James I. Martin, born in 1879 in Glasgow, KY, and Jesse H. Martin, born in 1890 in Indianapolis, Indiana, began manufacturing clothes in 1909 in Indianapolis. Jesse was a salesman and vice president of Martin Brothers Duck Clothes Manufacturers. Their brother, Samuel Martin, born in 1886 in Indianapolis, was treasurer. Their company produced heavy cotton clothes, khaki, and uniforms. Martin Manufacturers was incorporated in 1922. The Martin brothers were the sons of Samuel and Eliza F. Davidson Martin. For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1941-44; and "African American Businesses" in The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis by D. J. Bodenhamer et al.