A Martin [Huguenot] Family Tree, Part II

  These genealogical materials have been compiled by Ann Woodlief. Email at awoodlief at yahoo.com; I'd like to hear from you! Also, check out the Manakin Huguenot site at huguenot-manakin.org, especially the Huguenot emigrants of this family. DR is the Douglas Register.

Pierre (Peter) Martin (-1742/3 Goochland Co) & Mary Anne Rapine (before 1714-1747)

In 1738, Pierre Martin of Virginia, son of Jean Martain, made a claim on the property in France (he was a nephew?) of a doctor Pierre D'Aulnis of Caillard (d. 1711), the son of Louis D'Aulnis of Caillaud in Saintonge. The coat of arms for this family is given in Huguenot Pedigrees, Charles E. Lart, 1973, V. II.

Mary Anne remarried after his death Thomas Smith (see below). Her grandchildren from her two marriages, James Martin and Esther Smith, would marry in 1785.


Antoine (Anthony), 11/7/1737[DR]-31/6/1805)
Jean, bap 7/11/1740 [DR]-
Peter [mentioned in will of grandmother, 1755]

Will of Pierre Martin

Will of Peter Marton of Goochland Co. "sick & weak"
To son Anthony, 1 negro Will and negro girl Jenny, plantation where I live, plus items
To son John, plantation my father John Martin left me by will adjoining the plantation of William Randolph at Tuckahoe.
Also 1 negro Betty, 1 negro Matt, livestock and items.
To son Peter, 200 acres joining his uncle Daniel Pero's plantation, 2 negroes Kate & Hannah, also L 60, also livestock and items.
My wife's mother to take one of my children to bring up and have one of the rooms in the new house for life and to be supported out my estate for life. If my wife remarries then her mother toe enjoy my house, solely, for life.
To my three sons, my part of my father John Martin's personal estate after my mother's death.
To my wife, 3 negroes Peter, Daniel and Dick for life, and she to be executrix
Dated 6 March 1742
Wit: Richard Deane, Daniel (P) Pero, John Ford
Signed: Pet. Martin
Recorded 17 May 1743

Thomas Smith (29/12/1719-25/9/1786 Powhatan Co) & Mary Anne [Rapine] Martin (see above)

Thomas was the son of George "Burnt-Face" Smith (c. 1680-1740) and Ann Bailey (1694-1798; daughter of William Henry Bailey). Their children, besides Thomas, were William (1720-1790) , Ann, James and George (m. Carolina Trabue).

Mary Anne and Thomas had a daughter, Mary Ann, and one son, George Rapene "Millpond" (15/3/1747-9/8/1820) Smith who married Judith Guerrant and moved to Kentucky in 1804 (having been pastor of the Separate Baptist church meeting in Dupuy's Meetinghouse in Powhatan Co. Va.) who advocated emancipation.

Thomas later married Mary Frances Stovall (1733-1752): George Stovall "Stokes", m. Frances Sandifer 7/1773 and Elizabeth [Gatch]. George S. Smith was also a Separate Baptist preacher who migrated to Kentucky, advocated emancipation, and helped write Kentucky's first constitution. He was a minister of Gilberts Creek Church, founded by the Craigs in Dec. 1781.

He married 15/10/1756 Magdalene Trabue Guerrant (widow of Pierre): James Trabue (1757-1800) and Martha (1759-) {m. Peter Sublett} in VA. They lived on 200 acres on both sides of Lower Manakin (Bernard's) Creek and east of Michaux Creek, adjacent to the French land, in Powhatan (#738). Rev. James Trabue Smith wrote a journal of his three journeys to the Northwest Territory [of Ohio]. He died in Newton, Ohio, leaving a wife and 9 children who settled Waynesville, Ohio. [the original is in the Historical Society of Hamilton Co, OH)

Will of Thomas Smith.

