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David Martin

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Death: November 10, 1784 (92-93)
Weaverland, East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., PA
Place of Burial: Weaverland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Christian Andrew Martin and Elsbeth Martin
Husband of Barbara Martin; Anna Catharina Herr Martin; Barbara Bär Miller-Martin; Anna Martin and Elizabeth Miller Martin
Father of George Martin; Henry Martin; Christian Herr Martin; David H. Martin; Barbara H. Bowman and 9 others
Brother of Martin Martin; Christian M. Martin; Jacob M. Martin; Hans Heinrich Martin; Veronica "Fronika" M. Bowman and 1 other

Occupation: Farmer
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About David Martin

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/58979659/david-martin

Order of Wives

  1. Anna Herr Weber to 1727. married 1711. Probably died with birth of Henry
  2. Barbara Miller Herr (widow of Henry Miller) to 1742. Probably died with birth of George
  3. Anna Groff to 1759
  4. Elizabeth

David Martin arrived at the port of Philadelphia on the ship Molley on September 30 1727, and in the fall of the same year took possession of the land set apart for him and his family. It is traditionally stated that his first wife Anna died enroute to America on Molley and records pieced together prove that tradition is correctly quoted. She was a sister to the Weber brothers who founded Weaverland, and this is the reason that they so thoughtfully provided for David Martin's future home. To escape religious persecution and achieve greater economic opportunity, the Mennonites accepted Penn’s invitation to settle in the New World. Arriving in Germantown as early as 1683, some of these immigrants moved westward to establish their homes. Early in the 18th century, several Webers emigrated from the Palatinate to Lancaster County. The brothers Jacob, Henry, George, and John Weber are known to have arrived before 1718. In 1723 the first three established a settlement in the fertile valley along the Conestoga Creek that we know today as Weaverland. Other families soon followed. By 1733 a congregation was formed and organized, with ministers from the older settlements preaching and reading the Word of God in the private homes of the early settlers. While there is no town named Weaverland, the community and Weaverland Mennonite Church have been a strong Mennonite center since these days. History records the growth of this congregation by documenting the size and capacity of its meetinghouse throughout the years.

David Martin in Weaverland

The three Weber Brothers applied for their land survey in an official or legal manner in 1721, they evidently purposely so arranged with the surveyor or in their application that a fine strip, of land nearly half a mile wide and over a mile and a half long between the lands of Jacob, on the south and the land of Henry on the north side, while the land of George formed a straight line, of the three on the east end thereof, causing their lands to be described as being. bounded by vacant land between them in the first survey in 1726. But it is evident that as soon as it was determined that David Martin, their friend and neighbor in Switzerland was coming they, in the name of David Martin, applied for a grant to him in the year 1726, as the warrant states, for this strip of land. David Martin arrived at the port of Philadelphia, in the ship, "Molley, on September 30 1727, and in the fall of the same year took possession of the land set apart for him and his family.

It is traditionally stated that his wife died enroute to America and records pieced together prove that tradition is correctly quoted, and that he soon was married to a young widow by the name of Elizabeth Miller, with one daughter, Susanna Miller, of Manor Township. But another traditional narrative that his first wife, who died at sea, was a sister to the three Weber brothers, and the reason that they so thoughtfully provided for David Martin's future home was that they desired to give her the best of their pioneer homes, has not been proven authentically, yet we join in the belief that all circumstances point to the correctness of that sad narrative, and that the development of this section was followed as planned by the Webers, and that David Martin and his descendants never disputed the right nor the propriety of the name of the vale, to be given to those, who first chose the site of their settlement.

David Martin: Near the grave of George Weber and his wife, are the graves of David Martin, and his wife, Elizabeth Miller. She died in 1774, and he was carried to his last resting place in November, 1784, having died on the tenth day of the month. His will was proven on December 4, of that year, proving that this stone, with his initials "D. M. 1784," and the one "E. M. 1774" mark the resting places of these two people, from whose land the southern half of the graveyard was taken by mutual consent between him and Henry Weber, as the plot was accurately surveyed so that it contained forty perches of land, twenty perches taken from the farm of Henry Weber, now owned by one of his descendants, Joseph M. Weaver, and twenty perches taken from the farm of David Martin, that part of the farm now owned by one of his lineal descendants, Phares M. Zimmerman, the imaginary line passing diagonally through the burying ground. The next grave to the south of Elizabeth Martin, is one marked "A. M. 80" 17-. In 1912, when a record of the stones in this God's acre was taken the notes give the missing figures to have been 1759.

Burial: Weaverland Mennonite Cem, East Earl Twp, Lancaster Co, PA Immigration: 30 September 1727 to Philadelphia, PA on ship MOLLY Note: Immigration: 30 September 1727 On the ship Molly with brother Jacob to Philidelphia, PA.

