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THE SMITH FAMILY OF HORFIELD AND BRISTOL, ENGLAND
 

CONTENTS

Introduction

Acknowledgements & Disclaimer

Meaning Of The Name

Timothy SMITH (1782-1852)

William SMITH (1809-1880)

Christopher Sidney SMITH (1847-1913)

Frederick Joseph SMITH (1876-1928)

Richard Albert SMITH (1878-1957)

Introduction

I lived in the parish of Horfield, Bristol until I was 30, and while many of my ancestral lines began in other parts of the UK – from Devon to Lambeth, and from Wiltshire to Wales – one of my lines has existed in Horfield for over 200 years ... the SMITHs. Timothy SMITH, born in about 1782, is the earlier ancestor who I know was born in Horfield. He was the youngest son of Edward SMITH and Ruth BOOK, who married in St James Parish Church, Bristol in 1764. When Timothy SMITH was born, Horfield was a village in the depths of the Gloucestershire countryside, far away from the city walls of Bristol. But in 1897, Bristol's boundaries were extended to include Horfield, and today the parish is little more than a suburb in the urban sprawl of North Bristol. This is the story of Timothy SMITH and his descendants ...

Acknowledgements & Disclaimer

This webpage would not have been possible without the assistance of my third cousin, SHARON LLOYD, and her various contacts - including CANON JOHN STEWART SMITH, JOYCE LAIT and BARBARA MOTTERSHEAD - who between them have provided a vast amount of information. All photos on this page were provided by Sharon, or come from my own family album, with the exception of the photograph of Horfield Parish Church below which was kindly donated by PHIL DRAPER, the photo of Harry SMITH and family, which was provided by BOB ARNOTT, and the photo of Richard & Alice SMITH with their four eldest children, which was provided by COLIN ACKERMAN. I would also like to thank PAUL VIVASH and MAGGIE PERKINS for providing extracts from various sources with regard to the derivation of the name "SMITH". Some of the details about Downend Park Farm and Downend House Farm were taken from "The Horfield Tithe Survey 1841" by ANDY BUCHAN, JOHN HYDE and DENIS WRIGHT, published by the Bishopston, Horfield & Ashley Down Local History Society. I am also indebted to the members of the Gloucester, Bristol & Somerset and Wessex Genealogy Mailing Lists, as well as the Bristol Register Office, the Yeovil Register Office and the General Register Office. Much of the information on this page has no primary source and while I believe that it is accurate, I cannot take responsibility for any errors or omissions. I will be updating this page regularly as new information comes to light.

Meaning Of The Name

SMITH originates from the Old English "smithe", meaning "worker at the smithy". P.H. REANEY in "A Dictionary of British Surnames" suggests that early examples are common in the Latin form FABER.


Horfield Parish Church
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Timothy SMITH (1782-1852)

Timothy SMITH was baptised in Horfield on 5th May 1782. He was the youngest son of Edward SMITH and Ruth BOOK, who married in St James Parish Church, Bristol on 5th January 1764. Timothy’s siblings were William, baptised 15th May 1767; Charles, baptised 4th July 1770; Susannah, baptised 18th April 1773; John, baptised 29th December 1776; James, born c. 1778, and Ann and Edward, both baptised 26 March 1780.

On 16th July 1807, Timothy SMITH married Elizabeth PERRY in St John Parish Church, Bedminster. They had 10 children together – Mary, baptised 3rd January 1808 in Horfield; William, baptised 13th August 1809 in St James, Wick and Abson, Gloucestershire; Timothy, baptised 25th December 1810 in Wick and Abson, buried 10th January 1813 in Horfield; Charles, baptised 15th May 1815 in Wick and Abson; Elizabeth, born c. 1816 in Horfield; Timothy, baptised 21st September 1817 in Wick and Abson; Henry, baptised 30th May 1819 in Wick and Abson; Charlotte, baptised 23rd June 1822 in Wick and Abson;  Emma, born 14th April 1824 in Oldland, Gloucestershire, and Selina, born 4th April 1827 in Oldland.

Timothy SMITH was appointed gamekeeper for Horfield on 23rd August 1816 by John SHADWELL Esq., the Lord of the Manor. It isn't known how long he held this position. The Horfield tithe apportionment survey shows a Timothy SMITH as the occupier of several plots of land and it is probable that this was Timothy born 1782, although this does not necessarily mean that he was living in Horfield at the time. The information contained in the apportionment survey was confirmed by the Tithe Commissioners on 29th July 1841, but it would have taken a number of years to compile and it is therefore likely that the details found in the survey actually pre-date the 1841 census, which was taken on 6th June 1841. The plots occupied by Timothy SMITH included a house on the site of the modern Ardagh pavilion on Horfield Common, three fields which are now the site of allotments between Bishop Road and Longmead Avenue, a field which is now the site of Horfield Prison, and a plot which has been partially covered by Kellaway Avenue and is the site of the Kellaway Arms public house and Golden Hill Cottages. The Rev. Henry RICHARDS was the copyholder of all these properties.

No trace of Timothy has been found in the 1841 census but he was certainly not living in Horfield. Elizabeth SMITH (nee PERRY) died before 1851, in which year the widowed Timothy was living with some of his children in New Cheltenham, Gloucestershire as seen here in the 1851 census:

New Cheltenham, Oldland, Gloucestershire

Timothy SMITH widower aged 68 Farmer 14 Acres born Horfield
Henry SMITH son 30 Deaf & Dumb born Horfield
Charlotte LEE daughter 27 Farmer's Daughter born Horfield
Emma SMITH daughter 25 Farmer's Daughter born Horfield
Celina SMITH daughter 22 Farmer's Daughter born Bitton
Samuel LEE son-in-law 30 Farmer's Son-in-law born Horfield
Henry LEE grandchild 1 born Horfield

Timothy SMITH died on 10th December 1852 in Soundwell, Oldland.

Mary SMITH (b. 1808) married John NELMS on 1st December 1828 in St James, Bristol. He was born in Rockhampton, Gloucestershire in about 1798 and was the son of Guy NELMS and Mary COLLINS. John and Mary had at least three children together, all baptised in Wick and Abson, Gloucestershire  – John, baptised 18th August 1829; Olive, baptised 12th December 1832, and Elizabeth Mary, baptised 25th December 1833. This is how the family appears in 1841, 1851 and 1861:

Holbrook, Wick & Abson, Gloucestershire (1841)

John NELMS aged 40 Farmer Not Born in County
Mary NELMS aged 30 Not Born in County
John NELMS aged 10 Born in County
Olive NELMS aged 9 Born in County
Elizabeth NELMS aged 7 Born in County
Sarah DRAISEY aged 17 Female Servant Not Born in County

Wick, Wick & Abson, Gloucestershire (1851)

John NELMS aged 54 Farmer Employing 1 Servant born Rockhampton, Gloucestershire
Mary NELMS wife 43 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
John NELMS son 21 born Abson, Gloucestershire
Sarah Ann NELMS son’s wife 20 born Doynton, Gloucestershire
Olive NELMS daughter 19 born Abson, Gloucestershire
Elizabeth NELMS daughter 17 born Abson, Gloucestershire
Ambrose BRYANT servant 12 Agricultural Labourer born Abson, Gloucestershire

Bath Road, Wick, Gloucestershire (1861)

John NELMS aged 63 Farmer Of 70 Acres born Rockhampton, Gloucestershire
Mary NELMS wife 53 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Charles NELMS brother 50 Agricultural Labourer born Chewton Keynsham, Somerset
Jesse NELMS nephew 10 Scholar born Wick and Abson, Gloucestershire
Charles HEMMINGS servant 17 Farm Labourer born Wick and Abson, Gloucestershire
Mary CHANDLER servant 19 House Servant born Sodbury, Gloucestershire

Mary NELMS (nee SMITH) died on 8th March 1867 at Pool Farm, Wick & Abson. In 1871 her widowed husband was still living in Wick:

Top of Wick, Wick & Abson, Gloucestershire

John NELMS widower aged 73 Farmer of 20 Acres born Newton, Gloucestershire
John J. NELMS grandson 19 Farmer of 20 Acres born Wick, Gloucestershire

John NELMS died in about 1877.

