Son of Henry V. Frey (1808-1875) and Belinda Quine (1809-1875), of Logan Co., KY, and a descendant of the PA German Freys who came to America from their home in Alsace, France, in 1733 and later migrated to NC in the 1760s to join in the settlement of the Moravian Church communities beginning to take root there. Martin married Lucetta (Lucy) Rust in Robertson Co., TN, in July 1859. In 1866, the family removed to IL and soon after to MO; in 1870, they relocated to TX, eventually settling in Caldwell Co. Martin and Lucy separated in their final years, and he is said to have moved around, staying temporarily with one relative and then another. Children: Susan Olive (Ollie); Elizabeth Baker (Lizzie); Thomas Henry; Franklin Van Buren; John Wm.; Margaret Louella; Mancil Fredonia; and George Marvin.