Monday, November 24, 2014 Martha Brodie (1881-1957)

Martha Brodie was the fourth child of William and Henrietta (Cassels) Brodie. She was born on 8 September 1881 at 20 Park Street in Dixon's Rows, Blantyre. In 1891 the family had moved to 9 Calder Street within Dixon's Rows. Martha's mother died in 1893 and her father remarried the next year.

On 29 March 1901 Martha Brodie married James Moore, a 29-year-old widower, who worked in the coal mines and also lived in Dixon's Rows. Martha worked as a domestic servant at the time of her marriage.  Two days later the 1901 census was enumerated and the newly married couple lived at 16 Park Street. Between 1901 and 1910 James and Martha had five children.

In 1910 they lost their fourth child, James Moore. He was two years old at the time of his death and died of acute broncho pneumonia. Martha's older sister, Elizabeth Muir (Brodie) Lively died in Martha's house the same day of tuberculosis.

James immigrated to Canada on 18 February 1911. Martha remained in Scotland with their children; and when the census was taken on 2 April of that year, she was living at 8 School Lane in High Blantyre.

1910 British Ordnance Survey of School Lane in High Blantyre; image
courtesy of ScotlandsPlaces

On 31 August 1912 Martha and her four living children -- Henrietta, John, Mary Brodie, and Hannah boarded the Allan Line's S/S Grampian in Glasgow. They arrived in Quebec City, Canada on 12 September. Their destination was Cranbrook in Huron County, Ontario to meet Martha's husband, James.

By 1921 Martha had added Lillian as her middle name and was going by Lily. She had also married Louis Verral Martin, a driver for a motor livery. When the 1921 Canada census was enumerated Louis and Martha lived at 22 Centre Street in East Calgary. The couple considered themselves Methodists. Martha's son, John Moore, was living with them although he was listed as a roomer on the census form. The couple had a daughter named Jean, who was born about 1917 in Alberta.

Martha Lillian (Brodie) Moore Martin died on 28 July 1957 at her home on 1822 Franklin Street in Vancouver of recurrent cerebral hemorrhages from which she had suffered for two months. Contributing factors in her death were long-term cerebral arterio-scelerosis, and hypertension. She was interred on 30 July 1957 at Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, Canada.

"1910 British Ordnance Survey of School Lane," ScotlandsPeople
1921 Canada Census, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 3; Census Place: Calgary, Calgary East, Alberta; Page Number: 22
1891 Scotland Census, 05/04/1891, Brodie, William (Census 1891 624/00 005/00 0033)
1891 Scotland Census, Parish: Blantyre; ED: 5; Page: 34; Line: 2; Roll: CSSCT1891_223
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Moore, Martha B (Census 1901 624/00 005/01 044)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Blantyre; ED: 5; Page: 44; Line: 11; Roll: CSSCT1901_246
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Moore, Hannah (Census 1911 624/00 003/00 046)
Canada, British Columbia, Certificate of Death, Registration No. 1957-59-008269, No. 26033985
Canada, British Columbia, Registration of Death, No. 57-09-008269
Canada, Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Series: RG 76-C; Roll: T-4791
Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, Martha Brodie
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1881 Brodie, Martha (Statutory Births 624/00 0312)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1901 Moore, James - Brodie, Martha (Statutory Marriages 624/00 0039)
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, Martha Moore, 1912

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