Martin Vanderwarker was born in the town of Chester, Warren County, New York, on Christmas Day, 1828, the son of David and Elisa "Liva" (Duell) Vanderwarker.
He served in Companies D and E of the 175th New York Infantry during the Civil War.
He resided in the Hoffman section of the town of Schroon, Essex County, New York.
From the Town Clerks' Enlistment Rolls of Civil War Veterans for the town of Chester, Warren County, New York:
Name: VANDEWARAKER, Martin
Born: 12/25/29 Chester, New York
Service: 175th Infantry, Co D
Mother: Elisa Duell
Notes: present at the Battle of Cedar Creek
Post Office: Chestertown, New York
His mother's name is also seen as Liva in other records. This is supported by the fact that Martin named his eldest daughter Mary Liva.