Born in Salem, VT. Son of Ambrose Renell (1801-1874) and Emily Crandall (1809-1890).
In 1869 he married Mary Ann Maxwell (1842-1875). Their children were Joseph(1871-1915), Martin Van Buren, Jr.(1872-1921), and William T(1874-1876).
In 1889 he married Eleanor Jane Charke (1867-1937). Their children were John W(1889-1890), George Armstrong Custer(1891-1968), Edna Thurston(1893-1973), Albert Edward(1899-1900), and Clarence Pinder(1902-1959).
He served in the US Civil War, Vermont 1st Cavalry, Co. D.
"Enlisted in Co. D, 1st Vermont Cavalry on August 27, 1862, giving his residence as Barton, VT. Captured in action on April 1, 1863 at Broad Run, VA and paroled on April 7, 1863. Mustered out June 21, 1865." (Contributed by Bruce Crandall)
"Obituary: Essex County Herald, December 12, 1902:
Martin V. Renell died at his home early Sunday morning at the age of 61 years. He had been janitor of the opera house block for some time and performed his accustomed duties up to Tuesday. That night he showed evident symptoms of derangement, was conveyed home and a doctor summoned, who reported him suffering from typhoid fever, death resulting as above stated. Martin served through the war, a member of 1st Vermont cavalry, Co. D., and was made prisoner by Moseby, he of guerrilla fame, surrendering only when his horse was shot from under him and, as he used to relate it, when he had no other alternative. He was past commander of Erastus Buck Post, G. A. R. He is survived by a wife and three children, also two sons by his first wife. Funeral services were held at Christ Church Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. E. P. Lee, comrades of the Post acting as bearers. Martin will be greatly missed in the community."(Contributed by LC Paradis)
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