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Estate of Abraham Martin
late of Harbour Grace
in the Northern District
Dated July 2nd.
SUPREME COURT OF NEWFOUNDLAND
ST. JOHN'S To Wit We do
swear that we believe that Abraham Martin
|Sworn before me at St. John's, the 2nd. day of||An harris LS|
|July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty one.||John X Harris his mark|
??? said Ann Harris and John Harris
(having been first read over and explained)
F? J Ward
Commissioner of Affidavits
To the Honourable the Supreme Court or
The Petition of Ann Harris at present of Saint Johns wife of John Harris of Harbour Grace Labourer.
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.
That said son of deceased died about a year after the death of his father.
That said deceased at the time of his death was possessed of property within the jurisdiction of the Court of the probable value of Eight hundred dollars.
That no letters of Administration of the Estate of said deceased have hitherto been granted to any person.
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.
And petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray etc.
St. John's June 25th. 1881
Note to accompany transcription:
Abraham Martin and his wife Ann were undoubtedly a hearty couple as the note below attests.
The Harbor Grace Standard and Conception Bay Advertiser
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
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
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. http://ngb.chebucto.org/Wills/martin-william-1-388.shtml
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.
Sarah J. wife of Herbert Dowden - 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.
Page Contributed by Geoff Martin
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit ( Wednesday February 20, 2013 )
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