Martin Surname: 5th Generation:
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
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. They had the following children:
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."
McMinnville, Yamhill County, Oregon
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