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Richard Martyn

Also Known As: "Richard Martin"
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Ottery,St.Mary,Devon,England
Death: April 2, 1694 (60-68)
Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire (Leucophlegmatia)
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Martin and Susanna Martin
Husband of Sarah Martyn; Martha Martyn; Elizabeth Martyn and Mary Martyn
Father of Richard Martyn, Jr., Rev.; Sarah Cutts; Elizabeth Kennard-Furber-Nason; Hannah Ayres Jose; Michael Martyn and 3 others

Occupation: Merchant, Provincial Treasurer
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About Richard Martyn

Richard Martyn (1630-1694) was a leading figure in early New Hampshire, in business, church and government. Martyn was a merchant, and in 1671, he was one of the founders of the first church in Portsmouth. He served as Selectman, as Commissioner for the Trial of Small Causes, and as Deputy to the General Court of New Hampshire. He was a Representative in 1672 and 1679, and chosen as Speaker of the House in 1692. He became Treasurer of the province by royal appointment, and later served as Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Judicature (the name of the New Hampshire Supreme Court at the time).


  • The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)
  • John Tuttle of Ipswich.
  • Brother of Richard of Boston. The settlement at Ipswich, Mass., was begun in March, 1633, by John Winthrop, jr., (afterwards Gov. of Conn.) and twelve others; who were joined next year by Rev. Thomas Parker and one hundred others from Wiltshire, Eng. John Tuttle joined the settlement the same year that he arrived in the Planter, as appears by the town record in 1635; "a road four rods wide is reserved through John Tuttle's, 150 acres east of Mill river to the common." He was made a freeman March 13, 1639; Representative 1644. In 1651 he is called "Mr.," a way being reserved between "Mr. Tuttle's swamp and the ends of the lots."-- Felt's Hist. of Ipswich. March 13, 1650, John Tuttell of Ipswich, merchant, gave bond for (english pound)2000 to Daniel __ffaivax and Isaac Legay of London, merchants, to pay (english pound)1180 10s. in provisions and cattle before Nov., 1650. and he consigned to them goods, &c., value (english pound)812 3s. and a penny as per invoice signed by Joanna his wife. The bond was discharged by payment in full in 1652 by Mrs. Joanna Tuttle. He went to Ireland about the time that the disheartened colonists at New Haven were negotiating for the purchase of the city of Galloway in Ireland for a future home. He established himself advantageously there and did not return. He d. at Carrickfergus, Dec. 30, 1656. His wife Joanna followed him to Ireland in 1654. She was before m. to John Tuttle a widow Lawrence. The Dane pamphlet contains a facsimile of John Tuttle's autograph.
  • III. 'SARAH, b. 1633; m. 1654 RICHARD MARTIN.
  • John Tuttle & Joanna, widow Lawrence
  • 'SARAH TUTTLE, b. 1633; d. Dec. 1, 1666; m. Feb. 1, 1654, RICHARD MARTIN. He was a merchant, one of the founders of the First chh., Portsmouth, N. H.; Rep. and Speaker of the House. He m. (2) MARTHA, wid. of John Denison. She was dau. of Lieut. Gov. Samuel SYMONDS of Mass., and his wife, who was a dau. of Gov. Winthrop of Mass. He m. (3) ELIZABETH, dau. of Henry SHERBURNE. She had been twice a wid. Her 1st husband was Tobias Landon, m. 1656; (2) Tobias Lear, m. 1667; (3) RICHARD MARTIN. He m. (4) MARY DENNING, wid. of Samuel Wentworth, and mother of Lieut. Gov. John Wentworth of Mass. She d. Jan 20, 1724-25, and her funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Jabez Fitch, a copy of which is in possession of Mark Hunking Wentworth of Portsmouth, N. H. --Wentworth Mormorial. i. all by 1st m.
  • I. Mary Martin, b. June 7, 1655.
  • II. Sarah Martin b. July 2, 1657; m. John Cutt.
  • III. Richard Martin, b. 1659; Harv. Col. 1680; schoolmater and preacher, but never ordained; preached at Wells, Me., and d. 1680.
  • IV. Elizabeth Martin, b. 1662.
  • V. Hannah Martin, b. 1664; m. Richard Jose, sheriff, and had 6 chil.
  • VI. Michael Martin, b. 1666.
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MARTIN, Richard (Martyn), Esq., Ports. ±42 in Mar. 1672. First a Boston mariner, but not surely the factor of Robt. Hamon, merch., in July 1650, or the man going to the W.I. in 1651 (one Thos. M. was of this party), he emerges clearly when he m. there 1 Feb. 1653-4 Sarah Tuttle, dau. of John and Joan (Antrobus). In Boston liv. also his br. Michael, mariner, who m. Susannah Holyoke 12 Sept. 1656 and d. 26 Mar. 1682, ag. 60 (gr. st. with coat-of-arms, Copps Hill), his wid. and ch. Edw. and Susannah being named in Richard's will. Richard was in Portsm. 1658, bot in Great House field 1659, propr. 1660. His pub. service begins as gr.j. 1656; selectman 1669-70, 1673-75; con.t.e.s.c. 1671; Deputy 1672-73, 1679, 1692 (Speaker); Magistrate from 1676; Treas. of Prov. under Pres. Cutts; Councillor 1680 till remov. by Cranfield 1683; on Dudley's Committee of Trade and Navigation 1686; Judge Ct. of Com. Pleas 1692-3; Chief Justice Supreme Ct. of Judic. Oct. 1693 till death 2 Apr. 1694; also town clerk his last yr. His w. Sarah, alive 18 Apr. 1670, had three successors: Martha (Symonds) Dennison of Ipsw., buried 15 Feb. 1683-4; Elizabeth (Sherburne) (Langdon) Lear; and, aft. Apr 1691, Mary (Benning, sis. of Harry, q.v.) Wentworth. His will 27 Jan. 1692-3, names w. Mary, 5 ch., and others, incl. Tobias Lear and step-dau. Dorothy Wentworth. Her will, 3 Feb. 1717-8 - 11 Jan. 1730-1, gives to Wentworths. Ch. by 1st w: Mary, b. 7 June 165, not in will. Sarah, b. 3 July 1657, m. John Cutts. Richard, b. 10 Jan. 1659-60. Elizabeth, b. 31 July 1662, m. 1st Edw. Kennard, m. 2d Lt. Wm. Furber, m. 3d Benj. Nason. Hannah, b. 2 Jan. 1664-5, m. 1st Richard Jose, m. 2d Edw. Ayers. Michael, b. 3 Feb, 1666-7, only surv. son in 1700. John, b. 9 June 1668, and Elias, b. 18 Apr. 1670, neither in will. By 2d w: Nathaniel, a minor in Jan. 1692-3, wit. 17 Mar. fol. [ref 22]

