I am looking for family information on Martin L. Punches born bet. 1817-1820 in New York State and died 9/7/1894 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He had a brother Moses (b. abt. 1825) and possibly a brother named Daniel who would have been older, born about 1814. All three of them are listed in the Sandusky County, Ohio 1850 Census with Daniel living with who appears to be his mother, Magdalena Punches, born about 1783. All three of them indicate that their place of birth is NY state and Daniel and Martin are married and their spouses are from NY State. Martin and Moses continued on the Indiana and lived on nearby farms in LaGrange (Martin) and St. Joseph Counties (Moses). Martin fought in the Civil War and was captured by the Confederates and served time in Andersonville and Florence for over a year until he escaped. His family moved to Aberdeen, SD until his death.
There are several leads indicating that the name could have originally be Pontius and that the area where he was born was in Seneca (Seneca County or Waterloo) or possibly Schuyler County, NY. It looks like his parents originally hailed from PA.
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