This is the family of a young man who emigrated from Kent, UK to Canada in 1850. The
Gabriola Museum has information
of general interest regarding the
There is material on the Martin
family and separate pages on the other pioneer families. In 1791 Jose Maria Narvaez
in command of the small schooner Saturnina made the first European expedition to the Strait
of Georgia charting the future Gabriola Island and Nanaimo harbor. Gabriola is a lovely wooded
island lying in the Strait of Georgia 6 kilometers east of the city of Nanaimo
(on Vancouver Island)
and 27 kilometers west of the city of Vancouver (on the mainland). The island would appear to have
been named in honor of Simon Gaviola an aristocrat serving the Spanish Navy in the 17th century.
He was from the Basque area of Spain. The island's name first appears in 1791 on charts of the Spanish
navy. The current spelling appears to be a copy error by a British cartographer in the 19th century.
The church dates from the 13th century. The low tower seen in this photo had to be rebuilt after the storm of 1771.
This baptismal font was used for the baptism of Jonathan and his siblings. It also dates from the 13th century.
The grave yard at All Saints has a separte area for the Canadian soldiers who fell during WWI. It is kept in excellent condition to this day with flowers growing at the base of each cross. A wonderful tribute to the loyal Canadian soldiers who fought for the mother land.
Jonathan's father and possibly his grandfather were farm laborers. He was born Aug.16, 1831 so he was 18 years of age when he signed on with the Hudson's Bay Company for 5 years of service. Salaries were quoted on an annual basis. For the first year of his contract he was paid 14 pounds, 10 shillings and 7 pence. For English and Scottish employees it was not unusual for them to receive half of their initial annual salary in advance. He traveled on the Hudson's Bay Co. ship "Norman Morison" which left Gravesend Oct.18,1849 and arrived in Esquimalt March 24, 1850. This ship was made in Moulmein Burma of teak for the East India Company in 1846 and purchased by the Hudson's Bay Co. in 1848 for 7,750 British Pounds. The ship was 119 feet in length with an 18 foot draught of 529-564 tons displacement. Among the 55 HBC employees on this voyage were Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken and William and Henry Sampson the latter two also from Orpington. The complete passenger list is available. The events of the journey may be found in the "Reminiscences of Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken" edited by Dorothy Blakey Smith published in 1975. The Archives of the Hudson's Bay Co. indicate that Jonathan was at Fort Rupert in the northern part of Vancouver Island from 1850 to 1856. The HBC employees were paid an annual wage. In June of 1850 Jonathan received 14 pounds,10 shillings and in 1851 17 pounds Sterling. From the ship's log we have learned that Jonathan served as Steward on the Hudson's Bay ship "Otter" from some time in 1856 until Feb. 19, 1857. The Otter was 122 ft. in length with a beam of 20 feet and a displacement of 220 tons. She was a masted topsail schooner with two auxilliary steam engines driving what at the time was modern screw propulsion. He left the ship to join "the establishment" in Nanaimo. He was Steward at the Hudson's Bay Officer's Mess in Nanaimo in 1857 and 1858. The Mess was in a stone building occupied by Captain Charles Edward Stewart. The HBC Day book dated Oct. 31, 1857 states Jonathan Martin , for 1 month worked as Mess Steward, paid 2Pounds/18/4 and again on Feb. 27, 1858 J. Martin paid 2Pounds/18/4. In 1858 Jonathan was in the Nanaimo Hudson's Bay Co. store purchasing candy, whiskey, gunpowder and shot. At one time the HBC store was in the lower floor of the bastion. The bastion was constructed in 1853 and remains an historic landmark to this day. From marriage certificates we have learned a first son, William, was born in Nanaimo and a first daughter, Mary Isabella, was born in Victoria. Jonathan submitted a request to the surveyor general for a preemption of land at Comiaken in the Cowichan District Oct. 3, 1866. It appears likely that he took a wife of the First Nations at that time as Helen/Ellen was from Cowichan. The name of his wife from Cowichan has been somewhat confusing. On the marriage certificate she was listed as Helen. In his will Jonathan listed her as Ellen and on a grave