620 Thomas Martin Martha Nicholson
1732-1828 1756 - 1805
  610 John Adams Mary Pederick
1730 - 1780 ? - 1804
520 Captain Thomas Martin
b. 13 Nov 1763
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 18 Oct 1827
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Elizabeth Adams
bp. 3 April 1768
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. Before 1813 (when Thomas married his second wife)
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
16 Jan 1785 Marriage Thomas Martin to Elizabeth Adams in Marblehead, Massachusetts
Marriage Thomas Martin to Hannah MNU
Children of Thomas Martin and Elizabeth Adams
  Martha Martin bp. 25 May 1785 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. before 1799 when the second Martha was born.
Died Young  
  Mary Adams Martin b.22 Apr 1787 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 9 Jan 1875 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA of "old age"
Captain Richard Brown b. 1782; d. 8 Aug 1827 of consumption at 44 Six Children: Elizabeth Martin, Richard Jr., Peter, Caleb S. (died as an infant), Mary, and Martha Brown
  Thomas Martin b. bef. 5 July 1789 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d.after 1827

1. Abigail Bridgeo, b. 1790; d. 23 Mar 1807 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA at 16.

2. Sarah Vickery Pedrick, b. bef. 23 May 1791 in Marblehead, d. ?

Child of Thomas and Abigail: Abigail Bridgeo Martin

Children of Thomas and Sarah: Sarah Arnold and Thomas Martin.

  Arnold Martin b.Abt 1791 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. before 1827
Possibly Mary Sparhawk on 6 Apr 1820 No record found of children
  Peter Arnold Martin b. 14 Sep 1794 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d.before 1796 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died between 1 - 2 years of age  
  Peter Arnold Martin b. 20 Nov 1796 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 14 Nov 1854 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA of "canker".

1. Elizabeth Stacy in 1825
2. Jane H. Bridgeo in 1839

Child of Peter and Elizabeth: Unknown Gender died at 2 months

Children of Peter and Jane: Hannah, Phillip Bridgeo, Peter Arnold, Unknown Daughter Martin

Ancestor Leaf Martha Martin b. 3 Feb 1799 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 27 Mar 1866 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Joseph Harris b. 10 May 1794 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 30 Jan 1870 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA
13 Children: Elizabeth, Ellen, Thomas Martin (1st), Joseph Frank, John F., George S., Richard Pedrick Adams, Thomas Martin (2nd), Peter Martin, Calvin Briggs, Robert Girdler, Martha W., Mary Ann Brown, and Harriet G. Harris
What We Know


Captain Thomas Martin owned at least two sailing vessels and had a relatively large estateat his death.

Proof of the lineage can be found in the probate records of Thomas's father, Captain Thomas Martin, who died in 1828 a year after his son Thomas did. He left his son Thomas's 1/4 share of his estate to Thomas's children: Mary Adams Martin Brown, Thomas Martin, Peter Arnold Martin, and our direct descendant Martha Martin Harris (married to Joseph Harris).

Thomas (recorded as "Thomas 3rd" in church records) married Elizabeth Adams. Thomas and Elizabeth had seven children, two (the first Martha and the first Peter Arnold) who died in infancy and/or before adulthood.

There is no recording of a date of death for Elizabeth Adams Martin.

Thomas and Elizabeth's eldest surviving daughter Mary Adams married Captain Richard Brown (thus becoming Mary Adams Brown). In what must have been something of a tribute to her older sister, Martha Martin Harris named one of her younger daughters "Mary Adams Brown Harris". Captain and Mary Adams Brown had six children. He died of "consumption" at 44 in 1827, but his widow lived to die of "old age" at 87.

Thomas and Elizabeth's son Thomas married twice. His first wife, Abigail Bridgeo, and he were married in December 1806. There is a record of the baptism of a daughter Abigail Bridges (sic) Martin on 19 Apr 1807 and a record of the death at the age of 16 years of Thomas' wife Abigail. Thomas married secondly Sarah Vickery Pedrick in 1809, and together they had two children, Sarah Arnold and Thomas Martin in 1811 and 1813.

I haven't been able to definitively find records of a marriage or the death of Thomas and Elizabeth's son Arnold. Since he was not listed in his father's will, I assume he died before his father did in 1827.

Two records of marriage exist for a "Peter A. Martin", and I'm guessing this is the Peter Arnold Martin born to our Thomas and Elizabeth. The first marriage was to Elizabeth Stacey in 1825. They appear to have had a child of unknown gender who died in infancy. In 1839, Peter A. married Jane H. Bridgeo, and together they had at least four children: Hannah in 1843, Philip Bridgeo in 1844, Peter Arnold in 1845, and an unnamed daughter in 1846. Peter Arnold died at the age of 58 of "canker". An 1867 death record for a Jane H. (Hukins) Martin exists for a woman who died of old age (at either 77 or 97 years of age). If this is the same Jane H. Bridgeo who married Peter, that would indicate that she was the widow of a Bridgeo when she married Peter Arnold Martin.



Martha Martin, our direct descendant, married Joseph Harris, who later became a prominent shoe manufacturer, and together they had at least thirteen children. Her son, the second Thomas Martin Harris, carries the name of his maternal grandfather Captain Thomas Harris, the sea captain. Thomas Martin Harris married Mary Oliver Lemaster, the granddaughter of Arnold Martin, who was also the son of Captain Thomas Martin. (Their daughter, Martha M. (probably Martin) Harris, mother of my grandfather Joseph Harris Henderson, therefore was the great great granddaughter of Captain Thomas Martin and Martha Nicholson Martin on both sides of her family -- on her father's side through Thomas Martin, and on her mother's side through Arnold Martin. Captain Thomas and both his sons were "mariners" or coasters in Marblehead.

An examination of the many pages of Thomas's probate documents indicate that he had a wife, Hannah, and four children of his first marriage surviving at the time of his death. His widow Hannah died in 1847 leaving her possessions to her step-children and their children.

The Martins of Marblehead went back to the beginnings of the settlement, and most generations had a large number of children who survived to adulthood. They tended to give their children the same names as the generation above, and often crossed to the names of uncles and aunts, which made matching the children with the correct parents something of a concern. I was relieved to obtain probate copies of the wills of Captain Thomas Martin (wherein the names of his son Thomas's surviving children are mentioned) as well as his son Arnold's, and with these documents, I was able to ascertain that the Martins in these generations were as I had analyzed them to be.



Thomas Martin Probate Documents

Hannah Martin Probate Documents



The records of the marriage of Thomas Martin to his wife Elizabeth Adams:



Marblehead Records of the Births/Baptisms of the Children of Thomas and Elizabeth Adams Martin:



Marriage Records of the Children of Thomas Martin:

The newspaper clippings below each mention Thomas Martin. Without further information, it cannot be known precisely which Thomas Martin (father or son) is being referred to. The article about the town meeting took place in 1808, when both Thomas the father and the son were still alive (as was also Arnold Martin). The sale of the Schooner is dated in 1828, after the death of Thomas Martin, the son, and references Thomas Martin. I'm assuming the inquiries were on behalf of the estate of the son and were to be made to the administrators, or Thomas Martin, the father.


The death records in Marblehead for some of the family members appear below:


Proof of Relationships in the Probate documents of Thomas Martin.


The two probate documents below relate to our direct ancestors, Joseph and Martha Martin Harris.


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