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Absalom Martin

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States
Death: January 1802 (40-48)
Pease Township, Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio, United States
Place of Burial: Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Ephraim Martin and Martha Martin
Husband of Catherine Martin
Father of Ebenezer Martin, Sr.; Martha "Patty" Martin and Jonathan Martin
Brother of Squire Martin; Ephraim Martin and Jeremiah Martin

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About Capt. Absalom Martin

DAR Ancestor #: A074064. SERVED IN 1780 IN THE CONTINENTAL LINE as a private.

34. Absalom8 Martin (Ephraim (Col)7, Ephraim6, James5, Joseph4, John3, Isaac2, Christopher1) was born 1758 in Basking Ridge, NJ, and died January 1802 in Jefferson(Martins Ferry, Ohio).

  • Parents: Ephraim MARTIN b: 13 Sep 1733 in Basking Ridge, Somerset County, New Jersey & Catherine Squier

He married Catherine Zane 1789 in Ohio Co, WV, daughter of Ebenezer Zane and Elizabeth McCulloch. She was born June 17, 1769 in Redstone (Old Fort) Fayette Co, Pa, and died 1816 in Pease Twshp, Belmont Co, Ohio.

Brief Biography

  • from Louise Martin Mohler's book "The Martin family of America"

The first legal resident of the state of Ohio. Served in the American Revolution under his father and was a paymaster. had a most oustanding army career and then, came out to the West. Served as surveyor under Thomas Hutchins when the congress requested surveys of the Seven Ranges. After that completion, surveyed for the French at Gallipolis, Ohio. Then, assisted in surveying the Army Lands which reached almost to the present site of Columbus. His own land, near Wheeling, bordered the river and there he operated a ferry. His name appears in various official capacities in the new government, both local and state. Late in his career, in 1801 the Jefferson County sheriff was empowered to seize his property to pay a debt owed to a Robert Woods. He died shortly thereafter.

Notes for Absalom Martin:

Absalom was a Revolutionary War Veteran:

Paymaster 4th NJ, November 27, 1776

Lieutenant 1st NJ, November 2, 1777

Regimental Paymaster, February 1, 1779 to June 1783

Captain 6th NJ, January 1783 to close of war

Above from Historic Register, Officers of the Continental Army 1775-1783 by Heitman

Member of survey team to survey the 7 ranges in Ohio 1785-1787

Member of survey team to survey Zane's Trace (Wheeling to Maysville)

Original member of the "Society of Cincinnati"

Chronological Sequence of Recorded Events

1. 1758 - Born vicinity of Basking Ridge, Somerset County, New Jersey

2. Jan 3 1777 - Suffered broken arm during skirmish with British at Elizabethtown Farms while serving in NJ Continental Line under Col. Ephraim Martin, 4th Bat, 2nd Estab.

3. Feb 171777 - Appointed Paymaster, Col. Ephraim Martin's Regiment, 4th Est, 2nd Estab. NJ Continental Line.

4. Nov 2 1777 - Appointed Lieutenant and Paymaster, Col. Ephraim Martin's 4th Bat, 2nd Estab, NJ Continental Line.

5. Mar 26 1779 - Transferred as Lieutenant to Col. Mathias Ogden's 1st Rgt, 2nd Estab., NJ Continental Line, when NJ approved the arrangement by Congress reducing NJ quota from 4 regiments to 3 regiments.

6. Nov 1 1779 - Appointed Lieutenant and Paymaster, Col. Mathias Ogden's 1st Reg, 2nd Estab, NJ Continental Line

7. May1780 - Muster and Payroll reveals to be absent Reason given - wounded

8. Sept 1780 - Muster and Payroll reveals returned to Regiment.

9. Jan 6 1783 - Appointed Captain, Col Mathias Ogden's 1st Reg, 2nd Estab, NJ Continenal Line

10. Apr1783 - Retained as Captain, serving at NJ Command Office until end of war.

11. May 131783 - Society of the Cincinnati in the state of NJ formed, and Absalom Martin

appears as an original member.

