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READ FAMILY CONNECTIONS

LYDIA READ MARTIN3

43. LYDIA READ3 (John Read2, Joseph Read1) was born 5 June 1801 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey and died 23 August 1883 in Muscatine County, Iowa (Brossart n.d.; Kern 1938; Union Brick). She married in late 1819 or early 1820, JONATHAN MARTIN. He was born 3 September 1794 in New Jersey and died 29 January 1869, probably in Warren County, New Jersey (Kern 1938; Union Brick). Lydia's name is on the family monument in Union Brick Cemetery in Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey. The momument includes the names of Jonathan and Lydia and three of their sons—David, John Ogden and Philetus. David and John Ogden died during the civil war and are buried elsewhere. While I am fairly certain that Jonathan and Philetus Martin are buried in Union Brick cemetery, I have no idea where Lydia's final resting place is.

Lydia Read and Jonathan Martin had at least 9 children betweeen 1824 and 1845. They had at least 35 grandchildren between 1845 and 1879, 55 great-grandchildren between 1873 and 1912, and 57 second great-grandchildren between circa 1908 and circa 1934. I have also identified 71 third great-grandchildren, 67 fourth great-grandchildren and 9 fith great-granchildren. Total identified descendants equals 303.

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CHILDREN OF LYDIA READ AND JONATHAN MARTIN:

236. (i.) BENJAMIN FRANK MARTIN4, was born September 30, 1820 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey—possibly in Hardwick Township—and died 29 December 1880, near Swartswood, Stillwater Township, Warren County, New Jersey (Richman 1911:585; Sussex County Surrogate Court Records, hereinafter SCSCR, Letters of Adminstration Book A:224). He married Mary S. Pittenger, a daughter of William Pittenger and Hannah Van Horn (Kern 1938; Richman 1911:585). She was born August 1821 (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 175, Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, sheet 3A, 6 June 1900) and died December 1901 (Richman 1911:585).

237. (ii.) SARAH MARTIN4, was born 2 May 1824 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey—possibly in Hardwick Township—and died before 1895 in Iowa—probably in Sweetland Township, Muscantine County. Sarah was twice married. Her first husband was Baltis T. Keen, a son of Coonrad Keen and Catherine Titman. Baltis died 19 February 1854 at the age of 48 and was buried in Melpine cemetery Wilton, Muscatine County, Iowa. Sarah married as her second husband William "Harrison" Raub who was born in Warren County, New Jersey on 1 May 1826. Harrison arrived in Muscantine County in 1855. He and Sarah were married on 13 March 1856. Harrison Raub died 20 May 1896 and was buried in Melpine Cemetery (Anon 1879:638; Kern 1938; Muscatine County, Iowa GenWeb). As both of Sarah's husbands, as well as several of her children, are buried in Melpine Cemetery, it is assumed that Sarah is also buried there.

238. (iii.) ELIZABETH MARTIN4, was born circa 1826 in Warren County, New Jersey—possibly in Hardwick Township—and died unknown. She was probably named after her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Ogden Read Wintersteen. Elizabeth was the first Martin child born after Warren County was created from a part of Sussex County by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on 20 November 1824 (Snell 1881:474). She married Benjamin Summerball (Kern 1938).

239. (iv.) HANNAH MARIA MARTIN4, was born circa 1828 in Warren County, New Jersey—possibly in Hardwick Township (1850 United States Federal Census, Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, page 91B) and died unknown. Hannah married William Allen, Jr. on 27 April 1848 in Warren County, New Jersey (Kern 1938; Warren County Marriages). William Allen died on 20 November 1857, at the age of 35 years, 5 months and 14 days. He was buried in Marksboro Presbyterian Church yard, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey (Reuther n.d.).

240. (v.) Sergeant DAVID R. MARTIN4, was born 3 August 1830 in Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey and died at Camp Nevin, Hardin County, Kentucky on 13 November 1861 (Union Brick Cemetery, Wyandot County Ohio, GenWeb). David married Drusilla H. Poyer (Warren County Marriages). She was born 1830 in New Jersey and died 1894 in Ohio (Wyandot County Ohio, GenWeb). Shortly after the Civil War began, David enlisted in the 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company K (NPS). He died while the regiment was encamped at Camp Nevin and was buried in Cave Hill National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. There is an inscription for David carved on his parent's stone in Union Brick Cemetery, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey. There is also a stone for him in Old Sycamore Cemetery, Sycamore Wyandot County, Ohio. Drusilla is buried there as well as all four of their children (Interment.net; Union Brick Cemetery, Wyandot County Ohio, GenWeb).

