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MARTIN, GABRIEL N. (?–1834). Gabriel N. Martin, pioneer Red River County settler, was born before 1800 and immigrated to Texas by way of Arkansas Territory about 1820. He settled in Jonesborough in what later became Red River County and established a ferry across the Red River. In 1828 Martin's house in Jonesborough was designated the county courthouse for Miller County, Arkansas. Around the same time Martin was appointed county judge, an office he still occupied at the time of his death. He was killed by Kiowas while on a hunting expedition with his son and several of his slaves on Glass Creek about fifteen miles above the Washita around May 15, 1834.


Pat B. Clark, The History of Clarksville and Old Red River County (Dallas: Mathis, Van Norr, 1937). Claude V. Hall, "Early Days in Red River County," East Texas State Teachers College Bulletin 14 (June 1931). Blewett Barnes Kerbow, The Early History of Red River County, 1817–1865 (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1936). Red River Recollections (Clarksville, Texas: Red River County Historical Society, 1986). Rex W. Strickland, Anglo-American Activities in Northeastern Texas, 1803–1845 (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1937).

Christopher Long


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Christopher Long, "MARTIN, GABRIEL N.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.