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Re: Matins of Liberty County, GA
Posted by: Christine Burton (ID *****1403) Date: October 01, 2006 at 17:37:04
In Reply to: Re: Matins of Liberty County, GA by Deborah Byrd of 410

If the John Martin you refer to as being active in the Colonial Government was one who became governor of Georgia, you are mistaken about him being one of the John's in Liberty County. I have researched him extensively. He lived in Chatham County(except for serving in the military at Sunbury), on a plantation next to his brother, James. He was a native of Rhode Island according to his official biography, published by Mercer University press in the late 1990s.

There was another John Martin, son of Clement Martin. I haven't been able to learn what happened to him or who he married (if he did). His father, Clement was granted all of Jekyl Island except for a few ares reserved for public use. According to a document I found at Savannah Historical Society, he turned it back in after a year saying the land was "no damn good." He couldn't get a decent crop on it even with the 100 illegal slaves he kept so he turned it back in, in exchange for acreage in St. John's Parish. Unless I'm mistaken, that became Liberty County. Was Clement's son John, my John? Age seens a but old, but if not, what happened to him? And if not, who were my John's parents?

My ancestor, Martin Martin did not move to Liberty County until about 1803, after selling his plantation in Screven County to Thomas Fain. Despite what is written in books about Liberty County, most of his children were grown by then. He had a son, named John who married a lady named Mary Fain (daughter of the same Thomas Fain). That John remained om Screven County for a time and then migrated to north Florida. Martin Martin's oldest daughter, Jane married a John Martin in Liberty County in 1803. Who was this John? Records found in Savannah Historical Society years ago said that when Martin Martin and his family came to Liberty County this John was already there. I haven't had an opportunity to go back and look this up again. My husband, not being interested in genealogy, found my box of notes when we were moving and threw them out so I don't have the details. I vaguely recall something that gave me the impression that they were related.

This John died in 1835. It was his homestead in Liberty County that became Hinesville. I descend from his son, James Edward Martin and wife, Mary Miller, who left Liberty County and settled in Decatur County, GA.

I'd really like to learn more about the John Martin who married Jane Martin but, so far, I haven't been able to learn a thing.


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