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Hester Martin (Roberts)

Also Known As: "Esther", "Easter"
Birthplace: Dover, Stafford, New Hampshire
Death: Died in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey
Place of Burial: Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Roberts, of Dover and "Rebecca" (unknown) Roberts
Wife of John Martin, of Piscataway
Mother of John Martin, Jr.; Mary Hall; Martha Langstaff; Lydia Smalley; Joseph Martin, of Piscataway and 4 others
Sister of Lt. John Roberts; Thomas Roberts, Jr.; Sarah Rich; Anne Philbrick / Marston and Elizabeth Heard

Managed by: Shannon Quinn Purvis
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About Hester Martin

The will of Easter (Esther) Martin of Piscataway, dated 9 November 1687 and proved 20 December 1687 names children John, Joseph, Thomas Martin, Mary Hull, Martha Langstaff, Lidia Smalley. and Benjamin Martin; and grandchildren Mary and Hope Hull (children of Hopewell Hull) as heirs to land in Piscataway Township and personal property. Son Benjamin Martin is named executor


Will of Esther Martin

In the name of God Amen, the nynth day of November in the year one Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Seven, I, Esther Martin , of the towne of Piscataway, being sick in boddy but of good and perfect memory, thanks be to the Almighty God, and calling to remembrance the uncertaine estate of this transitory life & that all flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call, doe make, constitute, ordaine & declare this my last will & testament and non other.

And first being Penitent & Sorry from the bottom of my heart for my sines past, most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same, I gave and commit my Soull unto Almighty God my Saviour and Redeemer, in whom by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust & believe assuredly to be saved & to have full remission & forgiveness of all my sines, and that my soule with my boddy at the general day of resurrection shall rise agine with Joy and throught the merits of Christs death and passione, possess & enherite the kingdom of heaven prepared for his elect and chose, and my boddy to be buried where my executor hereafter named shall appoint.

And now for the setling of my temporall estate & such good, chattels & debts ( as it hath pleased God far above my desires to bestow upon me ) I doe order, give & dispose of the same in maner & forme following that is

to say first I will that those debts & duties as I owe in right or conscience to any maner of person or persones whatsoever, shall be well & truly contented & payed, or ordained to be payed within convenient tyme after my decease by my executor hereafter named.

Item I give & bequeath unto my sone, John Martin, five shillings.

Item I give & bequeath unto my sone Joseph Martin, three shillings.

Item I give & bequeath unto my sone, Thomas Martin, three shillings.

Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Hull the feather bed whereon I lye, also the great chist & warming pan.

Item I give & bequeath to my daughter, Martha Langstaff, one shilling.

Item I give & bequeath to my daughter, Lidea Smalley, one shilling.

Item I give & bequeath unto my grandchyld, Hopewell Hull, son of Hopewell & Mary Hull, my land & meadow within the township of Piscataway To have and to hold the sd land & meadow with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to him , his heirs, executors, administrators & assigns forever.

Item I give to my Sone Benjamin Martin, all my household goods & cattell.

Item I give to my two grandchildren Mary Hull & Hopewell Hull, my weareing appareal as well woollen as linen.

Item I constitute & appoint my sone, Benjamin Martin my sole executor to administer & dispose of my estate according to this my last will & testament.

In Witness hereof I have sett my hand & seale the day and year above written.

Esther Martin (her mark)

Sealed & Signed in the

presence of

Edward Slatter

Samuell Hull

The twentieth day of December, 1687. This day Mr. Edward Slatter & Samuell Hull, the two witnesse to the above mentioned will came before me and did solemnly declare as in the presence of the Almighty God, That they saw the above named Esther Martin Signe, Seale & Publish the above mentiond to be her last will and that at the same tyme she was of sound mynd and memory.

Coram Me

Samll Hull


  • Meredith, N.H. : annals and genealogies (1932)
  • Stearns' History states that Thomas Roberts settled on Dover Neck, about 1623. The land he was on was occupied by Roberts' descendants over two centuries. They were men who were in
  • public offices and occupied high positions. In 1662 he rebuked his sons, who were constables, for enforcing the law against Quaker women.
  • Thomas Roberts had been a member of the church over twenty years. He died about 1673 and was buried on Dover Neck. Tradition, through Charles Roberts of Meredith, states that Thomas Roberts was drawn on a jury as one of the men to punish the Quaker women for maintaining their religion. He refused and the Dover magistrate took his cow away to punish him. In his will he gave most of his property to his daughter, Sarah, and husband, Richard Rich, but remembered in his will, John and Thomas; Hester, wife of John Martin; Anne, wife of James Philbrick of Hampton; and Elizabeth, wife of Benjamin Heard.
  • John Roberts, born in 1629, his son, was prominent on Dover Neck; he married Abigail, daughter of Elder Hate-evil Nutter. They had children: Joseph, Hatevil, and probably Thomas and Abigail Nutter Roberts. In 1679 John was in Portsmouth, served as marshall of the Province, but resigned in 1681.
  • Thomas Roberts, born in 1633, married Mary, daughter of Thomas Leighton of Dover.
  • Nathaniel lived on Dover Neck; married Elizabeth Mason.


