Thomas Martin (1786-1844) of Southminster, Essex

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Thomas Martin
Sex: M
Birth: 1785
Baptism: 11 May 1788 Great Wratting, Suffolk
Death: bur 4 Jan. 1844 Southminster, Essex
Father: William Martin (1749-?) of Great Wratting, Suffolk
Mother: Sarah Sherman
Spouse/Partner: Mary Shade
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.


1841 Census for Southminster, Essex


1851 Census for Southminster, Essex


Name Birth Death

Thomas Martin bpt 15 Sept. 1806
Southminster, Essex
d. young

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

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