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Charles Thomas Martin (1735 - 1800)

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Charles Thomas Martin
Born in Virginiamap
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Husband of — married about 1759 in Monongalia, Virginia, United Statesmap
Husband of — married about 1776 in Monongalia, West Virginiamap
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Died in Monongalia, Virginia, USAmap
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Profile last modified 4 Sep 2019 | Created 16 May 2018 | Last significant change: 4 Sep 2019
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Colonel Charles Martin was born around 1735 in Virginia. He died in 1800 in Monongalia County [West] Virginia in 1800.

The settlers (of Morgantown, (West) Virginia in 1768) [included] Charles Martin.[1] "Sometime after 1773, Charles Martin built a fort on Crooked Run (Monongalia County), not far from the side of the present Fort Martin Church. every vestige is now (1883) gone."[2] Fort Martin was right on the Pennsylvania/(West) Virginia border [1].

In 1786, Charles Martin and his sons Jesse and George appeared on David Scott (assessor)'s tax list.[3] In 1789, "Charles Martin, Mononghela" received a land patent from the commissions appointed to "adjust claims to unpatented lands in the counties of Monongalia, Youghiogheny and Ohio" [4]

In 1799, he was accused of slander. The court case was dismissed in May, 1800, when Charles had died.

He was a major land owner. His will has bequests for more than 1,100 acres of land, eight slaves, and other property.

Unsourced Notes

Wiki Message board on Charles Martin: [2]

From the biography posted at[3] accessed 16 May 2018:

Although he was born in old Virginia in the part that is now West Virginia, Colonel Charles Martin served in the Maryland militia during the Revolutionary War. His grave marker has long since disappeared. However, the "Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots" indicates through coordination of several types of records that Colonel Charles Martin is buried in this cemetery. If is unknown if his wife Elizabeth Burroughs (1745-1778) is buried at Fort Martin, or if she is buried at the nearby Burroughs Family Cemetery. This couple had at least 7 children: William, George, Jesse, Spencer, Ann, Elizabeth and Presley Neville Martin. Charles's father was John Martin (1652 - ) was born in Stenmer, Essex in England, and his mother was Sibylla Michelbourn (1685-1790) who was born in Virginia.

Last Will and Testament

CHARLES MARTIN’S WILL In the Name of God Amen I Charles Martin of Monongalia county and State of Virginia considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following

Viz’t first I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Martin one half of my home tract of land where I now live and her part is to be bounded by Stuarts road and the State line and to include all between them during her natural life. I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Martin one negro woman caled Selvey and two of her Children caled Lucy & Win during her natural life. I also give and bequeath to my wife Mary Martin one third of all my personal estate after my debts is paid absolutely excepting my Negros and the increase of my negro Woman Silvey to return to my estate and after the decease of my wife Mary Martin Silvy is to be a free woman and clear of servitude from my heirs forever.

I do also give and bequeath to my oldest son Jesse Martin my river tract of land containing four hundred acres and including the mouth of Crooked run and Bounded by the Monongalia and my home place to him and his heirs forever.

I also give and bequeath to my son George Martin three hundred and Seven acreas of land situated on Buffalon Creek and being the same tract whereon the said George Martin now lives and also one Negro man named Aurthur which the said George has now in possession which bequeathments is to my son George during his natural life only and then to desend to his heirs forever.

I also give and bequeath to my son William Martin one Negro boy called Litt to him and his heirs forever.

I also give and bequeath to my son Spencer Martin one tract of land containing four hundred acres and adjoining the tract whereon the said Spencer Martin now lives and situate on the waters of Traverbough {Teverbough} to him the said Spencer Martin and his heirs forever.

I also give and bequeath to my Daughter Elisabeth Randall one Negro girl called Sall to her and her heirs forever.

I also give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Harison one Negro girl called Pegg now in her possession to her and her heirs forever.

I also give and bequeath unto my son Presley Martin four hundred acres of land whereon I now live Excepting and reserving the aforesaid bequeathments to his mother during her natural life and also one Negro boy caled Abraham and one of the negro girls bequeathed to his mother after her death or the increase of my negro woman Silvey which my son is to have his choice after his mother death to him the said Presley Martin his heirs and assigns forever

and it is my desire that the aforesaid beqeathments all except to my son George Martin and my wife Mary Martin is to be to them and their heirs and assigns forever

and lastly as to all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate goods and chattels of what kind or nature so ever is to be sold by my Executors at public sale and the money arising therefrom after all my just debts is paid and all other expenses is discharged to be equally divided between my son George Martin my son Wm. Martin my son Spencer Martin my son Presley Martin my daughter Elisabeth Randall my daughter Ann Harrison and my grandson Charles Martin the son of Jesse Martin as tenants in common and the money to be paid the legatees within two years after my decease.

I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Mary Martin Executrix and Stephen Capen of Dunker creek and my son Presley Martin Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of November in the year of our Lord on thousand Seven hundred and ninety eight

Slave ownership

The enslaved men and women mentioned in Charles Martin's 1798 will:

Silvey, woman, left to Charles's wife Mary Martin, to be freed after her death
Lucy, one of Silvey's daughters, left to Mary Martin
Win, another of Silvey's daughter, left to Mary Martin
Arthur ("Aurthur"), man, left to George Martin
Litt, boy, left to William Martin
Sall (Sally?), girl, left to Elisabeth Martin Randall
Pegg, girl, left to Ann Martin Harrison
Abraham, boy, left to Presley Martin. He is also to have his choice of Lucy, Win, or one of Silvey's as yet unborn children after the death of Mary Martin.


  1. History of Monongalia County, pg 41
  2. History of Monongalia County, pg 696
  3. History of Monongalia county, pg 85
  4. History of Monongalia County, pg 39
  • "West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971," database with images, FamilySearch [4] : 12 March 2018), Charles Martin, 1798; citing Monongalia, West Virginia, United States, Will book, v. 001 1819-1903, page 304, county courthouses, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 840,755.
  • Monongalia County West Virginia: Records of the District Superior and County Courts Vol. II 1800-1803 Compiled by Melba Pender Zinn Route 3 Box 169 Grafton, WV 26354 1990. BYU Harold B Lee Library, Provo, Utah Book F247.M7 Z56 1990
Notes: 68-1800, District Court, Monongalia County. Charles Martin summoned to answer Harry Stephens in a plea of slander, 11 April 1799. The last notation on the case cover is dated September 1799. May 1800 term of court, "abated by Martin's death."
  • West Virginia estate settlements : an index to wills, inventories, appraisements, land grants, and surveys to 1850 by Ross B. Johnston. Found in the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah US/CAN Book 975.4 P28jr
Notes: West Virginia Estate Settlements, Monongalia County
Martin, Col. Chas., Inventory 4-15-1800.
Martin, Col. Chas., S.B., 5-1800.
Martin, Col. Chas., Set., 5-11-1811.
  • Wiley, Samuel T., History of Monongalia County, West Virginia: from its first settlements to the present time ; with numerous biographical and family sketches, Preston Pub. Co., West Virginia, 1883 [5]

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