I have some information on this line. There are at least two Martins named John and one named Thomas in early Chester County records.
[I.]“Nathaniel Park, his wife Elenor, and John Martin, his son-in-law, came as servants to Nathaniel Evans in 1681.They all asked head land.John Martin received fifty acres on Brandywine.[No further information available.]
[II.]“On October 16, 1685, the vessel Unicorne, Captain Thos. Cooper, arrived in Pennsylvania.The passenger list showed Thomas Martin of Bedwin Magna, Wiltshire, England, with his wife Margery and children Mary, Sarah, Hannah and Rachel.Margery Martin, wife of Thomas, was the sister of Moses, Benjamin and John Mendenhall, Quakers, of Mildenhall, Wiltshire, England, who also arrived on the Unicorne.Thomas Martin settled on seventy-three acres of land which he had previously purchased on March 1, 1685, along Chester Creek, just above Chester Township.Here his son Moses and others were born.”
Futhey and Cope’s History of Chester County has an extended biography of this Thomas Martin (at pp 652-653):
MARTIN, THOMAS, with Margery (Mendenhall), his wife, came from Bedwin Magna, in Wiltshire, in 1685, bringing children,-Mary, Sarah, Hannah, and Rachel.They settled in Middletown, where their son Moses, and probably other children, were born.We find George and Elinor Martin, for whom we can assign no other parentage.These children married as follows:Mary to James Whitaker, 1690; Sarah to William Shewin; Rachel to Thomas Woodward, 1704; Moses, b. 1,9, 1685-6, m. Margaret Battin, in 1714; George, m. Lydia Buffington; Elinor, m. John Scarlet, 1715.
George Martin settled in West Bradford, a little north of Marshallton, where he died 6, 22, 1780.His children were Joseph, John, James, George, Rachel (m. to John Hennings), Lydia (m. to James Dilworth), Mary (m. ______ Wood), and Elizabeth (m. to Joseph Passmore and James Chalfant).
Joseph married Hannah Harlan, and had children,- Joseph, Caleb, Rebecca (m. to Joseph Woodward), Hannah (m. to Benjamin Miller), Lydia (m. to John Woodward), Mary (m. to Daniel Leonard).Joseph died about 1802.
George Martin, Jr., married Martha, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Widdows, who died 9, 13, 1808, aged seventy-nine years, six months, and twenty-eight days.George died 4, 11, 1771, aged forty-five years.He lived with his uncle Joseph Buffington, in the Forks of Brandywine, or at least his widow remained on the farm for several years after his death.His children were Sarah b. 1, 11, 1755; Ruth, b. 1, 28, 1757; Lydia, b. 4, 3, 1759; Thomas, b. 4, 12, 1761, d. 8, 24, 1808; George, b. 5, 12, 1763; Abraham, b. 9, 26, 1765, d. 4, 2, 1826.
Of these, Thomas married Margaret, daughter of Samuel Pennock, and was the father of Samuel, late of Kennett Square, George, Thomas, Simon, and Abraham.
George (3) married Amy Buffington, and lived in Newlin township.Children,- Martha, Phebe, Curtis, George, Thomas, Abraham, Isaac, and Amy.
Abraham married Lydia, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca (Martin) Woodward, and lived at Marshallton.Their children were George, Joseph, Abner, and Martha.Of these, George was born 1, 9, 1798, but is still an active business man and much interested in local history, with which his memory is well stored.He has long been a store-keeper in the village of Marshallton.
Moses Martin and Margaret (Battin), his wife, had children,- Adam, George, Hannah, Mary, John, Moses, Margaret, Rachel, and Susanna.They removed to Uwchlan prior to 1737, where Moses died before 1740.
