Snippets from the life of Martha Sarah Ellis.
Martha had several surnames during her life.
- Ellis – her birth name.
- Lee – an alias that has yet to be fully understood (see here for more details)
- Todman – her first married name acquired on the 16th January 1892.
- Simpson – her second married name.
First names, however, are a little more complicated. Martha is referred to as having the following first names:-
- Martha Sarah was named after her mother. When her birth was registered by her mother a few days after her birth her first name was given as Martha Sarah. Martha Sarah was also the name used when her second Husband James Simpson in 1935.
- Martha was the first name used when she was baptised at 11 years of age, the year following her mother’s death.  This is also the first name she used when she got married to her first husband, Walter Todman.
- Pat – see the photo below – reason for this name? A term of endearment?
|Photographer Yeoman & Co., Studio portrait of Lincoln, Pat, and Hazel Todman with Edward Ellis, Taken about March 1908 Lurline Marshall's Private Photo Collection [T134]|
The wording typed under the photo in the above copy of picture "Lincoln Todman 9 mths Pat 36 ½ yrs Hazel 4yrs, Edward 39yrs" is written on back of original photograph,
|Photographer Yeoman & Co.,, Studio portrait of Lincoln Todman 9 mths, Pat 36 ½ yrs, Hazel 4yrs, Edward 39yrs, Myrtle Sharp's Private Photo Collection currently held by Sandra Williamson [T089]|
The same photo held by, myself, a descendant of Martha Sarah Ellis has no such inscription on the back, possibly because the owners were the people in the photograph so they had no need to label the photo. It is thought that Lurline's photograph was probably sent by Martha to her sister and that her sister (or Martha herself) annotated the back to help to remind them of who the people were.
It is this personal annotation that introduces Martha's nickname "Pat", perhaps a term of endearment?
Should I be scouring the archives for Pat as well as Martha and Martha Sarah with the surname of Lee, or Ellis, with the married names of Todman and/or Simpson the combinations are endless? Not to mention that her first husband Walter also had multiple names that I have only just begun to explore, click here for more detail,
So who are the others in the photo? Sitting on Martha's knee is Lincoln James Todman (my grandfather), her 5th child and 2nd boy, next to Martha is her brother Edward and on his knee is Hazel Todman her fourth child (and 3rd daughter). Edward worked for the railways and was based in NSW, perhaps he was visiting when this photo was taken?
To Read more about Martha's life for articles previously posted for the A to Z Challenges click the Letters below:-
[i] England, birth certificate for Martha Sarah Ellis, born 31 December 1870; citing 1d/741/303, First quarter 1871, Camberwell registration district, St. George Camberwell in the County of Surrey sub-district; General Register Office, Southport.
[ii] Marriage certificate of Walter Todman and Martha Sarah Ellis married 16 Jan 1892, Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 345 (1926),
[iii] Marriage Certificate James Simpson & Martha Sarah Todman, 29 April 1935, Reference# Unknown, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia (Original a personal copy from the personal papers of Myrtle Sharp.)
[iv] England, birth certificate for Martha Sarah Ellis, born 31 December 1870; citing 1d/741/303, First quarter 1871, Camberwell registration district, St. George Camberwell in the County of Surrey sub-district; General Register Office, Southport.
[v] Ancestry, "London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906," database and images, Ancestry (www.Ancestry.com : accessed 27 Jan 2017); Baptism of Marth Ellis, baptised 27 May 1881, St Lukes Peckham Parish Register, Southwark, London, England, page 73, no. 578; Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906 and Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1906. London Metropolitan Archive.
[vi] Marriage Certificate James Simpson & Martha Sarah Todman, 29 April 1935, Reference# Unknown, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia (Original a personal copy from the personal papers of Myrtle Sharp)