stone of her son Thomas she was listed as Hellin. Several (6) of the children listed their mother's name as Ellen on their marriage certificate. On her death registration she is "Ellen". To add to the confusion regarding Jonathan's wife or wives we have the baptismal records of four Martin boys, Thomas, John, Joseph and Henry, at St.Paul's Church in Nanaimo in 1876 which list the mother as "Jane". This may be the source of the "Jane" mentioned as a wife in the book "The People of Gabriola" by June Lewis-Harrison. Her history of the Martin family would appear to be in error since we have no record of Jonathan living in Seattle. It would appear she was confusing him with son William as will be seen in the bio. of William. Since John (bd 1867) listed his mother as "Ellen of Cowichan origin" on his marriage certificate I am inclined to believe the children following Mary Isabella were born of the union of Jonathan and Helen/Ellen. That conclusion best fits the temporal sequence of his movements. We do not have marriage certificates of Thomas, Joseph nor Henry to support this position. Son John whose mother was listed as Jane in the baptismal record of St. Paul's in Nanaimo listed his mother as Ellen of Cowichan origin on his marriage certificate. One of these records would appear to be in error. An explanation for the Helen/Ellen name may be that Jonathan spoke with a Cockney accent dropping his "h's", For that reason uncle John and my father listed their mother's name as Ellen. Jonathan next appeared on Saltspring Island where he was a signatory on a Dec. 1868 memorial to the Colonial Secretary from the residents of the Island requesting various government services. He was listed as a farm laborer in 1868 and as a settler in June 1869 while serving as an "Interpreter of Chinook" at the trial of "Tom" accused murderer of William Robinson. Jonathan preempted land at Beaver Point on Saltspring Island Oct. 17,1871. We do not know how long he lived on Saltspring.
Jonathan and William preempted land on Gabriola Island April 15, 1874. Jonathan may have chosen his parcel based upon the fine natural spring which it contains as it is a source of wonderfully clear water. The Martin farm produced outstanding vegetables which were marketed in Nanaimo. The Nanaimo Free Press of May 9, 1874 stated that Jonathan was about to begin the cultivation of hops which he would certainly know well as Kent was a major site of hop growing in England.
We don't know when this old house was constructed but this photo taken in 2003 shows a structure long uninhabited. Jonathan's name was on the voters list of 1875 as was that of William. The latter was listed as a miner at Wellington. Jonathan served as a road superintendent and on the school board. The names of Jonathan and William were on the "Nanaimo Petition" of 1878. The census of 1881 included the names of Aaron Martin, Jonathan, Ellen, Thomas, John, Joseph. Henry, Sarah Jane, and James. Jonathan's name was on the petition against the "Settlement Act" of 1883-4 as was the name of Aaron Martin. Jonathan's name was also on the "Liquor Traffic Petition" of 1887.
Jonathan and Helen/Ellen have 11 chidren as shown in the family tree.
Jonathan married Helen/Ellen June 12, 1883 in St.Paul's, Church of England, Nanaimo. It is quite likely this photo was taken on the occasion of their wedding. We are indebted to Teresa Wardill for this photo. In a will dated November 14, 1895 Jonathan appointed his son William and his wife Ellen as Executors and Trustees. When the will was probated May 3, 1907 the estate was valued as follows: Real Estate $2500 Personal Estate $350 for a total of $2850 resulting in no estate tax. Jonathan died Jan.16, 1907 and Helen/Ellen died July 26, 1918. They were buried in the Gabriola cemetery.
The Martin boys were active competitors in sports including baseball and sculling. The Gabriola Museum has a silver trophy cup awarded to a Martin for athletic prowess.At least two boys worked in the coal mines at Wellington.
Jonathan's younger brother Aaron may have been a preemptor on Gabriola Island
as we have a record of land owned by an Aaron Martin but thus far we have
found no evidence to confirm this Aaron Martin was a brother of Jonathan. Aaron
Martin appears on the 1841 and 1851 census of Orpington, Kent, UK but curiously
there is no record of him in the parish church of All Saints. An Aaron Martin is shown an
a land owner on Garbriola in 1884.
