Welcome to this portion of our Family History website. There are over 21,000 individuals in our master genealogy database. This website focuses on Gretchen’s surname lines: MARTIN, including descendants of Richard Martin, the emigrant from Northern Ireland in 1740, who settled in Dutchess County, NY. His descendants were Loyalists in the Revolution and departed for Augusta County, Ontario after the war, and later removed to Ogle County, Illinois and Southern California in the late 1800s.
Allied families include NETTLETON, HURLBUT, BASS, PADDOCK, EARL, FELLOWS, HAWKINS and PALM. There are 2938 individuals in this file.
Living people have been marked “Private.”
Please contact us via email with any questions, comments, corrections, or additional information. All entries have been sourced, and the sources have been scanned and are available for sharing.
Links in the website are active: underlines, source citations, camera and tree icons. Click on a link to reveal notes, sources, photos and pedigrees. Many of the sources have downloadable .jpg files.
We want to acknowledge the multiple contributions of Jim Scofield of Livermore, California; a 3rd cousin of Gretchen’s. Jim had researched and documented many of the ancestral Martin lines in the 1970s and 80s, and was kind enough to share them with us when we were first starting our own exploration of genealogy as a hobby in the late 80s.
The 2013 Oscar Best Picture winner, “12 Years A Slave,” dramatizes well the role of “Bass, a native of Canada.” In fact, this was Samuel Bass, b 1807 in Prescott, Ontario, played in the movie by Brad Pitt. This Samuel Bass is descended from the same BASS family contained in this website, and is a 1st cousin, 4x removed from this website’s co-author, Gretchen Martin Mills.
The photo shown above is of Gretchen sleuthing in Maynard Cemetery, Prescott, Ontario, Canada in 1989. The same day we made contact with the Moulton family of Prescott, and they were kind enough to provide us with many details of their BASS descent, including Samuel.
Thanks for visiting – we hope it’s helpful.