The Family Tree

James Martin

James Martin was the son of Robert Martin and his wife Avis (née Tall) of Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.

When James was about 12 years old, his father, and then his older brother both died. 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 had any children. Nine years later, and after Mary's death, he married widow Mary Crisp (née Tingey) of Little Downham.

James and his new wife had at least five children but it appears that only one of these survived into adulthood. Two died due to Tuberculosis (T.B. or 'consumption' as it often appears), and two from Scarlet Fever.

Despite surviving most of his children, James was killed, aged 53, in an accident 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 widow re-married to Matthew Watling.

Further Details

Circa 1814, unknown but potentially Coveney, Cambridgeshire, England.

3rd April 1841 at St. Peter ad Vincula Church, Coveney, Cambridgeshire, England.





20th October 1868, on Railway Line L22, North Fen, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 53yrs.

Cause of Death:
"Accidentally struck by buffer of Goods Engine while at work on the line".

21st October 1868. Verdict: Accidental Death.

24th October 1868 at St. Leonard's Churchyard, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.