241. (vi.) Private JOHN "OGDEN" MARTIN4, was born 11 February 1833 in Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey and was killed in action 12 May 1864, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia (Union Brick Cemetery). He married Louisa Knight (Kern 1938). She was born April 1829 in New York (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 199, 1st Ward, Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, sheet 17A, 18 June 1900) and died between 1910 and 1920 (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 150, 1st District, 1st Ward, Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, sheet 18A, 26 April 1910; 1920 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 12, First Ward, Town of Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, sheet 11 A, 26 January 1920). There is an inscription for John Ogden Martin on his parent's tombstone in Union Brick Cemetery, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey. John was probably buried in Virginia.

242. (vii.) LIDIA ANNA MARTIN4, was born 11 March 1836 in Hardwick Township, Warren County New Jersey and died 11 September 1898 in Muscatine County, Iowa (Kern 1938; Muscantine County, Iowa GenWeb). She married in February 1860, Baltis Keen Wintermute, the son of Charles Wintermute and Margaret Keen (1860 United States Federal Census, Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 555). His mother was a sister of Baltis Keen (husband of Lidia's sister Sarah Martin). He was born 23 May 1832 in Warren County, New Jersey and died 4 April 1907 in Muscatine County, Iowa. They are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Muscatine, Bloomington Township, Muscatine County, Iowa (Anon 1879; Muscantine County, Iowa GenWeb).

772. (viii.) JONATHAN OLIVER (or John O.) MARTIN4, was born 11 April 1842 in Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey and died after 1900 in Iowa (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 134, 5th Ward, Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa, page 10A, 6 June 1900; Kern 1938). He married on 27 September 1870, in Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri, Sarah Tomer Lundy, the daughter of Willets Lundy and Sarah Howell. She was born 26 September 1846 in Wyandot County, Ohio and died circa 1900 in Iowa (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 134, 5th Ward, Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa, page 10A, 6 June 1900; Crosswell 2004; Ellsberry 1965; Kern 1938).

243. (ix.) PHILETUS "BRADLEY" MARTIN4, was born 2 February 1845 in Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey and died 3 June 1928 (Kern 1938; Union Brick Cemetery). Philetus married his second cousin, (191) Sarah Catherine Vaughn4 (Benjmin Vaughn3, Hannah Read2, Joseph Read1). Sarah Catherine Vaughn was the daughter of Benjamin O. Vaughn and Margaret Freese (Kern 1938). She was born 1840 in Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey and died 1930, probably in Bergen County, New Jersey (1930 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 2-165, Borough of Midland Park, Bergen County, New Jersey, sheet 12B, 14 April 1930; Union Brick). They were divorced by 1909. Bradley married his second wife, Irene (Last Name Unknown), in 1909 or 1910. Irene was born circa 1855 in New Jersey and died unknown (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 123, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey, sheet 9B, 28 April 1910). Sarah Catherine and Philetus are both buried in Union Brick Cemetery, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey. However, they are not buried together. There is an epitaph for Philetus carved on his parents monument. Sarah Catherine is buried in another part of the cemetery.

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Lydia Read was the third daughter and fifth child of the nine children of John Read and Elizabeth Ogden. She was probably named after her Aunt Lydia Ogden Drake, one of her mother's older sisters (Armstrong 1979:211). Lydia was born 5 June 1801 in Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey (Kern 1938; Union Brick Cemetery). Her father's farm was supposed to have been in Hardwick Township (Sussex County Surrogate Court Records, hereinafter SCSCR, File 8032).

Lydia's father, John Read, died on 20 April 1814 shortly before Lydia's 13th birthday. Her father died intestate and was deeply in debt at the time of this death. The family was forced to sell much of his personal estate to cover the debts. Some of his farm in Hardwick was also sold (SCSCR, File 8032; SCSCR Inventories Book B, page 264). Elizabeth Read was left with seven minor children to raise: Mary (age 20), John Ogden (about 18 years of age), Isaac (who was almost 16), Lydia (who was almost 13), Rachael (age 10), David (age 7) and Hannah (who was 5 or 6 years old). Elizabeth remarried shortly after John's death. Her second husband was William Wintersteen, a widower with five children (Armstrong 1979:211). However, it was several years before John Read's estate was completely settled.

