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Cornelius Martz

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Cornelius Martz

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Classification: Biography
Surnames: Martz, Keller & Dinnius
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 721-22

Cornelius Martz. On a finely improved estate of one hundred and twenty acres in section nine of Jackson township, Cornelius Martz is most successfully engaged in diversified agriculture, and the raising of high-grade stock. He has lived in Jackson township during the entire period of his life, and commands the confidence and esteem of all who have known him from earliest youth.

His birth occurred in Jackson township, April 1, 1852, a son of John and Margaret (Keller) Martz. His father was a native of Pennsylvania. His mother claimed Ohio as her birthplace. The parents were married in Ohio, and from that state came out to Indiana, and on the twenty-second of May, 1851, located in Jackson township of Huntington county. In the following year was born their son, Cornelius, and the parents continued to make that their home until they were called from earth’s activities by death. There were nine children, and four are living at the present writing, as follows: Sarah A., widow of Daniel Goodman of Michigan; John H. Martz, a resident of Whitley county; Clara H., wife of John M. Fisher of Warren, Ohio; and Cornelius.

Cornelius Martz grew up on the old farm, had a common schooling, and lived at home until he was twenty-two years of age. Then in order to get properly started in the world, his father gave him twenty-five acres of land. With that as his capital he was united in marriage on April 19, 1874, with Miss Margaret Dinnius. She was the daughter of Josiah Dinnius, and was born and reared in Jackson township. To their marriage were born four children, as follows: Melvin H., unmarried; Early, who is married and lives in the state of Virginia; Edith, wife of Elmer E. Kreusen; Laura, who lives at home with her parents. The family worship in the English Lutheran church, and in politics Mr. Martz is a republican. As the basis of his farming activities he owns one hundred and twenty acres, three and a half miles northwest of Roanoke. He has used this to good advantage in creating sufficient wealth for his own means, and in providing liberally for the education of his children and in seeing them properly started in the world.

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