Pages 147-148, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




DR. CICERO S. MARTIN, of Allen county, whose father, the late John Martin, of Deer Creek township, was one of the first settlers on the creek, was born in Lawrence county, Arkansas, February 20, 1857. The following June his father landed in Allen county and made his final stop in the "Martin and Wise" neighborhood on the 14th of the month. The homestead which the head of the family entered is now the property of "Uncle Billy" Merchant, but the place upon which he spent the last years of his active life and where he died is the property of his son, Rufus S. Martin, at the forks of north and south Deer Creek.

John Martin was born in North Carolina June 14, 1815. His father, John Martin, was a state senator of the old "Tar Heel State" and a wealthy


planter. The latter married a Miss Jones and eight of their sixteen children were sons. Among them were Benjamin, Henry, William, Bartlett, Yancy, Alexander and John. The last named married Sarah Sale who died in Allen county in 1893, while her husband died October, 1882. This pioneer couple left North Carolina about 1855 for the west and stopped a year or more in Lawrence County, Arkansas. He drove into Allen county with his thirteen in family, with an ox team and, along with the Days and Wises, was the first permanent settler in his locality. He engaged at once in the stock business and in the cultivation of the soil and was one of the successful and comfortably well-off men of his time. He took a rather conspicuous part in public affairs, was a soldier in the Kansas militia, as were some of his sons, and was called out when the Rebels were threatening our frontier. In politics he was a Democrat, as a citizen he was among the best and as a man he was loyal o his family and to his friends.

The children of this pioneer, our subject's father, were William Yancy, of Wheatland, Oregon; Jane, wife of Nelson Hall, of Blackburn, Indian Territory; John J., a soldier in the 9th Kansas, who died in 1870; Hiram S., who died in 1876; Adeline, deceased, wife of Patrick Moynihan; Susan, wife of James Goodnight, of Dale county, Missouri; James H., deceased; Martha A., wife of R. E. Strickler; Rufus and Dr. Cicero S.

Dr. Martin spent his childhood and youth in the country on Deer creek. He attended school under Prof. David Smith at Carlyle and chose medicine as his calling at about eighteen years of age. He was a student in the office of Dr. J. Morgan at Neosho Falls, following which he attended the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis two years, graduating March 4, 1882. His practice began at once in his home neighborhood and has continued there with success.

January 13, 1887, he was married to Emma L. Benjamin, a daughter of John B. Benjamin, of Hamilton, Missouri. The only child of Dr. and Mrs. Martin, Cicero Ray, died August 8th, 1899, at nearly nine years of age.

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