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Harriet Augusta (Aley) Martin



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

(age seventy-four).


Harriet died in 1928. Her burial date and location is unknown at this time.