Robert Martin (1796-1870)

  • Robert Martin

    Schoolmaster at the National School in Beeston by 1841
  • Robert Martin

    Probably later in life while working as an insurance agent

    The medallion, probably worn as a member of a fraternal society, is unidentified currently
  • Sarah Martin

    Daughter of William & Hannah Marriott of Car Colston, Notts.

    Married Robert Martin at Car Colston in 1818
  • Robert & Sarah Martin
  • Robert & Sarah Martin

    In their later years
  • William & Jane Martin

    William (1819-1890) was the son of Robert Martin

    He married Jane (1819-1875), the daughter of Mark & Jane Euerby, at Car Colston, Notts, in 1845
  • Albert Euerby Martin & his wife Priscilla Annie

    Albert (1855-1944) was the son of William Martin and grandson of Robert Martin

    He married Priscilla Annie (b 1856), the daughter of Christopher & Eliza Williams, in 1880
    They emigrated to Argentina in 1888 and 1889 respectively
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Robert Martin was a Schoolmaster, with his wife Sarah as Schoolmistress, at the National School in Beeston, probably taking over from Robert and Jane Walsh when they left in 1835.

Robert was born in Temple Normanton in 1796, the son of Robert Martin, a farmer, and Dorothy (née Poynton), who had ensured that the young Robert had a good education in Sheffield (Click here to see a letter written to him there, by his parents). Earlier generations of the Poynton family were from the Rotherham/Sheffield area and have been well documented here.

Sarah (née Marriott) was from Car Colston where she was born in 1793, and where she retained a connection throughout her life. By the time of their arrival in Beeston, Robert would have been an experienced teacher and he appears to have established himself well at the school. By 1841 they were living at the school on Brown Lane but by 1851 had moved to the Turnpike (now High Road/Chilwell Road). Later, after leaving his position at the school, he found work as an agent for an assurance company and moved to New Buildings, then just off Market Street (now Middle Street), close to the Manor House. Sarah died in 1868 and is buried at Car Colston, followed by Robert who died in January 1870 in Beeston. (Pictures of Robert and Sarah are included in the scrolling display at the top of this page. Click on any of those images to expand)

Robert and Sarah married in Car Colston in December 1818 and were to have four children. Their three daughters, Hannah, Sarah and Margaret Jane, were born in Middlesex, between 1822 and 1826, presumably during a time when Robert had found work in that area. The two oldest daughters moved to Beeston with their parents and lived out their lives in the area while Margaret Jane appears to have stayed in Middlesex, married Charles James Shore, a local man, and remained in that area.

William Martin, their son was born in Car Colston, Nottinghamshire in 1819 and remained there all his life. It was there that he trained as a bricklayer, apprenticed to his uncle, John Marriott - Sarah's brother who was married to Dorothy (née Martin), Robert's sister. As well as working as a bricklayer, William also farmed locally and served eventually as a member of the School Board there. There too, he married Jane Euerby in December 1845 and it is in Car Colston where they raised their family of seven children. In April 1875 William inherited The Stone Cottage in Car Colson, from John & Dorothy who had no children of their own, but sadly, in only the following month, his wife Jane died at the relatively early age of 58. Three years later, William married Emma James and together they had one son. William died in 1890.

A photograph of William & Jane is included in the scrolling display. Images of the cottages and family memorials in Car Colston may be seen here.

More photographs of William Martin and his family may be seen here.

It is William's line that was to produce what was perhaps Robert and Sarah's greatest legacy :

Albert Euerby Martin was William & Jane's fifth child, born in 1855 - in Car Colston, as were all their children - he was, it seems, nurtured in his love of learning and music in his childhood home - his youngest brother was even named 'Handel' and two very old pianos and William's collection of string musical instuments are still cherished within the family. His formal education was completed at Castle Hill Academy in Mere, Wiltshire where, after graduation, he was offered a job as a teacher there. But, by 1880 he had obtained a position as schoolmaster in Welshpool, Montgomeryshire (now part of Powys), Wales which enabled him to be marry, in 1881, Priscilla Annie Williams from Bruton, Somerset and they set up home at 14 High Street, Welshpool next door to the Wesleyan Minister and next door but one to the Wesleyan Chapel - so it is likely that his appointment was to a Wesleyan sponsored school.

In 1881, their son, Irving Leslie Martin was born in Welshpool but who sadly died just three days later. Four daughters were born later while they were at Welshpool. In 1882, in a move that was typical of his later approach to the development of education, he opened the 'Commercial Academy' in Welshpool.

While not specifically mentioning the Welshpool school, an idea of everyday life in schools in the area, at that time. may be glimpsed here.

In 1888, however, Albert made the apparently startling decision to leave Welshpool and to set off for Argentina. For the moment that meant travelling alone, leaving his wife and daughters until - and if - he became established. It was, of course, a life-changing decision and, ultimately it would change the lives of many people in Argentina.

