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Edward Martin

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: August 8, 1882 (63)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Martin and Ann Martin
Husband of Alice Martin; Jane Martin; Eliza Martin and Rachel Martin
Father of Mary Ellen Brown; Edward H. Martin; Edward J. Martin; Edward Martin, Jr.; Brigham Martin and 14 others

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About Edward Martin

Biographical Summary:

"...Edward Martin (1818-1882) was among the earliest English converts when he was baptized by Orson Hyde in the River Ribble n 1837.

He was a member of the Mormon Battalion, Mexican War. He mustered out with Company C, July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, California. In Tyler's list Martin was Third Corporal, and Joel J. Terrill was Third Sergeant.

While in Nauvoo, Illinois he worked as a painter on the temple and the interior of Joseph Smith's store. He played the violin and was an original member of the Nauvoo band.

He served on a mission to England for several years, and upon his return to America was put in charge of a handcart company at Iowa City, Iowa to cross the plains to Utah. He had under his supervision the largest company of emigrants to make the journey to Zion of any of the handcart companies. He sailed with his group on the ship Horizon from England on May 25, 1856. They traveled from Boston and arrived in Iowa on July 8. They departed Iowa July 28 and departed Florence August 27. There were 576 members and 145 of them died enroute They arrrived in Salt Lake City November 30. He was 38 years old when he finished the handcart trek.

After he stayed in Salt Lake City and resumed his painting business for a time. Soon he started a photography business, locating his studio on Main Street in the block immediately south of Temple Square. Eventually he turned to real estate and other related businesses.

He was survived by his wives Eliza and Rachel, who had remained widows for more than 30 years. Two wives preceded him in death. Of his 21 children (or possibly 24), 14 or 15 had preceded him in death..."



"...By 1861, Edward Martin was a sign, carriage, and ornamental painter, with a shop in the rear of Walker Brother's Store on the west side of East Temple Street, Salt Lake City..."

" ...Martin renewed his tax license in March 1868, February 1869, and March 1870, paying a fee of ten dollars on each occasion, and he continued to appear in directories as a Salt Lake City photographer and grocer until 1872. He died in Salt Lake City on August 8, 1882..."

SOURCE: Peter Palmquist, Thomas Kailbourn; "Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865; page 381-382. Retrieved from

See also chapter 2 entitled "Edward Martin: From Handcarts to Cameras" in "Set in Stone, Fixed in Glass' by Nelson B. Wadsworth. Retrieved from:

  • Residence: Preston, Lancashire, England
  • Residence: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Residence: Utah, United States - 1870
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Edward Martin's Timeline

November 18, 1818
Preston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
December 2, 1818
Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
March 12, 1844
Age 25
Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States
April 11, 1847
Age 28
November 28, 1847
Age 29
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
June 2, 1851
Age 32
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
August 4, 1858
Age 39
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
August 6, 1858
Age 39
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA