Emanuel H. Martin was born September 23, 1804 in Georgia and died May 2, 1851 in Florida. He married his cousin Mary Geiger and soon after they made their way to Florida settling in Alachua County. It was 1826. Congress had passed an act allowing citizens of the United States to settle on public lands. Emanuel and Mary were just a few hours walking distance from Chief Micanopy's village. Little did they know the dangers facing them! The Indians were full of mischief and due to lack of funding, the government was doing nothing to correct the situation...even after repeated appeals by the citizens of Florida.
On May 24, 1827, Emanuel took the buggy and went into Newnansville for supplies leaving Mary and their seven-month-old infant daughter alone, along with a slave girl. Darkness set in! It was a quiet night and Mary sat rocking her child…it’s head up, peering over her mother’s shoulder. The slave girl stood nearby fanning the two of them. All seemed well! It was at this moment the Indians attacked. Mary was the only one who survived. Arrows had pierced the infant as well as the girl. The house was set on fire. Mary ran from the home in a panic and still clutching her mortally wounded child she hid in a “tree fall,” some distance from the home. The Indians soon grew tired of their search for survivors hampered by the darkness and left the area, allowing Mary to make her way to the nearby Fort.
The grieving parents went back to Georgia, only to return in 1831or 33. Emanuel settled his family at Pine, between Citra and Ft. McCoy, which actually put them on the Indian Reservation. They began farming, but it was perilous times. The Indians were unfavorable to the conditions being put upon them, resisting every effort to be removed from the area. Emanuel joined a group of settlers willing to hold the Indians in check…1835 began the “bloody” Seminole War, which lasted seven years. In 1842 the government issued the Armed Occupation Act and was giving one hundred sixty acres to anyone willing to help bare arms against the Indians and aid in their removal from the area. Emanuel had fought hard for his land and at a great sacrifice to his family. He prevailed however, continued farming and raising his family instilling in them the values he himself believed in…a love of God and country…self-sacrificing in all endeavors…commitment to family and community.
Emanuel Henry Martin and his wife Mary are both buried at the Indian Lake Cemetery near Anthony, Florida.
Emanuel and Mary had the following children:
Parts of this biography were taken from the Emanuel Henry Martin Family Genealogy 1800-1962…by Elam V. Martin.
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