Teppline: James William Martin

January 1st, 1828

Teppline:
For:  James William Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin
This Lifescape Teppline is based on a compilation of family records and other historical documents.  Created by his great-great grandson Donald Clayton beginning on April 24, 2002.

The date of January 1, 1828 is used for the Qala Bist.com website filing of this information.

[First posted:  2010.04.23 / Friday – Teppline: James William Martin]

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1828

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[2] 40:080  North America – United States of America – Pennsylvania – Butler County
Evansburg (renamed Evans City in 1882)
James William Martin is born (near) Evansburg, Pennsylvania (probably) in 1828.  His parents are William Martin and Ellen Wilson Martin.  He will marry Margaret Hamil Martin on unknown date, 0000.   He will live until unknown date, 19??.

Notes:  There are two conflicting census reports regarding year of birth for family members.  The 1880 Census for Higgins Township – Roscommon County – Michigan is more consistent with information recorded by Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin regarding her husband’s family history.  The 1870 Census for Riga Township – Lenawee County – Michigan is generally not consistent.  Census research courtesy of Patricia Menge circa 2010.

The History of Butler County (page #206) published in 1883 identifies the connection between James William Martin and his father William Martin and his mother Ellen Wilson Martin.  The article on Butler County was found by Patricia Menge in 2010.

The Wikipedia article regarding the history of Evans City is interesting and is the source for the Evansburg to Evans City transition information.  HNB recorded that James William Martin was born in “Isle of Man” Pennsylvania, a location yet to be identified (by Donald Clayton circa 2010).

William Martin was a native of Ireland.  Ellen Wilson Martin may or may not have been born in Ireland, but her father Thomas Wilson was born in Ireland.  Both William and Thomas (probably) came to America in the late 1700’s.

William Martin was born circa 1768 in Ireland and died in Pennsylvania in 1850 “at age 82”.  Additional information regarding the members of the William Martin family and the Thomas Wilson family is contained in the History of Butler County article.

The “family story” is that William Martin (or Thomas Wilson) came from Ireland with “two brothers”.  The three brothers were Protestants.  In Ireland a group of Catholics were trying to murder them.  They fled (or moved) to America (Pennsylvania).  Members of this group actually followed them to America in order to kill them.  They were not successful. -HNB.

The above story may or may not explain the pattern of cryptic names, uncertain early census information, and frequent moves ever further west of James William Martin (and his wife); but the fact is that there were the moves, the vague information, the cryptic names – “W.J.” for William John, “Anna” for “Mary” or is the reverse the truth?  A careful comparison of the two census responses reveals considerable resentment of the questions, if not a general evasion of the census takers invasion.

All this “moving” information should be put down as entries in the Lifescape Teppline that continues below, but that takes time.  So meanwhile here is a shortened version while I work things out or “up” on the Teppline on the web.

1845 – 1850:  James William Martin moves from Evansburg, Pennsylvania area to the Oil City, Pennsylvania area, he marries.

1870:  James William Martin family is reported by the 1870 Census as living in the Riga Township in Lenawee County – Michigan.

1880:  James William Martin family is reported in the 1880 Census as living in Higgins Township in Roscommon County – Michigan.

1898:  James William Martin and gradually all of his family move to Skamania County – Washington and nearby areas of Oregon.

The grave of James William Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin is marked with a large marble tombstone in the Hood River Cemetery (HNB once visited the gravesite and saw the tombstone).   The cemetery in question is apparently now known as the Idlewild Cemetery at 980 Tucker Road, Hood River, Oregon.

Advertisement for cemetery marker.  Monument was purchased to mark the gravesite of William James Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin in Hood River, Oregon.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This photographic image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

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1831

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[2] 40:079  North America – United States of America – Pennsylvania – Allegheny County –
?Tarentum
Margaret Hamil Martin is born in (or near) Tarentum, Pennsylvania (probably) in 1831.  Her parents are – .  She will marry James William Martin on unknown date, 0000.   She will live until unknown date, 19??.

Margaret Hamil Martin of Pennsylvania.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This photographic image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

On the back of this photograph is written “Miss Hamil” and then “Mrs. Jimmy (James) Martin”.  The person obviously knew this woman well.  From this photograph we get our spelling “Hamil”.  Did James really go by “Jimmy”?  Maybe we’ll never know.

Margaret Hamil Martin in Hood River, Oregon.

