The Martin Brothers-John A. & Nathan LeRoy

The pictures are of my grandfather, John A. Martin, and his older brother Nathan LeRoy Martin. John & Nathan were born in Green County, KY. to William & Mariah (Chapman) Martin. Both moved up to Petersburg, IL. (apparently following Aunt Eleanor Martin Wilcox) as did a younger brother, Aaron.

John spent the remainder of his life in Petersburg after serving in the 33rd & 99th Illinois Volunteers during the Civil War. Nathan moved to Mason County and then on to Missouri and Kansas.

We did not know of Great-Uncle Nathan's existence until a few months ago after genealogical research in Petersburg, the internet, and Green County, KY. Now, we know who my father, Nathan Martin, (1880-1955) was named for. I and one of my cousins from Iowa have the middle name of Leroy. Now we know where LeRoy came from. Great-Uncle Nathan also named one of his sons John A. Martin, after my Grandfather.

We were able to track down Nathan's Great-Grandson, Tom Miller, of Rolla, MO. Tom provided us with this picture of Nathan. Tom also shared family information that had been gathered by his aunt, Evelyn Miller, who was Nathan's Granddaughter. Evelyn Miller knew of John A. Martin's existence but she did not know anything about his whereabouts or his family.

Both men married Illinois women who had ties to Kentucky. In 1872, John married Rachel Kinney who bore him 6 children and died giving birth to the 6th child in 1884. John died in 1898 & is buried in Baker Prairie Church Cemetery in Petersburg.

Nathan married Rhoda Elizabeth Ferguson in 1859. Nathan & Rhoda had 7 sons and 1 daughter with the 1st and possibly the 2nd sons being born in Menard County. (The 2nd son, William, died at the age of 1 and is buried in Lease's Grove Cemetery near Easton, IL.) The rest of their children were born in Mason County with the possible exception of the 8th child. He may have been born in Missouri.

By the time the 1880 census was taken, Nathan & Rhoda were living in Mercer County, MO. Rhoda died in 1872 leaving Nathan with young children to raise. About 1873, Nathan married Cynthia Ann (Annie) Flood and fathered 5 more children for a total of 13 children.

Somewhere along the line, Nathan settled in Kansas. He died in 1913 and is buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery at Troy, KS.

Allen Leroy Martin
Pekin, IL.

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