12. Dec 1 1783 - Continental Army disbanded.

13. Sept 30 1785 - Gen. Richard Butler, on his mission to treat with Indians at Miami, in Fall of 1785, mentions in his journal, of meeting the U.S. Surveyors at the Penn. State Line, who were just then making a beginning for the "Survey of the Seven Ranges". Ordinance for the survey was passed by Congress May 20, 1785. Survey was

conducted by Thomas Hutchins, Geographer of the US, and Absalom Martin was the surveyor representing the State of NJ, along with the twelve others from the other states.

14. 1786 - Absalom Martin's field notes, in possession of the Engineering Office, Belmont County, St. Clairsville, Ohio reveal Absalom Martin surveyed lands in the "Survey of the Seven Ranges."

Children of Absalom Martin and Catherine Zane are:

37 i. Martha (Patty) Stites9 Martin, born Abt. 1793 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co, NJ; died 1810 in

Piscataway, Middlesex Co, NJ. She married Charles Williamson.

Notes for Martha (Patty) Stites Martin:

Notes: Martha died at seventeen years of age from an inoculation to prevent smallpox. In that day,

vaccination was comparatively a new discovery. To inoculate, the virus from a smallpox patient was used

after preparing the subject by proper diet and care. In the case of Martha, she took smallpox in violent form and could not recover. She was buried July 4, 1810. Added Charles Williamson as her spouse as I found it in an internet genealogy. She was only 17 and all my records show she was single. Need to research and/or inquire - Her birth location also came from this genealogy.

More About Martha (Patty) Stites Martin:

Burial: July 04, 1810

+ 38 ii. Ebenezer Martin, born November 09, 1791 in Martins Ferry, Ohio; died January 15, 1876 in Martins

Ferry, Ohio.

Birth: unknown

Death: 1801


Walnut Grove Cemetery

Martins Ferry

Belmont County

Ohio, USA


Created by: Sharon Brown

Record added: Apr 05, 2009

Find A Grave Memorial# 35553428

Father: Ephraim MARTIN

Mother: Martha SQUIRE

Birth: 1758

Burial: Walnut Grove Cemetery, Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio, USA

Partnership with: Catherine

Child: Ebenezer MARTIN Birth: 1791

Child: Jonathan MARTIN Birth: 1795, Belmont county, Ohio, USA

Roll Of Capt. Absalom Martin's Company

The following data is extracted from Roster Of Ohio Soldiers In The War Of 1812.

(From Guernsey or Belmont County)

Served from August 26, until November 12, 1812.

Capt. Absalom Martin

Lieut. Wyatt Hutchison

Ensign, James Shuman

Sergt. John Broton

Sergt. George Scadan

Sergt. Thomas Mullen

Sergt. William Israel

Corp. Christopher Donouer

Corp. James Edwards

Corp. Edward Davis

Corp. Henry Wolford

Drummer, Thomas DeBatnon

Fifer, Edward Milner


Atkinson, Michael

Beard, Moses

Beard, Thomas

Bell, Joseph

Berry, Thomas

Bowers, Joseph

Brown, David

Burys, David

Carnes, William

Carroll, Henry

Cogle, Joseph

Davis, Henry

Delong, Darel

Everett, James

Fink, William

Hanna, William

Hart, Jacob

Heage, Aaron

Hill, Henry

Lambert, Lewis

Launtz, George

Maple, William

McGiffin, John

McGiffin, William

McWilliams, Phillip

Mealman, John

Merrit, Thomas

Miller, James

Moore, William

Pack, Samuel

Reed, John

Reed, William

Reeves, Joshua

Rowers, Jonah

Salor, John

Shipley, George

Shove, Philip

Stites, Jonothan

Tetrick, Jacob

Tetrick, Michael

Tetrick, Richard

Wanich, James

Wanich, Robert

Warne, Jonothan

Wilkins, Thomas

Wilson, David

Wirack, Peter

Wirick, Andrew

Woodbick, John

Source: Roster Of Ohio Soldiers In The War Of 1812

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Capt. Absalom Martin's Timeline

Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States
November 9, 1791
Age 33
Jefferson, Belmont , Ohio
Age 35
Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ, United States
Age 37
Belmont, Ohio, United States
January 1802
Age 44
Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio, United States
Age 44
Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio, United States