Martin V. Montgomery
Here is what I have on Martin V. Montgomery. He would have been my husbands 3rd great-
granduncle. Martinís grandfather, Mitchel Lowery K. Montgomery, was a private in the
Revolutionary War. Mitchell Montgomery is buried in West Montgomery Cemetery, Millwood
Township, Guernsey County, Ohio. Martin Montgomery is buried in Howe (Puckett) Cemetery,
Grant County, Indiana.
Iím sending you a copy of Martinís bio. I think you will appreciate the information in
it. Notice also, Martin had a brother, Thomas M. Montgomery, who also fought with the
89th regiment. Martin and Thomasís brother, William R. Montgomery, was my husbands 3rd
great-grandfather, and he fought in the Civil War, Company K, 23 Indiana Infantry. My
interpretation of this bio is that Martin fought with the 60th regiment.
Biography extracted from: Centennial History of Grant County, Indiana 1812-1912
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York 1914
MARTIN V. MONTGOMERY.
A half a century ago hundreds of thousands of men and boys marched away from comfortable
homes and dear ones, to offer up their lives on the alter of patriotism. Some dyed that
alter with their life blood and never returned; others came back but have borne through
the succeeding years the indelible imprint left by the hardships and privations of war.
Those who were spared to return found difficulties awaiting them; after years of strenuous
endeavor, when each minute might be their last when a nationís life hung upon their bravery
and endurance, it was no easy matter to resume the ordinary occupations of a work-a-day
life. Yet thousands did this very thing, and composed of veterans of the great struggle
between the North and the South men of sound principle, possessed of high moral and physical
courage who have rounded out lives that will set an enduring example for generations to come.
Grant county furnished its full quota of volunteers during the dark days of the Civil war,
and among these was Martin V. Montgomery, now a highly respected farmer-citizen of Center
Township, where he has passed many years in the tilling of the soil.
Martin V. Montgomery was born March 26, 1841, in Guernsey county Ohio, and is a son of
James and Jane (Smith) Montgomery, also natives of that state. Some time after their
marriage, Mr. Montgomeryís parents removed to Vinton county, Ohio, and in 1854 came to Grant
county, Indiana, locating in Center township, where they passed the remainder of their lives.
They were honest, sturdy people, industrious and thrifty and Mr. Montgomery was well known in
public affairs in his community serving in a number of Offices. They had a family of ten
children, of whom two are living at this time: Martin V.; and Thomas M., now a resident of
Pekin, Illinois, who during the Civil war served for three years as a member of Company C,
Eighty-ninth Regiment, Indiana volunteer Infantry.
Martin V. Montgomery received his education in the district schools of Vinton county, Ohio,
and Grant county, Indiana, and was still little than a lad when he enlisted for service in
Company H, Sixtieth Regiment, Indiana volunteer Infantry, after the outbreak of hostilities
between the States. This company was later attached to Company D, of the same regiment, and
of the 104 men who originally composed the organization, but four returned to Grant county at
the close of the war, Mr. Montgomery being one of the four. Mr. Montgomery participated in
some of the most sanguinary engagements that marked the great struggle, and at all times
deported himself as a gallant and faithful soldier, ever ready and eager to perform the
duties which fell to his lot. At the battle of Mumfordsville he was taken prisoner, and
confined for seventeen days, and after Vicksburg took part in the operations on the
Mississippi, being again captured by the Confederates at New Iberia, Louisiana, when he was
held for three months before receiving his exchange. Later, under Gen. U.S. Grant, he served
At the close of the war Mr. Montgomery returned to Grant Count and in the same year was
married to Miss Martha J. Taylor, now deceased. He moved to Michigan in 1873, and was there
married to Mary E. Camper. Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery never had children of their own, but they
raised three boys and one girl. Mrs. Montgomery died October 24, 1913. While a resident of
Big Rapids, Michigan, Mr. Montgomery met with an accident which cost him an arm, and
following this misfortune he returned to Grant County, Indiana and again engaged in
agricultural pursuits, in which he has continued to the present time. He makes a specialty of
raising Poland-china hogs. His farm is in excellent condition and is located on the Soldiersí
Home pike, about five miles southeast of Marion. He is a Republican in his political views,
but has taken only a good citizenís interest in public matters. He receives a pension from
the government in recognition of his services in behalf of his countryís flag at a time when
secession reared its gory head.
Dawn Maddox Montgomery