To eldest son George, 2 acres where house stands and 2 negroes Phill and Silas.
To son George S. Smith, 2 negroes Terry and Will
To son James, all my land on lower Manakin Creek and Michaux branch at his mother's death, and 3 negroes: Charles, Sam and Ned.
To daughter Elizabeth Gatch, negroes: deaf Jenny and her children Milly, John and David; also 100 acres I purchased of Benjamin Weaver, with all I purchased of Pemberton's children, and all money due me. To daughter Martha Sublett, 200 acres I purchased of my brother James Smith; also negro Jenny and her children Bette, Moses and Suckey.
I lend to my wife Magdalen the plantation I live on and plantation on Chastains branch adjoining William Martin's line, with all negroes not mentioned, and the land on Chastains branch equally to sons George and George S.
To grandson Thomas Smith, son of George S., and grandson Thomas Smith, son of James, all my land in Kentucky County, equally.
Dated 14 June 1786. Recorded 16 Nov. 1786.

Pierre (Peter) Guerrant (1697 Saintonge, St. Nazaire, France-1750 Cumberland Co VA) &Magdalene Trabue (1715-1787 Powhatan Co. VA)

Pierre and Magdalene married ca. 1732. Pierre was the son of Daniel Guerin and Marie L'Orange. Pierre was a major in the Colonial Wars. Magdalene married Thomas Smith 6 years after Pierre's death (see above) and had two more children.


  • John, 17/7/1733 [DR]-1823, m. Elizabeth Porter (d/o Thomas Porter & Elizabeth Dutoit): John of "Ceres" (1760-1813, m. Mary Heath Povall 1782, Lt. Gov. of VA), Elizabeth (Betsy) (1770-1824, m. Heath Jones Miller), Jeanie, Judith
  • Esther, 2/12/1735 [DR]-1760/64, m. 1753 John Bartholomew Dupuy (1723-1791), grandson of Bartholomew DuPuy, Huguenot founder of Manakintown
  • Peter Jr., 17/12/1737 [DR]-1819, m. 1760 Mary Perreau, Captain in Revolution (Moved to Montgomery Co. KY): 10 children
  • Magdelaine, 8/31/1740 [DR]-1820, m. Robert Moseley [: Thomas, Arthur, Esther Guerrant, Sarah, John James Trabue, Robert, Magdalene Verrueil, William, Judith Anne, Jane, James, Peter Guerrant, Daniel Guerrant, Martha, Elizabeth]
  • Jane, 1742- , m. James Bryant 6/11/1758: John, Sally, William, Jane, Stephen, Sarah, Jean Gerrand (Jane), Silas, Polly
  • Judith, 17/10/1745 [DR]-1801 (see below)
  • Daniel, 23/4/1747 [DR]-, m. Mary Porter (d/o Thomas Porter & Elizabeth Dutoit) 7/19/1770: Thomas Porter (1778-ca. 1837, m. Elizabeth Ellington, lived Rockingham Co.; see A History of Four Jackson Purchase Families), Magdalene (--ca. 1858, Rockingham Co), Peter Dutoit, Elizabeth, Lucy (m. Abner Watkins)

Will of Peter Guerant, The Huguenot

In the name of God, Amen. I Peter Guerrant of the parish of King William, in the county of Cumberland, being in health of body and of sound and disposing mind and memory, praise be Almighty God for the same, but considering the uncertainty of human life, do make this my last will and testament in manner following: That is to say, my just debts being paid first and satisfied.

Item: I give and bequeath to my eldest son John Guerrant Four hundred acres of land, lying on Jushua's Creek, one of the branches of Slate river in Albemarle County, for him and his heirs forever. I also give him, my son John Guerrant, a horse called Jockey and my Philadelphia saddle, for him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Peter Guerrant, four hundred acres of land lying and being on Hunt's Creek, one of the branches of Slate river in Albemarle County, for him and his heirs forever. I also give my son Peter Guerrant one feather bed and furniture for him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Daniel Guerrant Four hundred acres of land joining on his brother John Guerrant's line, it being part of an order of Council for six hundred acres of land on Joshua's Creek, one of the branches of Slate river in Albemarle County, for him and his heirs forever. I also give my son Daniel Guerrant one negro boy named Caesar, for him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give unto my daughter Esther Guerrant Two hundred acres of land on Collier's line--it being part of the four hundred acres of land on Mountain Creek in Amelia County, for her and her heirs forever. I also give my daughter Esther Guerrant the other new bed, with what furniture there is to it, and a rug, and two cows and calves for her and her heirs forever, and two pounds of current money, and the two cows and calves to be delivered when she shall attain the age of twenty-one years or married.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Magdalene Guerrant the other two hundred acres of land on Mountain Creek in Amelia County, it being the other part of the four hundred acres, for her and her heirs forever. I also give my daughter Magdalene Guerrant the sun of five pounds Current money to be paid out of my personal estate and two cows and calves, to be delivered after she shall attain the age of twenty-one years or married.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane Guerrant Two hundred acres of land, it being part of an order of Council for six hundred acres of land lying and being on Joshua's Creek, one of the branches of Slate River, in Albemarle County, for her and her heirs forever. I also give my daughter Jane Guerrant, the sum of Five pounds Current money, to be paid out of my personal estate, and two cows and calves, to be delivered after she shall attain the age of twenty-one years or married.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Judith Guerrant, the sum of fifteen pounds Current money for her and her heirs forever.

