ALBERTc MARTIN (Mary Gochenauerb, Johna) was born in Pennsylvania on 7 September 1855, according to his grave marker (Greenwood Cem), on 5 September according to his death record (Pa Deaths 26259: 232). He was probably born in Providence Township, Lancaster County. Albert was the son of Mary Gochenauer and an unknown father. In 1860, young Albert was living in the Providence Township home of his aunt Keziah Eckman. His mother Mary was living at the home of her parents, in the same Township. The 1860 Census reported the Eckman household as follows:

Name age sex occupation real est. pers est birth
Henry Eckman 33 M Laborer $ 800 $ 50 Penna.
Keziah 31 F Penna
Albert Martin 4 M Penna

Albert Martin, age 14, was still living in the household of his aunt Keziah in the 1870 census (1358:1:162A).

Albert Martin married ELIZABETH K. GROFF Leaman, daughter of John Rush Groff and his wife Mary Kreider, and widow of Christian Leaman. They were married at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holy Trinity, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, by F. Greenwald, Pastor, on 22 December 1881. Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania on 13 August 1855.

Albert and Elizabeth Martin were living at Smithville, in Providence Township, in 1882 and 1890. In the latter year he was called a laborer (Dir Lanc 1890: 355).

Albert Martin died at Lancaster on 6 March 1923. The death record gave the cause of death as uremia, with the contributory cause of prostrate cancer (Pa Deaths 26259: 232). He died at 9:30 pm., at the home of his son Henry, where he was living at the time. He was 68 years old. Albert was buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster, on 9 March. His wife Elizabeth had died in 1918.

The following day, the estate of Albert Martin came before Probate Court in Lancaster County, and letters of administration were granted. An inventory of the estate was filed on 16 March, and a final account filed on 3 October of the same year. The probate records called him Albert Martin of Lancaster City, not married (that is, widowed). He left three children, (1) Henry Martin, 532 N. Mary St., Lancaster, (2) Frank Martin, West Quarryville, Pennsylvanis, (3) Mary Ida Reese, New Holland, Pennsylvania. The balance for distribution totaled $1628.61. Bills paid by his executors included his subscription to the Church of God. (LCCH Mar 1923: 81; N1:476; U3:292).

Albert and Elizabeth Martin had the following children:

  1. HENRYd MARTIN b. at Smithville on 10 July 1882
  2. FRANCISd MARTIN b. on 16 October 1885
  3. IDA MARYd MARTIN b. on 7 March 1885

The Groff Book. Vol. 2: A Continuing Saga, by Jane Evans Best (Ronks, Pa.: Groff History Associates, 1997), usually a very reliable source, mis-identifies this Albert Martin, and can not be relied upon for this family.
For more information on this family go to Rodric Reese's website.

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