JOHN WILLIAM MARTIN, residing on his well improved farm of 132 acres, which is situated about three and one
half miles west of Mount Jackson, is one of the reliable and substantial citizens of this section. He was born
near Princeton, in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of George and Rosa (Doughett)
Martin, and a grandson of John and Margaret (Dodds) Martin.
The grandparents of Mr. Martin were born in Ireland, but they settled in Pennsylvania prior to the birth of Mr.
Martin's father, which took place December 17, 1839. The latter, George Martin, is one of Slippery Rock's most
esteemed citizens and resides on his valuable farm of 150 acres, which is situated about seven miles from New Castle.
The mother of Mr. Martin was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Of the four children born to them, John William
is the eldest.
Until he had passed boyhood and entered well into his teens, John W. Martin attended school in the neighborhood
of his home. From early youth he had been acquainted with farming and stock raising and his chosen line of work
has always been of an agricultural nature. Prior to coming to his present farm, in November, 1906, he owned a farm
in Slippery Rock Township containing forty eight acres. This he sold when he contemplated moving to North Beaver
Township when he had the opportunity of purchasing his present valuable property, which was formerly the John R.
Miller farm. A part of the land was in timber and in order to convert the same into lumber Mr. Martin has been
operating a sawmill on his property for the past year. Mr. Martin married Ardilla Taylor, who is a daughter of
Henry Taylor, and they have three sons, Merle Merrill, Raymond, and Paul Eugene, who are great comforts to their
grandparents, being the only grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Martin are members of the United Presbyterian Church.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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