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Thomas Bryan Martin

Death: Jan 1, 1798

Nationality: United States

Thomas Bryan Martin

Date of Death : Jan 1, 1798

Thomas Bryan Martin was an 18th-century English American land agent, justice, legislator, and planter in the colony of Virginia and in present-day West Virginia. Martin was the land agent of the Northern Neck Proprietary for his uncle Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron and served two terms in the House of Burgesses. Martin was born in Kent in 1731, and was the grandson of Thomas Fairfax, 5th Lord Fairfax of Cameron through his mother, Frances Fairfax Martin. Raised in humble surroundings in England, Martin relocated to Virginia in 1751 to assist his uncle, Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, in administering the Northern Neck Proprietary, which encompassed up to 5,000,000 acres. Martin resided with his uncle on their frontier Greenway Court estate in present-day Clarke County, Virginia. He earned the affections of Lord Fairfax on account of his energetic nature and loyalty, and through Martin's growing influence Lord Fairfax relocated the proprietary's base of operations to Greenway Court in 1762 and made Martin steward and land agent of the proprietary. Martin took an active role in political and civil affairs within the proprietary's domain.

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