Item: If in case, my beloved wife Magdalene Guerrant should happen to be now with child, and it should happen to be a boy, I give him thirty-five pounds Current money, to be laid out of my personal estate, for him and his heirs forever, but, if it should happen that my beloved wife is with child of a daughter, my will is that I give her fifteen pounds Current money, for her and her heirs forever.

Item: I leave to my beloved wife Magdalene Guerrant, the use of the plantation I now live on, with the use of three negroes, Tom, Sarah, and Moll, during her natural life, and my will is that my beloved wife shall have the use of all the negroes, during the time of her widowhood. Caesar only excepted which is before given to my son Daniel Guerrant, but in case that it should happen that there be not movable estate enough to satisfy the legacies before given, my will is that Betty shall be sold by way of outcry to satisfy the afore given legacies.

Item: My will is that after my beloved wife Magdalene's decease, that all the negroes and all the plantation I now live on shall be sold by way of outcry and the money be equally divided among my beloved children who will be living at that time.

Item: I do constitute and ordain my well beloved wife Magdalene Guerrant to be the whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby declare this and none other to be my last will and testament, revoking all other wills and testaments, which may have by me been formerly made. In witness whereof, I have hereto set my hand and fixed my seal, this Third day of December, One Thousand Seven hundred and forty-nine.

Peter Guerrant

Will of Magdalen Trabue Guerrant Smith

To my son James Smith, the whole of crop on plantation I live on and 1/2 the crop on the plantation on Chastain's branch.
The other 1/2 of crop divided upon my three sons Peter Guerrant, Daniel Guerrant and John Guerrant.
To my three daughters Magdalen Moseley, Judith Smith, and Martha Sublett, my wearing apparel.
To my son James Smith, my riding chair and cupboard.
To my granddaughter Elizabeth Guerrant, a side saddle.
Executor: son James Smith
Dated 15 May 1787. Recorded 16 Aug. 1787.

Anthony Martin (26/09/1737-3/6/1805) & Sarah Holman

They were married 21/12/1758 in Goochland Co VA. Sarah was the daughter of James Holman Jr. (-1760) & Jane (-1772/3) who lived in King William Parish, patent #1004.

James Holman's will was probated 1763 or 1765; a copy is in the Virginia Historical Society Library. He bequeathed 15 Negroes and 3 servant boys to his family (the servants to be freed when they reached 21), leaving his mother Sarah the Goochland land where she lived (around Broad Branch by Tuckahoe and the Henrico Co. line). He was the son of Sarah and Captain James Holman, patentee of the most western French land (Patent #1004) and land on the north side of the James, who served as one of the first Justices of Goochland County. In 1730 he was named a captain of the county militia and from 1736-1740 he served as Burgess for Goochland County. His land was near "Tuckahoe." He married Sarah, widow (of John Calvet, Huguenot?) before 2/16/1737 and they had two other sons besides James, William and Henry. He died 1772/3. Captain James Holman patented 1400 acres in Buckingham County but lived in Goochland. In 1745 he gave James 200 acres, including the patented 100 French acres, all south of the James. The Captain does not seem to have been French, but he held the patents on this French land through Peter Calvet (John's son). The 1747 list of Goochland Co. Tithables lists him as owning 6 slaves, Will, Cain, Phill, Peter, Sue, and Jude.

