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Martin M. Andrews (1839-1925)
Born in Flint, Civil War veteran, banking business in Bay City.

1905 biography. (Added May, 2010)

The History of Bay County, Michigan, by Augustus H. Gansser, 1905


Cashier and manager of the Old Second National Bank of Bay City, Michigan, is a citizen whose business ability, civic usefulness and social qualities have brought him into justifiable prominence in Bay City. Mr. Andrews was born near Flint, Michigan, April 12, 1839, and is a son of Capt. Bushnell and Mary (Mason) Andrews.

Capt. Bushnell Andrews was born and reared in New York, where his military title was obtained as a commander of State militia. He was a very early settler in Genesee County, Michigan, becoming an extensive and successful farmer in the vicinity of Flint. Both he and his wife died there. Their children embraced two sons and one daughter.

Martin M. Andrews completed the public school course at Flint, and then entered Oberlin College, Ohio, in 1859, where the outbreak of the Civil War found him a student. Answering the first call for troops, Mr. Andrews enlisted on May 20, 1861, in a company composed entirely of college students, mustered into the United States service as Company C, Seventh Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf. He was promoted to 1st sergeant, and during the last year of their first term of enlistment was in command of his company. He was then commissioned 1st lieutenant and appointed adjutant of the 185th Regiment, Ohio Vol. Inf.; for gallant conduct he was later commissioned captain, and was honorably discharged in 1865. His service was one of much danger, hardship and varied experience, including battles of Cedar Mountain, Gettyburg, Chancellorsville, Chattanooga and the Atlantic campaign, during which time he was a thousand times in imminent danger and was thrice wounded, fortunately never seriously, as soldiers are accustomed to reckon injury. His military record is one to which he can refer with justifiable pride.

When the time had come to put aside the sword and resume peaceful pursuits, Captain Andrews repaired to St. Louis, Missouri, and accepted a position offered him of that city. In 1875 he came to Bay City, Michigan, and associated himself with the Second National Bank as bookkeeper, from which position he was promoted to that of assistant cashier. The bank's first charter expiring in 1894, it was reorganized under the title of The Old Second National Bank and Mr. Andrews became cashier.

Mr. Andrews' long and close association with banking interests here has not excluded him either from other business enterprises or from taking a prominent part in civic improvements. He has been of great service to the city where his business capacity and high personal character made him representative. He has been treasurer of the Building & Loan Association. For several terms he consented to serve as a member of the board of education, but subsequently was obliged to resign on account of the press of personal business.

The home of Mr. Andrews is one of the beautiful and substantial ones of Bay City, and his domestic circle is one of culture and refinement. He married Mary Plum, a native of Flint, Michigan, and they have two charming, highly accomplished daughters, -- Jesse I. and Lora A. Both young ladies completed the educational course offered by the Bay City schools and subsequently graduated at Oberlin College, Ohio. They are highly gifted in music and are very prominent in the city's social life.

Mr. Andrews was one of the organizers of the First Congregational Church of Bay City and for years has taken a very active part in its work. Recently he has given over a great part of his Sunday-school work to his daughters. He is very prominent member of the Grand Army of the Republic and has been commander of the post many times. He has served on the staff of the State commander and is identified at present with H. P. Merrill Post. His other fraternal connections are with the Royal League, The Royal Arcanum and the Knights of the Macabees.

1907 military. - Added May, 2010.

Itinerary of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 1861-64 (1907)


On the day that Fort Sumter was fired on the subject of this sketch celebrated his 22d anniversary. Born on a farm near Flint, Michigan, he was, when the war began, a student in Oberlin College. President Lincoln's call for volunteers was issued April 15. In Oberlin, as everywhere in the North, the most intensely patriotic feelings was aroused. A full company composed of students was at once enrolled, and became, in due course the organization of the army, Company C, Seventh Regiment O. V. I.

Young Andrews was among the first to enlist, and was present with his company through the entire term of service. He was promoted through the several grades of non-commissioned officers to first sergeant, in which position, much of the last year, he had command of his company.

