Wednesday, August 24, 2011
As we entered Goldendale I was entranced by the Victorian and Queen Anne style houses. My daughter and I were there in view of Mount Hood to learn more about her ancestors.
John Martin was born in Ohio in 1818. He married Susan Jane Philips in Indiana in 1841. The family spent some time in Missouri and Iowa before joining the westward movement. They had eleven children including Doug’s great grandfather, James L. Martin who was born sometime in the early 1850s.
Our first stop was at a beautiful old home on Broadway. The Presby Mansion is the home of the Klickitat County Historical Society and is one of the nicest and most interesting museums I’ve ever seen.
The kind lady who met us at the door showed us into the room where the society keeps their records. With the clues we already had we found information that William A. Martin the eldest son of John and Susan donated land in Pleasant Valley to the Church of Christ as a cemetery. We now have a copy of the deed. We also found a photograph of William Martin and James H. Beaks. We aren’t 100% sure but we feel confident the man on the left is the William. Martin…the resemblance to my husband is uncanny.