NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The parent nationality of the McMartins was Scottish, as the prefix, Mac, would imply, and those of the name residing in Clinton county are closely related to the McMartins of lower Canada. William Alexander McMartin, the present superintendent of Clinton County Home, possesses numberous characteristics indicative of his Caledonian origin, and his father, Alexander McMartin, of Mooers, by rallying to the defence of the Union in 1861, exemplifying the martial spirit which distinguished his chivalric forbears.
(I) John McMartin was born in Scotland, and, when a young man, emigrated with his parents to British North America, settling in lower Canada. He later came to the states, and, locating in Mooers, Clinton county, New York, resided there for the remainder of his life. His occupation ws that of a carpenter and builder.
He married Mary Robare, who was of French descent.
John, Alexander, Matilda, Henry, James, Julia, deceased, Charles, William, also deceased.
(II) Alexander, second son of John and Mary (Robare) McMartin, was born in Mooers, Nov. 30, 1838. In 1861, when twenty-two years old, he enlisted at Plattsburgh as a private in Company A, Ninety-sixth Regiment, New York Volunteers, and served in the Federal army throughout the civil war. Instead of being mustered out immediately after the close of the war, his company was retained in the service for some time after that event, one of its duties being the talking of the census of Culpepper county, Virginia, and he was finally discharged in 1866, having attained the rank of second lieutenant. Previous to the war he was engaged in various occupations, and after his return from the army he entered the employ of Delaware and Hudson Railroad Company at Sciota, a village in Chazy township, as foreman, continuing in that capacity for a number of years. From 1874 to 1887 he held the responsible position of roadmaster on the Chateaugay Iron and Ore Railway, and in the latter year he entered the service of the Boston and Maine Railway, which necessitated his removed to Nashua, New Hampshire. Some years later he returened to Sciota, and at athe present time (1910) is employed on the state highways as an assistant to the surveyor's corps.
He married Flavy, born in Mooers, daughter of Charles and Flavy (Eryell) Laundry; she died in 1903.
1. William Alexander, mentioned below.
2. Josephine, born in Chazy, N.Y.; married Charles LaFlame.
3. Matilda, born in Sciota; married Ezera Abard.
4. Emma, married Joseph Peppin.
5. Julia, born in Sciota; married J. H. Burnham.
6. Edward A., born in Sciota; unmarried.
(III) William Alexander, eldest son of Alexander and Flavy (Laundry) McMartin, was born in Mooers, May 25, 1868. His preliminary studies were pursued in the common schools of Sciota, and he completed his education at the Mooers high school. He then entered the employ of A. B. Angell, of Sciota, and later went to Nashua, New Hampshire, where he was employed in that city as a clerk in a clothing store. Returning to Sciota he engaged in mercantile business, establishing the firm of McMartin & Fesett, and this concern has ever since conducted a general store in Sciota village with gratifying success.
In politics Mr. McMartin is a Republican. He was for one term a member of the board of supervisors in Chazy, and also served as justice of the peace and commissioner of highways. Elected superintendent of the Clinton County Home in the fall of 1905 for a term of three years, he was re-elected in 1908, and is still administering the affairs of that institution in a most satisfactory manner.
He affiliates with the Knights of Columbus, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Maccabees, and the Patrons of Husbandry.
At Coopersville, N.Y., June 27, 1891, Mr. McMartin married Jane, born in Black Brook, Clinton county, daughter of Patrick and Hannah (Ryan) Burke.
Edward A., born Sept. 10, 1894.
Katherine Maria, Oct. 31, 1896.
Nora Josephine, Sept. 13, 1898.
William James, April 5, 1900.
Ruth Agnes, March 11, 1902.
James Patrick, Aug. 10, 1905.
Harriette Esther, July 3, 1907.
All were born in Sciota, except the youngest, who was born in Beekmantown.
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