Martin McFarland, a native of Frederick County, Ind., born March 14, 1819, the eldest son of five children born to William and Elizabeth (Keller) McFarland, both natives of Virginia, who emigrated to Miami County in the year 1836. One year later our subject came to Huntington County, where he remained about a year, and was employed in clearing up the then dense wood lands. He received a limited education; was reared on a farm. December 31, 1843, he and Miss Henriette Jennings were united in marriage, when they located on the farm on which they now reside, he having previously prepared a home. His wife is a native of Warren County, Ohio, where she was born April 17, 1824. She is the eldest daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Springer) Jennings, natives of New Jersey, and North Carolina. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. McFarland, eight children were born, four boys and four girls: Edward H., born September 20, 1844, died in the Army December 23, 1861; Charles W. A., born July 9, 1848; Clementine E., born May 5, 1850, died November 28, 1870; Newton H., born April 14, 1853; Victoria A., born December 17, 1856; Elmer E., born May 22, 1861; May L., born April 27, 1864; Arthur M., born July 8, 1866. Our subject enlisted, October, 1862, in Company E., of the Forty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was in the service about three years, most of which time he served as an Orderly Sargeant [sic]. He owns 165 acres in Section 34, Polk Township, 140 of which is in a fair state of cultivation, and is substantially improved. He owns over 3,000 acres of land in Texas, which at this writing is rapidly increasing in value. He was, during the existence of the Grange Society, a member of that order, and is now a member of R. S. Thomas Post, No. 214, G.A.R. of Mt. Etna. Previous to the war our subject was a Republican, but has since been voting with the Democrats, and for a number of years has been a member of the County Central Committee, always manifesting a live interest in the affairs of the county. He is one of the men to whom is due great credit for the up-building and progress of Huntington County, and will long be remembered as one of its most enterprising pioneers.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller:Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Polk Township, pages 741-2.