From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 414, West Point Township, White County, Indiana
"JOHN W. MARTIN was born in Franklin County, Ohio, March 12, 1828, and is one of four children of JOHN C. and SARAH (PAINTER) MARTIN. The father of JOHN was born in Hardy County, West Virginia, in 1797; he was a carpenter and farmer, and died in Franklin County, Ohio in April, 1862. Except a brief residence in Union County, Ohio, JOHN W. MARTIN lived in Franklin County until he came to his present location, in November, 1865. When eighteen years old, he learned stone-carving and lettering at Columbus, Ohio, in which art he became proficient; he also taught school for twenty years. On October 18, 1849, he was married to SAMANTHA NISWANDER, by whom he had ten children, of whom are living CHARLOTTE, LOUIS, VIRGIL, WALTER, ELLEN, ADDIE and LILLIE. MR. MARTIN resides five miles southwest of Reynolds, on a fine farm of 163 acres; the land is mostly under full cultivation, well drained and with many improvements. His chief crops are corn, oats, wheat, hay, and buckwheat, the last being devoted to the preservation and growth of MR. MARTIN's apiary - the largest in the county - from which he has produced one ton of honey in the year; he has also given much attention to raising and dealing in cattle. MR. MARTIN is an industrious man and successful farmer."