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Monday, May 03, 2010

Surname: Martin

The Martin surname comes to me via my grandpa, Rosmer Kerr. His third great-grandfather was:
  • William Martin, born in the mid-1700s in Scotland. With his wife, Marybelle Coventry, he had 11 children. William and Marybelle were my fifth great-grandparents.
  • Elizabeth Martin, born 18 October 1773. She married Valentine Efner on 22 March 1796. They had ten children. She died 26 January 1841 and was buried at Old Jefferson Cemetery. Elizabeth and Valentine were my fourth great-grandparents.
The Eugene Bouton Papers are a source of information about The Martin Family (online at Schoharie County NYGenWeb). Although there are some known errors in the Bouton Papers, I'm grateful to have them for the clues they provide about my ancestors. About William Martin, Mr. Bouton wrote:
William Martin came from Scotland about the time of the Revolution. It is a family tradition that he fell in love with a girl whose mother opposed the match, that she sent the daughter out toward evening to sprinkle some articles bleaching on the grass; that the lover came along on horseback, lifted the maiden to the pillion and rode away; that the mother forgave her daughter and provided for her a housekeeping outfit. His wife's name was Marybelle Coventry. They had quite a little gold and silver and located near Kinderhook in Columbia County. But the British seized all their possessions. They came to Blenheim and leased land above the village on what was later known as the Frederick Shaver farm. "New York in the Revolution, p. 235: Albany County Militia (Land Bounty Rights) - Fourteenth Regiment, Enlisted Men: William Martin. He is identified by the New York Records in distinction from another William Martin of Orange County. He was in Rensselaerville with the Effner family before they came to Schoharie County about 1796 (Fernow's Colonial History of the State of New York, p. 540).

1 comment:

Joan said...

As I read, I kept think of "The Highwayman" --- one of my oldie favorite poems. Your story turns out much better, as the lovely Marybelle doesn't get shot for her lover.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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