"Valentine Martin was probably the son of Martin Martin and Sarah Hix. He was baptized on June 18, 1710 in St. Peter's Episcopal Parish of New Kent County, Virginia - exact date of birth is unknown.
A land deed dated May 15, 1739, listed Valentine Martin purchasing 200 acres along the Willis River from Merry Webb for Eight Pounds - located at that time in Goochland County, Virginia.
On March 15, 1744, Valentine received patent for 400 more acres lying adjacent and on both sides of the Cat Tail Branch of the same river. The land is now located in Cumberland County since that section of Goochland County became Cumberland County in 1749.
Valentine married Jane Bridgewater and they had at least eleven children. His will was probated on July 28, 1760 and burial took place on the south side of his farm in what was known as Burnt Chimney Cemetery. When the cemetery was visited in 1954 by Valentine Martin Family Historian, John R. Martin, there were no stones."
In the name of God Amen. May the 21st 1758 I, Valentine Martin, being sick and weak but in perfect senses mind and memory doth make this my last will and Testament in manner and form followeth, viz:
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Orson Martin two hundred acres of land and plantation whereon he now dwells to him and his heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my son Orson Martin six head of cattle to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Valentine Martin one hundred acres of land joining Orson's land to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Jobe Martin one hundred acres of land to him and his heirs forever the land joining Valentine's land.
Item. I give and bequeath to my two sons that is Samuel and Isom, the land whereon I now dwell to be equally divided between them. Isom having the Plantation on his part but if Isom should die without an heir my will and desire is that my son John Martin may have his part of the land.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son John Martin one shilling stearlin.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Ester Bond one shilling stearlin.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Cunningham one cow and calf.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Boatright one cow and calf.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mildred one cow and calf and one bed of new feathers and furniture.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Martin one feather bed and furniture and a cow and calf.
Item. I give and bequeath the remainder part of my estate to my beloved wife to do as she shall think proper. My desire is that my estate be not appraised. I nominate and appoint my beloved wife executrix of this my last will and testament.
Witnesses: Sam Taylor, David Thompson, Samuel Bridgewater.
Probated in a Cumberland County court on 28 Jul 1760:
"On the motion of Jane Martain Executrix herein named who made oath according to Law Certificate is granted her for obtaining a Probat thereof in due Form giving security whereupon she together with Samuel Bridgwater and James Cunningham junr her Securetys entered into and acknowledged their Bond with Condition according to Law."
↑ 5.05.15.25.3 Heritage Consulting. Millennium File [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003. Original data: Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Heritage Consulting Name: Valentine Martin Gender: Male Birth Date: 18 Jun 1710 Birth Place: New Kent, Virginia, USA Death Date: 1760 Death Place: Cumberland, Virginia, USA Father: Martin Martin Mother: Sarah Hix Spouse: Jane Bridgewater Children: John Martin
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Valentine Martin baptized on 18 Jun 1710 was not the father of the Orson Martin who married Susannah Gannaway. Unknown father of this Orson.
Some family researchers have listed Martin Martin b abt 1665 but information indicates he didn't have a son named Orson. Perhaps Martin Martin had a brother or nephew who is an ancestor of the Orson/Austin Martin who married Susannah Gannaway.