Martha Gilbert

Martha Gilbert (later Martha Fletcher) was the eighth of the twelve children of William Gilbert and his wife Elizabeth Brightley of Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.

By the time that Martha is fourteen, she is working as a Maid Servant to Little Downham farmer, True Nicholas and his wife Roda, and is noted as living here on the 1861 census night. However, what happens to her for the 1871 census remains a mystery.

The following year, she marries Golden Fletcher - who is later noted as a baker of Brighton when Martha inherits land in Littleport from her father in 1880. It seems that Martha and Golden's time in Brighton might have been short, with the couple eventually moving with their infant daughter Susan to live in West Ham, Greater London (or Essex as it was in 1881).

Sadly, Martha died when she was about 46 years old, leaving her 12 year old daughter, and widower husband. Golden died in 1918.

Life Events


  • 1846 in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 8th February 1846 at St. George's Church, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Golden Fletcher (1845-1918) on 1st November 1872 at St. George's Church, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Susan Elizabeth Fletcher (1880-?)

Census and Residence

  • 1851: 5yrs, Burnt Chimney Drove, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1861: 14yrs, Main Drove, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1871: Not yet found.
  • 1881: 36yrs, 15 Carshalton Terrace, Cobbold Road, West Ham, Essex, England.
  • 1891: 46yrs, 92 Wellington Road, West Ham, Essex, England.


  • 1861: Maid Servant to True Nicholas (Farmer)


  • During 1892 in West Ham, Essex, England, aged 46 years.


  • Location not yet known.

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