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A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

John J. Marten

Male 1827 - 1860  (33 years)


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  • Name John J. Marten 
    Born 1827  , Newfoundland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Interesting suicide, misfortune, story 
    Misfortune 1860 
    suicide - cobalt, or fly poison 
    Residence 1860  Elora, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-134019 
    Died 7 Jun 1860  , Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I134019  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Family Frances Gilkinson,   b. 1838, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 30 May 1860  , Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F35425  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Elora, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 May 1860 - , Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jun 1860 - , Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Marten: Lamentable Suicide

      As a sad sequel to the late events that have occurred in our midst, we are called upon to record the death of Mr. John J. Marten, by his own hand. On the morning of the 7th instant, Mr. Marten, who had the previous evening been in low spirits, induced through his recent misfortune, rose from his bed, and unknown to anyone, took a quantity of cobalt, or fly poison. Later in the morning, when effects of the draught began to appear, medical aid was called, and the confession that he had taken the poison by his own hand, was unwillingly drawn from the unfortunate man. All the medical aid that could be procured was called into requisition, but proved unavailing, and he expired about One o'clock the same afternoon. A Jury was called to enquire into the circumstances connected with his death, when a verdict was rendered "that the deceased committed suicide by poison while under the influence of temporary insanity." The sad and unexpected news was received by our citizens with melancholy interest, as being so utterly at variance with what was anticipated from deceased, situated even as he was. We question much whether the life of anyone man has ever furnished a similar chapter of events within the period of one week. Our column last week announced the marriage of Mr. Marten, which took place the previous week. On the Saturday following this happy event, his factory was consumed by fire, and now, we are pained to say, as a melancholy finale to the whole, we have to announce his decease. The friends and relatives of the unfortunate man, have our sympathy and that of their Townspeople in their bereavement.


      Berlin Telegraph 15 Jun 1860

  • Sources 
    1. [S55] Vit - ON, Wellington - Wellington County Marriage Register 1858-1869.
      John J. Marten Birth Place: Newfoundland, Canada Residence: Elora Age: 32 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828 Father Name: John Marten Spouse Name: Frances Gilkison Spouse's Age: 21 Spouse Birth Place: Canada Spouse Residence: Mount Forest Spouse Father Name: David Gilkison Spouse Mother Name: Margaret Gilkison Marriage Date: 30 May 1860 Marriage County: Wellington

    2. [S20] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Telegraph (title varies: Berlin Telegraph, Berlin Daily Telegraph) (1853-1922), Lamentable Suicide - 15 Jun 1860.