By Cathy Callopy
Born in New York, Martha was the fifteenth child of Jane Marshall and Alexander Macomb. At the age of thirty-one she married James Dinsmore in Burlington, New Jersey. After a honeymoon at Yellow Springs, Ohio, she remained in Cincinnati to give birth to her first child while James prepared a home for her in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Two more children were born there and perhaps a son who died in infancy. Martha died in August of 1859, just seven days after her eldest daughter, Isabella, married.