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Matthew Martin
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Birth: 1755
Colleton County
South Carolina, USA
Death: 1835
Marion County
South Carolina, USA


Unwaried Patience and Fortitude: Francis Marion's Orderly Book, p. 617:

"Matthew Martin was born in 1755. He enlisted in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment on 4 November 1775. On 13 April 1776, he was sentenced to 50 lashes for being drunk and insolent, but it was remitted."

Daughters of the American Revolution, Application # 333931, dated 12 December, 1927 by Mrs. Inez Martin Berry:

"Matthew Martin, Sr. fought with the illustrious "Swamp Fox" of the Carolinas, Gen. Francis Marion. He enlisted Nov. 4, 1775 and was discharged April 21, 1777. Land grants in the office of the Secretary of State in Columbia, SC show that he was granted land in the Marion District on the South side of Maiden Down Swamp bounded by lands granted to [Moses] Martin and John Cribb."

South Carolina Audited Accounts of Revolutionary Service, Matthew Martin, # 4807, from Craven County, Prince Frederick Parish, enlisted 4 Nov 1775 in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, discharged 21 Apr 1777.

Land grant, dated 7 June 1757, Moses Martin, 200 acres, on Maiden Down Swamp, Prince Frederick Parish, Craven County.

Land grant, dated 6 January 1768, John Cribb, 200 acres, on Maiden Down Swamp, Prince Frederick Parish, Craven County.

Sergeant Moses Martin, of Prince Frederick Parish, Craven County, service 1759-1760 in the Cherokee War in Regiment commanded by Colonel George Gabriel Powell. This Regiment was composed of men from Cheraw and Georgetown District of Old Craven County.

1778 Petit Jurors, Prince Frederick Parish, Georgetown District: John Smith, Jr., Benjamin Harrelson, Lewis Harrelson, Charles Moody, John Cribb, Samuel Smith, Hugh Smith, Joshua Barfield, Moses Martin, Henry Clark,

Land grant, dated 26 March 1790, John Martin, 194 acres, East side of Maiden Down Swamp, Georgetown District, bounded by Joshua Barfield and Moses Martin.

1786 Tax Returns, Prince George Parish, Captain Harrelson's Company: John Martin, 200 acres; Moses Martin, 200 acres.

1788 Petition of Divers Inhabitants of the Little Pee Dee:

Lewis Harralson
Joshua Barfield
Benjamin Harralson, Jr.
William Shelley
James Martin
John Martin
John Cribb
Charles Malloy
Moses Martin, Senior
Daniel Moody

1790 First US Census, Parish of Prince George, Georgetown District: Moses Martin, 2 males over age 16, 1 male under age 16, 4 females.

The DAR application of Mrs. Berry states Matthew Martin shows 1790 in Orangeburg District. Stephen Martin, born 1799 in either Marion or Georgetown District removed to land just below the South Edisto River that was once incorporated into Orangeburg Dist., SC. Moses Martin, who could well be Matthew Martin's father, had descendants who owned land in the area that became Orangeburg District.

Marion County Deed Book B, pp. 342-4, 18 May 1793, Moses Martin, planter, to David Martin, planter, Georgetown District, Liberty County, 20 lbs., 200 acres, South side Maiden Down Swamp. /s/ Moses Martin, Mathew Martin. Wit: William James, Elias Miller, Elias Martin. Proven bef. Benjamin Harralson., 12 June 1793. (Note: Elias Miller mar. Ann Martin; Wm James' dau. mar. Francis Martin.)

Land grant, 4 June 1798, Matthew Martin, 274 acres, Georgetown District, on Sampit Creek.

1800 US Census, Winyaw Parish, Georgetown District:
Matthew Martin.

Williamsburg County, SC, Deed Book A, p. 270, 1811:

William Clark, attorney for Joseph Clark, who resides out of state, sold to James Martin, for $250, 100 acres bequeathed by Henry Clark to Joseph Clark, on North side of Black River. Wit: Joseph Tolar, Moses Hickson. Rec. 11 Aug. 1814.

"To William Clark, Williamsburg.

Ameet [Amite] County [Mississippi], June the 2, 1811.

Dr Brother,

I now set down to write you that myself and family is well and is doing well. I have nothing very particular to inform you of, only that I have sold my lands in Wilkson County for three negroes and three hundred dollars and has purchased land five miles east of that on Beever Creek in the Ameet County for one hundred sixty dollars where I have settled, I expect, for life, as my family is getting somewhat large, we have but four children, as yet, two boys and two girls, who with ourselves and six negroes do not experience one weeks sickness in twelve months. Our lands is rich and fertile, whereon we can make the greatest plenty. Our water is pure and good and our country is pleasant both summer and winter. All the necessities of life can be had here as cheap as they came in South Carolina. ... I and family desires to be remembered to my mother and brother, and Uncle Matthew Martin and Uncle Hugh Smith and all other enquiring friends. I have never received but one letter from any of you, that was yours dated May 24th, 1809. My wife and children joins me in love to you and yours. I remain your loving and affectionate brother till death.

