Monday, October 5, 2009

One of our Great... Grandfathers James D. Martin

James D. Martin, migrated to Muhlenberg County, Ky. He was a War of 1812 veteran. James D. Martin came to Muhlenberg Co. in 1803 with his father and mother. He was born near Lexington Ky. in Fayette Co. Virginia (Ky) Sept. 8, 1785. His father, Hugh Martin, was a farmer and revolutionary war veteran who had migrated from Augusta Co. Va. to Kentucky and his mother was Mary McDonald, also from Virginia.

Hugh Martin’s father and family came to Fayette Co. in 1779 and they were instrumental in the building of Bryants Station and Fort in Lexington and were originally from Carnmoney, Antrim Ireland, his grandfather coming into Orange Co. (Augusta), in 1742. Mary McDonalds family had come into America from Scotland. James D. Martin married Mary Rice Spilman Sept. 15,1808 in Muhlenberg Co. Mary was born in Garrard Co. Va.(KY) Mar. 8. 1792 and was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Spilman and Nancy J. Rice who at the time of Mary’s marriage lived in Muhlenberg Co. James D. Martin served twice in the War of 1812 with The Muhlenberg Co. Militia and by 1823 had moved on to White Co. Illinois. They farmed there and were on the 1830 census of Jefferson Co. Illinois but in 1840 were on the Lawrence Co. Illinois census.

James died on Nov. 6, 1864 in Lawrence Co.and is buried at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sumner, Illinois. Mary moved on to Norton, Kansas with a daughter where she died April 26,1884. - BIOGRAPHIES, By Harold W. Rarden of Fleming County, Ky, his related family members.