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Obituary: Martha Martin

Lakeside Press

  Mrs. Martha Martin died Tuesday about, after a short illness, at the ripe old age of 82 years.

  The subject of these lines was born in Chester, Vt., Dec. 6, 1800, the child of Walter and Sarah Johnson.  Her childhood was spent entirely in the vicinity of her birthplace.

  At the age of sixteen, she was united in marriage to Christopher Martin, who was her faithful husband until his death, Apr. 9, 1880.

  Four years following her marriage were spent in Vermont and Mass.  As the West seemed to offer them better opportunities for making a home, she removed with her husband to New York State, and located on the north shore of Oneida Lake, which at that time was almost a complete wilderness!

  Theirs was the first house within the limits of the present village of Cleveland.  In this vicinity she has lived ever since, and with her husband, as long as she retained her ability to work, strove to advance the best interests of the little community that sprung up.  Her doors were always open to the itinerant, and for a long time not one would think of passing by without calling upon and perhaps enjoying something of the hospitality of this well known happy couple.

  Being both earnest Christians, they labored hand in hand for the upbuilding of the Church in the growing village, and the existence of the present M.E. Church in Cleveland is due very much to the combined energy of the two.

  In the branches of Christian work in which ladies have been more particularly engaged, she has ever been one of the foremost.  The living Christ in her heart gave proof of its existence by the abundance of its fruits.

  The death of her companion not quite three years ago, was a severe stroke, and since that time she has felt that when the same messenger should call, he would be welcome.  To the last, her true trust was complete, and resignation to the will of her Master well sustained.

  Her death was in every sense a triumph.  When the last hour was near, she exclaimed, rapturously: "I see the horses and chariots coming for me!"  What evidence can be stronger of the joy in store for the righteous in the other world?  May our last end be like hers.

Date16 Dec 1882
Linked toMartha Johnson (Death); Christopher Martin

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