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Joseph Plumb Martin
Birth: Nov. 21, 1760
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 2, 1850
Stockton Springs
Waldo County
Maine, USA

Revolutionary War Continental Army Soldier, Author. Born in Becket Massachusetts, at age seven he was left in the care of his maternal grandparents in Connecticut. In June of 1776, he signed a short–term enlistment of six months. He returned to his grandparents’ farm that December when his enlistment was up. After a winter at home he re-enlisted in April 1777. He served as a private in the 8th Connecticut Regiment, an element of General James Varnum's Brigade. In 1778 he was reassigned to the Light Infantry and then in 1780 he was again reassigned to the Corps of Sappers and Miners and attained the rank of Corporal. Martin served until the close of the war and was present at Cornwallis’ surrender, capping his career at the rank of Sergeant. After his release from the army, he spent one year as a teacher in New York state before moving to Maine where land was being offered to encourage settlement. In 1794 he married Lucy Clewley with whom he had five children. By 1818 Martin was destitute; his total property was assessed at fifty-two dollars. He applied for a veteran’s pension and was granted $96 a year. Martin also served for twenty-five years as town clerk of Prospect, Maine. He wrote several poems and songs, and about 1828 he wrote his memoirs entitled ‘A narrative of some of the adventures, dangers and sufferings of a revolutionary soldier; interspersed with anecdotes of incidents that occurred within his own observation’, the modern title of which is ‘Private Yankee Doodle’ which is now considered one of the finest primary sources for study of the Continental Army soldier. Martin died peacefully at home at age 89. (bio by: Iola) 
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  Lucy Clewley Martin (1776 - 1857)*
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Sandy Point Cemetery
Sandy Point
Waldo County
Maine, USA
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If it wasn't for you and your brothers in arms we would NOT be here today! Thank you!!!
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