|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1809|
Aberdeen City, Scotland
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 1884|
She was born at Aberdeen, the daughter of James Smith (then Gardener to P. Milne Esq, Union Street, [Aberdeen], later Nursery and Seedsman), and Patience Austin.
She arrived on the "British Ship Arkwright" at the port of New York on 4 May 1835, age 20 (was actually 25), Spinster, with her father James Smith 57, Seedsman, mother "Mrs Smith" 50, and four siblings.
Married Thomas Knight of Scotland who was also a resident of Woolwich township (who lived across the road from the family of James Smith).
Was the administrator of her first husband's estate which was settled in 1841 (her father and brother William between them had to post a bond of 1,000 pounds until it was legally settled). As there appeared to be no next-of-kin living in Upper Canada, she may have received from the estate about half that amount, i.e. 500 pounds. After paying off her husbands debts, she (her father?) may have received about half, i.e. 250 pounds.
Martha received from her father James (1844) the following bequests:
- the sum of eighty-seven pounds ten shillings currency.
- one of two town lots in the village of Brantford (the other given to her sister Sarah).
Note no record has been found to date of the town lots mentioned in James' will.
Martha must have married James Randall of Brantford township some time between 1845 and May 1849. James' brother Ephraim and sister Mary Jane are said (in the 1901 census) to have emigrated to Canada in 1847, so if James came at the same time, then they must have married about 1848.
Received the following bequests (1868) from her husband James Randall:
1st - I give and bequeath to my wife all the household goods chattels and furniture which shall at the time of my death be in or about my dwelling house of outbuildings or grounds thereof.
2nd - I bequeath to my wife the sum of Five Thousand Dollars to be paid to her as soon as the same can conveniently be paid to her after my death to be received by her in lieu of all Dower or claims to Dower she can or may have to or out of any lands or premises I may be possessed or entitled to at the time of my death and all claims for money received by me out of her late father's or former husband's estate and of all other monies received by me from any person or persons for her and in full satisfaction and discharge of the same and of all claim or claims thereto.
James Smith (1775 - 1844)
James Randall (1816 - 1868)*
Brant County Municipality
Created by: SmithPM
Record added: Apr 04, 2013
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