exerts from the book entitled "A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People"
pages 927 & 928
Captain Martin Goldsworthy.—For fully three decades Captain Martin Goldsworthy has been- actively identified with mining, the chief industry of the Upper Peninsula, being connected almost the entire time with the Chapin Mine, for nearly twenty years having served as captain. Like many other of Iron Mountain's most valued and worthy citizens, he is of English birth and breeding. He was born, December 4, 1849, in the parish of Saint Cleer, county of Cornwall, England, the county which was the home of his ancestors for several generations.
Martin Goldsworthy, the Captain's father, was born in Lanivet parish, Cornwall county, England, and as a boy began work as a miner. He subsequently followed mining in Lanivet and Saint Cleer parishes during his entire life. He married Jane Chapman, who was born in the parish of Lanivet, county Cornwall, a daughter of Elizabeth (Vernon) Chapman, and they became the parents of nine children, as follows: Martin, the special subject of this sketch; Jane; Elizabeth; John; Mary Ann; Catherine; Joseph; Ellen; and Hannah.
Having attended school pretty regularly until twelve years old, Martin Goldsworthy, Jr., then began working in a Cornwall county mine, and was thus employed until 1872. Realizing the superior advantages given miners in America, he emigrated to this country, and the following year was employed as a miner at Humboldt, Marquette county, Michigan. Going then to Houghton, he worked in the Calumet and Hecla Mine for six months, and then settled in the territory of Utah, where he remained until November, 1874, being engaged at silver mining at Little Cottonwood. Going from there to Idaho, Captain Goldsworthy was for a while engaged in gold mining, first at Rocky Bar and later at Silver City. In August, 1875, he started on a return trip to England, to visit his old home in county Cornwall. Two months later he married, and directly after that important event in his life he began mining in Yorkshire, England, continuing there until the fall of 1879. Then, leaving his family in Cornwall, the Captain returned to the United States, and for a few months worked as a coal miner in La Salle, Illinois. In April, 1880, he came to Iron Mountain, Dickinson county, Michigan, traveling by rail to Quinnesec, the railway terminus. In the Ludington Mine, just opened, he found employment, and remained there six months, after which he was employed for a similar length of time at the Norway Mine. In April, 1881, he secured employment as a miner in the Chapin Mine, with which he has since been officially connected, having first been promoted to pit boss, then to assistant captain, and in the fall of 1890 to his present position as captain.
On October 25, 1875, Captain Goldsworthy married Mary Davey, who was born in the parish of Saint Neot, county Cornwall, their marriage taking place in the same Episcopal church in that parish in which her parents, John and Mary (Kearst) Davey, were married. John Davey, who operated an engine at the mines, was a life-long resident of county Cornwall, as was his good wife. The union of Captain and Mrs. Goldsworthy has been brightened by the advent into their household of three children, John Martin, Jane and Mary. John M. was graduated from the Iron Mountain High School with the class of 1896, and was subsequently graduated with honors from the Michigan School of Mines. He is now a successful mining engineer. The two daughters were both graduated from Downer College, in Milwaukee, and Mary is now an instructor in that institution.
Captain Goldsworthy is prominent in Masonic circles, belonging to Iron Mountain Lodge, No. 388, A. F. & A. M.; to Iron Mountain Chapter, No. 121, R. A. M.; to Hugh McCurdy Commandery, No. 43, K. T.; and to Ahmed Temple, Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Marquette. He is also a member of Iron Mountain Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., and of Victoria Lodge, Sons of Saint George.
Martin Goldsworthy (1818 - 1882)
Jane Chapman Goldsworthy (1821 - 1885)
Mary Davey Goldsworthy (1851 - 1924)
Mary Goldsworthy (1880 - 1883)*
Polly Goldsworthy (1886 - 1960)*
John Martin Goldsworthy (1887 - 1926)*
Martin Goldsworthy (1848 - 1916)
Catherine Goldsworthy Hocking (1860 - 1932)*
Iron Mountain Cemetery Park
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Record added: Oct 17, 2012
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