9. Children of Joseph Smithin and Charlotte Butt – Part 2

Joseph Smithin (1857-1930). The son of Joseph and Charlotte. He was born in Birlingham on the 13th August 1857 and was baptised on the 7th September 1857 at Birlingham.

At the 1861 census, age 3, he was living at home at Lower End Farm Birlingham.

At the 1871 census, age 13, he was away at school.

1871 Census

Hall, Allesley, Warwickshire

Joseph Smithin, age 13, Student, born Birlingham, Worestershire

Joseph's father died in 1875 when he was about 18 and from then he helped his mother Charlotte run the estate and farms at Birlingham. Joseph was listed Kelly's directory for 1878 as a farmer and landowner in Birlingham.

At the 1881 census, age 23, he was living at Lower End farm, Birlingham.

Joseph married Laura Baker at St Andrew's Pershore on the 24th January 1883. Laura Jane Baker (1856-1940) was christened on the 26th December 1856 at St Thomas, Portsmouth. Her parents were John and Ann Baker

In 1883 Joseph left home and rented Top farm in Cleeve Prior. He probably did not have any idea that he was renting a farm originally owned by his great Aunt Anne!

The farm was advertised in Bell's Weekly Messenger in 1882.

Advertisement in Bell's Weekly Messenger in 1882

Farm - Cleeve Prior, the Vale of Evesham Worcestershire - To be LET, with immediate possession, a most desirable farm consisting of 160a. 2r. 16p. of very rich and productive Arable, Meadow, Orcharding and Pasture Land. A capital Residence, two good new Fold Yards and thirteen cottages on the farm, which is in a good state of cultivation, five miles from Evesham, two miles from Bidford, and about 1 mile from Salford Priors Station on Midland Railway. For further particulars apply to Jonathon Slatter Esq. Solicitor, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Letter from Jonathan Slatter to Mr Robert Lunn

21st October 1882

Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Broadway

Dear Mr Lunn,

You will no doubt see Mr Deer who will tell you something of the work yesterday at Cleeve. I think that the enclosed letter of Mr Smithin looks like business. I have written to say I shall see you on Monday and we can then give him a more definite reply. I will thereupon come to the office about 1/4 past 2 o'clock.

I am Dear Sir

Yours Faithfully

Jonathan Slatter

Robert Lunn was a local solicitor in Cleeve Prior and he and Jonathan Slatter were Landlords for various parts of the farm. Robert was probably a relative of the Mrs Lunn who owned the farm and he seems to have inherited part of the farm.

The reply from Robert Lunn to Joseph apparently arrived while Joseph was away on Honeymoon and his mother Charlotte replied saying he was away on his honeymoon and she was sure he will take the farm.

The following is the description of Top Farm in 1883.

Part 1 - Landlords Jonathan Slatter, Charles Lunn and Henry Adkins

Foxhill Meadows                                                Pasture                  7a. 0r. 18p

Square Ground                                    Pasture                  5a. 3r. 10p

Long Ground                                        Pasture                  4a. 2r. 24p

FoxHill                                                  Pasture                  7a. 0r. 10p

Far Yellow Furlong                            Arable                    6a. 2r. 2p

Yellow Furlong                                    Arable                    10a. 1r. 33p

Green Ground                                      Arable                    8a. 2r. 12p

Black Hoo                                             Arable                    8a. 2r. 4p

Little Ground                                       Pasture                  1a. 1r. 20p

Also a cottage in the village of Cleeve Prior in the occupation of John Smith

Part 2 - Landlords Robert Lunn the elder, Jonathon Slatter and Robert Lunn the Younger

The Paddock                                        Pasture                  8a. 2r. 20p

Farrs Orchard                                      Pasture/Orchard 0a. 3r. 10p

Strip adjoining paddock                   Pasture                  0a. 1r. 13p

Upper Orchard                                    Orchard                 1a. 1r. 21p

Nap Orchard

& Culls House Buildings                                                   1a. 0r. 0p

Slatters Meadow                                 Meadow                                8a. 1r. 10p

Lap Meadow                                        Meadow                                0a. 2r. 8p

Pasture in Foxhill meadow               Meadow                                0a. 1r. 12p

Part 3 - Landlords Jonathon Slatter and Robert Lunn the Younger

House, Outbuildings and Gardens with orchard and 2 cottages in the occupation of J Taylor, J Collins, 0a. 2r. 13p

Part 4 - Landlords, Robert Lunn the elder, Jonathon Slatter and Robert Lunn the Younger

Nursery Orchard                                 Orchard                 1a. 1r. 0p

Silvesters Building,Yards and Gardens                          1a. 3r. 0p

Silvesters Orchard                              Orchard                 1a. 7r. 0p

Part 5 - Landlords, Jonathon Slatter, Robert Lunn the Younger

Back close                                             Pasture                  3a. 1r. 2p.

Strip near the river part of Foxhill  Pasture                  1a. 22r. 0p

Silvesters Meadow                              Pasture                  9a. 2r. 35p

Cow Ground                                         Arable                    6a. 0r. 0p

Longstances & Pilkingtons               Arable                    20a. 2r. 5p

Egghorn                                                                Arable                    7a. 3r. 0p

Far Yellow Furlong                            Arable                    4a. 0r. 0p

Near Yellow Furlong                          Pasture                  2a. 0r. 0p

Cliff                                                        Pasture                  2a. 0r. 0p

Foxhill or Foxhill Sandpit

or Square ground                                                Pasture                  5a. 0r. 0p

Little Foxhill Meadow                       Pature                    2a. 0r. 0p

In all there were 13 cottages attached to the farm. Joseph apparently chose to rent two cottages close to the farm house and another cottage in the centre of the village. The yearly rent was about £485 per annum.

Top Farm seems to be the combination of several different small farms sold at various times. It is sometimes called Mr Rock's Farm but there were also farms called Cleeve Farm, Slatters farm, and Silvester's farm, whether these are completely separate farms or renamings of various parcels of land as they changed hands is not clear. The Archer family who rented the farm from 1922 recall that the farm house had a stained glass window with the name of the Reverend Matthew Lunn (late Vicar of Kempsey who died in 1857).

It is suprising that Joseph did not stay in Birlingham with his widowed mother Charlotte and run the family estate but since his father's death in 1875 very large debts had built up and it was probably not a going concern. The Smithin estate was eventually sold in 1890 by public auction and there was not much money left after the various mortgages had been paid off.

Early days at Top Farm 1883-1888

As the following letters show Joseph was a dedicated farmer and he also had quite a lot of market garden land for cherries and strawberries. He apparently took over the farm when it was in poor condition and there is a list of the building works that needed doing when he moved in. The Dakins family had farmed it in the early 1880's.

On the front lawn of the Farm house there are two huge conifers which were apparently the first two Christmas trees they planted in 1883 and 1884 or perhaps a bit later.

Joseph was listed in Kelly's directory of 1884 as a Farmer at Cleeve Prior.

Over the years there were repairs and maintenance to be done and Joseph gradually established himself in Cleeve Prior.

Letter from William Davis, Builder to Mr Lunn 28th February 1886

Dear Sir,

We have done the few repairs Mr Smithin wanted done, it was not nothing to do with the repairs done last year it was the cottage roofs and chimneys. Some struts that wanted repairing.

Yours truly

William Davis

Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn

Cleeve Prior, July 5th 1887

Dear Sir,

Will it be convenient for me to come and pay my rent on Friday July 15th 1887. I should have fixed this week only I have not finished Hay making and I do not like to leave home while it is about.

With kind regards

I am Yours Truly

J Smithin

Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn

Cleeve Prior July 12th 1887

Dear Sir,

Many thanks for your kind invitation to dinner on Friday for my Wife and self which we shall be pleased to accept. Will you be at your home at 1.30 if that time will suit you. With my kind regards to Mrs Lunn and yourself.

I am Yours Truly

J Smithin

Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn

Cleeve Prior, July 19th 1888

Dear Sir,

I find that the Highway Rate is not quite the same as I stated but the two poor rate receipts exactly correspond so if you will alter it to Poor Rate in your accounts shall feel obliged and I will keep the Highway receipt till next settling. Have on hand your receipt for 18s 3d. It rained all the way home on Tuesday night but we did not get very wet.

With kind regards

I am yours truly

J Smithin

Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn

Cleeve Prior, January 8th 1888

Dear Sir

I will call upon you next Friday afternoon if convenient to you. My wife joins me in kind regards to Mrs Lunn and your self.

I am Yours Truly

J Smithin

Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn

Cleeve Prior February 14th 1888

Dear Sir

I have enclosed forms for remittance of duty overpaid, shall be obliged if you will fill them up and post to the Surveyor of Jane & Co, Worcester.

I am Yours Truly

J Smithin

Address: Surveyor of Leases, Worcester

By 1887 Joseph was a Churchwarden at St Andrews as the following letter shows.

Receipt

Received of the trustees of Mr Charles Lunn the sum of three shillings being church rate at 1-1/2d in the pound on Cottages. Paid.

December 28th 1887

Joseph Smithin

Churchwarden

Winding up the Smithin estate (1889-1891)

In the period from 1889 to 1891 Joseph was kept busy helping his mother with the sale of the Smithin estate.

For full details of the sale see the document: Sale of Smithin estate in Birlingham.

He was apparently first involved on the 26th March 1889 when he went to visit a Solicitor (A.R. Hudson of Worcester) that his mother Charlotte had consulted earlier. In general Joseph seems to have been rather doubtful about the sale - but it took some time for the true size of the debts to become apparent and eventually there was no other option but to sell the estate and pay off all the debts.

It took more than 5 years for everything to be finally settled and his mother retired to Cheltenham (she was about 60 or a few years older in 1890). As part of the process Joseph had to sign away his right of first refusal on the Smithin estate.

