Taken from Picturesque Huron 1896
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    Martin M. Hester was born September 23, 1822 in Orange township, Richland (now Ashland) county, Ohio. He removed with his father's family to Bronson township, Huron county, Ohio, 1827.
    He has lived for sixty nine years on the same farm, a man of untiring industry, activity, perseverance and integrity.
    He was married May 21, 1850, to Miss Mary Finlay of Coshocton county, Ohio. To them were born three children: Wm. J., of Cambridge, Ohio; Catherine E., wife of Rev. E. J. V. Booth, of Doyleston, Ohio, and Finlay on the home farm.
    While he has been diligent in business, he has been faithful in church service. Fro forty-nine years, a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. For forty-seven years continuously recording steward of the circuit, and for over forty-two years has not messed being present at quarterly meeting. He was absent but twice on account of sickness out of 188 quarterly meetings. He has been forty-five years secretary and treasurer of board of trustees; twice chairman of building committee; has had charge of building two churches. He has been forty years a class leader; more than twenty years district steward; more than twenty years Sunday school superintendent; more than thirty years Sunday school teacher, and twenty-four years continuously Justice of the Peace.

Martin Hester, eldest son of Martin and Elizabeth Mason Hester, was born in 1787 in Greene county, Penn., and was there reared on his father's farm, attending during the winter months, the subscription schools of the community. When his parents removed to Columbiana county, O., he accompanied them, where for four or five years he devoted his attention to farming. He then removed to Orange township, Richland (now ashland county), where he became the possessor of 160 acres of land, and resided until 1824, in which year he removed to Bronson township, Huron county, settling upon land purchased from Judge Southgate, and there spent the remainder of his busy life, dying in 1870. In 1809 he married Miss Mary Stough, of Fayette county, Pa., and to the union were born five children. 

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