Anthony Martin married Jane Chastain, 18/7/1782 (died 4/1815) after Sarah died They lived in Powhatan County where 1782 tax lists gives names of 24 negroes and lists 15 horses; in 1784 38 cattle are listed. Anthony built Elioch, a four-room brick house with a basement. His tombstone is still on the land with this inscription:

Here lie the remains of Anthony Martin,
Born the 26th day of September 1737 and
departed this life the 3rd day of June, 1805
. Age 67 years, 8 months and 7 days.
Remember me as you pass by
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now you soon must be,
Prepare for death and follow me.


  • James (19/12/1761-1811), m. Esther Smith [See below]
  • Jean [Jane], b. 9/9/1764, m. (1) Samuel Branch 1782; m (2) Thomas Whitworth
  • Sarah, b. 12/6/1766, m. William Branch 1790
  • Margaret, m. Peter Dupuy of Nottoway Co. 1789
  • Anthony Jr. (?-- on tax list of 1789)

Rev. George Smith (15/3/1747 Buckingham Co Va-9/8/1820) & Judith Guerrant (17/3/1745-1801)

They married 16/4/1767 [DR]. George Smith bought land (house plus 445 acres) bequeathed to his half-brother, George Stovall Smith, on 27 Mar 1788 for 100. (George Stovall Smith had moved with his family to Fayette Co. KY at that time.) In 1782-7 Powhatan Co. tax lists show 6-8 slaves. He was baptized by David Tinsley and preached in the Powhatan Baptist church, as well as the Skinquarter and Tomahawk churches. He moved to Franklin Co KY in 1804, living across the creek from close friend and anti-slavery advocate William Hickman. (In 1798 he had emancipated his 9 slaves).
"He was bred an Episcopalian, and was clerk of the church previous to becoming a Baptist. When the Baptists visited his neighborhood first, he went to hear them preach, from vain curiosity. But the Lord sent an arrow to his heart, and he found no peace till he obtained it through the blood of a crucified Redeemer. He was baptized into the fellowship of Powhatan church, in Powhatan county, by the famous David Tinsley. He soon commenced exhorting, and, according to Mr. Semple, became 'an excellent preacher.' He was intimately associated with William Hickman, the Dupuys, and his younger half-brother George Stokes Smith, in spreading the gospel in Cumberland and Cherterfield counties. During his life he and William Hickman were knit together in soul like Jonathan and David.
When John Dupuy moved to Kentucky in 1784, George Smith succeeded him in the pastoral care of Powhatan church. He also became pator of Skinquarter and Tomahawk churches, in Chesterfield county. These churches were happy and prosperous under his ministry until 1804, when he moved to Kentucky, having previously visited it ten times. He first stopped in Woodford county, but shortly afterwards bought land in Franklin county, divided from that of his old yoke-fellow, William Hickman, by Elkhorn Creek. Here the two old veterans of the cross lived like brothers indeed, until they were separated by death.
He arrived here [Ky] just at the time the excitement on the slavery question had reached its maximum height, warmly espoused the anti-slavery side, and gave his full strength to its advocacy. This rendered him unpopular among the Kentucky churches. He, however, continued to preach. At one time there was an extensive revival under his preaching in his own house." (from Spencer's History of Kentucky Baptists, 1886, on information from George Forsee, grandson of Mr. Smith) William Hickman wrote an autobiography before he died, "William Hickman, 1747-1830: 'A Short Account of my Life and Travels. For more than fifty years; a Professed Servant of Jesus Christ." (pub 1828, 1969), which Suzanne Russell generously copied for me.
After Judith's death he married Salley Heydon: George Rappeen; his third marriage was in 1805 to Elizabeth Dupuy Fogg (daughter of Bartholomew Dupuy) 1805: Judith, m. Peter Guerrant


  • Marianne [Forsee] (1776-1807)
  • Esther (1768-1808)

