Aaron Martin


Aaron Martin

Windham, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Death 12 Mar 1819 (aged 76)
Williamstown, Orange County, Vermont, USA
Burial Williamstown, Orange County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 7242093 View Source
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Aaron's original slate marker is in the Williamstown Historical Society Museum.

He was in the alarm Of 1780, served as a Private in the Revolutionary War "Capt. Jonas Galusha's Company" In "Col. Herrick's Regiment Of Militia".

Obituary (by his daughter Sally Martyn & her husband):

Died at Williamstown, Vt., on the 12th day of March 1819, after a short though distressing illness, Mr. Aaron Martin, aged 77 years, formerly of Windham, Conn. He had been a member of the Baptist church forty years and adorned his profession by a well ordered life and chaste conversation. He died in the triumph of faith in a Glorious Immortality beyond the grave.

It is not long since he buried in the companion of his youth by whom he had 15 children. He had also living 77 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren, 100 in all, the major part of whom now reside in Williamstown and followed the remains of their progenitor to the grave. Twenty-seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren were committed to the grave before his death; whole issue 131.

Biography from the book "George Martin of Salisbury, Mass. and His Descendants", pgs. 32-33, 1929.

Aaron and Eunice had fifteen children, all of whom lived to marry, and all but one had children of their own, usually large families. Aaron's sons were among the early settlers in Vermont. Obeying the instincts of the pioneer they left their parents in their Connecticut home for the beautiful, hill country of the Green Mountain State, where rich soil and big timber land attracted them.

His son Aaron Jr., was probably the first one to come to VT, at least according to the town records he was the first to purchase land in Williamstown, VT, where they all settled. This purchase was Sept 10, 1795. Jonathan and James bought farms there that year and Daniel and John in 1797.

In 1800 three other children, Betsey aged 16, Gurdon 14, and David 10 years old, started by themselves and made the long, dangerous journey through the dense wilderness, driving two yoke of steers by way of the blazed trail then the only way, following up the Conn. and White river valleys to their destination; such an undertaking, accomplished by mere children showed the fiber of which our ancestry was made.

Previous to 1803 all of Aaron's children had gone to Vermont except the two youngest girls. That year he also left the Conn. home with his wife Eunice and the daughters, Olive who was 14 and Lydia 10, and went to join the rest of the family in VT.

On the gentle slope of the east hill he selected his location, buying two lots of eighty acres each, more or less, of Adonijah Burnham of Windham, Conn., of $1500, being lots No. 11 and 12 in the 8th range of town allotments, estimated 173 acres. The deed of this land was signed and sealed by Adonijah Burnham in the presence of Lucy Gray and Samuel Gray in Windham, Conn., Mar 24, 1803, and there recorded, also recorded in Williamstown, VT, by Perley Howe, town clerk. Here he built his log house and barn.

Jan 18, 1808, Aaron sold this place to his son Gurdon, but he and his wife Eunice had their home here during the remainder of their lives. This farm remained in possession of the family four generations. It was located on the road known as Baptist Street; Herbert, the gr. grandson of Aaron being the last owner.

His war record is found on pages 247 and 519 in Vt. Revolutionary Rolls, to the effect that he served as private in Capt. Jonas Galusha's company, Col. Herrick's reg't. in Oct 1780 and in Capt Peleg Matteson's company in 1881, probably about three weeks. (This gives a D.A.R.)

Windham Vital Records, v.1 p.150, show that he was born July 30, 1742.

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