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George Martin

George Martin[1, 2]

Male 1841 - 1930  (88 years)

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  • Name George Martin 
    Born 30 Sep 1841  Exeter, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1869  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    saddler 
    Occupation 1871  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Saddler 
    Elected Office 1876  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    House of Industry and Refuge manager 
    Nationality Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1881  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Saddler 
    Immigration 1885  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Manager House of Refuge 
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Methodist 
    Religion 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Methodist 
    Residence 1921  72 Brubacher St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1930  72 Brubacher St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-177160 
    Died 3 Mar 1930  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I177160  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Father George Martin,   b. Abt 1811, of, Exeter, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Grace Howard,   b. CALC 4 Feb 1810, , Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1890, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Family ID F48082  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Matilda Eagle,   b. 1839, Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1884, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 2 May 1863  , Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Frederick H. Martin,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Florence Martin,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Albert E. Martin,   b. 1867, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Arthur James Martin,   b. 15 Sep 1869, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mary Martin,   b. 1875, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Herbert Washington Martin,   b. 22 Oct 1880, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1956, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F24451  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Annie E. Seward,   b. 8 Oct 1862, Corunna, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1935, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1885 
    Children 
     1. Florence Estella Martin,   b. 30 Jul 1889, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1970  (Age 81 years)
     2. Frederick H. Martin,   b. Jul 1894, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F175695  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Annie,   b. 1861, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F243691  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    George Martin 1906
    George Martin 1906
    From Berlin Today 1806-1906 official souvenir located at the Kitchener Public Library
    George Martin 1906
    George Martin 1906
    From Berlin Today 1806-1906 official souvenir located at the Kitchener Public Library
    George Martin
    George Martin
    From: Berlin Celebration of Cityhood 1912

  • Notes 
    • QUALITIES OF A MANAGER

      Mr. George Martin Gives a Paper At Charities and Correction Convention

      CRITICIZE GOVERNMENT

      "Kind, tender-hearted, and firm, but not soft headed." These were the qualifications which to the mind of Mr. George Martin of Berlin are absolutely necessary to the making of a good manager for a House of Refuge. His was the first paper read at the morning's session of the Charities and Corrections conference in Toronto on Wednesday.

      Referring to the problem of the feeble minded woman, he thought it was well to confine them in county Houses of Refuge, as they could there be given easy work and kept out of trouble.

      Berlin Daily Telegraph Thursday October 21, 1909

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      OLD CITIZEN OF KITCHENER OBSERVES EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY

      Mr. George Martin for Many Years Manager of County House OF Refuge is Receiving Congratulations.

      Eighty years old, hale, hearty, alert in mind and body after an active life during which he overcame his full share of obstacles and difficulties of coming to a new country as an immigrant lad and establishing himself; and finally to look back upon a life of service to his fellow men holding the confidence and respect of a wide circle of personal business friends. That is George Martin, 73 Brubacher St., who is today celebrating his eightieth birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Martin were manager and matron, respectively until five years ago of the County House of Refuge. At that time they retired, having had the position longer than any person in the history of the institution, eighteen and a half years.

      Mr. Martin first saw the light of this world in the city of Exeter, Devonshire, England on September 30 1841. When 13 years of age, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Martin, two brothers and two sisters he migrated to Canada. An Uncle James Martin, had preceded them and it was to his farm in Wellesley to which their footsteps were turned. They took the train to Galt, and were met there by James Martin who drove them to what was to be their home.

      ONLY ENGLISH BOY

      Shortly after arriving in Wellesley, George Martin was apprenticed to learn the harness making with Robert MacLaren at St. Jacobs. At that time he was the only English boy in the little village. He was a typical English lad, and having been nicknamed John Bull did his best to maintain the reputation with which that name is associated as a "scrapper."

      During the next few years, Mr. Martin rambled a bit, going from St. Jacobs to Newmarket. However he stayed there only a couple of months. He also ventured to Dunkirk and Jamestown N.Y. in 1866 where he stayed for a few months more. For a time he worked at his trade in Galt. Eventually he returned to his parent's home, who at this time, were living on a farm at Puslinch Lake, near Hespeler. A short time later at the age of 20, he opened a harness shop in Hespeler. Subsequently he sold it to Oliver Baker of Hespeler, trading the property for farm land at Puslinch Lake, on which the hotel at that place now stands. He lived on the farm for about three years, but the lure of the harness shop again called him and he took over his old business from Oliver Baker. He ran the harness shop for about ten years and then opened a grocery store which he conducted for about five years. He built a new store following this and opened a butcher shop as well which he ran for nine years. The harness business in the meantime was disposed of to John Flynn of Hespeler. Mr. Martin also owned a bakery for a short time.

