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Christopher Martin (abt. 1582 - 1621)

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Christopher Martin
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 26 Feb 1607 in Billerica, Essex, Englandmap
Father of
Died in Plymouth Colony on Mayflowermap
Profile last modified 7 Sep 2019 | Created 13 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 7 Sep 2019
19:40: Anne B edited the Biography, Birth Date, Birth Place and Status Indicators for Christopher Martin (abt.1582-1621). [Thank Anne for this]
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Christopher Martin[1] was born about 1582, based on date of marriage, probably in Billerica (Great Burstead), Essex, England.

He married in Great Burstead, Essex, 26 Feb 1606/7 Mary (____) Prowe[r], widow of _____ Prowe[r] [Martin Bio 3]. She died in Plymouth the first winter.

He refused to kneel at holy communion at Easter, 1612 [Martin Bio 10]. On 3 March 1619/20 Christopher Martin of Billericay was cited for "suffering his son to answer me... that his father gave him his name." [NEHGR 21:77, citing Archdeaconry Court at Chelmsford [England]]

He was a merchant, and travelled to New England in 1620 on the Mayflower.

"As a stranger to the Leiden company, Christopher Martin, stated by Bradford to be 'from Billerica in Essex,' was chosen as the 'treasurer agent' for the Mayflower and Speedwell and proided suppliesin a very overbearing and brash manner. [See Bradford 44]

He died at Plymouth 8 January 1620/21 ("Saturday the 6th of January [1620/1] Master Marten as very sick, and, to our judgment, no hope of life. So Master Carver was sent for to come aboard to speak with him about his accounts; who came the next morning." [Mourt 43-44] "January 8 this day dies Mr. Christopher Martin" [Prince 182].


  1. Nathaniel, bp Great Burstead 26 Feb 1609/10; apparently alive at Great Burstead in 1620.


  1. unless otherwise notice, facts in the biography are from Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins..., Boston, MA: NEHGS (1995), pp 1224-1225
  • Unsourced Parents removed Simon Martin and Phoebe Matson
  • Unsourced Birth: removed. 11 Aug 1575 Billerica, Essex, England
  • Wikipedia's article on Christopher Martin
  • Caleb Johnson's page on Christopher Martin
  • R.J. Carpenter, "Christopher Martin, Great Burstead and the Mayflower," (pamphlet) Chelmsford, Essex (1982)
  • Mayflower Project.
  • Banks, Charles Edward, 1854-1931. The English Ancestry And Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers Who Came to Plymouth On the "Mayflower" In 1620, the "Fortune" In 1621, And the "Anne" And the "Little James" In 1623. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1962. p. 70

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On 1 Jan 2016 at 00:19 GMT Phillip Rich wrote:

Martin-26606 and Martin-1166 appear to represent the same person because: Oops, looks like we have duplicates, please merge.

On 26 Jul 2015 at 17:47 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

Is it coincidence or error that Christopher was married to one Phoebe Matson and the son of another?

On 24 Jul 2015 at 22:06 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

Martin-1166 and Martin-23906 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, similar details

On 9 Sep 2014 at 17:00 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Martin-3303 and Martin-1166 appear to represent the same person because: based on dates, places and name, intended to be the same person.

On 7 May 2014 at 16:01 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

There is an excellent biography of him at

He wasn't the father of my ancestor Alice Martin, wife of Richard Bishop.

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