In mid-1819, Lydia's brother Isaac Read, III submitted a petition to the Orphan's Court of Sussex County. The petition asked the court to divide the remaining real estate of John Read, which was owned jointly by his survivng children. Only Mary Read Konkle, John Ogden Read and Isaac Read III were of age (over 21) in 1819, all the other children were minors, they were: Lydia, Rachael, David and Hannah Read. The petition was dated 19 August 1819 (SCSCR File 8032). Isaac had just married Catherine Matthews on 31 July 1819, and the couple were expecting their first child (Kern 1938; Lorenz n.d.). The court divided the land and each child received a portion of it.

Lydia married Jonathan Martin after her brother Isaac filed the petition to divide their father's property. Lydia is named as Lydia Read in the petition which was dated 19 August 1819, as opposed to her older sister Mary who was named as Mary Konkle. Therefore the wedding had to have taken place after this date. Lydia's eldest son Benjamin was born 20 September 1820 (Richman 1911). The wedding should have occurred before this date. Given these events, it is safe to place Lydia and Jonathan's wedding in either the later half of 1819 or very early in 1820. Jonathan Martin was probably the son of Benjamin and Rachel Martin (Kern 1938). Bud Ruehle (2001) gives Jonathan's parents as Benjamin and and Margaret Reynolds. It is possible that Margaret was a second wife. Ruehle states that she was the mother of Charity Martin, wife of Adam Durham. Charity was three years younger than Jonathan, she was born 7 January 1797 and died near Marksboro, Felinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey on 2 November 1845. However, as I do not have primary documentation for either Rachel or Margaret Martin, their proposed relationship to Jonathan Martin is entirely speculation on my part. Regardless of who Jonathan Martin's mother was, he was born 3 September 1794 in New Jersey and died 29 January 1869, probably in Warren County, New Jersey.

Jonathan and Lydia settled in Hardwick Township and began to build a farm and a family. By early 1830, the couple had four children: Benjamin, Sarah, Elizabeth and Hannah. The 1830 census was taken shortly before their fifth child, David, arrived in August 1830 (see Table 1).

Table 1: Household of Jonathan and Lydia (Read) Martin in 1830
1830 United States Federal Census
Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 438

Census Individual

Census Age
As of 1 June 1830

Probable Individual

Birth Date

one male

30 to 39 (1791-1800)

Jonathan Martin

3 September 1794

one female

20 to 29 (1801-1810)

Lydia Read Martin

5 June 1801

one male

5 to 9 (1821-1825)

Benjamin Martin

30 September 1820

one female

5 to 9 (1821-1825)

Sarah Martin

2 May 1824

two females

under 5 (1826-1830)

Elizabeth Martin
Hannah Martin

circa 1826
circa 1828

In 1824, Abigail Roberts and Elder Jonathan S. Thompson arrived in Johnsonburg, Hardwick (now Frelinghuysen) Township. After two years of preaching and evangelizing, Roberts and Thompson organized the Johnsonburg Christian Church on 15 July 1826. Thompson was the first pastor of the church, which he served between 1826 and 1836 (Snell 1881:690). According to Kern (1938), Jonathan Martin was baptised in a stream on 23 September 1826 by the Rev. Jonathan S. Thompson and became a member of the Johnsonburg Christian Church. Thompson would eventually become Jonathan and Lydia Martin's cousin through marriage. In 1833, Thompson married Lydia's first cousin, (78) Jane Read3 (Samuel Read2, Joseph Read1), the widow Drake. Jane was the daughter of Lydia's uncle Samuel Read. Lydia eventually left the Christian Church and joinned the Methodist Church in Spring Valley, Hardwick Township (Kern 1938). However, as the Martin's were members of the Christian church in the early years of their marriage it is doubtful that the older children were baptised as infants. The Christian Church, like the Baptist Church, followed the practice of adult baptism. Many members of Lydia's family belonged to the church including her mother and step-father, her sister Mary Konkle, and her Uncles Isaac Read, Sr. and Samuel Read, Esq. (Snell 1888:666, 690).

By 1840, Lydia and Jonathan had seven children, three of whom had been born since the 1830 census. The later were David (born 1830), John Ogden (born 1833) and Lidia (born 1836). The 1840 census indicates that there were two people in the household who were engaged in agriculture. They were probably Jonathan and his eldest son Benjamin, who was about 19 years old. Sarah Martin was the only child not living at home when the census was enumerated. She was 16 years old and was probably working out for another family. Her future husband, Baltis Keen lived with his family near Sarah's Uncle John and Aunt Mary Konkle (1840 United States Federal Census, Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, pages 378 and 380). Baltis and Sarah did not marry until the mid-1840s. The 1840 Martin household is listed in table two.