To Mr M J Shelton

Whereas under the Codicil dated the 8th day of September 1872 to the Will of my late Father Joseph Smithin (which Will and Codicil were proved in the Worcester District Registry on the 20th day of October 1875) I am authorised to take to at a valuation in the usual way on the death of my Mother Charlotte Smithin the Freehold house and premises in which my said Father formerly resided together with the freehold land and cottages in Birlingham which my said Father inherited from his later Father. And whereas my said Mother as Executrix of the said Will and in virtue of my said Father having by his said Will charged his real estate with the payment of his debts some of which are still unpaid has agreed to sell to you the freehold messuage known as ‘Avonside’ in which my said Father resided at the time of his death and certain lands adjoining containing together 15a. 1r. 5p at the price of (including timber) of One thousand five hundred and twenty seven pounds seventeen shillings. Now I hereby assent to the said sale and waive my right to purchase the said premises under the authority contained in the said Codicil. Dated this eleventh day of October One thousand eight hundred and ninety.

Joseph Smithin

The witness was a neighbour in Cleeve Prior; Mary Barabara Stonehouse

Another aspect of dealing with the Smithin estate was that Joseph's Aunt Sarah had lent her brother (Joseph's father) £2,000 at interest but had subsequently gone into the County Asylum at Barnwood in Gloucester. Joseph and his Aunt Mary became Trustees of the money that was paid back to Sarah when the estate was sold and it was used to look after Sarah in the Asylum.

At the 1891 the family were living at Mill House, Cleeve Prior.

Joseph Smithin, head, age 33, Farmer, born Birlingham

Laura J Smithin, wife, age 34,  born Pershore

Laura C Smithin, daughter, age 7, scholar, born Cleeve Prior

Edith M Smithin, daughter, age 6, scholar, born Cleeve Prior

Alice M Smithin, daugther, age 5, scholar, born Cleeve Prior

Mary J Smithin, daughter, age 4, scholar, born Cleeve Prior

Beatrice E Hare, Governess, single, age 26, Governess School, Llanguicke?, Glamorgan

Ellen Riley servant, single, age 21, Servant domestic, Binton, Worcestershire

Elizabeth Rowland servant, single, age 13,  Servant Housemaid, Hampton, Worcestershire

At the 1901 census they were living at 'Right hand side main street' Cleeve prior.

Joseph Smithin, head, age 43, Farmer, born Birlingham

Laura J Smithin, wife, age 44, born Pershore

Laura C Smithin, daughter, single, age 17, born Cleeve Prior

Daisy K Joynes servant, single, age 17, Housemaid Domestic, born Dorn Gloucester

Nellie Lewis, servant, age 15, cook domestic, born Bengeworth

The younger children were away at boarding school.

Joseph was listed as a Farmer in Cleeve Prior in Kelly's directory for Warwickshire/Worcestershire for 1900.

1901 Census

Court House, Atch Lench, Worcestershire

Edith Margaret Smithin, Boarder, age 16, Schoolgirl, born Cleeve Prior

Alice Maud Smithin, Boarder, age 15, Schoolgirl, born Cleeve Prior

Josephine Mary Smithin, Boarder, age 14, Schoolgirl, born Cleeve Prior (run by Emily Bomford age 62, Private school mistress)

Later years in Cleeve Prior 1902-1930

In later years Joseph became a Councillor and School Governor in Cleeve Prior and was a well known and distinguished member of the community and quite a character. At one point he refused to allow a reading club for men to learn to read at night saying he thought it did not do to educate the working classes! At another time he had the ancient parish chest in his kitchen with potatoes in it!

Joseph was also the Chairman of Evesham Rural District Council.

Kelly's directory for Warwickshire/Worcestershire for 1904 and 1908 lists Joseph as a Farmer at Cleeve Prior.

In October 1903 Joseph was involved with his brother Hubert and his Aunt Mary in dealing with the Administration for his Aunt Sarah who died on the 11th October, that year.

Joseph was listed as a Miller as well as a farmer in Kelly's Directory for 1906.

Joseph was listed as the Chairman of Cleeve Prior Rural district council in Littlebury's directory of 1908.

Joseph attended the funeral of Thomas Adkins of Long Hyde, Littleton near Evesham on Saturday December 28th 1912. Thomas Adkins (a former diplomat who served in China) was a local magistrate so this was probably how Joseph was connected with him; although a Henry Adkins was also one of the owners of part of Top farm.

In September 1921 Joseph acted as Executor of his Aunt Mary's Will. She died in Cheltenham on the 25th September. Her estate was quite substantial £1,741 and was left equally between her nephews and nieces, including Joseph and Hubert.

Joseph retired from Farming in about 1922 (he was 65); the Archer family took up the tenancy of Top Farm and Don Archer later bought the farm.

In 1925 Joseph wrote on behalf of the School Govenors to Miss Roberts the head teacher expressing thanks for her work.

Joseph died on the 17th April 1930, aged 73, and was buried at Cleeve Prior. His Will was proved by his son Joseph Arthur and his effects were valued at £5,514 6s 11d. The Executors were originally his son Joseph and Cyril Goode his son-in-law which was set up in 1926 but a Codicil in 1928 replaced Cyril Goode as he had 'recently died' with the other sons-in-law William Lionel Moore and Hedley Spitall. Joseph left his estate in Trust for his surviving children (Joseph, Laura, Edith, Alice) equally after his wife Laura's death.

Will of Joseph Smithin 1926

This is the last Will and Testament of me Joseph Smithin of Cleeve Prior in the County of Worcester Esquire. I appoint my son Joseph Arthur Smithin and my son in law Cyril Goode Executors and Trustees of this my last Will and declare that the expression "my Trustees" hereinafter used shall comprise and include the trustees or trustee for the time being of my Will.

I bequeath the use and enjoyment of my furniture pictures prints plate linen  china glass and other household effects to my dear wife Laura Jane Smithin during her life and on her death I declare that the same shall fall into and form par of my residuary estate.

I give and devise and bequeath all my Real estate and the residue of my personal estate unto my trustees Upon trust to sell convert and get in the same and after payment of my debts funeral and testamentary expenses to invest the net proceeds (hereinafter called "my Residuary Estate") upon such securities as Trustees are by law authorised to invest trust monies upon with power to vary investments from time to time. And Upon Trust to permit and empower my said wife to receive the annual income of my resiudary Estate or the stocks funds and securities whereon the same shall be invested during her life. And after her death as to my Residuary Estate and the said Stocks funds securities and income  Upon Trust for all my children namely the said Joseph Arthur Smithin, Laura Charlotte Moore, Edith Margaret Goode and Alice Maude Spittall to be divided between and amongst them in equal shares.

I declare that no sale of my Real Estate of any part thereof shall be made in the lifetime of my said wife wihtout her previous consent in writing and that my Trustees shall have a discretionary power to postpone to postpone for such period as they shall deem expedient the conversion or getting in of any part of my residuary personal estate but the unsold Real Estate and outstanding personal estate shall be subject to the trustes hereinbefore contained concerning my residuary Estate and the rents and yearly produce thereof shall be deemed annual income for the purposes of such trusts and such real estate shall be transmissible as personal estate under the ultimate trust hereinbefore contained.

I declare that my said son shall have the option of purchasing any portion or portions of my Real Estate at a Valuation to be made by two competent Valuers one to be appointed by my Trustees other than my said son and the other by my said Son and if such Valuers shall disagree by a third Valuer to be appointed in writing by the said first named Valuers before entering upon the Valuation as their Umpire. Such option to be declared by my said son by notice in writing to the other Trustee or Trustees within one calendar month next after the decease of my said wife but no purchaser under the trusts of this my Will shall be obliged to take notice of or be affected by this power of preemption.

And I revoke all former Wills.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty second day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and twenty six.

Joseph Smithin

Signed by the Testator Joseph Smithin as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of use who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses.

Leonard C Cox Solicitor Evesham

P Crisp Clerk to Messrs. Byrch Cox &  Sons Solicitors Evesham.

This is a codicil to the last Will and Testament of me Joseph Smithin of Cleeve Prior in the County of Worcester Esquire which Will bears date the twenty second day of October One thousand nine hundred and twenty six. Whereas Cyril Goode named in my Will as an Executor and Trustee has recently died now I hereby appoint my sons in law William Lionel Moore and Hedley Spital  to be Executors and Trustees of my said Will in the place of the said Cyril Goode deceased and to act jointly with my son Joseph Arthur Smithin in the Executorship and Trusteeship thereof. And I direct that my said Will shall be read and construed as if the names of the said William Lionel Moore and Hedley Spital had been inserted throughout the said Will in place and stead of the said Cyril Goode. And in all other respects I confirm my said Will.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of July One thousand nine hundred and twenty eight.

Joseph Smithin

Signed by the said Joseph Smithin as and for a Codicil to his last Will and Testament in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Leonard C Cox. Solicitor Evesham

Chas. H Martin Clerk to Messrs. Byrch Cox & Sons Solicitors Evesham.

Probate on 21st August 1930 at Birmingham.

Laura died at Highfield, Blackwell near Bromsgrove on the 24th February 1940, aged  84.  Highfield was possibly a hospital for the elderly at Bromsgrove. Probate was granted to her son Joseph Arthur and William Lionel Moore. Her effects were valued at £1,276 18s. 2d. She was buried at Cleeve Prior.

There is a memorial for Joseph and Laura at St. Andrew's Cleeve Prior.

Joseph Smithin died 17/4/1930

Laura Jane Smithin

Born 1884

Died Feb 24 1940

Francis Smithin (b.1858). Francis Arthur. The son of Joseph and Charlotte. He was born on the 7th November 1858 and baptised on the 1st December 1858 at Birlingham.

At the 1861 census, age 2, he was at home at Lower End farm.

