Sarah Northey
1642 - 1722 1652 - 1689
Hannah Devereux
1635 - 1684
1647 - ?
820 Captain Thomas Martin
b. 8 Jun 1675
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 22 Jan 1756
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Eleanor Knott

b. 4 Mar 1683
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 4 Jul 1759
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
28 Apr 1701 Marriage Thomas Martin to Eleanor Knott in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  Hannah Martin bp.10 Aug 1712 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ? m.
Job Burnham 29 ?, 1719 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Five Children: Thomas, Job, Abigail, Richard, and Hannah Burnham
  Eleanor Martin bp.10 Aug 1712 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA   Benjamin Darling 30 May 1731 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts Eight Children: Eleanor, Ruth, Benjamin, Henry (1), Henry (2), Thomas, James, and Henry (3) Darling.
Ancestor Leaf 720 Dr. Knott Martin b, about 1708; bp.10 Aug 1712 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA


1. Sarah Arnold in about 1730 in ?

2. Ann Girdler 27 Jan 1765 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Knott and Sarah - Ten Children: Thomas, Knott, Sarah, Arnold (1), Eleanor, Hannah, John, Richard, Arnold (2), and Mary Martin

Knott and Ann: Bartholomew Jackson and Knot Martin

Ancestor Leaf 711 Sarah Martin b. About 1705 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 26 Oct 1788 at 83 years of age. m.
Joseph Pederick 9 May 1725 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Eleven Children: Mary, Joseph, Sarah, John, Thomas, William, Benjamin, Richard, Samuel, Knott and Eleanor Martin
  Thomas Martin bp. .28 Sep 1712 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 8 Feb 1807 in Bristol, Maine. m.

1. Mary Gourden 20 Nov 1746 and

2. Sarah Goodwin 27 Feb 1750 both in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Richard and Mary - One Child: Richard Thomas

Richard and Sarah - Eleven Children: Hannah, Samuel, Mary, Richard, Sarah, Eleanor, Rachel, Elizabeth (1), Ann (Nancy), Elizabeth (2) (Betsey), and Lucy Martin

  Ruth Martin bp. 27 Nov 1715 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 18 Jan 1817 at 98 years of age. m. John Barker 7 Nov 1738 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Eleven Children: Ruth (1), Elizabeth, Mary, John, Ruth (2), Joseph, Thomas, Eleanor, Sarah, George, and Remember Martin
What We Know


I have a special fondness for this family as they were one of the first I was able to trace back from my grandfather's grandfather, Thomas Martin Harris. This Thomas Martin is our first direct ancestor bearing the name. We have many, many "Thomas Martins" in the family tree, including two direct ancestors,, but interestingly, they are not all sons of a Thomas. This Thomas's son Knott and his wife Sarah had son Thomas who married Martha Nicholson, and they had two of our direct ancestors:

  • Thomas Martin who married Elizabeth Adams and had Martha Martin and
  • Arnold Martin, who married Mary Oliver and had Mary Oliver Martin.

Martha Martin married Joseph Harris, father of Thomas Martin Harris, and Mary Oliver Martin married George Lemaster, father of Thomas Martin Harris' mother.

Our first Thomas was the son of John Martin and Sarah Northey, who was the daughter of John Northey, one of the first settlers of Marblehead and his wife Dorothy 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 also 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. Richard Knott died when Eleanor was a toddler, but she honored him by giving his surname to her first-born son, and there have been generations of subsequent Knotts through today. The names Thomas (for this Thomas Martin), "Hannah" (Hannah Devereux), "Sarah" (Sarah Northey), 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 oflater 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 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 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 longetivity of his own children indicates that he 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.

Daughter Eleanor married Benjamin Darling.

Youngest son Thomas relocated to Bristol, Maine after the births of all the children of his second wife. His later daughters, Sarah, Eleanor, Rachel, Nancy, and probably Elizabeth all married men in Maine, so he must have been there by at least 1777 when the first, Sarah was married there. His son Richard by his first wife Mary apparently relocated there in his own old age. Their branch of the Martin family exists there and has been documented.

Knott aided his mother in administering the estate of his father. Eleanor herself died on July 4, 1759 and was buried at Old Burial Hill, where her tombstone can still be found. (The photo is below).

From the records attached below it can be seen that there were various spellings of "Martin" as well as many of the first names.


Thomas Martin Probate Documents




Vital Records

The first record is that of the marriage of Thomas Martin to Eleanor Knott.

The next set of records show the baptismal dates for their six known children.

The next set of records shows the marriage records for their children:

Only a few death records could be found for members of the family. They appear in this next set.

Son Knott assisted his mother in administering the estate of his father after his death in approximately 1756. An excerpt from the administration papers documents the kinships of this family.


Below is the tombstone for Eleanor Knott Martin at Old Burial Hill in Marblehead, Massachusetts.



This excerpt from the article about the Descendants of John Devereux gives a bit of information about John's daughter Hannah, who was Eleanor's mother.






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