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GEORGE M. MARTIN, Ohio County, is the son of Nimrod Martin, of Shelby County, Ky., who was born in 1805, and removed to Indiana when he was but twelve years of age, and there remained until he reached the years of manhood.  He then went into Ohio County, and was there married to Deborah Dobson, who was also a native of Shelby County, born in 1817, and married when but thirteen years of age. She died May 31, 1881, leaving eight children to mourn her loss: Matilda, wife of William Paris; Eli, married to Cassandra Taylor, subsequently to Sarah Dawson; Mildred, wife of Marion Jewell; George M.; Mrs. Chloe Taylor; and Mrs. Debbie Dodson. Our subject was married February 22, 1863, to Mary P. Taylor, daughter of Thomas L. and Sally (McCracken) Taylor. She is the seventh of a family of eleven children; was born in Ohio County, Ky., in May, 1839, where she received a common school education. They have three children: Kinch Hay, Homer, and Charlie. They are members of the Bell Run Missionary Baptist Church; and he is a stanch Democrat. His farm consists of 122 acres of meadow, plough land and timber. He has good buildings and many other improvements, and has a coal-bank on his farm.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  George Madison Martin, born 18 April 1938, died  in Ohio County 8 March 1925.

WADE N. MARTIN, Ohio County, was born in Butler County, Ky., June 26, 1827. His father, John Martin, was a native of Philadelphia, Penn., born in 1801; came to Kentucky with his parents in 1815; settled at Shakertown in Logan County, and in 1817 removed to Butler County, where he married Malinda Neal, in 1824. Seventeen children are the result of this union, of which number our subject is the third. John Martin died in Texas, in 1867. Subject's grandfather, John Martin, was a native of Ireland, born in 1765; was a sailor by occupation; he died in 1835, aged seventy years; he married Mary Graham, who died in Butler County, aged ninety-four. The maternal grandparents of our subject, George and Margaret (Tyler) Neal, were natives of North Carolina, and died in Kentucky at the advanced age of seventy-six and seventy-three years, respectively. Wade N. Martin remained with his parents until the age of fifteen, when he began to learn the trade of tanner, and worked three years with James Helm, of Morgantown. When he arrived at the age of eighteen, his father gave him his time. Wages were not over $7 per month, but for eight years he continued tanning when he could get work; in the meantime he made several trips in flat-boats on the river. April 11, 1850, he married Martha T. Harris, and three years later settled in Wayne County, Ill., where his wife, Martha, died, leaving one child — Corrinna, who died in the same year. In 1855 he removed to Ohio County, Ky., where he purchased a tannery and worked at his trade. His second marriage was celebrated December 30, 1855, with Jemima N. S. E. Hodges. This union has been blessed with eight children, seven of whom are living: George W., John W., Ransom B., Mary T., Martha P., Sina N., and Luella E. In 1874 Mr. Martin discontinued the tanning business, which he had followed successfully for twenty years, and gave his attention to trading in land and stock and tobacco, which he followed for some years. He owns about 1,500 acres of land in Ohio and adjoining counties. The home farm is well improved with good barns, orchard and dwelling. Mr. Martin began life without assistance, and has arrived at his present state of comfortable independence by his own energy. Mr. and Mrs. Martin and their children are members of the Baptist Church, in which Mr. M. holds the office of deacon; he takes a strong stand in favor of temperance, and voted with the old Whig party until 1854, since which time he has been a Republican.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note: Wade Neel Martin died 21 Feb 1900 in Ohio County and is buried in Green River Cemetery, Ohio County.

Photo courtesy of Frances Wilson Burgess, great-great granddaughter of Wade Martin.

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