At the 1871 census, age 12, Francis was away at school in Meriden.

1871 Census

Hall, Meriden, Warwickshire

Francis A Smithin, age 12, Student

Francis was listed on the 1881 census, age 22, as 'Frank'. He was boarding at 11 Conduit Road, Plumstead Kent.

1881 Census Kent

11 Conduit Rd, Plumstead

Joseph Easton Head, married, Male, Age 42, C S Writer (Royal Arsenal) Birthplace Winchelsea, Sussex

Jane S. Easton Wife, married, Female, Age 37, Birthplace Norwich

George T. Easton Son, Male, Age 6, Scholar Birthplace Plumstead, Kent

Elizabeth A. Easton Daughter, Female, Age 4, Scholar Birthplace Plumstead

Hubert E. Easton Son, Male, Age 3, Birthplace Plumstead

Edith N. Easton Daughter, Female, Age 11 m, Birthplace Plumstead

Frank Smithin, Boarder, unmarried, Male, Age 22, Clerk (General), Birthplace Burlingham, Worcester

Francis emmigrated to Canada in 1885 and worked as Farmer or Farm labourer.

He was not involved in the sale of the Smithin estate in 1890 but was mentioned in the discussions.

Francis was listed on the Ontario Census of 1901.

West Nissouri, Ontario Canada - Census, 1901

Near London in Middlesex County, Ontario

Howard Fellows Head, born 27 Sep 1867, age 33, Farmer, Employer

Catherine Fellows Mother, born 26 Sep 1839, age 61, born  England, Naturalised in 1849, CofE

Frank Smithin, Dom, single, born 7 Nov 1858,  age 42,  born England, CofE,  Farm Labourer, Employee

Anna JonesDom, single, born 10 May 1864, age 36, born England, CofE, ? Servant, Employee

Alice Sabill Dom, single, born 9 Dec 1881, age 19, Meth, Employee

Francis had been working there at least 12 months and his earnings were $184 (per annum?)

Francis married Elizabeth Jepson in Canada in 1907.

Ontario, Canada Marriages 1857-1922

Name: Francis Arthur Smithin, Bachelor, Farmer

Birth Place: England, Age: 48 

Father Name: Joseph Smithin

Mother Name: Charlotte Butt

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859 

Spouse Name: Elizabeth Jepson, Spinster. Spouse's Age: 38 

Spouse Birth Place: England 

Spouse Father Name: George Jepson

Spouse Mother Name : Mary Kettleband

Marriage Date: 13 Mar 1907

Marriage Place: Middlesex 

Marriage County: Middlesex

West Nissouri, London City, Canada

The Witnesses were: Mrs S Holmes, London (Ontario) and Nora Holmes, London (Ontario)

Elizabeth (Lizzie) was born in Derbyshire and had a child in 1892 and was sent to Canada.

Francis and Elizabeth were still living in Ontario at the 1911 census.

1911 Canada Census

Ontario, Middlesex East., West Nissouri

Francis A Smithin, Head, born Nov 1858, age 52, Emmigrated 1885, English origin, Canadian citizen, Farmer

Elizabeth Smithin, Wife, born Mar 1872, age 39, Emmigrated 1905, English origin, Canadian citizen, Nurse

Elizabeth, age 69, returned to England to stay permanently in 1937; perhaps this was after Francis had died. She sailed on the Letitia (Donaldson Line) from Montreal and arrived at Glasgow on 23 May 1937.

Elizabeth (1868-1948) died, aged 80, on the 11th December 1948. This was at Portland Road, Selston, Kirkby, Nottingham. Her death was notified by her niece E M Barnet.

Portland Road was Elizabeth's home; she was living there in 1871, age 3.

Isabel Smithin (1860-1884). Isabel Charlotte. The daughter of Joseph and Charlotte. She was born on the 3rd of June 1860 and baptised on the 2nd July 1860 at Birlingham.

At the 1861 census, age 10 months, she was living at home at Lower End farm

At the 1871 census, age 10, she was living at home at Lower End farm

In July 1877 her cousin Theodore Frederick Butt of Pershore left her £200 pounds. She was described as a spinster of Birlingham.

At the 1881 census, age 20, she was living at home at Lower End farm.

Isabel married John Walker Smith on the 13th December 1883 at Birlingham.  They had one daughter Isabel Dora Mary Smith born on the 16th October 1884. Isabel died shortly after the birth on the 17th November 1884, aged 24.

At the 1891 census Isabel Dora was living with her grandmother Charlotte in Cheltenham.

Isabel Dora died, age 34, on the 24th December 1917. A notice about her estate appeared in the London Gazette of the 28th June 1918.

NOTICE is hereby given, that all creditors and other persons having any debts, claims or demands against the estate of Isabel Dora Mary Smith, late of Cleveland, Marldon Road, Paignton, in the county of Devon, Spinster, deceased (who died on the 24th day of December 1917, and whose will was proved in the Principal Registry of the Probate Division of His Majesty's High Court of Justice, on the 5th day of June, 1918, by James Andrews Smithin, of the city of Gloucester, Bank Manager, and the Puhlic Trustee, the executors therein named), are hereby required to send in the particulars of their debts, claims or demands to us, the undersigned, the Solicitors for the said executors, on or before the 30th day of August, 1918.

Sidney Smithin (1862-1929). The son of Joseph and Charlotte. Known as Joe or Joseph. He was born on the 26th June 1862 at Birlingham and baptised on the 3rd August 1862.  He was a twin of his sister Kate.

At the 1871 census, age 8, he was living at home at Lower End farm.

At the 1881 census he was living in London at what may have been a small institute for woodworking apprentices run by Francis Child. Sidney was described as an unmarried Woodcarver’s apprentice.

1881 Census

10 & 11 West Square, Southwark St George Martyr, Surrey

Francis Child, Head, Married, Male, Age 47, Wood Carver (Employing 3 Men) Birthplace Birmingham

Harriet Child Wife, Married, Female, Age 45 Birthplace Newington, Surrey

Arthur F. Child Son, Unmarried,  Male, Age 11, Scholar, Birthplace Lambeth, Surrey

Kate M. CHild Daughter, Unmarried, Female, Age 9 Scholar, Birthplace Gloucester

Walter H. Child Son, Unmarried, Male, Age 7 Scholar, Birthplace Southwark, Surrey

Chas.E. Child,  Son, Unmarried, Male, Age 4, Scholar, Birthplace Southwark, Surrey

Sidney Smithin, Boarder, Unmarried, Male, Age 18, Wood Carver Apprentice, Birthplace Pershore

Edward Wilson Boarder, Unmarried, Male, Age 16, Stone Carver Apprentice (Mason), Birthplace Filts, York

John Lawrence Boarder , Unmarried, Male, Age 19, Wood Carver Apprentice, Birthplace Datchworth, Hertford

Charlotte mentioned Sidney in a letter to her Solicitor of 1890.

Avonside, Birlingham, January 20th 1890

Dear Mr Martin

My son Sidney returned to business early last week and Hubert is from Home for a few days so neither of them could call upon you today, but if you want to see the deeds which are not in the bank I shall be at home any day it is convenient if you do come over.

I am Very Truly Yours

C Smithin

Sidney was living at 61 Nottingham Road, Derby; he was probably away working on a commission.

At the 1891 census he was still living at Nottingham road, Derby.

1891 Census

St Alkmund Derby, 61 Nottingham Road

Grace Powell head, widow, age 58, Newsagent, born Derby

Herbert W Powell son, married, age 28, Chapel Keeper, born Derby

Emily Powell son's wife, married, age 31 born Derby Weston

Mary A Holmes Lodger, single, age 22, paperbag maker, born Derby Barton under Westwood, deaf and dumb from childhood

Sidney Smithin, Lodger, single, age 29, wood and stone carver, born Worcester, Birlingham

By 1899 Sidney was living in Cheltenham and working for the well known firm of H H Martyn. Sidney was part of the team that carved a mahogany altar and reredos for the Jesus chapel at Worcester Cathedral. This was installed in 1899 when the chapel was re-enclosed and re-furbished.

Sidney married Emily Manchip in 1899; registered at Cheltenham in the September quarter.

Sidney moved to Oxford shortly after that to join another firm of stone masons and carvers; H R Franklin.

The successful joiner's and builder's business of Robert Franklin (d. 1864) in Chapel Square was turned by his sons H.R. and W. Franklin into a firm with an international reputation for high-quality restoration work on church and college buildings in London, Salisbury, Oxford and elsewhere. Abroad, their contracts included the pulpit and chancel screen of Hobart Cathedral, Tasmania, Australia, where they are still to be seen. At their height the Franklin workshops employed as many as 200 skilled masons and woodcarvers. The firm closed in 1917.

Two of the major works that Sidney was involved with were the Stone carving for the facade of the College of Examiners (Examinations schools) in Oxford; the building was completed in 1882, and, the Full Rood Screen, pulpit and altar for St David's Cathedral in Hobart, Tasmania. The rood screen took about 10 years to complete and was shipped out just before World War I. His grandson John (b.1943) very proudly went to see his grandfather's work in Tasmania when he was living there.

At the 1901 census Sidney was registered at 3 St Elegins Street Cambridge lodging with Eliza F Budges, Edwin Budges her son and a John Murray age 22. He was probably away working on a job.

Emily Manchip (1876-1966) was born in Deddington and at the 1901 census, age 25, was living at Horse Fair Deddington, Oxford with their first two children Sydney and Dora. Her sister-in-law Estella Manchip aged 16, was staying with them. 

Emily's father was probably Thomas A Manchip a National School Master, aged 58, and her mother was Eliza J Manchip age 46; they also lived in Deddington. Emily had four sisters Edith (possibly later Edith Churchill)  Ethel, Evelina, Muriel and one brother, Harry. There is a plaque to Thomas in St Peter & St Paul, Deddington.

