John Martin


John Martin

Walpole, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough, Norfolk, England
Death 9 Apr 1926 (aged 79)
Abbyville, Reno County, Kansas, USA
Burial Partridge, Reno County, Kansas, USA
Plot Original Cem., Lot 54, Grave 1
Memorial ID 12821772 View Source
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Info on the four wives of John Martin

1.) A Civil War period bride.
(Her last name may have started with an "S".) They had one daughter (Fannie) then divorced. The story is that they got married. Then John took $1,000.00 to take the place of another man who was drafted into the war. John left for war, and his wife thought that he had died. So she went on with her life, and married again. He came back, so they quietly divorced so that she would not be accused of bigamy.

Fannie did eventually come to Kansas. Then she moved on to San Diego. She first was married to a Mr Jones. Then later she married a Mr Richardson.

2.) Helen Catherine "Kittie/Kitty" (Hawkins) Martin (1857 - 1882)
She had our children. The youngest one was George Garfield (born 31-Dec-1881). Kittie died from complications to George's birth on 9-Jan-1882.

3.) Mary E. (Crowley) (Martin) Yates (1862 - 1919)
John Martin married Mary on 10-July-1883
They had two children: Eunice & Maggie.
Mary left while pregnant with Maggie. They
later divorced. She eventually married a
Mr. Yates.

4.) Amanda Martin (1847 - 1922)
She was an old friend of John Martin's they married late in life. She along with Kittie are burried in the Martin plot in Partridge, KS.

John Martin's father was William Martin, and his mother Sarah Martin had a maiden name of Arms. They immigrated from England to the US in 1847. They landed in Quebec, then were moved to Burlington, Chittendon County Vermont. I have William Martin's naturalization papers from there where he gives his age which calculates to 1803, and he states he was from Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England. Note, that I also found a christening for a Sarah Arms two days after her birthdate and it is located only 13 miles from Holbeach in Walpole-St. Andrew, Norfolk, England. It's a different county, but only 13 miles away. Her parents are listed as Mary Harwood, and John Arms. I think I have seen some of William & Sarah's children born in Norfolk. It is just a thought, but if this was Sarah's home area, then she could have gone home to be with her mother when expecting some of the children.
(For the Christening record see:

The Martin's finally settled in the Chicago area where they are buried. I was told that John Martin was their youngest child. His obituary mentioned 6 siblings, but I have only been able to see that there are 6 children (or 5 siblings).

In notes from a 1964 Calender. My mother had written in the following as John Martin's siblings:

John Martin's Parents buried in Illinois

Aunt Mary, Amy, Kate, Joe (civil war vet), Jennie, Lela, Ida, Henry.

That would imply there were nine total. I know at least one of his sisters moved to Abbyville, but I don't know which one. I suspect it was an Amy who married a Kellogg.

(NOTE: Since I first wrote the above section about siblings, I learned a few more things...

1) My mother was wrong to include Jennie, Ida, & Henry. Those three were Amy's children. Lela was actually Amy's grandchild via Jennie. Thus they weren't siblings of John's but rather nieces and a nephew.

2)My mother was missing Marie. There was both a Marie and a Mary in the family.

3) I was wrong about Amy marrying a Kellogg. Her sister Mary married a Kellogg. Amy married a Hopping in Illnois. Then they moved to Missouri, then they moved to Reno County, Kansas.

4)Another sad thing is that I believe that Joe wasn't just a vet, but rather a casualty during the civil war. There was a Joseph Martin from Orlando ward, Cook County, Illnois who joined Company F, 100 Infantry in August of 1862. He died 12-Dec-1862 in Nashville. It is interesting to note that he was put down as being married. His stats were

a) 5'7.5",
b) 26 years old,
c) dark: hair, eyes, complexion
d) Nativity: England
e) status: Married
f) occupation: farmer

His 1860 census in Orlando, Cook, Illinois implied that he was single. I found nothing about a widows pension. Thus I'm not sure what to say about it. There is a Joesph Martin buried in the Nashville National Cemetery. Everything matches up except that it has the death date as 8-Dec-1862 -- four days earlier.

Here is basically the siblings of William & Sarah Martin. (NOTE: If there was a 7th child as the story in John's obituary implies [six siblings are mentioned sailing for America in 1847], then I have yet to find that 7th child...])