Table 2: Household of Jonathan and Lydia (Read) Martin in 1840
1840 United States Federal Census
Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 380

Census Individual

Census Age
As of 1 June 1840

Probable Individual

Birth Date

one male

40 to 49 (1791-1800)

Jonathan Martin

3 September 1794

one female

30 to 39 (1791-1800)

Lydia Read Martin

5 June 1801

one male

15 to 19 (1821-1825)

Benjamin Martin

30 September 1820

two females

10 to 14 (1826-1830)

Elizabeth Martin
Hannah Martin

circa 1826
circa 1828

two males

5 to 9 (1831-1835)

David R. Martin
John Ogden Martin

3 August 1830
11 February 1833

one female

under 5 (1836-1840)

Lidia Anna

11 March 1836

Between the 1840 and 1850 census, at least three of the Martin children married. Benjamin married Mary S. Pittenger by 1845 (1850 United States Federal Census, Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, page 86B). Sarah married Baltis Keen, probaly around 1845 or 1846 (Anon 1879:638). And, Hannah married William Allen on 9 May 1848 in the Christian Church (Warren County Marriages). Elizabeth was probably married to Benjamin Summerball by this time (Kern 1938). David Martin, who was still single, was living in Belvidere in 1850 and was probably serving an apprenticeship with Thomas S. Norton, who was a cabinet maker (1850 United States Federal Census, Belvidere, Warren County, New Jersey, page 487B). John Ogden Martin was 17 and was also an apprentice. He lived with John S. Edwards, who was a tailor in Northfield, Richmond County, New York, which is on Staten Island (1850 United States Federal Cenus, Town of Northfield, Richmond County, New York, page 165B, 11 September 1850). Jonathan and Lydia Martin were still residents of Hardwick Township in 1850. Their farm was valued at $3,500 According to Kern (1938), the farm was located on the Paulinskill near Marksboro. In 1850, Marksboro was in Frelinghuysen Township (which had been formed from part of Hardwick Township in 1848). Three of the couple's children still remained at home. They were Lidia Anna (age 14), Jonathan Oliver (age 8), and Philetus Bradley (age 5) (Table 3). The later two children had been born since the 1840 census. All three children were in school (1850 United States Federal, Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 495B, 10 August 1850). By the time the 1850 census was enumerated (10 August 1850), the Martins had at least seven grandchildren: Armantha, Emit and Isa Martin; Mary and George Keen; and Martin and George Allen.

Table 3: Household of Jonathan and Lydia (Read) Martin in 1850
1850 United States Federal Census
Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 495

Name

Age

Birthplace

Jonathan Martin

55

New Jersey

Lydia Martin

48

New Jersey

Lydia Ann Martin

14

New Jersey

Jonathan O. Martin

8

New Jersey

Philetus B. Martin

5

New Jersey

By 1860, only one of the Martin chldren remained at home, their son Philetus Bradley (or Fyletus as given in the census). The Martin's grandson Martin W. Allen also lived with them (Table 4). Both Philetus and Martin were attending school. Martin's father, William Allen had died in November 1857. Where his mother Hannah Martin Allen was after that date is unknown. Jonathan and Lydia's youngest daughter, Lidia Anna, had recently married Baltis Keen Wintermute. Baltis had been living in Muscatine County, Iowa but had returned to Warren County for a bride. He and Lydia lived adjacent to Jonathan and Lydia for a short time after they were married. Lydia and Jonathan's sons John Ogden and Jonathan Oliver lived close by. John Ogden was married and he and his wife Louisa were expecting their first child. Jonathan Oliver lived with the couple and worked as a farm hand (1860 United States Census, Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 555). The Martin's oldest son, Benjamin Martin and his wife Mary lived over the county line in Stillwater Township, Sussex County. They had had nine children by 1860 and number ten was due to arrive in November. Three of the ten children had died before 1860 (1860 United States Federal Census, Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, page 308).

Two of Lydia and Jonathan's children had gone west. Their daughter Sarah and her husband Baltis Keen had settled in Muscatine County, Iowa in 1852. Baltis had died in February 1854, and Sarah had remarried in 1856. Her second husband was William Harrison Raub, a native of Warren County. By 1860, Sarah had had a total of six children, three of whom had died. Four of the children were by Baltis and two were by William. She also had an adopted daughter (1860 United States Federal Census, Sweetland Township, Muscatine County, Iowa, page 528, 30 June 1860, P.O Melpine, Iowa; Anon 1879:638). David R. Martin had migrated to Sycamore, Wyandot County, Ohio. He and his wife Drusilla had had four children by 1860 (two of the boys died before 1860) (1860 United States Federal Census, Sycamore Township, Wyandot County, Ohio, page 421, 21 July 1860). The whereabouts of Lydia and Jonathan's daughter Elizabeth Martin Summerball are unknown. The Martins had 14 living grandchildren in 1860, they were: Isa, Orrin, Mary, Walter, Richmond, Laura and Martha Martin (who arrived in November 1860); Mary and Baltis Ernest Keen; Arthur Raub; Martin Allen; Bion and David Martin; and Lydia Martin (who arrived in August 1860). The Keen and Raub grandchildren were in Iowa, and Bion and David Martin were in Ohio. Eight of their granchildren had died by 1860.

