Noted events in her life were:
• Occupation: nurse, at the time of the census in April 1871. 421,422,423 She was then a servant in the household of Charles & Constance Brobant (Mayor, land owner and farmer) at Knutsford Road, Latchford, Cheshire. It appears that she was caring for the couple's four children with the help of an under-nurse.There was also a resident governess.
She was still a servant there in 1881. Her employer's name was then given as Charles & Constance "Broadbent" and he was descibed as a retired tanner and a director of an iron and wire works.
In 1891, she was still there, employed as a nurse; Constance Broadbent was by then a widow.
• Occupation: nurse, at the time of the census in March 1901. 424 She was then a nurse in the household of Edward & Margaret Greg (Cotton Manufacturer) at Quarry Bank, Styal, Cheshire. As there were no young children in the household it looks likely that she was helping to care for this elderly couple. It appears likely that Margaret Greg was related to the Broadbent's, Martha's previous, long-term employer.