Martha Gammell and her descendants

Martha Janet Gammell, known as Jessie, was the 8th child and only daughter to survive childhood of Capt. James Gammell and his wife Sydney Holmes. She was born in Edinburgh on 7 May 1836. Her parents moved to Bath in the 1850s, and she was married there at St. Saviours Church on 25 January 1866 to Julius Alfred Bertram, a solicitor and son of Charles Bertram, a wine merchant. This Charles Bertram's sister, Rosa Bertram had married Jessie's uncle Ernest some fifteen years earlier. Jessie and Julius had an only child Julius, who was born on 8 November 1866, and Jessie died on 31 July 1868, after giving birth to a stillborn second child.

In 1883, Julius Alfred married for the second time, his bride being Miriam Sophia Adelaide Messiter (nee Gammell), widow of Colonel John Messiter, and only daughter of Major William Gammell. There were no children of this second marriage.

Julius Bertram (1866-1944), the son of Jessie and Julius Alfred, became a lawyer like his father, practicing in London. In the 1906 General Election he was elected as the only ever Liberal MP for Hitchin, however he lost the seat in the next election, in January 1910. On 14 December 1907, he married Marjorie Sutton (1877-1947).  He lived at "Sishes", Pin Green, Stevenage, Hertfordshire from 1897-1930, after which the family moved to Abington Hall, Cambridgeshire and later Martinhoe Cleave North Devon. His London house was at Ashburn Gardens, Kensington. He and his wife were occasional visitors to Drumtochty, and Sydney James Gammell and his wife often visited the Bertrams at Cambridge. Julius died on 5 November 1944.

Julius Bertram and his wife Marjorie Sutton had two children, Oliver Henry Julius Bertram born 26 February 1910, and Quentin Charles Frederick Bertram born in March 1914 and who died in December 1931.  Oliver H J Bertram was an English racing driver and barrister in London and retired to live at Parracombe in Devon. He married Jennifer Anne Pleasant Clark in Nairobi in 1943. They had 2 children, James Julius Bertram born 24 November 1944 and Janet Lavinia Bertram born 14 August 1946. Oliver died in Devon in September 1975.  

His son, James Julius Bertram became a solicitor and practiced in Hong Kong.  He married and had two children, George and Gillian.  He died in France on 19 June 2015. Janet Lavinia Bertram became an actress and lives in London.

Martha Gammell and her descendants