In 1860, Jonathan Martin owned real estate valued at $10,000 and had a personal estate valued at $2,000. Table 4 is a summary of Lydia and Jonathan's household in 1860.

Table 4: Household of Jonathan and Lydia (Read) Martin in 1860
1860 United States Federal Census
Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 555

Name

Age

Birthplace

Jonathan Martin

65

New Jersey

Lydia Martin

59

New Jersey

Fyletus B. Martin

15

New Jersey

Martin Allen

12

New Jersey

The Civil War had a direct impact on the Martin family. Two of the Martin sons, David and John Ogden died during the war. Their son Philetus tried to enlisted in the summer of 1862, when he was 17 years old, but the 15th New Jersey did not accept him (Snell 1881). Their son-in-law, Baltis Wintermute fought for the Union Army in the 11th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Co. H. and returned home (NPS; Thrift 1908). Lydia's nephews David R. Konkle (son of her sister Mary) and William Darius Lanterman (son of her sister Rachael) also fought in the war. David Konkle served first in the 31st Regiment, New Jersey Infantry (from 17 September 1862 to June 29 June 1863) and then re-enlisted in the 37th Regiment, New Jeresey Infantry (from 24 June 1864 to 1 October 1864). David returned an invalid, having been injured at some point during his service (National Archives Civil War Pension Index: 12 June 1880, application number 373192, certificate number 579200; National Park Service, hereinafter NPS). Rachel's son William had moved to Ohio by the time the war began. He joinned a 100 day Unit, the 144th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. H, was mustered in on 11 May 1864 and mustered out on 31 August 1864 (NPS).

The Martin's son David enlisted as a Private in the 15th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company G on 20 April 1861, eight days after Fort Sumter was fired on. The 15th was a 90 day regiment. David was mustered out 28 August 1861. He re-enlisted almost immediately as a Sergeant in the 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company K (1890 United States Federal Census, Special Schedule Surviving Soldiers, Saliors, and Marines, and widows, etc., Enumeration District 62, Sycamore Township, Ohio, page 8 of township; NPS; Union Brick). By the 22 September he was in Kentucky guarding supply lines. In early October, the 49th went into winter quarters at Camp Nevin in Hardin County, Kentucky. By late October, many in the camp were unfit for service due to illness. David became ill and died in camp on 13 November 1861 (Anon n.d.; Seymour n.d.; Stevens 2004). David left his widow Drusilla and two small sons in Sycamore, Wyandot County, Ohio.

Jonathan and Lydia's son, John Ogden Martin, enlisted in the New Jersey 15th Volunteer Infantry. On 25 August 1862 he was mustered into service (two days after his only child's second birthday). By the 27th, he was in Washington D.C. pulling guard duty. Shortly after that his unit joinned the fighting in Virginia. For the next twenty months, J. Ogden was present at many of the major battles which were waged in Viriginia. In May 1864, Ulysses S. Grant began his push toward Richmond. J. Ogden fought at the Wilderness (8-11 May) and died on the 12th near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia (Beegle 2001; Union Brick Cemetery). He left widow Louisa and a young daughter in Hardwick Township, Warren County.

Jonathan Martin died on 29 January 1869, he was 74 years old. The family buried him in Union Brick Cemetery. Lydia moved to Iowa to be with her daughter Lidia Wintermute. Lydia Martin appears on the 1870 United States Federal Census as a resident of the Wintermute household. They lived in Cedar Township, Muscantine County, Iowa. Their post office was Wilton, Iowa. The census gives Lydia's occupation as retired. Baltis was a farmer in 1870 and had a young farm hand named Martin Joice. The Wintermute farm was valued at $5,000. The family had a personal estate of $1860 (1870 United States Federal Census, Cedar Township, Muscantine County, Iowa, page 108, 21 July 1870). Table five shows the composition of the Wintermute household in 1870.

