M A R T I A U

French Huguenots

Information from "Windows Into Our Past A Genealogy of the Cowne, Gough & Associated Families, Volume 2", compiled by Judy Parsons Smith © 1998.

Capt. Nicholas Martiau

Capt. Nicholas Martiau , b. 2 Apr 1591, France ; d. 1657, York Co., VA; m. abt 1625, VA to Elizabeth “Jane” Berkeley .  Captain Nicholas Martiau  emigrated from France to Virginia in 1620.  He was a French Huguenot.  Captain Nicholas Martiau patented the land on which Yorktown was built.  He served as a Justice of the Peace and member of the House of Burgesses March, 1623-4; for Kyskyake and the Isle of Kent Feb 1631-32; also for Kyskyake Feb 1632-33.

Nicholas Martiau , a French Protestant refugee, who sailed to Virginia in 1620 aboard the ship " Francis Bonaventure ".  

In 1631 he patented 1300[i] acres on the South bank of the York River .  This land was to become the parent of seven (7) Virginia counties:

Charles River; Jams City; Charles City; Elizabeth City; Warwick; Isle of Wight;  and  York

Further between 1651 and 1753 four (4) of these counties subdivided in to five (5) additional counties:

From York :    Gloucester                  From Charles City :  Prince George
                       
New Kent                   From Isle of Wight:  Southampton

                                                                      
From Surry:  Sussex

Nicholas & Elizabeth ( Berkeley ) Martiau  had four (4) children:

·         Mary Jane Martiau .
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Sarah Martiau .
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Elizabeth Martiau , born 1625 in Elizabeth city Va; died January 24, 16 86/87 in York cnty, Va; married George Reade  1641 in Yorktown .
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Nicholas Martiau , born 1625.

Elizabeth Martiau

1.  Elizabeth Martiau , daughter of Nicholas & Jane (Unknown) Martiau , b. 1625, Elizabeth City, York Co., VA[ii]; d. 24 Jan 1696[iii], Yorktown, York County, VA; bur. Grace Episcopal Churchyard[iv]; m. 1 Mar 1640/41, York County, VA[v] to Colonel George Reade , Esq. , son of Robert & Mildred (Windebank)  Reade , b. 25 Oct 1608[vi]; d. 1674[vii]; bur. Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Yorktown, York Co., VA[viii]. She m 2nd aft 1674 to John Boteler .

George & Elizabeth (Martiau) Reade  had:

 1.1.    Mildred Reade , m. Colonel Augustine Warner , Jr. , b. 1643; d. 1681.

 John & Elizabeth (Martiau) Boteler  had:

 1.2.    Alice, b. aft 1674

For Further Information See Boteler, Reade & Warner


[i] "Index to Wills & Estate Settlements Commencing 1608 Williamsburg, James City, York County, Virginia", p. iv  by Virginia D. Gardner, (1977)
[ii]
"Cemeteries of City of Poquoson, Virginia and Some Cemeteries of York County, Virginia", p. 96, by Jessie Fay Forrest, edited by James H. Mero (published by Hugh S. Watson, Jr. Genealogical Society, Hampton, Virginia).
[iii] "Cemeteries of City of Poquoson, Virginia and Some Cemeteries of York County, Virginia", p. 96, by Jessie Fay Forrest, edited by James H. Mero (published by Hugh S. Watson, Jr. Genealogical Society, Hampton, Virginia).
[iv] "Cemeteries of City of Poquoson, Virginia and Some Cemeteries of York County, Virginia", p. 96, by Jessie Fay Forrest, edited by James H. Mero (published by Hugh S. Watson, Jr. Genealogical Society, Hampton, Virginia).
[v] "Marriage of York County, Virginia ", p. 50, compiled by Vincent Watkins (1986) Poquoson , Virginia .  I have a second date of marriage as 1641, Yorktown , VA.
[vi] "Cemeteries of City of Poquoson, Virginia and Some Cemeteries of York County, Virginia", p. 96, by Jessie Fay Forrest, edited by James H. Mero (published by Hugh S. Watson, Jr. Genealogical Society, Hampton, Virginia).
[vii] "Cemeteries of City of Poquoson, Virginia and Some Cemeteries of York County, Virginia", p. 96, by Jessie Fay Forrest, edited by James H. Mero (published by Hugh S. Watson, Jr. Genealogical Society, Hampton, Virginia).
[viii] "Cemeteries of City of Poquoson, Virginia and Some Cemeteries of York County, Virginia", p. 96, by Jessie Fay Forrest, edited by James H. Mero (published by Hugh S. Watson, Jr. Genealogical Society, Hampton, Virginia).