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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Martin (1830-1916)


Born at Strabane, Ireland on 4 January 1830, son of Robert Martin and Dorcas Campbell, the family emigrated to Canada in 1842 and settled on a farm in Ontario. He stayed with his parents until 1858, coming to Manitoba in 1879 and taking up a farm near the present site of Killarney which he operated until 1906 when he bought 320 acres in Township 18, Range 23 near Shoal Lake.

He was married twice, first in 1857 to Eliza Huston, who died in 1877. They had three daughters: Eliza A. Martin (wife of Thomas Clark), Ambrozine Martin (wife of Harry R. Merrell), and Ida J. Martin (wife of Leslie Merrell). On 14 February 1893, he married Jeanette I. White and had three more children: Robert C. Martin, Mary Olive Martin, and Milo Alexander Martin. He was a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge and the Presbyterian Church.

He died at Shoal Lake on 12 May 1916.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 June 2010

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