One of my most recent lovely old family photograph finds was this super picture of a mother with her four sons, on the back of which someone had kindly written the family names:
R J H MARTIN, W W MARTIN, D G MARTIN, Mrs Flora MARTIN, A R MARTIN at Higher Street Merriott
This was fantastic information to get my research started and I quickly found the family on the 1911 census, as below, living at Higher Street in Merriott in the district of Crewkerne in Somerset.
In 1911 we can see head of house as Flora MARTIN aged 49 and married, whose occupation is a Poultry Rearer and with her are her sons Ralph aged 13, Donald aged 12 and Reginald aged 8 – there is no sign of their father on this document and sadly it states that although Flora had had five children, one had died.
Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 14375; Schedule Number: 153 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census
Going back ten years and looking at the 1901 census, again as below, I found the MARTIN family living in Lydiard Tregoze in Wiltshire – Head of house was William H MARTIN aged 37 with Flora his wife aged 40 and children Walter William aged 7, Vera Ellen aged 5, Reginald James M aged 3 and Donald George aged 2.
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1911; Folio: 145; Page: 27 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census
Sadly from this document we can deduce that Flora’s daughter Vera Ellen MARTIN was the child who had died and I have found her death registration in the same quarter as the 1901 census, which shows that she died aged 5 in the Cricklade Registration District.
The 1911 census showed that Flora MARTIN had been married for 21 years and I have found her marriage record, as below, on 4th November 1890 in Wingfield in Wiltshire – William Henry MARTIN aged 27 occupation Farmer married Flora MANFIELD aged 29.
Source Citation: Dorset History Centre; Dorchester, England; Reference: PE/BDW: RE 2/1 – 5, 3/1-4 Source Information: Ancestry.com. Dorset, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921
As we know William Henry and Flora MARTIN had five children, the four boys being shown in the old photograph with their mother – the full names and years of birth for three of them are as follows:
Walter William MARTIN January quarter 1897 Eton Registration District
Reginald James Manfield MARTIN October quarter 1897 Marylebone Registration District
Donald George MARTIN January quarter 1899 Brentford Registration District
However the mystery at the moment is A R MARTIN named on the photograph who must be Ralph on the 1911 census, but who is not shown on the 1901 census record – so far I can find no A R MARTIN birth with mother MANFIELD to match, so more research is needed!
UPDATE: Following a lovely recent contact to this blog post from Rosie a 2nd Cousin 2 times removed of William Henry MARTIN, the birth of Albert Ralph MARTIN has been found in the July quarter of 1902 in the Hungerford Registration District with the mother’s maiden name of MANFIELD.
I have also found William Henry MARTIN on the 1911 census and sadly he was a Patient in an Asylum and living away from his family.
UPDATE: Reginald James Manfield MARTIN died in World War 1 on 1st June 1915 and here is entry on the Commonwealth war Graves Commission website CWGC
I now need to investigate the MARTIN family in more detail. but if you believe you have a connection to them please make contact, as it would be great to reunite this lovely old photograph with a family archive if possible!