Capt Joseph Martin, Sr. is my 6th great grandfather
Joseph Martin Sr., was the son of wealthy British merchant William Martin in Bristol, England, who sent his son to Virginia as supercargo aboard his ship the Brice. Martin Sr. wrote to his English father that he planned to marry the daughter of a common Virginia colonist. Even though she was from the Chiles family and was a descendant of Virginia's Col. John Page, to Martin's wealthy father back in England all American colonists were inferior to the English. William Martin of Bristol was himself Lord Mayor of Bristol and owner of a ship building company, a glass manufacturing plant, importer and exporter with the new world; including tobacco. The father wrote back disinheriting young Joseph Martin Sr., who never returned to England.
Joseph Martin Sr. was "a perfect Englishman", recalled his grandson later, "large and athletic; bold, daring, self-willed andsupercilious. And in him was depicted, as my father has told me, the most complete form of the aristocracy of the British government." Capt. Martin arrived in Albemarle County in 1745, one of the original patentees. Joseph Martin Sr. left some 300 acres of his landholdings to son Joseph Jr. at his death in 1762. Nearby neighbors Dr. Thomas Walker, Peter Jefferson,James Madison, and the Lewis and Clark clans and kin including Lewis, Carr, Waller, Dabney, Hammock, Hughes, etc.
Capt Joseph Martin, Sr., of Albemarle, was born between 1700-1712 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England and died between 3 Dec 1760-14 Jan 1762 in Albemarle County, Virginia. (ALT birth date of 1678)
- parents: William Martin & Ann Cade
- 1733 in Virginia to Susannah Chiles. ( b est 1715- d: Bef 28 Jun 1754). She was the daughter of John Chiles Gent. and Eleanor. 11 children.
- Ann Pulliam, widow Sandidge. No children.
1678: Christening, Bristol, Somerset, England, son of William Martin. An older brother became mayor of Bristol.
1724: Emigration, Bristol to Virginia aboard the ship "Brice."
1729: Location, Albermarle County, Virginia
1736?: Marriage, Charlottesville, Albemarle, Virginia, to Susannah Chiles. (Contradictory records.)
1742: Birth of son Joseph Martin Jr.
1754: Marriage, Virginia, to Ann Pulliam Sandage
1762: Death, Louisa, Virginia.
1762: Will proven, Louisa, Virginia.
MARTIN FAMILY HISTORY :
History on the Martin's dates back to 316 AD where they preached Christianity to France. They departed and left for England in the first sea-worthy vessel that hauled horses as cargo for battle. There they participated in the battle of Hastings in 1066, and travelled with William the Conqueror. Early ancestors were from northern France and Martin de Tours was from Pembroke County, England and had a sister who married Calfulnius Presbyter Britannus. Their son was the famous St. Patrick of Ireland. In 1208 AD the son of William Martin, Sir William Martin, (great-grandson of Martin de Tours) married the Princess of South Wales. William Martin was born at Pembroke Castle in Wales. In the middle 1600’s William Martin lived at the Manor of Pindergast in England and entered the mercantile business in Bristol, the second largest city in Great Britain at the time. William Martin had his own fleet of ships in the seaport of Bristol England.
Joseph Martin was born in Bristol, England and was
the youngest son of William Martin. Joseph was trained by his father in the merchant shipping business and was part of a very prosperous business.
About 1724, when Joseph became of age for romance, he fell in love with a young lady the family did not favor. To avoid any problems, his father outfitted a sailing ship named "Brice" and put aboard his son Joseph as "Supercargo". (n.b. The name "Brice" later became a family name.)
... “The Brice” [was bound for] Virginia [with Joseph] in charge of a load of goods for a trading expedition. “The Brice” made several trips to Barbados, but was eventually stolen. Joseph collected compensation money for the ship and purchased estates in Charlottesville, VA.
When Joseph settled down in Colonial Virginia he fell in love with a local Plantation owners daughter by the name of Susanna Chiles and they were married soon after. When word of his marriage arrived in England, his father was so enraged that he would marry below his stature that disinherited his son and cut him from his will.
Capt. Martin arrived in Albemarle County in 1745, one of the original patentees. He settled on a 2,200-acre land grant nearby neighbors Dr. Thomas Walker, Peter Jefferson, James Madison, and the Lewis and Clark clans—all connections that would be useful to his rambunctious son.
According to family records, Joseph and Susanna settled in Albemarle County, Virginia and had a total of nine children before Susanna passed away around 1750.
