Parents
  820 Thomas Martin Eleanor Knott
1675 - 1759 1683 - 1759
Parents
 
Peter Arnold
Elizabeth Green
? - ?
? - ?
HUSBAND
720 Dr. Knott Martin
bp. 12 Jul 1708
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 22 Apr 1796
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
WIFE

Sarah Arnold

b. About 1710
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. ? (Before 1765)
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
About 1730 Marriage Knott Martin to Sarah Arnold
27 Jan 1765 Marriage Knott Martin to Ann Jackson, widow of Benjamin Girdler
CHILDREN OF KNOTT MARTIN AND SARAH ARNOLD:
Ancestor Leaf 620 Captain Thomas Martin b. 24 Jan 1732 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. 16 Dec 1828 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA at 96 years. m. Martha Nicholson 17 Feb 1763 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Eight Children: Thomas, Arnold, Emma, Martha (1), John, Peter, Martha (2), and Martha (3) Martin
Captain Knott Martin, Jr. b. 31 Dec 1734 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. 7 Jul 1822 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA at 87.5 years.

m.

1. Elizabeth Bowen 27 Dec 1756 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; 2. Mrs. Mercy Brooks Martin (John's widow) 20 Jan 1810 in Marblehead. Knott and Elizabeth - Six Children: Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth, Nathan Bowen, Mary and Knott.
  Sarah Martin b. 24 Jan 1736 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. 1791 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA at 56 years.      
  Arnold Martin b. 26 Feb 1738 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. 11 Nov 1824 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA at 75 years. m. Mrs. Sarah Griste Mugford on 13 Jul 1777 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Five Children: John Griste, Arnold, Thomas, Knott, and Osman Cox Martin
  Unknown b.? in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. ? in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA   Died in Infancy  
  Eleanor Martin b. About 1740 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. 4 Dec 1821 in Beverley, Essex, Massachusetts, USA at 81 years. m. John Vickery (Vickary) on 23 Aug 1759 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Eleven Children: John, Knott, William Stephen Arnold, Richard, Eleanor, Thomas, Joanna, Sarah Arnold, Nancy, and Sally Vickery
  John Martin b. About 1742 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. Before 1820 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA m. Mercy Brooks on 29 Dec 1768 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Seven Children: Mercy, John, Sarah, Hannah, Nancy (1), Knott, and Nancy (2) Martin
  Hannah Martin b. About 1743 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. 13 Oct 1835 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA at 93 years. m. William LeCraw (LeCross) on 2 Sept 1766 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Two Children: John and Hannah LeCraw
  Richard Martin b. About 1747 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. 19 Mar 1836 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA at 88 years. m. Hannah Cruff (Crow) 14 March 1771 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Eleven Children: Hannah, Sarah, Mary, Richard, Thomas, Molly, Stephen Vickery, Betsy, Knott, Nancy, and Jane Martin
  Mary Martin b. About 1751 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA d. After 1820 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA m. Intention to John Goodman recorded 22 Apr 1769
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CHILDREN OF KNOTT MARTIN AND ANN GIRDLER:
Betsey Martin b. about 1766 m.
?
Bartholomew Jackson Martin bp. 31 Jul 1768 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 16 Nov 1826 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA at 58. m.
Mary Bassett on 28 May 1789 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Seven Children: Batholomew, Alice Bridges (Bridgeo?), Mary, Elizabeth Maley, John, Patty, and Knott Martin
What We Know

 

Knott Martin was the son of Marblehead's first Thomas Martin, and Eleanor Knott, who was the daughter of Richard Knott and Hannah Devereux Greenfield. Eleanor gave her son her own surname, and the name "Knott" can be found in many families in Marblehead for the next several generations. At least six of Knott's grandsons were given the name Knott.

We know that Knott Martin, the head of this family, married a woman named Sarah Arnold, although we don't know anything about her parents or where she came from. We have confirmation of her name from Marion Turk's "The Quiet Adventurers in North America" in which she lists Knott and Sarah's son-in-law William LeCraw with their daughter Hannah's name and their own.

At Ancestry.com and on the Internet, you'll find that some hobbyist genealogists have named our Sarah Arnold, wife of Knott Martin, as the daughter of Benedict Arnold and his wife Sarah Mumford. Finding this listing is an example of the caution that must be taken in accepting information without good sources. In researching the Benedict Arnolds, I found that they did indeed have a daughter named Sarah. However, she married a military man named Colonel Daniel Updike, had an infant who died in infancy, and who herself died (perhaps giving birth) in 1718. Sarah Arnold Updike is buried in the same cemetery as her parents in Rhode Island.

