Martha Lloyd was the eldest child of the Reverend Noyes Lloyd and his wife, Martha Craven, baptised at Bishopstrow in Wiltshire on 16 November 1765.  When her father died in 1789, Martha, her mother and her unmarried sister, Mary had nowhere to go until a friend, Rev. George Austen of Steventon, offered them the unused parsonage at Deane in Hampshire. During this time Martha and Mary became the very close friends of George Austen's daughters, Jane and Cassandra.
In 1792 the Rev James Austen, brother of Jane and Cassandra took the living at Deane and the Lloyds had to move, taking up residence in Hurstbourne Tarrant. James Austen's first wife died about 1793 and in 1797 he married Martha's sister, Mary.  George Austen retired to Bath in 1801 dying there in 1805. His death was followed shortly by that of Martha's mother. Martha and her friends Jane and Cassandra together with their mother moved into the household of another Austen brother, Frank, an officer in the Royal Navy. Often at sea Frank was thus able to provide support for his mother and his wife, Mary, and the financial burdens were eased all round. By all accounts the household in Southampton was a happy one.
Perhaps it was the pressure of Frank's growing family that led yet another Austen brother, Edward Austen Knight, to offer his sisters and their friend a home at a property he owned at Chawton. Martha, Jane and Cassandra moved there on 7 July 1809.
Jane Austen died in 1817 and Frank's wife on 14 Jul 1823. On 24 July 1828 at St Maurice in Winchester, Frank, by this time Admiral Sir Francis Austen, and Martha were married,  having been friends for thirty years.
Martha died on 24 January 1843 and was buried at St Peter and St Paul, Wymering. 
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