My question is for those who say that Martin Martin, who married Sarah Hix on February 10, 1698/99 in St. Peter’s Parish in New Kent County, Virginia, was the son of George Martin and Unity “Susannah” West.Isn’t Martin Martin too old to be the son of George and Unity?
George Martin and Unity West were apparently born in the mid to late 1650s and were married in about 1676.However, Martin Martin is listed on a prosessioning order dated May 4, 1689, which presumably includes only landowners age 21 or over.If so, then this Martin Martin must have been born in or before 1668, at least eight years before the marriage of George Martin and Unity West and at a time when Unity was only about 11 years old.
If there is a second older Martin Martin different than the one who married Sarah Hix, why would he not be the father of the younger Martin Martin?Or why couldn’t the younger Martin Martin, if there were two, be the son of one of the three other Martins named in 1689: Henry, Thomas or William?
I notice that the earlier Internet posts that have Martin Martin as being born in the Isle of Skye in Scotland had a birth year of about 1665 to 1668, while posts that have Martin Martin as a son of George Martin now have a birth year of about 1678.Apparently the birth year change was needed to come after George and Unity’s marriage in about 1676 but ignores the 1689 processioning order.
I realize recent DNA evidence appears to link Martin Martin to other early Martins and places his birth in Virginia and not in Scotland.I do not know who Martin Martin’s parents are in Virginia but do see a major problem with Martin Martin, the 1689 prosessioning order, and his being listed as the son of George Martin and Unity West.
Perhaps I am missing something but I think the May 4, 1689 prosessioning order in the Vestry Book of St. Peter’s precludes George Martin and Unity West as being the parents of Martin Martin.If there were two Martin Martins, why is the younger Martin Martin attached to George Martin and not to the older Martin Martin or to the other Martins?
The Vestry Book of Saint Peter’s, New Kent County, Va. from 1682-1758 may be viewed online at the link below.The May 4, 1689 processing order lists more than 200 names.By my count there are 63 names before the name Henry Martin is listed, then 12 names toThomas Martin, then 15 names to Martin Martin, then 7 names to William Martin.Then there are more than 100 names listed after William Martin.
By the way, in the June 4, 1698 vestry work order to clear the roads, William Martin, John Martin, and Martin Martin are listed in the precincts of Alexander McKeney while Thomas Martin is listed in the work order for the precincts of Henry Wyatt.Thus, nine years after the 1689 prosessioning order Henry Martin is no longer listed but John Martin is added.That June 4, 1698 work order may be seen at this link: