Martin Frampton is my maternal 4th great granduncle. He was the fourth son born to John Frampton, Jr and Anna Barbara MARTIN. There were 8 children in the family: Rachel, Ephraim, Elijah, Martin, Isaac, Edward, Sarah and William.
Martin was born near Lewistown, Pennsylvania 13 Jun 1788. At age 30, Martin married Sara MANN, daughter of Robert Mann and Jane (maiden name unknown) in 1818 in Pennsylvania. Details are limited as I have not located an actual marriage record.
Only a record in…..
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name: Martin Frampton
Birth Place: PA
Birth Year: 1788
Spouse Name: Sarah Mann
Marriage Year: 1818
Marriage State: PA
Number Pages: 1
Martin was said to be a Farmer according to the 1850 census. In that household are Martin, his wife Sarah and children Martin, Gardner, Jane, Caroline, Isaac and Alice. Those were the youngest of 12 children born to this couple.
Six years later on 16 Dec 1856, Martin took his own life. He was 68 years old.
According the the newspaper reports, Martin had gone partially blind. Then he went to Cincinnati, Ohio and an occultist destroyed his sight, in attempting to restore it.
Another newspaper article says the following:
"Martin Frampton, an old and wealthy citizen of Lawrence County, Ohio, committed suicide on last Tuesday evening, by hanging himself in an out house, next his residence at the mouth of Simms Creek. He lost his sight some time since."
Martin’s actual obituary was published in the Ironton Register on 18 Dec 1856. No image available.
FRAMPTON, MARTIN ESQ.----- I.R. DEC. 18, 1856
Committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence, mouth of Symmes Creek, on Tuesday of this week. Cause: severe affliction with his eyes for a year or two, from which for some time past he has been quite blind, producing a very depressing effect upon him. Mr. Frampton came from Beaver county, Pa., to this county, soon after its organization, in the next year, we believe, 1818, and located at Burlington, then just made the county seat. At the time of his death he was about 65 years old.
It's always difficult for the family when a loved one dies. But, death by suicide always seems very tragic. Martin left behind his wife of 38 years and 7 children known to be living at that time. Sarah never remarried and on died 18 Oct 1869 at age 70.
You may visit Martin’s findagrave memorial here #66805943
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