Martin Thorpe, was born in Drax, Yorkshire, England, Nov. 23, 1814, to William and Ann Petty Thorpe. He was left alone when quite young due to the untimely death of his parents. At the age of 14, he embarked for America in company with Adam Allinson, where they became residents of Morgan County, having located west of Jacksonville. Martin remained with Mr. Allinson until he became of age, in consideration of the amount of his passage money and a horse, saddle, and bridle; then hired to Mr. Allinson two years -- first year, $10 per month; second year, $12 1/2 per month.
In February, 1843, he was united in marriage to Hannah Hembrough. Prior to her death in 1845 she gave birth to a child, William H., born July 3, 1844, who later became a resident in Missouri.
Subsequent to this marriage, he rented for two years of Mr. Allinson, then moved to Apple Creek Prairie, near White Hall, where he expected to stay for good, but after contracting for some land, the trade not being consummated, he then, in 1846, settled on the place he now owns in Sec. 23 of Rockbridge Township.
After his location, he
first bought 120 acres, and began work with a
right good will. He added to it until he
held 600 acres of choice land; also 440 acres in
Cass County, Missouri. He was a farmer and
stock-raiser, was engaged in stock-trading during
his latter years, and in this capacity was of much
service to the county.
Martin Thorpe was united in
marriage to Mrs. L. N. Bibb on October 7,
1847. Five (5) children have blessed this
1) James Hardin, born
July 9, 1848, m. Mary V. Bowman;
This is a family cemetery located in Linder Twp.,
Greene Co., on land registered to the Bauer family.
2) Benjamin F.,
born April 30, 1850, m. Lydia Henderson;
Thorpe, son of Martin Thorpe, Greenfield, married
Lydia Henderson, May 31, 1873. He purchased the
Cato interest in Secor and Cato’s grocery of
Greenfield on March 13, 1875. The Whitehall
Register also states that on December 22, 1877,
Ben Thorpe returned from Kansas where he had
opened a claim.
Four children were born to
this union, but in Ben’s absence, were raised by
Lydia alone. No account of his adult life has been
passed down to the family.
1) Eliza Willia, m. Jesse Blackburn Thornton;
2) Effe Henderson Thorpe
3) Edwin Lemin, m. Grace Naomi Wheeler
4) Frank Robinson Thorpe
Lydia is interred with the two unmarried children at Greenfield, Greene Co. IL.
Lydia with son, Frank R., and daughter, Effe H. Thorpe
3) Mary A., born February, 1852; m. James Greaves;
4) Sarah Allinson, born Oct. 1854, m. G B Metcalf;
5) Maria Otis, born Feb.
10, 1856, m. Ebert K. Metcalf.
A notice in the
Carrollton Patriot states: “Ebert K. Metcalf and
Miss Otis Thorpe, daughter of Martin Thorpe
married October 7, 1880, at the bride’s home south
Home built by Martin Thorpe, date unknown.
Current (April 2015) owner /residents - Jim and Wilma Davis
As published in a
Directory of Rockbridge Township, testimonies to
the life of Martin Thorpe include the following:
“he was highly respected for his commercial
honesty”, “his word was as valid as his note” and,
“he was prominent among the residents of the
township who are self made and industrious”.
Martin Thorpe and L. N. Bibb living in Greene County
as of 1 Jan 2015:
Allison Leigh - d/o Sam III and Tracy Thornton;
Catherine - d/o Joe and Melanie Plogger
Elizabeth - d/o Josh and Sara Chapman Thornton;
Lydia Suzanne and Isabelle Grace - d's/o John and Susan Thornton Lansaw.
Compiled with assistance and research of Betty Silvey, David Vander Plaats & others.