In 1841 Charles SMITH (b. 1815) was living at Downend House Farm in Horfield, together with six of his siblings, as seen here in the census for that year:

Downend, Horfield, Gloucestershire

Charles SMITH aged 25 Farmer born Gloucestershire
Elizabeth SMITH 20 born Gloucestershire
Timothy SMITH 20 Farmer born Gloucestershire
Henry SMITH 15 born Gloucestershire
Charlotte SMITH 15 born Gloucestershire
Emma SMITH 13 born Gloucestershire
Selina SMITH 11 born Gloucestershire


Dowend House Farm
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By 1851 Charles was living with a widow named Eliza THOMPSON in St Barnabas, Bristol:

1 Magdalene Terrace, St Barnabas, Bristol

Eliza THOMPSON widow aged 46 Grocer born London
Charles SMITH lodger 36 Labourer born Horfield, Gloucestershire

Charles married Eliza on 5th August 1857 in St James, Bristol. Eliza was born in Wickham Market, Suffolk in about 1805 and was the daughter of Nicholas ROGERS. This is how Charles and Eliza appear in the 1861 and 1871 censuses:

1 Upper Magdalene Terrace, St Barnabas, Bristol (1861)

Charles SMITH aged 46 Grocer born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Eliza SMITH wife 56 born Wickham, Suffolk

Grocer's Shop, 1 Magdalene Terrace, St Barnabas, Bristol (1871)

Charles SMITH aged 56 Grocer born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Eliza SMITH wife 70 Grocer's Wife born Wickham Market, Suffolk

Charles SMITH died in the 1870s. In 1881 his widow Eliza was still living in Magdalene Terrace:

1 Magdalene Terrace, St Barnabas, Bristol

Eliza SMITH widow aged 80 Retired Grocer born Suffolk

Elizabeth SMITH (b. 1816) married Matthew PERRY on 5th February 1846 in St Philip & Jacob, Bristol. Matthew was born in Doynton, Gloucestershire in about 1817 and was the son of George PERRY. Matthew and Elizabeth ran the Portcullis Inn in Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, as seen here in the 1851 and 1861 censuses:

Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1851)

Matthew PERRY aged 33 Beer House Keeper born Doynton, Gloucesteshire
Elizabeth PERRY wife 34 born Horfield, Gloucestershire

Beer House, Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1861)

Matthew PERRY aged 45 Beer Retailer born Mangotsfield
Elizabeth PERRY wife 45 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Emma SMITH daughter-in-law 30 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Emma Elizabeth LAWRENCE niece 6 born Horfield, Gloucestershire

Matthew died in 1868 and the widowed Elizabeth continued to run the Portcullis, as seen here in the 1871 and 1881 censuses:

Port Cullis, Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1871)

Elizabeth PERRY widow aged 51 Innkeeper born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Emma LAWRENCE niece 16 born Bitton, Gloucestershire
William SMITH brother 62 Farmer born Horfield, Gloucestershire

Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1881)

Elizabeth PERRY widow aged 60 Beer Retailer born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Florence LAWRENCE niece 20 Beer Retailer born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire

Elizabeth PERRY (nee SMITH) died on 9th February 1882.

Timothy SMITH (b. 1817) married Alice NEWMAN in 1857. Alice was born in Siston, Gloucestershire in about 1826 and was the daughter of Thomas NEWMAN and Alice JEFFERIES. Timothy and Alice had at least five children together - Charles Henry, born c. 1857 in Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire; Sarah Alice, born c. 1859 in Horfield; George Timothy, born c. 1860 in Horfield, died c. 1862; Lilly, born c. 1862 in Mangotsfield, and George Timothy, born c. 1865 in Mangotsfield. In 1861 Timothy and Sarah were living at Lockleaze Farm in Horfield where Timothy was the farm bailiff, as seen here in the census for that year (their eldest son Charles was staying with his grandparents Thomas and Alice NEWMAN at the time):

Lockleaze Farm, Horfield, Gloucestershire

Timothy SMITH aged 40 Farm Bailiff born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Alice SMITH wife 35 born Siston, Gloucestershire
Sarah Alice SMITH daughter 2 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
George Timothy SMITH son 10 months born Horfield, Gloucestershire
George JEFFERIES lodger widower 62 Agricultural Labourer born Bitton, Gloucestershire

Timothy SMITH died on 29th April 1870 in Staple Hill, Gloucestershire. This is how his widow Alice appears in later censuses:

Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1871)

Thomas NEWMAN aged 76 Butcher born Oldland, Gloucestershire
Alice NEWMAN wife 79 born Oldland, Gloucestershire
Alice SMITH daughter widow 45 born Siston, Gloucestershire
Elizabeth NEWMAN daughter 36 Needle Woman born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
Charles SMITH grandson 13 Labourer born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
Alice SMITH granddaughter 11 Scholar born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Lilly SMITH granddaughter 9 Scholar born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
George SMITH grandson 6 Scholar born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire

Downend Road, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1881)

George NEWMAN aged 58 Domestic Gardener born Warmley, Gloucestershire
Alice SMITH sister widow 54 House Keeper born Warmley, Gloucestershire
Timothy SMITH nephew 26 Clicker (Boot Trade) born Staple Hill, Gloucestershire

Downend Road, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1891)
 
Alice SMITH widow aged 63 General Shopkeeper born Siston, Gloucestershire
Charles H. SMITH son 33 Shoemaker born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
Sarah A. ELSTON sister widow 64 Living On Own Means born Siston, Gloucestershire

Victoria Street, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1901)
 
Alice SMITH widow aged 74 Shopkeeper born Warmley, Gloucestershire
C.H. SMITH son 43 Boot & Shoe Maker born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire

Alice SMITH (nee NEWMAN) died in 1907 aged 80.