Table 5: Household of Baltis and Lydia (Martin) Wintermute in 1870
1870 United States Federal Census
Cedar Township, Muscantine County, Iowa, page 108

Name

Age

Birthplace

B.K. Wintermute

38

New Jersey

Lydia Wintermute

35

New Jersey

Lydia Martin

69

New Jersey

Martin Joice

16

Massachusetts

Although Lydia was in Iowa in 1870, she had returned to Warren County by 1877. Whether she had been living in New Jersey for awhile, or had come back to visit her old home and the children still living in New Jersey is not known. Her sons Benjamin and Philetus, and her daughter-in-law Louisa Martin still resided in the county. In addition, several of her sisters were still alive, and they all lived in Warren County. They were Mary Konkle, Rachael Lanterman and Hannah Coursen. The first issue of the Blairstown Press, dated Wednesday, 7 February 1877, contained the following item about Lydia and her sisters Mary Konkle and Rachael Lanterman.

Quite recently there was a remarkable gathering at the home of John R. Konkle, consisting of three sisters whose united ages amounted to 230 years. The ladies composing the party were Mary Konkle, aged 81 years, Lydia Martin, aged 76 years, and Rachael Lanterman, aged 73 years. After having enjoyed themselves thoroughly they separated with hearty good wishes for the welfare and happiness of each other. They all reside within two miles of this place which denotes in marked manner the healthiness of our climate.

It should be noted that the owner and editor of the paper, Jacob L. Bunnell, was Rachael Lanterman 's grandson and hence a great-nephew of Mary Konkle and Lydia Martin. In addition, one of the printers working for the paper was Charles Edward Brugler, who was Mary Konkle's grandson. He was married to Rachael Lanterman's granddaughter Rosa Bunnell, sister of Jacob. The gathering took place around the time of Rachael Lanterman's 73rd birthday, which occurred on 31 January 1877.

Lydia was back in Muscatine County, Iowa by 1880. When the census was enumerated on 10 June 1880, Lydia was again living with Baltis and Lidia Anna Wintermute. The Wintermutes had moved into the city of Muscatine Township, Iowa. Baltis Keen was still listed as a farmer on the 1880 census, although he may have begun his grocer business by this time (Kern 1938). Baltis and Lydia Wintermute, who had no children of their own, boarded the local school teacher in 1880 (see Table 6). Another of Lydia Read Martin's children, Sarah Martin Keen Raub, lived near-by in Sweetland Township.

Table 6: Household of Baltis and Lydia (Martin) Wintermute in 1880
1880 United States Federal Census
Enumeration District 248, Ward 3, Muscatine City, Muscantine County, Iowa, page 201A

Name

Age

Relation to Head

Place of Birth

B.K. Wintermute

48

Head

New Jersey

L. Anna Wintermute

44

Wife

New Jersey

Lydia Martin

79

Mother-in-law

New Jersey

Kate E. Saxton

23

Boarder

Massachusetts

By 1880, Lydia's family was spread across the United States. Her eldest and youngest sons lived in New Jersey. Benjamin was in Stillwater Township, Sussex County (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 185, Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, page 184C) and Philetus was in Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 193, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 319A). Lydia's daughter-in-law, Louisa Martin (widow of J. Ogden) was a resident of Blairstown Township in 1880 (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 191, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 286C). The location of Lydia's daughters Elizabeth Summerball and Hannah Allen is unknown. Hannah's son Martin Allen lived with his wife and children in Auburn Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 115, Auburn Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, page 35D). Lydia's daughter-in-law, Drusilla Martin (widow of David) lived with her sons in Sycamore, Ohio (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 161, Sycamore, Sycamore Township, Wyandot County, Ohio, page 437C). Her son Jonathan Oliver Martin and his family resided in Maryville, Missouri (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 260, Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri, page 85B). And finally, her daughters Sarah Martin Raub Martin and Lidia Anna Wintermute both resided in Muscatine County, Iowa. Sarah lived in Sweetland Township (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 244, Sweetland Township, Muscantine County, Iowa, page 201A) and Lidia lived in the city of Muscatine (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 248, Ward 3, Muscatine City, Muscantine County, Iowa, page 201A).

