NL GenWeb Wills
Estate of Abraham Martin
late of Harbour Grace
in the Northern District
Dated July 2nd.
SUPREME COURT OF NEWFOUNDLAND
ST. JOHNíS We do swear that we believe that Abraham Martin
July in the year of our Lord One Thousand John X Harris his mark
Eight Hundred and Eighty one.
??? said Ann Harris and John Harris
To the Honourable the Supreme Court or one of the Honourable the Judges thereof
The Petition of Ann Harris at present of Saint Johns wife of John Harris of Harbour Grace Labourer.
† † † † † Humbly Sheweth
That Abraham Martin late of Harbour Grace Labourer died at that place on
or about nineteen years ago intestate leaving him surviving his widow
(Your Petitioner) since married to the said John Harris, and two daughters
Sarah J. wife of Herbert *Dowden and Mary Ann wife of William Harris and
one son Abraham aged about twelve months. † † † †
† † † † † Petitioner
therefore prays that this Honourable Court ?? ?? of Your Lordship will be
pleased to grant Letters of Administration of the Estate of said deceased
to petitioner and her said husband John Harris. † † †
Newfoundland † †
†††††††††††† †Harris † † † ? J W.
Sworn before me at † † ††† †An Harris LS
Abraham Martin and his wife Ann were undoubtedly a hearty couple as the note below attests.
The Harbor Grace Standard and Conception Bay Advertiser
January 28, 1862
Elizabeth BRAZIL vs. Abraham MARTIN and Ann MARTIN his wife, assault and battery. The husband and wife were each fined £1 stg., and costs, or the husband 14 days in jail.
Abraham Martin was a son of Isaac Martin and his wife Sarah nee Martin. He was identified as a child of this family in the petition for the administration by his mother for the estate of her late husband Isaac. Isaac died at the young age of 45 in late March 1838. Sarah later married Charles Marshallsea in January 1842.
At this time I believe that Sarah was a daughter of another Abraham
Martin and his wife Catherine. Their marriage sired seven kids. The
youngest and oldest children, both boys, married Pippy girls. The will for
that Abraham can be found here
We do NOT know at this time how or if the line of virile Abraham Martin and that of Robert Martin are connected. Abraham was a constable and a brother of Robert Martin was William Martin† who died in 1840 as high constable in the Harbour Grace region. The grandfather of Robert and William Martin was William Martin who was one of the first Newfoundland constables in Trinity. He came from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands provenance is also the same as my Martin line. With my line of descent from Joseph and Mary Martin at this time I do now know from where in the Channel Islands we hail.
Abraham Martin, husband of Ann Unknown, died in November 1863 at age 42. They had four children. The deceased son mentioned in the petition was also named Abraham Martin and he died in November 1864. Another son William Joseph Martin was born and died in May 1861.
John and Ann (Martin) Harris had three children. Two daughters, Maria and Jessie and one son, John.
This rather large genealogy note is dedicated to the late researcher David Nightingale. I never met him but through his efforts and collaboration with another Martin researcher Evelyn Randall in the pre-internet age I have benefited immensely. Mary Ann Martin, daughter of Abraham and Ann married William Herbert Harris. William Herbert Harris married Mary Evans. Their daughter Una Harris married Edgar Nightingale and David was a son.
Herbert and Sarah may have moved to Chelsea in Massachusetts. Two daughters, both born in Newfoundland, were married in the US. Ada A. Dowden married James A. Breaker, also from Newfoundland in Chelsea in 1901. Mary Dowden married Michael Carroll from Ireland in Providence, Rhode Island in 1907.
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