Charlotte SMITH (b. 1822) married Samuel LEE on 26th September 1844 in Horfield. They had at least one son, Henry Samuel, born in Horfield in 1849. This is how they appear in the 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses:

Cockshot Hill, Oldland, Bitton, Gloucestershire (1871)

Samuel LEE aged 50 Farmer Occupying 20 Acres (1 Man) born New Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Charlotte LEE wife 46 Farmer's Wife born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Henry LEE son 21 Farmer's Son born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Henry SMITH brother-in-law 50 Deaf & Dumb Annuitant born Horfield, Gloucestershire

Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1881)

Samuel LEE aged 66 Retired Farmer born Bitton, Gloucestershire
Charlotte LEE wife 64 born Horfield, Gloucestershire

Victoria Buildings, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1891)

Samuel LEE aged 70 Retired Farmer born Bitton, Gloucestershire
Charlotte LEE wife 69 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Selina RAWLE niece 30 born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
George RAWLE aged 7 Scholar born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
Florence RAWLE aged 6 Scholar born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
Henry RAWLE aged 4 Scholar born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire

Charlotte LEE (nee SMITH) died in about 1891.

Emma SMITH (b. 1824) married Thomas FRANCOMBE on 25th March 1868 in Temple, Bristol. Thomas was baptised in Mangotsfield on 1st January 1832 and was the son of William and Ann FRANCOMBE. Both Thomas and Emma claimed to be only 30 when they got married, and in subsequent censuses they were equally economical with the truth as far as their ages were concerned, as seen below:

Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1871)

Thomas FRANCOMB aged 36 Master Quarryman born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
Emma FRANCOMB wife 35 born Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire

Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1881)

Thomas FRANCOMB aged 43 Retired Quarryman born Soundwell, Gloucestershire
Emma FRANCOMB wife 42 Dressmaker born Horfield, Gloucestershire

Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (1891)

Thomas FRANCOMBE aged 58 Living On Own Means born Staple Hill, Gloucestershire
Emma FRANCOMBE wife 58 Living On Own Means born Horfield, Gloucestershire

Thomas and Emma FRANCOMBE both died in 1894.

Selina SMITH (b. 1827) married George LAWRENCE on 9th April 1853 in St Philip & Jacob, Bristol. George was born in Bitton in about 1827 and was the son of William LAWRENCE and Mary SWEET. George and Selina had three daughters together - Elizabeth Emma, born 1st November 1854 in Bitton, Gloucestershire; Selina Charlotte, born 17th December 1857 in Soundwell, Mangotsfield, and Amy, born 3rd October 1859 in Staple Hill, Mangotsfield. Sadly, Selina LAWRENCE (nee SMITH) died due to loss of blood following Amy's birth, and Amy herself died on 28th October 1859 in Staple Hill. Elizabeth Emma LAWRENCE was subsequently raised by her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Matthew PERRY.

William SMITH (1809-1880)

William SMITH was born in Horfield and baptised in St James, Wick and Abson on 13th August 1809. He was the eldest son of Timothy SMITH and Elizabeth PERRY. William was the tenant of Downend Park Farm in Horfield for at least forty years. At the time of the 1841 Horfield Tithe Survey he held 36½ of the 90 acres held by Henry HARES, who also ran nearby Downend House Farm. The HARES family held the copyhold of the land from 1752 until it was obtained by the City of Bristol in the 20th century. The farmhouse still stands at the end of October Lane off Downend Road. The playing field that is currently used by Ashley Down Junior School once belonged to William SMITH.


Downend Park Farm
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William married Jane HARRIS on 17th November 1829 in St Michael, Bristol. She was born c. 1803. William and Jane had four children together:  Henry, born 12th March 1831 in Horfield; William, born c. 1832; Charles Edward, born c. 1834 in Horfield and Timothy James, born 11th November 1835 in Horfield.

Jane sadly died in 1837 and was buried in Horfield on 22nd January. William subsequently married Susanna EDWARDS on 24th April 1837 in St John The Baptist, Bristol. Susanna was born c. 1813 in St Philips, Bristol and was the daughter of Charles and Ann EDWARDS. William and Susanna also had five children together: Selina Ann, born 20th January 1838 in Horfield; George, born 29th July 1841 in Horfield; Joseph Timothy, born c. 1844 in Horfield; Christopher Sidney, born 25th December 1847 in Downend, Horfield and Richard, born c. 1853 in Horfield.

This is how William SMITH and his family appear in the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses:

Downend, Horfield, Gloucestershire (1841)

William SMITH aged 31 Farmer born Gloucestershire
Susanna SMITH 30 born Gloucestershire
Henry SMITH 11 born Gloucestershire
William SMITH 9 born Gloucestershire
Charles SMITH 7 born Gloucestershire
Selina SMITH 3 born Gloucestershire

Downend Farm House, Horfield, Gloucestershire (1851)

William SMITH aged 41 Farmer of 90 Acres born Horfield
Susan SMITH wife 38 Farmer's Wife born Horfield
Henry SMITH son 20 Farmer's Son born Horfield
William SMITH son 18 Farmer's Son born Horfield
Charles SMITH son 17 Farmer's Son born Horfield
Selina SMITH daughter 13 Scholar born Horfield
George SMITH son 9 Scholar born Horfield
Joseph T. SMITH son 6 Scholar born Horfield
Christ. S. SMITH son 3 born Horfield
Helen LOVELL niece 8 born Kingsdown, Bristol
Timothy SMITH lodger 30 Agriculturist Not In Business born Horfield

Downend, Horfield, Gloucestershire (1861)

William SMITH aged 52 Farmer of 60 Acres born Horfield
Susanna SMITH wife 49 born St Philips, Bristol
Charles Edward SMITH son 27 Farmer's Son born St Paul's, Bristol
Selina Ann SMITH daughter 22 Farmer's Daughter born Downend, Horfield
George SMITH son 19 Farmer's Son born Downend, Horfield
Joseph Timothy SMITH son 15 Farmer's Son born Downend, Horfield
Christopher Sidney SMITH son 13 Farmer's Son born Downend, Horfield
Richard SMITH son 8 Farmer's Son born Downend, Horfield
Thomas HARE servant 17 Weekly Servant born Devon

In 1871 William SMITH was living with his sister Elizabeth PERRY in Mangotsfield (see above census extract), but his wife Susanna was still living in Downend with some of their children, as seen here:

Downend, Horfield, Gloucestershire

Susannah SMITH aged 57 Farmer of 57 Acres born Bristol
Joseph T. SMITH son 25 Haulier born Horfield
Richard SMITH son 18 born Horfield
Reuben ROSLING son-in-law 25 Labourer born Horfield
Selina A. ROSLING daughter 30 born Horfield
Sophia ROSLING granddaughter 1 born Horfield
Frank CLAYEL servant 26 Farm Labourer born Horfield

Susanna SMITH (nee EDWARDS) died on 15th November 1872 in Horfield, aged just 59, and was buried in Horfield on 22nd November. William SMITH died on 18th December 1880 and was buried in Horfield five days later. His son Joseph Timothy subsequently became the tenant of Downend Park Farm.

Henry SMITH (b. 1831) married Elizabeth MIFFLIN on 30th November 1858 in Horfield Parish Church. Elizabeth was born in Honiton, Devon in 1833 and was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth MIFFLIN. Henry and Elizabeth had 10 children together: Annie Jane, born c. 1859 in Stapleton; Charles Henry, born c. 1861 in Stapleton; Frederick, born c. 1863 in Stapleton; Emily, born c. 1865 in Stapleton; Edward George, born c. 1867, buried 16th March 1868 in Horfield; Minnie, born c. 1869, buried 2nd February 1869 in Horfield; Alfred George, born c. 1870 in Stapleton; Walter Herbert, born c. 1872 in Stapleton; Edwin John, born c. 1874 in Stapleton and Arthur Edward, born 19th December 1877 at 1 Ashgrove Place, buried 18th November 1878 in Horfield.