o the Honorable the Governor and Council [of Portsmouth, referencing the 1690 Indian attack at Salmon Falls] Much Honored Yesterday we gave account of ye dreadfull destruction of Salmon falls the perticulers whereof please take as fol­loweth;

The enemy made their onset between break of the day & sunrise — when most were a bed & no watch kept neither in fort nor house they presently took possession of ye fort to prevent any of ours doing it & so carried all before them by a surprize, none of our men being able to get together into a body to oppose them, so that in the place were kild & taken between fourscore & 100 persons, of which between twenty & Thirty able men, the fort & vpards of twenty houses l)urnt, most of the Cattle burnt in the houses or otherwise kil’d which were very considerable from thence the Enemy proceeded to Quamphegon where lived onely Thomas Homes who upon the Alarm retired from his house to a small Garrison built near his saw mill wheither also some of Salmon falls yt made their Escape fled, about 30 of the Enemies surrounded Holmes house, but met with noe opposition there till fourteen men of ours came up from r lower parts of ye Town, & undiscryed by ye Enemy, made a shot upon that party of Indians at Holmes house, Sundry of them standing before the door, at which shot they say three of the Enemy fell, ye rest run into the house & broke through y° backside threof, & being more numerous than ours forced our men to retire, nine of them got safe home & flue Escaped to Holmes Garrison, only one of ours wounded in the En­counter, then the Enemy burnt Holmes house & proceeded about a a mile lower down & burnt the minist’s house with two more & Assaulted Spencers Garrison but were repel’d & so retir’d. James Plasted who was taken at Salmon falls was sent by Hope Hood Commander in chief of the Indians) With A flag of Truce to Tho: Holmes for ye surrendr of his Garrison promising liberty to depart upon his soe doing, but Plaisted returned not nor was ye Garrison surrendered.

The said Plaisted who was in ye Enemies hands many houres Informed yt be saw of ye Enemy one hundred & fifty men well accoutred & Guesses them to be about one half french; upon their taking possesion of ye fort he saith that ten of them french & Indians made A dance which Hope hood told him were all officers, he also told him yt his Brother Gooden who liv’d in Loves house was going to be try’d for his life by A Councill of WTarr, for yt in their takeing Loves house the said Gooden had kil’d one french man & mortally wounded another & further that there was Eight french ships design’d for Pascataqve River to destroy ye same.

The Alarm being given to all adjacent Towns in ordr to their releife we sent about thirty men from this Town, as many went from Dover, & a party from Yorke together with Wt could be got from their own town, but before they could unite their force it was neare night & then they marcht with about 100 men under Command of Capt Jo: Hamond Commander of ye uper part of Kittery, the scouts yt went before just as they came within sight of salmon falls discovered one of ye Enemy who was binding up his pack & staying behinde his Company fell into our hands which proved to be a french­man whose examination in short we herewth send you & to morrow morning intend to send the persons towards you by land, none by Water being just ready to goe: our forces proceeded in pursuit of ye Enemy & about 2 mile above ye fort of Salmon falls at the farther house up in the woods there discovered them about y° setting of ye sunn, our meu presently fell upon them & they as resolutely oppos’d them, in short the fight lasted as long as they could see friends from Enemies, in which we lost two men, one of York another of Cochecho kil’d upon ye place & 6 or 7 wounded some is feared mortally: what damage we did the Enemy we can’t at present say. This is all ye accot we can at present Give : to morrow intend you shall hear againe from us : we Intrern Subscribe ourselves Honored Sirs yor humble servants W Vaughan Richard Martyn

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Richard Martyn's Timeline

June 7, 1655
Age 25
NH, United States
July 3, 1657
Age 27
NH, United States
January 10, 1659
Age 29
Portsmouth, NH, United States
July 31, 1662
Age 32
Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
January 2, 1664
Age 34
Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire
February 3, 1666
Age 36
Portsmouth, NH, United States
June 9, 1668
Age 38
Portsmouth, NH, United States
April 18, 1670
Age 40
Portsmouth, NH, United States