Martin Family History

Avery Joe Martin, February 19, 1917

I first became interested in genealogy when I started looking into whether an old family story was true. My maternal grandmother, Helen Woodruff Martin, was told at some point in her life that she was related to Ernest R. Ball, Cleveland-born composer of Irish-themed American music at the turn of the 20th century.

I gave an oral report on Ernest when I was about 10, but I still can’t prove I’m actually related to him. In the meantime, I have learned a number of other things about the Woodruff and Martin families and others connected to them. As I add new information to the site, I’ll link to it from this page to make it easier to find.

Martin Family Posts

  • Clipping: Marion Martin, Extreme DIYer I’ve long been told that my uncle, Marion Woodruff Martin (1919-1996), was something of an inventor in his youth, and I’ve just come across this gem in the November 8, 1948 issue of The Newark Advocate (Newark, OH). Marion was 29 years old at the time. I can’t make out much in the pictures, but ...
  • (Not) A History of Social Media Paul Starr’s The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications has been sitting unread on my bookcase for far too long. I’ve only just begun reading it, and, in spite of the rather plodding pace, I’m finding it immensely interesting. I may write more about the book another time, but for now—though the book ...
  • Obituary: Dora Alice Sager Woodruff, 1871-1959 The Newark Advocate (Newark, OH), 30 Nov 1959, p. 26 MRS. J. A. WOODRUFF Mrs. Dora A. Woodruff, 88, wife of J. A. Woodruff, in failing health for some time, died at 1 p. m. Sunday in the home north of Kirkersville. Born Nov. 10, 1871, in Black Lick, Franklin County, she was the daughter of Dallas Sager ...
  • From the Files: Avery Martin’s WWII Draft Registration
  • Seceder Cemetery   In May of 2007, I took a quick flight to Ohio to investigate several cemeteries in which I believed I’d find some Woodruff, Sager, and other assorted family graves. My first order of business was to locate Seceder Cemetery, a site my living family was unaware of, in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Once a bustling small city ...

One Response to Martin Family History

  1. Sarah Kelley says:

    I just saw your pics of Hiram and Adaline Woodruff at Find a Grave. They are my ggg grandparents. I hope you don’t mind me using them in my family history? Do you have other pics you could share? I have no idea what Mary Edith or any of the kids looked like. Their daughter, Mary Edith, married Charles Augustus Rowe. They are the parents of Edwin Pearl Rowe who married my granny, Sarah Marie (Sadie) Breisinger. I loved her so! They had my grandmother Janis Mabel Rowe who married Francis Marion Wake. From them, my mother, Nancy Rowe Wake. She married my daddy, Herbert Gern Bletner and they brought me into this World. I have 3 children and one grandchild. I have lived in Columbus all my life and never knew how close I am to where they lived and rest. My mother used to tell me stories about Aunt Adaline, Edwin’s sister, when I was little. One of my daughters carries Adaline as a middle name because of the love that radiated from my mother for her Auntie.

    I began my family search in September of this year and have many to thank for getting family histories online. So many have done the leg work! It is very much appreciated!

    Are we cousins???

    Sarah Kelley

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