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George Martin, Sr.

Also Known As: "George Marten"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Romsey, Hampshire, England
Death: November 23, 1686 (68)
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Hannah Martin and Susannah (North) Martin, Salem Witch Trials
Father of Hannah Worthen; Richard Martin; Samuel Martin; George Martin, Jr.; John Martin, of Amesbury and 4 others

Occupation: Blacksmith, Local Government and Church activities, Blacksmith/Proprietor
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"

Source: George Martin Found 10 Records, 9 Photos and 12,398,638 Family Trees Born in Ramsey, England on 1620 to Christopher Martin and Marie Prower.

George married Susanna North and had 13 children.

He passed away on 1683 in Essex, Massachusetts, USA.

Family Members Parents Christopher Martin 1582-1620

Marie Prower 1571-1620


Susanna North 1622-1692


Jane Martin 1656-1684

Jonathan Martin

William Martin 1662-1662

Hannah Martin 1643-1730

Richard Martin 1650-1727

George Martin 1648-1734

John Martin 1650-1693

Esther Martin 1653-1695

Abigail Martin 1659-1716

William Martin 1662-1733

William Martin 1663-1726

Samuel Martin 1667-1683 Benjamin Martin 1704-Unknown


George Martin's Will

Last will & testament of George Martin of Amesbury, MA:

November 23, 1686

In ye name of God Amen

I George Martin of ye town of Amsbury in ye County of Essex being through Gods goodness of prfect memory & understanding, doe make this my last will & testament in mannr as followeth

Imprimis I commend my spirit to God whoe gave it, & and my body to ye dust decently to be buried (at ye chardges of my executr, whome I shall hereafter name and appoynt) in hopes of a [joy]full resurrection at ye last day unto life eternall

2dly I give & bequeath unto my natural [i.e. legitimate] Children viz: my Sonns Richrd Martin, & John Martin, & my Daughters, Hanna Wathen: Hester Gimson, Jane Hadley & Abigail Hadlock unto each & every of them five shillings apiece to be payd in good and merchantable pay within one twelvemonth next aftr my decease

3dly I give & bequeath unto my Grandchild John Hadlock five pounds in good & merchantable pay in case yt ye sd John live wth me or my wife or my son Will: untill yt he come unto ye full & compleat age of twenty one years.

4thly I give & bequeath all ye rest of my housing, lands stock & estate both moveable & Immoveable unto my wife Susanna during her Widowhood, & after her marriage, or decease (in case she marry not againe) unto my youngest son William.

ffinally: I Doe appoint, Constitute & ordaine my Wife Susanna, to be exectutrix and my youngest son Will: martin to be executr in conjunction wth her unto this my last Will & testament. A[nd in] confirmat[ion] of ye promisees I have hereunto subscribed my hand & seale Dated the nineteenth day of January An: Dom: one thousand six hundred eighty & three or foure.

George Martin or Martyn of Salisbury and Amesbury, "Blacksmith" married first Hannah [Green], who died about 1646; married second Susannah North Aug. 11, 1646 daughter of Richard North. He received land in Salsibury in 1642 and 43; George came to America as servant to Samuel Wensley about 1639. (see Pioneers to Massachusetts, fische 6046669) a commoner and taxed 1650, etc. He probably lived west of the Powow as early as 1649: an original commoner and lot layer of Amesbury, 1654-55, where he received land 1654-55: meeting house seat 1667, etc. " Goodwife Martin" also had a seat assigned in 1667. Oath of Fidelity and al. 1646 and 1677. He died about 1686; will Jan. 19, 1683-84; Nov. 23, 1686. Widow Susanna was tried for witchcraft, at Salem, June 29, and executed July 19, 1692.

Children: Hannah b. 1 Feb 1643 by first wife, Richard b. 29 June 1647, George b. Oct. 21 1648; prob. died young not mentioned in will 1683, John b. 26 Jan. 1650, Esther, b. 7 April 1653, Jane b. 2 Nov 1656, Abigail b. 10 Sept. 1659, William B. 11 Dec. 1662, Samuel B. 29 Sept. 1667; probably died young not mentioned in will. All born in Salisbury, Mass.

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George Martin, Sr.'s Timeline

Romsey, 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 County, Massachusetts
June 29, 1647
Age 29
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
September 29, 1647
Age 29
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States