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Martin Family History


My family history (descendents of Charles Martin) has Michael Martin emigrating from County Galway. The descendents of Catherine Martin Kempker (Michael Martin’s daughter) record him emigrating from County Cork.  All agree that he emigrated from Ireland and settled in New Richmond, Wisconsin, a farming area heavily settled by Irish immigrants.  He married Catherine Donohue in New Richmond.  She had also emigrated from Ireland.

In 1876 Mike and Catherine and their young children  moved to Wall Lake Iowa where Mike farmed 640 acres and raised Aberdeen Angus cattle.  He is credited with bringing the breed to Iowa.  They had seven children:  Dan, Francis, Clarence, George, Charles, Nora, Catherine.

Martin Farm Auction I

The announcement [transcribed below] appeared in The Carroll [IA] Times on Sunday, January 16, 1916.  PUBLIC SALE Having rented my farm I will sell at public auction on the Charles A. Martin farm 2 miles northeast of Wall Lake and … Continue reading

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