Harvard, Clay Co., NE
June 11, 1910
On file: Nebraska State Historical Society
Abstracted by: Maureen Lewnes 10/01/05
Death of Captain George W. Martin
George W. Martin was born in Ohio county, West Virginia, July 22, 1827 and died in Omaha, Nebraska, May 28, 1910, aged 82 years, 10 months and 6 days.
When between six and seven years of age, he moved with his parents to what is now Scott county, Illinois, and there his boyhood and early manhood were spent in farm work and attending the public school. On March 18, 1847, he was married to Miss Angeline Conway. In the fall of 1848 he moved with his wife and one child to Dallas county, Texas, where for 10 years he gave his attention to farming, and there his wife died, March 8th, 1855. December 22, 1856, he was again married to Miss Rachel M. Harris, who died October 29, 1857. Shortly after her death he returned with his two children to Illinois and located in Scott county. There again he was married on April 10, 1860, to Miss Cornelia M. Richmond, of Madison county, New York.
August 9, 1862, he enlisted in Co. H. one hundred and twenty-ninth Illinois Infantry volunteers, With which he served until September 21st, 1864, when on account of impaired health he was honorably discharged from the service at Atlanta, Ga. He had enlisted as a private, but upon the organization of his company he was elected as its captain and served in that capacity during the time of his service. He commanded his company in the battles of Resacca, Ga., Dallas Woods and Peach Tree Creek, in all of which he proved himself a brave and competent officer.
He returned to Illinois and in the fall of 1865 was elected county Clerk of Scott county and by re-election served in all twelve consecutive years. He also served as deputy for his successor for three years and a half, resigning in June 1882. In the fall of that year he was elected sheriff of the county, serving one full term of four years.
In the wall (fall) of 1886 he moved with his family to Harvard, Nebraska where he engaged in the book and stationery business. October 1st, 1889, he was appointed postmaster by President Harrison and served one term of four years giving good and accommodating service. He remained in the city for a few years after retiring from the post- office, when he and his wife removed to Fairfield. In 1906 they removed to Omaha to make their home with their youngest daughter, Miss May, and there he passed away after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, six daughters and one son: Mrs. L.M. Wilcox, Harvard; Mrs. E. Bradwell, York; Mrs. A.G. Arnold, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; Mrs. A.D. Block, Omaha; Mrs. D. E. Morris, Fairfield; Miss May Martin, Omaha, and Mr. Hoyt Martin, Reno, Nevada.
He was for many years a Mason, having been advanced to the Royal Arch chapter degrees, but for a few years part had not been active in membership. He was a member of Richardson Post. G.A.R. He was for years an active member of the Christian church and until the infirmities of age rendered it impossible, was faithful in attendance upon church service.
His remains were taken to Fairfield on Sunday afternoon, May 29th, and his funeral took place from the Christian church in that city on Monday, May 30th at 10 o’clock, members of the G.A.R. and a large concourse of friends participating. Interment was in Fairfield cemetery.