Martin Warren SAR

Martin Warren Chapter of the Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution

Martin Warren was born in Virginia, served briefly in the War for American Independence, then migrated to Kentucky where he then started a large family. He finally settled in Johnson County, Missouri. Many of his descendants are readily known.

Martin's father and mother were James and Mary Warren. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) records show that James W. Warren, Sr, was born in about 1742 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. James was married to Mary Martin in about 1762 in Spotsylvania Co., VA. Mary died in Lincoln Co, Kentucky District, VA before 1790. All of James and Mary Warren's children were born before 1786, including Martin Warren and his siblings.

James Warren is a Revolutionary War Patriot. His service description indicates that he collected food for the Continental Line. 

Martin Warren was born about 1763 in Augusta County, VA (Later known as Greenbrier County, WV) When the Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, Martin would have been about twelve. He joined the service in 1781/1782. His military service in the Lincoln County, VA Militia, Illinois Department lasted only until the end of the war in 1783. 

Martin married Sarah (Sally) Dunbar in 1786. By 1810, the couple had eight children, seven boys and one girl. The Warrens moved to Missouri in 1816. After Sarah died, Martin married Ruth Cole.

The town of Warrensburg is named after Martin Warren. It was originally known as Warren's Corner, then Warren's Burg and finally in 1836 became Warrensburg.

Martin Warren died 19 August 1852 and was initially buried in the old city cemetery on West Gay Street. His grave site memorial stone is now located at the east entrance to the Sunset Hill Cemetery. At least 35 descendants have obtained NSDAR membership through Martin Warren. 

For more information about the Martin Warren Chapter of the Missouri Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, please contact president Gene Henry at or Martin Warren Chapter, 83 SW 120 Road, Warrensburg, MO 64093.