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:
- The Cluster
- Good Will, with Jairus M. Stillman (Chicago, Illinois: Fleming H. Revell, 1878)
- Prayer Meeting Songs
- Sabbath Songs
- Temperance Songs
- Band of Hope Songs
- The International Lesson Hymnal, with David C. Cook (Chicago, Illinois: David C. Cook, 1880)
- Choir Anthems, 1880
- Temperance Anthems, 1881
- Sabbath Songs, 1886
- Anthems of Joy, 1891
- Towne’s Enunciator or Choir Companion, 1898
- Pentecostal Hymns, circa 1905
- The Message of Christmas, a cantata
- The Gruff Judge and Happy Santa Claus
- The Enchanted Wood
- The Trial of Santa Claus