Henry worked as a dairyman and lived in Ashley Down, as seen here in the 1861 and 1871 censuses:

Ashley Down, Gloucestershire (1861)

Henry SMITH aged 30 Dairyman & Grocer's Shop born St Pauls, Bristol
Elizabeth SMITH wife 26 born Honiton Clist, Devon
Annie J. SMITH daughter 1 born Stapleton, Gloucestershire
Elizabeth MIFFLIN visitor widow 62 Laundress born Rock Beer, Devon

3 Haines Cottages, Ashley Down, Gloucestershire (1871)

Henry SMITH aged 40 Dairyman & Grocer born Gloucestershire
Elizabeth SMITH wife 38 born Honiton Clist, Devon
Annie J. SMITH daughter 11 born Gloucestershire
Charles H. SMITH son 9 born Gloucestershire
Frederick SMITH son 8 born Gloucestershire
Emily SMITH daughter 5 born Gloucestershire
Alfred G. SMITH son 1 born Gloucestershire
Elizabeth MIFFLIN mother-in-law widow 73 Visitor born Broad Clist, Devon

The 1881 census shows Henry and family living in Ashgrove Place, a small terrace on Ashley Down Road next to the Ashley Inn and opposite Seymour Road. However the 1871 census shows that Haines Cottages were also adjacent to the Ashley Inn and it therefore seems likely that Ashgrove Place and Haines Cottages were actually the same dwellings. Henry is shown living in Ashgrove Place in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses: 

1 Ashgrove Place, Stapleton, Gloucestershire (1881)

Henry SMITH aged 50 Dairyman born Bristol
Elizabeth SMITH wife 48 Grocer born Exeter, Devon
Annie J. SMITH daughter 21 born Stapleton
Charles H. SMITH son 20 Carriage Body Maker born Stapleton
Frederick SMITH son 18 Brass Finisher born Stapleton
Emily SMITH daughter 15 Grocer's Assistant born Stapleton
Alfred G. SMITH son 11 Scholar born Stapleton
Walter H. SMITH son  8 Scholar born Stapleton
Edwin J. SMITH son 6 Scholar born Stapleton
Elizabeth MIFFLIN mother-in-law widow  81 born Farringdon, Devon

1 Ashgrove Place, Stapleton, Bristol (1891)

Henry SMITH aged 60 Grocer born Bristol
Elizabeth SMITH wife 57 born Honiton, Devon
Walter H. SMITH son 18 Assistant born Bristol
Harry J. SMITH son 16 Assistant Butcher born Bristol
Elizabeth MIFFLIN mother-in-law widow 92 born Honiton, Devon
Sarah MIFFLIN sister-in-law 55 born Honiton, Devon

2 Ashgrove Place, St Michael & All Angels, Bishopston, Bristol (1901)

Henry SMITH aged 70 Living on own means born Bristol
Elizabeth SMITH wife 68 born Honiton Clyst, Devon
Emily SMITH daughter 34 Clerk Commercial born Bristol
Edwin J. SMITH son 26 Butcher born Bristol

Henry SMITH died in the early 1900s. This is how his widow Elizabeth appears in the 1911 census:

116 Ashley Down Road, Bristol

Elizabeth SMITH widow aged 77 born Honiton Clyst, Devon
Emily SMITH daughter 45 Book Keeper & Cashier in Butcher's Office born Bristol
Sarah MIFFLIN sister 75 born Honiton Clyst, Devon

Henry's dairy business was taken over by his eldest son Charles Henry SMITH, who was later joined by his own son Arthur Lionel Henry SMITH. They ran the business as C. H. SMITH & Son at 114 Ashley Down Road, which was probably the same premisis as that originally established by Henry. In 1894 Charles appeared in court accused of selling watered-down milk, but the case was dismissed after the milk was examined by other analysts and was found to contain no trace of added water. 

William SMITH (b. 1833) married Charlotte HARDING in Horfield on 24th May 1858. Charlotte was born in Faccombe, Hampshire in about 1836. William and Charlotte had at least six children together – Florence Ann Selina, born c. 1859 in Stapleton, Gloucestershire; William George Edward, born c. 1861 in Horfield; Alfred Charles, born c. 1865 in Horfield, buried 15th August 1865; Edith Jane, born c. 1866 in Horfield, buried 19th February 1870; Ada Emily, born c. 1866 in Horfield, and Earl Sidney, born c. 1867 in Horfield. In 1861 the family were living in Downend, as seen here in the census for that year:

Downend, Horfield, Gloucestershire

William SMITH Junior aged 28 Dairyman born Bristol
Charlotte SMITH wife 25 born Faccombe, Hampshire
Florence Annie Selina SMITH daughter 1 born Stapleton, Gloucestershire

Charlotte SMITH (nee HARDING) died in 1868 and was buried in Horfield on 13th February. In 1871 William and four of his children were living in the St Philip & Jacob area of Bristol:

3 Baptist Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol

William SMITH widow aged 36 Milk Carrier born Bristol
Florence A.S. SMITH daughter 12 born Stapleton, Gloucestershire
William G.E. SMITH son 11 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Ada E. SMITH daughter 5 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Earl S. SMITH son 4 born Horfield, Gloucestershire

William married Mary Jane DOREY (nee EVANS) in Bristol in 1877. Mary was born in Bristol in about 1849 and was the widow of Thomas DOREY or DOERY. William and Mary Jane had at least four children together, all born in Bristol – Selina, born c. 1878; Mary Jane, born c. 1881; Herbert George Charles, born 2nd August 1886 at 235 Pennywell Road, St Philip & Jacob, and Winifred, born c. 1889. This is how the family appears in the 1881 and 1891 censuses (the Alice SMITH living with the family in 1881 was in fact one of Mary Jane's children with her first husand):

235 Pennywell Road, St Philip & Jacob Out, Bristol (1881)

William SMITH aged 49 General Dealer born Bristol
Mary J. SMITH wife 32 born Bristol
Ada SMITH daughter 15 Ironer born Horfield
Sidney SMITH son 14 Hatter's Apprentice born Horfield
Alice SMITH daughter 7 Scholar born Birmingham
Selina SMITH daughter 2 Scholar born Bristol

1 Lower Millpond Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol (1891)

William SMITH aged 58 General Dealer born Bristol
Mary J. SMITH wife 40 born Bath, Somerset
William SMITH son 30 Mason's Labourer born Bristol
Sidney E. SMITH son 23 Brickyard Labourer born Bristol
Selina SMITH daughter 12 Machinist Boot Trade born Bristol
Mary J. SMITH daughter 11 Scholar born Bristol
Herbert G. C. SMITH son 5 Scholar born Bristol
Winifred M. SMITH daughter 1 born Bristol

William SMITH died in the 1890s. This is how his widow Mary appears in the 1901 census:

3 Lower Millpond Street, St Simon, Bristol

Mary J. SMITH widow 48 Furniture Dealer born Bristol
Selina SMITH daughter 22 Boot Machinist born Bristol
Polly SMITH daughter 19 Trouser Finisher born Bristol
Herbert G. SMITH son 14 Errand Boy born Bristol
Winifred SMITH daughter 11 born Bristol

Charles Edward SMITH (b. 1834) married Mary Jane ROSLING on 22nd December, 1861 in Horfield Parish Church. Mary Jane was born on 3rd June 1840 and was the daughter of Reuben ROSLING and Mary SANDERS. Two of Mary Jane's siblings also married SMITHs – her sister Elizabeth Mary married Joseph Timothy SMITH and her brother Reuben married Selina SMITH. Charles Edward SMITH and Mary Jane had nine children together – William Reuben, born c. 1863 in Horfield; Selina Mary, born c. 1864, buried 21st March 1865; Edward John, born c. 1867 in Horfield; Joseph Rosling, born c. 1869 in Horfield, buried 30th September 1869; Charles Henry, born c. 1870, buried 5th January 1871 in Horfield; Sarah Jemima, born c. 1872 in Horfield; Mary Jane, born c. 1876 in Horfield; Annie Sophia, born c. 1878 in Horfield, buried 25th November 1878, and Arthur Simeon, born c. 1885 in Horfield. This is how Charles and Mary appear in the 1871 and 1881 censuses:

Horfield Common, Horfield, Gloucestershire (1871)

Charles E. SMITH aged 38 Lamplighter born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Mary Jane SMITH wife 30 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
William R. SMITH son 8 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Edward J. SMITH son 3 born Horfield, Gloucestershire

2 Common Cottages, Horfield

Charles E. SMITH aged 48 Gardener born Horfield
Mary J. SMITH wife 40 Gardener's Wife born Horfield
William N. SMITH son 18 Clothier's Assistant born Horfield
Edward Jo. SMITH son 13 Scholar born Horfield
Sarah J. SMITH daughter 8 Scholar born Horfield
Mary J. SMITH daughter 5 Scholar born Horfield

Charles died in 1885. This is how his widow Mary appears in the 1891 and 1901 censuses:

Horfield Common, Horfield (1891)

Mary J. SMITH widow aged 50 born Horfield
William R. SMITH son 28 Clothiers Assistant born Horfield
Mary J. SMITH daughter 15 born Horfield
Arthur S. SMITH son 6 Scholar born Horfield

Horfield Common, Holy Trinity, Horfield (1901)

Mary Jane SMITH widow aged 60 born Horfield
William R. SMITH son 38 Clother's Assistant born Horfield
Sarah J. SMITH daughter 28 Confectioner's Assistant born Horfield
Arthur S. SMITH son 16 Bricklayer's Apprentice born Horfield

Mary Jane SMITH (nee ROSLING) was buried in Horfield churchyard on 25th February 1924

Timothy James SMITH (b. 1835) died in 1837 aged 16 months and was buried on 26th March, just two months after his mother.

Selina Ann SMITH (b. 1838) gave birth to an illegitimate child, Reuben, in c. 1868. The child's father may have been Reuben ROSLING, whom Selina married on 2nd May 1869 in St Philip & Jacob, Bristol. Reuben SMITH was buried in Horfield on 17th April 1869 aged 5 months. Reuben ROSLING was born in 1846 and was the son of Reuben ROSLING and Mary SANDERS and the younger brother of Mary Jane ROSLING. Selina and Reuben had at least seven children together, all born in Horfield – Sophia, born c. 1870; Mary Susanna, born c. 1871; Richard, born c. 1873; Kate, born c. 1875; George, born c. 1876; Elizabeth, born 10th August 1879, and Robert, born 14th July 1882. Sadly, George, Elizabeth and Robert all died in their infancy. Reuben and Selina lived at 424 Gloucester Road, Horfield where he worked as a gardener, as seen here in the 1881 census:

424 Gloucester Rd, Horfield

Reuben ROSLING aged 35 Gardener born Horfield
Selina ROSLING wife 41 born Horfield
Sophia ROSLING daughter 11 Scholar born Horfield
Mary S. ROSLING daughter 9 Scholar born Horfield
Richard ROSLING son 8 Scholar born Horfield
Kate ROSLING daughter 6 Scholar born Horfield
Clara J. PARSONS 19 Domestic Servant born Horfield

However by 1891 Reuben was running the White Hart in Ashley Road, as seen here in the census for that year:

White Hart, Ashley Road, Ashley, Bristol

Reuben ROSLING aged 46 Publican born Horfield
Selina ROSLING wife 54 born Horfield
Mary ROSLING daughter 19 born Horfield
Richard ROSLING son 18 born Horfield
Kate ROSLING daughter 16 born Horfield

Reuben ROSLING died on 16th October 1900 aged 54. His wife Selina died on 1st January 1912.

George SMITH (b. 1841) married Elizabeth DARK in 1867. Elizabeth was born in Easton, Bristol in about 1843. George and Elizabeth had ten children together, all born in Horfield – Susannah Mary, born 30th January 1868; Selina, born c. 1869; Florence, born c. 1870; Alice, baptised 7th November 1871, buried 16th November 1871; Elizabeth Ann, born c. 1873; George Edward, born c. 1873; Ada Alice, born c. 1875; Minnie, born c. 1876; Mary Anne, born c. 1878, and Arthur, born c. 1879. This is how George and Elizabeth appear in the 1871 and 1881 censuses:

Beer House, 1 Ashley Cottages, Ashley Down Road, Horfield, Gloucestershire (1871)

George SMITH aged 29 Publican born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Elizabeth SMITH wife 28 born Easton, Bristol
Susannah SMITH daughter 3 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Selina SMITH daughter 2 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Florena E. SMITH daughter 7 months born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Alice Ann DARK servant 15 born Easton, Bristol

Ashley Down Cottages, Ashley Down Road, Horfield (1881)

George SMITH aged 39 Carter born Bristol
Elizabeth SMITH wife 38 born Bristol
Susan M. SMITH daughter 13 Scholar born Bristol
Ellen A. SMITH daughter 11 Scholar born Bristol
Florence SMITH daughter 10 Scholar born Bristol
George E. SMITH son 8 Scholar born Bristol
Elizabeth A. SMITH daughter 8 Scholar born Bristol
Ada SMITH daughter 6 Scholar born Bristol
Minnie SMITH daughter 5 Scholar born Bristol
Mary A. SMITH daughter 3 Scholar born Bristol
Arthur SMITH son 2 born Bristol

George SMITH died in about 1890 and Elizabeth later became the landlady at the Foresters Arms on Ashley Down Road, as seen here in the 1891:

Foresters Arms, 1 Ashley Cottages, Horfield

Elizabeth SMITH widow aged 49  Licenced Victualler born St Philips, Bristol
Susan M. SMITH daughter 23 born Horfield
Florence E. SMITH daughter 20 born Horfield
George E. SMITH son 18 Apprentice Cabinet Maker born Horfield
Elizabeth A. SMITH daughter 18 born Horfield
Ada A. SMITH daughter 16 Dressmaker born Horfield
Minnie SMITH daughter 14 Apprentice Dressmaker born Horfield
Mary Ann SMITH daughter 13 born Horfield
Arthur SMITH son 12 born Horfield

