Martin Family Connections

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This site will serve as a means of collecting, preserving and sharing meaningful documents, photographs and other items pertaining to the Jacob Eby Martin family. Secondary objectives include making selected items available to the public for personal interest or educational uses. To the greatest extent possible, the publisher is committed to maintaining the presentation of historical information in an unbiased and non-sectarian manner.

Coming in the Future

Additional pages are planned for future release. One private family page will serve as storage for photos and documents to be uploaded to the site. Interested family members will be given password access to these files for their own use. A links and resource page will be added to provide current sources of Martin family information, genealogy aids and information about Mennonites in general. Yet another page will outline a brief history of Mennonites and the Amish.

Call for Photos, Documents and Other Items

If you are in possession of historical material related to the Jacob Eby Martin family or their ancestors, please consider sharing it. Anything of historical significance will be considered, but as a practical matter those things dating prior to 1950 should be given priority, with special attention to anything from the 18th or 19th century. In addition to the obvious items, perhaps you have an audio recording or oral stories to share. The publisher will be glad to come directly to you in order to scan or otherwise record your material, taking care to leave the original items in your possession and in good condition. Many photos and other paper documents are deteriorating due to light exposure or other storage issues. Your effort to preserve them for future generations is of great value. Contact the publisher to schedule an appointment. 

Author of Father's Best Friend, Paul H. Martin

Paul Martin was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania in the 1920's. He became a minister of the Mennonite Church in 1945 and was pastor at churches in Arkansas, Florida, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Iowa and South Dakota. Paul was on the faculty of Eastern Mennonite College (University) from 1948 to 1957. In 1978, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.

Paul is devoting a significant portion of his retirement years researching the Martin family line, including European ancestors. Extensive research, travel and writing have included work in Switzerland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. His work has been cited in numerous genealogy resources and in 1997 Paul published Jacob A. Martin, His Ancestors and Descendants (Masthof Press, Morgantown, PA), a companion reference to this current book.

Paul and his wife of nearly 70 years, the former Dorothy Hackman, live near Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Publisher, Robert D. Martin

Bob Martin was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the 1950's. After living in Nashville, Tennessee and Pigeon, Michigan for a number of years, Bob and his wife Karen currently reside in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Recently concluding a 25 year career in the construction industry, Bob now enjoys working in an academic library. Interests beyond family history include architecture, woodworking, pets, music, motorsports and reading.