      42 APPLICANTS

      In 1896 the vacancy in the management of the House of Refuge occurred. Mr. Martin with 41 others applied for the position, although it is said he was one of the most surprised of men when he received the appointment. However, his general Knowledge of farming and various talents stood him in good stead when the qualification of the applicants for the position were being considered. Of necessity he then sold out his Hespeler stores and moved to Kitchener.

      During his occupancy of the position at the House of Refuge his experience and knowledge of men time and again helped him overcome the difficulties that are certain to arise in an institution where about 100 old folk must be cared for. When he retired in after eighteen and a half years holding the position

      Married Twice.

      Mr. Martin was married twice, He was first wedded to Matilda Eagle of Puslinch in 1863. Five children were born to them, three of whom still survive, Albert of Holyoke Mass., Arthur of 169 Lancaster St. W. and Harold W., who succeeded his father as manager of the House of Refuge this city.

      He was married a second time to Annie E Seward. Three children were born to them two of whom are still living. Florence, Mrs. V. l. Cober, Samuel St. and Fred H., Simeon St.

      While living in Hespeler, Mr. Martin also served his townsfolk as a member of council for a number of years. For 15 years he was also a justice of the peace there. For many years Mr. Martin has been an active worker in the Methodist Church, part of the time as a local preacher. He is a staunch member of Trinity Church of this city and has served in various official capacities here.

      Mr. Martin recalled many interesting reminiscences when conversing with the Telegraph representative. He crossed the ocean in 30 days and this despite a delay of several days when the wooden vessel, the Slam in which they were crossing, was caught in the ice floes. When off the banks of Newfoundland the vessel had a hole ground in it by the ice and it was with difficulty that the Captain released the craft from the danger zone. When this was done the passengers and freight were placed on one side of the boat and the hole was temporarily repaired, thus terminating the day and night work of manning the pumps.

      When Mr. Martin owned the Puslinch farm he was approached to sell certain parties enough land on the shore as a site for a hotel. Mr. Martin was a very strong Temperance worker and he refused to sell any of his land for such a purpose. Finally they gained their end by sending a stranger to him to buy a site for a shed. This he readily sold for $150 on being promised it would not be used for a hotel. However the promise was broken and the hotel was erected.

      Contrasting the wages paid when he was harness making with those paid today, Mr. Martin recalled that when working in Galt he had to walk two miles to the shop and although by this time a journeyman, he only received a dollar a day at the time he was married.

      Kitchener Daily Record Friday September 30, 1921

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      FORMER MANAGER HOUSE OF REFUGE DIED LAST NIGHT

      George Martin, Who Held Position Almost 20 Years, passed Away After Short Illness


      Death claimed a well known resident of Kitchener last night in the person of George Martin, who held the position of manager of the House of Refuge for almost twenty years. Mr. Martin, who has been in poor health for some time, became seriously ill almost ten days ago, and died at his home 73 Brubacher Street, at the age of 89 years.

      Mr. Martin was born in England in 1841 and came to Canada on a sailing vessel in 1855, with his family who settled north of St. Jacobs. The deceased here learned the harness trade, and the family finally moved to Puslinch and later Mr. Martin conducted a harness business in Hespeler. In 1896 he moved to Kitchener where he became manager of the house of refuge, which position he held for almost 20 years, retiring 14 years ago.

      He took a great interest in church work, and was one of the founders of the Hespeler Methodist Church. On coming to Kitchener, he was a teacher in the bible school, later becoming trustee and member of the quarterly board of the Methodist Church. At the time of Church union, he was ordained as a senior leader of Trinity United Church.

