Thomas Martin

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Thomas Martin, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), died at Marlborough, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 13 November 1701.1

Thomas married Johanna (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here).2

Thomas left a will dated 6 April 1698 and proved in Charlestowne, 3 December 1701:
In the name of god Amen. I Thomas Martin of Marlborough being at this present aged and weak in body and knowing not how the lord will deal with me yet through mercy of god of good memory and so and understanding Do hereby ordaine and make this my last will and testament; my poor soul which I believe is immortal and shall live when my body is desolved to dust & do desire by x humbly to commit and leave it the x of the everlasting mercies of god the father x his dear son Jesus Christ.

My body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executrix.

And as for my outward blessings which the lord hath been pleased of his goodness to bless me with all and for a time hath made me steward of my will is that they be thus disposed of as follows viz

That my just debts being first satisfied, my will is that my [Johanna] loving wife shall have to her own [use] during the term of her natural life one half of my homestall both uplands and meadows housing and orchards with all the priveledges and apurtanences belonging to x half x x and also to have all that half of upland with 100 acres of meadow adjoining, x x x land near long meadow which upland was x x and x acres of x all to be at her disposing also to have all my x movables within doors excepting a fether bed x also half the possessions that shall be mine at my decease also be at her disposal also half my x x x called x and x to be her own forever x.

I give and bequeath unto my son Tomas Martin of x portion all my homestall both uplands and meadows with all x rights and appurtanences belonging but not to have the possession of one half [until] after his mothers decease also two first-division [lots] x x land namely that was John x right and x [Hows] and four acres of x liing between x x meadow x and said land also half of all my stock both horses and x cattel x and x all my husbandry tools all my x tools one gun and a x bed with all furnishings for it

Also I give unto my son Joseph How and Dorithy his wife ten pounds to be paid after my wifes decease

Also I give unto Mary [goue] if she doth live and continues with my wife or my x while she is eighteen years of age two cows to be paid out of my estate.

I do appoint my wife to be Exetrix of this my last will and testament and my son Thomas as executor with her in witness hereof I Thomas Martin have hereunto set my had and seal this sixth day of April 1698 and in the ninth year of his majesty’s reign William King of England etc.

Read signed sealed in the presence of us witnesses
Ben Franklin     Thomas Martin his mark
Nathaniel Joslin
John Brigham

Charlestown: December 3 1701. By the Hon James Russell [Esq] Benjamin Franklin, Nathaniel Joslin & John Brigham willingly appearing under oath they were physically present & sqw the subscriber Thos Martin sign and seal & x him publish & declared the above written to be his last will % testament x x x x of a x x x
     Jas Russell

The name of the wife given above as Johanna is suspect until further evidence is found (perhaps in Exeter land records). It is written in the margin and appears to be in a different hand than that which wrote the text of the will.3


Johanna (…) d. aft. 1701
  • Thomas Martin3 b. bt 1660 - 1670, d. aft. 1701
  • Dorothy Martin+2 b. 1664, d. 29 Jul 1742
This person was last edited on3 Jan 2021


  1. [S908] Franklin P. Rice, Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts: To the end of the year 1849 (Worcester, Massachusetts: p.p., 1908), 376, further cited as Rice, Vital Records of Marlborough.
  2. [S672] Gilman Biglow Howe, "Abraham How, of Watertown and Marlborough, Mass.," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 7 (April 1917): 12-14, further cited as Howe, "Abraham How."
  3. [S1314] Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, Probate records 1648--1924, #14741, FHL microfilm 421465, further cited as Middlesex Co. Probate Papers.