First Generation

1. John1 MARTIN was born in England circa 1620. John died July 5, 1687 in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey at 67 years of age.(1) He was interred July 1687 in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

He married Esther ROBERTS circa 1645 in Dover, New Hampshire. Esther was born circa 1625 in Dover, New Hampshire. Esther was the daughter of Thomas ROBERTS and Rebecca HILTON. Esther died December 12, 1687 in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey at 62 years of age.(2) She was interred December 1687 in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey.

A genealogy of the family of Thomas Roberts of New Hampshire describes her as "Hester, wife of John Martin, and living in Jersey in 1673". Her given name appears in the Piscataway Town Records as Esther, Hester, and frequently as Easter. Three granddaughters, apparently named for her, appear in birth and death entries in the town records with their names as Esther or Easter. Since currently available information does not furnish conclusive proof of her given name, it will be assumed that her name is Esther which is the name used in the recording of her death.

The will of Easter (Esther) Martin of Piscataway, dated 9 November 1687 and proved 20 December 1687 names children John, Joseph, Thomas Martin, Mary Hull, Martha Langstaff, Lidia Smalley. and Benjamin Martin; and grandchildren Mary and Hope Hull (children of Hopewell Hull) as heirs to land in Piscataway Township and personal property. Son Benjamin Martin is named executor.

He was a landholder in 1648, a member of a Grand Jury in 1654, and in 1666 a Freeman of Dover, New Hampshire. With Charles Gilman, Hugh Dunn, and Hopewell Hull, he applied for and received, 18 December 1666, the Piscataway Land Grant.

In "Genealogical Notes of the Sutton Family of New Jersey", Edward F. H. Sutton states that he is the father of Patience by his second wife Dorothy. Piscataway Town Records list his death five months before the death of his widow, Esther, who he married in New Hampshire in 1646 making a second marriage impossible. Approximately ten years before he died, his son John married Dorothy Smith and they are likely the parents of Patience who married Daniel Sutton in 1704.

The will of John Martin, yeoman, of Piscataway dated 17 March 1687 and proved 1687 names wife Easter heiress and executrix of real and personal estate with sons John and Benjamin Martin, Hopefull Hull, and John Langstaff as overseers.

John MARTIN and Esther ROBERTS had the following children:

child + 2 i. Mary2 MARTIN was born circa 1646.

child + 3 ii. Martha MARTIN was born circa 1648.

child + 4 iii. John MARTIN was born circa 1650.

child + 5 iv. Joseph MARTIN was born circa 1652.

child + 6 v. Lydia MARTIN was born 1654.

child + 7 vi. Benjamin MARTIN was born circa 1656.

child + 8 vii. Thomas MARTIN was born circa 1659.

child 9 viii. James MARTIN was born in Piscataway, New Jersey 1669.(3) James died March 21, 1676/7 in Piscataway, New Jersey at 7 years of age.(4) He was interred March 1676/7 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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