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Annie Martha Martin

Annie Martin

Mrs Annie Martha Martin (née Woodland) was born in St Martins, Guernsey, Channel Islands 17 November 1872 the daughter of Alfred William Woodland (1838-1899) and Sarah Saunders (1842-?). Alfred had married Sarah in Netherbury, Dorset on 21 February 1860.  He was a butcher at the time.  They later moved to Guernsey where he continued to work as a butcher for some time but also ran the Half Moon public house in Les Caches Rd, St Martins.  

Her siblings were Bowden Saunders Woodland (1862-1931); Alfred W. Woodland (born 1863); Florence J. Woodland (born 1865); George H. Woodland (born 1878); Frederick C. Woodland (1879-1926); Phoebe Alice Woodland (1880-1951)1.

Annie married in Ireland in 1893 to a soldier (Bugler) named William Henry Martin 2, but it seems likely that the marriage failed early on although there is no indication that they divorced.  By 1912 she was calling herself Mrs Coghlan.3,4

When she signed-on to the Titanic on 6 April 1912 she gave her address as Posbrook Road, Portsmouth, her sister Phoebe's address. Her last ship had been the Olympic. As a stewardess she received monthly wages of £3 10s.

She was rescued (probably in lifeboat 11).

Annie Coghlan settled in Combe Martin, Devon. A 1936 newspaper mistakenly reported that her husband had died in the disaster.

She died 21 November 1936, she was buried at Bear Street Cemetry, Barnstable three days later.5


  1. In 1894 Phoebe (aged 14) was convicted of attempting to murder their father by poisoning him with tea laced with oxalic acid. At the time the father was separated from his wife and Phoebe was frequently left alone at the bar.  She formed a relationship with a soldier and planned to leave home.  Her father disapproved and gave her a caning which prompted the attack. The tea contained sufficient poison to kill three or four people but he did not consume it having tasted it and found it nauseous.   She was sentenced to two year's imprisonment with hard labour.
  2. Born Bombay 1868, died in Victoria Central Hospital, Wallasey, Cheshire, 19 October 1918 of pneumonia and cardiac failure.
  3. In her death certificate she is described as the widow of William Henry Martin.
  4. An article in the Hampshire Post in 1912 indicated that she went by the name of Mrs Coghlan, but she signed on as Mrs Martin. Her marriage to Coghlan may have been a so-called 'common law' marriage, but so far he has never been traced.  When her death, on 21 November 1936, was reported in the Western Morning News and Daily Gazette her name was given as Coghlan but on the death certificate it is given as Martin. Her sister Mrs Phoebe Alice Humby who registered the death died in 1951.
  5. In 1975 the rights to the grave plot were purchased and a headstone to a couple named Beatrice and Thomas Short was erected.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People, CD-ROM
Western Morning News and Daily Gazette, 26th November 1936
Oxford Journal 1 September 1894
Aberdeen Evening Express 27 August 1894 Attempt to poison a father
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 27 August 1894 Young girl's shocking crime
GRO Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Armed Forces Marriages
Census 1881-1911

Research Articles

Newspaper Articles

Hampshire Post (19 April 1912) Mrs Coghlan
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  1. Inger Sheil

    Does anyone know if Stewardess Annie Martin used an address in Ireland c/o a Mrs Phelps at any point in her life? I've recently been given access to Harold Lowe's address book. The book is undated, although a memoranda slip inserted in the leaves has the date 1914. There are a number of Titanic survivors listed, although most are passengers he had direct contact with in the boats in his flotilla (Rene Harris, etc). One entry is under the married name of someone who wed some time after the disaster, so the contact details may span a good number of years. The 'Annie Martin' may well be... Read full post

  2. Peter Engberg-Klarström

    Hello Inger, I wish I could answer your question, but alas, no such luck. Did you ever receive the e-mail I sent you? Best regards, Peter

  3. Inger Sheil

    G'day Peter - No worries on the Annie Martin question - I realise it's a long shot, and the two may be totally unconnected (time to rope in the Irish Molony brigade, though ), and am closing the BT account altogether. I'll email you my new, spam free address so you can send through the message.

  4. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Inger, Morning - this may help a bit: (From the Hampshire Post - date not known). Also on board is Mrs. Coghlan, of Beach Road, and who is on board as a First Class Stewardess. Mrs. Coghlan who is engaged under the name of Miss Annie Martin is among the official list of those missing and much sympathy is felt for Mr. Coughlan in such a time of suspense. It is believed that this lady had also been on board the Olympic and was with the vessel when she collided with HMS Hawke in the Solent. If you get in touch with me by email I can give you and address in Guernsey where a helpful... Read full post

  5. Inger Sheil

    Cheers, Brian! I'll drop you a line. I'm not expecting that this Annie Martin will turn out to be the same one, but it seems worth chasing up.

  6. Becky Lauzon

    Hello, I noticed you are discussing Mrs. Annie Martin. Forever I have been told that my Grandmothers Father's Mother was on the Titanic and that her married name was Martin. And Annie is the only one that I've been able to find with that last name and yet we were always under the impression she had passed at the time of the sinking. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about her or her family or her life after this incident that I may be able to link to myself or, if not, then I will be able to look elsewhere for my relation. I really appreciate any information anyone can give... Read full post

  7. Bob Godfrey

    Hallo, Becky. It's for sure that no woman called Martin died in the sinking. Also, the info posted above by Brian suggests that Annie Martin had signed on under her maiden name, which would of course rule her out if you're sure that Martin was your relative's married name. If she survived the sinking and became Mrs Martin at some later date, you're left with a great many possibilities, too many to investigate if you have no other leads. I'd say that your best chance is to work backwards from your own generation through family documents and public records like the 1901 census, birth... Read full post

  8. Becky Lauzon

    Great. I really appreciate your help. I must have overlooked the fact that she had signed on by her maiden name. I figured this was worth a shot even if it was in the dark. Thanks for the advice as well. I actually have a friend of mine who is a great genealogist helping me out. I was just taking the first step in investigating here.

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mrs Annie Martha Martin (née Woodland)
Age: 39 years 4 months and 28 days (Female)
Nationality: Channel Islander
Marital Status: Married to William Henry Martin
Last Residence: in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Stewardess
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton
Rescued (boat 11)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Buried: Bear Street Cemetery, Barnstaple, Devon, England on Saturday 21st November 1936

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