Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pp. 690, 693
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888.
JOHN H. MARTIN, farmer and stock-raiser, section 1, Randolph Township, was born in Madison County, Ohio, February 23, 1816, a son of DAVID and SARAH (MONOHAN) MARTIN, the father born in Pennsylvania, and the mother in the State of Ohio, both now deceased. His parents were among the pioneers of Tippecanoe County, coming here in 1825 and settling on wild land, when Indians and wild animals were the principal inhabitants of the surrounding country. His father was quite a hunter in the early days of the county, and kept his family well supplied with game brought down by his trusty rifle.
JOHN H. was reared amid the wild surroundings of pioneer life, attending school in the rude log cabin subscription schools with their puncheon floors, clapboard roof, and greased paper windows. His father being a farmer he was reared to the same vocation, which he has always followed. He was married in November 1841, to MISS PATIENCE BURROUGHS, whose father, JOSIAH BURROUGHS, was an early settler of the county. Of the thirteen children born to them, twelve still survive--JOSIAH, WILLIAM, BENJAMIN, JOHN W., DAVID, ALBERT, ELLEN, CAROLINE, MARGARET, MELISSA, SARAH and HATTIE. MR. MARTIN is numbered among the substantial farmers of his township, having met with success in agricultural pursuits, and by his own efforts accumulated a fine property. His home farm consists of 280 acres of choice land, well improved. In politics he affiliates with the Democratic party.