John Martin, the son, born 1, 3, 1718, married Hannah Dilworth, and died in Birmingham, 11, 26, 1761, leaving children,-Moses, John, George, Joseph and Hannah.The widow married John Woodward, of Thornbury, 3, 16, 1763, and was the mother of Thomas Woodward.George Martin, born 6, 9, 1754, died 7, 19, 1825, married, 11, 28, 1776, Elizabeth Reynolds, daughter of Henry and Sarah and settled in Chichester.Their children were Sarah, b. 9, 7, 1777, d. 4, 18, 1819, m. John Broomall, and was the mother of Hon. John M. Broomall; Anna, b. 12, 28, 1778, m. John Powell; Ruth, b. 10, 17, 1780, d. 1, 17, 1878, m. John Sharpless; Beulah, b. 9, 27, 1782, d. 1, 7, 1818, m. Enos Sharpless and was the mother of the late John M. Sharpless ofChester; Lydia, b. 8, 20, 1784; George b. 2, 28, 1787, d. 7, 26, 1847, father of Dr. George Martin, now of West Chester; Henry, b. 2, 20, 1789, d. 12, 9, 1791; John, b. 8, 6, 1791, d. 9, 9, 1809; Elizabeth, b. 8, 6, 1791."
III.In Smith’s History of Delaware County (at p. 483), a biographical sketch of a John Martin (the only one listed) reads “MARTIN, JOHN, was one of the early settlers of Middletown.He brought an approved certificate of membership with Friends from England, and in 1696 was married [second?], in accordance with the usages of that Society, to Gwen Morgan, of Concord Meeting.He died in 1719.He came from Edgcott, in the County of Berks, and was a purchaser of five hundred acres of land before leaving England.”
This John Martin seems to be the same person who died 2/25/1719 and left a will dated 8th mo. 20th 1705, and recorded in Chester County Will Book#1, page 80.He named his only son Thomas (Born, 16 July 1681) as his executor.Probably he had been married to another before he married Gwen Morgan.One handwritten note indicates he first married Elizabeth Sellat on 31st of 6th mo 1679 in England.His will was probated 25th February 1719/1720.An Inventory of the estate, including carpenter tools, was filed 1 mo [March] 25, 1720, and an account was filed 12th mo [February] 18, 1720 [the following year, 1721 N.S.]He seems to have been unrelated to the family this genealogy covers.
William C. Martin states he settled in “Middletown County, Pennsylvania”, no doubt intending Middletown Township, now Delaware County, PA.Holmes’ map, made by William Penn’s order in 1681, showing the original purchasers of land in Pennsylvania, bore the name of John Martin as the owner of five hundred acres.The exact date of John Martin’s arrival in Pennsylvania is not known but may be closely approximated by his appearance in the first court held at Upland after the Proprietor’s arrival.At this court was heard the case of John Martin versus Captain Richard Dymon of the ship Amity regarding the loss of Martin’s goods.The Amity was one of three ships sailing for Pennsylvania in 1681.It sailed from London, carrying passengers, but was blown off its course and arrived in Pennsylvania in the spring of 1682.•••The damages assessed against Captain Richard Dyman were twelve pounds and costs which was a considerable sum at that time and might well represent the value of household goods.”
A tract of 350 acres near Chester Creek was surveyed to him December 10, 1682, just above 73 acres later purchased by Thomas Martin of Bedwin Magna.John Martin was listed as one of a committee of twelve Friends to which title was conveyed when on January 6, 1687, Joran Keen, original settler of Upland, sold ground for a meeting house to the Society of Friends.This John Martin appeared on the list of taxables for Middletown Township, Chester County, PA, in 1693 and 1696 and as owner of 350 acres on the list of landholders in Middletown township in 1689.
His son was:
[B] Thomas Martin, Born 16 July 1681; married Mary, daughter of Gyles and Mary Knight.Died 3 August 1763, Mary having died 25 November 1750.
They left a son Richard and others, probably including Abraem Martin mentioned below.
[C1] Richard Martin was a miller living in Philadelphia County, PA, who died 12 June 1722.He left his wife Mary and a son [D1] John (Died 24 october 1745) and daughter-in-law Susannah.Mary died 20 October 1749 and her will mentions daughter-in-law Susannah and grandchildren Thomas, Richard and John.
[E1] Thomas Martin, son of John and Susannah, died 21 February 1825, a member of the Philadelphia monthly meeting of Friends.He was “about 80” at the time.He married Susannah who was born in 1749 and died April 8, 1812.They had children James, Benjamin, Phebe, John, Thomas, and Marmaduke.He requested a certificate from the Haverford meeting to the Bradford meeting for himself, wife Susannah, and three minor children Phebe, Benjamin and James and an apprentice 12 April 1785.17 February 1792 he requested a certificate from Bradford to the Southern district for himself, wife, and four minor children, Phebe, Benjamin, James and Marmaduke.The 1790 federal census lists Thomas Martin in Bradford Township, Chester County, PA.