(Signed) Joseph Clark.

P.S. I would be glad you write me how my Mother and Brother, and Uncle Matthew Martin and Uncle Hugh Smith and Uncle William Smith is making out, and how you are doing yourself."

The reference to "Uncles" in this letter would seem to infer that "Uncle Matthew Martin's" wife was perhaps nee' Smith.

Other Martins abounded in the Marion and Georgetown District region. David Martin is mentioned in the 1806 Will of James Martin (see below). Elias Miller married Ann Martin, mentioned below, with her siblings. Francis Martin likely married a daughter of this William James, a neighbor of the Martins on Maiden Down Swamp.

In 1806, James Martin left a Will in Marion Co., SC in which he mentioned the following:

- to wench, Rose.
- to brother, John Martin.
- to brother, David Martin.
- to sister, Mary Rollins.
- to sister, Ann Miller (wife of Elias Miller).
- to sister, Sarah Martin.
- to brother, Elias Martin.
- to brother, Thomas Martin (died 1813).

/S/ James Martin
/D/ 11 April 1806


Elias Barnes
Moses Martin
John Aultman

Descendants of Cornelys Brownson:

JOHN BROWNSON (ROGER, JOHN (SR), CORNELYS) was born September 1602 in LaMarsh, Essex, England, and died Bef. 28 November 1680 in Farmington, CT.He married FRANCES HILLS 19 November 1626 in Halstead, Essex, England.She died Unknown.


i. MARY BRUNSON, b. 1627; d. Aft. 04 September 1690, Connecticut.
ii. JOHN "JR" BRUNSON, b. 1628, Earl's Colne, England; d. 1628, Earl's Colne, England.
iii. JOHN "JR" BRUNSON, b. 1631, Earl's Colne, England; d. 23 March 1631/32, Earl's Colne, England.
iv. DORCAS BRUNSON, b. 19 December 1633, Earl's Colne, England; d. 13 May 1697, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.
v. SARAH BRUNSON, b. Abt. 1639, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; d. 04 December 1711, Wethersfield, Connecticut.
vi. JACOB BRUNSON, b. Abt. 1641, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; d. March 1707/08, Farmington, Connecticut; m. MARY ANDREWS BARNES, Abt. 1690; b. WFT Est. 1670; d. Unknown.
vii. JOHN "JR" BRUNSON, b. Abt. 1643, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; d. 28 April 1712, Craven Co, South Carolina.
viii. ISAAC BRUNSON, b. Abt. 1645, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; d. Abt. 1719, Waterbury, Connecticut.
ix. ABRAHAM BRONSON, b. Bef. 28 November 1647, Farmington, CT; d. 27 June 1719, Lyme, New London County, CT.

Descendants of vii. JOHN BRUNSON, JR.:

JOHN "JR" BRUNSON (JOHN BROWNSON, ROGER, JOHN (SR), CORNELYS) was born Abt. 1643 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, and died 28 April 1712 in Craven Co, South Carolina.He married HANNAH SCOTT 25 October 1664 in Farmington, Connecticut.She died Unknown.

Children of JOHN BRUNSON and HANNAH SCOTT are:

i. JOHN BRUNSON, b. 25 August 1665, Connecticut; d. Bef. 14 April 1711; m. MARY DEMING; d. Unknown.
ii. MARY BRUNSON, b. 15 September 1668, Connecticut; d. 1728.
iii. SARAH BRUNSON, b. 22 August 1671, Connecticut; d. Unknown; m. DANIEL MCGREGOR; d. Unknown.
iv. ABRAHAM BRUNSON, b. 26 November 1673; d. Unknown.
v. JOSEPH BRUNSON, b. 19 May 1677, Connecticut; d. 1739, St George's Parish, South Carolina.
vi. GRACE BRUNSON, b. 07 September 1679, Connecticut; d. 1739. Q.V.
vii. ISAAC BRUNSON, b. Abt. 1681, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; d. 1732, Dorchester, South Carolina.

Descendants of vi. GRACE BRUNSON, b. 07 September 1679, Connecticut; d. 1739, Colleton District, South Carolina. GRACE BRUNSON married MOSES MARTIN in South Carolina. She was a widow in 1739 when she gave her share of inherited land in Farmington and Wethersfield, Connecticut to her nephew, John Bronson. This bequest provides an unequivocal link of Grace Brunson Martin with the well documented Brunson family of Farmington and Hartford, CT.

Moses Martin, planter, of Colleton County, was one of the petitioners to the Crown on 24 Feb. 1717/18.

