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Fred Hutchison Martin, the eleventh child of Archelaus Stanley Martin and Harriett (Phipps) Martin, was born 28 October 1872 in Sidney Township, Fremont County, Iowa, and he is shown there, in his parents’ home, in both the 1880 Federal census and the 1885 Iowa state census.

On 15 August 1894, Fred married Eva Lena Young at her family home in Randolph, Fremont County.  She had been born there in Fremont County in April 1877 and was the daughter of Robert S. and Emma (Robbins) Young.  The 1900 census shows Fred and Lena settled on their farm in Sidney Township, along with their sons Lyle and Lyman.  In 1901, a biographical sketch of Fred was published in the book A Biographical History of Fremont and Mills Counties, Iowa, and that is reproduced here.

The 1910 census shows Fred and Eva still in Sidney Township, along with all five of their children, who were:

  • Joseph Lyle Young Martin, 1896–1972 (married (1) Elsie ______, (2) Mrs. Elizabeth (Noonan) Shriver, (3) Gladys Wannetta Hopkins, and (4) Edna Peters).1
  • Lyman Robert Martin, 1899–1980 (married Myrtle _____).2
  • Lena May Martin, 1902–1977 (married (1) Roderick Smit Mesecar and (2) Edwin Thomas Aplin).
  • Lloyd F. Martin, 1904–1952 (married Violet N. Davis).
  • Loyal L. Martin, 1905–1910.

The 1910 census was taken in April, and six months later young Loyal died suddenly (3 October 1910), when he was kicked by a mule colt.  He was laid to rest near his Martin grandparents at the Mount Zion Cemetery.  By the time of the 1920 census, Fred, Eva, and their four remaining children had moved to a farm in Logan Township, Dixon County, Nebraska.  Also in their household then was their daughter-in-law Elsie, wife of son Lyle.

Things may not have gone smoothly there in Dixon County, though.  An Iowa marriage record shows that Fred and Eva remarried each other at Sioux City, Iowa, on 9 April 1924, which suggests they had been divorced sometime between 1920 and 1924.  The marriage record shows that Fred at that time was living in Wayne, Wayne County, Nebraska, whereas Eva apparently had returned to her previous home in Sidney.

They must have come to some better accommodation in their second marriage, for they are shown still living together in the 1930 and 1940 censuses.  In 1930 they were back in Sidney, along with their 30-year-old son Lyman.  Here, for the first time, Fred’s occupation is listed as a farm laborer, rather than a farmer.  In 1940, he and Eva are in the city of Omaha, with three boarders in their house, and his occupation is “yard landscaper.”

The following year, 2 January 1941, Eva passed away there in Omaha, and she was buried at the Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park.  Fred died 7 years later, 28 October 1948, and was buried next to Eva.

If you can suggest any corrections to the information above or provide any further details about the lives of Fred, Eva, and their descendants, please contact me at the address shown in the image below:

Pete at John Martin Family dot org

     —Pete Martin

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  1. Known as Lyle in his younger years and as Joseph, Joe, or “Pop” Martin in later life.  His first wife, Elsie, is shown only in the 1820 census, and I know nothing more about her.
  2. Census records show that Lyman in 1930 was still single and living with his parents in Sidney, but as of 1940 he was in Omaha and married to “Myrtle,” a 26-year-old woman born in Missouri.  The 1940 census also shows that both he and Myrtle had lived at the “same address” in 1935, so presumably they had married sometime between 1930 and 1935.  I have not identified Myrtle any further.