The birth year of 1839
fits with his age at the Kent census of 1851 and B.C.in 1881. We have no evidence of Aaron
having a family nor of his time and place of death. It would
appear he did not stay in British Columbia. In addition to Jonathan and Aaron two
of the sons of Jonathan were land owners. One is often asked, "why did your grandfather
come to the "new world"? The answer is obvious and if you do not understand it
you are not conscious of a fundamental desire deep in the human genome. The desire
to own land.
" This is what I prayed for. A piece of land...not so very big, with a garden and, near the house, a spring that never fails, and a bit of wood to round it off. All this and more the gods have granted. So be it. I ask for nothing else." HORACE 65-8 BCA map of Gabriola owners properties in 1884 reveals the location of the Martin holdings Jonathan, Thomas, John and Aaron among others.
Jonathan's sister Mary Ann Martin married John Laurence Featherstone. Her g-g-grandson
has put together a large collection of the Martin family those in England and
Nicholas Martin Phoebe Ringwood
(abt 1736-1815) (??-??)
Married Dec. 15, 1783 Church of All Saints, Orpington, Kent, UK
Phoebe Ann Rebecca William
(1786-??) (1788-??) (1790-??) (1807-1866)
William Martin Mary Atkinson
Jonathan William Rueben Mary Ann Aaron Phoebe Jane Alice
(1831-1907)(1833-??)(1835-35)(1837-??)(1839-??) (1841-??) (1844-??)(1845-??)
Jonathan with ????(First Nations) Mary Ann Martin m John Laurence Featherstone
William Martin (1837-??) (1832-??)
(1855-1930) Walter Featherstone
Jonathan with Kelly of Stickene? (1876-??)
Mary Isabella Martin Charles Gordon Featherstone
Jonathan with Helen/Ellen of Cowichan Paul Featherstone
Thomas John Joseph Henry Sarah Moses James Robert Samuel Angus Nellie
(1865- (1867- (1869- (1876-(1877-(1878- (1880-(1884- (1886- (1887- (1890-
1887) 1944) 1891) 1952) 1900) 1916) 1957) 1973) 1934) 1964) 1916)
Name Place of Birth Date of Birth Age Occup. William (head) BC Oct.13, 1855 45 coal miner Margaret (wife) Ireland Jun. 6, 1855 45 Joseph (son) BC Oct.10, 1877 23 freight clerk William(son) BC Jun. 1, 1879 21 cigar maker Sarah (daughter) BC Jun.13, 1880 20 Maggie(daughter) BC Feb.16, 1882 19 dress maker Mary J.(daughter) BC May 18. 1886 14 Edward (son) BC Jul.25, 1889 12 John (son) BC Mar. 3, 1890 11
He worked in Seattle for many years before retiring in 1929. We do no know his
occupation during those years. Many of the children moved to the US with him.
After retirement he moved back to Gabriola for a short time. He was
accompanied by his daughter Margaret who had lived with him for many years.
When he became ill with heart disease Margaret took him back to his doctor
in Seattle where he died Jan.17, 1930. A will was probated in Canada in which
he left $1.00 each to Joseph of Ladysmith, William of Everett Washington, John of
Tacoma, Sadie of Seattle and Marie of Seattle. To his daughter Margaret who had
served as his housekeeper for many years he left the remainder of his estate.
The estate consisted of a Ford automobile valued at $50.00, a 1/9 interest
in 34 sheep valued at $28.34 and a 1/9 interest in land on Gabriola valued at
$38.81. The total of the estate was $667.21. Joseph, the Ladysmith station agent, married
Mrytle Grace Gilfillan Nov. 18,1907. The bride's parents where Alex Gilfillan and Jane
Bennett. She was born in Detroit, USA. The wedding took place at the home of the bride's
parents in Wellington Rev. J.M. Millar officiating. Myrtle Grace Martin died in Victoria,
October 16, 1951. I worked in the Canadian Pacific Express office in Duncan 1947-1950
20 miles from Ladysmith never knowning a first cousin was in Ladysmith. My father never
mentioned a half brother William presumably because William was married before my
father was born.
It is most likely that a number of
descendants of Jonathan live in Washington State.
David Roberts Mary Isabella Martin LLewelleyn M. John David Edward Voltaire Ivor Prosser (1884-1975) (1886-1970) (1887-1965) (1890-1976?)
