Richard Myles MARTELL was born 24 April 1912 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. He married Rozanne Harriet KNIBBS 18 April 1944 in Paddington, London, Middlesex, England. He died 01 January 1990 in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. Rozanne Harriet KNIBBS, daughter of Charles Frederick Thomas KNIBBS and Mariette Elisabeth Lucie LEVILLAIN , was born 14 December 1923 in Marylebone, London, Middlesex, England. She died 27 October 1988 in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA.

Children of Richard Myles MARTELL and Rozanne Harriet KNIBBS are:
1. Gary Richard Bourne MARTELL, b. 11 December 1951
2. Linda Joan MARTELL, b. Private
3. Paul D MARTELL, b. Private

Marriage Notes for Richard Myles MARTELL\Rozanne Harriet KNIBBS:

Richard and Rozanne married at the Paddington Register Office, London, England.

Notes for Richard Myles MARTELL:

Also known as: Richard James Martell

See Richard's Birth Certificate


In 1920, we see Richard and his family living at Glenwood Street, Malden City, Middlesex, Massachusetts:
John W Martell Head Mar 34 Shoe Maker Nova Scotia
Mary E Martell Wife Mar 31 Canada
Richard M Martell Son 7 Massachusetts
Harold Martell Son 5 Massachusetts
Wilburt Martell Son 3 years 3 months Massachusetts
William I Martell Son 4 months Massachusetts

Richard enlisted for military service at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 4 August, 1942.

Richard's obituary tells us his parents were John and May (or Mary) from Nova Scotia, Canada, and emigrated to the USA at some time before 1912.
Their full names were in fact William John Martell, borm 18 September 1885 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Mary Agnes (Goddard) from New Brunswick, .His dad was shown as a shoe maker when Richard was born. His parents were married on 22 April 1908 in Somerville, Massachusetts.

From the Lowell Sun January 2, 1990;
Richard Martell
.......retired printer
Tewksbury - Richard J. Martell, 77, a Tewksbury resident since 1955, died New Years Day at a Lowell hospital following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Boston, April 24, 1912, son of the late John and the late Mary (Goddard) Martell and was raised in Medford. He has lived in Tewksburty for the past 35 years.
He was a retired printer for Federal Paper Board Company in Medford.
Dung World War II he served in the Army Intelligence Services in the European Theatre.
He was a communicant of St. William's Church and a former member of the VFW Post 8164 in Tewksbury.
He was the husband of Rozanne H. (Knibbs) Martell who died in October, 1988.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Linda) Soles of Tewksbury, two sons Gary R. Martell and Paul D. Martell, both of Tewksbury, two daughters in law Candy (Quinn) Martell and Christin (Cotter) Martell both of Tewksbury, two brothers William Martell of Florida and Leonard Martell of California and four grandchildren, Nancy Soles, Carrie Ann Fournier, Dianna and Mark Martell.

Sources for Richard Myles MARTELL:

  1., England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1837-1983 
  2. US Social Security Death Index,

Notes for Rozanne Harriet KNIBBS:

Rozanne was the daughter of Charles Knibbs and Mariette Levillain. Charles brought Mariette to London to have their baby, and when the baby was registered, they gave the name of Charles' legal wife as her mother. We don't yet fully understand why they came to England for the birth, but maybe, in a troubled Europe, an English birth and birth certificate was seen by Charles and Mariette as a means of providing security for their daughter in the event of more troubles in Europe like those they experienced in the Great War of 1914-18? If so, they couldn't have been more right.

Rozanne's birth certificate identifies that she was born in the Middlesex Hospital, Marylebone, London, England and registered on 16 Dec 1923 by her father Charles Knibbs of 57 Darnley Road, Hackney, Middlesex, two days after she was born. Charles gave his wife's name, Alexandra Knibbs (formerly Frogley) as her mother.

See Rozanne's Birth Certificate

Rozanne was raised in Rouen, France. At the age of 11, she came to England and I'm told her English even at that age was very good. She lived close to Rouen until 1939 when she was sent to England before France was occupied by the German army in WWII. She took a job in a cinemas as an usherette and projectionist. During this time, she also met up with her cousin Katherine Wykes and they became great friends. Kittie recalls that Rozanne was a projectionist at a big cinema on the corner of Oxford street called The Marble Arch Pavilion.

