I. W. MARTIN, M. D., born March 1, 1829, in Lebanon County, Penn., is the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Wetterhold)
Martin. His father was born in Montgomery County, Penn., July 1, 1805; his mother is a native of Lebanon County,
Penn.; born in 1809; died in 1848. His parents had eleven children: John Henry (deceased); Samuel A., a farmer
near Arcadia, Ind.; Sarah, wife of A. P. Erbaugh, a farmer of Montgomery County, Ohio; Mary A., wife of Jerome
Martin (deceased); William, a farmer in Kansas; Lydia, wife of Andrew Robinson, a farmer of Carroll County, Ind.;
Charles, a plasterer; Eliza, wife of Samuel Couffer, of Steelton, Penn.; Ruth, deceased wife of John W. Biesecker;
Hiram (deceased); and the subject of this sketch. Mr. Martin's second marriage was on July 4, 1849, to Nancy Grundon,
which union was blessed with three children. I. W. Martin was reared in Dauphin County, Penn., and there received
a common school education. He also attended the academy at Danville. At the age of twelve, he drove a team on the
Ohio Canal, after which he assisted his father in plastering, and learned hat and bonnet pressing in Philadelphia.
In 1852, he commenced the study of medicine under Dr. Gideon Fahnstock, at Danville, Penn., and read with him three
or four years. He was married May 24, 1849, to Sarah C. Light, a native of Lebanon County, Penn. They have had
thirteen children; John Henry, Mary Louisa, Thomas W., Samuel L., Albert E., Amanda I., Amos A., Kate E., Milton
M., Ella Jane, Israel A. (deceased), Sarah A. (deceased), and Howard E. (deceased). In the fall of 1849, Mr. Martin
came to this county, and in 1860 moved his family here, locating in Ervin Township, where he now resides. In six
months after moving here, he purchased four acres of ground, and built a log cabin. The day after moving into it
it burned, and they lost everything they had. He now has forty nine acres, well improved, with good house and barn.
Mr. Martin cast his first Presidential vote for Buchanan and his second for Lincoln. February 6, 1868, he was commissioned
by Montgomery Blair as Postmaster at Ervin, which office he has held ever since. In 1875, he was commissioned Notary
Public, which office he now holds. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and has had a continuous practice
of medicine in his township since his location there in 1860. Mr. Martin has a printing press, and the editors
of Kokomo say he is the best self made printer in Northern Indiana. He does all his own printing, besides job work
of all kinds. He keeps a general store, and is the sole proprietor and manufacturer of Martin & Son's Blood
Invigorater, and his Cough Elixir.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Howard County, IN
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