Will of George Smith

To my beloved wife, Elizabeth Smith, fifteen shares of stock in the Bank of Kentucky, together with a green settee, half a dozen Windsor chairs, and all or such part as she may want of my table and cupboard furniture, together with bed and bed furniture to be disposed of as she thinks proper (except silver spoons.) To my son, George R. Smith, forty-five shares of stock in the Bank of Kentucky, One Thousand Dollars in cash, the Franklin mare, my silver watch and silver spoons, ...an equal share in my property that shall be sold, together with all my out lands that remain unsold...
it is my wish that One Hundred Dollars in cash be paid to negro man Jack, Fifty Dollars in cash to Molly, whom I set free some time past.
...the balance of the estate shall be equally divided between the heirs of my deceased daughter, Mary Ann Forsee and Esther Martin, provided that One Hundred Dollars be deduced from Thomas L. Bryan, husband of Esther Forsee, and One Hundred Dollars to be deducted from James Forsee, son of William Forsee, Senior, also Six Hundred dollars to be deducted from William and James Martin, sons of James Martin, deceased, viz: Three Hundred Dollars each.
...Benjamin Davis to have the care of and education of my son George R. Smith until he arrives to the age of twenty-one years...
George Smith, 1/8/1820
Codicil: my negro man Caesar be free on the eighth day of January, 1820...my negro man Mose, and my negro girl Araminta, also to be free on the eighth day of January, 1820.
Proven in Franklin County, August 1820.

On George "Burnt Face" Smith

The first industry in the area that eventually became Powhatan County, Virginia, was the coal mining operation of William Byrd. Legend has it that on one of Byrd's visits to the Huguenot settlement of Manakin Town, while walking along the James River, he saw a vein of coal protruding from the bank. He returned to Williamsburg and sought a patent to that land. On 2 November 1705, Byrd was granted the 385-acre island called Sabot's Island, because of the importation of eight new persons. (Early residents of the Colony of Virginia were encouraged to import and pay the expenses of settlers by giving the resident a grant of land for each person imported. Often, the new settlers had also signed an indenture, guaranteeing to the benefactor their services for a number of years, sometimes as high as seven years.) According to a diary kept by Byrd, George Smith, a coaler, arrived on 15 June 1709. He was recommended by Nathaniel Blakiston, agent for the Virginia Colony in England, and he came into the country on the ship Providence. He is considered to have been the first coal mining operator in the new world. He was probably nicknamed "Burnt-Face," therefore, for the obvious reason.2

It is not known when George concluded his indenture services with William Byrd. He was listed as a tithable for the Huguenot's King William Parish as early as 1714, five years after he arrived in Virginia, which may indicate his service period. In Byrd's diary, he told about George Smith being sick several times, and in some entries, after they had been working together for about a year, he gave the impression that he was not entirely satisfied with the services of his "coaler." George was granted 367 1/2 acres of land on a branch of Jones Creek known by the name of Chastain's Branch for 40 shillings on 5 September 1723. This land was in the Manakin Town area and near Sabot's Island.2 By the time he died in 1740, he had accumulated considerable land and substance.

Sources: 1 The Allens and the Harrisons of the Kingdom of Callaway, 1981, by Crockett Allen Harrison. Mr. Harrison credits Mrs. Mary Lee Mahin (Mrs. Marion W.) of Keene, Kentucky, a Smith and Moseley descendant, for much help to him.

2 An unpublished pamphlet on George "Burnt-face" Smith sent by Crockett Allen Harrison.

Research done by Judith H. Dixon (formerly posted at http://www.gbronline.com/dixon.j)


James H. Martin (19/12/1761 Manakintown VA-1811) & Esther Smith (19/4/1768-28/11/1808)

They were married 22/9/1785 (bond 15/9/1785); both were grandchildren of Mary Ann Rapine Martin Smith. They moved from Powhatan Co. VA to Franklin Co. KY (near Duckers, immediately south of Ed Ayres and next to the Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church) after 1787 (by 1790?) where several Huguenot families had settled after the Revolution (1784-5), primarily the children of John James Trabue (Daniel, James, William, Jane) and the brothers of his wife, Olympia Dupuy. ["The Trabue Papers" show they were in Kentucky on the Licking Creek in 1780). John Dupuy, born in 1737 to John James Dupuy, also moved to Woodford County in 1784 after converting to the Baptist faith and being ordained 1774; evidently his brother James, also a minister, was also in Kentucky. This family (including George Smith) seems to have been closely connected with the Craig family, as members and preachers of this church and through their association with William Hickman. After Esther died, James married Sarah Davis in 1809.