For the duration of the war, Rozanne remained in England where she met and married Richard James Martell who was in the US military, serving in the UK. At the end of the war, she returned to live with him in Massachusetts, USA where they had three children, Linda, Gary and Paul.

From the Town Crier, Tewksbury, Wilmington, 2 November, 1988:
Rozanne H. Martell
Mrs. Rozanne H. (Knibbs) Martell, 64, of Davis Road, died unexpectedly at a Lowell hospital Thursday, October 27. She was born in London, England December 14, 1923, and was raised in France and England. She emigrated to the United States with her husband, Richard J. Martell in 1944. She has been a Tewksbury resident for the past 34 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Donald (Linda) Soles R.N. of Tewksbury; two sons, Gary R. Martell, R.N. and Paul D. Martell both of Tewksbury; daughter-in-law Candy (Quinn) Martell L.P.N. and Christine Cotter, and four grandchildren, Nancy Soles, Carrie Anne Fournier, Dianna Martell and Mark Martell. Funeral services were held in the Tewksbury Funeral Home on Sunday, October 30. Burial was in the Tewksbury cemetery.


From the Lowell Sun October 29, 1988:
Rozanne H. Martell
...........native of England
Tewksbury - Mrs. Rozanne H (Knibbs) Martell, 64, of Davis Road, died unexpectedly Thursday at a Lowell Hospital. She was born in London, England, Dec. 14 1923 and raised in France and England. She came to the United States with her husband Richard J. Martell in 1944. She had been a Tewksbury resident for the past 34 years.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Linda) Soles, R.N., of Tewksbury; two sons Gary R Martell, R.N. and Paul D. Martell both of Tewksbury.; two daughters-in-law Candy (Quinn) Martell L.P.N. and Christine Cotter and four grandchildren. Nancy Soles, Carrie Ann Fournier and Dianna and Mark Martell.


Sources for Rozanne Harriet KNIBBS:

  1., England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1837-1983 
  2. Personal Contact with June (Knibbs) Kavanagh, Personal Contact with June (Knibbs) Kavanagh who has birth certificate 
  3. US Social Security Death Index,
  4. Personal Contact with Kitty Krister,

Notes for Gary Richard Bourne MARTELL:

From The Wilmington Crier, 6 December 2006:
Gary R. Martell, R.N., C.R.N.I.
First male nurse to gradualte in Lowell State College in 1974; age 54
TEWKSBURY - Gary Richard Martell, R.N., C.R.N.I, age 54, one of the few Infusion Therapist nurses in the Boston area, died Thursday evening, Nov. 30, 2006, at Saints Memorial Hospital in Lowell, after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Candide "Candy" (Quinn) Martell, L.P.N., with whom he had celebrated a 20th wedding anniversary this past June 27th. He was born in Medford, on December 11, 1951, a son of the late Richard James and Roxanne (Knibbs) Martell. He came to Tewksbury at the age of three, and had remained a resident since. He graduated from Tewksbury Memorial High School, and matriculated to Lowell State College, where he became the first male to graduate from the School of Nursing in 1974. He later earned his certification to become one of the few Certified Registered Infusion Therapy R.N.'s in the Boston area Prior to his illness, he worked for the South Shore V.N.A. Mr. Martell, was a former member and officer of the Tewksbury Jaycees Club. Besides his wife, he is survived by three children, Dianna Martell and Mark Martell both of Tewksbury, and Carrie Savage of Lowell; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda Soles and her husband Donald of Fla., a brother and sister-in-law, Paul Martell and his wife Christine of Fla , a granddaughter, Jodie Savage of Fla; his mother and father-in-law, Thelma and Leroy Bourne of Tewksbury; two brothers-in-law Roy Bourne of Tewksbury and Guy Quinn of Lowell; nieces and nephews; and many dear friends at the South Shore V.N.A. He was also husband of the late Thelma M. (Bourne) Martell, who died in 1983. A private funeral for Mr. Martell was held at the Tewksbury Cemetery on Dec. 5. Memorials to the Memorial & Honor Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-1942 will be appreciat-ed. Arrangements were through the Thwitsbury Funeral Home.


His wife Thelma died at Tewksbury, Massachusetts in March 1983. She was born 7 March 1952.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Gary.

Sources for Gary Richard Bourne MARTELL:

  1. Obituary, of Gary Martell 

Notes for Linda Joan MARTELL:

Notes for Paul D MARTELL: