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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families
(1895)

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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPIIICA L RECORD.
yet a wilderness. He purchased a town-
ship in Lewývis county (which was named
after Governor Morgan Lewis, of New
York), naming the chief town "Martins-
burg," after himself.
   His only son, Walter, father of Hon.
Morgan L. Martin, while yet a young
man, came into the inheritance, and was
considered the patron of northern New
York. While yet a lad he served under
his father in 1788, and at the close of the
war of 1812 Col. Martin was coinnns-
sioned by Gov. George Clinton, of New
York, quartermaster No. I of militia
in which his father had been commis-
sioned lieutenant-colonel. These com-
missions are still intact, the heading of
Col. Walter Martin's reading as fol-
lows: "The People of the State of New
York, by the grace of God free and inde-
pendent, to Walter Martin, gentleman,
greeting."
    Morgan Lewis Martin, son of Gen.
Walter Martin, was born in Martinsburgh,
Lewis Co., N. Y., March 31, 18o5.   In
1824 he graduated from Hamilton Col-
lege, at Clinton, N. Y., and for two years
he studied law with Collins & Parish in
Lowville, N. Y.  In 1826 he went to
Detroit (then the chief city of the North-
west), where he entered the law office of
Henry S. Cole, and was soon afterward
admitted to the bar.   But he did not
long remain in Detroit, for in May, 1827,
acting under the advice of his cousin,
James Duane Doty-who was then seek-
ing to have the Territory of Huron erected
by Congress, with Green Bay as the seat
of government-he took up his home in
Green Bay, and here resided until his
death which occurred December 1o, 1887
-a most interesting period of sixty
years.
   Judge Martin landed in Green Bay
May 20, 1827, the voyage from Detroit
having been made on the " La Grange,"
a chance sailer, loaded with provisions
for the garrison at Fort Howard, and
having on board several army officers,
among   whom  were Brig-Gen. Hugh
Brady and Paymaster Maj. Benjamin F.
Larned. Of the civilians, who were also
passengers on the , La (Grange,'" was
Father Fauvel, the first of his Church, it
is said, to land in Green Bay after the
close of the early missions. At Shanty
Town, in those days the commercial emi-
poriumn of the Bay Settlement, our sub-
ject established his law office, which con-
'isted of a room ill a story-and-a-half
frame building occupied by a branch of
the Ducharme family. At that time there
were not more than one hundred civilians
at the Bay Settlement, in the main con-
sisting of French and mixed-blood - voy-
ageurs,' and Indians of various tribes-
Pottawattarnies, Ottawas, &c. -were
numerous. There were a few clearings
and cultivated fields surrounding the set-
tlement, Lawe, Porlier and Grignon be-
ing the leading agriculturists, the latter
having, probably, the most pretentious
farm, which same was located at the
Kaukauna rapids, on the north side, be-
low the present city of Kaukauna.
    In 1828 Judge Martin took a canoe
voyage from Green Bay to Prairie du
Chien, up the Fox river and down the
Wisconsin, and enjoyed a very interesting
experience. The year before had occur-
red the Winnebago outbreak at Prairie
du Chien, and the murderer Red Bird
and his friends were now to be tried at a
special term of court. Judge Doty had
appointed our subject United States dis-
trict attorney, pro torn, hence the latter's
presence with the judicial party. On his
arrival at Prairie du Chien he met Lucius
Lyon (whom he had previously known in
Detroit), at that time a United States sur-
veyor, who had just completed his survey
of the private French land claims there,
and our subject finding that, after all,
his services in the Red Bird case would
not be needed, he and Lyon planned to
make a tour through the lead mines.
"There were no maps of this country
then," writes Judge Martin, -but Lyon
had a small pocket compass with him,
and took the courses and distances of the
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