David Martin

David Martin (abt. 1691 - 1784)

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David Martin
Born about in Bern,Schallenberg,Rueschegg,Switzerlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1720 (to about 1727) in Germanymap [uncertain]
Husband of — married 1732 in Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.map
Husband of — married 1742 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvaniamap
Husband of — married 20 Mar 1764 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Earl Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvaniamap
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David was the son of Christian and Elsbeth Martin.
David's first wife has been said to have been Anna Weber who died at sea in 1727. No records exist to prove this oral tradition and it may only be legend.
By 1730 David was married to Barbara Herr Miller, daughter of Abraham and Anna (Bare) Herr, and widow of Henry Miller. Henry and Barbara lived on the land David patented from the Penns in 1738.
In addition to the land, Barbara brought into the marriage a daughter, Susannah, and two sons, Henry and Abraham. David and Barbara had nine children before she died on August 8, 1742. She may have been buried in this cemetery but there is no record of her being there.
David then married Anna Groff and had three children with her. After her death he married Elizabeth Herr Martin. They had no children together.


Barbara Herr Martin (1702 - 1742)*
Anna Groff Martin (1725 - 1759)*
Elizabeth Herr Martin (____ - 1774)*


Christian H Martin (1731 - 1804)*
David Martin (1733 - 1819)*
Martin Herr Martin (1736 - 1811)*
Henrich Martin (1741 - 1825)*
George Martin (1742 - 1829)*
Michael Martin (1747 - 1831)*
Abraham Martin (1748 - 1815)*


Name: David /Martin/
Given Name: David
Surname: Martin[1][2]


David was born Abt 1698 in Switzerland[3][4]


Information Source: R. Rhodes. NOTE: David married 4 times.[5]

Husband: David Martin
Wife: Barbara Herr
Date: Aft 1727
Place: Springville, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA[6]

Husband: David Martin
Date: Abt 1745[7]
Husband: David Martin
Date: Bef 20 Mar 1764[8]


Residence: .75 mi N of / Blue Ball, E. Earl Twp., PA[9]


Religion: Mennonite[9]


He died on 10 Nov 1784 in Earl Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania[10][1][2][11][4]


He is buried in the Weberthal Cemetery in Weaverland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA in Row 1 Grave 10[2][4]


Will: Recorded
Date: 11 Apr 1771
Will: Proven
Date: 4 Dec 1784[12]


Note NI1148Arrived in Philadelphia, PA on 9/30/1727 with John Hodgeson, commander of the ship "Molley" which sailed from Rotterdam, Holland with 70 families - about 300 persons in all, including a certain Jacob Martin. All came from the Palatinate in Germany, and earlier from Switzerland.
They resided 3/4 mile N. of Blue Ball along Blue Ball Run in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., PA.
Here he had a plantation of 370 acres, plus 6% given free for roads, equals 392.2 acres for 57 pounds, 7 shillings purchased from the Penn family, Proprietors of the Penna. Colony.
The Blue Ball Run flows through this plantation from Norht to South seperating it into 2 equal parts, an Eastern and a Western division.
On the Eastern border of their land was erected the 1st substantial Mennonite Meeting House at Weaverland 1766, upon which stands the present Weaverland Church building. They are buried in the Lower Weaverland Cemetery 1/2 mile away from the said church building.
Immigrant with Jacob Martin on ship Molly, Sept. 30, 1727.
Obtained a warrant for 370 acres on a branch of the Conestoga, Feb. 10, 1738. (No. 158)
A survey was made on Feb. 21, 1738.
A survey was made Oct. 24, 1726, for Henry Miller for 200 acres on a branch of the Conestoga Creek; the same day that the Weber brothers surveyed neighboring land. This land was part of the 370 acres surveyed for David Martin on Feb. 21, 1738.
Oral tradition was that the Weber brothers reserved this tract of land for their "brother-in-law" David Martin. However, Darvin Martin argues and I think rightly that David Martin probably inherited this land by marriage when he married Henry Miller's Widow.
Darvin Martin argues that he was probably born between Christian and Hans Heinrich and that because of the ages of his children it was probably close to 1700.

David Martin (d. 1784), who arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Molly, September 30, 1727. He settled in the Weaverland Valley on 370 acres of land next to the Weber brothers, and had a large family

Martin family name

Martin is a family name of Swiss descent that is widely represented in the Mennonite Church (MC). The progenitor of many of these Martins was David Martin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 and settled in what is now the Weaverland area of Lancaster County. Many of his descendants still live in that area, while others have moved farther west in Pennsylvania and to other states, as well as to Ontario. More than twenty Martins served in the ministry of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference in the two centuries after the family arrived in Pennsylvania. Some well-known Martins in the Lancaster area include Henry Martin (d. 1825), a bishop in Weaverland starting in 1809, Jonas Martin a Weaverland Mennonite, chosen bishop in 1881, who led a schism from the conference in 1893 to form the so-called Martinites (Old Order Mennonites), Abraham L. Martin of the Pequea district of the Lancaster Conference was ordained bishop in 1921 and was active for many years, Elmer G. Martin (b. 1894), was a bishop at Mellinger's beginning in 1946, and C. Z. Martin (b. 1893), a minister in Columbia beginning in 1923. In 1954 there were 16 ministers bearing the name Martin in the Lancaster Conference and only 14 from other areas of the Mennonite Church (MC); these fourteen were found in Ohio, Ontario, Virginia and Maryland. A. D. Martin (1878-1913) was a Mennonite preacher in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, and for a number of years was in charge of the Mennonite Book and Tract Society work, as well as serving as secretary-treasurer of the Mennonite Publishing House.

