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Charlie MARTIN (c. 1892- )

1. Charlie James MARTIN, son of Thomas Charles MARTIN (c. 1859- ) and Margaret FRENCH (frm1861- ), was born circa 1892 in Brondesbury. He was a Civil Servant. He married Emily Mabel "Girlie" WALLER. He married Bessie WIRE.


Not much is known about the life and occupation of Charlie James Martin. His daughter Iris knew that he was a civil servant, working in London, but never knew the exact nature of his work. His first wife died young, and apparently he had some health problems later in his life (it is unsure whether they were mental or physical) and required the attention of a nurse. His second wife Bessie was apparently his nurse; Charlie's daughter Iris never accepted this marriage and hardly ever saw him in later life, after he had retired to St. Mawes, Falmouth, Cornwall.

According to his daughter Iris he was an extremely strict father who often made her lie for long periods on hard boards to straighten her back, for example. He was a religious man.


Emily Mabel "Girlie" WALLER and Charlie James MARTIN had the following children:


Iris Margaret MARTIN (1920-2001). Iris was born on 21 February 1920 in Finchley, London. She was a Housewife. She married Peter Fiennes WILSON on 21 May 1949 in Ilminster Church. She died in December 2001 in Crowborough, E.Sussex.

Second Generation

2. Thomas Charles MARTIN, son of James MARTIN and Maria UNK, was born circa 1859 in Marylebone, London. He was a Printer, Bookbinder, Stationer. He appeared in the census. He celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. He married Margaret FRENCH.


Thomas Charles was born about 27 years after his eldest sibling, and about 14 years after the next youngest: clearly a "mistake"??!!

In the 1861 census gives his age as 12. Most of his elder siblings were working for his father's printing business, with the exception of his (then) 18 year-old sister Caroline, who is listed as a teacher. It is presumably his father's business which he eventually takes over.

In the 1891 census Thomas C Martin was living with his wife and daughter Daisy at 21 Streatley (?) Road, Willesden, London. Under occupation he is listed as an employer, working as a printer, bookbinder and stationer. They lived with one servant. In the 1901 census they lived at the same address and all three of their children had been born.


3. Margaret FRENCH, daughter of The Venerable Robert James FRENCH and Celesia DEANE, was born from 1861 to 1862 in India. She was a Painter.


Margerett (spelling in 1881 census). In the 1871 census there is a Margeret French, aged 10, listed as being a boarder at "Elm Farm", Ockham, Surrey. This girl is listed as being born in India, and it is likely that this is the same person, and was in boarding school in England whilst her father was working as a missionary in India.

Margaret apparently (according to her granddaughter Iris Martin) was also a musician, and may have studied at one of the London Music Colleges, but is known to the present family for her gifts as a painter. Included in her work are pictures of Mauritius, where she spent much of her youth.


Margaret apparently was also a musician, and may have studied at one of the London Music Colleges, but is known to the present family for her gifts as a painter. Included in her work are pictures of Mauritius, where she spent much of her youth, her father having the position of Anglican Archdeacon of the island. It is not known where Margaret met her husband.


Thomas Charles MARTIN and Margaret FRENCH had the following children:


Daisy MARTIN (c. 1888- ). Daisy was born circa 1888 in Marylebone. She was a Music Hall Artiste.


Charlie James MARTIN (c. 1892- )

Violet Valentine MARTIN (1899-1985). Violet was born on 14 February 1899 in Brondesbury (Birth registered in Hendon district). She was a Music Hall Artiste. She died in January 1985 in Hove, Sussex.

Third Generation

4. James MARTIN was born circa 1807 in St. Pancras, Middlesex. He was a Printer & Stationer. He appeared in the census. He celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. He married Maria UNK.


In the 1861 census the family were living at 10 Lisson Grove (possibly the transcribed entry from the 1881 census has been misread - this needs to be revisited). Address in 1881: 18 Lisson Grove, St Marylebone, London,

He was a "Printer Stationer Employing 11 men 5 boys 2 women 3 girls"
In 1881 he was a "Master printer & bookbinder, employing at present 17 men, 4 boys and 4 females".

The image of James Martin may possibly of his son Thomas instead, but seems not to resemble the latter. On that basis it has been surmised to be an image of James Martin, without certainty.


5. Maria UNK was born circa 1816 in Marylebone, London. She and James MARTIN had the following children:


William H MARTIN (c. 1832- ). William was born circa 1832 in Marylebone. He was a Printer.

