Monday, December 15, 2014 Martha Walker (1903-1926)

Martha Walker was Charles Findlay's second wife. He married her after the death of his first wife, Isabella Laird (Muir) Findlay.

Martha Walker was born on 23 January 1903 in Mill Gatehouse, Blantyre, to Robert Donald and Mary (Parker) Walker. She was the youngest of four children. Her father was a coal miner like so many of my Blantyre ancestors. In 1911 the family lived at 37 Hall Street and her 20-year-old, older brother had joined her father in the mines.

On 25 April 1924 Martha married Charles Findlay, who was a 35-year-old widower. She was 21 and was not working. They were married according to the forms of the Church of Scotland. Their only daughter, Mary Parker Findlay, who was named for her maternal grandmother, was born on 26 November 1925 at Burnside Cottage in Springwell.

The next year Martha (Walker) Findlay died on 5 May 1926 at the County Hospital in Motherwell of meningitis pyogenic, which is a brain fever or cerebrospinal meningitis caused by bacteria. She was 23 years old at the time of her death, leaving her husband with a 6-month-old infant. Charles Findlay never remarried.

1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Walker, Martha (Census 1911 624/00 007/00 010)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1903 Walker, Martha (Statutory Births 624/00 0087)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1924 Findlay, Charles - Walker, Martha (Statutory Marriages 624/00 0046)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1926 Findlay, Martha (Statutory Deaths 624/00 0260)

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