Thomas Martin was born Jan 6, 1714 at Parish St Peters St Paul, King William, Virginia, USA. Thomas married Anne Moorman and had 12 children - six boys and six girls. He married an unknown Glover. Thirdly, he married Mary Sudderth and they had one son, Abraham. He died 25 Jul 1792 at Locust Grove Plantation, Albemarle, Virginia. He is buried at his homestead, called 'Locust Grove Plantation' in Albemarle County, Virginia.
From Thomas's will (in part): Item, I give and Bequeath unto my Son Thomas Martin £70 Specie to be paid to him by my Exors in Twelve months after my Decease
Item, I give and bequeath unto my gran Daughter Milley Moor one feather Bed & furniture to her & her heirs forever.
Item my further will is that all the Rest of my Estate Real and personal or of whatsoever nature it may be shall be sold by my Exors & Equally divided amongst the following Children Charles Martin, John Martin, Thomas Martin, Pleasant Martin, George Martin, Letty Moor, Milley Oglesby, Nancy M. Blane, Molley Dawson Martin Moor.
The first to be born on "American" soil of this Martin family. Argument For The Service As Burgess Of John Martin, Gent. (1683-1756) written by Page Williams, Genealogist for the VA Society of the Colonial Dames of America: Abram Martin (b. 1642) appears in the Va records as early as 1680. He was the father of John Martin, Gent. who was born in VA in 1683, and died in King William Co. VA in 1756. John Martin was a member of the House of Burgesse for King William Co., 1752-1756, dying during the session of 1756, when Francis West was elected in his place. (Standard's Colonial VA Register, pp. 110-135).
John Martin, Gent. (1683-1756) of King William Co. was a large land owner, having acquired land in several different counties in VA. The Albemarle Co. records show that on Feb. 24, 1749, he acquired a tract of land in the Hardware River, and the county Surveyor of John Martin (Styled "Gent." in the index of the surveyor's book of Albemarle) listed 240 acres lying on both sides of the Hardware River, the 20th of December 1754; John Smith, Jr. having been the surveyor. On Aug. 29, 1751, Francis Jerdone, (who married Sarah Macon of Kent Co.) writes to Capt. Hugh O. Crawford of Mr. Seaton "who bought Harry Gain's plantation, which adjoins Jack Martin's in King William Co." (William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. II, p. 160).
The following is from "Plea Book, or First Order Book, Halifax Co. VA 1752-1756, page 495; "Jan.16, 1753, On motion of James Terry, Gent.; "in behalf of John Martin of the County William, Gent., it is ordered that Richard Parsons, John Hix, and John Berryman, do View and value the improvements in the tract of land belonging to the said John Martin, on the North side of Banister River, and make report thereof here to the Third Tuesday in next month". Virginia Gazette, August 27, 1756: "For sale a tract of land in Halifax Co. containing 1616 acres, plats, household furniture, some European goods, household goods, just imported a four wheel chaise, a pole chaise, some good old Madeira wine, and many other things of value. To be sold at the late dwelling house of Col. John Martin in King William Co. Credit will given till the first of June next, the Purchasers giving Bond, and Security to the Executors. "N.B. All persons that are indebted to the said Estate, or have any demands against, are desired to bring in their Accounts in Order to have them adjusted. For that End, Attendance Friday, and Saturday before the day of sale."
From Anne Porcher: Thomas Martin, in his will dated 1792, and recorded in the Clerk's office, Charlottesville, Albemarle Co. VA, Book 3, p. 144, names wife Mary Martin, to whom he gives a plantation in said county, containing 246 acres, and which at her death was to go to their son Abram Martin. All of his other children (by his first wife) are mentioned in his will, except James and Elizabeth who died young. His daughter, Mildred, is mentioned as Mildred Oglesby. There is recorded in the Land Grant Office at Richmond, VA and in Albemarle Co. VA a deed signed "John Martin Gentleman" giving his son, Thomas, Martin lands on Hardware River, Albemarle Co. VA, which land descended from Thomas to his son George, to his son Samuel Woods, to his son John Abram, to his son Henry Shepard Martin whose family still owns the place (1930s I would guess?) The house was burned during the Civil War but was rebuilt and continued in possession of descendents as above stated. (Albemarle Co. Will Book III, p. 174) Thomas Martin (1714-1792) lived in Albemarle Co. on S. fork of Hardware River in 1764. "His home was called Locust Grove and the property had been deeded from his father to son from Thomas to present time". (Wood's History of Albemarle Co. VA) Thomas Martin was married three times. First in 1740 to Ann Moorman (daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Reynolds) Moorman -- see Reynolds and Moorman data--by whom he had 12 children. Second marriage to Miss Glover. No children. Third marriage to Mary Suddarth of Virginia, by whom he had one son, Abram. Thomas and Ann, his wife were mentioned in first Court Order Book Albemarle Co. VA 1745. Thomas Martin and his wife Ann (Moorman) Martin witness to the will of Capt. Christopher Clark ( dated Aug. 14, 1741, died May 28, 1754 Louisa Co. VA) whose grandson, Micajah Clark, Jr. married daughter Mildred Martin. John Martin's wife was Letitia, according to Mrs. Jane Martin, who copied from Family Bibles, Dr. Samuel Martin's Family History. "John Martin Gentleman" was born in VA in 1683; died in Caroline Co. VA, March 25, 1756. (Colonial Records of Virginia) "First of the family born in Virginia" (Mrs. Jane Martin) Represented King William and Caroline Counties (owning land in both counties) in General Assembly from March 1752 to March 1756. (Virginia Magazine Hist. and Bio. October 1905)
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