Martha Wiedhofft
b. London c1836,
m. Henry Robert Palmer, London 1865,
d. ? (after 1901)
Old drawing of St James, Clerkenwell
 Old drawing of St James Church, Clerkenwell


Simon Wiedhoefft & Anna Christina Bissinger.


Daniel Chrystal Wiedhofft and Martha Baker


Frederick C1825
William Frederick 1826
William Daniel 1828
Daniel Christian 1838
Christiana Caroline 1842


Henry Robert Palmer 1868
Alfred Daniel Palmer 1872
Martha Caroline Palmer 1875


Not Known


Martha Eliza Wiedhofft

Martha Eliza Wiedhofft was born in Westminster, London the eldest daughter of Daniel Chrystal Wiedhofft and Martha (Baker) in about 1836.

1841 Census 18 Easton St, Clerkenwell,
Danl Widhoft 40 (40-44) Phlosophisate? Msft m? F(foreign)
Martha Do 40 (40-44)   yes (born in county)
Frederick Do 15 (15-19)   yes
William Do 12   yes
Martha Do 5   yes

On the 1841 census she is listed on the page following that of her parents and elder brothers. She is listed as Martha age 5 born in county Yes.

1851 Census 53 Compton Street, Clerkenwell
Daniel Widhoffs Head Mar 53   Journeyman Brass Plater? Germany
Martha do Wife     50   London
Frederick do Son   25   Labourer do
Martha do Daur     15   do
Christian do Son   8     do

Martha may well have been the witness to her brother William's wedding at St Andrews, Holborn in 1854.

The Census of 1861 finds Martha at 37 Upper Rosoman Street, Clerkenwell. The spelling this time has changed to Wiedhoefft and she at home with her parents and younger sister, and the house is shared with young Martha's soon to be brother-in-law Edwin Palmer with his wife Sara and 3 year old daughter

1861 Census 37 Upper Rosoman St, Clerkenwell
Name Relation Condition Age Rank/Profession Where born
Daniel Wiedhoefft Head Married 63 Brass finisher Germany
Martha Wife Married 60 Mddx. Soho
Martha E Dghtr Unmrrd 23 Artificial Florist Mddx, Westminster
Christiana C Dghtr Unmrrd 19 Artificial Florist Mddx, Bethnal Green

Marriage register Martha Wiedhofft & Henry Palmer

Martha's father died in May 1864, and on the 24th September of the following year (1865) Martha married Henry Palmer just down the road at St James, Clerkenwell. Both gave their address as 37 Upper Rosoman Street. Henry was born about November 1842 the son of Robert Parker Palmer (mother may be Ann W.) a tailor of Clerkenwell. On the wedding certificate her age was given as 26 and his as 22. The witnesses were Robert Parker Palmer and Christiana Caroline Wiedhofft. Martha's father is shown as Christian Daniel Wiedhofft, a brass finisher. The Banns had been read on the 3rd, 10th & 17th September. It also shows that Martha had held on to her ff (in WiedhoffT) until she married.

A son is born to them on the 24th February 1868 and they name him Henry Robert. He is christened at St James Clerkenwell, on the 9th October 1870 which shows that our family are now living at 12 Rosoman Street, Clerkenwell. As we haven't been able to trace them in the 1871 census it's worth checking out this address.

Baptism of Arthur Palmer

Another son Alfred Daniel was born on the 23rd of September 1872 in Islington. He was christened at St Mary Church on the 17th November (born 23 September Alfred Daniel son of Henry & Martha Eliza Palmer of Laudson? St. Stereotyper)

A daughter was born on the 18th February 1875 and they named her Martha Caroline. She was baptized at the Church of St Mary, Islington on the 18th April 1875 Born 18 February 1875 Martha Caroline Palmer daur of Henry & Martha Palmer of Greenman Street, stereotyper performed by Chas Low.

1881 Census 13 Greenman St. Islington
Henry Palmer Head M 38 Stereotyper Clerkenwell
Martha " Wife M 42 Westminster
Henry " Son 13 Clerkenwell
Alfred " Son 8 Islington
Martha " Daur 6 Islington

It looks as if Martha's husband Henry dies shortly after the census was taken. The death (aged just 38) is registered in the June quarter of 1881 in the Islington district

1891 Census 228 Station? Road, Islington (St Mary)
Martha Eliza Palmer Head Widow 54 Retired? Office Cleaner London,Westminster
Henry R Son S 28 Bookbinders Pulper? Do, Clerkenwell
Alfred D son S 18 french polishers apprentice, Do, Islington
Martha C Daur - 16 Book Folders Apprentice Do, Do
Henry James Joundle? Iris? S 18 Bookbinders Pulper? Do, Hoxton

1901 Census has our family occupying 3 rooms at the model dwelling Premier Buildings in Islington.

1901 Census 20 Premier Buildings (Model Dwellings) Islington (St Mary)
Martha Eliza Palmer Head Widow 65 No Occupation London, Westminster
Henry Robert do Son S 33 British Workman Assurance Agent Clerkenwell
Martha Caroline do Daur S 25 Book Folder Islington

Son Alfred is shown as a single 28 year old bricklayers labourer (born Clerkenwell) lodging in Wilmer House, Hoxton.

1911 Census Islington Workhouse, St John's Road, Upper Holloway N
Martha Palmer Inmate 71 Married 2children 1 living 1 deceased Needlewoman birthplace NK

birthplace not known, age about 5 years out, married not widowed, 2 not 3 children but most probably our Martha!

Parish Death Register entry for Martha Palmer

It looks like Martha died on the 11th February 1912 in Islington.