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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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


Dec 9th. 1916
* 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.
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 "A" 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                

Notes for transcription (Geoff Martin):

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. Stephen Martin was the first born of Jonathan and Elizabeth but he was born and died the same day in September 1834.

The will for Frederick Martin can be found here:

Matthew and Frederick also had three sisters: 

Emma, born circa 1840, married James William Tweedy who was from Scotland. They moved to Brooklyn where James died before 1900 and Emma died in August 1910.

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

Elizabeth Rebecca, born April 1850, married circa 1880 George John Corbin, son of Thomas and Sarah originally from Poole in Dorset. Elizabeth and George moved to Brooklyn. George died there Jan 1935 and Elizabeth Rebecca in October 1835.

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 John's 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. John's 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 died in Harbour Grace 14 March 1906. They had children, Rose, Florence and Frederick, Bernard and Bertha. The last two children died as infants. 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.



Page Contributed by Geoff Martin

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Tuesday September 12, 2017)

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