John V. Martin (d. 1876)


Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley West Virginia
By James Morton Callahan
Professor of History, West Virginia University
New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912
Volume III, Pages 1176-1178

(III) Jesse B., son of Spencer Martin, was born November 3, 1802. He married Elizabeth, daughter of George Martin, who lived on Buffalo creek, near Farmington; children: Hon. Benjamin F.; Malissa; John V., mentioned below; George W. S., married Louisa Davis and had three children: William, Ida (Hyde), Flora, wife of Hon. William G. Brown, member of congress from second district, West Virginia, 1911; Elizabeth, wife of Edward J. Armstrong; Laverna Belle; Winfield Scott; Jesse Thornton, married Sophia, daughter of Aaron Morgan, and their issue was: Porter, Harry, Hugh, and two other children; Marion, died young.

(IV) John V., third child of Jesse B. Martin, was born in Harrison county, West Virginia; died September 11, 1876. He lived on the old homestead with his parents until his marriage. He taught school before and after his marriage. He removed to Worthington, where he followed mercantile business, and later removed to Taylor County, and there conducted a general store. He finally studied law, was admitted to the bar of that county, where he succeeded, and became prosecuting attorney. Politically he was an uncompromising old type of a Democrat. He married Sarah A. Burdett, who died October 23, 1908. Children: 1. Frederick Thornton, mentioned below. 2. Marion Katherine, born December 29, 1864, died November 28, 1911; married Frank C. Fisher; children: Frank, Arthur, Cora Elizabeth. 3. John Franklin, born September 24, 1866, died 1888. 4. Jesse Burrows, born March 11, 1868; married Nancy Amiss; child, Virginia. 5. Walter Scott, born October 15, 1869, died October 11, 1871. 6. Elizabeth B., born May 19, 1871; married Mr. Abbott; one child, John Vernon. 7. Bernard Leslie, born April 18, 1873; married Lou Sturm; child, Bernard Leslie. 8. Arthur George, mentioned below.

(V) Frederick Thornton, son of John V. Martin, was born February 19, 1863. He lived in Pruntytown, Taylor county, West Virginia, until his father's death, when he removed to Fairmont, and attended the public schools of that city and also studied law. He was deputy county and circuit clerk for this county. He resigned and became a railway mail clerk under President Cleveland's first administration, and was examined and admitted to the bar, and is now practicing at Grafton. He is chairman of the second congressional district. Democratic executive committee. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity at Fairmont, and a member of the order of Elks at Grafton; also president of the West Virginia branch of the Sons of the Revolution, 1911. He married, October 25, 1893, Mary Gertrude Sinnott; children: John Sinnott, born October 13, 1894; Charles Lindsay, February 11, 1898, died July 24, 1901; James B., May 7, 1901; Mary, September 10, 1903.

(V) Arthur George, son of John V. Martin, was born in Grafton, Taylor county. West Virginia, October 24, 1874. He was educated in the common schools, remaining until thirteen years of age, when he moved to Fairmont, where he attended the public schools and also the State Normal School of that city. He took a thorough commercial course in the Iron City Business College at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. His educational training was of the practical business sort, and included a period in the postoffice under L. P. Carr, postmaster at Fairmont. This clerkship was soon after leaving the Normal school, where his training was thorough. Later he became interested in coal and real estate business, in which he is still engaged. He served as assistant to Charles E. Manley, county clerk of Marion county, after which he took full charge of a store of John T. McGraw, at Palmer, for a year and half. He was full of a laudable ambition, and at the expiration of the time just mentioned he engaged with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company. In 1902 he established a book and stationery store at Fairmont, which business he built up to be one of success and importance in the city. Politically Mr. Martin is a Democrat and was nominated by that political party and endorsed by the Prohibition and People's parties, and elected as mayor of Fairmont, in April, 19 10, for a two-year term. He is proving himself a capable and popular officer. He is a member of the Sons of the Revolution; of the Elks and Knights of Pythias fraternities; also belongs to the Royal Arcanum order. He attends the Episcopal church, and in all that is public-spirited and uplifting in the community he takes an active part, believing that it is the duty of every good citizen to do faithfully and well his part toward public advancement.

Mr. Martin married, at Cincinnati, Ohio, June 15, 1904, Mary S. Baker, native of Aurora, Indiana, daughter of W. S. and Clara M. (Orange) Baker.

Additional Information

Taylor County WV - Deaths in the year 1876; Page 47, Line 62
John V. Martin, died Sept 11, 1876 in Taylor County, WV
Cause: Consumption
Age-at-Death: 39y-2m-13d
Parents: Jesse B. & Elizabeth Martin
Where-born: Marion, WV
Occupation: Lawyer


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