Biography of Guy C. Martin
Erie County, NY Biographies


Martin, Guy C., Holland, is descended from a long line of New England ancestors. The paternal grandfather, Reuben Martin, was a native of Connecticut, where he married, and then moved to Charlotte, Vt. They had a family of eleven children, eight sons and three daughters. Mr. Martin's father was born in 1791, and married Phebe Cooley, a native of Willsborough, Essex county, who died in Aurora. Erie county, in 1850 they had a family of eight children: Charles (deceased), Guy C., born in Charlotte, Vt., December 31, 1818, and moved with his parents to Chautauqua county at the age of twelve years and at the age of fourteen he 'worked in Westfield for two and a half years, then returned home for five years, and then went to Buffalo where he commenced work at tanning and was with the same firm for fifty-one years; also worked eight years in Aurora. He was asked by the firm to locate a site and build a tannery, which he did in 1851, and was superintendent of the tannery at Holland, N. Y. He worked for sixteen years for this institution and went to Buffalo, N. Y., and ran that tannery for twenty three years, then returned to Holland, where he is now superintendent of the tannery. Guy C. only received a common school education and was a delegate to the Free Soil convention held in Buffalo in 1844. He is a member of Lodge No. 25, I. O. O. F., of Buffalo. In 1844 he married Eliza Phelps, who died in 1885 at the age of fifty-six. They had nine children, Helen E., Alice L. (deceased), Charles A., Mary A. and Carlton, jr., William, Minnie, Mittie and Edward E., all deceased. His son Charles has been a conductor since 1870. Helen is the widow of Thaddeus B. Gill and they have three children, James, Nellie and Howard. Mary Adell is the widow of L. O. Hawks.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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