Vitals: Thomas & Mary Martin Austen

Thomas (1723- ) b. East Peckham or Marden, Kent Co. or Petworth, Sussex Co., UK;  r. Yalding, Kent Co.,UK: yoeman farmer, Heresfield Farm (son of John or Anthony ? & Mary Wilde Austen*)

m1. 1754 Ann Burr (1721 – ) b. East Peckham, Kent

m2. after 1765  Mary Martin* (1740-after 1795) b. Newlands, Keymer, Sussex Co., UK; r. Yalding (daughter of Henry & Mary Payne Martin)

Children: birth order uncertain

m1. Ann Burr

  1. Sarah (1754/60- ) b. East Peckham or Marden; r. Horsmonden & Aylesford (m. Thomas Clark,  1778, 6 children)
  2. William (1756-  ) b. East Peckham or Marden
  3. Ambrose (1757-1843) b. Kent County; r. Enfield, London & Jeromesville, Wayne Co., OH (m. Susannah Beard – our line, 1779)
    -buried: Jeromesville Cemetery
  4.  Ann (1759-1769) b. East Peckham, Kent
  5. Thomas, Jr. (1762- ) b. East Peckham, Kent
  6. Jeffrey (1765- ) b. East Peckham, Kent
  7. James (1765 – ) who might have been Jeffrey’s twin.

m2. Mary Martin

  1. Mary (1770-1854) b. Smarden (?) or Marden or East Peckham, Kent (m. Thomas Welfear, 1794, 6 children)
  2. John (1771- ) b. Marden; He and Mary were probably products of Thomas’ second wife, Mary Martin

Our Thomas’ Will, written in 1795, refers to Mary as “my now wife.” Could this Thomas have had a father Thomas, Sr.? The Will mentions a “Thomas, the Elder,” but was this his aged father or  could this have been a title for perhaps a cousin from their Baptist tradition. The birth dates of the first children, including Ambrose, seem more in line with this “Two Thomas” theory.


Brian Austen, Austen Family Association, “Origins”

Caroline Pinkers. E-mail. 10 October 2001

“Martin.” Various Public Member Family Trees,

“Mary Martin.” 13 December 2018




Last revised 3/31/20

2 Responses to Vitals: Thomas & Mary Martin Austen

  1. Brian Austen says:

    I am backing away from earlier assertions.

    Thomas Austen married MaryMartin, daughter of Henry Martin, as recorded in Thomas’ will (along with reference to Ambrose). We found a date, 1762, in Sussex which fits. Thomas had property at Nettlestead.

    This means that the Thomas Austen who married Ann Burr as detailed here cannot be Ambrose’s father. This Thomas was a Tanner, if this Thomas was Ambrose’s father, there should have been references to the children (or some of them ) in his will. There is not.

    So who was Ambrose’smother is still the unanswered question.

    • admin says:

      Brian, I’m glad you’re back. lynn told me as much. Keep up the good work. I’ve been away from the research and writing for awhile, but when I get back I hope to put all your “assertions” in the Austen files. Thanks Brian. Regards, Larry

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