Martin Family Photographic Post Card from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This photographic image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Notes:  A 1860 Census report for Tarentum suggests this birth location – HNB.  There are two conflicting census reports regarding year of birth for family members.  The 1880 Census for Higgins Township – Roscommon County – Michigan is consistent with information recorded by Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin regarding her husband’s family history.  The 1870 Census for Riga Township – Lenawee County – Michigan is generally not consistent.  Census research courtesy of Patricia Menge circa 2010.

The spelling “Hamil” is somewhat arbitrary.  The name was spelled “Hammel” on her daughters funeral record.  The original name may have been “Haegghmael” – HNB.

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1852

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[2] 41:079  North America – United States of America – Pennsylvania – Verango County
Oil City
James William Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin are married on Month 00, ?1852 near Oil City, Pennsylvania.

This is obviously not a wedding photograph, but it will do.  Maragaret Hamil Martin and James William Martin circa 1898 in Addison, Michigan.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This photographic image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

People take pictures before transitions.  In this photograph the two people pictured are about age 70.  They are leaving their old home in Michigan to venture west – to Washington and Oregon and the wide blue Columbia River country, land of trees and lumber, fitting for a carpenter of any age (and his wife).

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1856

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[2] 41:079  North America – United States of America – Pennsylvania – Verango County
?Oil City
William John Martin is born in Pennsylvania on June 16, 1856.  His parents are James William Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin.  He will marry Rosa Adelle Armstrong Martin on October 12, 1882.  He will marry Esther Prudence McMillin Martin on May 00, 1891.  He will live until June 25, 1933.

W.J. Martin with his 2nd wife Esther McMillin.  Circa 1905.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Pictured are:  William John Martin (age 49) and Esther McMillin Brockway / Martin (age 48).

First W.J. Martin house in Addison, Michigan.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Note:  The identification of this house may be modified upon further cross-referencing of information.

W.J. Martin house in Addison, Michigan circa 1890.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

William John Martin, like his father James William Martin was a carpenter.  This is W.J.’s house in Addison, Michigan.

Notes:  For more detailed information on W. J. Martin refer to his Lifescape Teppline under June 26, 1856.

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1863

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[2] 41:079  North America – United States of America – Pennsylvania – Verango County
?Oil City
Anna Martin (possibly “Anna Mary Martin” or “Mary Anna Martin”) is born in Pennsylvania on Month 00, 1863.  Her parents are James William Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin.  She will marry John T. Underwood on Month 00, 18–.  She will marry Porter McMillin on Month 00, 18–.  She will live until Month 00, 19–.

Anna Martin Underwood / McMillin.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Notes:  The first witness at the marriage of William John Martin (Anna’s older brother) in 1882 is John T. Underwood (of Adrian, Michigan).  Mr. Underwood apparently moved west with the Martin family migration circa 1898.  There is a small town on older maps showing an “Underwood” near and east of Cook, Washington.  Anna and John may have been married in Stevenson, Washington.  They had a child, Harry Underwood, who disappeared at (or in) the Hood River (on the opposite side of the Columbia River in Oregon near Mount Hood).

One report of the event suggested that both the husband and the son disappeared.  In any event, Anna Martin Underwood remarried.  This time to Porter McMillin, twin (brother) of Esther McMillin who was William John Martin’s second wife.

Anna Martin Underwood / McMillin and Porter McMillin had three (3) children:  Fred McMillin, Ruth McMillin (of Tacoma, Washington), and Frederick M. Grace [McMillin] (adopted). – HNB.

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[2] 41:079  North America – United States of America – Pennsylvania – Verango County
?Oil City
Alexander Martin (“Alex”) is born in Pennsylvania on Month 00 1866.  His parents are James William Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin.  He will marry “Flora” Martin on Month 00 18–.  He will live until May 26, 1928.

Alexander Martin – he generally was known as “Alec” or “Alex”.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Flora Martin (wife of Alec) and their child Bessie Terney Martin.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Notes:  Alex Martin was operated on on May 19, 1928 for ulcers.  Seven (7) days later he died at (about) age 62.  Bessie Terney Martin Wright, Louise Martin, and Russell Martin are children of Alex and Flora.  Bessie Martin’s (Mrs. Fred Wright) last known address was in Murphy, Oregon.  Earlier she had lived at 6851 Applegate Road in Grants Pass, Oregon. -HNB.

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1869

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[2] 41:079  North America – United States of America – Pennsylvania – County
Blissfield
Margaret Jane Martin is born in Blissfield, Pennsylvania on March 13, 1869.  Her parents are James William Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin.  She will marry Albert C. Sly on June 15, 1892.  She will live until June 8, 1956.

