|John Martin||Sarah Northey||Richard Knott||Hannah Devereux|
|b.||b. about 1655 in Marblehead||b. 1635 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts||abt. 1645 in Marblehead|
|d. in Marblehead||d. aft. 1717||d. Jun 1684 in Marblehead||d. aft. 1708 in Marblehead|
|Thomas Martin||Eleanor Knott|
|b. abt. 1675 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||b. 4 Jul 1683 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|d. in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. 4 Jul 1759 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||28 Apr 1701||Thomas Martin to Eleanor Knott in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Known Children (All locations were in Marblehead unless otherwise stated)|
|Hannah Martin m. 29 Jan 1719 Job Burnham, Jr. (b. 9 Dec 1698 in Ipswitch, Plymouth, Massachusetts, d. Jun 1776 in Scarborough, Maine); ten children: Thomas, Job, Abigail, Richard, Hannah, Eleanor, John, Sarah, Aaron and Ruth Burnham; d. 21 Apr 1793 in Scarborough, Maine|
|Sarah Martin b. 1705; m. 9 May 1725 Joseph Pedrick (bp. 30 Sep 1703; d. 1 Jan 1770); twelve children: Mary, Joseph, Sarah, John, Thomas, William, Benjamin, Richard, Samuel, Knott, Eleanor and Joseph Pedrick; d. 26 Oct 1788|
|Eleanor Martin m. 30 May 1731 Benjamin Darling (b. 7 Jul 1711, d. 12 Jun 1777; fourteen children: Eleanor, Ruth, Benjamin, Henry, Henry, Thomas, Joanna, James, Henry, John, Joseph, Joseph, John, and Henry Darling; d. ?|
|Knott Martin b. 1708 m. 1) Abt. 1730 Sarah Arnold (d. bef. 1765); nine children: Thomas, Knott, Sarah, Arnold, John, Hannah, Eleanor, Richard, and Mary Martin;2) 27 Jan 1765 Ann Jackson Girdler; two children: Elizabeth and Bartholomew Jackson Martin; d. 22 Apr 1796|
|Thomas Martin, bp. 8 Oct 1721 m. 1) 20 Nov 1746 Mary Gorden (b. Jan 1727, d. 23 Sep 1747); one child: Richard 2) 27 Feb 1750 Sarah Goodwin (bp. 10 Jul 1726, d. 1784 in Bremen, Maine; eleven children: Hannah, Samuel, Mary, Richard, Sarah, Eleanor, Rachel, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Ann, and Lucy Martin; d. 8 Feb 1807 Bremen, Lincoln, Maine|
|Ruth Martin b. 8 Jun 1717; m. 7 Nov 1738 John Barker (b. 13 Apr 1714, d. ?); eleven children: Ruth, Elizabeth, Mary, John, Ruth, Joseph, Thomas, Eleanor, Sarah, George, and Remember Barker; d. 8 Jan 1817|
I have a special fondness for this family as they were one of the first I was able to trace from my grandfather's grandfather, Thomas Martin Harris. Thomas and Eleanor Knott had two children, Sarah and Knott, who are our direct ancestors, and Knott had a son, Thomas, who also gave us two. Because of the multitudes of Martins in the Tree, ALL of Martha Harris Henderson's four grandparents can trace their ancestry back to Thomas and Eleanor Knott Martin.
Our first Thomas was the son of John Martin and Sarah Northey, who was the daughter of John Northey, an early settler of Marblehead, and his wife Dorothy (surname unknown). The will of John Northey, Sr. of Marblehead, dated 8 Sep 1688, mentions his children John Northey, Sarah Martin, and Dorothy Picket. He also mentions Sarah's sons John, Peter, Samuel, Robert, and Thomas Martin, and Dorothy's son John Picket. Witnesses Erasmus James, Nathaniel Norden, and William Waters, probate 30 Jun 1691. Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, Volume 5 (1863) Essex Institute, p. 46.
Eleanor Knott was descended from one of the first settlers in Marblehead, John Devereux, through her mother Hannah Devereux, who married as one of her three husbands Richard Knott, the father of Eleanor. He was a surgeon in King Philip's War and a Marblehead entrepreneur, and died when Eleanor was just short of a year old. She would not have remembered him, but she honored him by giving his surname to her first-born son, and there have been generations of subsequent Knotts through today. After his death, Eleanor grew up with her mother and her third husband Joseph Swett along with her half sibling Joseph Swett, Jr. Two of her half siblings Margaret and Anna Greenfield married not long after she was born, and their children would have been closer to her age. She had three full siblings when Richard Knott died, but they have not been traced and possibly died in the next few years. The names "Thomas" (for this Thomas Martin), "Hannah" (Hannah Devereux), "Sarah" (Sarah Northey and later Sarah Arnold), "Arnold" for Sarah Arnold. and "Eleanor" (Eleanor Knott) were also common names given to the descendants.
Thomas Martin was described as a "shoreman" in the newspaper advertisement regarding the administration of his estate. Several of later generations of Thomas, Knott, and Arnold Martins were designated as "captains". From Perley's Marblehead in 1700, we also know that Thomas and Eleanor were given (or had "conveyed" to them) the home her mother Hannah Devereux Swett and her third husband owned.
Thomas and Eleanor had at least six children, the first four of whom were all baptized on the same day, so we do not have all their exact dates of birth. Sarah Martin Pederick has a death record which gives her age at death, so I was able to determine that she was born in 1705. A newspaper clipping about the longevity of his own children indicates that Knott lived to be 88 years old. He died in 1796, which means he was born about 1708. That same article also called him "Dr." Knott Martin, but what the "Dr." designates is unknown.
Eleanor herself died on July 4, 1759 and was buried at Old Burial Hill, where her tombstone can still be found.
The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line.
The research on this family is basically complete. A later search might discover new information from records not yet found.
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