Lydia Martin's son, Benjamin Martin died on 29 December 1880, six months after the census was enumerated (Richman 1911:585; SCSCR, Letters of Administration Book A:224). Lydia died a little over two and half years later on 23 August 1883. She was lving in Muscatine County at the time of her death (Brossart n.d.). Only her three youngest children are positively known to have been alive in 1883: Jonathan Oliver Martin, Lidia Wintermute and Philetus B. Martin. Sarah Martin may also have been alive. Lydia's sons Benjamin, David, and John had predeceased their mother. It is probable that Lydia's daughters Elizabeth Summerball and Hannah Martin were also dead by 1883. Lydia had 35 grandchildren, approximately one third of whom had died before 1883 (see Table 7 for a list of the grandchildren). She also had at least nine great-grandchildren by the time she died: Bula Martin (daughter of Orrin Martin), Orrin Keen and two other Keen children (children of Baltis Ernest Keen); Myrtie Pace (child of Annie Raub Pace); and Willie, May, Eleanor and Estella Allen (children of Martin Allen).

Table 7: Granchildren of Lydia Read Martin in 1883

Living grandchildren

Deceased grandchildren

Mary E. Keen (born circa 1847)

Armantha Martin (circa 1845 - by 1860)

Martin W. Allen (born 1848)

Emit E. Martin (circa 1847 - by 1881)

Isa Martin (born 1850)

George Keen (circa 1849 - by 1860)

Orrin Martin (born 1851)

George C. Allen (1850 - ?)

Mary E. Martin (born 1853)

B. Silvester Keen (1851 - 1852)

Baltis E. Keen (born 1854)

Turressa Allen (1852 - 1852)

Walter E. Martin (born 1857)

John E. Martin (1852 - 1855)

Annie M. Raub (born 1857, adopted)

Daughter Allen (1853 - by 1860)

Bion Martin (born Jan. 1858)

Jonathan E. Martin (1854 - 1857)

Richmond S. Martin (born March 1858)

Infant Son Martin (1854 - by 1860)

Arthur B. Raub (born May 1858)

John W. Raub (Jan. 1857 - Jan. 1857)

Laura S. Martin (born 1859)

Daughter Allen (Mar. 1857 - by 1860)

David E. Martin (born Mar./Apr. 1860)

Melville Martin (1862 - 1863)

Lydia A. Martin (born August 1860)

.

Martha L. Martin (born November 1860)

.

Orron H. Raub (born 1861)

.

Jerry E. Martin (born 1865)

.

Daruis Martin (born 1867)

.

Minnie Martin (born 1868)

.

Mabel Martin (born 1871)

.

Walter G. Martin (born 1873)

.

Ralph Earl Martin (born 1879)

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Lydia Read Martin's name is on the family monument in Union Brick Cemetery in Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey. The momument includes the names of Jonathan and Lydia and three of their sons: David, John Ogden and Philetus. The two older boys died during the Civil War and were not buried in Union Brick. While I am fairly certain that Jonathan and Philetus Martin are buried in Union Brick, I have no idea where Lydia's final resting place is. She died in Iowa, and while the technology existed to ship bodies back east, it was very expensive. It is possible that her body was interred in Muscatine County. However, her name does not appear on the transcript for either Greenwood or Melpine Cemeteries, where her daughter Lidia Anna Martin Wintermute and Sarah Martin Keen Raub are respectively buried (Muscatine County, Iowa GenWeb). The famliy monument in Union Brick Cemetery is an obelisk. It is inscribed on each of its four sides as follows:

Side One

JONATHAN
MARTIN
BORN
SEPT. 3, 1794
DIED
JAN. 29, 1869
———————
WE SHALL MEET

Side Two

FATHER
AND
MOTHER

PHILETUS BRADLEY
MARTIN
1845 - 1928

MARTIN

Side Three

LYDIA
WIFE OF
JONATHAN
MARTIN
BORN
JUNE 5, 1801
DIED
AUG. 23, 1883
———————
BEYOND THE RIVER

Side Four

DAVID R.
MARTIN
BORN
AUG. 3, 1830
CO. K. 49 O.V.I.
DIED IN CAMP,
NOV. 13, 1861

J. OGDEN
MARTIN
BORN
FEB. 11, 1833
CO. B. 15 N.J.V.I.
KILLED AT,
SPOTSYLVANIA, VA
MAY 12, 1864

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REFERENCES

PRIMARY

Cemeteries

Union Brick Cemetery, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey.
Martin Monument for:
David R. Martin
John Ogden Martin
Jonathan Martin
Lydia (Read) Martin
Philetus B. Martin
Martin Monument for:
Sarah Catherine Vaughn
Minniette Martin Williams

Census

1830 United States Federal Census
New Jersey
Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 438.

1840 United States Federal Census
New Jersey
Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, pages 378, 380.

1850 United States Federal Census
New Jersey
Belvidere, Warren County, New Jersey, page 487B.
Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 495B.
Stillwater Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 86B, 91B.
New York
Town of Northfield, Richmond County, New York, page 165B.

