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Martins Ferry, Ohio, established by Absalom Martin in 1785, is the oldest organized settlement in Ohio and the largest city in Belmont County.

Martins Ferry was named for the Ohio River ferry that was owned and operated by Ebenezer Martin. Early development was promoted due to the close proximity of industry in Wheeling (West) Virginia. The city's growth was based on the development of the coal, glass, and steel industries throughout the region. Martins Ferry's ethnic heritage is a composite of the various groups that settled here in the late 1800s and early 1900s to work in these industries. These various ethnic backgrounds remain a unique part of Martins Ferry's culture today.

Martins Ferry was the home of Revolutionary War heroine Betty Zane until her death at the age of sixty-three. It is also the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize winning author, James Wright and Pro Football Hall Of Fame member Lou "The Toe" Groza. - - (By Barbara Shrodes.)

Remembering Joe Niekro
George J. "Jerry" & Mary (Coss) Staley
Wheeling Area Virtual Trolley Museum
Molly Scott, A Defender of Fort Henry
Origin & Early History of the Giffen Family
Martins Ferry City Officials, 1940
The Scrapbook of Philabena Marie (Dresch) Brock
Balls & Chains, 1885
Martins Ferry In The 1880s
A Ferry On The River
The Leader Directory, Bridgeport, Ohio - 1879
Index - Chain Gang” - 1885 - 1888
Why The Zane Graves Are In Ohio
The Story of the Sedgwick House Museum
The History of Martin's Ferry
The Ferry
Post Office Established
Among The Early Merchants
Martin's Ferry Incorporated
Newspaper Enterprise
The Glass Business
In The Good Old Summertime
Indian Relics of an Ohio Mound
Ferry High's First Football Team
Bi-Centennial Reunion - The Maris Family, 1683-1885
The Underground Railroad in Martins Ferry
School Days
Trip to Inauguration
100-Year News
Belmont County - 200 Years
Lou "The Toe" Groza

History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Vol. II. 1890