  • ?Jean Bryan
  • ? [daughter[, m. B. C.Stephens
  • Major William H (1801-1860)
  • James S. (1804-), m. Nancy Wilson, Mary Jane Gerard (went to Mo with 8 children)
  • Ann, m. Payne Higgins
  • Sarah, m. Thomas Ash
  • Susan, m. Mark Holloway
  • Juliet, m. William Gentry
  • Nancy

William Holman Martin (30/12/1801 Powhatan Co. VA-21/6/1860 Scott Co KY) & Susanna Smith Hale (2/8/1802 Fauquier Co VA-13/5/1835 KY)

They married 8/7/1820 in Woodford Co KY.
Susanna was a very beautiful woman, of medium size, very light yellow hair and beautiful blue eyes. She died young, leaving six small children. Catherine Jane was sent to a convent near White Sulphur between Frankfort and Georgetown and taught to sew, paint, music, and embroidering. This observation and much else of the family material may be found in "My Ancestors: A Brief Account of the Ancestry of Lister Witherspoon and his wife Martinette Viley of Woodford County, KY" by Martinette Witherspoon, 1922
Martinette Villey remembers William Holman Martin as a very large man, tall and fleshy (300 pounds?) with black hair and blue grey eyes. "He had a good kind open countenance and he was noted in all the neighborhood for his benevolence and generous kindness to every one. During the Cholera epidemic when so many of the neighbors sickened and died, the old people, I have heard them say, said 'they could have better done without the physician than they could have done without 'Brother Martin.'" He went night and day ministering to the sick and dying and never took the disease and I think my mother said there wasn't a case on the place. He was a man finely educated for his day, and had a fine library which he enjoyed. I can well remember the shelves full of books, and seeing him nearly always with a book in his hand when he sat in the house. He was a devout Christian and was a member of the "Old Crossing's Baptist Church." He was a deacon, led in prayer and sang well. He had a fine full voice and always led the singing or "started the humns," as they said in those days when there were no instruments in the churches to lead and depend on. " He was an ordained minister, but had to care for his six small children after his wife's death and so did not preach. He lived first between Midway and Georgetown on the "Iron Works Rd" in a beautiful old home surrounded by flowers (he kept a man digging and hoeing all the time); Esther Antoinette also loved flowers, books, and music. He had a large farm and many slaves of all ages, "all living to enjoy themselves and do as little as possible. He would never sell or hire one out, for fear they might be mistreated, and they grew up in idleness and impertinence. No one ever corrected them for anything and they were an impertinent and very saucy set. I hated to go among them for they were too familiar. ..". I was afraid of both him and my step-grandmother, but why I do not know, since neither either spoke a cross word, or even talk to me or take the slightest notice of me. " The house was a very old fashioned brick, painted white with green shutters, with three front porches; three of the four front rooms had front doors opening on a separate porch, all connected by pavements.... He later married Mrs. Sallie Nuckols True, and lived in Scott Co KY


  • Catherine Jane, m. Warren Viley :
    • Martinette m. Lister Witherspoon:
      • Warren Viley m. Lilly Fuhs of Va.; Ellen Douglas m. M. Allen Buffington of Mass; Ethel m. O. L. Alexander of W. Va.; Lister Jr.
      • J. Breckinridge m. 1 Flavilla Searles, m. 2 Mary Philamon Parrish: Warren, Breckinridge
      • Lydia May, m. 1 Lawrence Jones, m. 2. James C. McFerran: James C. McFerran, m. 3 Paul Lansing
    • John, Col. killed in Civil War
    • Four other children died young
  • Solon D. (Dr.), m. Kate Pinkerton 1847
  • Ann Maria, m. Dudley Peake (probably a brother of Laurinda Peak, wife of Walton Craig)
  • Louis
  • James W.
  • Esther Antoinette, 1829-1912, m. John Tompson 1847 [This is my great-great-grandmother--Ann Woodlief]