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19. Andrew Bissett MARTIN [27859] (Robert Stirling MARTIN7, Amelia NUCATOR5, Jean SWORD4, Andrew3, John2, David1) was born 06 Jun 1869 in 5 Sabberton Street Poplar London England, was christened 28 Dec 1871 in Wesleyan Chapel Woodstock Road Poplar London England, died 17 Jul 1932 in Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand at age 63, and was buried 20 Jul 1932 in Old Napier Cemetery Hospital Hill Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand.

General Notes: Hawkes Bay Today 26 January 2000
Feature article It began with the grisly discover on the shore of Napier's inner harbour in 1900..........
Murder most foul? - Rob Magill
Photo of Ada McKernan and picture of the Ferry hotel on the shore of the inner harbour where the post-mortem examination and inquest were held.
"Napier's inner harbour mystery, which had its beginnings in the opening months of this century, is an unresolved tragedy, marked only by a lost and forgotten grave in Napier cemetery.
The authorities were first alerted to what was thought to be a homicide, on Sunday afternoon, June 3 1900.
Andrew Martin, a fisherman from Western Spit (now Westshore), was sailing across the inner harbour, heading home from Kopaki. He noticed something unusual floating near Long Point, at the end of the convoluted sandbar known as the Serpentine. Taking a closer look he realised it was the body of a naked and mutilated woman. The severe neck wounds made him think she'd been murdered so he hauled the corpse into his boat, notifying the local constable when he reached the shore...........Dr Jarvis estimated the woman was between 20 and 30 and about six months pregnant. He thought she'd been in thewater for three or four weeks, and concluded that the cause of death was drowning. The extensive injuries having been caused by fish............."

Noted events in his life were:

Emigration: 26 Jul 1874, SS Bebbington from Gravesend Kent England.

Occupation: Fisherman.

Immigration: 20 Nov 1874, Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand.

Andrew married Jane Elizabeth SIMS [27860] [MRIN: 2625], daughter of James SIMS [27902] and Emma [27903], 28 Aug 1893 in Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand. Jane was born about 1874 in Newington Surrey England and died 19 Nov 1949 in Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand about age 75.

Children from this marriage were:

   20 F    i. Sarah Bissett Rikana MARTIN [27904] was born in 1894 and died in 1970 at age 76.

   21 M    ii. Andrew William MARTIN [27905] was born in 1896 and died in 1916 at age 20.

   22 F    iii. Amy Isobel MARTIN [27906] was born in 1898 and died in 1924 at age 26.

+ 23 M    iv. Victor Baden Powell MARTIN [4122] was born 24 Sep 1901.

   24 F    v. Emily Elizabeth MARTIN [27907] was born in 1903 and died in 1904 at age 1.

   25 F    vi. Ethel Jane MARTIN [27908] was born in 1905 and died in 1964 at age 59.

   26 F    vii. Agnes Annie Spencer MARTIN [27909] was born in 1907 and died in 1907.

   27 F    viii. Martha Beatrice MARTIN [27910] was born in 1908 and died in 1926 at age 18.

   28 F    ix. Elsie Francis MARTIN [27911] was born in 1910 and died in 1986 at age 76.

   29 F    x. Evelyn May Gladys MARTIN [27912] was born in 1911 and died in 1915 at age 4.

   30 M    xi. Henry William MARTIN [27913] was born in 1913 and died in 1976 at age 63.

   31 M    xii. Albert MARTIN [27914] was born in 1915.


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