To the memory of Thomas MANCHIP, for 37 years Head Master of Deddington School and 34 years Choir Master of this Church who died March 9th 1911, aged 68 years. This tablet is erected in affectionate remembrance and grateful appreciation of his work in this Parish by old boys, members of the Choir and personal friends.

Sidney was listed in Kelly's Directory for Oxfordshire in 1907 and 1911.

1907, Deddington - Commercial - Smithin Sidney, Carver, New Street

1907, Trades - Carvers & Guilders, Smithin Sidney, New Street, Deddington

1911, Deddington, Commerical - Smithin, Sidney, carver, Castle Street

1911, Carvers & Guilders - Smithin, Sidney, Castle Street, Deddington

Sidney and Emily settled in Deddington and in 1919 he received a commission for the new War Memorial for the village; at this time he had his own business.

THE WAR MEMORIAL IN DEDDINGTON. At a public meeting on 31st March 1919 it was decided to commemorate the "Fallen in the War" by a monument. At a follow up meeting in May a large majority favoured a memorial site in the middle of the pathway in the extended Churchyard. By June 13 that year, 32 local exservicemen had personally collected the sum of £171-2-1. The design the Parishioners chose was by Mr Smithin, to be executed by Messers Smithin & Cambray in Portland stone and to stand 12 feet 6 inches high, surmounted by a cross with four lions at its base. The estimated total cost, was £230. The unveiling and dedication of the Memorial took place on the afternoon of Sunday, August 6, 1922. The unveiling was performed by Major General Sir Robert Fanshaw KCB, DSO, who had been associated with some of Deddington's men in the War. The Vicar, the Revd T Boniface dedicated the Memorial, assisted by the Revd T Buckingham  (Wesleyan) and the Revd J.Carter, of Oxford (representing the Congregationalists), the two latter giving addresses. The singing of the hymns was led by the Church-, Congregational- and Wesleyan Choirs, accompanied by a band. Relatives and friends of the Fallen, together with the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars and Ex-Servicemen from the Parish placed a number of beautiful wreaths at the foot of the Memorial. The proceedings, well arranged by a sub-committee, were somewhat marred by rain. The Service ended with "The Last Post" and "Reveille" and the National Anthem, after which a muffled peal of bells was rung.

Sidney died, aged 67, on the 22nd January 1929 at Castle Street, Deddington, Oxfordshire; registered at Woodstock. Administration was granted to Emily on the 23rd April. His effects were valued at £134.

Emily died, aged 91, in 1966;  registered at Oxford in the September quarter.

Sidney and Emily are buried together in Deddington New cemetery.

Burial - 6N 11 Sidney & Emily Smithen (1929)

Kate Smithin (1862-1937). Kate Elizabeth. The daughter of Joseph and Charlotte. She was born on the 26th June 1862 and christened on the 3rd August 1862 in Birlingham; the twin of Sidney.

At the 1871 census, age 8, she was living at home at Lower End Farm

At the 1881 census, age 18, she was living at home at Lower End Farm

When the Smithin estate was sold in 1890 she moved with her mother Charlotte to Cheltenham.

At the 1891 census, age 25, Kate was living at The Mythe, Grosvenor Street, Cheltenham with her mother.

At the 1901 census Kate was living at 50 Grosvenor Street (The Mythe), Cheltenham and helping her mother to run a boarding house. The census gives her age as 28 but this is a mistake for 38.

Later Kate lived at Macara, Hewlett Road, Cheltenham. She died, aged 75, on the 6th September 1937 at 1 The Elms, Swindon Road, Cheltenham. Probate was granted to her brother Hubert and her effects were valued at £23 18s 11d.

Maud Smithin (b.1864). Maud Mary. The daughter of Joseph and Charlotte. She was born on the 26th September 1864; registered at Pershore. She was baptised on the 3rd January 1865 at Birlingham. She was the twin of Hubert.

At the 1871 census, age 6, she was living at home at Lower End farm.

Maud was a pupil at a School in Upton Warren at the 1881 census, age 16; the head of the school was a Marian Jones.

Maud married Harry Charles Bulbeck on the 18th September 1888 in Birlingham; registered at Pershore.  Harry (b.1863) was a Timber Merchant, born in Charlton, Sussex.

At the 1901 census they were living at Maltraves Street, Arundel, Sussex. Their children were: Charles G F Bulbeck age 11, Reginald Knight Bulbeck age 10, Harry H Bulbeck age 9, Arthur L Bulbeck age 7, Philip H (or D) Bulbeck age 1. There were also two servants Alice J Hammond born in Grove, Sussex a Domestic cook age 17, and Ethel A Clark born in Heybridge, Essex, a house maid age 16.

The family later emigrated to Australia. They sailed from London to Melbourne on the ship: Marathon on 19th January 1911.

Name: Mr H C Bulbeck

Age: 47 

Marital status: Married

Occupation: Farmer 

Also on the same ship were:-

A L Bulbeck b. 1894

Charles G G Bulbeck b. 1890

Miss E M Bulbeck b. 1907

H H Bulbeck b. 1892

M M Bulbeck b. 1865

Master P D Bulbeck b. 1900

R K Bulbeck b. 1891

Hubert Smithin (1864-1942). The son of Joseph and Charlotte. He was born at 9am on the 24th September 1864 and was baptised on the 3rd January 1865 in Birlingham.  He was the twin of Maud.

At the 1871 census, age 6, Hubert was living at home at Lower End farm.

At the 1881 census, age 16, he was living at home at Lower End farm.

At the age of 25 in 1890 when the Smithin estate was sold he was living at home working on the estate. He helped his brother Joseph deal with the sale.

Letter from Mr E G Righton, Evesham, to Mr J Martin (c.1890)

Dear Sir,

I have just seen Mr Joseph Smithin and he will be here at half past three (3) on Monday afternoon and have with him Mr Hubert Smithin. I will meet you as you say on Tuesday.

Yours faithfully

E G Righton

Letter from Hubert Smithin to Mr J Martin

Birlingham March 18th 1890

Dear Sir,

My brother is quite willing to have a lease for Mr Snowsell for seven years providing it will not make any difference supposing it was to be sold in a year or two.

I am Yours Truly

H Smithin

Letter from Joseph Smithin to J Martin

To Mr J Martin Esq. Pershore

Cleeve Prior November 13th 1890

Dear Sir,

I should not sell to Mr S Phelps under £750 at present or the building at less than £300. For I think it will be quite as well for it to wait for a time. Hubert must see about the [---] supports and if they cannot be found he must have fresh ones put in.

I am Yours Truly

J Smithin

Letter from Charlotte Smithin to Mr J Martin

Avonside, Birlingham, January 20th 1890

Dear Mr Martin,

My son Sidney returned to business early last week and Hubert is from Home for a few days so neither of them could call upon you today, but if you want to see the deeds which are not in the bank I shall be at home any day it is convenient if you do come over.

I am Very Truly Yours

C Smithin

It was Hubert who had the sad duty of showing prospective bidders around the estate.

To view apply to Mr Hubert Smithin, Birlingham; and for further particulars, with Plans and Conditions of Sale as to Lot 1 to Mr Harry J Smith, Solicitor, Moreton-in-Marsh; and as to all the lots to Mr Joseph Martin, Solicitor. Pershore, and to the Auctioneer, Evesham and Pershore.

Hubert then helped his mother move to Cheltenham.

Letter from Joseph Smithin to Joseph Martin, Pershore

Cleeve Prior, November 6th 1890

Dear Sir,

I have signed the enclosed agreement. The wooden supports you speak of were sawn off in mistake unknown to my Mother or brother. If he requires it they will be replaced. They have taken some of the good trees and plants to Cheltenham but I should not think a man of Mr Shelton position would trouble about such a small matter.

I am Yours Truly

J Smithin

At the 1891 census Hubert was lodging in Cleeve Prior.

1891 Census

Manor House, Cleeve Prior

Juliana Holton Head, age 67, Farmer, born Cleeve Prior

William H G Hierns Son in law, age 37, Farmer, born Church Honeyborne

Julia Hierns Daughter, age 33, born Cleeve Prior

Hubert Smithin, Boarder, age 25, Farmer, born Birlingham

Elizabeth Lyne Servant, age 23, Domestic servant, born Gloucestershire, Mickleton

Mary A Willis Servant, age 27, Domestic servant, born Gloucestershire, Willersey

At the 1901 census Hubert, age 36, was single and living on his own at The Bridge Moor, Moor village and was described as a Farm Bailiff. He was the farm bailiff at nearby Spring Hill farm where he met Ethel Oxley who was the governess to the children of the tenants of Spring Hill farm (Ernest and Elizabeth Bomford

Ernest Bomford died in 1901 so a large part of running the 600 acre farm must have fallen on Hubert. There seem to have been 10-20 farm workers in all.

Hubert married Ethel on the 23rd December 1903 in Salford Priors. The witnesses were Charlotte Adelaide Oxley Christiana Oxley and James Robert Oxley

Robert was Ethel's brother and Charlotte was his wife.

Ethel Oxley (1872-1949) was born on the 17th April 1872 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. At the 1881 census, age 8, her family were living in Warwick Road, Yardley, Birmingham and she was described as a Scholar.

Ethel may have lived in Malvern in the period 1890-1900 and there is and there is a story that Ethel knew the composer Edward Elgar who was living there in that period.  Ethel's parents were Henry William Oxley a Revenue officer and Christiana Booth of Pedmore born on 20th January 1850.

For more details see the document: Oxley family - Wells

At the 1901 census, Ethel, aged 28, was described as the Governess at Spring Hill. There were two other servants; Myra A M Hewins age 29, Domestic Cook, Ethel Davis age 18, Domestic Housemaid, and Annie Gladwin age 16, Domestic Nurse.

