June 1808? – Born in unknown place but probably Portsea, Hampshire. Daughter of James Martin and Mary Ann Martin (née Nic(h)olson).

10th June 1808 – Christened at St Mary’s, Portsea, Hampshire.

17th October 1830 – Married Daniel Quinn at St Thomas’s, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

29th May 1833 – First son, Henry, born. Christened on 26th Jun 1833 at St Mary’s, Portsea, Hampshire.

25th August 1835 – Second son, John Madagascar, born at sea.

14th October 1838 – Third son, Jacob, born. Was living at 1 Military Row, Portsea, Hampshire.

3rd January 1841 – Fourth son, James, born. Was living at 1 Military Row, Portsea, Hampshire.

1841 Census – Age 33. Was living at 4 Whites Court. Occupation given as ‘Seaman’s wife’.

31st October 1842 – Fifth son, Thomas, born. Was living at Whites Court, Portsea.

21st January 1845 – Sixth son, Anthony, born. Was living at 3 Whites Court, Portsea, Hampshire.

10th March 1849 – First daughter, Hannah, born. Was living at 3 Whites Court, Portsea, Hampshire.

1851 Census – Age 42. Was living at 3 Whites Court, Portsea, Hampshire with Jacob (age 12 – occupation ‘Errand boy’), James (age 11 – scholar), Thomas (age 8 – scholar), Anthony (age 7 – scholar), Hannah (age 2). No occupation given.

21st November 1851 – Second daughter, Mary Ann Charlotte, born. Was living at 3 Whites Court, Portsea, Hampshire.

14th January 1854 – Third daughter, Caroline, born. Was living at 3 Whites Court, Portsea, Hampshire.

1861 Census – Age 52. Was living at 1 Whites Court, Portsea, Hampshire with James (age 20 – occupation ‘Seaman’), Thomas (age 18 – occupation ‘Labourer’), Anthony (age 16 – occupation ‘Labourer’), Hannah (age 12 – occupation ‘Servant’), Mary Ann (age 9) and Caroline (age 7). Occupation given as ‘Char woman’.

1871 Census – Age 63. Was living at 21 Lower Canal Walk, Southampton, Hampshire with Jacob Quinn (age 65 – occupation ‘Shoemaker’) and Caroline Quinn (age 17 – occupation ‘Needle woman’). No occupation given.

Information received via a distant relative suggests that Jacob Quinn could actually be Jacob Drobychi, a Polish gentleman who lodged with Mary Ann Quinn and who appears to have fathered all but her two eldest children, even though it is her husband, Daniel’s, name on all of their birth certificates.  They were never married (although the census return states that he is married).  Daniel was at sea for most of her confinements!

2nd January 1872 – Died age 64 at 21 Lower Canal Walk, Saint Mary’s. Occupation given as ‘Wife of Jacob Quinn, a shoemaker’. Cause of death was Heart disease dropsy (certified). Informant: E Williams, present at the death. Elizabeth Williams is recorded as living at 21 Lower Canal Walk with her husband at the time of the 1871 census.

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