[F1]Marmaduke Martin was born in Bradford Township, Chester County, PA 23 September 1791.He married RachelChester 24 July 1813, and died in Philadelphia 18 May, 1826.They had children Samuel Martin (1814-1883), Daniel Martin (1816-1863 who married Eliza Jane Arnell, William Martin (1818-1863) who married Edith Wood, Benjamin Martin (1819-), Anna Martin (1821-) who married Joseph Burkeitt or Berkett, and Hannah Martin (1826-1851) who married Francis Ireland.
[G1]William Martin was born in Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA, 7 March 1818, and died near Mullica Hill, new Jersey, 1 December 1863.He and his wife Edith had children Charles H. Martin (1847-1929) who married Minerva Scott, William W. Martin (1853-1890) who married Ella Cory Irish, and Mary Martin (1859-1880).
[H1]William Wood Martin was born 30 January 1853 and died at Detroit, MI, 24 August, 1890.He was one of the founders of R.L.Polk & Co.He maried Ella Cory Irish, 4 March 1875.They had children William C. Martin (1875-), Edwin B.K. Martin (1879-1941), and Mary Martin (1881-1884).Neither of the sons of William Wood Martin left children.
[H2]Charles H. Martin had a son Charles H. Martin, Jr., born 9 October 1873, who married Minnie A. White, 24 February 1897.They had children Wiley Rufus Martin (1897-), Charles H. Martin (1899-), Shirley W. Martin ( 1901-), Daniel W. Martin (1903-), and Wilmith Martin (1905-).The last known address for Charles H. Martin, Sr., was Oakland, California.
The Gilbert Cope Manuscript records in Philadelphia, PA, record the lineage of a George Swain of Delaware County, PA, as follows.This is probably the same family described above, with [C2] Abraem Martin being the branch of the family line which differs.
“John Martin settled on a farm in Aston Township, now Delaware County, Pennsylvania, adjoining the present Chester Heights Station on the Philadelphia and Baltimore Central Railroad.George, son of Thomas and Margaretta M. Swain now resides upon the property, he being the seventh one in line of descent from John Martin who have resided there in succession.His grandfather, Thomas Martin, married Lydia Grubb, a niece of Mary Grubb, first wife of Thomas Marshall and grandmother of the late Ellis P. Marshall of Concord.
“The most of this information inregard to the descendants of John Martin was obtained from Thomas Swain who also informed me that he had the old Martin Bible in which is recorded that “John Martin landed at Upland in 1680.”The descendants of John Martin are not very numerous.The names of these through whose hands the farm has passed since the settlement and were ancestors of its present occupant are given below.
1st generation John Martin
2nd generation Thomas Martin
3rd generation Abraem Martin
4th generation Benjamin Martin married Hannah Palmer
5th generation Thomas Martin married Lydia Grubb
6th generation Margaretta Martin 1853 married Thomas Swain(1822-1890)
7th generation George Swain
“Children of Benjamin and Hannah Palmer Martin are 1-Thomas who married lydia Grubb, 2-John who married a Hatton, 3-Mary who married Samuel Newlin, blacksmith in Wilmington, Delaware, son of Thomsa and Sarah Grubb Newlin, Johnson’s Corner, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 4-Sarah who married Samuel Hatton, 5-Lydia who maried Samuel Marshall and went to Missouri.
“Children of Thomas and Lydia Grubb Martin were 1-Benjamin Franklin born 1821 died 1889 3rd month 19th married 1852 third month eleventh Anne Swain born 1826, 5th month fifteenth day, daughter of Aaron and Mary Daily, 2-Margaretta born 1825, 6th, 13, died 1884, 3, 18, married 1853, 2, 3, Thoms Swain, born 1822, 8, 3, died 1890, 3, 5, son of Aaron and Mary Daily, 3-Samuel, died young, aged 7 years, 4-Maria, died young, 5-William lewis married unknown, removed to Fredonia, Kansas.”