Jeff Harvey

Looking at the Martin family of Athens, courtesy of the first “History of Mercer County,” book (1984) and writers Margaret Ann Scott, Alice Martin Moore and Elizabeth Arrington, we come to Adam Martin, listed 12th among the children of John,Sr.and Susanna Martin.

Adam,like his brothers Achilles and George,married into the Scott family,marrying Rebecca Scott. The 1880 Federal Census lists him as a 60-year-old widower living in Plymouth Precinct Mercer County. He is buried with his wife in the Martin family cemetery behind the Athens Cemetery overlooking Laurel Creek.

William Henry Martin was the Martin most directly involved with the founding of Concord Normal School. Five families: the Fannings, Frenches, Holroyds Martin’s and Vermillions donated money and/or land to the school. Martin donated six acres in land in return for enough calico material for his wife to make a dress.

When he died in January,1909,classes at CNS were dismissed and the entire student body marched in his funeral procession.

As an aside,classes at Concord Normal School started on May 10,1875with 70 students.

George F.Martin,Sr., taught school for 30 years, served as a deputy sheriff for the Plymouth District during the term of Sheriff James White; and served as deputy assessor for Plymouth District. He also wrote the pamphlet “Bent Mountain Murder”covering the named criminal case and subsequently trial.

Laura Martin McClaughtery (spouse John Luther McClaughtery) had her and her husband’s ages wrong as well as his first name wrong in the state records of their marriage license.

George,Sr’s son Lotus was a World War I veteran who was killed in a hit-and-run incident. His brother, Percy, was a former justice of the peace.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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