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Henry Martin (6)
Henry Martin (6)
For quite a while I had a little bit of uncertainty surrounding this fellow and that uncertainty really stemmed from the contradictory information we have about his daughter, Jean/Jessie Martin. Her record has all the details, but I know her parents were: Father - Martin and Mother - McIntyre and assuming the marriage record I have for Jean to be correct, her parents were Henry Martin )6) and Elizabeth McIntyre. As I say in Jean's page I believe I've got the correct records for her and therefore her parents are as stated above.
I've now all records relating to Henry and am certain that this is the right person. The birth record I have found is a couple of years earlier than I might have expected from the ages ascribed to Henry in 1841 and 1851 Censuses - 32 and 42 respectively. However, Henry Martin is a fairly rare name and the one I found was born in Alloa, as suggested in the 1851 Census, so I am fairly satisfied that I have the correct Henry.
(*I've been a bit careless in recording Henry's children's birth details and will have to go back to the records to fill in the missing details - it was last thing at the end of a week's searches and I was probably rushing a bit too much.)
KEY EVENTS AND DATES
31st July 1807
Henry was born in Alloa, his parents being Henry Martin and Mary Adie. The full record reads:-
"Henry, lawful son of Henry Martin and Mary Adie, in Alloa,
born July 31st and baptized 16th Aug't 1807"
17th December 1827
Henry married Elizabeth McIntyre in Glasgow. The actual entry read:-
"Henry Martin Shoemaker of Glasgow and Elizabeth McIntyre residing there married 17th December. Dr. Duncan McFarlan one of the ministers of Glasgow."
15th December 1828
Henry's daughter Mary was born in Lanarkshire, Glasgow
12th December 1830
Henry's daughter Jean was born in Glasgow. The actual entry read:-
"Henry Martin, Shoemaker & Elizabeth McIntyre a Law: Dau: Jean, bo: 12th Dec: Ult: George Martin & John Martin".
At this stage I am uncertain what some of this means, for instance 'a Law' and who are George and John Martin and why are they mentioned at all - were they witnesses? More work required here.
Henry had at least three further children whose years of birth I have not recorded. They were Peter, Henry and Elizabeth.
Henry, aged 32, is recorded as living at 5 High Street in the Parish of Albion Street, Glasgow. Also living there were his wife, Elizabeth (aged 32), and his daughters, Mary (12), Jean (10) and Elizabeth (4). Henry's occupation was 'Bird Stuffer' and he is recorded as not having been born in Scotland.
Henry, aged 42, is recorded as living at 48 King Street in the Parish of St Mary's or Tron in Glasgow. Also living there were his wife, Elizabeth (42) and his children, Elizabeth (14) a shopkeeper and Henry (11) a scholar. On this occasion Henry's occupation is given as 'bird preserver and tavern keeper' and Elizabeth's as 'tavern keeper'. Interestingly, this time Henry's place of birth is given as Alloa, Clackmannanshire. Also recorded as residng with them is Betsy Lynch aged 15 and a general servant, born in Ireland.
2nd May 1852
Henry's daughter Jean married William McQueen in Glasgow. William was a joiner who lived in Kelvin Haugh in the district of Barony, Glasgow.
24th September 1852
So, Henry died not long after his daughter, Jean, got married. The cause of death is given as "4 Apoplexy". The death is on a burial record and not a statutory record, so details are different. What we can say is that Henry was 44 and that no occupation was recorded. The address given as his residence is 41 Nicholas Street, Glasgow. Other useful pieces of information are that he was buried on 27th September in the 'Old' churchyard and that there were 2 ushers in attendance; that the funeral cost the shillings and moving his gravestone cost two shillings.
24th July 1922
Henry's daughter, Jeanie McQueen, died at 3.45 a.m. at 19 William Street, Helensburgh. She was recorded as being the widow of William McQueen, a joiner and to have had the maiden surname of Martin. Her death was reported by her Grandson-in-Law, Robert Deans Sutter, who appeared to have only known Jean's parents' surnames, i.e. Martin (father) and McIntyre (mother). Her father's occupation was given as "bird dealer", which fits with the occupation given for Henry in the 1841 Census.