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437. Martin (Laye) Loy (Married Catherine Foust (Faust) (#438) in 1745 in Berks, Pennsylvania (The source of the blue information on this page is the Loy Family Website, maintained by Delores Rochelle Walls.


Born: about 1710 Heidelburg, Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany of Unknown Father (#873) and Unknown Mother (#874)

Died: 1779 in Alamance Creek, Orange County, North Carolina.

[His siblings, if any, are unknown.]



Martin Laye arrived in Pennsylvania from Rotterdam, Germany by way of Cowes aboard the ship "St. Mark," 26 September 1741. The ship's captain was Capt. William Wilson. With Martin was Anna Margaretha (Fechter) according to one source. They were from Hassloch, Bayern-Pfalz (Source: Palatinate Origins of Some Pennsylvania Pioneers by Annette Kuntzelman Burgert, Myerstown, Pennsylvania: AKB Publications, 2000.) [Note: the woman traveling with Martin Laye was not Catherine Foust. Who was she? Is this the incorrect Martin Loy? According to Delores Rochelle Walls, the Strassburger & Hinke's Pennsylvania German Pioneers, 1934, by the Pennsylvania German Society, Norristown, PA. (pp 296-297) is a copy of the original ships documents. There were no women listed in the St. Mark arrivals. Walls thinks that Burgert is referring to a different Martin Laye and was using German records to try to cross check ship records.]

According to historical records listed on, Martin Laye is listed in the PA Early Census Index as living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1741. Source information: Jackson, Ronald V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Pennsylvania Census, 1772-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.

One undocumented source says, "He served in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolutionary War. He emigrated to North Carolina about 1755."

Catherine and her husband had at least four children: George #219, Henry, John, and Mary. Two more are mentioned at, but need to be verified: Stephen, and Jacob.


Martin's will follows and was dated 15 July 1777:


In the name of God, Amen.

I, Martin Loy, of Orange County, being very sick and weak, but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for it, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament: that is to say-- Principally and first I give and recommend my Soul into the Hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God; and as toughing such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form: that is to say, first of all I recommend to my Executors to pay my debts out of my Estate, and to my daughter Mary,I give and devise two cows and calves, and to my beloved wife Catherine, I give all my moveable Estate during her widowhood, and to live on the place, and after her demise the land and plantation belongs to my son, Henry Loy, and also, I give to my son George Loy (#219) one acre of land joining his land on the South corner, and likewise constitute, make and ordain Jacob Albright and George Loy my sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In the Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 15th day of July 1777.

Signed, Sealed & Delivered in
the presence of us -

Martin X (his mark) Loy (seal)

Henry Garhurt
Issac C. (his mark)

ORANGE County., NC Book A, pages 207-208

Proven May 1779, Orange County, NC. Note: It is theorized son John was not mentioned in this will because he already had land given him and had married into an affluential family.


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