The Old Order (Wisler) Mennonite schism in Waterloo County, Ontario (1889), was led by Bishop Abraham Martin (1834-1902), who was ordained bishop in 1867 and served at the Martin meetinghouse. Many of the ministers in the Waterloo Old Order group have been Martins. In 1954 two of the three bishops of the group were Martins, as were four of the remaining nine preachers.

A leading historian of the Martin family was Isaac W. Martin (1861-1954).

Ongoing Research

David Martin (1691 Switzerland - 10 Nov 1784; Weaverland Old Cemetery, Lancaster Co., PA)

Immigrated to Philadelphia 30 Sep 1727 Married:

  • Anna Weber ( d. 1727 at sea)
  • Barbara Herr (1702-1742)
  • Anna Groff (ca 1724-1759)
  • Elizabeth (Herr) Miller (d. 1774; Weaverland Old Cemetery, Lancaster, PA)

Source: Mary Anne Rick, Martin Family Switzerland, http://www.the-watchers.com/coffman1/martin.htm

2. Chriatian Marti2 Martin (Christian1) was born 1662 in Bern, Switzerland, and died July 12, 1748 in Weaverland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married Ells (Elisabeth) 1689. She was born 1672, and died 1732 in Weaverland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Notes for Chriatian Marti Martin:

Upon leaving the ship Pink Plaisance docked at Philadelphia, Sept. 21,m 1732, he arked the ship registry, and afterwards a clerk wrote his name (as it was pronounced) to correspond to the mark. Since Christian Martin did not sign his own name, it was assumed that he was illiterate.

Christian and Ells Martin remained in Bockshaft, Germany, at least through Nov. 1731. The Nov. 1731 census of Bockshaft includes Christian Martin, his wife and two children. They immigrated t Pa. Sept.. 21, 1732, aboard Pink Plaisance with Fravin, age 16, and Fronik and Martin, both aged under 16. I assume that Fronik and Martin are the two children mentioned in the census and Fravin is considered an adult. Since these children are too young to be of Christian and Ells, I assume that they are actually grandchildren that were raised because a son (and his wife) had died. I placed this hypothetical son as the eldest member of the family.

Christian Martin lived at Weaverland with his son David until his death. He and his wife are most probably buried in the Old Weaverland Cemetary, East Earl Twp., Lancaster County, Pa.

SOURCE: Descendants of Christian Martin, http://jennzunker.homestead.com/Martin.html


  1. 1.0 1.1 Source: Abbreviation: New Mennonite Martin Families Title: A New Look at the Origins of Mennonite Martin Families: Assessing theOral Traditions Author: Martin, Darvin L. Publication: Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, July, 1999 Published by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602. Date: Jul 1999 Note: ABBR Martin, Darvin L.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Source: Abbreviation: J_D_weaver.ged Title: J_D_weaver.ged Repository: #R1 Data: Text: Date of Import: Jul 3, 2001
  3. Source: #S20 Page: 100261 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Find A Grave Memorial# 58979659 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=58979659
  5. Family search.org
  6. Source: #S20 Page: 100261 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3 Note: #NF380Child: Christian Herr Martin
  7. Source: #S20 Page: 100261
    Note: #NF1052
  8. Source: #S20 Page: 100261
    Note: #NF1053
  9. 9.0 9.1 Source: Abbreviation: History of Christian Martin Title: History of Christian Martin Author: I. W. Martin Publication: 1936 Note: Typed booklet owned by Audrey Klingler Repository: #R1
  10. Source: #S20 Page: I00261 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  11. Source: IWM
  12. Note: #NI1148
  13. "Now and Before", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/39LX-G64 : accessed 2013-07-25), entry for David /Martin/.

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On 31 Jan 2014 at 13:38 GMT Nae (Lockhart) X wrote:

OK, Let me see what I can find on this guy. I just checked and he's a great grandfather...LOL Was going to try and get out of it.  :)

On 31 Jan 2014 at 00:12 GMT Alexander Topchy wrote:

Anna Groff is shown as David's wife, but she is also shown as his son David (Jr.)'s wife. Does anyone have more info? Find a Grave entry names wife Elizabeth HERR, died 1774.

On 1 Sep 2013 at 16:18 GMT Nae (Lockhart) X wrote:

I edited the BIO section of the profile. Anyone who contributed to the TEXT/Note section, please come in and reference/source the sections please. If you need help, let me know! Thanks! 6th great granddaughter.  :)

On 31 Aug 2013 at 22:54 GMT Lamar Martin wrote:

David Martin was my 7th great grandfather.

On 31 Aug 2013 at 22:21 GMT Lamar Martin wrote:

I think this David Martin is the same person as Martin-5522.

David is 17 degrees from Carroll Shelby, 27 degrees from Joan Whitaker and 17 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.