1860 United States Federal Census
Iowa
Sweetland Township, Muscatine County, Iowa, page 528. New Jersey
Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, page 308.
Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 555.
Ohio
Sycamore Township, Wyandot County, Ohio, page 421.

1870 United States Federal Census
Iowa
Cedar Township, Muscatine County, Iowa, page 108.

1880 United States Federal Census
Iowa
Enumeration District 244, Sweetland Township, Muscantine County, Iowa, page 201A
Enumeration District 248, Ward 3, Muscatine City, Muscantine County, Iowa, page 201A
Missouri
Enumeration District 260, Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri, page 85B New Jersey
Enumeration District 185, Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, page 184C
Enumeration District 191, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 286C
Enumeration District 193, Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 319A
Ohio
Enumeration District 161, Sycamore, Sycamore Township, Wyandot County, Ohio, page 437C Pennsylvania
Enumeration District 115, Auburn Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, page 35D

1900 United States Federal Census
Iowa
Enumeration District 134, 5th Ward, Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa, page 10A New Jersey
Enumeration District 123, Blairstown Township, Warren County, New Jersey, sheet 9B
Enumeration District 175, Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, page 3A

1910 United States Federal Census
New Jersey
Enumeration District 150, 1st District, 1st Ward, Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, sheet 18A

1920 United States Federal Census
New Jersey
Enumeration District 12, First Ward, Town of Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, sheet 11 A

1930 United States Federal Census
New Jersey
Enumeration District 2-165, Borough of Midland Park, Bergen County, New Jersey, sheet 12B

Marriage Records

Warren County Marriages 1823-1850
Films #1294806-1294808, Family History Library, Church of the Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City.

Military Records

National Archives Civil War Pension Index

Available on line through Ancestry.com

Newspapers

Blairstown Press, 7 February 1877, Vol. 1, no.1

Probate Records

Sussex County Surrogate Court Records (SCSCR)
Newton, Jersey
File S8032
Inventories, Book B, page 264
Letters of Administration, Book A, page 224

SECONDARY

Anon

1879 History of Muscatine County: A History of it Cities Towns, etc. Western Historical Co. Chicago.

Armstrong, William C.

1979 Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey. Hunterdon House, Lambertville, N.J.

Brossart, Marlin W.

n.d. Muscatine County, Iowa Death Records, 1880-1910. Privately published.

Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather (compiler)

1965 Marriage Records of Nodaway County, Missouri Volume II K - Z 1845-1874. Privately published by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, Chillicothe, MO.

Kern, William MacKellar

1938 Kern and Ogden ancestors. Also allied families of Lanterman, Read, Crisman, etc. Manuscript on file, New York City Public Library.

Lorenz, Olive Jones

n.d. Titman Family Tree. Manuscript created by Olive Jones Lorenz, daughter of Celia Titman and William Jones. Collection of Diane Kellogg.

Richman, Irving B.

1911 History of Muscatine County: from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Vol. II. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., Chicago.

Ruehle, Bud

2001 Personal Communication. Martin researcher.

Snell, James P. (Compiler)

1881 History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Howard E. Case, Sussex.

Thrift, William H. (Adjutant General)

1908 Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion Together with Historical Sketches of Volunteer Organizations 1861-1866: Vol. 2 Emory H. English, State Printer, E. D. Chassell, State Binder, Des Moines.

WEB SITES

Anon

n.d. History of the 34th Illinois Infantry; September 1861 through April 1862.

Beegle, Joseph and ITConsultants

2001 15th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry.

Croswell, Frank
2004 The Lundy, Biggar, Pond, Ross and Crosswell Family Tree.

Interment.net

n.d. Cave Hill National Cemetery Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Muscatine County, Iowa GenWeb

n.d. Muscatine County Iowa Geneology, see link for Cemeteries - Melpine Cemetery.

National Park Service

n.d. Civil War Soliders and Sailors System

Reuther, Janet Raub

n.d. My Raub and More Ancestry. See: Baptisms, burials and more - Marriages - Warren County, NJ, Index to Marriages, Volume 1.

Seymour, Tres

n.d. Battle of Bridge: The Union Occupation of Munfordville. Includes excellant period drawings of camp life.

Stevens, Larry

2004 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Strieby Family

n.d. Strieby Family Civil War Letters,

Wyandot County, Ohio GenWeb

n.d. Wyandot County, Ohio Geneology. See photos of tombstones: Sycamore Township, Old Sycamore Cemetery.

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