The first member of this
family to arrive on Prince Edward Island was Donald Martin, who was born
at Snizort, Skye, in 1759. His wife, Marion MacLeod of Applecross, was
born in 1770. She was sister of Rev. Kenneth MacLeod, and cousin of the
famous Rev. Dr. Norman MacLeod. They arrived in Belfast on the "Polly" in
1803, with their family. After living for a few years in Point Prim, they
moved to the Newtown River, where, by Indenture dated October 13, 1819,
Donald Martin leased from Lord Selkirk the homestead which has been
occupied by the family continuously from then up to the present time. Mrs.
Martin died in 1845, to be followed in 1848 by her husband.
Their issue were:
I. MARY, wife of Mr. Kelly, Cow Bay, Cape Breton, with issue, among
others: Margaret Ellen, wife of Mr. Morrison, and Charles;
II. KATHERINE, wife of Robert Grant, with issue, among others: Abijah,
Donald, Peter, John, Martha, wife of Capt. James Richards, Murray Harbor,
and Mary, wife of John Compton, Belle River;
III. KENNETH, married Alice Moore, with issue: Mary, wife of Mr. Lane,
Sarah, wife of Mr. Moore, James, John, Angus, married Mary Anne Hamilton,
Daniel, Montague Bridge, married Martha Atkinson;
IV. MARGARET, b. 1806, d. Nov. 5, 1892, wife of Malcolm Macqueen, Orwell,
V. PETER, b. Nov., 1809, d. April 8, 1877, married Sarah Mackinnon, March
6, 1844, b. Belfast. Sept. 8, 1821, d. Oct. 1, 1914, with issue:
Sarah Elizabeth, wife of
William Mackenzie, Wood Islands, with issue, Anne, wife of Horatio Nelson,
Mary Janet, wife of William McLaren, Charles Angus, married to Annie
Florence Montgomery, William Alexander (M.D. McGill) married Ella,
daughter of Luke Kelly. Fredericton; Sarah Peter, wife of Charles Hope
Beattie, Boston, with issue: Janet, Ruth, Sarah, and Margaret, Mary
Louise, wife of John Martin, Peter Kenneth, and Maud Elizabeth;
Kenneth John. K.C.,
Stipendiary Magistrate, Charlottetown, married Elizabeth Montgomery, with
issue surviving: Kenneth, and Jean;
Donald Charles, K.C., ex-M.P.P.,
Jessie, Catherine, Charles William, and Margaret Ellen, died unmarried;
Mary Alice, John, and
Hannah Louise, live on the old homestead;
VI. JOHN, b. 1811. d. 1862,
married Emily Compton, with issue: Mary, wife of William Compton, Peter,
married May Smith, Newtown, living in Boston, aged 83, with issue; Daniel,
married Sarah Godson. William K., Alexander, married Sarah Anne MacLeod,
Sarah, wife of Mr. Bagnell, Margaret Emily, wife of Mr. Betts, Louisa
Jane, wife of Mr. MacDougall, Kenneth, unmarried, and James Ebenezer.
Portree, 28 June, 1803.
This do certify that the
bearer hereof, Donald Martin, a married man, and his wife Marion MacLeod,
have to the best of our knowledge during their residence in our parishes,
the greatest part of their lives, conducted themselves in a proper, just,
decent, honest and industrious manner.
They are poor and have a
weakly family of children, and we think them worthy of being received and
encouraged in any Christian Society in which Providence may assign their
Given, place and date as
(Sgd.) Alex. Campbell,
Minister of Portree.
(Sgd.) Mal. McLeod,
Minister of Snizort.