I found an Anna Weber who married David in 1711 in Baden, Aargau, Switzerland. They had one son, Jacob in 1723. She died in 1727 very likely on the ship so he was alone when landing in Philadelphia. He married Barbara Herr in 1729 at Lancaster then settled there. By: George Martin

David Martin Year: 1612-1750 Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Source Publication Code: 1640.7.5 Primary Immigrant: Martin, David Source Bibliography: DOBSON, DAVID. The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1989. 370p. Page: 239

Ship Molley

. You are right. Anna did actually die on the ship. I wasn't aware that he went along with his brother though. I know he later went back, and brought his father to America. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rotterdam via Deal to Philadelphia 30 September 1727 DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA - PORT OF PHILADELPHIA List of the Foreigners Imported in the Ship Molley, John Hodgeson, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Deal. Qualified Sept. 30, 1727. Columns represent: given name. 1 Hans Erick Oner 2 Hanse Stuber 3 Michael Spowner 4 Hans Erick Herriger 5 Hans Ouer Parrent 6 Hans Adam Soulder 7 Johannes Snider 8 Porchas Hoffman 9 Johannas Crouse 10 Michale Sabastin 11 Agusten Weder 12 Hans Teyger 13 Henrick Penhort 14 Hans Erick Tetner 15 Stephannas Raper 16 Samuel Bare 17 Hans Erick Shillingburg 18 Henerick Hoffman 19 Ober Ulrick Shilenbergen 20 Christane Walltone 21 Hans Yow 22 Hans Erick Crable 23 Michell Crable 24 Fellone Younge 25 Hans Cooble 26 Hans Funck 27 Petter Good 28 Jacob Horrester 29 Jacob Houer 30 Frances Stoupe 31 Hans Jacob Bender 32 Hans Erick Keell 33 Luterich Vetterey 34 Luterich Peetter 35 Hans Michael Smith 36 Andres Elick 37 Felix Good 38 Weyan Teale 39 Hans Ubruk Shaneaker 40 Hans Leonard Hoffman 41 Marten Hofner 42 Henrick Fults 43 Merix Foux 44 Erick Lutwick Zell 45 Hans Rinch 46 David Marten 47 Jost Moser 48 Michell Schenck 49 Hans Moser 50 Jacob Shir 51 Henerick Meyer 52 Samuel Ouer Houlster 53 Jacob Roust 54 Jacob Baer 55 Michell Frances 56 Christane Solderman 57 Samuell Good 58 Rodulf Landish 59 David Martin 60 Christian Moser 61 Rodulf Baine 62 Jacob Wanner 63 Christane Willand 64 Martine Kearsteuter 65 Johannas Pealer 66 Martine Kindege 67 Orick Leep 68 James Miller 69 Johannas Matther Eyger 70 Hans Miller 71 Hans Erick Feilter 72 Hans Mickell

Transcriber's Notes: Names are written first, middle and last..

Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Vol. XVII Names of Foreigners who took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania 1727-1775, With the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808. Edited by William Henry Egle, M.D. Harrisburg: Edwin K. Meyers, State Printer, 1892

David Martin was born in Switzerland about 1691. He is said to have been the first Martin who crossed the ocean. His wife died while at sea and was buried in a watery grave. He had 3 sons of his first wife. After he came to America he married again. No name is recorded for any of these wives. There were seven sons and three daughters of the second wife.

Excerpt from:

A Record of the Ancestors and Descendants of David B. Martin 1838-1920, Supplement John C. Weber Family, The Hoover Family.

Compiled by Peter Hoover, Wallenstein, Ontario, Canada Printed by St. Jacobs Printery

Though certain facts are still unclear and research is ongoing, what I information I have of David Martin is as follows. I have gathered information from different sources from Ancestry.com and the few written accounts I have collected.

David Martin was the first Mennonite leader on this property. The community's first Mennonite Meeting House was on his property, beginning under his direction in 1766.

In 1742, Barbara Herr Martin died, and shortly after (very likely in the same year) David married Anna Groff. With her they had two known children, Michael and Abraham. In 1759 Anna Groff also died, and David married his final wife, Elizabeth Herr Miller. I understand (though have not confirmed) that Elizabeth was Barbara's sister. There are several sources on Ancestry.com that show Elizabeth as bringing two or three children into the union from a previous marriage, but I have not had that confirmed either.

David Martin's will was recorded on 11 April, 1771, and he died 10 November 1784. He is buried in the Old Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery in East Earl Twp, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


Note: EWM ELM TWB RWH DLM gives that his date of birth is more likely 1700. Immigrant of Sept. 30, 1727. Married Anna Weber, 1691 1727.9.30-,, * in 1717? Arrived on ship "Molly" with three? children?. Wife died on the voyage to America. Married Barbara (Miller) Herr, 1702 1742.8.8,, (i1717.8.24) mother of next 9 children Married Anna Groff, 1725~ 1759.12.5 mother of last 3 children Married Elizabeth (Miller) Herr, 1700~ 1772,, * ^ after 1759. The Weaverland Mennonite (Brick) Church lies on his original land. He is buried there. The Emanuel Martin History by Naomi Heckman gives David's father as Andrew Martin. Buried Weaverland Mennonite Cem., East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., PA