John was born March 10, 1867 according to the baptismal records of St. Paul's church. He gave his place of birth as Saltspring Island on his marriage certificate. John Martin was a land owner or preemptor on Gabriola. His father may have given him some property. He was active in competitive sculling and was mentioned many times in the Nanaimo Free Press of 1891 and 1892. He married Charlotte Sampson, daughter of Henry Sampson, who came on the Norman Morison with Jonathan. Henry Sampson lived on Saltspring Island and married Lucy of the First Nations. Charlotte was listed as 16 years of age. The wedding was Dec.13, 1893 in the Church of England in Nanaimo conducted by the Rev. Good. John listed himself as a farmer on the marriage certificate. I never met all of my uncles but based upon this photo of John I would consider him a strong contender to be the best looking of the Martin boys. John died March 3, 1944 and was buried in the Gabriola cemetery.
John Martin Charlotte Sampson (1867-1944) (1878-1909) Henry Chester John Edward Mary Jane. Gertrude (1895-1968) (1896-1982) (1900-1925) (1903-1911) Henry Chester married Rose Henrietta Roland Mary Jane married James Edward Silva June 3, 1927 July 3, 1919 Muriel Martin Muriel Martin married Rueben Parker John Edward married Irene Lavinia Weeks Nov. 22, 1922 Edward Merlin Martin (1923- ) Derrald Maurice Martin (1925-1999) Edward Merlin married Izala Kemper Edward Merlin married Olive Genette Copley Teresa Mae Martin Philip Todd Martin (1950-2008) Keith Edward Martin Kirby Loren Martin Philip Todd married Glenna Annette Duval married Karen LaNuma Zacker Keith Edward married Ramona Castillo Kirby Loren married Neti/Enoung Yati Heryati Derrald Maurice Martin married Alice Carolin Chalcraft Jeanette Yvonne Martin Derrald and Alice adopted Kurt Martin & Sandra Martin Jeanette Yvonne married William Green Teresa Mae married Robert Lynn Slayton married Clifford James TaubeneckCharlotte died March 29, 1909, age 31, so that Chester and Mary were raised on Saltspring by their aunt Matilda (nee Sampson) Nelson. Chester served in the army during WW I and we have a picture of him in uniform with his aunt kindly provided by Rocky Sampson. Mary Jane whose photo we have on the left married James Edward Silva July 3, 1919. Mary Jane Silva died Oct. 28, 1925 age 24.
Henry Chester married Rose Henrietta Roland June 3, 1927 on Mayne Island. He died at Ganges July 27, 1968.
John Edward Martin emigrated to the USA in 1918 to join the navy He worked at the Bremerton Naval yard and became a US citizen. His offspring are all of US citizenship. Two have served with distinction in the armed forces. Photos of his family kindly provided by Philip, great-grandson of John.
Joseph was born June 12, 1869 according to the baptismal record at St. Paul's church. We know very little of Joseph although his fatal accident was documented in the Nanaimo Free Press in 1891. On May 30,1891 he was leading two large draught horses to be transported to Vancouver Island when he was struck in the head suffering a very severe injury. He was hospitalized and lingered until his death July 10,1891 at age 22. He was buried in the Gabriola cemetery.
Henry was born Dec. 31, 1876 on Gabriola. His birth was the first of the children recorded in the B.C. Archives and one of only three we have been able to find. The other two were Robert and Angus. He had an apparent common-law relationship with the mother of his children. We have not found any record of a marriage. Mary Ann Wilson was born in Canada the daughter of Henry Wilson and Mary Cootes. Although we could not find a marriage certificate both Henry and Mary Ann had a spouse listed on their death certificate. Henry died in Cobble Hill Dec. 2, 1952 at the age of 77.
Henry Martin Mary Ann Wilson Mildred May Ethel Rita Myrtle Olga (1908-1963) (1909-1934) (1915-1981) Mildred and Ethel had no children to our knowledge. Myrtle Olga had a child, Gerald Wayne Martin, born Jan. 13, 1937, prior to her marriage to Howard Edgar Wright. Gerald Wayne Martin married Marilyn Holiday Michelle Leah Tracy Marie Gregory Gerald (1964- ) (1967- ) (1970- ) Mary Ann Wilson had a child with George Petrunia Raymond Randolf Martin (1922-2002)Obviously Raymond is not a blood relative of the Martin family. He was apparently such a unique and charming man I have included him in the family page. Why and how he took the surname of Martin and not that of biological father is unknown.
