- Generation #6
- William Martin 1813-1826
- James Martin 1814-1868
- Sarah Martin 1818-?
- Elizabeth Martin 1820-1822
- Robert Martin 1822-182?
- Robert Martin 1824-?
- Generation #5
- James Martin 1851-1934
- Ellen Martin 1853-?
- Sarah Ann Martin 1855-1864
- Robert Martin 1859-1860
- Mary Ann Martin 1864
- Generation #4
- Isaac Watson Martin 1874-1934
- Rose Ellen Martin 1876-1953
- Walter James Martin 1878-1936
- William Martin 1879-1890
- George Edward Martin 1882-1958
- Herbert Martin 1884-1917
- Mary Martin 1886-1915
- Emma Jane Martin 1887-1917
- Percy Martin 1889-1890
- Percy Martin 1892-1967
- Ethel May Martin 1895-1999
- Albert Martin 1899-1918
The Martin family
The Martin surname was the first surname for me to research as it is my own. Unlike my maternal family, all of my paternal Great Grandparents had died before I was born. Some so long before, that even my father didn't know who they were either. So i set about pooling all the information that i could with help from my Uncles, my Grandfather's last surviving sibling, their cousin and their Aunt Ethel.
Fortunately my research soon led me to another researcher in the family - my Grandfather's cousin who lives down in Somerset, England. Along with his research and the wealth of photos and knowledge from Ethel (my Gt Grandfather's youngest sister) I was soon able to build up quite a collection of photos and collate a lot of information.
Ethel sadly died during my research at the grand old age of 103 years old but she remained sprightly and coherent to the end - able to help in many ways with stories, photos, memories and information of her parents and siblings.
The Martin family have lived in the Cambridgeshire fenland for at least 220 years and rarely moved around. After originally following a wrong branch, giving me a surrogate family including the Waters family of Mepal and a Hescue ancestor in Coveney, I pruned the tree back down a few generations after returning to earlier research notes and evidence.
The two James Martins
My Great Great Great Great Grandparents, Robert and Avis (or "Avice") Martin provide me with a puzzle. Their son, (my Gt x 3 Grandfather), James Martin, was born in about 1814 but he does not appear in any baptism indexes in Cambridgeshire or Huntingdonshire. However, his siblings do - prior and after his birth. Perhaps he was missed out? - after-all, many were and some were even baptised twice!
James is most definitely the son of Robert and Avis. "Robert" is given as the father at James' 1841 and 1850 marriages and there is only one Robert Martin in the area. Robert died in 1826 and the following year, widow Avis Martin married James Wisbey of Little Downham. On the 1841 census, a James Martin is living with Avis and James Wisbey but an identically aged and named James Martin is also living with the Moxon family. The daughter of the head of this Moxon family was Mary Ann Moxon, and the following day, James Martin (of Robert Martin) married her.
This suggests that James featured twice in the same census - once with his mother and once with his bride-to-be on the eve of their marriage.
When Avis dies in 1858, she is living at 2nd Drove, Little Downham - incidentally where 'my' James Martin is also living... and he is named as the informant.
Nineteenth century fenland communities must have faced some pretty gruelling times. A combination of low income and poor living conditions provided the perfect environment for the onset of disease.
In the 1850s and 1860s, my Gt Gt Gt Grandfather's family, living out at Second Drove, Little Downham, lost nearly all his family to disease. Of his five children (with his second wife), only two, at most, survived into adulthood - one of which being my Gt Gt Grandfather. The other children died from conditions such as kidney disease, scarlet fever, consumption (a term for TB or Tuberculosis). Four years after his youngest child's death, James senior also died.
During the 19th Century, my ancestors worked as Platelayers, Farmers, Labourers and Gatekeepers. In 1891, William Martin, the younger brother of my Great Grandfather, died whilst at work when he was thrown from a horse and cart. He died from internal wounds before the doctor could arrive. He was just 10 years old.
Years earlier in 1868, William's Grandfather also met an untimely end whilst at work. He worked for the Great Eastern Railway as a Platelayer. On 20th October 1868, aged 53, he was accidentally struck by the buffer of a Goods Engine and killed.
Fellow researcher has his own website which follows his branch of the Stukins family who married one of the Martins of Coveney.
A website dedicated to the small fenland village of Pymoor, North of Little Downham and close to Oxlode. This village is bound to have been familiar to my Martin ancestors.
- Distribution of Martin families in the UK in 1891
ancestry.com provides an interesting tool allowing you to see the distribution of Martin families during the 1891 UK Census.