Lee County Biography
Simeon T. Martin

Palmyra Township

Simeon T. Martin was born in Carroll County NH in 1813, and died at his home on section 7, Palmyra Township, on the 11th of March, 1890, respected by all who knew him. His life was well and worthily spent and should be represented in this volume. In the county of his nativity, the days of his boyhood and youth were passed and in its public schools his educaiton was acquired. He was a schoolmate of "Long John Wentworth." On leaving his home to start out in life for himself he first went ot boston, Mass., but after a short time came to Illinois. He had been reared to habits of industry and inured to hard labor from early boyhood and being of an industrious nature he worked untiringly until his health gave way under the strain. It was in 1836 that he arrived in Lee County and soon afterward he secured land from the Government, which he developed into a farm, although it was then entirely destitute of improvement. Plowing and planting the land, it was soon made to yield to him abundant harvests and the improvements he placed thereon made his farm one of the best in the county. He had good buildings erected, the fields were well tilled and the place was complete in all its appointments. Mr. Martin was soon recognized as one of the leading and successful farmers of Lee County and one of the substantial citizens. Besides the home of three hundred and twenty acres he also owned forty-two acres of timber land in Palmyra Township.

Mr. Martin was twice married. In this county he wedded Miss Catherine Montgomery, of Whiteside COunty, who was born in the Empire State, and by her parents was brought to the West when a young maiden. Her father and mother are both now deceased and her death occurred at her home in Palmyra Township at the age of sixty years. Two children were born of their union, Eugene and May, but died in childhood. Mr. Martin was again married, the second union being with Mrs. Elizabeth Semlow, who born in Hamburg, Germany, November 23, 1854, and was a daughter of WIlliam and Mattie (Ritter) Seams, also natives of Hamburg. With their family they crossed the Atlantic in 1865 on a sailing vessel and after some years spent in New York came ot Illinois. They now make their home in Sterling (Whiteside County), at the ages of sixty-six and sixty-four years respectively. Both are members of the Lutheran Church and are highly respected people. During the late war Mr. Seams served as a member of the Forty-seventh New York Volunteer Inf., which was assigned to the Army of the Potomac and wore the blue for three years, during which time he participated in many battles. He was once wounded but was never captured. A brave soldier, he was faithful to the cause of his adopted country and was ever found at his post of duty. He also served in the war in the Old Country two years.

The Seams family consisted of but two dauthers. The siter of Mrs. Martin, Emma, is now the wife of Charles Wallace, of Chicago. Mrs. Martin was educated in New York City and was first married to Christian Semlow, a respected farmer, who for some years resided in the East but died in the West. They became parents of one child, Christian Laura, now deceased. Unto Mr.a nd Mrs. Martin was born a daughter, Nina May, who is still living with her mother.

Mr. Martin possessed a h igh moral character. He wsa reared uner the auspices of the Congregational Church and lived an upright, honorable life, worthy the esteem and confidence of all. Public spirited and progressive he was a valued citizen of the community and took a commendable interest in all that pertained to its welfare. In politics, he was a Republican and previous to the organization of that party was a Whig.

Mrs. Martin still carries on the home farm, assisted by W.W. Tilton Jr., who gives his best efforts to making it successful. She is well-known throughout this community and is held in high esteem for her social qualities.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892 Pg 384


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