In 1901 Elizabeth and her family are listed at both the Foresters at 84 Ashley Down Road and at 2 Ashley Down Cottages in Bromley Road. This is how they appear at the Foresters:

84 Ashley Down Road, Holy Trinity, Horfield, Bristol

Elizabeth SMITH widow aged 58 Hotel Keeper (Foresters Arms) born Bristol
Susannah SMITH daughter 30 Hotel Assistant born Horfield
Elizabeth Ann SMITH daughter 28 Hotel Assistant born Horfield
Minnie SMITH daughter 23 Dressmaker born Horfield
Mary Ann SMITH daughter 22 Milliner born Horfield
Arthur SMITH son 21 Plumber born Horfield

Elizabeth was still running the Foresters Arms in 1911:

Foresters Arms, 94 Ashley Down Road, Horfield, Bristol

Elizabeth SMITH widow aged 68 Beer Retailer born Bristol
Susannah Mary SMITH daughter 39 Assisting in Business
born Bristol
Elizabeth Ann SMITH daughter 37 Assisting in Business born Bristol
Minnie SMITH daughter 29 Assisting in Business born Bristol

Joseph Timothy SMITH (b. 1844) married Elizabeth Mary ROSLING on 28th September 1871 in Horfield Parish Church. Elizabeth was born in 1844 and was the daughter of Reuben ROSLING and Mary SANDERS, and the sister of Mary Jane and Reuben ROSLING. Joseph and Elizabeth had seven children together, all born in Horfield – Eleanor Sophia, born 15th August 1872; Arthur Joseph, born 19th May 1874; Herbert Henry, born 11th February 1877; Emily Mary, born 14th July 1879, buried 16th August 1879 in Horfield; William Reuben, born 16th March 1881; Charles Edward, born 28th May 1885, and Frank Ernest, born 2nd July 1888.

Joseph Timothy SMITH became the tenant of Downend Park Farm following the death of his father William, and was living there with his family in 1881 and 1891:

Downend Farm, Horfield (1881)

Joseph T. SMITH aged 36 Farmer & Haulier Of 63 Acres Employing 20 Men born Horfield
Elizabeth M. SMITH wife 36 Farmer's Wife born Horfield
Eleanor S. SMITH son 8 Scholar born Horfield
Arthur J. SMITH son 6 Scholar born Horfield
Herbert H. SMITH son 4 Scholar born Horfield
SMITH son 1 month born Horfield
James CHINNOCK servant 45 Carter & Indoor Farm Servant born Shepton Mallett, Somerset
William SMITH nephew 21 Indoor Farm Servant born Horfield
Anna M. BYFIELD widow 71 Midwife & Nurse born Bedminster, Bristol

Downend Farm, Horfield (1891)

Joseph T. SMITH aged 46 Farmer born Horfield
Elizabeth M. SMITH wife 46 born Horfield
Eleanor S. SMITH daughter 18 Dressmaker born Horfield
Arthur J. SMITH son 16 Farmers Son & Assitant born Horfield
Herbert H. SMITH son 14 born Horfield
William R. SMITH son 10 born Horfield
Charles E. SMITH son 5 born Horfield
Frank E. SMITH son 2 born Horfield
Selina C. SMITH niece 21 born Horfield
James CHINNOCK servant 55 Farm Servant born East Pennard, Somerset

In the late 1890s Joseph SMITH moved to 457 Gloucester Road, Horfield and this is how he appears in the 1901 and 1911 censuses:

457 Gloucester Road, Holy Trinity, Horfield, Gloucestershire (1901)

Joseph T. SMITH aged 56 Cattleman On Farm born Bristol
Elizabeth M. SMITH wife 56 born Bristol
Herbert H. SMITH son 24 Dairyman born Bristol
William R. SMITH son 20 Draper's Van Driver born Bristol
Charles E. SMITH son 15 Dairyman's Assistant born Bristol
Frank E. SMITH son 12 born Bristol

457 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol (1911)

Joseph T. SMITH aged 66 Farm Labourer born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Mary E. SMITH wife 66 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
William R. SMITH son 30 Carter born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Frank E. SMITH son 12 Milkman born Horfield, Gloucestershire

Joseph died at 457 Gloucester Road on 28th November 1917. His widow Elizabeth died at the same address eight years later on 12th August 1925.

Christopher Sidney SMITH (1847-1913)

Christopher Sidney SMITH was born on 25th December 1847 and was the son of William SMITH and Susanna EDWARDS. In 1868 he was living in Castle Street, Bristol and was working as a labourer. In that year, on 23rd August, he married Sarah PARSONS at the nearby St Philip & Jacob Parish Church. She was born on 25th October 1846 in Knowle, Shepton Montague near Wincanton in Somerset, and was the daughter of Williams PARSONS and Jane OSMOND.

Sidney SMITH and Sarah had eight children together - George Sidney, born 7th May 1869 in Russell's Fields, Horfield; Thomas Henry, born 3rd October 1870 in Brynfield House, Horfield; Edward Timothy, born 8th April 1872 in Brynfield House; Susanna Jane, born 16th March 1874 in Clare Villa, Horfield; Frederick Joseph, born 25th April 1876 in 9 Ashley Cottages, Ashley Down Road, Horfield; Richard Albert, born 22nd June 1878 in 9 Ashley Cottages; Sophia Mary, born 18th September 1882 at 9 Ashley Cottages, and Christopher Herbert, born 28th July 1884 in 9 Ashley Cottages, Horfield. This is how the family appears in the 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses:

Brynfield, Horfield, Gloucestershire (1871)

Sidney SMITH aged 23 Farmer's Son born Horfield
Sarah SMITH wife Stay Maker 24 born Shepton Montague, Somerset
George SMITH son 2 born Horfield
Henry SMITH son 6 months born Horfield
Jane PARSONS niece 9 Scholar born Horfield
Jane PARSONS mother-in-law widow 62 Laundress born Wincanton, Somerset

9 Ashley Cottages, Ashley Down Road, Horfield (1881)

Sidney SMITH aged 34 Agricultural Labourer born Bristol
Sarah SMITH wife 34 Stay Maker born Wincanton, Somerset
George SMITH son 11 Scholar born Bristol
Henry SMITH son 10 Scholar born Bristol
Edward SMITH son 8 Scholar born Bristol
Susan SMITH son 7 Scholar born Bristol
Frederick SMITH son 4 Scholar born Bristol
Richard SMITH son 2 born Bristol

9 Ashley Cottages, Ashley Down Road, Horfield (1891)

Sidney SMITH Agicultural Labourer born Horfield
Sarah SMITH wife born Wincanton
Edward SMITH son 18 Plasterer's Apprentice born Horfield
Susanna J. SMITH daughter 17 Ironer born Horfield
Frederick SMITH son 14 born Horfield
Richard SMITH son 12 Barber's Assistant born Horfield
Sophia M. SMITH daughter 8 born Horfield
Christopher H. SMITH son 6 born Horfield