I requested research of the New England Genealogical Society to determine the ancestry of our Sarah Arnold, but they were unable to find wills for either Knott Martin or his wife Sarah Martin, which might have given us some clues. The Marblehead Vital Records do not show any marriages nor any births whatsoever for anyone named Arnold before the 1800s, so we have to assume that the vital statistics were not recorded or that she came from somewhere other than Marblehead. An LDS Record for Sarah indicates that her parents were Peter Arnold and Elizabeth Green.

The remainder of what we know about this family group, although not much, can be pieced together from the vital records and from a few newspaper articles about them which were published when they were alive or shortly thereafter. We know that Knott married twice. His first wife Sarah died sometime between the birth of her youngest child Mary in 1751 and when he married his second wife Ann Girdler in 1765.

The family was very large. Knott and Sarah had ten children, only one of whom died before reaching adulthood. Knott and Ann had two children. The family enjoyed excellent health and long lives as evidenced by the newspaper article printed about their longevity in 1820. It is from this article that I was able to get the approximate birth years for those children who did not have vital records. It is from this article also that we see that our Knott was

 

designated as "Dr." Knott Martin. His maternal grandfather Richard Knott was a surgeon, and I assume he took a similar vocation although no further records to that effect can be located.

Knott and Sarah Martin had at least 50 grandchildren, and Knott had at least seven more from his marriage with Ann.

It appears that daughter Sarah remained single, but according to the newspaper article, the 9 children surviving in 1820 all had "large families". I was not able to find the marriage records for Mary Martin nor Betsy Martin. There is a record for an intention between Mary and a man named John Goodman, but no children from this union could be found.

Knott's sons would all have been fairly young men during the Revolutionary War, and I was able to find four records of men of their names from Marblehead who served. There were many Martins in Marblehead with similar names, so whether these records are for our family cannot be determined with absolute certainty without more information. I feel reasonably sure of all but John's. It appears that his record says he died in 1777, but this would have been two years before the birth of his youngest child Nancy. So either I'm reading the record incorrectly, or I have the incorrect John Martin.

Nathan Bowen of Marblehead wrote a journal in which valuable information about his family and about Marblehead in general has been found and published. Dr. Knott Martin's son Captain Knott Martin married Elizabeth Bowen, the daughter of Nathan.

Nathan Bowen's Journal for April. 22 1796 says " Old Mr. Knott Martin Died this forenoon aged 88 very sickly." Notice that Mr. Bowen refers to him as "Mr." rather than "Dr."

Nathan Bowen was a craftsman of furniture, and some photos of his house and work have been preserved for antiquity and are included in the information below.

 

Vital Records:

The document below provides information listing Knott Martin's first wife as Sarah Arnold.

Knott Martin

 

The marriage of Knott Martin to his second wife Ann Girdler appears in the Vital Records of Marblehead obtained from the New England Genealogocial Society, where all the birth and marriage record which follow were obtained:

Knott Martin and Ann Girdler

Birth Records and Marriage Records for Some of the Children from Both Marriages:Knott Martin Sarah Arnold ChildrenMarriage records for the children of Knott Martin and Sarah Arnold

Death Records for Various Members of the Family

Other Information about the Knott Martin Family:

Revolutionary Records for the Sons of Knott Martin

The Salem Mercury Article published in 1789 about the collision of a boat with a whale. Captain Knott Martin, son of Dr. Knott Martin, is mentioned as having provided some of the survivors of the collision with supplies.

Captain Knott Martin

The article which appears below concerns Mary Martin, daughter of Captain Knott Martin and granddaughter of Dr. Knott Martin. The article contains additional information about the second marriage of her father to Mercy Brooks Martin, the widow of his brother and various dates.

Mary Martin

An advertisement for a sloop to be sold by Knott Martin. The assumption is that this would be Captain Knott Martin, son of Dr. Knott Martin.

Sale of Sloop of Knott Martin

A photo of the house belonging to Nathan Bowen, Captain Knott Martin's father-in-law, appears below, and below that, a photo and listing of a piece of furniture crafted by Nathan Bowen and sold at Sotheby's for an amazing price.

Nathan Bowen House

Furniture Crafted by Nathan Bowen

 

 

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