Samuel Martin

Samuel James Martin (1881 - 1935)

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Samuel James Martin
Born in County Down, Irelandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married Oct 1921 in Auckland, New Zealandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Newtown, Wellington, New Zealandmap
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He was born in 1881. He emigrated to NZ about 1907. He enlisted in the NZ Police Force on 4 September 1907 and died in 1935. Y chromosome results from DNA testing on his paternal-line great grandson Guy Driscoll through his biological son Hercules (Jack) Driscoll suggest he had the YDNA haplogroup R-M222. Cause of death: crash on motorcycle, 13 March, cnr Crawford Rd and Naughton Terrace, Wellington. He was buried at Karori, Wellington, New Zealand. Mabel Wakelin and Samuel Martin never married each other but produced the children Thelma and Hercules (Jack). The couple Edward and Janet (nee McKnight) Driscoll adopted and raised them. He held the rank of Senior Sergeant in the NZ Police and was the officer in charge of the Wellington South Police Station at the time of his death.


  • "Births, Deaths & Marriages Online", [digital index], New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs ( Death Registration of Samuel Martin (aged 53). Death Certificate 1935/16656.
  • "Births, Deaths & Marriages Online", [digital index], New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs ( Marriage Registration of Samuel Martin and Violet Dunnet (incorrectly Dimnet in some versions). Marriage Certificate 1921/5143.
  • Samuel's son Jack received a replying letter from a personnel officer at Police National Headquarters dated in Feb 1980 stating Samuel's date of birth, date of enlistment, but they didn't have details of his death in the accident.

EVENING POST, VOLUME CXIX, ISSUE 65, 18 MARCH 1935. Permanent Link:

  • AN OPEN VERDICT, Evening Post, Volume CXIX, Issue 82, 6 April 1935:

  • SENIOR-SERGEANT. S. J. MARTIN, of Wellington South who died on Saturday as a result of injuries received in a motor accident., Evening Post, Volume CXIX, Issue 65, 18 March 1935

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