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|Will of Frederick Rupert Martin|
In the Supreme Court
Frederick Rupert Martin
OATH OF EXECUTOR
Probate granted to Cecil Martin
on the 6th day of August
Value of Estate $ 8,381.37
Volume 10 Folio 80
ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND
IN RE ESTATE In the Supreme Court
Frederick Rupert Martin
In pursuance of the provisions of "The Death Duties Act,
No. 7 of 1934" and Amendments thereof, I hereby certify
that the value of the said estate, after making allowance for
debts incurred during the lifetime of the deceased, and due
and payable at the time of his
death was $8381.37 and the sum of $266.53
being the duties specified in the Schedule of the said Acts
have been duly paid, and the receipt thereof is hereby
Dated at St. John's this 6th
day of August 1940
To the Honourable the Supreme Court of Newfoundland or to one
of the Honourable Judges thereof.
The Petition of Cecil Martin of Port aux Basques, in the
Island of Newfoundland, Merchant.
1. Frederick Rupert Martin / of Port aux Basques, Merchant, died at
that place on the 17th day of July 1939, having first published
his Last Will and Testament which is hereunto annexed marked
2. Under his said Will Your Petitioner was appointed
3. The said deceased left surviving him his widow Isabelle
Armah Martin and as next of kin one son Austin Joseph and one
Rosie living in Port aux Basques
one years. C. M A.R.P.
4. The said deceased was possessed of property within
the jurisdiction of your Honourable Court of the probable gross
value of Eight thousand Three hundred and Eighty one Dollars
and Thirty-seven ($8,381.37) Cents as appears from the hereunto
annexed inventory marked "B", which said inventory is a full,
true and correct account and valuation of the said Estate of
the said deceased so far as your Petitioner is aware or can
Neither Letters of Probate of any Will nor Administration
to the said Estate of the said deceased have been granted to any
person nor had anyone applied for the same other than your
Petitioner by this Petition.
Your Petitioner therefore prays that your Honourable
Court or your Lordship mill be pleased to grant unto him Letters
of Probate of the said Will and Estate of the said deceased.
And as in duty bound will ever pray etc.
Dated the 3 day of August A. D. 1940. Written to left of Point 3
Cecil Martin LS Fiat W H Horwood CJ
Port aux Basques,
I, Cecil Martin, of Port aux
Basques aforesaid, Merchant, make oath and say
1. I am the Petitioner in the fore-
going Petition named.
2. The several matters and things
therein contained are Just correct and true to the
best of my knowledge information and belief.
SWORN at Port aux Basques :
the 3rd. day of August :
A. D. 1940 before me :
Cecil Martin LS
Commissioner of the
Supreme Court of Newfoundland
PROOF OF WILL
In the Supreme Court
IN THE ESTATE OF
Frederick Rupert Martin DECEASED
I, Rev. George Martin
of Channel > in the District of Burgeo
in the Island of Newfoundland, Clerk in Holy Orders make oath and say, that
on the 21 at day of February A.D., One thousand
Nine hundred and Thirty nine was present and did see Frederick Rupert
Martin late of Port aux Basques in the
District of Burgeo , in the Island aforesaid, Merchant
the Testator named in the paper writing hereunto annexed, marked A., duly sign,
publish and declare the said annexed paper writing, as and for his last Will and
Testament in my presence, and in the presence of William Gordon Legge
the other subscribing witness thereto. That I and said William Gordon
then and there signed our names to such Will as such Witnesses, in the presence of the said Testator And that at the time of the said execution of the said Will the said Testator was of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding, to the best of my know-
ledge and belief.
at Port aux Basques on the }
This is the Last Will of Frederick Rupert Martin referred to in the petition
Cecil Martin and proven upon the affidavit of Rev. George Martin
This is the Last Will and Testament of me Frederick Rupert Martin
at Port aux Basques in the Island of Newfoundland made this
twenty first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine
hundred and thirty-nine.
I hereby revoke all Wills made by me at any time heretofore.
I appoint my brother, Cecil Martin, to be my Executor.
I give and bequeath unto Isabelle Armah Martin, my wife, my
dwelling house with household effects complete, and the land on which
it is situate; also all insurance monies, joint and otherwise.