In 1907 Ethel took the children to see the 'Royal Wedding' at Wood Norton so called because two of the wedding guests were King Alfonso of Spain and his wife.

Hubert and Ethel's son John was born at Spring Hill in 1908. There is a picture of Hubert in about 1910 at Spring Hill with colleagues in the Conservative League.

After 1910 Hubert seems to have moved around Worcestershire and Warwickshire and his son John recalled living in several different places. John remembered living in Broadway until he left school at the age of 16  and they were probably living there from about 1912 to 1924.

They lived in a house at the lower end of the main street by the Green. Hubert was the farm manager at Top Farm and at Orchard Farm which were large farms opposite each other at the very top end of the village.

Orchard farm is next to 'The Courts' the home of the famous American Actress Mary Pearson (later Madam de Navarro). Ethel was apparently connected with the literary and artistic circle centred around the Courts; which included Elgar, James Barrie, Charles Turley Smith, A A Milne, A E Houseman and many others.

Hubert's granddaughter Diana just remembers him as an old man with white hair and a white beard.

Hubert and Ethel moved to Cleeve Prior around 1924 possibly when Hubert retired and may have lived in one of the three cottages attached to Top farm that Hubert's brother John rented.

Don Archer a Cleeve Prior resident recalled the following about Hubert.

I also have boyhood memories of your grandfather Hubert. He was a very nice man but was nothing like such a dominating personality as his brother Joseph

Hubert was described as a retired farm bailiff when he administered his sister Kate's estate in 1937.

Hubert died, aged 77, in 1942; registered at Evesham in the June. He was buried in Cleeve Prior.

After Hubert died Ethel went to live with their son John in Bidford on Avon. Ethel died, aged 76, in 1949; registered at Alcester in the March quarter. She was buried with Hubert at Cleeve Prior.

10.1 Descendants of Sidney Smithin and Emily Manchip

Sydney Smithin (1900-1981). Sydney Gerald. The son of Sidney and Emily; known as Gerald. He was born in 1900; registered at Woodstock in the March quarter.

At the 1901 census he was listed with his mother at the family home in Deddington, Oxford, aged 1.

Gerald enlisted in the Army during the First World War in late 1917 and like many others lied about his age (he was only 16). His medal card lists him as a Private in the Devonshire regiment.

Medal card of  Smithin, Sydney G

Corps: Devonshire Regiment

Regiment No: 32202

Rank: Private

1914-1920 WO 372/18 

He may have been in the Intelligence Corps.

He spent a short period in the trenches before the war ended and was posted to Cologne, Gemany as part of the army of occupation and spent several years there before being demobbed on the 23rd October 1923.

Gerald emigrated to Australia in 1923. He took up land in rural Western Australia and grew tobacco but was forced off in the 1930 depression. To survive he prospected for gold in the Eastern goldfields and eventually floated a Gold mine of his own. He met and married Constance at Kalgoorlie and settled there and remained until his death in 1981. They had two children John and Geraldine.

Geraldine Smithin (c.1935). The daughter of Gerald.and Constance. She is married with two children Andrew and Fiona.

John Smithin (c.1935). The son of Gerald and Constance. He married Judith Oakley and they have three children; Ellen, Melanie, and Jessie.

Dora Smithin (b.1901). Dora Kathleen. The daughter of Sidney and Emily. Her birth was registered at Woodstock in the March quarter 1901. At the 1901 census she was listed at home in Deddington aged 2 months.

Dora married Harold T Smith in 1927; registered at Woodstock in the September quarter.

Winnie Smithin (b.1903). Winnie Muriel. The daughter of Sidney and Emily. Her birth was registered at Woodstock in the June quarter 1903. She was a Post Office Telephonist working in Newbury in 1926.

Winnie married Cecil J G Smith in 1931; registered at Woodstock in the December quarter.

10.2 Descendents of  Hubert and Ethel

Hubert Smithin (1905-1919). Hubert Henry. Known as Harry. The son of Hubert and Ethel. He was born in 1905; registered at Pershore in the September quarter.

Harry died, age 14, from acute appendicitis and was buried at Broadway, Worcestershire; registered at King's Norton in September quarter.

Charles Smithin (1906-1984). Charles Oxley. The son of Hubert and Ethel. He was born on the 8th December 1906; registered at Pershore in the March quarter 1907.

Charles married Alma Lloyd (1912-1979) in 1947; registered at Alcester in the June quarter.

Charles and Alam lived in Cleeve Prior in Woodbine Cottage. Charles was an antiques dealer and furniture restorer and had a small shop at Bengeworth.

They had a daughter Charlotte (b.1952) who married Paul Mason at Evesham in 1978.

Alma died, aged 67, in 1979; registered at Birmingham, September quarter. Charles died, aged 77, in 1984; registered at Evesham in the December quarter.

Mary Smithin (1910-2005). Ethel Mary. The daughter of Hubert and Ethel. She was born on the 30th September 1910; registered at Pershore in the December quarter.

Mary died, aged 94, in 2005; registered at Solihull in January.

John Smithin (1908-1953). John Herbert. The son of Hubert and Ethel. He was born on the 22nd October 1908 at Spring Hill. He was probably named Herbert in memory of Susan Elizabeth Herbert a life long friend of his Grandmother Charlotte.

The earliest photograph we have is of him sitting on a five-bar gate in Fladbury in about 1912 with his brother Harry (Hubert).

When he was a young man he rescued a girl from drowning in the Mill Race at Cleeve Prior on the 21st September 1916. About a year later he was awarded the Scout’s Silver medal with a certificate signed by Lord Baden Powell. Diana, his daughter, has his medal and certificate. The ceremony was held about a year later and was reported in the local paper on the 1st  October 1927.

Gallant Broadway ScoutPresented with Silver Medal for Life-Saving

The Scout:s Hut at Broadway, on Tuesday evening, was the scene of an impressive ceremony, when Patrol Leader John Smithin was decorated with the Scout silver medal for life saving.

The ceremony was attended by a considerable gathering, including Madame de Navarro (who presided, in the absence of Mr. A F de Navarro General Sir Andrew and Lady Skeen Colonel Sidney , Mr J M de Navarro Miss Fanny Davies (the well known pianist), Mr and Mrs W J Marshall Mr and Mrs C S Drury, the Rev.,A Bonser Mr R H New Mr T Douglas-Johnston (late Scout master Broadway Scouts), Mr and Mrs C Lugg Mrs Burrows, Mrs Kemp and many others.

In making the presentation District Commisioner Towers said it was his pleasant duty that evening to present to P.L. J. Smithin the Scouts Silver Medal for Life Saving, for having saved a girl from drowning. It was a great honour to Smithin that he should have proved himself worthy of this medal; it was also an honour to the Troop, to the Scout-master and his assistants who had trained the boys to know what to do in an emergency. Scouts were trained to know how to act in emergencies of any sort and in ambulance and first-aid work. They did their best to make a good citizen of every Scout and taught them that they were not in the world by themselves, but that they should help all around them. He could assure them that this help was frequently given, although it did not often come before the public notice as it had done in this case. When a boy came to the age of 16 or 17 he became enrolled as a Rover Scout, when the higher branches of service were taught to him. Youths of to-day who were not Scouts were apt to take too selfish a view of life. The presentation was then made amidst prolonged applause.

Madame de Navarro said that it gave her great pleasure to be amongst the Boy Scouts again; she would like them to try to believe that it was their President who was talking to them, and she was glad to be able to say that his health was much improved and that he hoped shortly to be amongst them once more. (Applause). She congratulated John Smithin very heartily on having gained the Silver Medal, she was proud of him and was sure that the scouts and the village were proud that such an [honour] had fallen to [a] Broadway boy. To save a human life in such circumstances was a grand act, requiring high courage, and as long as he lived he would know that he acted up to the scout standard, which was a noble standard of self-sacrifice. It required that a scout should every day and all the time perform service and good acts towards other people and conquer all difficulties that came in the way. Acts formed habits, habits formed character, and character ruled the world. They should all try to emulate the scouts and be alert to do good things for other people. (Applause).

Madame de Navarro was the well known American actress Mary Anderson who had retired from the stage and moved to Broadway in about 1910 with her husband Anthony de Navarro, an American industrialist.

John married Kathleen Taylor (1913-1942) in 1936; registered at Evesham in the December quarter. They had a daughter Diana and their grandchildren are John and Jacqueline Leavey

John was a farm manager for a consortium of farms in the Bidford area. He took an active part in the local agricultural community and started the Bidford branch of the National Farmers' Union and was the Secretary for several years.

John was a Special Constable during and after the second world war and was awarded a special commendation for delivering top secret documents from what is now GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) in Cheltenham to Birmingham during a heavy bombing raid in 1941.

Kathleen died, aged 29, at Erndell, Victoria Road, Bidford on Avon on the 18th September 1942.

From about 1942 when his father Hubert died John looked after his mother Ethel at Bidford on Avon.

John was married a second time to Jill Canadine at St Luke's church, Headless Cross in 1950. They had two children John and Tim Smithin

John died, aged 44, at Bidford on Avon on the 4th January 1953; he had suffered from poor health for some years. His ashes are buried with his father and mother at Cleeve Prior.

10.3 Descendants of Joseph Smithin and Laura Baker

Laura Smithin (b.1884). Laura Charlotte. The daughter of Joseph and Laura. She was born at Cleeve Prior in 1884; registered at Evesham in the March quarter.

At the 1891 census, aged 7, she was living at home in Cleeve Prior.

At the 1901 census, aged 17, she was living at home in Cleeve Prior.

