John Martz, retired farmer, is a native of Pennsylvania, and the fourth of a family of eleven children, six sons and five daughters, born of John and Elizabeth (Beaver) Martz. The paternal grandfather was a native of Switzerland, and on the motherâ€™s side he is descended from German ancestry. John Martz was born in Pennsylvania, and by occupation was a blacksmith. In 1829 he settled in Trumbull County, Ohio, where he made a good home and reared his children to manhood and womanhood. He died September, 1866, aged seventy-nine years. His wife preceded him to the grave, departing this life in 1840, at the age of fifty-one years. John Martz was born August 26, 1815, and at the age of fourteen accompanied his parents to Trumbull County, Ohio, where the years of his youth and early manhood were passed. His education was limited to the subscription schools of that day, and while still a boy he began the blacksmithing trade with his father, and soon became a skillful workman. February 22, 1840, he married Miss Margaret Keller, of Columbiana County, Ohio, daughter of John and Catherine (Kenrich) Keller. Shortly after marriage, Mr. Martz abandoned his trade and engaged in agricultural pursuits, farming for a few years as a renter, and subsequently, 1851, purchased the land years as a renter, and subsequently, 1851, purchased the land upon which he now lives in Jackson Township, Huntington Co. His farm and improvements will compare favorably with any other place in the community, and in point of thrift and all that goes to make up substantial manhood, Mr. Martz stands among the first in the township. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and in politics he is an ardent supporter of the Republican party. Mr. and Mrs. Martz have had nine children whose names are as follows, to-wit: Daniel, deceased; Catherine, wife of Alexander Smith; Sarah, wife of Daniel Goodman; John H., Cornelius, Aaron, Clara H., wife of John Fisher; Mary A. and Elizabeth, deceased.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Jackson Township, page 657 and 658.