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the martin family 

JOHN MARTIN (1816-1879) 
CATHERINE NEARY (1826-1905) 

Both John and Catherine were born and raised somewhere in Kilkenny Ireland. They were married there about 1848 and came to America shortly thereafter. They resided in New York for a short time and later moved to Mystic Conn. where most of thier children were born. In 1855 they brought their family to Minnesota and settled a claim on the south shore of Crystal Lake in Lakeville Twp in Dakota County. 


Elizabeth J. (1849-1925) Michael T. Connelly (1873) 
John E. (1851-1923) (Margaret Kelly ?) ( ) 
Michael J. (1853-1924) St. Josephs Rosemount 
Catherine (1856-1946) Henry Green (1871) (All Saints Lakeville) 
Mary A. (1862-1925) Charles McDonald (1883) 

John died in 1879 and was buried in Highland Cemetary in Lakeville. His wife continued to work the farm with the help of her two sons until her death in 1905. She was buried next to her husband in Lakeville. 

This family file contains the research notes of Mr. Kevin Geraghty as of March 1999. Mr. Geraghty is researching the families and descendants of those buried at the Highland Cemetery. For more information or to contribute to Mr. Geraghty's research, please send him e-mail at

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