Moses Martin, Sr. named heirs in his Last Will and Testament in Colleton District, South Carolina:

The will of Moses Martin of "Colenton" County, weak in body was dated 10 July 1732. He directed that his beloved wife Grace should have full use and enjoyment of the house and tract of land on which he lived, and all personal estate.

To son Moses Martin a tract of land in said county, on the west side of Pon Pon River, containing 320 acres, also the home tract after decease of wife, as well as slaves Morice and Cuffey.

To sons John Martin and Isaac Martin, another tract in said county containing 530 acres, also on west side of Pon Pon River, to be equally divided between them; also personal estate after wife's death.

To daughter Mary Miles, 5.

To daughter Martha Badger, 5.

Loving wife Grace, son Moses, and son-in-law William Miles to be executors.

(Signed) Moses Martin.

(Witnesses) Thomas Meluen, Thomas Ferguson, Jno Bee Junr. Proved, 25 March 1734.

(Charleston Wills, 1732-1737, original p. 73).

The son, John Martin, mentioned above, is thought to have married Elizabeth Donnam [or Dunham, dau. of William and Mary Dunham of Colleton Dist., SC] and settled in the upper region of St. Bartholomew's parish that became Orangeburg District, having received several land grants in that region. In a 1761 land grant, John Martin is mentioned as an adjacent land owner to the grantee, Miles Brewton, on Saltketcher Swamp. A dau. of John and Elizabeth Martin, also named Elizabeth, mar. Henry Young. By about 1795, John Martin went to Georgia. He died 1808, Bulloch Co., GA. Two of his dau.s married Geiger brothers. His son, James Martin went to Bryan Co., GA.

The son, Moses Martin Jr., mentioned above, of St. Bartholomew's parish, Colleton Co., S.C., made his will 26 Dec. 1745, proved 26 Mar. 1746. He left a wife Mary and minor children Moses and Sarah, and made his brother Isaac Martin and friend William Little executors (Charleston Wills, 1740-1747, original p. 307). The widow, Mary Martin, remarried 1752 to Samuel Hunter, Clerk of Craven Co., SC. The daughter, Sarah, married Isaac Newton, by 1761.

Isaac Martin of St. Bartholomew's parish, Colleton Co., planter weak of body, made his will 22 Feb. 1748/9, proved 12 May 1749. He mentioned beloved wife Martha Martin, well beloved daughter Mary Martin (under 21), loving sister Martha Smith, niece Sarah Martin (under 13), daughter of brother Moses Martin deceased, and he made wife Martha, father-in-law John Mitchell, and friends Colonel Lawrence Sanders and James Skirving, esq., executors (Charleston Wills, 1747-1752, original p. 137).

The Moses Martin III, above, named as a son of Moses Martin, LWT 1745 was unquestionably the same man who served in Colonel Gabriel Powell's Regiment during the Cherokee Expeditions in 1759 and the likely patriarch of most of the large Martin families that show in Marion County, South Carolina in subsequent generations, to include the subject of this biography, Matthew Martin, Revolutionary War Soldier. Note also that the nickname "Cuffey" shows in a descendant's name later in Marion Co., SC, he likely having been given that moniker to honor the original bearer.

Mary Martin married William Miles about 1718 in South Carolina. Their children were all born in St. Andrews Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina. They were: John Miles b. 26 Nov 1719; William Miles b. 8 Feb 1721/1722; Moses Miles b. 22 Feb 1722/1723; Thomas Miles b. 13 Oct 1723; Jeremiah Miles b. 6 Nov 1725; Maria (Mary) Miles b. abt 1727; Anne Miles b. 5 Sep 1731; Sarah Miles b. 20 Feb 1733/1734; Joseph Miles b. 11 Apr 1736; and Edward Miles b. 16 Aug 1738. The names of these children can be found through out records in South Carolina. Mary Martin Miles was buried January 13, 1744/1745 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Charleston, Charleston Co., South Carolina.

Martha Martin is thought to have married a Joseph Badger. He shows on several deeds in the vicinity of Moses Martin's plantation. As well, a man of that name shows on a plat listing neighbors that included James Skirving and John Mitchell. John Mitchell was the father-in-law of Isaac Martin, mentioned above, with LWT 1749. James Skirving shows in a number of documents with several branches of the Martin family.

By the early 1800's, John and Nathaniel Badger, likely descendants of the St. Bartholomew's Parish Badger family, show on Lemon's and Saltkehatchee [Saltketcher] Creek in Barnwell County, South Carolina. This is the same area that John Martin had located to before 1761.
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*Calculated relationship
Note: Burial confirmed by DAR Application # 333931, dated 12 December, 1927.
Harrington Cemetery
Marion County
South Carolina, USA
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Record added: Apr 01, 2013
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