By 1900 Sidney SMITH had taken up residence in Pitt Road in Horfield, which had just been built. Sidney had wanted to occupy No 1 Pitt Road, but that particular house was still under construction, so he had little choice but to move into No 2 Pitt Road. This is how he appears in the 1901 and 1911 censuses:

2 Pitt Road, Horfield, Bristol (1901)

Sydney SMITH aged 53 Cattleman born Horfield
Sarah SMITH wife 53 born Wincanton, Somerset
Frederick SMITH son 24 House Plasterer born Horfield
Richard SMITH son 22 House Plasterer born Horfield
Sophie SMITH daughter 18 Shirt & Collar Ironer born Horfield
Herbert SMITH son 16 Plasterer Labourer born Horfield

2 Pitt Road, Horfield, Bristol (1911)

Christopher Sidney SMITH aged 63 Farm Labourer born Horfield, Bristol
Sarah SMITH wife 63 born Wincanton, Somerset
Frederick SMITH son 35 General Labourer born Bristol
Herbert SMITH son 26 Plasterer born Bristol

Sidney SMITH died of bronchitis at 2 Pitt Road on 30th May 1913. He was interred in the graveyard of Horfield Parish Church in the following month. His widow Sarah outlived him by some 15 years - she died on 2nd April 1928 at 2 Pitt Road and was buried five days later in Horfield churchyard.


Christopher Sidney SMITH and sons
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George Sidney SMITH (b. 1869) married Mary Jane MILLER in 1889. Mary was born in Filton, Gloucestershire in about 1871 and was the daughter of William and Fanny MILLER. George and Mary had at least nine children, all born in Bristol - Lilian Rose, born c. 1891; Mary, born c. 1893; George Sidney, born c. 1894; Arthur, born c. 1896; Richard Edward, born 28th January 1899; Charles, born c. 1902; Violet, born c. 1904; Frederick, born c. 1907, and Ivy, born c. 1909. This is how the family appears in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses:

15 Bringland Terrace, Ashley Down Road, Horfield, Bristol (1891)

Catherine ADAMS widow aged 49 Living On Own Means born Chatham, Surrey
Thomas ADAMS son 20 Sawyer born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Annie ADAMS daughter 17 Domestic Servant born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Morgan ADAMS daughter 10 Scholar born Horfield, Gloucestershire
George SMITH boarder 21 Plasterer born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Jane SMITH boarder 20 born Filton, Gloucestershire
Rose SMITH boarder 4 months born Horfield, Gloucestershire

10 Ashley Down Cottages, Bromley Road, Horfield, Bristol (1901)

George SMITH aged 32 Plasterer born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Mary SMITH wife 30 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Lilly SMITH daughter 10 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Mary SMITH daughter 8 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Sydney SMITH son 6 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Arthur SMITH son 5 born Horfield, Gloucestershire
Richard SMITH son 2 born Horfield, Gloucestershire

15 Bromley Road, Horfield, Bristol (1911)

George SMITH aged 43 Plasterer born Bristol
Mary Jane SMITH wife 42 born Filton, Gloucestershire
Lilian SMITH daughter 21 born Bristol
May SMITH daughter 19 Laundress born Bristol
G. Sidney SMITH son 17 General Labourer born Bristol
Arthur SMITH son 16 born Bristol
Richard SMITH son 13 born Bristol
Charley SMITH son 9 born Bristol
Violet SMITH daughter 7 born Bristol
Fred SMITH son 4 born Bristol
Ivy SMITH daughter 2 born Bristol

Thomas Henry SMITH (b. 1870) was known as Harry. He enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment in Bristol on 27th August 1888 and served in India with the 2nd Battalion from 21st February 1891 to 28th November 1894 before returning to England. His conduct was not always exemplary and he had at least two brushes with the authorities: on 6th February 1889 he was convicted of "conduct to the prejudice of good order", though he returned to duty the following day, and on 4th August 1894 he was imprisoned by his commanding officer for ten days, although his exact offence is not known. His record also shows that he was awarded a good conduct badge on three occasions, though subsequently forfeited the first two of these. On 27th August 1895 he was transferred to the Army Reserve.

Harry married Lucy FUSSELL on 24th March 1900 in the Bristol Register Office. Lucy was born in Filton, Gloucestershire in about 1869 and was the daughter of Frederick and Mary BROOKS and the widow of John FUSSELL. Lucy had previously had at least two children with her first husband, both born in Filton - Edith Elizabeth, born c. 1888, and John Henry, born c. 1891. Harry and Lucy appear to have had a child before they married - George Henry, born c. 1898 in Bristol.

Harry was recalled to service on 11th November 1899 and departed for South Africa in June 1900 to fight in the Boer War. In 1901 his wife, son and step-daughter were living in Church Road, Horfield:

15 Church Road, Horfield, Bristol

Lucy SMITH aged 29 Laundress born Fylton, Gloucestershire
Edith SMITH daughter 13 born Fylton, Gloucestershire
Henry SMITH son 2 born Horfield, Bristol
Jane BROWN lodger 26 Laundress born Bristol

Harry SMITH returned to England on 22nd August 1901 having been awarded the South Africa Medal with clasps for Cape Colony and Orange Free State. He was finally discharged from the Army on 26th August 1901. Harry and Lucy had at least four more children, all born in Bristol - Florence Mary, born c. 1902; Robert Herbert, born c. 1904; Cissie, born 15th May 1907, and Frederick Charles, born c. 1910. This is how the family appears in the 1911 census:

9 Pitt Road, Horfield, Bristol

Thomas Henry SMITH aged 41 Labourer born Horfield, Bristol
Lucy SMITH wife 41 born Fylton, Gloucestershire
George Henry SMITH son 12 Scholar born Bristol
Florence Mary SMITH daughter 8 Scholar born Bristol
Robert Herbert SMITH son 6 born Bristol
Cissy SMITH daughter 3 born Bristol
Frederick Charles SMITH son 1 born Bristol
John FUSSELL lodger 20 Labourer born Fylton, Gloucestershire


Harry SMITH and family
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Edward Timothy SMITH (b. 1873) lived at 7 Pitt Road. He married Lucy SUMMERILL in Bristol in 1894. Lucy was born in St George, Bristol in about 1872 and was the daughter of George and Mary SUMMERILL. Edward and Lucy had at least seven children together - Rose, born c. 1895; Edward Sidney and Elsie Violet, both born c. 1899; Herbert Arthur, born 10th February 1901; Ethel, born c. 1903; Evelyn, born c. 1905, and Harry Oliver, born c. 1908, died c. 1909. Like his brothers Edward also worked as a plasterer, as seen here in the 1901 and 1911 censuses:

7 Pitt Road, Horfield, Bristol (1901)

Edward SMITH aged 28 House Plasterer born Horfield
Lucy SMITH wife 29 born St George, Bristol
Rose SMITH daughter 6 born St Phillips, Bristol
Edward SMITH son 1 born St Phillips, Bristol
Elsie SMITH daughter 1 born St Phillips, Bristol
Herbert SMITH son 1 month born Horfield

7 Pitt Road, Horfield, Bristol (1911)

Edward Timothy SMITH aged 39 Plasterer born Bristol
Lucy SMITH wife 39 born St George, Gloucestershire
Teddy SMITH son 11 Scholar born Bristol
Elsie SMITH daughter 11 Scholar born Bristol
Arthur SMITH son 10 Scholar born Bristol
Ethel SMITH daughter 7 Scholar born Bristol
Evelyn SMITH daughter 5 born Bristol

Edward died on 13th March 1931 in Southmead Hospital, Bristol and Lucy died on 25th June 1945.

