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MARTIN BRITTON was born April 12, 1820, near the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Jefferson County, New York. Much of his youth was spent in Chicago, where his father, Hiram Britton,
 at one time owned a large tract of land, in what is now the heart of that city.

Martin Britton wedded Miss J. M. Pierce, in Wisconsin, March 21, 1849, and in 1861 came across the plains to California, living in San Francisco and Oakland about two years.
 They became residents of San Clara County in 1863, and on November 10, 1866, established their residence at the Willows, having lived previously at Santa Clara.
 Martin Britton came to California on account of failing health, and was much benefited. On arrival his entire capital did not exceed $100. He became the owner 
of a valuable tract of land, which is now occupied by his widow and son, he having died April 18, 1886. 

Mrs. Britton now occupies the fine residence just completed before his death. Mr. Britton was among the first men at the Willows who turned their attention to horticulture.
 He was a careful man, and a successful fruit-growner. In 1878 he sold the fruit from 465 prune trees, covering four and one-third acres, for $1,800, the age of the orchard 
being but five and one-half years. In 1879, $1,400 was realized; in 1880, $3,200. In 1881, the family being on a visit East, not as good results were obtained; but in 1882 
the crop brought $3,110, and in 1887, $1,850.
(see bio of son- Frank F. Britton)

Pen Pictures From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. - Edited by H.S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888. page 273

Transcribed by:  Carol Lackey

SANTA CLARA COUNTY The Valley of Heart's Delight