Sarah Jane Martin married George Jackson from Manchester England Oct.19, 1899. The marriage took place in the Church of England in Nanaimo with Rev. Good officiating. Sarah died in childbirth Nov. 25, 1900 and the son named George after his father did not survive one year, dying Aug. 6, 1901.
Moses Martin's name appears in the Nanaimo Free Press for deportment in school. He married Clara Wilson (cousin to Mary Ann Wilson) Feb.15, 1905. The bride's parents were listed as John Andrew Wilson and Ida (Cootes) Wilson. The marriage took place in the Wallace Street Parsonage, Nanaimo, A.M. Sanford, Methodist Minister officiating. Moses listed himself as a logger on the marriage certificate. From the 1911 census we have the following.
Name Relation Date of Birth Age Moses Martin Head 1880 31 Clara Martin Wife Jan. 1891 20 George Martin Son Nov. 1906 5 Edith Martin Daughter Aug. 1908 3 Ronald Martin Son Mar. 1910 1Moses birth year is inconsistent with the 1901 census which lists his birth year as 1878. Moses collapsed and died suddenly April 15, 1916 at the age of 39 following a foot race with his young son. We are indebted to Nadine Wilson for information on the Wilson family connections to the Martin family.
James Martin Sarah Jane Yates
married Sept.2, 1928
Donald Carl Gerald James
Nov.1, 1929 1931-1969
Donald m Carol Y. Auchinachie Gerald m Lily M.M. Salter
(June 11, 1955) (June 3, 1954)
Catherine Marianne Jennifer James Robert Donald Christopher Judith Ann David William
Sept.4/60 Apr.14/64 Jan.12/68 Mar.14/55 May2/56 Jun.6/57-Jun.13,2015 May 2/61-Feb.23/12
Catherine m James Farmer Marianne m Christopher Dundon Jennifer m Stephen McInteer
Dec.20, 1999 Mar.17, 1990 Dec. 5, 1986
Will Davis Dundon Zane Michael Dundon
Mar. 27/94 Apr. 5/96
James R. m Vickie Cox Donald C. m Julie Judith A. m Martin Ravenstein David W. m Sarina Erickson
Feb.29/80 Aug./83 Oct.26/85
Gareth G.J. Sean C. Lisa Ravenstein Paige
Apr.5/81 (1984-2002) Apr.16/91
Morgan W. Corry J. Mark Ravenstein
Jun.15/82 Mark married Rebecca
Denby N. Piper Lisa Ravenstein
Jul.23/84 Oct. 20, 2014
James Robert m. Tina-Marie Storms Judith Ann m. Mark Koeleman
Donald and Gerald began their education in the one room school house in Camp 6.
graduated from the University of British Columbia. Donald in Medicine in 1957 and Gerald
in Arts in 1956.
Don married Carol
Auchinachie in Duncan, June 11, 1955.
Carol's maternal grandfather was John Stephen Muir, adopted son of Robert Muir. Robert came
to BC with his father
the John Muir who came to BC on the Harpooner in 1849 to head the coal miners, initially
Rupert and later in Nanaimo. As he was the "Overman" John
Muir Sr. received an annual salary of 100 pounds, a great deal more than the other miners.
Carol's paternal great-grandfather John Newell Evans
arrived in B.C. in 1864 and left a diary of his journey and of life in the Cowichan Valley.
Following his internship in Vancouver
Donald moved to California to study the surgical specialty of Urology
at UCLA. Following a 6 year residency and Fellowship he joined the faculty of UCLA and
shortly thereafter became the director of the renal transplant program. He initiated a
program of cadaveric transplants and organ sharing in Los Angeles.
In 1969 he moved to
the University of California at Irvine in Orange County to become Professor of Surgery
and chief of Urology. He trained 41 urologists and contributed 140 articles to the
scientific literature. He personally performed hundreds of renal transplants.
He retired in 1994 after thirty years service to the University of California.
His recreational passion was tennis in which he competed at the club,
regional and national level.