      Mr. Martin was married twice, his first wife being Matilda Eagle of
      Hespeler. To this union were born four sons and one daughter, Alfred and Mary of Hespeler and Arthur James of Kitchener, predeceased their father, Albert E. of Holyoke, Mass., and Herbert W. of Kitchener, surviving him. In 1885


      He married Annie K. Seward of Corunna, Ont. To this union were born two sons and one daughter Florence (Mrs V.L.Cober) and Frederick H. both of
      Kitchener. Theodore S, having died in 1906 at the age of 20 years. Seven grandchildren also survive.

      He had one sister, the late Mrs John Paddock of Puslinch, Ont., and
      two brothers the late Thomas Martin of Holyoke Mass., and the late William Martin of Dunkirk N.Y., who was American Consul for twelve years and American Governor general in China for four years, holding this position during the Boxer rebellion.

      The funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon and further arrangements will be announced tomorrow.3a

      3aKitchener Daily Record Tuesday 3 March 1930

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      George Martin

      The funeral of George Martin, who died at his home 72 Brubacher Street, Monday night, will take place tomorrow. After a private service at the home
      services will be conducted by Rev. W.D. Spence at Trinity United Church at 1 o'clock. Interment will be made at Mount Hope Cemetery.4a

      4aThe Kitchener Daily Record Wednesday 5 March 1930

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      DEATH OF GEORGE MARTIN

      George Martin, one of the old-timers of Hespeler, passed away at his home in Kitchener on Monday evening at the advanced age of 89 years. Mr. Martin moved from Hespeler some 34 years ago to become manager of the house of refuge. He retired from that position about 14 years ago. He was born in England in 1841 and came to Canada on a sailing vessel in 1855, with his family who settled north of St. Jacobs. The deceased here learned the harness trade, and the family finally moved to Puslinch and later conducted a harness business in Hespeler for a number of years.

      He took a great interest in church work, and was one of the founders of the Hespeler Methodist Church. On coming to Kitchener, he was a teacher in the bible school, later becoming trustee and member of the quarterly board of the Methodist Church. At the time of Church union, he was ordained as a senior leader of Trinity United Church.

      Mr. Martin was married twice, his first wife being Matilda Eagle of Hespeler. To this union were born four sons and one daughter, Alfred and Mary of Hespeler and Arthur James of Kitchener, predeceased their father, Albert E. of Holyoke, Mass., and Herbert W. of Kitchener, surviving him.

      In 1885 he married Annie K. Seward of Corunna, Ont. To this union were born two sons and one daughter Florence(Mrs V.L.Cober) and Frederick H. both of Kitchener. Theodore S, having died in 1906 at the age of 20 years. Seven grandchildren also survive. He had one sister, the late Mrs John Paddock of Puslinch, Ont., and two brothers the late Thomas Martin of Holyoke Mass., and the late William Martin of Dunkirk N.Y., who was American Consul for twelve years and American Governor general in China for four years, holding this position during the Boxer rebellion.5a

      5aHespeler Herald Friday 6 March 1930

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Lucy Gertrude Seibert Age: 27 Father: Franklin Seibert Mother: Sarah Bedford Born: abt 1884 Spouse: Herbert Washington Martin Age: 30 Father: George Martin Mother: Eliza Eagle married 23 Aug 1911

    2. [S2403] News - Unidentified Newspaper Obituary, Obituary of Herbert W. Martin.

    3. [S508] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1871, Page 1.

    4. [S299] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1881, Page 19.

    5. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Berlin Div. 26 1911 Page 1.

    6. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 30 Page 4.

    7. [S51] Vit - ON, Wentworth - Wentworth County Marriage Register 1858-1869.
      George Martin Age 21 Birth Date abt 1842 Birth PlaceEngland Marriage Date 2 May 1863 Wentworth Father George Martin Mother Grace Martin Spouse: Matilda Eagle Spouse's Age 23 Spouse Birth Date abt 1840 Spouse Birth Place Canada Spouse Residence Puslinch Township Spouse Father Samuel Eagle Spouse Mother Ann Eagle Residence Hespeler

    8. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      Arthur James Martin Born: 15 Sep 1869 County: Waterloo Father: George Martin Mother: Matilda Eagle

    9. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 26 Pg 1.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Sep 1841 - Exeter, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 May 1863 - , Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - saddler - 1869 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Saddler - 1871 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor of Hespeler - 1876 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNationality - - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Saddler - 1881 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1885 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manager House of Refuge - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Mar 1930 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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