He took part in the battles of Cross Lanes, Cedar Mountain (in which he was wounded in the hand), Dumfries, Chancellorsville, Gettyburg, Lookout Mountain, Resaca, and Dallas. At the close of this term of service he was appointed first lieutenant and adjutant of the One Hundred and Eighty-fifth Regiment O. V. I., and subsequently promoted to captain. In this regiment he served in Kentucky, much of the time on detached duty, as A. D. C. on the staff of Gen. J. G. Wade, with headquarters at Lexnington, and was frequently detailed on special duty connected with the settlement of difficulties between citizens and soldiers during the last year of the war. He was finally mustered out July 26, 1865.

Located in business in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1866; and on January 29, 1869, was married to Miss Mary Plum, of Flint, Michigan. They have two daughters, Jessie I. and Lora A., the latter removed to Bay City, Michigan, where he entered the office of the Second National Bank, of which he was, in 1877, elected cashier.

Additional Notes.

    1869 - Michigan Marriages: Flint, Genesee, Mich.

  • Date: Jan. 26, 1869.
  • Groom: Martin Andrews, of St. Louis, Mich,, b. 1840, Mich.,
  • Bride: Mary E. Plum, of Flint, Mich, b. 1844, Honadales, Pa.
  • Official: Luther Lee, minister.
  • Witnesses: Hiram Plum, of Wenona, Mich., and George Andrews of Flint.
    - Note: Biography states Martin was in Missouri after war the war. Census show oldest child, Jessie, was born in Missouri in 1872.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Andrews, Martin M., b. 1839 Mich. - asst. cashier.
  • Mary, wife, b. 1842 Penn.
  • Jessie, daughter, b. 1872, Missouri
  • Lora, daughter, b. 1879, Mich. (aka: Sarah)
  • Plum, Irene, mother-in-law, b. 1817 New York - widow

    1885 Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Mich.

  • Mary H. Andrews, daughter of Martin M. & Mary Andrews died Oct. 28, 1885, age 1 year, 3 months.

    1893 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Andrews, Miss Jessie I., bds 1213 6th.
  • Andrews, Miss Lora A, bds 1213 6th.
  • Andrews, Martin M., Asst Cash Second Nat Bank, res 1213 6th.
  • Andrews, Nancy M., (wid Bushnell), bds 1213 6th.
  • Second National Bank -- Phoenix Block. Incorporated 1874. Capital $250,000; surplus $100,000; undivided profits $60,000. Wm. Westover, president; D.C. Smalley, vice-president; Orrin Bump, cashier; M.M. Andrews, assistant cashier.

    1900 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Andrews, Martin W. - b. Apr. 1839 Mich. - married 1869.
  • Mary E., wife - b. Mar. 1842 Penn.
  • Jessie I., daughter - b. Nov. 1871, Missouri
  • Sara, daughter - b. Jul. 1879 Mich. (aka: Lora)

    1910 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Andrews, Martin - age 71, b. Mich.
  • Mary E., wife - age 61, b. Penn.
  • Jessie I., daughter - age 38 b. 1881 Mich.

    1913 - Grand Army of the Republic, 35th Encampment - Lansing, Mich.

  • Martin M. Andrews, of Post 19, Bay City, was elected to the office of Senior Vice Department Commander.

    1925 - Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Bay Co.

  • Martin M. Andrews died 23 JUn 1925, widowed, son of Bushnell Andrews.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Bay Co. Civil War
Bump, Orrin.
First Congregational Ch.
Westover, William.
People Referenced
Andrews, Bushnell (father)
Andrews, George
Andrews, Jessie I. (dau.)
Andrews, Lora A. (dau.)
Andrews, Martin M. (subject)
Andrews, Mary H. (dau)
Andrews, May (dau.)
Bump, Orrin
Lee, Luther
Lincoln, Abraham
Mason, Mary (mother)
Plum, Hiram
Plum, Mary (wife)
Plum, Irene Mrs. (m-inaw)
Smalley, D.C.
Wade, J.G. Gen.
Westover, Wm.
Subjects Referenced
7th Reg OH Inf.
185th Reg OH Inf.
Bay City, MI
Bd. of Education
Bldg & Loan Assoc.
Civil War
Congregational Church
Flint, MI
GAR HP Merrill Post
Genessee County, MI
New York
Oberlin College, OH
Second Natl Bank
St. Louis, MO
Wenona, MI
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