Laura married William Lionel Moore (b.1878) a batchelor, aged 34, at St Andrew's Church in Cleeve Prior on the 9th November 1911. Lionel Moore was a hop grower of West Worcestershire who was well known in country circles at the time. His father was William Moore a farmer from Shelsey Beauchamp, Worcestershire. The witnesses to the marriage were Joseph Smithin and Felicia M Moore who was probably William's mother.

Laura and William had three children, Kathleen J Moore (b.1914), Arthur L Moore (b.1916), Eileen M Moore (b.1919).  

Laura was mentioned in her father's Will of 1926.

In 1930 William Lionel Moore was living at Church House, Shelsley Beauchamp, and was described as a Farmer.

Edith Smithin (b.1885). Edith Margaret. The daughter of Joseph and Laura. She was born in 1885 at Cleeve Prior; registered at Evesham in the June quarter.

At the 1891 census, aged 6, she was at home in Cleeve Prior.

At the 1901 census, aged 16, she was away at School in Atch Lench

Edith married Cyril Frederick Goode a batchelor, aged 30, at St Andrew's Church. Cleeve Prior on 11th July 1911, only a few months before her sister Laura. Cyril was a manufacturing jeweller from Moseley, Birmingham, as was his father Albert Conrad Goode. The witnesses were Joseph and Laura and Marion? C Goode who was probably Cyril's mother.

Edith and Cyril had one child, Alan Smithin Goode (b.1913).

Edith was mentioned in her father's Will of 1926. Cyril was named as an Executor his wife's father's Will in 1926, but he had died by 1928.

Alan Smithin Goode (1943-1999). Alan Smithin. The son of Edith and Cyril. He was born in 1913; registered at Bromsgrove in the June quarter.

Alan was in the Royal Artillary in the Second World War and was awarded the Military Cross for an action in Tunisia in May 1943.

12th I B Brigadge:4th Div.5th

Unit. 88/14th A/Tk Regt R. A.

6 May 1943

1267237 T/Captain

Goode Alan Smithin

I wish to recommend the above name officer for an M.C.

On 28th April he carried out a recconnaisance under fire for anti-tank gun positions on the SIDI ABDULLAH Ridge. Despite being pinned down by shell fire during this, and have to leave before finishing, owing to a German counter-attack which retook the feature, he brought back a clear and detailed report which was invaluable during the operations on 29th April.

During night 28/29 April he was busy most of the night and got little sleep.

On 29th April J Troop were ordered into action on point 133; the route to which was exposed to shell and M.G. fire. The troop commander at this time had gone forward to recconnoitre for positions on Pt. 133. Capt. Goode took charge and got the guns into action without casualties in daylight.

An M.G. on the right flank was giving trouble. Captain Goode and Sgt Flannigan took on this M.G. with one of the guns despite heavy and accurate fire which kep all in the vicinity, including the remainder of the detachment, in the slit trenches. His fire had the effect of lessening the M.G. fire from the flank.

Later the Infantry withdrew from Pt. 133; Captain Goode sent [back] for the tractors and brought the guns out in daylight without casualty despite the fact the the infantry had left the position before the tractors arrived.

During the remainder of the day Capt Goode was always cheerful, efficient, and volunteering for difficult or dangerous tasks.

During the night 29//30 April Capt Goode took charge of the A.Tk. platoon of hte D.C.LI. and 2-17 pdrs of "T" Battery, 93rd Anti-Tank Regt R.A.  He was up all night trying to get guns forward on to Pt. 133; he was unsuccessful as the Germans had a M.G. firing on fixed lines covering the route to the position.

On the morning 30th April Capt Goode went out with a patrol of 2.R.F. to find out the situation on Sidi Abdullah Ridge. Having gained the information he needed he left the patrol and returned on foot to battery H.Q.

Throughout this operation his fearlessness, devotion to duty, and cheerfulness were an inspiration to the whole Battery.

3rd May 1943

Lt Col. R.A.

Commanding 14th A/Tk Regt. R.A

This was one of the final actions in North Africa and part of driving the Germans and Italians out of North Africa after the battle of El Alamein; apparently there was some very fierce fighting around Sidi Abdullah Ridge at the end of April.

Alan died, age 86, in 1999; registered at Bromsgrove in April 1999.

Alice Smithin (b.1886). Alice Maude. The daughter of Joseph and Laura. She was born in Cleeve Prior in 1886; registered at Evesham in the June quarter.

At the 1891 census, aged 5, Alice was at home in Cleeve Prior.

At the 1901 census, aged 15, she was away at School in Atch Lench

Alice married Hedley Spitall in 1906; registered at Evesham in the September quarter.

Alice and Hedley had two children, Douglas H Spital (b.1912) and possibly Philip Norman Spital (b.1909).

Alice was mentioned in her father's Will of 1926.

In 1930 Hedley Spitall was living at Hampsted Road, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham and was described as a Jewellery Manufacturer.  

Mary Smithin (1887-1925). Mary Josephine. The daughter of Joseph and Laura. She was born in Cleeve Prior in 1887; registered at Evesham in the June quarter.

At the 1891 census, aged 4, Mary was at home in Cleeve Prior.

At the 1901 census, aged 14, she was away at School in Atch Lench

Mary later suffered from Tuberculosis and was a patient for several years at the specialist Warneford hospital, St Clements, in Oxford. She died at the Warneford Hospital, Headington on the 12th March 1925; registered at Headington (near Oxford) in the March quarter. She was buried at Cleeve Prior. Joseph was present at the death and registered it.

Administration was granted to Joseph Smithin, farmer and her effects were valued at £86 15s 8d.

Joseph Smithin (1892-1970). Joseph Arthur. The son of Joseph and Laura. He was born at Cleeve Prior in 1892; registered at Pershore in the June quarter.

At the 1901 census he was away at school in Stratford.

1901 Census

Grove House, Boys School, 35 Green Hill Street, Stratford, Warwickshire

Joseph A Smithin, Boarder, age 8,  Pupil, born Cleeve Prior

Joseph joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry on the 10th March 1911; a part time Cavalry regiment. On the application he described himself as a Farmer employed by his father. He gave his age as 18 years 9 months. On the medical report his height was given as 5 feet 9 inches.

Between 1911 and 1914 he did annual training at Warwick or Bulford Camp in Wiltshire. He started as a Private and was then a Lance Corporal and was promoted to Corporal on the 5th September 1914 and to Acting Sergeant on the 6th April 1915.

Joseph was discharged from the Yeomanry on the 11th September 1915 to take up a temporary Commission in the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment on the 12th September 1915; published in the London Gazette on 27th November 1915.

He applied for his Commission from Chatby Camp, Alexandria, Egypt where he had been posted with D Company of the Warwickshire Yeomanry as part of the Expeditionary Force, Egypt from the 11th April 1915. The Worcestershire Regiment and Warwickshire Yeomanry had been in Egypt and then in Gallipoli, Turkey and arrived back in Egypt on the 26th February 1915.

Joseph was accepted and had the rank of 2nd Lieutentant; the 4th Battalion had already left for France in March 1915 and Joseph joined them there.

In 1916 Joseph suffered from severe case of Impetigo and was sent from France (Havre) to England, Osbourne on the Isle of Wight. He left his unit on the 19th July 1916 and embarked on the SS Galika for England on 25th July 1916 arriving at Southampton on the 26th July 1916.

The illness had cleared up by the end of August. A Medical report of 23rd August 1916 reads:-

Osbourne, Isle of Wight

Lt. J A Smithin, Age 25

Disability: Impetigo

After serving in Egypt and Gallipoli he went to France and was invalided for Impetigo which was followed by a severe spreading dermatitis involving the face and neck and had now practically recovered.

He would be fit for duty in another 2 months and seems to have returned to his unit around the 26th October 1916.

Joseph was promoted to Lieutenant on the 17th January 1917.

In May 1917 he was with the 1st Battalion and was involved in an action at Bouchavesnes on the Somme in France. The description of the 11th May reads:

The attack was immediately successful. The German Front line, 'Pallas Trench', was entirely overrun and the attack swept onward to their further objective, 'Fritz Trench', the German second line. Led by Captain N H StoneLieutenant R A O'Donovan and 2nd/Lieut. J A Smithin the Worcestershire platoons charged 'Fritz Trench'. There was a short but desperate struggle.

They held the position for the rest of the day under very heavy bombardment and there were over 200 casualties. Joseph and the other two officers were later awarded the Military Cross for this action; listed in the London Gazette on the 11th May 1917.

London Gazette 11 May 1917

2nd Lt. (temp. Capt). Joseph Arthur Smithin, Worc. R.

Military Cross

For conspicuous gallanty and devotion to duty. He led his platoon in a most gallant manner and personally reconnoitred an enemy trench. Later he, single handed, attacked and captured two enemy. He was subsequently wounded.

Joseph was promoted to Acting Captain whilst commanding a Company on the 15th August 1917.

There was a strong German counter attack over a wide front in March 1918 (the great German counter offensive) and Joseph was with the 1st Battalion in a defensive action at Pargny in France. He was wounded along with several others on the 24th March 1918.

A later medical board (possibly on April 19th) said that he was hit in the foot by a bullet but the injury was not serious and he was almost recovered.

On the 16th May 1918 Joseph wrote to the War office about the case.

Southampton Court Hospital

Tewkesbury

Secretary of the War Office

From: Capt. Smithin

Southampton Court

1st Bt. Worcestershire Regt.

Please accept this my application for a gratuity in lieu of my wound. I was hit through the right foot on March 24th. The result being the tendons of the foot were strained. Through not being able to walk much I have been put to considerable inconvenience and expense. Also there is every likeness that I shall have periodical pain for some considerable time.

Hoping you can see your way clear to compensate me.

I am your obedient servant

J A Smithin Capt.

1st Batt. Worcester Regt.

Paperwork and medical checks went on until the case appears to have gone to the Ministry of Pensions on the 22nd October 1919.