Susanna or "Sis" SMITH (b. 1874) married James LEEK in Bristol in 1896. James was born in Bristol in about 1867 and was the son of William and Sarah LEEK. James and Susanna had at least three children together, all born in Bristol - Arthur Reginald, born 6th August 1898; Lilian Ivy, born 30th November 1902, and Oliver Henry, born 3rd February 1905. In 1901 James and Susanna were living at 16 Pitt Road where James worked as a shoemaker, as seen here in the census for that year:

16 Pitt Road, Horfield, Bristol

James LEEK aged 34 Shoemaker born Bristol
Susanna J. LEEK wife 25 born Horfield, Bristol
Arthur R. LEEK son 2 born Horfield, Bristol
William LEEK father 78 General Labourer born Bristol
Lilly LEEK niece 18 Laundress born Horfield, Bristol

In 1911 they were living in Springfield Avenue:

35 Springfield Avenue, Horfield, Bristol

James LEEK aged 45 Shoe Trade Rounder born Horfield, Bristol
Susan LEEK wife 37 Laundry Ironer born Horfield, Bristol
Arthur LEEK son 12 Scholar born Horfield, Bristol
Oliver LEEK son 6 Scholar born Horfield, Bristol
Lily LEEK niece 28 Laundry Overseer born Horfield, Bristol
Rachael HELLIER boarder 60 Housework born Shepton Mallett, Somerset

James and Susanna later moved to 471 Gloucester Road. James died on 14th February 1914 and his widow Susanna died on 18th April 1961. They were both buried in the churchyard at Horfield Parish Church.

Sophia Mary or "Daisy" SMITH (b. 1892) married Henry Bengough OLIVER in Bristol in 1903. Henry was born in Bristol in about 1879 and was the son of Robert OLIVER and Elizabeth Hannah CRUSE. In 1911 Daisy and Henry were living in Durrington near Salisbury, as seen here in the census for that year:

Penville Villa, Durrington, Nr Salisbury, Wiltshire

Henry OLIVER aged 32 Soldier (Bulford Camp) born Kingsdown, Bristol
Daisy OLIVER wife 28 born Horfield, Bristol
Rose SMITH niece 16 born Pennywell Road, Bristol
Lily LEEK niece 8 born St George, Bristol

Henry served in the Royal Field Artillery in the First World War but tragically died at sea on 22nd November 1915 during the Gallipoli campaign. Sophia became the head of the household at No 2 Pitt Road after the death of her parents. She died in Bristol in 1942.

Frederick Joseph SMITH (1876-1928)

Frederick Joseph SMITH was born on 25th April 1876 in Ashley Down, Horfield and was the fifth child of Christopher Sidney SMITH and Sarah PARSONS. He married late in life - his wife was Mary Ann ("Maud") BODDY, the daughter of James BODDY and Mary WILLIAMS, and they married in the Bristol Register Office on 28th February 1920. Maud was born on 16th June 1878 at 2 Windsor Terrace, Mina Road in Bristol. Maud had already had two children by her marriage to James William MOSS - William Boddy MOSS born in 1906 and Beatrice Mary ("Trixie") MOSS born in 1910. Frederick and Maud had only one daughter together - Winifred Ivy SMITH, born on 23rd December 1920 in Pitt Road, Horfield.


Frederick SMITH Gallery
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Frederick and Maud SMITH lived at No 1 Pitt Road. Like several of his brothers, Frederick worked as a plasterer. He died from cardiac failure at the Bristol Royal Infirmary on 8th August 1928, aged just 52. He was interred at Canford Cemetery in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. His widow Maud continued to live at 1 Pitt Road until her death on 15th February 1957. She too was interred at Canford Cemetery.


Winifred Ivy SMITH
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Winifred Ivy SMITH (b. 1920) met Alfred William Hippesley MATTHEWS in January 1935 while working at Fred Phillips, a drapers at 217 Gloucester Road, Bishopston. Alfred made the fixtures for the shop while Win worked as a shop assistant. Alfred was born on 15th July 1916 in High Street, Purton, Wiltshire and was the eldest child of William MATTHEWS and Amy Gwendoline "Gwennie" CURTIS. Win later worked at Longstaffs Ltd, a bazaar at 280 Gloucester Road, but stopped working after she married Alfred on 10th April 1939 in Horfield Parish Church. During World War Two Win worked as an inspector for the Bristol Aeroplane Company at Rodney Works, Filton.


Alfred MATTHEWS and Winifred SMITH
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Richard Albert SMITH (1878-1957)

Richard Albert SMITH was born on 22nd June 1878 at 9 Ashley Cottages, Ashley Down Road, Horfield and was the sixth child of Christopher Sidney SMITHand Sarah PARSONS.  He married Alice Maud GOUGH on 16th May 1903 in St George Parish Church, Bristol. Alice was born on 14th January 1879 at 9 Grosvenor Road, Ashley, Bristol and was the daughter of John GOUGH and Martha SMITH. Richard and Alice had eleven children together - Beatrice Alice Mary, born 23th April 1903; Nellie Rosina, born 13th January 1905; Walter John, born 9th July 1906; Sidney Richard Albert, born 19th October 1907; Henry Bengough Oliver, born 28th August 1909; Joseph Stanley, born 1911; Daisy Winifred, born 7th August 1912;  Sarah Lilian, born 9th August 1914; Frank Gough, born 1917; Eva Peace, born 26th July 1919, and Robert Louis, born 18th September 1921.


Richard SMITH Gallery
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Richard SMITH lived at No 3 Pitt Road and worked as a plasterer as seen here in the 1911 census:

3 Pitt Road, Horfield, Bristol

Richard Albert SMITH aged 32 Plasterer born Horfield, Bristol
Alice Maud SMITH wife 32 born Grosvenor Road, St Paul, Bristol
Beatrice Alice Mary SMITH daughter 8 born Mina Road, Bristol
Nellie Rosina SMITH daughter 6 born Horfield, Bristol
Walter John SMITH son 4 born Horfield, Bristol
Sydney Richard Albert SMITH son 3 born Horfield, Bristol
Henry Bengough Oliver SMITH son 2 born Horfield, Bristol
Joseph Stanley SMITH son 1 month born Horfield, Bristol

Richard SMITH died on 1st December 1957 at 3 Pitt Road aged 79. His widow Alice SMITH nee GOUGH died on 9th December 1961, also at 3 Pitt Road. Their daughter Eva Peace SMITH, born on 26th July 1919 married William Colston LLOYD on 15th June 1940. William was born on 11th December 1919 and is the son of Samuel Colston LLOYD and Annie HAZEL. William and Eva LLOYD were the grandparents of my third cousin, Sharon LLOYD.


Eva Peace SMITH
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