Biographical Sketch of Martha Horton Fisher

Martha Horton Fisher was born in Waynesborough, TN in 1832. She was the daughter of William Horton and America Cheek, a native of England, and the granddaughter of Isaac Horton who fought in the American Revolution.

She married William Thomas Fisher in 1848 in Wayne County, TN. They immigrated to Arkansas around 1852 and were living there during the Civil War. Her husband fought in the war, and was mustered out in 1864.

Mary had ten children, 7 that lived to maturity. Her children were: Mary, Sarah, Frances, James, George, William, Christopher, Malinda, Charles and Thomas.

In 1875 she, her husband William and her minor children immigrated to Oregon. They may have gone by wagon over the Oregon Trail or taken the Train, which was in operation by then. They settled for a time in Joseph until William died in 1885.

She is listed in the 1910 census for Union County, OR living in Cove, on Ascension street, next door to three of her grown sons: William, Charles and Wayne Thomas. Martha was 80 years old in 1910.

Martha died 4 January 1911 at the age of 81. Her cause of death is listed as Senility. She was buried in an unmarked grave in the Cove Cemetery.

Persons wishing more information on Martha can e-mail me at Zina Fisher Powning


Biography, Women,

An Illustrated history of Union and Wallowa Counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon. Western Historical Pub. Co., 1902.

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