Martha J. Trainer

13 October 1826–22 December 1904 (Age 78)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Martha J.

When Martha J. Trainer was born on 13 October 1826, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, John Trainer, was 33 and her mother, Esther or Ester Ann Holmes, was 34. She married Reverend John Henry Aiken on 25 September 1851, in Jefferson, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Lafayette Township, Allen, Indiana, United States in 1870 and Scott, Union Township, Van Wert, Ohio, United States in 1900. She died on 22 December 1904, in Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Reverend John Henry Aiken
Martha J. Trainer
Marriage: 25 September 1851
Ida Mary Aiken
Frank Aiken
James Austin Aiken
William Aiken
Clara Jane Aiken
Edson L Aiken
Martha or Minnie E. Aiken
Anna Bell or Annabel Aiken
Ella Cora Aiken
John H. Aiken

Spouse and Children

25 September 1851
Jefferson, Ohio, United States


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World Events (8)

1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 10

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated

Age 10

On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 25

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

Name Meaning

1 Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a trapper, from an agent derivative of Middle English trayne, Old French traine ‘guile’, ‘trickery’, ‘snare’, ‘trap’. Compare Train .2 Variant spelling of Irish Trainor .3 Altered spelling of German Trainer, a habitational name for someone from Train in Bavaria or Trainau in Upper Franconia.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Martha J Aken in household of John Aken, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Martha J Aiken in household of John Aiken, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Martha J. Trainer, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

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