Gerald attended Royal Roads and Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario.
He chose to make a career in the army. He was an outstanding leader.
The summer of 1952 while at
Camp Borden he was awarded the first General Worthington Honor Sword as the outstanding
cadet. He went on to serve in Korea and Germany. The top candidate for staff college, he
chose Sandhurst, the premier institution in the UK.
He was the youngest Lt.Colonel in the Canadian Army when appointed commander of
the Fort Garry Horse in Calgary in 1968.
He fell to his death after leading a group to
place a memorial and regimental colour on newly named
Mount Worthington in the Yukon.
The Fort Garry Horse have honored their fallen leader with a memorial park at their barracks
in Winnipeg. This stone with plaque will be among others recognizing the fallen of this
Jerry retained his boyhood love of hunting and fishing in which he participated throughout
Canada and Europe.
Jerry's son Jim has become an accomplished birder and photographer. His
web page is well worth viewing.
author takes pride in putting the great-great grandsons of Jonathan and Helen/Ellen, Will
Dundon, age 17 and Zane Dundon age 15 on the web.
Will made Eagle scout in 2012.
This picture represents Don and Carol in their salad years circ. 1975.
Marianne is a tennis enthusiast who continues to compete with great success in local tournaments.
She is in great demand as a doubles partner not only for her tennis skills but also
because of her personal qualities. Jennifer our blond is very successful in business and a lover
of antiques who happily patrols fairs and sales.
Wil Dundon graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in mechanical engineering in 2016.
Catherine married a Marine, James Farmer, and moved to Arkansas where she enjoys her own "spread". She competes in "hunter-jumper" with great success. The photo shows her clearing 2 feet six inches on Max.
Donald and Gerald began their education in the one room school house in Camp 6. They both graduated from the University of British Columbia. Donald in Medicine in 1957 and Gerald in Arts in 1956. Don married Carol Auchinachie in Duncan, June 11, 1955. Carol's maternal grandfather was John Stephen Muir, adopted son of Robert Muir. Robert came to BC with his father the John Muir who came to BC on the Harpooner in 1849 to head the coal miners, initially at Fort Rupert and later in Nanaimo. As he was the "Overman" John Muir Sr. received an annual salary of 100 pounds, a great deal more than the other miners. Carol's paternal great-grandfather John Newell Evans arrived in B.C. in 1864 and left a diary of his journey and of life in the Cowichan Valley. Following his internship in Vancouver Donald moved to California to study the surgical specialty of Urology at UCLA. Following a 6 year residency and Fellowship he joined the faculty of UCLA and shortly thereafter became the director of the renal transplant program. He initiated a program of cadaveric transplants and organ sharing in Los Angeles. In 1969 he moved to the University of California at Irvine in Orange County to become Professor of Surgery and chief of Urology. He trained 41 urologists and contributed 140 articles to the scientific literature. He personally performed hundreds of renal transplants. He retired in 1994 after thirty years service to the University of California. His recreational passion was tennis in which he competed at the club, regional and national level.
Gerald attended Royal Roads and Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario. He chose to make a career in the army. He was an outstanding leader. The summer of 1952 while at Camp Borden he was awarded the first General Worthington Honor Sword as the outstanding cadet. He went on to serve in Korea and Germany. The top candidate for staff college, he chose Sandhurst, the premier institution in the UK. He was the youngest Lt.Colonel in the Canadian Army when appointed commander of the Fort Garry Horse in Calgary in 1968. He fell to his death after leading a group to place a memorial and regimental colour on newly named Mount Worthington in the Yukon. The Fort Garry Horse have honored their fallen leader with a memorial park at their barracks in Winnipeg. This stone with plaque will be among others recognizing the fallen of this great regiment. Jerry retained his boyhood love of hunting and fishing in which he participated throughout Canada and Europe.
Jerry's son Jim has become an accomplished birder and photographer. His web page is well worth viewing.
The author takes pride in putting the great-great grandsons of Jonathan and Helen/Ellen, Will Dundon, age 17 and Zane Dundon age 15 on the web. Will made Eagle scout in 2012.
This picture represents Don and Carol in their salad years circ. 1975.
