The Family Tree

Portrait of Avis Wisbey (formerly Martin, née Tall)
Portrait of Avis Wisbey (formerly Martin, née Tall).

Avis Tall

Avis Tall was the second of the four children of William Tall and his wife Esther (née James) of Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.

In 1812 she married Robert Martin of Little Downham, but unusually they married away from their native villages - instead choosing a remote church miles away in Norfolk. It is unclear why this church was chosen (was Robert working near here, or were they avoiding parental objections?). Together they went on to have approximately six children until Robert died in 1826, at just 41 years old.

The following year, Avis re-married to Mr James Wisbey of Little Downham.

By 1830, Avis and her second husband appear in the parish church at the baptism of their son Henry, and they appear again on census night in 1841 as living at Oxlode/100ft Bank in the fenland just North of Little Downham.

In February 1837, Avis assumes the care of her infant granddaughter Matilda Johnson, when her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and James Johnson are both suffocated during their sleep. Matilda only survives due to being tucked under the sheets, and being on the side of a draughty window.

After James Wisbey's death (date unknown), Avis moved to Second Drove, Little Downham and lived near to her son's family until her own death in 1858.

Further Details

circa 1788, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.

28th November 1790, St. George's Church, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.





3rd August 1858, Second Drove, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 70 years.

Cause of Death:
"Natural Decay - certified"

6th August 1858 at St. Leonard's Churchyard, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.