Cliff McCarthy, 2016 (The information on this page is primarily from the research of Philip Martin in 1993.)
John Martin (or Martyn) of Ringmer, Sussex, England was born in 1645, during the English Civil War. The records do not indicate his exact date and place of birth or his baptism in Ringmer Parish. However, it is speculated that he may have been from the Martin family that were prosperous tenant farmers at Wellingham, in the north of Ringmer parish, near Barcombe. Therefore, it seems likely that he was the same John Martin “of Barcombe” that married spinster Mary Kidd at All Saints Church in Lewes on 2 June 1687. If this is correct, then John Martin would have been 42 years old — it is possible that this was a second marriage. Virtually nothing is known about Mary Kidd.
John Martin was a cordwainer, or shoemaker. Cobblers repair shoes; cordwainers make new shoes from leather.
John Martin died in May of 1709. He was buried on the 23rd day of May, according to the Ringmer Parish Register. In his will, he left his tools and stock of leather to his son John, as well as his house. He left 150 pounds total to his children John and Mary; no other children were named. His personal estate, excluding his real property, was valued at 135 pounds.
Children of John & Mary (Kidd) MARTIN
JOHN MARTIN was born 1645 in Ringmer Parish, Sussex, England, and died May 1709 in Ringmer Parish, Sussex, England. He married MARY KIDD 2 June 1687 in All Saints Parish, Lewes, Sussex, England. She was born 1645, and died 1719. The Children of JOHN MARTIN and SARAH KIDD are:
i. JOHN MARTIN, b. 1688, Ringmer Parish, Sussex, England; d. November 1734; m. ANNE STIANCE, 4 June 1713, Wivelsfield, East Sussex, England; b. Abt. 1695; d. 1749.
ii. MARY MARTIN, b. 1689, Ringmer Parish, Sussex, England; m. JOHN DURRANT, 19 October 1710, Ringmer, Sussex, England.
iii. ELIZABETH MARTIN, b. 1693, Ringmer Parish, Sussex, England; d. 1693.
“Martin Family History,” unpublished manuscript by Philip Martin, Chichester, West Sussex, England, 1993.