Martha WELLS

Female 1852 - 1936  (84 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has 4 ancestors and 18 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Martha WELLS  [1
    Relationshipwith Rodney VOJVODICH
    Born 1852  Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Death Record 1936  Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    #1074 
    Buried 1936  Cemetery, Karrakatta, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 22 Jun 1936  Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1587  MyBradyTree | JW
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2019 

    Father Ancestors Alexander WELLS,   b. 12 Oct 1817, Leigh, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1863, Champion Bay, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Caroline Emily Minnor GOLDING,   b. 26 Jul 1829, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1905, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married Abt 1851  Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 5 children 
    Family ID F293  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors John HOULAHAN,   b. 21 Jan 1850, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1896, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 21 Jan 1872  Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number #3396 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Ellen HOULAHAN,   b. 7 Sep 1872, Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1875, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     2. Eliza Louisa HOULAHAN,   b. 1876, Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1913, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     3. Martha HOULAHAN,   b. 1878, Gwalia, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1960  (Age 82 years)
    Married: 1x4. Charles William HOULAHAN,   b. 26 Feb 1880, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1909, Leederville, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     5. Amy Josephine HOULAHAN,   b. 15 Feb 1882, Roebourne, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1968, Mosman Park, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Married: 1x6. Maud Julia HOULAHAN,   b. 14 Feb 1885, Guildford, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1970, Inglewood, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     7. Bertha May HOULAHAN,   b. 19 Feb 1887, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1887, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Lucy Rose HOULAHAN,   b. 13 Aug 1888, Smiths Mill, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1904, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     9. Joseph Alfred HOULAHAN,   b. 1890, Smiths Mill, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1919, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     10. Ernest George HOULAHAN,   b. 6 Nov 1893, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1894, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +11. Emily Mary HOULAHAN,   b. 23 Sep 1895, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1948, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F927  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1852 - Woolwich, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Jan 1872 - Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath Record - #1074 - 1936 - Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1936 - Cemetery, Karrakatta, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Jun 1936 - Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • According to Phyllis Dorothy WARE (nee SHAW) her grandmother, Martha HOULAHAN (nee WELLS) had a very tough life as did most in those days. Martha and Phyllis where close and what she remembers of Martha stories is little, but of their time together up to the age of 12 years is reasonable.

      It is believed the marriage between Martha WELLS and John HOULAHAN was at first good, but being a Policeman, they had a life on the move. He was posted to many places north and quite often was an escort on exploration expeditions. Note that a few of her children died very young, Bertha May died at 4 months of convulsions' Margaret Ellen of croup at 2 1/2 years. Eventually they were located at Fremantle, however, not quite sure what happened, but he turned to alcohol and became quite a brutal man. He evidently, beat poor Martha up regularly and abused their children. Martha, however, was evidently a woman of 'faith' and that's what got her through. As you will note, that two of the girls Amy Josephine and young Martha (Sister Columba) became nuns. They did wonderful work in the community and Martha was especially well remembered at Iona Presentation College. Martha (mother) was heartbroken at losing Joseph Alfred in 1919 from a war related illness as she was with Lucy Rose also from illness. Maud Julia was well loved within the family and favourite of Phyllis, she had a kind heart and very 'chatty'. The other children were not mentioned as there has been nothing mentioned. Phyllis's father John Walter SHAW was a medical officer at Fremantle Prison and was good man of high principle (a Freemason and Druid), looked after Martha well, in fact she lived for them for a quite some time and assisted with looking after the grandchildren, Kathleen, Veronica 'Ronnie', Phyllis and John. Martha was well loved and thought of in the Fremantle community and like her daughters who became nuns had great compassion for other in the community. Martha's house was in Edmund Street, Fremantle, my mother Phyllis remembers in Martha's later years she took a liking to cats, in fact she had 80 cats! She took in every stray cat and their kittens and of course the kittens had kittens! The neighbours and subsequently the town council were not particularly happy and John Walter SHAW had the difficult task of persuading mother the cats had to go. Some found new homes, other had to be euthanized. There are many other little stories similar to this, what has come through though, is despite adversity, there was a great sense of humour and turning something good out of the bad.

      Unfortunately, there have been no stories from Martha's days with her father and mother, Alexander and Caroline, handed down, nor of the other siblings.

      It is interestingly noted that members of the family throughout the different generations and extended families, married Pensioner Guards, Policeman and Prison Warders. They were obviously were well connected and travelled same social circles. I guess being a small world in Western Australian, everyone new everyone else.

      Great, Granddaughter - Jennifer Ware – 2008

  • Reference  Darryl Brady. (2019, November 14). Martha WELLS. Brady Family Tree in Western Australia. Retrieved from https://www.bradyfamilytree.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I1587&tree=BRADY2008

  • Sources 
    1. [S380] silkland-at-bigpond.net.au. Jennifer Liu (nee Ware). Name: First Contact September 2008;.


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