  • The Martin family of America : descendants of John Martin & Esther Roberts (1987) by Louise Martin Mohler
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  • Pg.ii
  • JOHN MARTIN, our ancestor, came from England to America. He was born about 1618 and died in Piscataway, New Jersey July 5, 1687. In 1646, in Dover, NH, he married ESTHER/HESTER ROBERTS born about 1628 and died December 12, 1687. She was the daughter of the first Governor of New Hampshire, THOMAS ROBERTS and REBECCA HILTON.
  • For almost 100 years the parentage of JOHN MARTIN has been erroneously given, over and over again, as descending from ISAAC MARTIN in New England. It has been copied and reprinted so many times, everyone assumed it was fact. However, upon close inspection of the original material, it is very obvious to be pure guess work. .... etc.
  • Pg.iv
  • JOHN MARTIN c1618-1687 b England d Piscataway NH m 1646 ESTHER ROBERTS 1628-1687 d/o Governor THOMAS & REBECCA HILTON
    • 1 JOHN MARTIN JR Ensign 1647-1704 b NH d NJ m 1 1677 DOROTHY SMITH - 1698 d/0 RICHARD of Newtown LI m 2 1698 ANNE BROWN. There is a deed of transfer between JOHN & ANNE dated 1694 ?.
      • .... etc.
    • 130 MARY MARTIN HULL HALL 1649-1694 m. 1 1669 HOPEWELL HULL c1636-1693 s/o Rev. JOSEPH & AGNES m 2 1696 JUSTIN HALL
      • .... etc.
      • .... etc.
    • 283 LYDIA MARTIN SMALLEY 1655- m. 1676 JOHN SMALLY JR 1644-1731 s/o JOHN & ANN WALDEN
      • .... etc.
    • Pg.v
      • .... etc.
    • 1496 BENJAMIN MARTIN 1659-1732 m 1 1680 MARGARET REYNOLDS -1678 d the day our JONATHAN was b d/o NICHOLAS m 2 1688 MARGARET ELSTON d/o JOHN. 7th Day Baptist Ch organized in his home 8-5-1705.
      • .... etc.
    • 2985 THOMAS MARTIN 1662-1715 m. 1683 REBECCA HIGGINS d/o RICHARD and 2nd w MARY SNOW widow of Mr. YATES
      • .... etc.
    • 3316 JAMES MARTIN 1669-1676 d age 7 years


  • Genealogy of the Martin family (1918) Vol. 1
  • Pg. 15
  • (1) Of Isaac Martin but little is known beyond the fact that he lived at Rehoboth from 1644 to 1646. As there were no Martin descendants of either Abraham or Robert we infer that we owe our parentage to Isaac.
  • The Middlesex Court shows that "John Martin" gave evidence at court, April 15th, 1658, relative to Paul Wilson engaging the affection of his cousin Pricilla Upham. If John and Pricilla were cousins, Elizabeth, the wife of Deacon John Upham, must have been a sister of Robert, Abram and Isaac, and John must have been Isaac's son.
  • Richard was the brother of Robert, Abram and Isaac and came to New England to take possession of the property left him by the will of Robert.
  • The date of his arrival is not known, but it is probable that he, with his son, John, came over about 1663.
  • June 1st, 1689, he was appointed as surveyor of highways for Rehoboth.
  • Richard advanced 1 pound, 5 shillings, 4 pence, to sustain in carrying on the war against the Indians, under King Phillip.
  • He died May 2nd, 1694, leaving his property to his sons. John, Francis and Richard, Jr., and two daughters, Annie and Elanor.
  • (2) John Martin (son of Isaac Martin) immigrant ancestor of this branch of the family, died July 5th, 1687. He was of Dover, New Hampshire, 1648-1666. Piscataway, New Jersey, 1666-1676, and Woodbridge, New Jersey, 1676-1687. His wife was Hester Roberts, daughter of Thomas Roberts, who settled in Dover, N. H., in 1823, and was called "Governor" of the state in 1640, the Colonial Government not being very definite or certain.
  • John Martin was one of the original grantees of Piscataway, N. J., in 1666.
  • (3) Thomas Martin, born 1659, died 1715, was the son of John and Hester (Roberts) Martin of Piscataway, N. J. He married, April 28th, 1683, Rebecca Higgins (daughter of Richard and Mary Higgins). Their family: .... etc.



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Hester Martin's Timeline

Dover, Stafford, New Hampshire
Age 19
Dover, Strafford, NH, USA
Age 21
Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Age 24
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Dover, Strafford Co, NH
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Dover (Oyster River), Bristol Co, NH
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Dover, Stafford, New Hampshire, USA
January 12, 1659
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Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
Age 34
Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States