I give and bequeath unto my son, Austin Joseph Martin,
one half of my interest in the firm of Martin Bros. also thirty-one
shares in the boatrs Ethel Martin and Rosie Martin and entire
share of the premises of Martin Bros. All the above bequest is made
subject to the provision that my brother, Cecil Martin, be recognized
at all times by the said Austin Joseph Martin as the senior partner
and head of the firm of Martin Bros. Also I give and bequeath
unto my son, Austin Joseph Martin, my share in the land at
I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Rosie Martin, one half
of my interest in the firm of Martin Bros. subject to the provision
that one hold such interest until such time as she may marry
when the disposal of the said half shall be made in one of the
three following ways at the discretion of my brother Cecil Martin
I make the further provision with respects to the dealing
of the members of the firm of Martin Bros. , Cecil Martin, Austin
Joseph Martin, and Rosie Martin, with each other that in the
event of serious dispute arising such dispute shall be
settled by arbitration of three persons, one person to be named
by each person of the firm.
I give and bequeath unto my brother Cecil Martin, thirty
shares in each of the boats Ethel Martin and Rosie Martin
and my whole interest in the land situate at Mouse Island.
All the residue of my Estate I give and bequeath unto
my wife, Isabelle Armah Martin, my son Austin Joseph Martin
and my daughter Rosie Martin in equal shares.
Frederick Rupert Martin
by the Testator Frederick Rupert Martin} George Martin
Oath of Executor
In the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
In the Estate of
Frederick Rupert Martin Deceased.
I Cecil Martin
Port aux Basques
Merchant , make oath and say that
Frederick Ropert Martin
of Port aux Basques
deceased died with a Will, that I am the Executor
therein named: that I will well and faithfully administer the estate and
effects of the testat or by paying his just debts and the legacies contained in
his Will so far as the same shall thereto extend and
the law bind me, and, by distributing the residue (if any) of the said estate and effects according to law;
that I will exhibit under oath a true, full and perfect inventory of all and singular the estate and effects
of the testat or , and render a just and true account thereof whenever required by law so to
do; that the testat or died at Port aux Basques
on the 17th day of July one thousand nine
hundred and Thirty-nine ; and that the gross value of the estate and effects of the
said testat or is Eight thousand Three hundred and Eighty-one-----------
--------------------------------- 37/00 dollars and no more, according to the best of my knowledge,
information and belief.
at Port aux Basques this}
Jonathan Austin Martin went by the name of Austin and he was a son of Jonathan Martin and Julia Ann Parsons of Harbour Grace.
Julia is believed to be a daughter of William Parsons and Catherine Munden.
Austin Martin married Rosannah Bragg (daughter of John William Bragg), in Channel 20 August 1876. They had nine children. Alexander, John, William, Charles, Samson, Frederick, Ethel, Cecil and Clarence.
My research indicates that Austin left the Harbour Grace area after Jan 1874 and before August 1876.
My research strongly indicates that Nathaniel Martin who died 23 April 1908 in Gravels on the Port au Port area was a brother of Austin.
Austin Martin died in Port aux Basques 28 Aug 1915. Rosannah Bragg Martin died in Channel 19 March 1894 from consumption (TB).
After the death of Rosannah, Austin married Margaretta Pieroway.
Frederick Martin married Isabella Armah McKay from Stephenville Crossing 18 January 1910 in Stephenville Crossing.
Isabella died in 1950. Son Austin died in Fredericton in May, 1999 and daughter Rosa Billiard died May 1988.
Jonathan Martin of Harbour Grace, father of Jonathan Austin Martin, was a descendant of the line of William Martin from Guernsey who came into Newfoundland circa 1730 via Trinity.
Information on this line was published by the Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Magazine in 2001 through the research of Evelyn Randall. Evelyn had also been collaborating with the late David Nightingale who had two Martin connections to resolve from Harbour Grace. I feel for their efforts in the pre-internet age.
My great grandmother Elizabeth Martin was a descendant of this William Martin line. My Martin line is likewise from the Channel Islands (possibly Jersey) and then Harbour Grace. The oral history of the Protestant Martins of Harbour Grace is that they came from the Channel Islands. The late W A Munn also documented an oral tradition:
Mr. Munn of St. John's writes : " I firmly believe that the Jersey-men were here in Newfoundland twenty, possibly fifty years before the arrival of John Cabot in 1497 and that Henry Le Messurier's suggestion of their being blown there on the way to Iceland has every appearance of being correct. There is a tradition in the Martin family at Harbour Grace that an ancestor sailed from Jersey about 1450 to fish in Iceland waters, but was induced by an Irishman named Joyce, whom they met in the Orkney Islands, to go to Newfoundland waters and they made Harbour Grace their headquarters.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND THE CHANNEL ISLANDS.
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