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Zadock Martin Jr. (1789 - 1849)

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Zadock "Zed" Martin Jr.
Born in Chowan, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
Husband of — married 13 Aug 1807 in Knox, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lafayette, Yamhill, Oregon Territory, United Statesmap
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Martin Surname: 5th Generation:[1]
Zadock Martin Jr. was born on February 12, 1789 14, possibly in Wilkes County, North Carolina . He died on October 10, 1849 in Lafayette, Yamhill Co., Oregon 14. He is buried in the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery, McMinnville, Yamhill Co., Oregon.

Father: Zadock Martin
Mother: Unknown

There is no proof that Zadock (born 1789) was the son of Zadock Martin (born in 1742), but the circumstantial evidence makes the connection likely. Strangely though, neither of them were referred to as "Sr" or "Jr" in any known records. The elder Zadock probably died between 1802 and 1810, either before or shortly after his son had attained his legal majority. Since they were probably not "active" public adults at the same time, there would have been no need to differentiate between the two. Later though, the younger Zadock (born in 1789) was referred to as Sr, to differentiate him from his nephew Zadock Martin (born circa 1798).

Zadock spent his earliest years in North Carolina and in his youth he moved with his family to Knox County, Kentucky. On August 13, 1807, in Knox County, Zadock was married to Susannah Brown.[2] They had the following children:

  • Green Taylor Martin was born circa 1808 in Knox Co., Kentucky. He died on September 22, 1878 in Stockton, San Joaquin Co., California.
  • Hardin Davis Martin was born circa 1810 in Knox Co., Kentucky. He died after 1866, perhaps in California, Oregon or Texas?
  • Franklin B. Martin was born on December 17, 1811 in Knox Co., Kentucky 14. He died on July 11, 1860 in Lafayette, Yamhill Co., Oregon 14. He is buried in the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery, McMinnville, Yamhill Co., Oregon.
  • Gill E. Martin was born circa 1813 in Knox Co., Kentucky. He died sometime between 1841-1853, probably in Mississippi.
  • William Jennings Martin was born on February 2, 1814 6 or February 2, 1815 5 in Knox County, Kentucky. He died on April 26, 1901 in Glendale, Douglas Co., Oregon 6,28. He is buried in the Glendale Memorial Cemetery, Glendale, Douglas Co., Oregon.
  • Millicent "Milly" G. Martin was born on October 28, 1820 in Clay Co., Missouri. She died on August 17, 1869 in Matfield Green, Chase Co., Kansas. She is buried in the Matfield Green Cemetery, Matfield Green, Chase Co., Kansas.
  • James B. Martin was born circa 1822 in Clay Co., Missouri. He died on February 6, 1855 in Kansas.
  • Josephine J. Martin was born on April 16, 1822 in Clay Co., Missouri. She died on February 14, 1843 in Platte City, Platte Co., Missouri.
  • Elizabeth Jane Martin was born circa 1825 in Clay Co., Missouri. She died on August 20, 1867 in Boise, Ada Co., Idaho.

Zadock and Susannah lived in Knox County for several years and in 1814, Zadock built the first jail in that county. While living in Kentucky, Zadock also served in the county militia and was also licensed as a tavern keeper.

In about 1815, Zadock moved with his family out west to Missouri. There, they settled in what is now Clay County, Missouri, probably in Gallatin Township. [From 1815 to 1816, this was part of St. Charles County; then from 1816 to 1820, this was part of Howard County; then from 1820 to 1822, this was part of Ray County.] Zadock served as Ray County Assessor in 1821 and 1822. From 1825 to 1827, Zadock served as a judge for the Clay County Court. In 1827 or 1828, they moved to what is now Platte County, Missouri, but at the time was in a frontier area outside of Missouri. There, they lived at the falls of the Platte River, near what is now Platte City. Zadock operated ferries over the Platte and Missouri Rivers, and also operated a tavern out of his home. It is said that his family were the only settlers allowed to remain in the area, and their nearest (white) neighbor was 15 miles away. In 1836, the 'Platte Purchase' opened up the area for settlement and there was a steady influx of settlers. Soon, a town sprang up near their home, which was aptly named Martinsville. From 1837 to 1838, Zadock served as postmaster for Martinsville. Soon though, the city was "moved" and in 1839 was renamed Platte City, although Zadock is still credited as being the city's founder. (There apparently was a "Zed Martin Days" annual festival and there is a Zed Martin Street in the city.

In 1844, Zadock's son William returned from an expedition to Oregon and California and began inspiring his family to move out west. In 1845, Zadock's children Hardin and Elizabeth made the trip over the Oregon Trail. Then in the spring of 1846, Zadock and his family left on the Oregon Trail, bound for the Oregon Territory. They arrived in northern Oregon in September 1846 and settled in what is now Yamhill County, Oregon. Zadock apparently first settled on the South Yamhill River, probably just south of what is now McMinnville, Oregon. Then in 1848, he and his wife apparently settled on a 640-acre claim farther west, between what is now McMinnville and Sheridan. Then in 1849, he became ill and went to live with his son Franklin (who probably lived in or near Lafayette, a nearby town), where Zadock died on October 10, 1849. According to one record, the following was said of Zaddock: "Tall and brawny, he weighed about 275 pounds. He wore a broad-rimmed hat and carried a hickory cane. His eyes flashed lightning, and his mouth reverberated thunder. He demanded instantaneous obedience of friend or foe. Yet he was just and charitable, and loved by his family and his servants."

Masonic Cemetery
McMinnville, Yamhill County, Oregon


  2. Kentucky, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850; Name: Zadock Martin, Spouse: Sukey Brown; Publisher: Operations Inc, 1997
  • Year: 1840; Census Place: Platte, Missouri; Roll: 228; Page: 143; Family History Library Film: 0014857
  • Missouri, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1830-1870; NameZadox Martin, Year 1839, Database: MO 1830-1839 Census Index
  • Oregon, Wills and Probate Records, 1849-1963; Notes: Probate Case Files, 190-221. Name: Zadock Martin

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