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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Martin



Estate of William Martin
late of St. John’s
in the Central District
Farmer deceased

Dated 10th January 1887

Admin- granted to

Caroline Martin of
St. John’s Widow

Denis Dooley
Wm. Cook and Mich’l Connelly

Estate sworn under

Vol 4 Fol. 397

Supreme Court

In the matter of the
Estate of William Martin
late of St. John’s
Farmer deceased

Petition of Widow
Letters of Administration

Filed Ap. 1 1887

Fiat ?? ?? Pinsent??

J. A. Clift – Proctor –


To The Honorable Sir Frederick
B. J. Carter
K. C. M. G. Knight
Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court of Newfoundland or
to one of the Honorable the
Assistant Judges thereof
The Petition of
Caroline Martin of St. John’s Widow
Humbly Sheweth
That your Petitioners Husband
William Martin late of White Hills
in the Eastern District of St. John’s Farmer
died at that place on or about the
ninth day of October last past

That said William Martin deceased
left him surviving Your Petitioner his
Widow and Seven Children all of
whom are of age.

That at the time of his decease
the said William Martin was
possessed of property and effects
within the Jurisdiction of this
Honorable Court of the probable
value of Three thousand Six
Hundred Dollars.

That said deceased left
no will

That no Probate or Letters of
administration have as yet been
granted to said Estate.

Your Petitioner therefore
prays that Letters of administration
to the said Estate may be
granted to her.

And as in duty
bound will ever pray

Dated at St. John’s this
31st day of March A.D. 1887

Caroline Martine LS

Notes for attachment:

William Martin was a grandson of Thomas and Mary Martin of the White Hills.  Thomas died in 1845 and his will is posted at

My research leads me to believe that Thomas Martin was once a servant of John Jones who died as a preacher for the Society of the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG).  A tribute to Jones may be in the name of his son Thomas Jones Martin who married Anne Murren.

At this stage the father of William Martin is uncertain but may have been John Martin.

William Martin was first married in December 1841 to  Mary Anne Russell.  They had one son Edward.  In December 1873 at Harbour Grace  Edward married Sarah Jane Cook, a daughter of Thomas Rex Cook and Rebecca Earle.  Thomas was a son of George and Elizabeth Cook.

Mary Anne Russell died in 1847 and William then married in June 1848, Caroline Cook, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Cook.  William and Caroline had 10 children.



Page Contributed by Geoff Martin

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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