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Jean Martine/Martin b abt 1642 St Nazaire FR>Oxford MA>New Rochelle NY BIO
Posted by: Betty Tartas (ID *****3449) Date: October 31, 2005 at 06:32:23
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Recently found this in a book "Biographical Sketches of Settlers of New Rochelle 1687-1776" by Morgan H Secord, publ 1941 by Huguenot Society, pages 38-39:

"JEAN MARTIN was a native of Saint Nazaire, in Saintonge, and appears to have first fled to England and then came to America by way of Boston, settling in Oxford Massachusetts in 1687. He was a laborer, and his wife was Annie. Upon the abandonment of the Oxford settlement, he was among those who came to New Rochelle in the year 1696. His name appears in the census of New Rochelle, 1698, aged fifty-two years and his wife forty-two years, and three children. Two of these were born at the Oxford settlement. He signed the oath of allegiance at New Rochelle, pursuant to the order of January 1698. He purchased land in New Rochelle in the West Division from Marie Guespin (widow of Josias La Vilain), on March 11, 1697. He made his will Oct 5, 1700, which was recorded in the Town Record book on Dec 27, 1701; he there called himself "Ploughman". His wife survived him. The name has been corrupted to MARTINE."

Actually I think this writer may have been mistaken on this last point; I think the name was most likely MARTINE in France (as in La Martine), and then anglicized to MARTIN. Comments anyone??

Betty Tartas

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