His arrival in a strange land, with little grasp of the language and only tenuous contacts must have been a frightening experience and, it seems there were days of despair before he made some progress. His diary for these early days can be seen here. It tells of the early disappointments and the eventual breakthroughs - small at first, using his musical skills to teach local children and, through contacts made during faithful attendance at the English speaking churches, eventually making tentative steps to establish an English school.

In fact, it was on December 10th, 1888, less than three months after his arrival in Argentina, that he opened his first such school, in the town of Cañada de Gómez, in the Province of Santa Fe, but it was to be the start of a long life of supporting and promoting English-speaking schools, musical academies and education in general, in Argentina .

In March 1889, his wife and their four daughters were able to join him and two years later they moved to Barracas, Buenos Aires, to open an English school there. In 1894 they moved again, this time to Quilmes where they opened another English School. Finally, they settled in Bahía Blanca where Albert opened the English Academy in 1898. A further daughter and two sons were born to Albert and Priscilla Annie, after their arrival in Argentina.

In 1905 he was invited to head the English Department of the Bahía Blanca National High School of Commerce, an office he held until his retirement in 1936. He became known affectionately as the 'Mr Chips' of Bahía Blanca and, as a more formal tribute to his work, he was made Professor Emeritus in 1935. His status and the recognition of his commitment to the local community generally was demonstrated in 1928 when he was invited to be one of the few Honorary Members of the British Committee for the Centennial celebrations of Bahía Blanca. He was also active in the promotion and growth of the Methodist Church in Bahía Blanca. (A photograph of Albert and Priscilla Annie is included in the scrolling display)

It was in 1905 too that Albert met up again with his youngest brother, Handel Tongue Martin (1861-1930) who had emigrated to the United States of America in 1886, and was married to Jennie Mary Caswell, of Welshpool (a concert singer), and had become a world-known paleontologist and anthropologist and Curator of the Kansas University Natural History Museum. His visit with his brother was at the start of a one-year journey to Patagonia, in the south of Argentina and Chile, heading a scientific mission in search of fossils. His findings from the expeditions and others gathered over many years, during many expeditions and excavations are now part of the Kansas Natural History Museum collections.

After Albert's death in November 1944 in Bahía Blanca, a large number of his books were given to the Biblioteca Rivadavia, the Bahía Blanca Public Library, one of the most respected in Argentina - an appropriate memorial to a man who had done so much for education in that community.

Albert & Annie Martin

This family group, dated about 1905, shows Albert and Priscilla Annie Martin surrounded by their seven children, shown left to right:

Lily Vickers Martin (1890-1950), who married Jeff O. Woodward, of Texas, cattle rancher in Argentina; with issue in Argentina, Brazil & United States.
Ivy Florence Martin (1888-1964), piano teacher and painter, who married John George Engh (from Norway); with issue in Argentina.
Della Jane Martin (1886-1944) who married George Herbert Wilson (from England), with issue in Argentina & the United Kingdom.
Albert Williams Martin (the youngest, next to his father)
Cyril Percy Martin, was born in 1892, In 1939, he founded the Martin Shipping Agency of Bahía Blanca, was the Honorary Vice Consul for Sweden & Denmark (Bahía Blanca), and the Interim-Consul for the UK and Chile, aa well as in Bahía Blanca. In 1953 he was knighted by King Gustav of Sweden, and made a Knight of the Royal Order of Vasa. He married Bertha Miller, born at her fatherīs "estancia" (cattle ranch / big farm), in Bahía Blanca, the daughter of Charles Miller, born in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA. USA, who had became a cattle-rancher and breeder in Argentina and married Marie Louise Laffaye, from Aurensan, Hautes Pyrénées, France. Cyril and Bertha had four children, with issue in Argentina, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Ethel Euerby Martin (1884-1959), who married Donald Campbell, of Scotland; with issue in the United Kingdom.
Mabel Adeline Martin (1882-1970), who married Parker G. Woodward, of Texas, cattle rancher in Argentina, with issue in Argentina, America and Spain

More photographs of Albert and Priscilla Annie Martin and their family in Argentina may be seen here.

Grateful thanks are due to Cirilo Enrique (Harry) Martin of Argentina for providing details of William's life and family in Car Colston and, particularly, Albert Martin's life and work in Argentina and that of his descendants and for providing the photographs.

Harry is the gt-gt-gt-grandson of Robert & Sarah Martin. His father, Harold Cyril Martin (1918-1984), the son of Cyril Percy Martin (1892-1966), was a civil engineer whose important collections of South American minerals, birds and plants, were donated to the University of Córdoba, Argentina, to The Darwinian Institute of San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina and to The Lillo Institute of Tucumán, Argentina.
Harry's sister Marie Louise Gorleri (née Martin), after a distinguished academic career, is President of a foundation which fosters education and
civic responsibilities, Harry being one of the founding members.

As a lawyer who was Constitutional Law Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Harry is proud of the teaching and academic traditions
that have run so clearly through the family.
No doubt, Robert and Sarah Martin would have been proud too!

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