George Martyn and the Lost Colony of Roanoke, 1590


In 1585 The Roanoke Colony, also known as the Lost Colony, was established on Roanoke Island in what is today’s Dare County, North Carolina,United States. The Island had a population of 116 settlers, 90 men, 17 women and 9 children It was a late 16th-century attempt by Queen Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement. The colony was founded by Sir Walter Raleigh.

The colonists disappeared Sometime before August 1590 during the Anglo-Spanish War, three years after the last shipment of supplies from England. Their disappearance gave rise to the nickname “The Lost Colony.” There has been no conclusive evidence as to what happened to the colonists.

I have a few connections to this early American colony;

George Martyn (1565 – 1590), is my 3rd cousin, 14x removed, he is recorded as one of the missing colonist’s.

Captain John Martin (1560 – 1632) is my 2nd cousin, 15x removed, he was an uncle to George Martyn and he helped establish some of these early American colonies.

William Strachey (1572 – 1621), is a brother-in-law of my 13th great uncle, and he investigated the disapearance and wrote a report of the events, these were published in his book, Strachey’s The Historie of Travaile Into Virginia Britannia.

A Short Biography of George Martyn

George was a son of Robert Martin (1539 – 1586) and Elizabeth Kelway (1540 – before 1640), he was a member of the Athelhampton House, Dorset Martin / Martyn family. The Martin’s were a wealthy Landed Gentry family, and many senior members of the family were Lord Mayors of both London and Exeter.


Below is a list of settlers who disappeared from Roanoke Island in 1590

The 1587 Colonists


John White, Governor
Roger Bailie, Assistant
Ananias Dare, Assistant
Christopher Cooper, Assistant
Thomas Stevens, Assistant
John Sampson, Assistant
Dyonis Harvie, Assistant
Roger Prat, Assistant
George Howe, Assistant
Nicholas Johnson
Thomas Warner
Anthony Cage
John Jones
John Tydway
Ambrose Viccars
Edmond English
Thomas Topan
Henry Berrye
Richard Berrye
John Spendlove
John Hemmington
Thomas Butler
Edward Powell
John Burden
James Hynde
Thomas Ellis
William Browne
Michael Myllet
Thomas Smith
Richard Kemme
Thomas Harris
Richard Taverner
John Earnest
Henry Johnson
John Starte
Richard Darige
William Lucas
Arnold Archard
John Wright
William Dutton
Morris Allen
William Waters
Richard Arthur
John Chapman
William Clement
Robert Little
Hugh Tayler
Richard Wildye
Lewes Wotton
Michael Bishop
Henry Browne
Henry Rufoote
Richard Tomkins
Henry Dorrell
charles Florrie
Henry Mylton
Henry Payne
Thomas Harris
William Nicholes
Thomas Phevens
John Borden
Thomas Scot
William Willes
John Brooke
Cutbert White
John Bright
Clement Tayler
William Sole
John Cotsmur
Humfrey Newton
Thomas Colman
Thomas Gramme
Marke Bennet
John Gibbes
John Stilman
Robert Wilkinson
Peter Little
John Wyles
Brian Wyles
George Martyn
Hugh Pattenson
Martyn Sutton
John Farre
John Bridger
Griffen Jones
Richard Shaberdge
James Lasie
John Cheven
Thomas Hewet
William Berde


Elyoner Dare
Margery Harvie
Agnes Wood
Wenefrid Powell
Joyce Archard
Jane Jones
Elizabaeth Glane
Jane Pierce
Audry Tappan
Alis Chapman
Emme Merrimoth
—— Colman
Margaret Lawrence
Joan Warren
Jane Mannering
Rose Payne
Elizabeth Viccars


John Sampson
Robert Ellis
Ambrose Viccars
Thamas Archard
Thomas Humfrey
Thomas Smart
George Howe
John Prat
William Wythers


My family connection to George Martyn

George ‘of The Roanoke Colony’ MARTIN (1565 – 1590)
3rd cousin 14x removed
Robert MARTIN (1539 – 1586)
father of George ‘of The Roanoke Colony’ MARTIN
Sir Thomas MARTIN (1510 – 1575)
father of Robert MARTIN
Sir Christopher MARTIN (1485 – 1580)
father of Sir Thomas MARTIN
Sir William “Lord Mayor of London” MARTIN (1460 – 1503)
father of Sir Christopher MARTIN
Richard ‘Mayor of Exeter’ MARTIN (1500 – 1581)
son of Sir William “Lord Mayor of London” MARTIN
William “Mayor of Exeter” MARTIN (1540 – 1609)
son of Richard ‘Mayor of Exeter’ MARTIN
Philip ‘of Dorchester’ MARTIN (1566 – )
son of William “Mayor of Exeter” MARTIN
Anne MARTIN (1584 – )
daughter of Philip ‘of Dorchester’ MARTIN
Anne JUSTICE (1612 – )
daughter of Anne MARTIN
Christopher ‘of Melcombe Regis’ CURTIS (1631 – )
son of Anne JUSTICE
Christopher ‘of Yetminster’ CURTIS (1655 – )
son of Christopher ‘of Melcombe Regis’ CURTIS
Christopher CURTICE (1702 – 1781)
son of Christopher ‘of Yetminster’ CURTIS
Richard CURTIS (1732 – 1794)
son of Christopher CURTICE
Richard ‘the Younger’ CURTIS (1756 – 1793)
son of Richard CURTIS
Richard CURTIS (1787 – 1824)
son of Richard ‘the Younger’ CURTIS
Charles GILHAM (1805 – 1876)
son of Richard CURTIS
Sarah Ann GILHAM (1846 – )
daughter of Charles GILHAM
Caroline Eliza MYHILL (1874 – 1909)
daughter of Sarah Ann GILHAM
Thomas Walter Frank BEAN (1903 – 1965)
son of Caroline Eliza MYHILL
William Llewellyn BEAN (1931 – )
son of Thomas Walter Frank BEAN
Christine Angela Deborah BEAN (1957 – )
daughter of William Llewellyn BEAN
Stephen Robert KUTA
You are the son of Christine Angela Deborah BEAN

2 thoughts on “George Martyn and the Lost Colony of Roanoke, 1590

    • Thank you Pamela, and yes the family was very busy, huge too. I’ve not gone into to much detail with the research of this family yet but I do plan too.

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