Biography of Michael Martz
Allen County, OH Biographies

MICHAEL MARTZ, farmer, P. O. West Cairo. was born January 13, 1807, in Rockingham County, Va., son of Michael and Sarah (Hawkins) Martz, also natives of Virginia, of German and English descent respectively, and the parents of twelve children, of whom five are now living. Our subject's parents died in their native country at the ages of thirty nine and eighty six years respectively. The subject of our sketch was married, August 30, 1827, to Miss Sarah Huff, a native of Rockingham County, Va., born November 1, 1808, daughter of George and Mary M. (Zirkle) Huff, natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia respectively, and of German descent, both now dead. Our subject moved to Licking County in 1830, and thence, in 1839, to this county, settling on the farm where he still resides. He lived in a log cabin with puncheon floors for several years, and cleared many acres of land. He reared a family of nine children: Isaac W., George W., Mary M., James A., Thomas B., Sarah C., Silas H., Eliza A. and Benjamin F., all now living except Silas H., who was a member of Company A, Fifty seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was taken prisoner July 22, 1864, and was confined in Andersonville prison until September 22, same year; he died at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., December 13, 1864, of camp diarrhcea. Mrs. Martz died September 6, 1882, at the age of seventy three years. Mr. Martz became a member of the Christian Church in youth, serving in many of its minor offices for years, and in 1840 was ordained to the ministry of the gospel, since which time he has given most of his service. He served in some of the township offices, as trustee, clerk and justice of the peace. He is a life long Democrat.

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