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George Martin, Sr.

Also Known As: "George Marten"
Birthplace: Ramsey, Hampshire, , England
Death: Died in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of ???? Martin and (No Name)
Husband of Susannah Martin
Father of Hannah Worthen; Richard Martin; Samuel Martin; George Martin; John Martin, of Amesbury and 4 others

Occupation: Blacksmith, Local Government and Church activities
Managed by: Michele McAffee
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About George Martin, Sr.

George MARTIN was born in 1618 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. Comment: FHL show place of birth as Ramsey, Hampshire, England. Cannot find this place in any England reference books or maps. Book shows two Ramseys, one in Huntingdon and the other in Essex. He died in 1686 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He signed a will on 23 NOV 1686 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. November 23, 1686

He was buried in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He has Ancestral File Number 8JDG-B8. George Martin came from England to New England as a servant to Samuel Winsley about 1639.

He was of Amesbury and Salisbury, Massachusetts.

He was a blacksmith.

George was one of the earliest pioneers in Amesbury, and was fined for cutting trees there in 1645.

He took the oath of fidelity in 1646.

He was very active in land dealing.

In 1649, he bought 10 acres from Thomas Macy on the Powow River, and lived there about 5 years.

He then removed a short distance to the farm which he had bought of Anthony Saddler in 1650, also on the Powow.

He sold his original farm to Philip Challis Feb 11, 1651.

He sold his second farm to Richard Currier in 1660 and removed to the west side of Ring's Hill, where he lived until his death.

A general meeting was held Jul 9, 1667 for the purpose of seating the people in the new church. "Good Wiffe Martyn do enter his contry desent to the plasen of his wiffe in that seat." (The seating in the church was very important in those days).

In April 1669, George Martin sued William Sargent Jr. "For saying that his son Gorge Marttin was a bastard and that Richard Marttin was Goodwife Marttin's imp".

In October 1669, George Martin's son Richard was presented by the grand jury at the Salisbury Court for abusing his father and throwing him down, taking away his clothes and holding up an axe against him.

Susanna, his widow, was tried for witchcraft at Salem Jun 29, 1692 and executed Jul 19, 1692. See notes on Susanna North for this story.

SOURCES: (1) The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts (1982) David W. Hoyt; (2) History of Amesbury (1880) Joseph Merrill; (3) Salisbury Vital Records. Spouse: Hannah (MARTIN). George MARTIN and Hannah (MARTIN) were married in 1642 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Children were: Hannah MARTIN.

Spouse: Susanna NORTH. George MARTIN and Susanna NORTH were married on 11 MAR 1646 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Children were: Richard MARTIN, George MARTIN, John MARTIN, Esther MARTIN, Jane MARTIN, Abigail MARTIN, William MARTIN, Samuel MARTIN.

Occupation: Blacksmith; Served in King Phillips War
Re: parentage of George Martin

Conflicting info of whether George was born in Romsey or Ramsey--need to find out.,+Cambridgeshire,+UK/Romsey,+Hampshire+SO51,+UK/@51.7565398,-1.9146204,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x4877e402e39d692b:0xc580a1346aee90ce!2m2!1d-0.1084655!2d52.4503619!1m5!1m1!1s0x48738a467a935321:0x921d2f3be7c06e5f!2m2!1d-1.49658!2d50.98893

  • *Note**Christopher Martin and Mary Prower (Mayflower passengers) did NOT have a son named George. The only son from this marriage is Nathaniel. shows those parents on their site...

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- George Martin immigrated to New England in 1639 and settled in Salisbury. He and his first wife, Hannah, had one daughter. Hannah died before August 11, 1646 when he married Susannah North, the daughter of Richard North and Joan Bartram. George and Susannah had eight children. Through their daughter Jane, they are the 5th Great Grandparents of U.S. President Chester A. Arthur.

The family moved to Amesbury by 1654 where George Martin is recognized as one of the first settlers. When Amesbury was incorporated in 1666, he appears on the list of voters and commoners (those who owned a share in all the undivided and common lands of the town). Goerge and Susannah Martin also appear on the list of Amesbury Meeting House seats in July 1667. George Martin's will was probated 23 Nov 1686.

In 1692 his widow, Susannah Martin, was accused of withcraft by residents of Salem Village (now Danvers). She was arrested, tried without representation of council, convicted, and hanged in Salem, July 19, 1692.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lone Tree Hill, a famous historical site, bore a tablet on its westerly side marking the site of George and Susannah's home. The boulder which marked their homestead has been moved to make room for a highway, and it can be found on the map where the highway crosses Martin Road. The marker lies nearby. George was one of the largest landowners in Amesbury. The inscription on the marker reads: "Here stood the house of Susannah Martin. An honest, hardworking Christian woman accused of being a witch and executed at Salem, July 19, 1692. She will be missed! A Martyr of Superstition. T.I.A. 1894"

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George Martin, Sr.'s Timeline

Ramsey, Hampshire, , England
Age 21
came as a servant to Mr. Sam Winsley according to a deposition of Robert Pike in 1695
February 1, 1643
Age 25
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
June 29, 1647
Age 29
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
September 29, 1647
Age 29
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 21, 1648
Age 30
Saleme, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 31
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America
January 26, 1650
Age 32
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts
April 7, 1653
Age 35
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States