Marianne is a tennis enthusiast who continues to compete with great success in local tournaments. She is in great demand as a doubles partner not only for her tennis skills but also because of her personal qualities.
Jennifer our blond is very successful in business and a lover of antiques who happily patrols fairs and sales.
Wil Dundon graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in mechanical engineering in 2016.
Robert was born on Gabriola Feb.4, 1884 as recorded in the B.C. Archives. A superb athlete, he was a champion log roller (burling) and he competed in wrestling and boxing. This picture was taken when he played baseball for the Courtenay Cubs. The Nanaimo Free Press of March 13, 1905 carried an announcement of a pending boxing match between Robert Martin and a Chemainus man and then the details of the bout held in Chemainus on March 17, 1905. All his life he was doing exercises to keep "in shape". He was competing in age group events into his 50's. He worked on the railroad as a conductor for Comox Logging for a great many years. He married Mildred Pritchard the daughter of a Comox valley pioneer James A Pritchard and Margaret (?Cameron?) Pritchard. The marriage took place in St. Andrew's Manse, Presbyterian Church, Nanaimo, April 3, 1912. Bob was a very popular man with many friends in and around Comox. Robert died Nov. 10, 1973 at age 88. Neil and Eleanor sank their roots into the Comox valley and enjoyed a rich life there. Neil passed June 26, 2008. Eleanor passed July 25, 2012.
Robert Martin married April 3, 1912 Mildred Pritchard (1884-1973) (1889-1966) Grace Patricia Constance Mildred Muriel Evelyn Robert Neil (1913-1987) (1914-1991) (1916-1987) (1921-2008)
Grace Martin married Sam Carter
Patricia Diane Carter
Jan 14, 1941
Patricia Carter married Don Wyllychuk
Constance Martin married Herbert Allan Bratt
Allan David Neil Bratt Douglas Allan Bratt Mary Elizabeth Bratt
(1943-1943) (1946- ) (1953- )
Douglas Allan Bratt married Kimberley Jane Lacey
mother of Bryan Craig Alger
Heidi Marie Herlihy
Seamus Danielle Kira Brianna Kathleen Alger
(1988-) (1990-) (1992-) (1998-) (2004-)
Keith Quentin Bratt Tracey Kathleen Bratt Rachel Elizabeth Bratt Heather Ann Bratt
(1966-) (1968-) (1976-) (1978-)
married married married married
Ramona Rollins Darrin Smith Trapper Howard Timothy Grant Heggie
Courtenay Dawn Bratt Michael Ellsworth Smith Savannah Lynn Howard Noah Allan Grant Heggie
(1989-) (1988-) (1997-) (2004-)
Logen Ashley Smith Benson Steel Howard
Kailey Jane Smith Dane Hughston Howard
Dallan Cade Smith
Raycelan Lacy Smith
Macin Darrin Smith
Raeley Hunter Bratt
Jackson Tanner Bratt
Sidney Diane Bratt
Alex Lacey Bratt
Muriel Evelyn Martin married John Paone
Julia Ann Paone Glenn Anthony Robert Paone
Mar 25, 1946 April 2, 1954
Julia Ann Paone married Kenneth Cameron Lane
Andrea Lane John Lane
Dec. 6, 1979
Robert Neil Martin married Eleanor Burritt
Linda Elin Martin Susan Lee Martin Melody Ethel Martin
Jan 12, 1946 July 22, 1948 (1957-2001)
Susan Lee Martin married David Shaw
Scott Shaw Cindy Shaw
Nov.16, 1973 Sept. 27, 1977
Samuel married Rose Erwood who was born in Islington, England. Her parents were Frederick Francis Erwood and Hannah Eames. The marriage took place in the Congregational Church in Vancouver, July 2, 1919. Sam listed himself as a blacksmith. He built a home on Gabriola and lived there with his family. The children attended school on Gabriola. A reunion of the three schools on Gabriola was held on August 4, 1984. From this meeting Peggy Lewis Imredy put together a volume of reminiscences for publication. These are a marvelous collection of memories and photos of students who attended the three schools on Gabriola island. They cover a large range of years. A second file is necessary to cover all of the material. Although no longer available on the web I have them as a pdf file it the reader would like to see them. Samuel served in France in WWI with his brother Angus. Sam drowned Oct. 15, 1934 leaving his widow with three small children. Rose was a sweet lady barely 5 feet tall. Douglas and James served in the Navy while still teenagers, during WWII. Tragically their son Samuel James drowned in Port Alberni Dec. 13, 1975 at the age of 50. Rose Martin died August 25, 1987 in her 100th year. Lucille Martin, widow of Samuel James, owned and lived on the Martin farm of Gabriola in 2001. This photo was taken on the farm in 1994. From left to right are Jim Martin son of Gerald, Dr. Donald Martin, Lucille Martin and her daughter Teresa Wardill. Teresa has preserved the ancient photographs of Jonathan and Helen/Ellen. The Martin farm was sold in 2001 and passed out of the family. Nellie was married several times.