Joseph was released from the Army on the 12th April 1919.

He was listed in the 4th Battalion in October 1919 serving with the service Battalions with the Rank of Acting Captain.

Along with the Military Cross he would also have received the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal.

Joseph married Emmeline Louise Cottie Mayer in 1920; registered at Evesham in the March quarter. Emmeline was born in Walsall in 1892.

Joseph and Emmeline were listed as embarking for Freemantle Australia on the 3rd April 1920.

Orsova, Orient Line

3 April 1920

From London

Bound for: Australia

Smithin JA, Landing at Freemantle, Farmer, age 27, Intended permanent residence. Freemantle

Smithin E.L.C, age 27

The document implies they intended to emigrate permanently. However, they were back in England by 1924 as Joseph is listed in the phone book.

Name: J. Arthur Smithin,  Marl Cliff farm, Bidford on Avon

Joseph and Emmeline had one son who died as an infant on the 23rd May 1929. There is a memorial for Robert at St. Andrew's Cleeve Prior.

Emmeline Smithin

Passed on Feb 14 1947 aged 55 years

Robert Arthur

passed on

May 23 1929

In 1930 Joseph dealt with the probate for his father's Will.

In 1931 they were still living at Marl cliff Farm and Joseph was described as a Farmer.

In February 1936 Joseph dealt with the Adminstration of the estate of Francis Holt Coldicott (b.1890).

Re FRANCIS HOLT COLDICOTT, Deceased.

Pursuant to the Trustee Act, 1925. NOTICE is hereby given that all creditors and

other persons having any claims or demands against the estate of Francis Holt Coldicott late

of The Mill House, Cleeve Prior, in the county of Worcester, deceased, Haulier (who died on the 1st day of January, 1936, and whose Will was proved in the Birmingham Registry of the Probate

Division of His Majesty's High Court of Justice on the 20th day of February, 1936, by Joseph Arthur Smithin and Henry John Dodds the executors therein named), are hereby requiredto send in the particulars of their debts, claims or demands to us, the undersigned, on or before the 4th day of May, 1936

In 1940 Joseph dealt with the probate for his mother's Will.

On the 17th July 1940 Joseph joined the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps as a Captain. He was discharged from the Corps with the honorary rank of Major on the 27th June 1943.

In 1940 Joseph was described as a Hotel Propietor.

In 1943 Joseph and Emmeline were living at Peacock Cottage, Cleeve Prior.

In 1947 they were living at Blossomfield cottage, Salford Road, Bidford on Avon.

Emmeline suffered from rare form of cancer and in later years was quite ill. Diana (John Smithin's daughter) remembers visiting her and seeing her often laid up in bed; this would have been in the mid 1940's. Emmeline donated her body to medical science. Emmeline died on the 14th February 1947, aged 55. There was a notice in the London Gazette.

Smithin Emmeline Louise Cottie

Blossomfield, Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire

Married Woman (the Wife of Joseph Arthur Smithin)

14th February 1947

Joseph (probably after 1947) moved to Norton and ran a hotel there and was also working as an Agricultural salesman..

Joseph attended the funeral of his cousin John Smithin, at Bidford, in January 1953.

In 1968 Joseph was living at 1 Richmond Villa, Glastonbury.

Joseph died, aged 78, on the 6th January 1970; registered atWells in the March quarter.  He was living at 11 King's Castle Road, Wells, Somerset and was described as a Farmer (retired). He died of a Coronary Thrombosis. The informant was Douglas Hedley Spital of Truro, Cornwall; his nephew.

3.1 (continued) Benjamin Smithin and Elizabeth Tribble

Benjamin Smithin (c.1645-1724). Also spelt Smithsend. The son of Thomas and Ann. He married Elizabeth Tribble (c.1650-1727) in Birlingham on the 4th June 1673 (or possibly 1675); the marriage was by banns.

Smithsend was the early form of the family name and it seems gradually to have changed to Smithin. The early spellings in this branch of the family are quite varied.

Benjamin was a churchwarden in Birlingham in 1684, 1698, 1699, and 1700. On the 1st July 1684 as a churchwarden he reported his brother Nathaniel to the Bishop for not attending church!

Likewise we present Nathaniel Smiton & William Godsaw for refusing to come to church

The other churchwarden was Thomas Priddie.

Church Presentments - Birlingham 1684

A presentment made by ye Minister and Chuchwardens of Birlingham to be delivered into ye Revd? Bishops Visitation holden at Evesham, upon ye first day of July Anno Domini 1684.

Imprimis: The Church, Chancel, grounds about and ye Chuchyard are in order and in good repair.

Ye Rector's house likewise in very good repair.

We present John Tribbell and his wife for not frequenting their Parish Church. Likewise we present Joseph Perksand his wife for refusing Communion with the Church.

Likewise we present Nathaniel Smiton and William Godsaw for refusing to come to Church (and frequenting Conventicles) [crossed out].

Also we present Edward Roberts ye Smith and his wife They have long stood Excommunicated and care not to submit to ye Court his wife teacheth School ye youth of the Parish which there is another more fit and conformable who is willing to undertake it.

It. We present William Richards on and his who stand Excommunicated for Articles Exhibited against them to prove their Marriage.

It. We present George Clifford and his wife who refuse Communion with the Church and can show noe reason for it.

We present Will Compton for not coming to divine service

The presentment of Birlingham since last visitation 1684

We Thomas Priddie and Benjamin Smithin

Churchwardens of ye Parish of Birlingham have nothing to present but all is well baring what is already presented.

Benjamin acted as a witness to a Will for John Cubberley of Birlingham, in 1694. This was probably John Cubberly who was a churchwarden in 1685. It was a busy time for the churchwardens because in the period 1685-1695 several new bells were made for St James as the inscriptions on the Bells show.

Francis Bahrhlew Samuel Palmer churchwardens William Bagley made mee 1692

When you me ring i'll sweetly ring, A.R. 1748

Henry Bagley made mee 1695

George Lunne and John Cubberley Churchwardens 1685

Fear God and Honour the King 1685

Benjamin was buried in Birlingham on the 12th August 1724.

The Tribbles were an old established Birlingham family. Elizabeth's father was John Tribble (b.1620) and her grandfather was George Tribble (c.1590). A George Tribel is recorded as renting six acres of land in Walton Cardiff in 1314 renewing an agreement that had been established at least two generations before that.

Elizabeth made a Will in 1727 leaving her estate to her two surviving children Elizabeth and Thomas. Elizabeth was buried in Birlingham on the 23rd September 1727.

Will of Elizabeth Smithin (d.1727)

In the name of God Amen. I Elisabeth Smithin of Burlingham in the County of Worcester, widow, being weak in body but of sound memory, praise be to God for the same. I do make this my last will and testament in manner following.

 I give and bequeath my soule to Almighty God hoping for remission of sins through the merits of Jesus Christ my redeemer, and my body to be buried.

 I give to my Daughter Elisabeth Smithin one feather bed, bolsters pillows and curtains, bedstead and all thereto belonging in the Chamber at the west end of the house. I give to my daughter Elisabeth one flock bed with all the furniture to the same bed. I give my Daughter one trunk with the linen therein being in the Chamber before mentioned. I give my daughter halfe my brass and pewter and her choice of two tables and two Coffors? and two chairs out of the rest of my goods. I give my Daughter Elisabeth halfe my linen of all sorts, besides I give my Daughter halfe my books. I give my Daughter Elisabeth the sum of ? pounds of British money also to be paid her within one year after my decease by my Executor out of my personal estate not before devised.

All the rest of my goods Chattel and Chattels whatsoever I am in any ways possessed of I give the same to my son Thomas Smithin who I make sole Executor of this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of September and in the first year of the reign of our Sovereign King George 2nd Anno Domini 1727[ --- ]

Signed sealed and declared by the said Elisabeth Smithin to be her last will and testament in the presence of us who at the request and in the presence of the testator have subscribed as witnesses.

John Harris

Elisabeth Flower

John Bradis

The mark of Elisabeth Smithin

4.2 Children of Benjamin Smithin and Elizabeth Tribble

Joseph Smeeton (b.1675). The son of Benjamin and Elizabeth. He was baptised in Birlingham on the 28th January 1675.

He was apprenticed to William Butler in 1692.

London Apprentices Index

1692  Smithin Joseph, son of Benjamin, Birlingham, Worchester, yeoman, to William Butler, 4 May 1692, Turners' Company

The Turner's company was an ancient London Livery company for Wood turning whose members manufactured all sorts of wooden items and furniture for households and farms.

This might suggest that there was a link between the Smithins in Birlingham and the Smithsends in London; Thomas Smithsend born c.1669, for example, was an established Coachmaker in London.

Elizabeth Smeeton (1677-1687). The daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth. She was baptised on the 16th July 1677 in Birlingham. She was buried in Birlingham on the 20th April 1687.

Benjamin Smeeton (1680-1681). Benjamin Jnr. The son of Benjamin and Elizabeth. He died as an infant less than 2 years old and was buried in Birlingham on the 16th November 1681.

Mary Smiton (b.1684). The daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth. She was baptised on the 25th October 1684 in Birlingham. She may be the Mary Smithin who married Giles Shepherd from Pershore, St Andrews at Birlingham on the 10th May 1711.

Elizabeth Smeton (1687-1729). The daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth. She was baptised in Birlingham on the 26th January 1687.

Elizabeth was mentioned in her mother's Will of 1727 and was referred to as 'Smithin' so she did not marry.

Elizabeth was buried in Birlingham on the 25th July 1729.

Thomas Smithin (1692-1761). The son of Benjamin and Elizabeth. He was baptised in Birlingham on the 22nd December 1692. 

Thomas acted as executor of his mother's Will in 1727.

Thomas married Anne Rickards (d.1765) by licence at St Helen's, Worcester on the 11th January 1731.

