Frances Anne Marten (nee Dimmack)Frances Anne Dimmack was the only surviving child of Edward Bagnall Dimmack, a wealthy iron founder. She was born in Bilston in 1834 and baptised at the Independent church in Oxford Street, Bilston. In 1854, she married Henry John Marten an acquaintance of her father, who was eventually to become his full business partner. In her short life she had seven children before dying at the age of 28, twelve days after giving birth to her youngest child, Frank.

Her married life was spent at the grand building of Penn Hall, where almost all her children were born.



Family of Henry John MARTEN and Frances Anne DIMMACK

See also
Henry MARTEN's other family: with Martha SHAW (1831-1900)
Henry MARTEN's parents: Robert Giles MARTEN (1792-1839) and Eliza WARMINGTON (1793-1865)
Henry MARTEN's siblings: Eliza Warmington MARTEN (1815-1877), Emma Maria MARTEN (1817-1897), Caroline Eisdell MARTEN (1819-1885), Robert Humphrey MARTEN (1821-1885), Louisa Sarah MARTEN (1824-1891), Alfred George MARTEN (1829-1910) and Edward Bindon MARTEN (1832-1914)
Frances DIMMACK's parents: Edward Bagnall DIMMACK (1808-1875) and Anne THOMPSON (1799-1881)
Frances DIMMACK's sister: Sarah Jane DIMMACK (1832-bef1846)


Husband: Henry John MARTEN (1827-1892)
Wife: Frances Anne DIMMACK (1834-1862)
Children: Edward Dimmack (Teddy) MARTEN (1855-1917)
Henry MARTEN (1856-1930)
Henrietta Frances Anne (Netty) MARTEN (1857-1927)
Florence Eliza (Floss) MARTEN (1858-1922)
Ellen Louisa (Nelly) MARTEN (1859-1907)
Robert Humphrey (Tib) MARTEN (1860-1933)
Francis Alfred (Frank) MARTEN (1862-1891)
10 Aug 1854 Snowhill Chapel, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Husband: Henry John MARTEN

Name: Henry John MARTEN 1
Sex: Male
Father: Robert Giles MARTEN (1792-1839)
Mother: Eliza WARMINGTON (1793-1865)
Birth 3 Feb 1827 Plaistow, Essex
Apprenticeship 1843 (app) (age 15-16) Apprentice to Thomas Wicksteed, Water Pioneer, Wolverhampton, Hull and East London
Graduation (1) Apr 1852 (age 25) Associate Member of of the Institute of Civil Engineers
Graduation (2) Nov 1854 (age 27) Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers
Residence (1) 1870 (age 42-43) Parkfield House Wolverhampton
Residence (2) 1875 (age 47-48) Business Headquarter at 4 Storey's Gate
Death 3 Nov 1892 (age 65) The Birches, Codsall, Staffordshire, buried Wolverhampton
Occupation (1) 1871 (age 43-44) Landowner, Iron Founder and Civil Engineer
Occupation (2) 1856 (age 28-29) Resigns as Wolverhanpton water engineer to become EB Dimmack's partne
Obituary 1893 (age 65-66) Electronic ISSN: 1753-7843
Education (1) 1841 (age 13-14) Church Field Academy, Margate with brother Alfred George
Education (2) btw 1839 and 1840 (age 11-13) Mill Hill School 2

Wife: Frances Anne DIMMACK

Name: Frances Anne DIMMACK 3
Sex: Female
Father: Edward Bagnall DIMMACK (1808-1875)
Mother: Anne THOMPSON (1799-1881)
Birth 1834 Bilston, Staffordshire 4
Baptism 25 Jun 1837 (age 2-3) Oxford Street, Bilston - Non conformist
Death 26 Mar 1862 (age 27-28) Penn Fields, Staffordshire
Burial 31 Mar 1862 (age 27-28) Wolverhampton

