James Rodwell Marshall Martin 
Location served:
Chatham, Merlin  
Years in Practice:
1922 to 1951
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. James Rodwell Marshall Martin was born on the 18th of August, 1894 in Beeton, (Simcoe County) Ontario. His parents were James Martin and the former Catherine Moore.   His father was a shoemaker.  He had a brother named Marvyn Erie Martin who was born in 1889 and a sister named Myrtle Catherine Martin who was born in 1891.  A brother Horatio was born in 1896  but died as an infant.  Dr. Martin graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1922.  According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Martin joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 30th of June, 1922.

He first practiced medicine in Oil Springs, (Lambton County) Ontario. He moved to Merlin, before settling in Chatham, Ontario in approximately 1931.  In December of 1931, he signed a death record and listed his office at 10 Third Street in Chatham.  Dr. Martin purchased undeveloped land east of Victoria Ave., and north of Grand Avenue and built a large home.

With his first wife, Grace he had a son named James Clifford Martin (who died May 19th, 1965) and a daughter named Gwendolyn Shirley Martin. Dr. Martin appears in the 1941 Shepherds City of Chatham Business Directory.  His office was still located at 10 Third Street.  After Grace died he married Wilda Fay Huxley on the 15th of June, 1946 in Port Huron, Michigan.  She was born in 1907 in Edmonton, Alberta. Her parents were William Roger Huxley and the former Ellie Denhardt.  Mrs. Martin had 3 brothers; Norman, William and John.  Dr. and Mrs. Martin had a son named John together.

Dr. Martin died in Chatham on January 11, 1951.   He was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. Eventually, his wife Fay relocated to Calgary and she died there in 1976.