Immigrated - September 30, 1727. First wife, Anna Weber, died at sea


[]http://www.jdweaver.com/weavland/cemetery.html

David Martin: Near the grave of George Weber and his wife, are the graves of David Martin, and his wife, Elizabeth Miller. She died in 1774, and he was carried to his last resting place in November, 1784, having died on the tenth day of the month. His will was proven on December 4, of that year, proving that this stone, with his initials "D. M. 1784," and the one "E. M. 1774" mark the resting places of these two people, from whose land the southern half of the graveyard was taken by mutual consent between him and Henry Weber, as the plot was accurately surveyed so that it contained forty perches of land, twenty perches taken from the farm of Henry Weber, now owned by one of his descendants, Joseph M. Weaver, and twenty perches taken from the farm of David Martin, that part of the farm now owned by one of his lineal descendants, Phares M. Zimmerman, the imaginary line passing diagonally through the burying ground. The next grave to the south of Elizabeth Martin, is one marked "A. M. 80" 17-. In 1912, when a record of the stones in this God's acre was taken the notes give the missing figures to have been 1759.

A saying came to the writer from a descendant of David Martin, through George, Abraham, George and Isaac W., that his grandchildren often spoke about the heavy swaths of grass which were cut and mowed by their grandfather with his large German scythe, which he brought with him from Europe, because his rows were harder to spread for drying.


David's first wife has been said to have been Anna Weber who died at sea in 1727. No records exist to prove this oral tradition and it may only be legend. By 1730 David was married to Barbara Herr Miller, daughter of Abraham and Anna (Bare) Herr, and widow of Henry Miller. Henry and Barbara lived on the land David patented from the Penns in 1738. In addition to the land, Barbara brought into the marriage two daughters, Mary and Susannah, and two sons, Henry and Abraham. David and Barbara had nine children before she died on August 8, 1742. She may have been buried in this cemetery but there is no record of her being there. David then married Anna Groff and had three children with her. After her death he married Elizabeth Herr Martin. They had no children together.

ID: I819 Name: David M. Martin , (i1727.9.30) Sex: M Birth: 1691 Death: 10 NOV 1784 Note: EWM ELM TWB RWH DLM gives that his date of birth is more likely 1700. Immigrant of Sept. 30, 1727. Married Anna Weber, 1691 1727.9.30-,, * in 1717? Arrived on ship "Molly" with three? children?. Wife died on the voyage to America. Married Barbara (Miller) Herr, 1702 1742.8.8,, (i1717.8.24) mother of next 9 children Married Anna Groff, 1725~ 1759.12.5 mother of last 3 children Married Elizabeth (Miller) Herr, 1700~ 1772,, * ^ after 1759. The Weaverland Mennonite (Brick) Church lies on his original land. He is buried there. The Emanuel Martin History by Naomi Heckman gives David's father as Andrew Martin. Buried Weaverland Mennonite Cem., East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., PA


David immigrated, 9/30/1727. Destination: destination unknown http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~brentr/d1/i0000304.htm#i305


David Martin, the son of Christian and Elsbeth Martin, was born in Bern, Schallenberg, Rueschegg, Switzerland. David and his brother Jacob Martin arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Molly Sept. 30, 1727. They both settled in the Weaverland Valley, near Christian Martin's first tract. Christian Martin the second was their brother who had immigrated to America as early as 1724. Both David and Jacob remained in Weaverland. "Hans Hendrik" Martin, another brother and his family arrived in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1731 aboard the ship Britannia. A probable sister Veronica, age 23 years, was also aboard this voyage. David's first wife has been said to have been Anna Weber who he married in Switzerland and reportedly died at sea in 1727. No records exist to prove this oral tradition and it may only be legend. By 1730 David was married to Barbara Herr Miller, daughter of Abraham and Anna (Bare) Herr, and widow of Henry Miller. Henry and Barbara lived on the land David patented from the Penns in 1738. In addition to the land, Barbara brought into the marriage two daughters, Mary and Susannah, and two sons, Henry and Abraham. David married Barbara Herr in October 1731 and they had nine children before she died on August 8, 1742: Christian H Martin (1731 - 1804)* David Martin (1733 - 1819)* Martin Herr Martin (1736 - 1811)* Henrich Martin (1741 - 1825)* George Martin (1742 - 1829)* . She may have been buried near David but there is no record of her being there. David then married Anna Groff and had three children with her: Samuel Martin (1746-1825) Michael Martin (1747 - 1831)*, Abraham Martin (1748 - 1815)* . After her death he married Elizabeth Herr Martin. They had no children together.

David died in 1784 at the impressive age of 93.

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David Martin's Timeline

1691
1691
Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1727
September 30, 1727
Age 36
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1727
1727
Age 36
Switzerland-USA
1731
September 21, 1731
Age 40
September 21, 1731
Age 40
September 21, 1731
Age 40
October 10, 1731
East Earl, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States