Martha was b. Nov. 13 (or 12), 1829 in Troy, NY. Her parents were Alexander Van Pelt & Elizabeth Marie Andres. The Van Pelt’s were from upstate New York. (Dutch family as were many in that area) Mary Van Pelt married Abner Sears in Troy, NY. They moved to Scott Co, IL. Alexander Jr (Martha’s father) moved there later. He is buried in the Sears family cemetery near Naples, Scott Co, IL.
Martha dies on Jan. 12 in Marysville, Yuba, CA of pneumonia & is buried there. Her headstone monument reads “Died Jan 12, 1878″ Martha Jane, wife of Henry Jory, 48 years & 2 Mo.