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Richard Martin

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Ottery St Mary, Devon, England
Death: March 2, 1694 (84)
Rehoboth, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts
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Son of Richard Martin and Katherine Martin (Lyde)
Husband of Elizabeth Martin and Elizabeth Martin
Father of Elanor Ormsby; William Martin; Elizabeth Martin; Abraham Martin; Richard Martin and 6 others
Brother of Robert Martin; Abraham Martin; Isaac Martin; Elizabeth Upham; John Martin and 3 others

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About Richard Martin

Richard Martin was born 22 Nov 1609 in Ottery, St Mary’s, Devon, England.  His parents were Richard MARTIN and Katherine LYDE.  He married Elizabeth SALTER on 9 Jun 1631 in Ottery, Devon, England.  He immigrated much later than his brothers Isaac, Robert and Abraham .  The first date I can find is family in America is when his daughter Grace married John ORMSBY 25 Jan 1663/64.   Richard died 2 Mar 1693/94 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.


  • Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, biographical--genealogical by Cutter, William Richard
  • Robert Martin, of Badcombe, England, aged forty-four years, with wife Joane, same age, embarked from Weymouth, England, before March 20, 1635, and settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He was admitted a freeman, May 13, 1640. In 1645 he was in Plymouth Colony, where he was selectman in 1643, and later removed to Rehoboth. His will was dated May 6, 1660, bequeathing to wife Joane and children ; to brother, Richard Martin, and his children in England ; brother Abraham and cousin Roger Clap, of Dorchester. The widow Joane's will, in 1668, mentions "sister Smith, cousin Clap and the children he had by my kinswoman, Jane Clap ;" kinsman, John Ormsby ; cousins Grace, Thomas and Jacob Ormsby ; brother Upham's children at Malden, and others.
  • (I) Richard Martin, brother of Robert Martin and of Abraham Martin, was born in England, and came to New England about 1663. He also settled in Rehoboth, coming thither from England to accept the bequest of his brother, Robert. He made his will when very aged. It was proved May 7, 1695. He bequeathed to sons Richard and Francis, and Richard's eldest son, John, "who are in old England ; to son John, now with me ;" to John Ormsby, the eldest son of his daughter Grace, and to daughters, Grace Ormsby and Annis Chaffee. Abraham Martin also bequeathed to the children of brother Richard and of John Ormsby. Richard Martin was surveyor of highways in Rehoboth in 1669.
  • (II) John, son of Richard Martin, was born in England, and came to this country with his father about 1663, settling in Rehoboth, in that part afterward Swansea, and was one of the founders of the Baptist church at Swansea. He was a weaver by trade and a farmer, was appointed constable, June 6, 1671, surveyor
  • of highways, June 3, 1673, and June 2, 1685. In 1673 he bought land on New Meadow Neck, near Hundred Acre Cove, and built a house north of Central bridge. He died March 21, 1713-14, aged eighty years. He married, April 26, 1671, Joanna Esten, born June 1, 1645, in Herefordshire, England, daughter of Thomas Esten, who came with Rev. John Myles from England to Rehoboth, and settled at North Providence. Children of John and Joanna (Esten) Martin: Jemima, born May 29, 1672 ; Melatiah, April 30, 1673 ; John, March 15, 1674; Ephraim, mentioned below; Ann, November 14, 1678; Manasseh, February 2, 1681 ; Johanna, February 15, 1683 ; Ebenezer, February 16, 1684; Judith, November 13, 1686.
  • (III) Ephraim .... etc.




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Richard Martin's Timeline

November 22, 1609
Ottery St Mary, Devon, England
November 22, 1609
Ottery, St.mary, Devon, England
November 22, 1609
Ottery, St.Mary, Devon, England
Age 22
Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England
June 16, 1633
Age 23
Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire, England
Age 27
Probably Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
September 21, 1640
Age 30
Devon, England, United Kingdom
Age 34
Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England
Age 36
Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England, (Present UK)