Esther Roberts Martin

Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 6 Dec 1687 (aged 58–59)
Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Believe buried on his farm on Dover Neck NH, a farm dating to 1628-31, remaining in ROBERTS family 300+ yrs.
Memorial ID 163093907 · View Source
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Esther/Easter/Hester Roberts was the wife of John Martin, one of the founders of the Piscataway colony in New Jersey. They married in 1646 in Dover, New Hampshire and moving to New Jersey in 1665. She was the daughter of Governor Thomas Roberts of the Dover Colony which was founded in 1623 and was the first in New Hampshire.

Esther Roberts was the sole heir of her husband who died in 1687. Two of her sons and two sons-in-law were "overseers." She died later that year leaving her estate to her children which establishes who was then living and who her daughters married.

It is unclear exactly where she and her husband were buried. If in a churchyard, it was most likely here.


From Caral:

Listed as wife of John MARTIN, per New Jersey Colonial Documents, Vol I, 1670-1730, Will Abstracts, pg 308:
... 1687 Mar 17, MARTIN, John, of Piscataway, yeoman; will of, Wife **Easter heiress & executrix of real & personal estate w/sons John & Benjamin MARTIN, Hopfull HULLE & John LANGSTAFF as overseers. Witnesses Thomas KILLINGWORTH, Will BUTTON, Benjamin MARTIN, Thomas MARTIN & Daniel LIPPINGTON. Proved 20th __ 1687 [NJ Archives, XXL, p 107 & Middlesex Wills]
Known children of John & Esther with approximate dates: John Jr 1647-1703/04; Mary 1649-1694, married Hopewell Hull; Joseph 1652/57-1723; Martha 1653-1694, married John Langstaff; Lydia 1655-1731, married John Smalley; Benjamin 1659-1732; Thomas 1662-1715; Jane 1669-1676; Henry?

The will of Esther MARTIN of Piscataway NY, dated 09 Nov 1687, proved 05 Jan 1688, names (living) chr: John (Jr), Joseph, Thomas, Mary HULL, Martha LANGSTAFF, Lidia SMALLEY & Benjamin; & gr'chr: Mary & Hopewell HULL as heirs to land in Piscataway Twp & personal property. Son Benjamin MARTIN is named executor.
John, yeoman, Dover, on the ME side by Oct 1645; married Hester (Esther) ROBERTS (11) before 07 Sep 1647...," source unknown' page 463. Esther ROBERTS, -b 1628 in Dover NH; d/o New Hampshire, Gov of Dover Colony, Thomas & Rebecca (HILTON) ROBERTS. Esther -d 06 Dec 1687.

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  • Maintained by: Linda Lyons
  • Originally Created by: Caral
  • Added: 23 May 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 163093907
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Esther Roberts Martin (1628–6 Dec 1687), Find A Grave Memorial no. 163093907, citing Saint James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Linda Lyons (contributor 47510021) .