Elizabeth "Granny" Adams (nee Martin)
Headstone of William & Lucy Martin

My Martin family is from Salehurst in Sussex, England. In 1830 Elizabeth Adams (nee Martin) and her husband William arrived at the Swan River Colony with their two children on the Rockingham which subsequently sank. Elizabeth is my ggg grandmother. William Martin, Elizabeth's brother had arrived earlier in 1830 on the Hooghly with his wife Lucy and their son Newland.

Both William Adams and William Martin were indentured to Thomas Peel and hence had to endure a pretty bleak existance for their first few years in the colony. We believe that both families spent their first years in the colony living at the settlement of Clarence. Elizabeth had another brother Henry, who emmigrated to Sydney in 1838. Parts of Henry's family have since moved to WA. As far as I am aware the rest of Elizabeth's siblings remained in England.

This database contains everything that I have discovered so far about Elizabeth, William, Henry and their descendants although individual "Notes" have been excluded from the online version.

Before I found the light and moved to TMG I was using software which did not allow easy sourcing. Hence much of my early data is not well sourced. I want to pay tribute to the pioneer of Martin family research, Tony Harrop, who sadly died in 1983. Tony's contribution to Martin and Adams family research in the 1970s and 80s is immeasurable. I would also like to thank and acknowledge Jan McElroy who was my early mentor on the Martin family and who provided me with a huge amount of family information. Vicki Cooper's help has underpinned my Adams family data. Lyn Morrison has contributed enormously to my Christmass and Forward data. Lyn has also given me copies of countless photos. Bernice Holbrook is the source for much of the Byfield data. Russell Masters is the source of much of the Gale data as is Ron Giblett for the Giblett data. Many other researchers have helped me with information (including Dirk Leers, Janine Douglas and Helen Butt) for which I am very grateful with a special mention for Jan James who has always been helpful with information and photos.

I still have a great deal of work to do to make the "Notes" tags against key family members more readable and less of a "data dump". This task will be ongoing for some time.

If anyone has more information, photos and/or corrections I would love to hear from you. To be on the safe side I have excluded Living People from the database. If you spot anyone who is still alive please let me know and I will remove them.