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Martin Family Massacre

In 1886, forty year old Barney Martin a friendly and well liked stage agent and owner of a general store was forced to sell his store and his ranch in Stanton (formerly knows as Antelope Springs) by Charles B. Stanton, a corrupt and vicious man. Barney, his 32 year old wife Rosie and their two sons, John 13 and William 10 loaded their personnel belongs into a wagon and left on the stage road to Phoenix. Barney’s intentions were to send his wife and children back east to stay with her parents while he would return to Stanton to make repairs to the stagecoach station and continue, for a while, to serve as the stage agent.

They never got to their destination. The bodies of the Martin family were found about two miles off the stage road between Seymour and Smith’s Mill at Hot Springs Junction, which was close to the current town of Morristown. They were found in the burned remains of their wagon. The fire was so hot that virtually nothing remained. Frederick Brill directed that the few remains be brought to his ranch. They were buried near his ranch house. Suspicions were that the dastardly deed had been done by the Valenzuela Gang from Stanton and that they were instigated to commit this atrocity by Charles Stanton. No one was ever charged with this grim crime and it serves as a reminder of the forbidding times that the early settlers faced.

Brill’s ranch house still exists and is used by the Hassayampa River Preserve. The grave site is located near the road going to the preserve.


Martin family gravesite

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4 comments to Martin Family Massacre

  • Northwoodsdon

    Fantastic !

    I’ll keep checking back

    This is a real neat feature

    Northwoodsdon

  • he leido su articulo como muchos referente al tema de los homisidios que aparece como culpable mi tatarabuelo Francisco vega que en el año de 1886 del mes de julio el condado de maricopa lo hace resposable de la muerte de barney martin a FRANCISCO VEGA or valenzuela en conjunto con dos mas hombres, se habla que tambien es responsable charles Stanton, quien tambien se dice contrato a mi abuelo que era un ladron y homisida que es como lo describen, charles no ocupaba de nadie para matar , ni francisco vega ocupaba de la complicidad de charles si el era un ladron y asesino suficiente para hacer dichas cosas y como lo describen ambisioso no lo creo generoso para ir a matar para a beneficio de otro, por otra parte a nadie le consta la responsabilidad de ambos homisidas, entonces como los describen responsables, como es que imputan algo que realmete es una hipotesis, y que causa pena, verguenza, rabia y coraje a mi persona, ya que es rasismo y desprestigio puro, y se valen de la condicion social, para atacar la dignidad de una persona que se defiende, ya que solo se habla de mitos no probados lo unico que se prueba es la existencia fisica de estas personas, probablemente de charles P. Stanton se sepa mas porque es un personaje que viene de inglaterra por supuesto con dinero, por eso no procesaron ni escribieron su probalble responsabilidad en los libros criminales, francisco vega era de origen indijena y mexicano y un pobre desgraciado que fue despojado de padre, oro y tierra en los primeros años de su vida,es mas facil ensuciarlo con la historia es mas sucptible su condicion social, si yo se que mato y el lo admitio pero antes la justicia se hacia con mano propia,el indijena era presa de abusos y frecuentes despojos,francisco vega mato al hombre que cuando niño, le arrebato su padre por rencor y odio se volvio homisida y lo que hacia era en beneficio propio, para su gente la raza indigena y el oro que robaba era para obtener con el armas y alimetos para su gente, gente que tenia que lebantarse con el gobierno para que no los siguera abusando, explotando y vendiendo en cojunto con el clero, desgraciadamente para conseguir justicia tenian las gentes de antes que ensuciar sus manos con sangre, yo escribo la otra cara de la moneda con historias salidas del recuerdo de los antepasados y de los mismos indigenas sonorenses, si le interesa saber lo que sucedia aqui en mexico con este personaje escribame a este correo. me despido enviando un cordial saludo y un fuerte abrazo.
    lic.Romina Vega

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  • […] before you enter the preserve’s parking lot, there is a small family grave site for the “Martin Family Massacre”.  Yes, it’s another massacre.  And just how many people does it take to make a […]

  • james jason o'neil

    being a newly added volunteer to the hassayampa river preserve, i had stopped to visit the ” martin family gravesite “. the first thing to capture my attention was noticing he was a irish immigrant. or, was mr. matin’s family the irish immigrants?. i’m just wandering how or where i can locate further information on the martin’s irish heritage?. any suggestions?. i’d appreciate any advice you might be able to forward. thanks again & take care- james jason o’neil- 8/6/11- 9:00pm-