Saturday, August 29, 2009

Surname Saturday: MARTIN



The MARTIN line is my children's father's maternal grandmother's family. They originated from Strasbourg in what is now Alsace-Lorraine, France. This area has been fought over by the Germans and French for a couple of centuries and so the location name has consequently changed many times.

Stories and History:

Ahnentafel #56 - Francois MARTIN (b. 1792) - earliest known ancestor of this line; married Anna Eve ROUECHE

Ahnentafel #28 - Francois Joseph MARTIN (1828 - 1887) - born in Strasbourg, he immigrated to the United States where he married his wife, Rachel HUBBY, in Illinois by 1848. After farming for some time in Lind and Jones Counties in Iowa, they removed to Bon Homme County in Dakota Territory (now South Dakota).

Ahnentafel #14 - John Franklin MARTIN (1854 - 1928) - John worked for the railroad for much of his life, which may have been the reason why he lived all over the Northern Plains and Pacific Northwest. He and his wife, Angelia Rebecca LUKE, had 12 children, including a set of twins (a genetic trait carried from Angelia's family).

Ahnentafel #7 - Leona Mary MARTIN (1906 - 1993) - youngest of 12 children and a twin. Her fantastic cooking provided for her family during the Depression through a diner she and her husband, Forrest Lyton CHAPLIN, owned.

Ahnentafel #3 - my children's paternal grandmother (living)

Ahnentafel #1 - my children's father (living)


More about the MARTIN family:

1. Online database (I update this at least once a month): MARTIN ancestors and relatives (no info on living persons available)

2. Some MARTIN obituaries

3. Posts about MARTIN ancestors and relatives on this blog

4. Some scanned MARTIN documents

5. Some scanned MARTIN photos


My children's MARTIN immigration trail:

Strasbourg, Alsace (now Alsace-Lorraine) France > DeKalb Co., IL > Lind Co., IA > Jones Co., IL > Bon Homme Co., DT (now SD) > Ransom Co., ND > LaMoure Co., ND > Kootenai (now Boundary) Co., ID > Franklin Co., WA > Multnomah Co., OR > Washington Co., OR > Clark Co., WA > Yakima Co., WA > Pierce Co., WA > Clark Co., WA > Spokane Co., WA
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