Taken from Central Arkansas Counties Biographical and Historical Memoirs • Chapter 23 Faulkner County
J.E. Martin, a leading dealer in general merchandise of Faulkner County, first came to his present location in 1875. He was born in White county, Tenn., in January, 1840, and was the fourth child of a family of nine born to Daniel and Rebecca (English) Martin of the same State. The father was a prominent planter in Tennessee, who left that State with his family in 1848 and settled in Van Buren County, Ark., being one of the pioneers of that section. He there entered land which he improved and cultivated until the year 1851. when he came to what is now Faulkner County, where he purchased a large farm upon which he resided until his death , in 1888, his devoted wife having preceded him during the war. The father was a well-known politician during his life, and a man of considerable influence with the Democratic party in his locality. J.E. Martin was reared on a plantation and instructed in the duties of farm life. He received his education in the schools of Van Buren and Faulkner Counties and also at Quitman, and immediately after finishing his studies he turned his attention to farming on his own account. His first venture was to purchase a tract of land which he improved and cultivated and added to on different occasions as his prosperity increased, until at the present time he owns about 2,000 acres, with 400 under cultivation…………..