William Martin was the second son of Thomas Martin and his wife Elizabeth. He married Ann Allpool when he was 31 and she 25, on 4th December 1769 in Bushley, Worcestershire. Like his father, he was a market gardener.
They had seven children over twenty years, Ann died in 1797. Six of them survived into adulthood and three of their sons left to work in Scotland and another to go to Macclesfield in Cheshire.
William (known as Bill) 1772-East Lothian 1847 married Janet Temple.
Samuel 1775-Macclesfield 1853 married Ann Nicholls
Thomas 1776- East Lothian 1860 married Isabella Wilson
Ann 1781- Worcestershire in ? married 1) ? Limerick 2) William Smith
Francis 1784- East Lothian 1858 married Margaret Edgar
John 1783- East Lothian 1863 married Margaret Henderson
It hasn’t been easy to discover very much about Thomas and Elizabeth. Thomas was born about 1708 and died in 1770 in Bushley, Worcestershire. Elizabeth outlived him by four years.
Thomas was a market gardener. The area around Bushley was known for its apple and pear growing and it is probable that this is what he grew. You can read more about marketing gardening in their area here- History of Vale of Evesham market gardening.
They had seven children, all born at Bushley-
Their names appear many times in subsequent generations and probably did in those which came before them too.