Michael L. Brown
Married: Mary Melvin.
Children: John, Asenith, Lena, Theodore, David, Charles,
Sarah, William, Samuel, Jeremy, Nathan, Mary, Elizabeth.
David Martin Sr. was an early settler in Lawrence Co., Ohio,
probably coming to Ohio as a youth with his parents. He first
appears in Gallia Co., Ohio where he was married to Mary Melvin on
27 January 1827 by Rev. William Fuson. Mary was born c. 1806 in
Ohio. Her parents were Jonathan and Nancy Anna (Broom) Melvin.
According to the 1880 census, David's parents were both born in
Massachusetts. David was a farmer and by the time of the 1830
census he and his family lived in Perry Twp. of Lawrence County.
A land deed between David and Jonas Jenkins appears in 1858.
David and Mary were both illiterate, although in 1880, he is said
to be able to read, though not write. All children living at home
in 1860 were listed as attending school. Also in 1860, David's
real estate is valued at $3000 and his personal estate at $600.
His name appears in the local newspaper, issue of 27 December
1877, as a delinquent tax payer! As noted, both David and Mary
lived to 1880, but for how long afterwards is not known for
certain. The death of a Mary Martin in Lawrence Co. on 7 June
1889 at 84 years and 3 months, of "old age", could well be our
1) John, born c. 1829 in Ohio. He is called a "laborer" in 1850.
2) Asenith, our ancestor. See entry on Jonas Jenkins.
3) Lena, born c. 1831.
4) Theodore, born c. 1833.
5) David, was born c. 1836, quite possibly a twin of Charles.
His wife was named Nancy and she was born c. 1841. David was a
farmer, living in Lawrence Twp., Lawrence Co., Ohio in 1880.
a. Reynolds, born c. 1860. He became a farmer.
b. Roberta, born c. 1864.
c. Esadra, born c. 1866.
d. Benjamin W., born c. 1868. He also was a farmer.
e. Uyssues E., born c. 1870.
f. Van J., born c. 1876.
g. Rufus C., born c. 1878.
6) Charles, born c. 1836.
7) Sarah, born 15 October 1840. She married Mitchell McClaskey,
a "laborer", who was about two years younger than her. Sarah
died on 11 January 1922, in Perry Twp., with chronic bronchitis.
She was buried in Woodland Cemetery two days after her death.
She died a widow.
8) William, born c. 1842. His wife was named Eliza J. and she
was about two years older than he was. She was marked illiterate
in 1880. William was a farmer like his father. They also lived
in Perry Twp., Lawrence Co., Ohio and had at least seven children.
a. Michael, born c. 1867, helped his father farm.
b. Sarah, born c. 1870.
c. Nathaniel, born c. 1871.
d. Mary E., born c. 1873.
e. Margaret J., born c. 1874.
f. William, born c. 1876.
g. Henry, born c. 1879.
9) Samuel, born 28 June 1844. He became a farmer and his wife
was named Sarah. She was born c. 1849 and died before her
husband. Six children are listed at home in 1880, all six of them
boys! Samuel died on 30 October 1928 in Fayette Twp., Lawrence
Co. The cause of death was noted to be, "Infection from wound on
hand caused by barred wire." Senility was listed as a
contributory cause on his death certificate. He was buried in
a. John, born c. 1867.
b. Joseph, born c. 1870.
c. Willis, born c. 1873.
d. David, born c. 1875.
e. Milan, born c. 1877.
f. Ezekiel, born c. 1879.
10) Jeremy, born c. 1846.
11) Nathan, born c. 1849. In 1870, he was working on the farm
and listed as being illiterate.
12) Mary, born c. 1851. She probably married to David McKnight.
13) Elizabeth, born c. 1853. She still lived at home in 1870.
Listed at that time as illiterate. She married to William
McClaskey c. 1873 and they continued living there in Perry Twp.,
Lawrence Co., Ohio. Williams occupation in 1880 is given as "farm
a. Charles, born c. 1874.
b. Eliza J., born c. 1876.
c. George, born c. 1879.