"John Martin, son of Dr. John Martin, a surgeon of
Merthyr Tydfil, was
born March 29, 1846
at Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, .
His paternal grandparents were Timothy Martin, a mine agent and Mary Grey.
William Gibbs, a laborer, and Sarah Wilkins were his grandparents on his
maternal side. Wales
John Martin's father's family consisted of the following brothers and sisters; Benjamin, Christopher, Mary, Mary, Timothy, Jane, Elizabeth, Edward, Elizabeth, George, Joseph, and Thomas.
John apparently grew up in Laugharne until he was old enough to work in the mines, and at that time he was in the
Anna Jenkins, his wife, was born
16, 1846 at Lantwit Vardre,
the daughter of David Jenkins, a miner, and Anna Evans. She was a seamstress
because her brothers saw that she received training at Mountain Ash, a village
not far from their home in Aberdare. The old record
states, "Anna Jenkins commenced her apprenticeship at Mountain Ash on Wales Thursday 21 April 1864."
She liked to dance and play the tambourine and was a favorite at parties near her home. It was at a social that she met John Martin. They sang well together. Although she was to have left for
with her brother David, she and John Martin were married at the parish church
in Aberdare on Utah 17 April 1866. Her sister, Esther, was sent to
A little over a year later, their first child, Catherine Anna, was born at Cap Coch, Aberdare, Glamorganshire on
18 June 1867. She had been engaged to marry a Mr.
Crabtree, who incidently met the emigrant train
thinking that she was with her brother when he arrived in in 1866. It was a tearful and
disappointing experience for him. In his despair he offered to marry her sister
but she replied, "It was Anna you were in love with." Utah
This family and her mother's left
Tuesday, 30th of June, 1868 for , on the steamship New
They reached Minnesota ,
July 12th, and arranged to go by train to New York . Laramie,
on July 25th in Captain Loveland's Company of 40 mule team wagons and 400
passengers. John Martin played his violin to help with the amusement and
programs around the bonfires at night when they were encircled by the wagons. Salt Lake Valley was reached Salt Lake
Valley August 20, 1868. Uncle
David Jenkins met the emigrant train and gave them a warm welcome.
, John and Anna's second child, Mary
Ann, was born Salt Lake November 5,
1868. Finally this couple settled in ,
in the autumn of 1869. Here John hauled the logs for
Anna Evans Jenkins, his mother-in-law's home, to pay for money loaned to make
the journey. In this little village they found friends whom they had known in
the Samaria, Idaho Merthyr Tydfil
and Aberdare districts in . John was a farmer in Wales and he and his
wife were on pioneer programs in the village and later the children sang
together and with others. Here also were born the rest of their family: David
Richard, John Elias, Evan Jenkins, Sarah Jane, Esther Ellen, Edward Jenkins,
Joseph Hyrum, and Edith. Samaria
At his home in
John and his family would circle around the organ, and while he played, the
entire family participated in four-part singing. However, John was very strict
with them. He was nevertheless as honest as the day was long. Samaria
He used to go to
to visit his Uncle Bill, William Gibbs who came to Utah with his father Richard
Wilkins Gibbs and his mother Mary Morris. Richard Wilkins Gibbs was a brother
to Mary Ann Gibbs, John's mother. America
Anna, his wife, died
July 16, 1888
and was buried July 18, at . John Martin passed away Samaria,
Idaho September 12, 1900.
- Raymond R. Martin, Grandson"
John Martin and his children
Edith, Esther, Evan, Joseph and Edward