Biography of Martin M. Popejoy
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MARTIN M. POPEJOY.

Self made men, who have attained success by reason of their personal qualities and who have left the impress of their individuality upon the business and material development of their home community, exert a powerful influence for good and, unwittingly perhaps, build monuments more enduring than marble obelisks or granite shafts. Such a man is Martin M. Popejoy, sheriff of Carroll county and one of the honored citizens in this part of the great Hoosier state.

Martin M. Popejoy was born in the village of Middlefork, Clinton county, Indiana, September 14, 1871. His parents, John and Nancy (McAdams) Popejoy, were natives of Clinton county, Indiana, and Ohio, respectively. John Popejoy was reared in Clinton county, but lived for about five years in Illinois. Subsequently, he returned to Indiana and settled in Cass county, and still later moved to Carroll county, settling on the old Berntrader farm, where he died in 1898, at the age of seventy seven years. He was always a farmer. His wife is still living and is now seventy six years old. She resided at Rockfield. The Popery family were members of the Methodist church and Mrs. John Popejoy still retains her membership in this church. John and Nancy (McAdams) Popejoy were the parents of seven children, who grew to maturity: Jennie, the wife of Franklin John, of near Rockfield; Flora B., the wife of Lincoln Laird, a resident of southern Indiana; William, deceased; Minnie, the twin sister of William, who is now the wife of Noah Barnard of near Russiaville, Indiana; Martin M., the subject of this sketch; George W., a resident of Deer Creek, and Andrew J. of the same township. John Popery was twice married. Previous to his marriage to Nancy McAdams, he had married a Miss Norris, by whom one child was born, James L., who lives near Rossville.

The paternal grandfather of Martin M. Popejoy was Madison Popejoy, who married a Miss Whiteman. They were natives of Kentucky and early settlers in Clinton county, where they died well advanced in years. They were the parents of six children, John A., Amanda, Dutch, Julia, Jennie and William. The maternal grandparents of Mr. Popejoy were natives of Ohio and early settlers in Clinton county. Indiana, where they died in the prime of life. They were the parents of a family of five children, Nancy R., James (who was killed in the Civil War), William, Sallie and Rebecca.

Martin M. Popery was reared on his father's farm in Clinton county. He attended the country schools of Clinton county, where he received a good common school education, living at home until his marriage, at the age of twenty seven years. After his marriage. Mr. Popery rented a farm, but lived on the home place for several years. In 1803 he moved to Carroll county and rented the old Berntrader farm. Later he moved to Tippecanoe township and, still later, to Deer Creek township, where he lived on the Pollard farm for four years. In 1912 Mr. Popejov was elected sheriff of Carroll county, assuming the office on January 1, 1913. In 1914 he was reelected by the largest majority ever given a candidate for any county office in the history of Carroll county.

In 1901 Mr. Popejoy was married to Mary Clark, who was born near Argus, Indiana, in 1880. Mrs. Popery's parents were natives of Indiana. Her mother died when she was a child, but her father is still living. He is now at the Soldiers' Home at Lafayette. Indiana, having been a soldier in the Civil War, in which he served three and one half years as a private. Mr. and Mrs. Popejoy have one daughter. Dorothy M.

Martin M. Popejoy has always been an enthusiastic Democrat and a man of wide influence in the councils of his party in Carroll county. Fraternally, he is a member of Mount Olive Lodge No. 48, Free and Accepted Masons, at Delphi; Young America Lodge No. 548, Knights of Pythias. and of the Uniform Rank of this order, and also belongs to the Improved Order of Red Men. Mrs. Popejoy is a member of the Baptist church, but Mr. Popejoy is a member of the Lutheran church.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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