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|Baptism:||11 May 1788 Great Wratting, Suffolk|
|Death:||bur 4 Jan. 1844 Southminster, Essex|
|Father:||William Martin (1749-?) of Great Wratting, Suffolk|
|Marriage:||29 May 1806 Southminster, Essex|
Thomas was a shopkeeper and owned two tenements on the corner of the High St. and the road to Tillingham where he was living in 1840 along with Henry Martin.
The marriage record for Thomas and Mary in the Southminster records lists Thomas as being from the parish of Asheldham, however, a search of these records does not reveal any information. The 1841 census lists Thomas as being born in Essex, however, these "yes" and "no" entries seem to be very unreliable and the tendency seems to have been to enter "Y" unless the person was born a long way away. The clue to the Martin origins lies in Thomas' younger brother Henry who was widowed and was a lodger with Thomas' widow Mary in 1861. Henry in that census gives his place of birth as "suffolk Rattan". In the 1851 census Henry listed his birthplace as "Suffolk Rater". Other Martin males living in the Southminster area gave their birthplaces as "Great Ratten, Suffolk" or "Ratten, Suffolk". A look at the map for Suffolk does not reveil any likely location for "Ratten". BUT, cousin Dr. Chris Haines from West Malling, Kent solved this mystery. Chris' dad was from Norfolk and he states that the East Anglian accent would render the name of "Great Wratting" as "Great Ratten". This village lies at the confluence of the counties of Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. And, lo and behold, when Chris checked the parish registers for Great Wratting... the entire Martin family is listed.
|Children of PARENTS NAMES
|Thomas Martin||bpt 15 Sept. 1806|
|Thomas Martin||bpt. 20 June 1808|
|Mary Martin||6 Sept. 1811|
|William Martin (1814-aft1865)||4 Mar. 1814|
|Susan Martin||21 Apr. 1817|
|Elizabeth Martin||9 Feb. 1820|
|4 Sept. 1822|
|John Martin||19 May 1823|
|Charles Martin||14 Mar. 1827|
- Asheldham Parish Records- typescript copy at the Society of Genealogists (location of the originals is unknown)
- Southminster parish records
- 1841 & 1851 Census Reports for Southminster
- 1841 Census Report for Bradwell