Marianne Wyatt

Marianne, or Mary Ann, Charles and Charlotte’s youngest child, was born on 9 June, 1800 and baptised on 1 September 1801 in Calcutta. Her father retired when she was six years old and as a result most of her early life was spent in England. She was still unmarried in 1826 when she acted as a witness to her sister Charlotte’s marriage to Edward Carte; four years later in London on 26 October, 1830, she married the Scottish-born merchant, Patrick Martin.[1] Patrick was fifteen years her senior, a widower, and father to four grown children. He and Marianne were not to have children of their own.

Almost nothing is known of their life together until 1851 when they are both found in the census living at 4 Omega Terrace, Marylebone, London, with Patrick describing himself as a gentleman. Four years later, Marianne died on 21 February, 1855 at 11 Westbourne Place, Paddington, London. As usual, her published death notice defined her in terms of the males in her life:

Martin, Marianne, wife of P. and d. of the late Capt. Charles Wyatt, of the Hon. E.I. Co.’s engineers, aged 54, Feb. 21. (Allen’s Indian Mail and Register of Intelligence, 1855)

She was buried in Brompton Cemetery, in a grave where she would be joined later by her siblings Augustus and Charlotte.

Patrick cannot have been a particularly successful merchant, as he spent his last years at Morden College in Blackheath, a home for poor merchants of the East India Company. His admittance there suggests he may have been a merchant with the Company, but so far no record of this has been found. It is not known how long he was a resident of Morden as he is missing from the 1861 census, but he died there of “old age” on 2 September 1865. His Letters of Administration give the value of his effects as being under £200.[2] His place of burial is not known.

Morden College, which still exists today as an Old Age Home

[1] Hammersmith and Fulham Parish Register, Bishop’s Transcript. Available: ancestry.com.

[2] Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration. Available: ancestry.com.

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