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Joseph Martin was born on March 10, 1829 in the Kingdom of Bavaria. After moving to Belleville, Illinois, he and his wife, the former Elise Mueller, had two children: Augusta (1857) and Fred (1860). Joseph worked as a butcher and became a U.S. citizen sometime before 1870.
In the 1870s, the family moved to St. Louis, and lived at 2407 DeKalb Street from at least 1878 to 1882. Joseph took jobs as a laborer, including one at a candle factory that also employed Fred. Joseph and Elise may have moved back to Illinois with Fred and his family in or after 1882, but by 1887, they lived at 2208 Clark Avenue.
Elise Martin (Mueller) (c.1828-1906)
Augusta Osterkamp (Martin) (1857-1923) Fred Martin (1860-1912)
Julia Lippelmann (Martin) (1881-1961) Fred Osterkamp (1885-1947) Elda Martin (1885-1958) Walter R. Osterkamp (1888-1916) Cliff Osterkamp (1892-1959)
Harry W. Lippelmann (1906-1964) Vernon Lippelmann (1911-1957) Sue McConnell (Osterkamp) (b. 1935) Waite Osterkamp (b. 1939)
U.S. Census report, 1860 (entries for Joseph Martin and family).
Passport application by Joseph Martin, April 27, 1870.
St. Louis City Directory, 1878-82, 1887, 1890-91, 1894 (entries for Joseph Martin).
U.S. Census report, 1880 (June) (entries for Joseph Martin and family).
U.S. Census report, 1880 (Nov.) (entries for Joseph Martin and family).
St. Louis death register for portion of 1894 (entry for Joseph Martin).
Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery records (entries for Elisabeth, Fred and Joseph Martin).