William Martin was born about 1823 and baptised on 6th July 1823 at Kilkhampton, Cornwall, England. His parents were William Martin and Grace Barrett.
In 1851, William's family were living in Kilkhampton, Cornwall. William was a stone mason and he appears to have taken on Thomas Hockridge as his apprentice.
|William Martin||Head||Male||28||Kilkhampton, Cornwall|
|Jane Martin||Wife||Female||28||Kilkhampton, Cornwall|
|Ann Martin||Daughter||Female||7||Kilkhampton, Cornwall|
|Thomas Hockridge||Aprentice||Male||21||Kilkhampton, Cornwall|
The family migrated from England to Victoria, Australia on the ship "Nestor", a small sailing ship of 458 tons. They departed on 21st May and arrived 118 days later on 16th September 1854. The family consisted of William Martin(31), his wife Jane(31) and their daughter Ann(10). They were joined on the journey by Jane's sister Mary(44), her husband Thomas Heard(44) and children; John (24) and his wife Ann(26), Mary (22), Elizabeth (17), Eliza (16), William (14), Lewis (11), Thomas (7), and Emma (3) and the Gist family; Thomas(19), Grace (nee Heard)(20) and their baby Oceana(1).
William and Jane Martin had at least two children:
William's wife, Jane died in 1855, age 32, most likely from birthing complications. Their son Thomas was born and died in the same year.
William Martin died in 1884 at Terang, Victoria, Australia.
Originally, I assumed William's FindAGrave memorial was ID 164469897, citing Geelong Eastern Cemetery, Geelong, Greater Geelong City, Victoria, Australia, plot EAS-UNK-X-825-X, date of death 19 May 1868. This is the wrong William Martin. He died age 28-29 and came from Glasgow, Scotland.
The mistake was made because the two, William and Jane, shared the same plot number and I assumed "our" William had been buried with his wife. In fact, many share this same plot number which is used by the Geelong East cemetery records as the designation for those people whose "grave is unmarked and the location within the cemetery is not known by the cemetery office".
There were a lot of William Martins in Victoria at the time, and several dates have been suggested for his death, including 19 May 1868 mentioned above, 1882 at Geelong (Vic BDM 1700/1882) and March 1897 at Geelong (Vic BDM 1667/1897). None of these offer any parents or spouses names and I think they were selected mainly because of the same place of death as William's wife and approximate correct ages. Until further evidence becomes available, the best match appears to be 1884 at Terang, naming his father William, mother Grace and incorrectly naming his spouse at death as Jane Uckridge. There are no Uckridge records in the Victorian BDM Index, confirming this as a misspelling.
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