THE MARTINS

Victorian Studio Photos
Victorian Studio Photos


The Martins have already been covered on this website in the article on Edward Waterer Martin and there is little to add, apart from a couple of photos and tying up some ends concerning his mother, Harriett, and his two sisters, Caroline Mary (born 1839 Ewell) and Rebecca (1841 Ewell).

James Martin had died in 1843 and his widow, Harriett (née Waterer, born 1801 Great Bookham), continued to manage their farm at Nonsuch Park, with the assistance of employees, until Edward was old enough to take over. In the 1861 census Harriett and her three offspring were still at Nonsuch, but that was about to change. On 31 March 1862 Edward married and Harriett retired to Epsom with her daughters, leaving her son to get on with the farming. Their new abode was 4 Sydenham Villas, Railway Terrace.

I can't tell you much about the ladies, except that, like many sisters, Caroline and Rebecca possessed identical dresses, which has been the case with quite a few people in this collection of photographs. Usually, the siblings are sufficiently alike to raise the question of whether they are two poses of the same girl or two different girls, but in this instance they did not look particularly alike. Then, the supplementary query is, which is which?

I think the first girl here looks older, so we'll go with that theory, but just bear in mind that they could be the other way round.

Caroline Mary Martin
Caroline Mary Martin
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Caroline died on 23 July 1866, aged only 27, and was buried in the old graveyard at St Mary's, Ewell (Grave 166 on the plan).

Rebecca Martin
Rebecca Martin
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Harriett and Rebecca remained in Epsom, with a cook and maid, until Harriett died on 15 August 1887 and joined her husband in Grave 98 at St Mary's. By then she had moved house to Glenthorne in Worple Road. Rebecca stayed at Glenthorne for a time, with just a maid for company (per 1891 census), but she had gone by the time Kelly's 1895 Directory was published. (Incidentally, the Museum has many photos from several eras of the houses in Worple Road, which were not numbered when the Martins lived there, so if anyone knows which house Glenthorne is/was and its number, please let us know and we will see if there is a photo. It had seven occupants and eight rooms, excluding kitchen, WC etc, in the 1911 census, so it wasn't a small residence.)

By 1901 Rebecca was living at 41 Hopton Road, Streatham, with a cook and maid and they were all still there in 1911. Rebecca remained at that address until she died on 3 July 1919 and was returned to Ewell to be buried with her sister.

Linda Jackson 2018