"Martha, the elder of James and Isolt’s twins, was a Squib. "
—Description of Martha's inability to perform magic[src]

Martha Steward (b. 1600s) was a Squib and the elder twin daughter of Isolt Sayre and James Steward. Isolt and James were the founders of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

It was painful for Martha to grow up at Ilvermorny when she herself was unable to perform magic. She eventually married the non-magical brother of a friend from the Pocomtuc tribe and lived henceforth as a No-Maj.


Martha Steward was born in or around 1634 at Ilvermorny in Massachusetts, arriving before her fraternal twin sister, Rionach. Her parents, Isolt Sayre, a pure-blood witch, and James Steward, a No-Maj, were the founders of the school. She was named after her paternal grandmother. She also had two adopted brothers: Chadwick and Webster Boot.

Martha was the only one in the family to be born a Squib, and with no magic powers herself, she considered her upbringing at Ilvermorny painful. She was loved by her family regardless.

When she was a baby, her great-aunt, Gormlaith Gaunt, attacked the family. Her parents had been put in to a deep sleep by Gormlaith, but the cries of Martha and her sister woke them. The family were saved by William, the Pukwudgie her mother had befriended several years earlier.

Martha went on to marry the non-magical brother of a friend from the Pocomtuc tribe and lived as a No-Maj.


  • Martha comes from the Aramic marta meaning "the lady, mistress".
  • The surname steward comes from Middle English steward, from Old English stīweardstīġweard ‎meaning “steward, housekeeper, one who has the superintendence of household affairs, guardian”, from stīġ in the sense househall + weard  ‎“ward, guard, guardian, keeper”.


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