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Obituaries of John I. and Rachel (Reeves) Martin

The Paonia Booster (Paonia, Colorado), Fri., 18 Dec. 1908, p. 7

The community was greatly shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. J. I. Martin Tuesday night.  Rachel Reeves Martin, was born in Megs County, Ohio, December, 11th 1841 and died in Paonia, Colorado, December 15th, 1908 being 67 years and 4 days old, was married to John I. Martin, in Freemont County, Iowa, Sept. 9th, 1860.  She was the mother of ten children, three died at an early age and seven (4 boys and 3 girls) are still living.  She was converted and joined the M. E. Church at the age of 18 and has lived a consistant Christian live ever since.  She has been a resident of Paonia and vicinity for 19 years and all who knew her were her friends.  The funeral took place from the M. E. Church Thursday afternoon.  The husband and children who survive Mrs. Martin have the sympathy and condolence of the entire community in which The Booster joins.


The Paonian (Paonia, Colorado), Thu., 18 Sept. 1924, p. 1


Pioneer of Valley Dies at Age of 85 Years at His Home in San Diego.

       The funeral of John I. Martin, one of the early settlers of North Fork valley, who died September 9 at his home in San Diego, Calif., was held at the Methodist church here Tuesday, the Rev. Walter A. McCleneghan officiating, and burial was made in Cedar Hill cemetery.  He was 85 years old.
       Mr. Martin came to Paonia in 1892 and homesteaded on what is now known as Lamborn mesa, residing here until about seven years ago, when he removed to California.
       He was born June 14, 1839, in Ohio.  When he was a boy, his family moved to Missouri where they lived a number of years.  Later they moved to Fremont county, Iowa, where he grew to manhood.
       In 1860 he married Rachel Reeves.  Of their ten children five are still living.
       Mr. Martin enlisted at the outbreak of the Civil War and he served throughout the conflict.
       Mrs. Martin preceded him in death, passing from this life in December, 1908.
       Surviving Mr. Martin are three sisters, Mrs. Susanna Wilson of Paonia, Mrs. Mary Rhine of Winfield, Kansas, and Mrs. Lucinda Crook of Denver; by the five children, Charlie and John Martin of Falls City, Nebraska; Elsie Martin and Mrs. Lulu Stevens of San Diego, and Joe Martin of Nolle, Colorado, and by Mrs. George Willis of Paonia, a niece.

Photograph of tombstone

John and Rachel's shared stone at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Paonia, Colorado.

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