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c1820 Born in Tiverton, Devon the son of John Martin
1847 March 20th. Married (1) at Woolwich to Mary Moore
1851 Living at 44 Brewer Street, Woolwich: William Martin (age 32 born Tiverton), Engine Maker. With his wife Mary Martin (age 39 born Woolwich) and their children John Martin (age 3 born Woolwich), Mary Martin (age 3 born Woolwich), and William Martin (age 2 born Woolwich). Also in same house is Robert Hay (age 17 born Woolwich), Engine Maker.
1858 Patent to William Arena Martin, 16, Powis-street, Woolwich, in the county of Kent, Engineer, for the invention of "an improved shoescraper."
1867 William Arena Martin, of No. 18, Cannon-street, in the city of London, and No. 55, Great Sutton-street, Clerkenwell, in the county of Middlesex, Manufacturer of Patent Rocking Fire Bars and Engineer, was registered as a debtor
1867 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Edward Wylam and William Arena Martin, as Engineers (carrying on business at No. 90, Cannon-street, in the city of London, under the style or firm of W. A. Martin and Co.), was this day dissolved by mutual consent....'
1881 Living at Elm Cottage, Bainton Hill, Lambeth: William A. Martin (age 62 born Tiverton), Engineer employing 10 men. With his wife Mary Martin (age 69 born Woolwich) and their two sons John Martin (age 38 born Woolwich) and William Martin (age 32 born Woolwich). Also his niece, a visitor and two servants.
1883 Writes from Pocock Street, London, S.E.
1888 November 4th. Married (2) in London to Jane Haynes. WAM of Pocock Street, age 68, Engineer and Widower. JH age 48.
1891 Living at 137 Britton Hill, Lambeth: William A. Martin (age 72 born Tiverton), Engineer Civil. With his wife Jane Martin (age 50 born Tavistock and his son John Martin (age 49 born Woolwich, Engineer Civil. Also two visitors and two servants.
1894 Writes from Pocock Street, London, S.E.
1895 Article on marine boilers
1896 Patent on "Improved driving gear for motor road cars."
1899 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, George Shaw and William Arena Martin, carrying on business as Engineers and Patentees, at Nos. 9 and 11, Pocock-street, Blackfriars-road, London, under the style or firm of W. A. Martin and Co., has been dissolved by mutual consent...'
1902 died in Brixton.