February 11, 1910

John Wilson Martin died in Warren (Bradley County). He settled in Warren by 1848 and married Mary Elizabeth Franklin. He established what became a flourishing medical practice. It was said that Martin would ride by “horseback all day to reach the frequently remote residences” of the sick. Martin’s medical practice was especially active, if unprofitable, during the Civil War. Stories abound of his night-long rides around the countryside to reach wounded Confederate soldiers while trying to avoid Union patrols. His house, the John Wilson Martin House, is the oldest surviving residence in Warren. It now houses the Bradley County Historical Museum and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

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