May 30, 1835, Co­le­raine, Ver­mont (the Song Friend says Mas­sa­chu­setts).

Ap­ril 4, 1912, at his home in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Rose­hill Ce­me­te­ry & Mau­so­le­um, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.


Martin was the son of Arad Towne (a vocal music teacher) and Tryphenia McCloud, and husband of Belle Kellogg. A doctor, teacher & composer, he also belonged to the Continentals singing group. One of his most popular songs was the 1865 Old Abe the Battle Eagle. His works in­clude:

  1. Crystallize Thy Love
  2. Golden Time Is Now, The
  3. I Gave a Cup of Water
  1. Apia
  2. Child in the Midst, The
  3. Derbyshire
  4. Hand That Rocked the Cradle, The
  5. Living Now in Glory
  6. Seek the Savior
  7. Sunny Side of the Road, The
  8. Sunnyvale
  9. Trusting in the Master
  10. Walking with God