Biographical Sketch of Dr. John W. Martin, Bloomington Township,
Buchanan County, MO

>From "History of Buchanan County, Missouri, Published 1881, St. Joseph
Steam Printing Company, Printers, Binders, Etc., St. Joseph, Missouri.

Dr. John W. Martin, physician and surgeon, DeKalb, was born October 30,
1816, and is a native of Bourbon County, Kentucky. He was raised in
Lexington, where he was educated, and when about seventeen years of
age he learned the bricklayer's trade and worked at it for about five
years. When twenty two years of age he began the study of medicine
under Dr. Pinckard, of Lexington, Kentucky, and afterwards attended the
lectures of the Transylvania University of Lexington, graduating in
March, 1840. He then began his practice in Fayette County, which he
pursued till 1854, when he moved to DeKalb, Buchanan County, Missouri.
Here he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. He
was married August 20, 1846, to Elizabeth Hart. She was born July 22,
1829, and is a native of Fayette County, Kentucky. They have had
fourteen children, seven of whom are living: Nannie, Kittie, Bettie,
John W., Christopher II, Mollie and James D. Christopher H., M. D.,
was born in Buchanan County, Missouri, November 22, 1854. He was
raised in his native county and was here educated. In February, 1874
he began the study of medicine with his father, and in the spring of
1877 graduated in the medical department of the University of Louis-
ville, Kentucky. Since that time he has been engaged in the practice
of his profession with his father. He was married June 17, 1878 to
Miss Bettie Wallingford. She was born in Buchanan County, Missouri,
September 17, 1861. They have two children, William and Thomas.

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