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Transcribed biography of Gideon Martin

GIDEON MARTIN is one of the worthy agriculturists and citizens and one of the loyal soldiers of the civil war. He is a native of Cass county, Indiana, having been born April 27, 1841. He was a third child in a family of five, three sons and two daughters, the children of Noah and Amanda (Kelly) Martin. There are four living, the eldest being Samuel, a resident of Washington township and an agriculturist. Louise, wife of Fred Bennett, a resident of Logansport, Indiana; the third is the subject of this sketch; John is a resident of Cass county, an agriculturist and a soldier of the Civil war who was in the battles of Stone River, Chattanooga and Chickamauga. He is married and is a Republican. Father Martin was a native of West Virginia and came to Indiana when a young man. He was an agriculturist and was a successful man in business affairs. Politically he was formerly an old-line Whig, then joined the Republican party and voted for Fremont, the first Republican candidate. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as was also his good wife. He died in Cass county, aged sixty-four years. Mother Martin was a native of Ohio, and she died in Cass county aged eighty-eight years.

Mr. Martin, the subject of this sketch, was reared as an agriculturist and received his education in the public schools of his state. He was one of the patriots when the tocsin of war was sounded to enlist and go to the front in defense of his country's honor. He enlisted at Logansport, Indiana, August 18, 1862, in Company E, of the Twenty-ninth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, and his regiment was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland, under the command of General "Pap" Thomas. He participated in the battles of Stone River and Chickamauga, and in the latter battle he received a severe wound in the right thigh and was confined to the hospital six months. The officials wanted him to join the Reserve Corps, but he went to his regiment and remained with it till granted an honorable discharge in August, 1865, having served his country faithfully for two years and ten months. Then he went home to mingle again with the vocations of a peaceable life. Mr. Martin has always been a Democrat, but cast his first presidential vote for the grand and noble Lincoln, while he was in the ranks.

He wedded Miss Tennessee Talbott in December, 1865, and seven children, three sons and four daughters, have graced this marriage. Four are now living: Della, wife of John Snyder, a resident of Valparaiso, Indiana, a carpenter and joiner by trade and they have three children, Lizzie, Will and Hattie; E. L., residing with the father at the homestead, a practical agriculturist, educated in the public schools and in politics a Democrat; Asa I., a resident of Valparaiso and engaged in the pump business, married Miss Edith Urbans and they have two sons, Walker and Carroll; Noah, a resident of Washington township and an agriculturist, married Miss Daisy Carroll, and they have two children, Mabel and Clayton; Noah is the youngest child living.

Mrs. Martin, the mother, was born in Porter county, Indiana, September 2, 1848, and died July 24, 1910. She was reared and educated in this county. Mrs. Martin was a lovable lady, a kind and affectionate wife and mother and her death was in the family circle likened unto a missing link in the golden circlet, never to be replaced. The vacant chairs of mother and wife can not be filled as mother did when she superintended her household and had the rearing of her children. She was ever ready with counsel and advice to aid her husband in the establishment of the home, which was her paradise. She and her husband had traveled the journey of life together almost one half a century and she did her part nobly at all times and places. She was a devout member of the Christian church at Valparaiso, Indiana, and she was interred in the Lutheran cemetery in Washington township.

Mr. Martin resides on his attractive farm of sixty-six acres in Washington township, surrounded by hosts of friends who have known him intimately for years as a man of honesty, veracity and character, and we are pleased to add this review of this worthy gentleman to the roster of Porter county's honorable citizens.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 547-549

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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