A Message From the President

Dear Fellow Nicolas Martiau Descendent Association Members,

Please accept my apology for not writing sooner.  I wanted to introduce myself to those members whom I did not meet at our gathering in Yorktown.

I am a retired Naval Officer having served 24 years on active duty and retired in 1987.  After retirement I worked as a defense contractor for the Navy for about eight years and also as part of Navy’s civilian workforce for about five years where my last assignment was the Regional Security Director for the Pacific Northwest.  I am currently with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a District Director for the Federal Protective Service.  I am responsible for federal law enforcement and security protection  for 550 buildings in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.  I expect to retire from DHS in May 2009.  I plan to travel, finish writing some books and lecture on the American and Scottish Declaration’s of Independence.  My wife of 43 years, Kathryn, and I have two grown children: John and Christina, and we have four grandchildren: Alexandra, Tristan, Brady and Nolan and we need to spend more time with our grandchildren.

In addition to my Presidency of NMDA, I am the 1st Vice-President General of the Descendents of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Commissioner for the Stewart Society for the Central United States, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Revolution, Society of the War of 1812, Society of Colonial Wars, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Society of Scottish Armigers and the Heraldry Society of Scotland.  My wife Kathryn and I co-authored a book on my 5th great-grandfather, Judge Richard Stockton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey, titled ‘His Sacred Honor’ and I have re-published a book about by 3rd great-grandfather, Commodore Robert F. Stockton that was published in 1857, titled ‘Commodore Robert F. Stockton, An American Naval Hero’.

I descend from Sarah Martiau, the youngest daughter, who married Captain William Fuller.

Due to my current workload with DHS I have not had time to put an agenda together for the association, however I plan to do that and submit it to the association’s officers for approval and we will then notify the members.  One of our first orders of business will be how we identify our members and honorary members.  I will be working with our Registrar, Larry Van Horn, to propose a new numbering/identification system for our membership.

If anyone has suggestions on how to make our Association better and promote our ancestors, Captain Nicolas Martiau, contributions to establishing our great nation, please do not hesitate to send me your ideas. 

                                                                        Yours Truly,


                                                                        (LCDR John Glynn of Glynstewart)

Hereditary Order of the Families of Presidents and First Ladies of America

My name is Charlie Banks; I'm the webmaster for the Hereditary Order of the Families of Presidents and First Ladies of America.  Our organization's membership is comprised of lineal and collateral descendants of one or more Presidents or First Ladies of:

    -- the United States of America under the U.S. Constitution
    -- the United States in Congress Assembled under the Articles of Confederation
    -- the Continental Congress of the United States of America
    -- the Continental Congress of the United Colonies of America
    -- the Confederate States of America
    -- the Republic of California
    -- the Republic of West Florida
    -- the Republic of Texas

Since Nicolas Martiau was a direct ancestor to President George Washington, then by definition all members of the Nicolas Martiau Descendant Association are cousins to some degree of this president, and therefore eligible for membership in HOFPFLA.

 Congratulations on an excellent site, and I hope to be meeting the descendants of Nicolas Martiau as fellow HOFPFLA members in the future!

Charlie Banks
Secretary of Telecommunications
Hereditary Order of the Families of Presidents and First Ladies of America

Martiau Artifacts on Display

Visit York Hall, the old courthouse in Yorktown on the corner of Ballard & Main, to see the Museum and the Martiau artifacts on exhibit. Docents in the basement there sort out items found at the excavation of the area where Martiau lived.

Downstairs, the Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday from 1-4.  Upstairs, The Gallery at York Hall features artwork for show and sell year-round. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4; Sunday 1-4.  For Gallery information, phone 757-890-4490.

Mugs For Sale

Attractive white ceramic mugs with Nicolas Martiau's famous signature are being offered for sale, while the supply lasts. The cost is $4 per mug, plus $10 shipping per order of 1 or 2 mugs mailed in the US. For questions, details or larger orders, contact: Cathy Petre.  Checks may be made out to NMDA.

If you are visiting the Gallery at York Hall in Yorktown (see article above), you can save postage by buying mugs there, "cash and carry."

These mugs will make great Christmas gifts. Besides the famous signature, printed on the front is "Nicolas Martiau 1591-1657" and on the back in the same bright black lettering is "The Father of Yorktown Virginia" -- a wonderful keepsake!

September 6, 2004

From NMDA Registrar:

Regarding our NMDA Yahoo Group, this is a great place to exchange messages among the members, information on family genealogy and answer questions from prospective members.  The group is open to all interested in Martiau Family and the NMDA, and registration is painless. Everyone is invited to sign up and get involved.  I do have the group moderated to keep the spammers out, so it might take a day or two to get you approved to the NMDA group list.

Larry Van Horn


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