Martin Lake was born on September 8, 1845, in Oakland County, Michigan, the son of Crapo (b. 1812) and Amanda (b. 1827).
Martin’s parents were both New York natives but by 1845 had settled in Michigan, probably Oakland County. By 1850 Martin was living with his family on a farm in Waterford, Oakland County, and in 1860 Martin was living with his family on a large farm and attending school with two of his younger siblings in Rose, Oakland County.
In any case, Martin stood 5’6” with black eyes, light brown hair and a florid complexion and was 18 years old and working as a farmer in Rose, Oakland County when he enlisted in Company D on February 17, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Rose, and was mustered the same day. He joined the Regiment on March 6 at Camp Bullock, Virginia and was wounded in the side, arm and leg in early May during the Wilderness and Spotsylvania engagements.
Martin was subsequently absent wounded in the hospital when he was transferred to Company A, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and he remained absent wounded until he was discharged for his wounds on either November 23 or December 5, 1864, at Washington, DC.
Martin returned to Michigan, and on December 1, 1864, he applied for and received a pension (no. 47329).
He may have been married to a woman by the name of Julia.
Martin was probably living in Oakland County when he died on October 3, 1866, and was buried in Lakeside cemetery in Holly, Oakland County.
His parents were still living on a farm in Holly, Rose Township, Oakland County in 1870.