Farndale, son of Martin and
Catherine Jane Farndale of Kilton Thorpe, (FAR00364)
farmer, baptised, Brotton;
31 Jul 1881.
(PR and family knowledge)
Martin Farndale registered Guisbro
District Jul-Sep 1881
(GRO Vol 9d page 464 - 1837 online)
Martin Farndale, married Ruth Farndale, (FAR00619),
his first cousin, in Trochu,
Canada in 1932.
They lived near Trochuin Alberta. They had
There is more information about his life at
Martin Farndale and at the Farndales
Martin Farndale of Trochu, Alberta Canada died in Calgary aged 62 years,
on 11 Sep 1943, (ie born 1881). He is buried at Trochu, Alberta,
Ruth Farndale, died at Northallerton
District, Yorkshire in March 1974.
was born on 8 June 1881 at Kilton
Thorpe. Like his elder brother and sister he was baptised at Brotton Parish
Church where the entry in the Parish Register reads:
"Martin, son of Martin and Catherine Jane
Farndale of Kilton
Thorpe, farmer, baptised 31 July 1881."
Like the rest, Martin went to school at Charltons until
he was ii. He then went to Boosbeck Council school until he was 14. That would
be in 1895. He then helped on the farm until 1905 when he went to Canada, the first pf many
members of the family to do so. Martin is remembered as not quite as strong
as the rest. He did not go away to work and was a great favourite of his
mother. When he decided to go to Canada, he could not bring himself to tell
his mother so he simply left home and write to his
sister Lynn from Liverpool:
Just a few more lines. I left Liverpool on Thursday night
for Canada on SS Tunisian. I have had a good night's sleep. I have booked
second class on board and is very comfortable. We are passing by the north of
Ireland this [ ]. The ship makes a call here to take
on more passengers. This letter will be sent on from here. I shall not be
able to post any more letters till I land at yond side. I am enjoying the
trip well so far. I hope mother will not fret is she get to know before I
write. I will send a letter to her as soon as we land. I am going to do best . I am going a long way up the country. I am to
Calgary in Alberta. It is chiefly cattle farming there. There is several more young men on ship that are going out from there can
catch. But I have not meet any lady that is my way
yet. You must try and cheer mother up. There is nothing for her to trouble
about. I am as safe here as riding on the railways in England. I shall be
about other 7 days on the water. I will send a few letters off before I start
my land journey. I have not time write more. I want to up on deck. We are
just about to land at Londonderry I believe.
I must leave hoping you are all well.
And five days later:
cannot be posted for England till we land so you will know if you get this
that I landed all right.
Wednesday June 21st 1905
I shall soon get my sea trip over now. Land was sighted
today Newfoundland I believe. Every body
is beginning to lighten up now. But it will be Saturday morning before we
land at Montreal.
I have enjoyed voyage up to now. I had one day sea sick. It
was awful. I don't want that any more. We have had few very cold days. It is
always cold n this part of the Ocean. We saw a great iceberg this morning. It
was a great sight. This is a great rock of ice. So
you must know we were passing through a cold front. This is a big vessel
about two hundred yards long I should think. Every body seem quite happy. There is a smoke room
and a music room. And the best of everything to eat. Third class seems to be
rough quarters. But they are in another part of the ship. There will be about
eight hundred passengers on board all together. Some men pulling long faces
when the vessel left Liverpool. I never thought anything about it. But I was
like the rest. I watched England till it disappeared out of sight. I hope
mother will not trouble about me. I will be all right. I thought it was my
best thing to do. I had nothing to start in business with in England. I shall
be able to get about £50 per year and board with the farmers out here. If I
can stand the climate. And I can settle. I shall be able to start farming for
my self in about two years.
All letters are to be posted tonight on board so that they
will get away as soon as we land. They don't [ ] to
a few hours when they land. So all has to be ready.
First and Second class are having a Grand On Board tonight.
We shall be quite lively.
I now finish. Hoping you are all well. And remain your
Martin was 24 years old. These are interesting
letters, for they start a whole branch of the Farndale family, still living
north of Calgary.
Martin would go first to Calgary, where he took
some land from the Canadian Pacific Railway near Trochu. He built a
small wooden house, a shack, a began farming
He homesteaded on Trochu town line, but in 1929 he bought a farm at
Paulson and raised cattle. In 1930, he married Ruth Farndale, his cousin,
also from Yorkshire. They had no children. He became well known on the Trochu council and
took a great deal of interest in education. He did much for the Trochu community.
Martin died, aged 62, in 1943, and is buried at Trochu. His wife, Ruth, returned to England and lived
for many years with her family. He was remembered as an upright, intelligent
man who was very interested in people and very good with children. He helped
his brothers, George, Jim and Alfred, and his sisters, Kate and Grace, to
settle in their turn near Trochu, in Huxley. His
work for the early days in Trochu
is still remembered.
where Martin lived - Martin's shack taken when it was still standing in 1981