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James Martin
James Martin and Isabella Askin were married in Meigs county, Ohio, February 20, 1854. He was born in Gallia county, July 13, 1827, and his wife in Antrim county, Ireland, August 19, 1833. His parents were George and Helen (Johnston) Martin. They were both natives of Scotland, born in 1799 and 1798, and died November 7, 1880, and July 4, 1828, respectively. Richard Askin, the father of Mrs. Martin, was born in Ireland in 1780, and died in 1850, and her mother, Agnes (McCartney) Askins, was born in Belfast, Ireland, May 16, 1805. They came to Meigs county in 1835. When the parents of Mr. Martin settled here they were forced to endure all the privations and hardships incident to a pioneer life. They had to grind their corn by hand, and their schools were supported by subscription. The children of Mr. Martin are: Eliza H., born November 21, 1854; William A., October 31, 1859; and James J., January 1, 1864. Mr. Martin is an engineer; he is now engaged in farming. His postoffice address is Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]



John A Martindale
Was born in Meigs county, Ohio, March 6, 1824. He came to this county with his parents in 1830. His father, David Martindale, was born in 1798 and died April 30, 1837; his mother, Mary (Darst) Martindale, was born, in Gallia county, June 3, 1800, and died March 10, 1879. John A. was married to Rhoda Plymale in Gallia county, July 25, 1846. She was born in this county December 16, 1827. Her parents were Hugh Plymale, who was born December 25, 1807, and died September 17, 1878, and Catherine (Cottrell) Plymale, born August 16, 1810, and died September 3, 1852. They settled in this county in 1810. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Martindale are: David D., born August 9, 1847, resides in Nebraska; Hugh H., born November 2, 1848, resides in this county; Mary E. (Toman), August 11, 1850, resides in Nebraska; Sarepta C., August 11, 1850, died January 7, 1851; Elizabeth C. (Davis), January 31, 1853, resides in Gallia county; Joseph J., December 16, 1854, resides in Colorado; Rebecca L., Sep16, 1857, resides at home; Orinda J., November 16, 1860, resides in Gallia county; Missouri B., December 8, 1862, resides at home; America L., July 28, 1865; John A., May 28, 1867, died October 10, 1868; Minnie A., July 14, 1869, resides at home. Mr. Martindale has held the office of township clerk four years, justice of the peace three years, and trustee one year. He and two of his sons were soldiers in the late war; he served four months in the 141st Ohio National Guard, and his son David served four months in the same regiment, while Hugh was discharged for disability after serving five months. Mr. Martindale is a farmer, residing in Addison township. His postoffice address is Bulaville, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]



John W. McCann

John W. McCann, who owns the Second Division of the town of Republic, is one of the best known mining men of Ferry county, having been interested in this industry, both as a prospector and promoter for some time. He has had wide experience in mining in various parts of the world and is a skillful and energetic man.
John W. McCann was born in Meigs county, Ohio on June 4, 1856, being the son of William and Rebecca (Goff) McCann, natives of Virginia. He settled in Meigs county in the early days and there remained until the father's death, in 1861. The mother lived there sometime after that, then removed to Wisconsin, where she died in 1876. They were the parents of fifteen children. Our subject received his education in the Albany high school and later completed the same in the academy. From sixteen to twenty, he operated his mother's farm then his mother having died, he journeyed west to the Black Hills in South Dakota. There he followed mining in various capacities until 1885, when he came to Spokane. Later, he went to Idaho and mined in the Coeur d'Alene country. In 1887, we find him in the Okanogon country and six years later, he sold his mining interests there and went to the Kootenai district, in Canada. After that, we find him operating in southern Oregon and in 1894, he went to the Yukon, making about five thousand dollars, placer mining. He came back and located in the Boundary district and soon began operations in what is now Ferry county. He located some of the first claims staked on the reservation, among which may be mentioned The Butte, The Boston, The Greater New York, The Lucky Two, all of which he has patented, also the Home Claim, The Valley Group, and various others. Mr. McCann devotes his entire attention to handling his property, both real estate and mining, and is one of the progressive and leading men of the county. On August 4, 1899, Mr. McCann married Margaret Rekoske, and to this union one child has been born, Beatrice.
Politically, Mr. McCann is inclined to be independent and liberal. In fraternal affiliations he is connected with the A. F. & A. M., and the Eastern Star. His wife belongs to the latter order and is also a member of the Lutheran church.
[Source: "An Illustrated History of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan, and Chelan Counties in the state of Washington"; Western Historical Publishing Company, 1904. Tr. by Rhonda Hill]




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