Biography - Samuel Martin

SAMUEL MARTIN, farmer, P. O. Anna, is a native of Jackson County, Ala., and was born August 31, 1824. His father, Urias Martin, was born in Clinton County, Ky., in 1796, and was there raised on a farm, and on account of its being a new settled country was deprived of the opportunity of receiving an education. In 1818, he married and engaged in farming, an occupation he followed during his life. In 1828, he removed from Kentucky to Jackson County, Ala., and thence to Tennessee, and after two years came to Union County, Ill., and settled in Anna Precinct. In 1835, he removed to Greene County, Ill., and subsequently to Texas, where he died in 1856. He was of Irish descent. Keziah (Williams) Martin, subject's mother, was born in Clinton County, Ky., in 1800, and died in Texas in 1879. She was of Welsh descent, and the daughter of Hardin Williams, an old time Baptist Preacher. She was the mother of ten children of whom nine are now living — James H., Urias, Benjamin F., Elizabeth, Jane, Malvina, Lucinda, Joseph, and our subject, who was the third child born. He was brought to Union County by his parents when he was six years of age, and was raised on a farm, and educated in the subscription schools. At twenty-one years of age, he left home and engaged in farming on his own account, and continued the same for one year, when he enlisted in the Second Regiment of the Mexican war, and served under Col. William H. Bissel. His brother, Joseph Martin, also served in the same regiment and company. In 1847, our subject returned home to Union County and resumed the occupation of farming, and has since continued the same on his farm of 145 acres. In 1849, he married Miss Matilda McElhany, a native of the county, born near Jonesboro in 1828. She is the mother of the following children— Sidney C., M. D., Franklin P., Samuel, Hannibal H. and Anna H. Politically, Mr. M. is a Democrat; he served as Assessor and Treasurer of the county from 1871 to 1875.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 77-78.

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