Notes for Charles Thomas Martin: West Virginia Estate Settlements; Inventory 4/15/1800 (should be 5/1800), settled 11 May 1811. Will dated l Nov l798. Will Book l, pg 304 Monongalia, County, WV. We have copy.
Colonel Charles (sometimes used name Thomas Charles Martin) came to Monongalia County from Berkley County, VA via Pleasant County, spending some time in Wetzel County at what is now New Martinsville, WV. Sometime between 1769 and 1773 he built and owned Fort Martin on 400 acres of land grant near Ft. Marion on the Monongahelia, River.
From West Virginia Revolutionary Ancestors by Anne Reddy Gen. Pub. Co.,1979: "Order that a note given by Colonel William Crawford to Colonel Charles Martin be settled agreeable to the scale of depreciation. Monongalia County Revolutionary Warrant."
Birth: James W. Greathouse, Moundsville, WV descendant. Thomas was a delegate to the Virginia Legislature in 1782, 1787 and 1788. During his lifetime he was a Surveyor, Sheriff , Justice, a member of a land commission, and after the war in 1776 was a restitution commissioner.
Wiley, in his History of Monongalia County, says Charles Martin was over six feet tall, of dark complexion, with keen piercing black eyes.
BIRTH-SPOUSES-CHILDREN-DEATH: Information from 1996 Edition of Ancestral File.
NOTE: Place of birth given as "Monongalia, WV", though Monongalia not yet formed nor was WV.
SPOUSES-CHILDREN-DEATH-BIOGRAPHY: "History of Marion County, WV"; 1985; FHL Q975.454 H2h, page 231 submitted by Dean H. Martin. Charles came to what became Monongalia County from eastern Virginia in 1769. He became a Colonel, an organizer and commander of a regiment of Virginia Rangers, founder of Fort Martin near Morgantown. He first "married Elizabeth Burris and had the following children: Jesse Martin, George Martin, Ann (Martin) Harrison, William Martin, Elizabeth (Martin) Randall, and Spencer Martin. By his second marriage to Mary Beall, was born Presley Neville Martin, later founder of New Martinsville, WV. Colonel Martin died in 1800."
Col. Charles Martin's Fort (1773 - unknown), near Maidsville FORT MARTIN (Monongalia County) This fort was situated on the west side of the Monongahela River, on Crooked Run, in Cass District, Monongalia County. It was erected about the year 1773 by Charles Martin, who came from Eastern Virginia. In June, 1779, while most of the men were at work in the fields, a lot of Indians attacked the fort, killing James Stewart, James Smalley and Peter Crouse, and took John Shriver and his wife, two sons of Stewart, two sons of Smalley and a son of Crouse prisoners and carried them into captivity. This Charles Martin was great-grandfather of Hon. S. R. Martin, who now (1913) resides in New Martinsville, West Virginia. His first wife was a daughter of Lord Fairfax. In 1768 he was granted four hundred acres of land in Monongalia County. The above mentioned fort was located on this farm.
More About Charles Thomas Martin: Burial: Unknown, Monongalia County, West Virginia. Military service: Colonel Charles Martin.
More About Charles Thomas Martin and Elizabeth Burris: Marriage: Abt. 1759
More About Charles Thomas Martin and Mary Beall: Marriage: Aft. 1778, Monongalia County, West Virginia.
Children of Charles Thomas Martin and Elizabeth Burris are:
+Jesse Martin, b. Abt. 1763, Crooked Run, Monongalia County, Virginia, d. 1808, Marion County, West Virginia.