Samuel Martin Rose Erwood married July 2, 1919 Nellie Florence Douglas Samuel James (1920-1960) (1922-) (1925-1975) Nellie Florence married Smokey Moore Douglas married Eileen Samuel James married Verona Lucille Sheehan Russel Moore Kelvin James Verona Rose Gloria Brenda Teresa Russel Moore married Sheryl Kehoe Kelvin James married Rosemary Aaron and Kelly-Ann Shannon Dean Moore married ??? Verona Rose married Michael Linden Kim Michael Alex Justin Kirsten and Braiden Moore Kim married Richard Baan Isabella Gabrielle Nellie Florence married ??? Warner Michael Linden has three children Vincent Warner Tyson Cameron Carter Gloria married Peter Vincent Warner married Bonnie ??? Darren Dallas Suzanne Warner Brenda has twins Caitlin and Brianna Teresa married John Wardill Benjamin Vincent Warner married Carol ?? Katharyn Rose Warner
Angus was born on Gabriola Feb. 27, 1887 as recorded in the B.C. Archives. He enrolled in the Army in 1915 arriving in England aboard the SS Missanabrie Nov. 23 1915.He suffered a gunshot wound at the Battle of the Somme Sept. 15, 1916 while serving with the 47th Canadians. After recovery in England he returned to France to suffer a second wound. He and brother Samuel are on the Honor Roll of Gabriola Island. Angus listed himself as a farmer on his marriage certificate. He married Mary Taylor July 7, 1922 in the Gabriola Presbyterian Church. Mary's maiden name was Quinton. Her first husband's name was Taylor of whom we have no knowledge. Mary was a widow with a son William Taylor. Billie Taylor was a wonderful man, a fisherman, who always had the best boat and the most modern equipment. Angus and Mary lived on Gabriola but had no children of their own. After Mary died Angus married again and lived in Victoria. Angus died Dec. 31, 1964 in Saanich. He was buried in the Esquimalt Veterans cemetery.
The last of Jonathan and Helen/Ellen's children was a girl, my father's favorite. She had a child out of wedlock, Carl Martin. Carl was a wonderful man. He had a great career as a fireman for the city of Vancouver. He lived for many years in Burnaby but moved to the Okanagen valley where he died in 1995. Carl was married to Greta and had one son Edward. Nellie married Emick Sparrow April 17, 1913 in St. Paul's Church Nanaimo. Emick was the son of John Charles Sparrow and Mary of the First Nations. They had a child James Gordon Sparrow who died Sept. 20, 1913 at less than one year of age. Nellie died Nov. 16, 1916 of tuberculosis.
Professor Jean Barham has noted two daughters and five sons of Jonathan married Anglos which was unusual for 1st generation offspring from a mixed racial marriage. I don't know the reason for this but I would like to think the parenting provided by Ellen may have been a factor.
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I wish to acknowledge the many contributers to this web page. Lynda Poulton and Barrie Humphrey of the Gabriola Museum, Rev'd Alan Mustoe Parish Church of All Saints Orpington, Rocky Sampson of Duncan, Nadine Wilson, Kim Bratt, Philip Martin of Arlington WA and Kim Baan. Kim Bratt was the motivator who pushed me into doing something I had long wanted to do. Many thanks to all for your contributions. Donald C. Martin M.D. F.A.C.S. Professor of Surgery/Urology/Emeritus, University of California, Irvine. May 26, 2017