John MARTIN (c. 1839- ). John was born circa 1839 in Marylebone. He was a Printer.

Caroline M A MARTIN (c. 1843- ). Caroline was born circa 1843 in Marylebone. She was a Teacher.

Alice A MARTIN (c. 1845- ). Alice was born circa 1845 in Marylebone. She was a Printer.


Thomas Charles MARTIN (c. 1859- )


6. The Venerable Robert James FRENCH, son of Robert FRENCH and Margaret MANN, was born on 18 March 1836 in Marylebone. He was christened in In both Watford and St. Marylebone. He was a Clergyman. He died on 9 March 1904 in Mottingham, Eltham, nr. London. He was buried in St. John the Baptist Church, Eltham, London. He married Celesia DEANE.


In the 1881 census, the family were living at 10 Linden Gardens, Chiswick. In the house at the time were Robert, his wife, his mother-in-law, his three daughters, a servant (Rosina Dent) and a couple of visitors from Scotland, probably a man and his wife. Robert's profession is listed as "Clergyman, Church of England, Incumbent of St. Mary, Port Louis, Mau.ritius.


Robert French first appeared in Crockford (C of E Reference Book) in 1895. The 1901 and 1903 editions of Crockford read:

French, Ven. Robert James
Beau Bassin, Mauritius. d 1871 Dover, by authority of Cant. for Maur. for Col. p 1872 Bp Ryan for Maur. Dioc. Sec. S.P.G. Dio. Maur. 1884. Chap. to Bp of Maur. 1892. Hon. Can. of St. Jas. Cathl. Maur. 1893. f Miss. (S.P.G.) at St. M. Maur. 1871-84; I. of St. Thos. Beau Bassin, Maur. 1884-94. Hon. Can. of Maur. 1894; Archd. of Maur. 1895; Exam. Chap. 1899.

He does not appear in the 1905 Crockford.

The entry in "Clergy Directory" 1903 reads simply:
French Robt. Jas.Pr. 1872, archdn. '95, of Mauritius.


From "Society for the Propagation of the Gospel", pages 372-3.

"The fact that two thirds of its present population are Indians flowing form and returning to India makes Mauritius a Mission field of extraordinary value and interest. The Creole race (of Malagashe and African extraction) are dying out, and the Hindu coolies are likely eventually to be the permanent inhabitants of the Island.

"The difficulties of the Anglican Mission in dealing with the polyglot population are increased by the fact "that the proprietorship, or at least the management, of almost all the estates "is subject to Roman Catholic influence.

"The superintending Missionary of the Society, the Rev. RJ French, has had much to do with the training of Tamil agents both in India and in Mauritius; and in 1879 a Telugu Deacon, Mr. Alphonse, was ordained. He had come to the island "steeped in the idolatry of India"[!!PW]. On his conversion he volunteered to work as a catechist among his own race, which he did for eight years.

"As yet, however, it has not been found possible for Mauritius to supply all its needs in regard to native agency and the Church in India is now giving promise of assistance in furnishing well-trained evangelists and pastors. The first ordained native Missionary from India to Mauritius - the Rev. G David Devapiriam (an old pupil of Mr. French in Tinnevelly) - arrived in 1890, and already under his care the Tamil and Telegu congreagations in Port Louis have "greatly increased". Since 1889 the local affairs of the two congregations of St. Mary's Church have been well managed by an "Indian Church Council" under the direction of the Missionary.".


Robert, the son of a shoemaker and the grandson of a publican, became a missionary with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and spent the early part of his career in Southern India. Later, he moved to Mauritius, a natural move on account of the emigration of many of his Indian converts to Mauritius, where there was a large Indian community. There he took holy orders, eventually rising to the rank of Archdeacon, in a part of the world where many Europeans suffered badly or died from tropical diseases and where hurricanes and other natural disasters were rife. Robert was known for his compassion, the respect with which he treated non-Europeans, and for his work in education.


7. Celesia DEANE, daughter of unk DEANE and Cecilia UNK, was born between 1836 and 1837 in Eye, Suffolk. She and Robert James FRENCH had the following children:



Margaret FRENCH (frm1861- )

Frances Kate FRENCH (1867-1961). Frances was born in 1867 in India. She died in 1961 in Sutton, Surrey.

Cecilia Maud FRENCH (aft1873- ). Cecilia was born between 1873 and 1874 in Mauritius.