Margaret Jane Martin Sly with Jay Sly at age 3 – circa 1896 – Bay City, Michigan.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Albert C. Sly and Margaret Jane Martin Sly in Adrian, Michigan.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

The two children pictured are probably Jay Alfred Sly (age 5) and Cecil Matthew Sly (age l) – assuming that this photograph was taken in 1898.

Notes:  Blissfield, PA is almost impossible to find on the web.  What can be found is Blissfield, Michigan.  What Margaret represents is a connection between the two communities; possibly a coincidence, maybe not.  An educational article and an 18 year old teen document that “Blissfield, Pennsylvania” really does exist, but I still don’t know where. – Donald Clayton April 26, 2010 – so I guess the web really isn’t perfect yet (or maybe I’ll try this – “if you attend this “rural school” please E-Mail me about where you are.”)

Albert C. Sly was born August 13, 1871 (in Elm Hall, Michigan).  Margaret and Albert had five (5) children:  Jay Albert Sly, Carl Sly, Ethel Sly, Cecil Matthew Sly, and Alfred Carlton Sly.  The children through Cecil (born May 1, 1897) were born in Roscommon, Michigan.  Alfred was born in Willard, Washington in 1899; thus establishing a general date for the move by Albert Cornell Sly and Margaret Jane Martin Sly, west.

Jay Albert Sly died in Garden Grove, California in July of 1974Francis Sly, his son, died April 11, 1975. -HNB.
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[2] 41:079  North America – United States of America – Michigan – Lenawee County
?Higgins
Mathew A. Martin is born in Michigan on Month 00, 1872.  His parents are James William Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin.  He will marry Gertrude Minton Martin (“Gertie”) on Month 00, 18–.  He will live until June of (about) 1921.

Mathew A. Martin – circa 1892.  He was a woods boss in Oregon before he died in the Lewis River.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Mathew A. Martin – Gertrude “Gertie” Martin – circa 1905 – Hood River, Oregon.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Gertrude “Gertie” Martin – circa 1910 – Oregon.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Bessie Martin and her mother Gertrude “Gertie” Martin (standing, center).

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Notes:  Mathew, Matt A. Martin lived near “Trout Lake”; lived in Hood river, then moved to Portland.  He died when he drowned in the Lewis River in Skamania County, Washington; he was (about) 49 years of age (1921).  He was a “lumber cruiser” and had to swim this river as part of his work.  Matt was employed as a “woods boss” by the Hood Lumber Company (probably located in White Salmon, Washington).  He worked primarily in the Mount Evans area.  The area in which Matt worked and drowned is (probably) within 30 miles (S – SE) of Mount St. Helen’s (volcano).

The history of the “Martin migration” west suggests that (about) 1898  James William Martin and Margaret Hamil Martin moved to Washington State where they lived with their son Mathew A. Martin and his wife Gertrude Minton Martin on the Washington side of the Columbia River in or near the towns of Cook or White Salmon, Washington.  Matt and Gertie were married in Stevenson, Washington.  -HNB.

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1897

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[2] 00:000  North America – United States of America – Pennsylvania – Butler County
Evans City

Margaret Jane Martin, Anna Martin, WJ Martin, Mathew A. Martin,   Alec Martin

Martin children – circa 1897.  Probably taken in Evans City, Pennsylvania.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Pictured are:  Margaret Jane Martin Sly, Anna Martin Underwood / McMillin, William John Martin (W.J.), Mathew A. Martin, Alec Martin (Alex Martin).  This picture appears to have been taken on a “last visit” to the “old family home” in Pennsylvania before these five brothers and sisters moved west to Oregon and Washington.  The back of the photo says “Oil City or Evans City, Pennsylvania”.

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1902

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[2] 46:120  North America – United States of America – Oregon – Hood River County
Hood River

Martin women – circa 1902.  Hood River, Oregon.

Martin Family Photograph from the Hemme Naratte Backlund Martin collection – This picture is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

Deitz StudioHood River – Oregon

Pictured are:

(Left to right – top row) Esther McMillin Brockway / Martin (wife of William John Martin), Flora Martin (wife of Alexander Martin), Gertrude Minton Martin (wife of Mathew A. Martin).

(Left to right – bottom row) Anna Martin Underwood / McMillin (husband is Porter McMillin), Margaret Hamil Martin (wife of James William Martin and mother of the Martin women pictured), Margaret Jane Martin Sly (husband is Albert C. Sly).