Biographical Sketch of
Peter Martin was a son of Martin Hanson. He took a claim in the southwest quarter of section 21. He lived one year with his father, then built a house on his land, which he still occupies.
He was born in Norway, in 1832. He attended school until 16 years of age, then worked on the farm. In 1853 in company with his parents, left his native land and came to America, landing at Quebec after a voyage of ten weeks. The family first located in Dane County, where they remained eleven months, then started with ox teams for Mower County, and settled in the town of Nevada, as earlier stated. [Nevada Township]
He has been twice married. His first wife, to whom he was married in 1853, was Ann Anderson. She was a native of Norway, born in 1826. She died October, 1870, leaving four children named, Martin, Andrew, John, and Maria.
His second marriage occurred in 1873. By this union there were two children named Clara and Albert.
He was drafted in 1863, but was rejected on account of disability.
[Martin Hanson, father of Peter Martin, died in the spring of 1867]
History of Mower County, 1884
Transcribed and submitted to MnGenWeb by Kathy Pike, January 16, 2007