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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.

However, parish records are ambiguous after this point, although there are burials registered in 1863 and 1864. Ellen is not with the family in 1871, nor is her younger sister Sarah. The baptism register does not include an entry for Sarah Martin but the bural register lists a burial on 18th November 1864 for Sarah Ann [Ellen] Martin aged nine years.

Age wise, this matches Ellen's age and would explain her disappearance from the 1871 census. However, it doesn't explain the disappearance of Sarah nor the fact that the burial entry uses both names.

I have ordered a Death Certificate for Ellen Martin, who died in 1864, in a bid to find out.

Further Details

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

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


Seemingly in November 1864, aged 9 years.

Seemingly on 18th November 1864 at St. Leonard's Church, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England, using half her sister's name (see above).