Child 1: Edward Dimmack (Teddy) MARTEN

Name: Edward Dimmack (Teddy) MARTEN
Sex: Male
Birth 6 Jun 1855 Penn, Staffordshire
Education (1) btw 1868 and 1874 (age 12-19) Mill Hill School
Education (2) 1879 (age 23-24) St John's College Cambridge; Civil Engineering
Occupation (1) 1890 (app) (age 34-35) Engineer for Severn Commissioners
Residence (1) 1891 (age 35-36) Living with Father Henry in Codsall
Residence (2) 1901 (age 45-46) Cheltenham
Household 1901 (age 45-46) Single living with widowed Sister Netty
Occupation (2) 1901 (age 45-46) Civil Engineer; Cheltenham
Retirement btw 1912 and 1917 (age 56-62) Ill health/paralysis
Death 12 May 1917 (age 61) Cheltenham
Obituary 15 May 1917 (age 61) The Times

Child 2: Henry MARTEN

Name: Henry MARTEN
Sex: Male
Spouse 1: Hannah CLEGG (1857-1890)
Spouse 2: Fanny Jane SHELLARD (1854- )
Birth 8 May 1856 Penn Hall, Staffordshire
Residence 1901 (age 44-45) Avonside House, Bitton, Gloucestershire
Death 14 Jul 1930 (age 74) Cheltenham
Occupation (1) 1895 (age 38-39) Engineer working for Severn Commissioners
Occupation (2) 1881 (age 24-25) Confidential Clerk
Education 1873 (age 16-17) St John's College Cambridge

Child 3: Henrietta Frances Anne (Netty) MARTEN

Name: Henrietta Frances Anne (Netty) MARTEN
Sex: Female
Spouse: William Howard LEWIS (1854-1898)
Birth 26 Apr 1857 Penn Hall, Staffordshire
Death 1927 (app) (age 70) Cambridge

Child 4: Florence Eliza (Floss) MARTEN

Name: Florence Eliza (Floss) MARTEN
Sex: Female
Spouse: Henry EVANS (1840-1923)
Birth 8 May 1858 Penn, Staffordshire
Death 22 Jan 1922 (age 63) Hagley 5

Child 5: Ellen Louisa (Nelly) MARTEN

Name: Ellen Louisa (Nelly) MARTEN
Sex: Female
Spouse: Rev Robert Brooks EGAN (1855-1903)
Birth 25 Jul 1859 Penn Hall, Staffordshire
Death Q4 1907 (age 48) St Marylebone

Child 6: Robert Humphrey (Tib) MARTEN

Name: Robert Humphrey (Tib) MARTEN
Sex: Male
Spouse: Annie Ffreebairn (May) MONTEITH (1865- )
Birth 3 Aug 1860 Penn Fields, Staffordshire
Education 1885 (age 24-25) Caius College Cambridge
Occupation btw 1900 and 1930 (age 39-70) Surgeon
Death 8 Apr 1933 (age 72) Australia

Child 7: Francis Alfred (Frank) MARTEN

Name: Francis Alfred (Frank) MARTEN
Sex: Male
Birth 14 Mar 1862 Penn Fields, Staffordshire
Death 1 May 1891 (age 29) North Burma, East Indies


1 The new waterworks was built in Regis Road, Tettenhall. Up to 800,000 gallons a day were pumped from boreholes and stored in reservoirs. Houses connected to the mains supply received water from 7.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend. Everyone else had to use standpipes or the town’s water carts.

Wicksteed soon left Wolverhampton and was replaced by his apprentice, Henry John Marten. Henry was appointed in 1846 and was just 19 years old at the time. He was also allowed to continue with his private practice. Luckily for Wolverhampton he was an advocate of a constant water supply and so the intermittent supply was soon a thing of the past. Henry quickly started work on the design of the Goldthorn Hill reservoir, which was one of the earliest covered reservoirs in the country. It was built in 1849.

He was responsible for the construction of waterworks at Wellington, Bridgnorth and Stourbridge and designed the sewage scheme for Bilston, which was one of the earliest drainage systems in England.
In 1854 he married the daughter of E.B. Dimmack, owner of Parkfield Ironworks and Colliery. In 1856 he resigned from the waterworks company to become Dimmack’s partner at the ironworks. The water company also took water from the disused Rough Hills colliery site on Goldthorn Hill, but the water was somewhat impure.