James Martin was the son of Robert Martin and his wife Avis of Little Downham.
When James was about 12 years old, his father died and the following year, his widowed mother remarried to James Wisbey, also of Little Downham.
James married Mary Ann Moxon in 1841 but there is no evidence that the couple produced any children. Nine years later, after Mary's death, he married widow Mary Crisp (née Tingey) of Little Downham.
James and his new wife had at last five children but it appears that only one of these survived into adulthood due to Tuberculosis (TB) and Scarlet Fever.
Despite surviving most of his children, James was killed, aged 53, whilst working as a Railway Platelayer for the Great Eastern Railway (GER). He was working near to the Black Bank Station (close to his home) when he was hit by a Goods Engine whilst two trains passed eachother on the L22 line.
After James' death, his wife married for the third time to Matthew Watling.
unknown but potentially Coveney, Cambridgeshire.
- Mary Ann Moxon (1825-1844) on 7th June 1841 at Little Downham, Cambridgeshire.
- Mary Tingey (1820-1883) on 27th July 1850 at The Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, Oxlode, Cambridgeshire.
- James Martin (1851-1934) married Sarah Elizabeth Giddings (1852-1925)
- Ellen Martin (1853-?)
- Robert Martin (1854)
- Sarah Ann Martin (1855-1864)
- Robert Martin (1859-1860)
- Mary Ann Martin (1864)
20th October 1868, North Fen, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, aged 53yrs.
Cause of Death:
"Accidentally struck by buffer of Goods Engine while at work on the line".
21st October 1868 (awaiting copy).
24th October 1868 at Little Downham, Cambridgeshire.