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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 II

This continues the story of the Martin Farm Auction. In the 1914 History of Sac County Iowa, my grandfather is described.  “Among the prosperous farmers and stock breeders of Viola township, Sac county, Iowa, who have made a notable success in their line … Continue reading

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