John Martin was born 19 Nov 1837 in Darby Township, Union County, OH, the 6th of 7 children of Joh. Georg Peter Eirich and his wife, Anna Barbara Rupprecht. John Martin was the first of their children to be born in America.
The following information was taken from the Union County (OH) History Book dated 1883 concerning John Martin Eirich.
"John M. Eirich, farmer, P.O. Marysville, was born in Darby Township, Union County, in 1837, and is the oldest son of his parents born in this country. ...(He) was brought up on the homestead farm and was married in 1866 to Miss Caroline Burger, a native of Marion County, Ohio. To this union, three children have been born, all of whom are living, John V., Mary B. amd Emanual P. Mr. Eirich has filled the office of Assessor two years, and Township Trustee two Years. Prior to his marriage engaged in teaching district school for four consecutive winters, from which time he has been an invalid, after a severe attack of typhus fever. This has prohibited him from labor, and confined him to his home. He has always been connected with the Lutheran Church, and an officer of the church here for some time."
Following the publication of this article, a fourth child was born to the couple, George Edward Eirich.
John Martin was also an inventor and held a patent for a watering device for livestock.
John Martin died 25 Jan 1904 in Darby Township, Union County, OH at the age of 66.