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Smith Family of Rockhampton

THE SMITH FAMILY

 

William Smith (1769c-1845) and Ann (1770-1849)

Farmer of Hill, Butcher and Dealer (Higler) of Rockhampton

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 Thomas Smith I (1805- ) and Ann Wilson (born 1806c-1842)

Carpenter of Hill and Compton Greenfield, Wheelwright of Bristol

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Thomas Smith II (1831c-1884) and Sarah Woodward (1833-1880)

Agricultural Labourer of Hill, Earthcott, Dealer of Cromhall and Labourer of Tytherington

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Ellen Smith (1862-1930) and Henry Terrett (1850-1908)

Millwright, Engineer and Publican of Kingswood

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William Edward Terrett and Grace Margaret Eley

 


 

 

WILLIAM SMITH, Great IV Grandfather of Richard Barton

Husband of Ann

Father of Thomas Smith I

Also Father of William Infant, William, Sarah, Elizabeth and Anna

William Smith was born in about 1769. He married Ann before February 1795.

There is a baptism at Hill of a Thomas Smith, son of William and Ann Smith, who was born on 25th July 1805 and baptised on 18th August 1805.

On 8th February 1795 William the son of William and Ann was baptised at Rockhampton. He was buried on 4th March 1795. On 22nd May 1796 a second William was baptised at Rockhampton, son of Wm and Ann. On 22nd January 1802 Sarah the daughter of William and Ann was born and baptised at Hill on 21st February 1802. On 21st July 1808 Elizabeth was born and baptised at Hill on 7th August 1808. Anna was born on 23rd April 1810 and baptised at Hill on 20th May 1810.

 The 1841 census return records a William Smith and his wife Ann who were both seventy years old and living at Rockhampton. William was described as a dealer.

William Smith died on 10th January 1845 at Rockhampton, in Thornbury Union Registration District. He was described as a seventy-six-year-old Higler who died of ‘Decay of Nature’. The witness was William Smith of Hill who was present at the death. The death was registered on 10th February 1845 by Edward Salmon, Registrar.

A Higler (Higger or Higgler) was a pedlar, usually with a horse and cart (also called a haggler – hence to haggle)

William Smith was buried at Rockhampton on 15th January 1845 aged seventy-eight-years.

Ann Smith died on 2nd October 1849 at Rockhampton. She was described as the eighty-two-year-old widow of William Smith, Butcher. The cause of death was described as ‘Natural Decay – No Medical Attendant’. The witness was Pamela Nuth (?) who made her mark and was present at the death. The death was registered on 5th October 1849 by Edward Salmon, Registrar.

Ann was buried at Rockhampton on 8th October 1849 aged eighty-two-years.

Gravestone at Rockhampton, to the north west of the tower:

William Smith of this Parish, Yeoman, died on 10th January 1845 aged seventy-five-years and Ann Smith who died on 3rd October 1849 aged eighty-two-years.


 

Their children were Great IV Aunts and Uncles:

 

WILLIAM SMITH, Infant Great IV Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Born on 8th February 1795 and buried on 4th March 1795 at Rockhampton.


 

WILLIAM SMITH, Great IV Uncle of Richard Barton

 

William Smith was baptised on 22nd May 1796 at Rockhampton. On 20th September 1819 he married Eliza Barton in Bristol.

 

Elizabeth (Eliza) Barton was born on 17th May 1804 and baptised at Hill on 17th June 1804. Her father, Thomas Barton, was baptised on 26th February 1783 at Hill. He married Elizabeth Riddiford on 5th March 1804 at Hill and they had at least four children. In 1814 and 1817 he was described as a farmer of Hill in the Hill baptism register and in 1819 as a yeoman. In the 1841 census he was described as a fifty-five-year-old mole catcher. His wife Elizabeth was a fifty-year-old school mistress and their child at home was Mary Ann, a twenty-year-old dressmaker. With them was his eighty-year-old mother, Mary Barton. In the 1851 census return he was described as a sixty-year-old pauper, formerly a farmer, living with his daughter Eliza Smith at Hill.

 

Returning to William and Eliza Smith in the 1841 census return William Smith was described as a forty-year-old agricultural labourer born in the county and his wife Eliza was aged thirty-five-years. Their children included George aged twenty, an agricultural labourer, Flora aged ten, Ann aged seven, William aged three and Daniel aged one year. Next door was John Barton, a farmer, and his family.

 

In the 1851 census return William Smith was described as a fifty-five-year-old farm labourer of Hill who had been born in Rockhampton. His wife, Eliza, was aged forty-seven-years and born in Hill. Their children included William Smith, a farm boy, born in Hill and aged thirteen years; Susan aged seven years and Henry aged three years. Both were born in Hill. Thomas Barton, Ann’s father, was staying with them. William and Eliza Smith had at least ten children.

 

1851 Census Return:

 

William Smith, 55, Farm Labourer, born Rockhampton

Eliza, 47, born Hill

William, 13, a Farm boy, born Hill

Susan, 7, a scholar, born Hill

Henry, 3, a scholar, born Hill

 

 

In 1861 William was listed as a forty-four-year-old (sic) labourer and clerk of the Church. He was born at Rockhampton. His wife Elizabeth was aged fifty-six and born at Hill. With them was their son Henry, a scholar, aged thirteen and Daniel aged twenty-one, a carter – both born at Hill. Lodging with them was William Barton, a ten-year-old scholar born at Stroudwater.

 

In 1871 William was a seventy-four-year-old labourer living at Hill with his wife Elizabeth aged sixty-seven-years. He was born at Rockhampton and she was born at Hill. With them was their eighteen-year-old nephew William Ford, a labourer born at Thornbury. Next door was John Barton, a farmer of fifty eight acres with his son John.

 

William Smith was buried on 2nd May 1873 at Hill, aged 77 years. He lived at Hill

and in the Register there is a note that he was ‘For 29 years parish clerk of Hill’.

 

His widow Elizabeth Smith was living in Hill at the time of the 1881 census. She was described as a seventy-six-year-old Sunday School Mistress born at Hill. Lodging with her was John Allen, gardener, aged thirty-four, a domestic gardener, born at Thornbury.

 


 

 

SARAH SMITH, Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Born 22nd January 1807 and baptised at Hill on 21st February 1807.

 


 

ELIZABETH SMITH, Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Born 21st July 1808 and baptised at Hill on 7th August 1808.

 


 

ANNA SMITH, Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Born 23rd April 1810 and baptised on 20th May 1810

 


THOMAS SMITH I Great III Grandfather of Richard Barton

Son of William Smith and Ann

Husband of Ann

Father of Thomas Smith I

Also Father of Laura, Augustus, Celia Andrews and Ellen Keel

Also Husband of Lucy Hodges Pople White

Thomas Smith was born in about 1805 at Hill, the son of William Smith, a farmer.

There is a baptism at Hill of a Thomas Smith, son of William and Ann Smith, who was born on 25th July 1805 and baptised on 18th August 1805.

See Thomas Smith, Carpenter of Bristol

 


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