Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Joseph Edward Martin

The Rev. Joseph Edward Martin was born on 23 May 1843 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Richard and Rosanna (Martin) Martin. He attended the College of Arts and Sciences in New York, and was ordained as a Methodist chaplain. During the Civil War he sided with the Confederacy, enlisting in the First Virginia Infantry, and seeing action. He was taken prisoner, released, and later severely wounded at the Battle of Sharpsburg. He married Mary E. Hamilton on 6 December 1862. After the war he read for orders in the Episcopal Church. He was ordained a deacon in 1873 and a priest in 1875. His first assignment was at Grace Church in Kansas City, Missouri, where he built its first church building. Serving there to 1876, he moved to Trinity Church in Lincoln, Illinois, from 1876 to 1882. He then came to Indiana as rector of Grace Church in Lafayette, but he also had charge of Trinity Church in Peru. From 1884 to 1888, he was rector of Grace Church in Canton, Mississippi, and then he went to New Orleans as rector of another Grace Church from 1888 to 1892. His last assignment came to St. Luke's Church in Jackson, Tennessee, serving from 1892 until his death. He died on 25 December 1900 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.