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Transcribed by Geoff Martin. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be typographical errors

Will of Matthew Martin
In the Supreme Court


Matthew Martin



Administration granted to

Maria Martin

on the 16th day of December


Value of Estate $1700.-

Sureties James Cron

Alex Squires


Vol 7

Folio 87

To the Honourable the

Supreme Court or to

one of the Honourable

Judges thereof.


The Petition of Maria Martin widow

of Matthew Martin late of Harbour Grace

Engineer deceased.

Humbly Sheweth

* That Matthew Martin the husband of Your

Petitioner died at Harbour Grace aforesaid

on the 8th day of October 1916 without having

made a will.

2. That he left him surviving as next of kin five

daughters Emma wife of James Cron, Marion wife

of Henry Fitzgerald, Alice wife of John Lockyer,

May wife of Stanley Greaves and Isabel unmarried

the grandchildren by a daughter deceased

the wife of Victor Parsons and Your Petitioner

his widow.

Written to the left of the asterisk, and at an angle, the following words.


Dec 9th. 1916



3. That at the time of his death he was possessed

of property within the jurisdiction of this

Honourable Court of the value of $1700.00

as shown by the inventory hereto annexed

marked ďAĒ which is a just, full and true

account of his estate.

4. That no probate or administration to the

said estate has heretofore been granted

or applied for.

Your Petitioner therefore prays that

Letters of Administration to the said Estate

be granted to her.

And as in duty bound Your Petitioner will

ever pray etc.

Harbour Grace Mar. 1916

Maria Martin LS

Transcriber's Notes:

Matthew Martin was the brother of Frederick Martin, my great grandfather. They were two surviving sons of Jonathan Martin and Elizabeth Tucker of Harbour Grace. Elizabeth was originally from Broad Cove and may have been a daughter of John and Patience Tucker. The will for Frederick Martin is here

Matthew and Frederick also had three sisters:
Emma, born circa 1840, and whose history is unknown at this date but died before 1916.

Julia, born September 1842, married widower George Abbott in 1867 and died in October 1875 in Harbour Grace.

Elizabeth Rebecca married circa 1880 George John Corbin, son of Thomas and Sarah from Poole in Dorset. Elizabeth and George moved to Brooklyn and were still alive there in 1930.

Matthew Martin married Jane Maria Mercer. She was the daughter of Thomas and Prudence Mercer of Mercer's Cove. Jane Maria Mercer Martin died in Harbour Grace 1 June 1928.

They had 11 children but unfortunately several died quite young. Not mentioned in the will are daughters Annie Bertha and Annie Eleanor Elesdale, and sons Frederick William, Thomas and possibly John Cooper Lewis.

Emma Martin wife of James Cron, died in Harbour Grace 12 Jul 1932 and James Cron died there in 1935. Emma Martin was the second wife of James. His first wife was Frances Ross.

Marion Martin married Henry Frederic Fitzgerald. He died in Grand Falls in August 1933 and Marion died in Harbour Grace in October 1933.

Alice Martin married John Lockyer of Trinity, John was first married to Mary Cook who died in Trinity 19 May 1904. John died of pneumonia in Bonavista in 1917, the will for John is here. The son mentioned in the will as Levelle was actually Neville. He was a son of John and first wife Mary. Alice moved back to Harbour Grace after Johnís death and in 1927 she married widower Arnold Webber, Arnold was killed in a trail derailment near Mount Pearl in 1937.

Alice died in St. Johnís in November 1952. Her will is here

May Martin married Stanley Woods Greaves. They later moved to Louisville, Kentucky. May died there in 1952 and Stanley in 1959.

Isabel never married. In later years she took care of Florence Parsons, daughter of her sister Bertha. Florence had physical handicaps. Isabelle died Harbour Grace 1960.

Bertha Martin married Victor Parsons in Spaniard's Bay in 1898. She may have died around 1901/02. They had three children, Rose, Florence and Frederick. Victor was the son of Bernard and Eliza Green Parsons of Harbour Grace. Bernard and Eliza both died in 1919. Victor Parsons died in Harbour Grace 07 Oct 1930.

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