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Ellen Martin

Ellen Martin was the second child of James Martin and his second wife Mary (née Tingey), of Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England. This was the second marriage for both of her parents.

Ellen was born in 1853, in Second Drove, Little Downham - North East of the main village.

She appears on the 1861 Census, aged seven, alongside her parents; half-brother William Crisp and siblings James and Sarah.

But sadly, like three of her four siblings, she did not survive childhood. She died at home in early November from Scarlet Fever. Her sister Sarah Ann died 13 days later, also of Scarlet Fever.

However, parish records are ambiguous after this point, although there are burials registered in 1864. Her sister Sarah Ann clearly gets a burial on 18th November 1864, but mysteriously Ellen isn't listed. However, on the date of Sarah Ann's burial, she is listed as Sarah Ann [Ellen] Martin aged nine years.

Why is 'Ellen' inserted into this entry? Surely her body was not stored for 15 days before being buried with her sister - as they couldn't have pre-empted Sarah Ann's death? As mysterious as this is, Ellen remains without a burial (although clearly ended up somewhere).

Further Details

19th August 1853 at 2nd Drove, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.

25th March 1855 at St. Leonard's Church, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.


3rd November 1864 at Second Drove, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 11 years.

Cause of Death:
Scarlet Fever - certified.

Not yet known (see above).

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