George Martin was born about 1618 by his own deposition. And, according to Maj. Robert Pike, “George had come over as a servant to Samuel Winsley about the time that Salisbury was first settled” …in 1638, and he bought land in Salisbury about 1643. He also received land in Amesbury in 1640.
By 1644, he married first Hannah (Unknown) in Salisbury, Massachusetts Bay. 
Various sources describe him as a blacksmith, land surveyor, and a frequent buyer and seller of land in Amesbury and Salisbury. He took oath of fidelity in 1646.
Robert Pike Petition Controversy
The controversy originated as a protest in several towns over General Court punishment of Robert Pike for his outspoken criticism of Quaker Persecutions. In 1673, "George Martin of Salisbury, Massachusetts, was one of 15 out of 47 from 5 Towns who signed a petition to the General Court in 1653 to revoke the sentence against Lieutenant Robert Pike." It later became a contest between the authority of the General Court vs. the right of a British subject to petition the Court. The General Court confirmed its authority by reaffirming Pike’s original fine and also assessing fines to those settlers who refused to withdraw their petition signatures. George Martin was one of the few who defiantly refused to recant.
Although George and Susannah were frequently involved with the Essex County Court as early as 1647, more serious troubles began after the birth of their last child:
1669, William Sargent, Jr. accused Susannah of witchcraft. In response, George Martin sued him for slander, adding two counts for saying, (1) Susannah killed her newborn infant, and (2) Martin’s son was a bastard and the other an imp. While a later court dismissed the witchcraft charge, it found Sargent guilty of unproven accusations of " fornication and infanticide.” The court awarded George and Susannah "a white wampam peague or the eighth part of a penny damage.”
Later in 1669, Susannah lost on a charge by Christopher Bartlett that she called him a liar and a thief.
More seriously and still in1669, their son Richard was sentenced to be whipped “for abusing his father,” involving an axe.
In 1671, George, Susannah, and her sister. Mary Jones, engaged in lengthy litigation over the estate of their father, Richard North, and, by 1674, their inheritance was lost when the court found against them.
He died before 23 Nov 1686. Will dates are shown as 19 Jan 1683/4 and probated on 23 Nov 1686.
Witchcraft Execution of His Widow
On 29 Jun 1692, his widow, Susannah North, was found guilty of witchcraft during the Salem Witchcraft Trials and executed 19 Jul 1692. (See her profile for more information.)
George Martin's parents and origins are unknown according to the Great Migration Directory by Robert Charles Anderson, published in 2015.“Martin, George: Unknown; 1639; Salisbury, Amesbury [SJC Case #3231; TAG 56:155-59, 58:193-204, 59:11-22].”
According to a series of articles in The American Genealogist, there is no reason to believe he is related to any other family of the same name in New England. The same series of articles in TAG (56:155-59; 58:193-204; 59:11-22) also conclude that the maiden name of his first wife Hannah was not Green. It is currently unknown.
↑ Great Migration 1634-1635, A-B. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume 1, A-B, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999. https://www.americanancestors.org/DB114/i/7051/377/235168278
↑ Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.) https://www.americanancestors.org/DB522/i/14301/342/0
Delorey, J. I. (1997). A study of George and Susanna Martin. Shrewsbury, Mass. (496 Main St, Shrewsbury) :: J.I. Delorey.
George Martin of Salisbury, Mass., and his descendants : Also of the probably related lines of Samuel Martin of FRANCESTOWN, N.H., his brother Jesse Martin of Francestown, n.h.; of Richard Martyn of PORTSMOUTH, N.H., and Ephraim Martin Of Goffstown, N.H., and Bradford, Vt. (n.d.). Retrieved February 11, 2021, from https://archive.org/stream/georgemartinofsa00wats#mode/2up