Joseph re-married on June 28, l754 to Ann Sandage. Ann was the widow since 1747 of William Sandage of Spottsylvania County. At the time Joseph was a
resident of Louisa County. Louisa County records reflect Joseph married to Ann from 1754 onward.
Family history reflects that after both Joseph and his father William had passed away the family members in England offered to share in the family estate. Joseph, the third son of Joseph booked passage on a sailing ship
to England to conclude the inheritance offering however missed the ship sail date and thus never made it to England. After this misfortune no further attempt was made to share in the Family fortune.
Joseph Martin Sr. was "a perfect Englishman", recalled his grandson later, "large and athletic; bold, daring, self-willed and supercilious. And in him was depicted, as my father has told me, the most complete form of the aristocracy of the British government."
Joseph and Susannah Martin's son, Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin married Elizabeth "Betsy" Ward, daughter of Nancy Ward who was known as "Beloved Woman of the Cherokee".
1. Joseph MARTIN (son of William MARTIN) died Jan 1762 in Albemarle Co VA. He married Susannah CHILES ABT 1733 in VA. She was born 28 Apr 1701 in Albemarle Co VA, and died 24 Jun 1756 in Albemarle Co VA.
Children of Joseph MARTIN and Susannah CHILES are:
i. Joseph MARTIN was born 18 Sep 1740 in Charlottesville, Albemarle Co VA, and died 18 Dec 1808 in Henry Co VA.
ii. Brice MARTIN was born ABT 1737 in Charlottesville, Albemarle Co VA, and died 1816 in TN.
iii. William MARTIN was born ABT 1742, and died 1808 in Stokes Co NC.
iv. John "Jack" MARTIN. He married Nancy SHIPP Jun 1784.
v. Martha MARTIN died 20 Jun 1813 in VA. She married Pomfret WALLER Sr.. He was born 20 Jan 1747.
The following Information was taken from the Albemarle County Will Book 2 Page 112. December 3, 1760 January 14, 1762
Will of Joseph Martin of Albemarle County, Virginia
To my present wife, Ann Martin, Negro man Ben, Negro woman Lou and girl Temp, during her natural life and no longer, the said girl Temp to be at her disposal forever. I give all of the tract of land I live on to my
wife Ann Martin during her natural life and no longer, and at my wife's decease, I give and bequeath unto my son Brice Martin part of the said tract of land to be divided and beginning at the mouth of Stony Creek, and to the back lines and down to the river. Brice to have Manor Plantation, and the rest to son William Martin. Son Joseph Martin 300 Acres. Son John 300 Acres. I give my son, Joseph all my rights and title to my land along Goose Creek on the branch of the Pertomich River (Potomic) I have in partnership with Col. Francis Warner living in Essex County. To my daughter Susannah Martin, 200 Acres on Rocky Creek, and if she die without heir to Susannah Chiles Hammack, daughter of John Hammack and Mary Hammack his wife. To my daughter Susannah Martin, Negro girl and choice of featherbeds and furniture. Also her choice of 200 Acres of land in the tract mentioned before. To my daughter Mary Hammack,
Negro girl Parthenia, and second choice of featherbeds and furniture. To my Daughter Ann Martin, Negro girl Vellah, to her and her heirs forever. To my Daughter Olive Martin, Negro fellow Ben and Negro Will. All the rest
of my estate to be divided between, Sarah Burrus, Mary Hammack, Susannah Martin, Ann Martin and Olive Martin. Son George Martin 8 pounds current money.
Notes for Susannah Chiles:
from "HISTORY OF SMITH CO. TN" "Susanna was described by a grandson,William Martin, as "one of the best of womankind -- her parents of English
http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/6865421/person/-682996443/story/f45487ae-92ef-4959-995b-447914efbbc8?src=search -------------------- Birth: ABT 1700 in Bristol, Middlesex County, England
Death: in Fredericksville Parish, Albermarle County, Virginia
In the first quarter of the 18th century, William Martin, a wealthy merchant of Bristol, bought the ship, "Brice", gave it to his son Joseph and sent him to Virginia to keep him from marrying a girl that the father objected to. Joseph married Susannah Childs and settled on a large estate near Charlottsville in Albemarle Co. VA.
Source: Starr's History of the Cherokee Indians
-------------------- Birth 1700
Bristol, Somerset, England
— Age: 62
Albemarle County, Virginia, USA