Harriet Augusta (Aley)
Harriet Augusta Aley was
born on September 27th, 1852 in Ulster County, New York
to William C. Aley and Gertrude Lavenya (Sagendorf)
Aley. Harriet married Bennett Martin on September 9th,
1868 and they were the parents of Merritt, Frank G.,
Brul, Belle, Mabel G., Walker K., and Goldie P.
In 1878, Harriet Augusta
(Aley) Martin, and her husband, Bennett Martin, and two
small boys moved by covered wagon from Ulster County,
New York to homestead in Paddock Precinct, Holt County,
Nebraska. Her parents William C. and Gertrude Aley also
made the trip to Nebraska with the Martin family. They
lived in a dugout until Bennett could cut and haul logs
from Eagle Creek to build a cabin. William and Gertrude
Aley took a nearby homestead. In 1889, Bennett Martin
moved to O’Neill, Nebraska and he built a small house
close to his family for William and Gertrude Aley.
Bennett worked as a carpenter, town engineer, water
commissioner and town marshal until his death in 1907.
At some time, Bennett and Harriet Martin donated an
acreage from their land in Paddock Precinct to the
Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church.
The 1900 U.S. Census for
O'Neill, Holt County, Nebraska, lists Bennett Martin as
being fifty-two years old, Harriet Augusta as being
forty-six years old. Their children at the time were:
Merritt (age twenty-five), Frank G. (age twenty-three),
Brul (age nineteen), Belle (age nineteen), Mabel G. (age
seventeen), Walker K. (age twelve), and Goldie P. (age
ten). Also living with them at the time was Harriet's
father, William C. Aley
Harriet died in 1928. Her
burial date and location is unknown at this time.