1. Mary Ann (Martin) Kellogg:
(b. 1834; d. before John Martin died)

2. Joseph Martin:
(b. 1835; d. 12-Dec-1862)

3) Catherine "Kate" Martin:
(b. 1838; d. 1927)

4) Maria/Marie (Martin) Farmer:
(b. 1840; d. 1930+ -- she was in the 1930 census)
Note: This is the only Martin whose grave I have not found.

5) Amy/Emma May (Martin) Hopping:
(b. 11-May-1842; d. 2-July-1918)

6) John Martin:
(b. 12-Oct-1846; d. 9-April-1926)

Here is John Martin's obituary that appeared in the Hutchinson paper:


Passed Away At His Home Northeast of Abbyville, April 9th

John Martin was born in Lincolnshire England, October 12, 1845 and departed this life, April 9, 1926.

In 1847 with his father, mother and six other children, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean from London to Quebec, the trip taking six weeks.

After landing in America, they located in Chittenden County, Vermont; then in 1856 they emigrated to Cook County, Illinois, locating near the Will County line. He remained under the parental roof until eleven years of age, when he started out in life for himself.

During the war of the Rebellion, he served as a member of the 31st Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Co K., faithfully performing his duty as a soldier for one year, when he received an honorable discharge and returned to his home.

In the spring of 1873 he came to the Sunflower State, securing a 160 acre homestead in Westminster Township, Reno County. His home was the first one built in the township, and has always been known as the Lone Star house. When he arrived in Kansas the buffaloes were still numerous, and he had much sport hunting these animals, often times going as far as seventy-five miles on a hunting trip. He also went miles gathering buffalo bones which were sold in Hutchinson for $5.00 to $8.00 a ton.

Mr. Martin experienced many of the hardships, such as the grasshopper year and crop failures, but as years passed, prosperity has abundantly rewarded his well-directed efforts. He followed diversified farming, his principal crop, however being wheat. He also raised a fine grade of livestock having from two to three hundred head of cattle.

Mr. Martin was married four times. To his first union, one daughter was born: Fanny Jane Richardson, of San Diego, California. On December 1, 1873, he was united in marriage to Kitty Hawkins. To this union four children were born. Jay, who died in infancy; Josephine Pearl, who lives at home; Jessie Bell, wife of O.R. Click of Plains, Kansas; and George Garfield of Sylvia, Kansas. To the third union two daughters were born, Eunice and Maggie, the latter passing away May 4, 1918. His fourth union was with Mrs. Amanda Carter of Pontiac, Illinois. They lived happily together for fifteen years, when she was called in death December 21, 1823.

His political support was with the Republican party. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, having been a member of the Masonic lodge since he was twenty-one years old, and was a Shriner of Wichita, Kansas. He was also a member of Joe Hooker Post G.A.R. of Hutchinson, Kansas. He was a charter member of Cable Lodge, No. 299, A.F. & A.M., at Arlington.

He leaves to mourn his death, four daughters, Fanny Jane Richardson, San Diego, California; Josephine Pearl, who lives at home; Mrs. Jessie Bell Click, Plains, Kansas; Mrs. Eunice Potter, Garden City, Kansas; and one son, George Garfield of Sylvia, Kansas; two sisters, Marie of Kenosha, Wisconsin; Catharine, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; twenty-three grandchildren; five great grandchildren and a host of friends.

The funeral services were conducted from the home northeast of Abbyville, by the pastor of the M. E. Church at 11 o'clock, Tuesday morning, April 13.

The services at the grave was in charge of Joe Hooker Post of Hutchinson and the Masonic orders.

The burial was in the Partridge cemetery.

1850 in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont

1860 in Town of Orlando, Cook County, Illinois

1870: Have not found him.

1880 in Enterprise Townwship, Reno County, Kansas

1900 in Westminster Townwship, Reno County, Kansas

1910 in Westminster Townwship, Reno County, Kansas

1920 in Westminster Townwship, Reno County, Kansas

Note: I found a Christening record for John Martin that would imply that his birth date should be a bit earlier than the one given in his obituary (12-Oct-1846):

Baptism of John Martin son of William & Sarah Martin performed on 10-Oct-1846 in Walpole-St Peters, Norfolk, England


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