Honorable George Bohun Martin

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Rancher and Politician

is the son of Captain George Bohun Martin, R.N., C.B., and his wife, Isabella Harriett Briggs. He was baptised at Shelford in Nottinghamshire, England, on 27 December 1841 [England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, index, FamilySearch] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NYLQ-BZ2 and died at Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, on 29 August 1933 [British Columbia, Death Registrations, 1872-1986, index and images, FamilySearch] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2K-282 See also http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=492789

He was a rancher and political figure in British Columbia, Canada, who represented Yale from 1882 to 1894 and Yale-North from 1894 to 1898 in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bohun_Martin

The Victoria Heritage Foundation says this of him: "George was born in Nottingham, England, into a naval family, and at the age of 14 joined the Royal Navy with his two brothers. After serving two years on the HMS Victory, George was stationed in the Baltic Sea during the Crimean War. He was then shipped to India with the East India Co. George became ill and returned to England, and after recuperating he made his way to the Pacific Coast, and arrived in Victoria in 1862 on the SS Jonathan. On his arrival, George joined the HBC and was sent to Kamloops. He stayed with the HBC for three years, then purchased a large ranch on the South Thompson River and pursued ranching. He also entered politics and represented Yale in the legislature for 12 years. He served four years as Minister of Lands and Works under Premiers Theodore Davie and J.H. Turner, and then retired. He lived at this house on St. Lawrence until he died in 1933. Catherine lived here as a widow until the late-1940s and died at Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital in 1955." http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/New%20Desig/StLawrence426.html

Following the death of his first wife, Anne St. Paul, who was one of the daughters of Chief Lolo of the Kamloops Indian Band, The Honourable George Bohun Martin married for a second time to Catherine Hallinian, formerly Mrs. William Chapman They were married at Victoria in British Columbia Canada, on 20 January 1914 [British Columbia, Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932, index and images, FamilySearch] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ8-N2C

Armorial Ensigns

GEORGE BOHUN MARTIN, Gentleman, Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works 1894. Born Dec. 25, 1841, being the second son of the late Captain George Bohun Martin, Post-Captain R.N., Cross of St. Louis and second class of St. Ann of Russia, by his wife Isabella Harriet, dau. of Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Briggs, G.C.M.G. (who d. 1852 whilst Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth). Armorial bearings— Argent, two bars gules, a canton azure,thereon an anchor erect, the shank encircled by a naval crown or. Mantling gules and argent. Crest — On a wreath of the colours, upon the stump of a tree eradicated proper, surmounted by an anchor in bend sinister or, a martin cat sejant, supporting between the paws a mirror also proper, and gorged with a naval crown, therefrom a chain reflexed over the back gold. Motto — "Sans tache." Residence — Martin's Ranch, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada [Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, Armorial Families: A Directory of Gentlemen of Coat-Armour (Volume 2), page 69 of 282].

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Honorable George Bohun Martin's Timeline

December 27, 1841
Shelford, Nottinghamshire, England
August 5, 1865
Age 24
Shuswap, British Columbia, Canada
Age 27
British Columbia, Canada
November 7, 1871
Age 30
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
February 23, 1877
Age 36
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
January 20, 1880
Age 39
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
April 18, 1883
Age 42
Pritchard, British Columbia, Canada
January 20, 1914
Age 73
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
August 29, 1933
Age 92