Thomas made a Will in 1761 and described himself as a Yeoman who owned land in Birlingham and Pershore.

Will of Thomas Smithin (1761)

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Smithin of Birlingham in the County of Worcester Yeoman. Do make this my last Will and Testament in Manner and Form following (that is to say).

I give devise and bequeath unto my dear Wife Ann all that my messuages or tenements with the Orchard Garden and Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in Birlingham aforesaid. And also all that my Orchard or inclosed Ground with the Appurtenances situate in Pershore in the said County of Worcester and now in the Possession of John Spencer. To hold the same unto my said wife and her Assigns for and during the term of her natural life.

And from and immeditately after her decease I give devise and bequeath my said Messuages or Tenements with the Orchard Garden and Appurtenances in Birlingham aforesaid and my said Orchard or inclosed Ground with the Appurtenances in Pershore aforesaid unto my Son Benjamin and his Heirs for ever.

To my said Wife I also give and bequeath all my Ready Money, Securities for Money, Household Goods, Cattle Implements? of Husbandry, Goods, Chattels and all other my Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever to hold unto my said Wife and her Assigns for and during the Term of her natural Life.

And from and immediately after her Decease then I give and bequeath the same unto my Son Benjamin and my Daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, Ann and Martha to be equally divided between them share and share alike. And lastly I do constitute and appoint my said Wife sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this Eighth Day of September in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty One.

Thomas Smithin

Signed sealed published and declared for the said Testator Thomas Smithin as for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who in his Sight and at his Request have subscribed? our names as Witnesses.

Elis Badger

? Young

William Heath

Thomas was buried in Birlingham on the 26th October 1761.

Anne died on the 31st January 1765 in Birlingham.

5.2 Children of Thomas Smithin and Anne Rickards

Mary Smithin (1732-1821). The daughter of Thomas and Anne. She was baptised in Birlingham on the 5th January 1732. She married her second cousin Joseph Smithin on the 15th September 1760 - see above for details.

Elizabeth Smithin (b.1733). The daughter of Thomas and Anne. She was baptised in Birlingham on the 1st February 1733.

She was mentioned in her father's Will of 1761.

Elizabeth married Samuel George, by Licence, at Birlingham on the 16th November 1761.

Sarah Smithin (b.1736). The daughter of Thomas and Anne. She was baptised in Birlingham in May 1736.

She was mentioned in her father's Will of 1761.

She married Robert Edwards by licence, at Birlingham,  on the 15th September 1760.

Anne Smithin (1737-1804). The daughter of Thomas and Anne. She was baptised in Birlingham on the 23rd December 1737.

Ann was mentioned in her father's Will of 1761.

She may be the Ann who was buried in Pershore on the 26th February 1804.

Martha Smithin (b.1743). The daughter of Thomas and Anne. She was baptised in Birlingham on the 23rd September 1743.

She was mentioned in her father's Will of 1761.

Martha married William Osborn of Birlingham on the 29th June 1765 at Pershore, St Andrews. The witnesses were Benjamin Smithin (probably her brother) and Robert Edwards her brother in law.

Martha and William had a son Thomas Osborn born about 1773 who farmed at Wadborough Park. He married Elizabeth Abbot in 1804. In his Will (proved 1844) he mentioned his cousin Thomas Smithin (b.1782).

... and I charge and subject my said wife in respect of the estate and property hereby given to her with the payment of the sum of two shillings and sixpence per week (which I am liable to pay) to my cousin Thomas SMITHIN for his life […] Upon Trust for my grandson William FOSTER, the son of my late daughter Mary FOSTER if he shall live to attain the age of twenty one years ...

Benjamin Smithin (1739-1791). The son of Thomas and Anne. He was baptised on the 12th November 1739 in Birlingham.

He was mentioned in his father's Will of 1761.

Benjamin married Elizabeth Skinner of Croome D'abitot, by licence, at Pershore Holy Cross on 20th June 1771.

In 1780 they were living in Severn Stoke and were still there in 1787; Benjamin was referred to as 'Benjamin Smithin of Severn Stoke' on a contract with William Claridge.

In 1786 Benjamin was an executor of his uncle Joseph's Will with William Claridge.

14th January 1786. Benjamin Smithin one of the Executors of this Will appeared Personally and was then sworn in the common form of law and that Personal Estate did not amount to 300 pounds

Benjamin had moved to Wadborough by 1791 when he made his Will. Six children were still alive in 1791 and he appointed his nephew Joseph Smithin (the son of his sister Mary; who married a Smithin) as an Executor and as a Trustee for any land or money of behalf of the children. A witness to this Will was John Woodward; possibly the father of Benjamin's future son in law.

There is a memorial for Benjamin in the Churchyard at Pershore Abbey (Pershore Holy Cross).

Benjamin Smithin late of Wadborough Park, died 25 day of Oct 1791, age 52 years. Also Elizabeth wife of the above who died June 2 1819 aged 74 years. Also Benjamin Smithin their son who died Oct 23 1810 aged 32 years. Also Joseph Smithin.

Will of Benjamin Smithin (1791)

In the Name of God Amen. I Benjamin Smithin of Wadborough in the Parish of Holy Cross Pershore, in the County of Worcester, Gentleman, being now Sick and weak in Body, but of sound and disposing Mind, Memory, and Understanding for which thanks be given to Almighty God, but seriously considering with myself the Certainty of Death and the uncertain Hour thereof. Do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say).

First I will and devise all my just Debts ? and Expenses, and the Charge of proving this my Will to be paid and discharged by my Executor and Executrix being? of the moment. ? to my nephew Joseph Smithin of Birlingham in this County of Worcester Yeoman, I give and devise all that my Messuages or Tenements Orchard Garden and Premises situate and being in Birlingham aforesaid. To hold to him his Heirs and Assigns forever. In Trust ? to permit and suffer my dear Wife to receive have and take ? and Profits thereof for and during the term of her natural Life for and towards the support of Herself and the Maintenance Educating, Clothing, and bringing up of my Children. And after her Decease upon further Trust in him the said Joseph Smithin and his heirs ? that he do and shall with all convenient speed after her Decease either by Publick Auction or private Contract sell and dispose of and for such Sum of Money as he my said Trustee shall think a fair and adequate Price for the same All my said Messuages or Tenements and Premises.

And I do hereby further will order and ? that the ? of him the said Joseph Smithin or his Heirs shall go to the Purchase ? good and sufficient legal and equitable release and discharge for the Money to be paid by any Person for the Purchase of the said Messuages and Tenements and Premises. And the Money arising from the Sale thereof upon Trust to pay and divide the same to any and all my six children or such as them as shall be then living share and share alike as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants.

To my Daughter Martha I give my Silver Tankard to do with as she pleases.

Then to my said dear Wife I give devise and bequeath for and during the term of her natural Life. All my Household Goods Chattels, Cattle Stock, Crops and Effects, Ready Money, Monies at Interest, Bonds, Bills and Securities for Money and other my Personal Estate whatsoever, which at the time of my Decease I shall die possessed of, towards the Support of Herself maintaining educating and bringing up of my six Children and from and after her Decease I give and bequeath All my said Household Goods, Chattels, Cattle Stock, Crops and Effects Monies at Interest Bonds and Securities for Money to and amongst my dear Children or such as them as shall be living at the time of my said Wife's Decease equally to be divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in Common and not as joint Tenants.

And Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said dear Wife and Nephew Joseph Smithin joint Executrix and Executor of this my Will and hereby revoking all Forms and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made. Do publish and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I the Testator Benjamin Smithin have to this my last Will and Testament put my Hand and Seal this Twenty second day of October in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety One.

Benjamin Smithin

Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator Benjamin Smithin in the Presence of us in His Presence at his request and in the sight and Presence of each other have subrcribed our Names as Witnesses.

Samuel George

John Checkits

John Woodward

John Woodward was Benjamin's son-in-law.

Samuel George may have been his brother-in-law

Benjamin was mentioned in letters of Administration taken out by a William Palmer Knight in 1839.

And the said William Palmer Knight further alleges and represents to us that the said Benjamin Smithin hath also long since departed this life having by his will bearing date the twenty second day of October one thousand seven hundred and ninety one [1791] appointed his wife Elizabeth Smithin and his nephew Joseph Smithin 'Executrix' and Executor thereof and that the same will was duly proved by the said Elizabeth Smithin alone in the said Consistory court on the first day of July one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven'

Sworn statement of Elizabeth Smithin (1797)

1st July 1797 Elizabeth Smithin Widow of the ? within named appeared and was sworn in common form of Law and that the Personal Estate of the deceased? does not amount to One thousand pounds.

Before me, J Griffiths, Surrogate

Elizabeth died, aged 74, on the 2nd June 1819. She was buried with her husband at Pershore Abbey.

7.2 Children of Benjamin Smithin and Elizabeth Skinner

Thomas Smithin (1772-1773). Possibly the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth baptised on the 2nd January 1772 at Pershore.Holy Cross. He was buried on the 24th January 1773.

Martha Smithin (c.1775-1839). The daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth.

Her father left her his silver tankard in his Will.

Martha married John Woodward on the 21st July 1795 at Pershore, Holy Cross.

They had four children; Elizabeth (b.1795), John (b.1798), William (b.1800), Joseph (b.1806).

She may be the Martha Woodward who died in 1839; registered in Pershore in the December quarter.

Elizabeth Smithin (b.1776). The daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth. She was christened on the 18th July 1776 at Severn Stoke. She married William Fincher of Hampton Lucy, by licence, at Pershore on the 2nd June 1803.

At the 1841 census they were living at Marston Sicca near Stratford on Avon.

1841 Census

Marston Sicca, Gloucestershire

William Fincher, age 69, Farmer

Elizabeth Fincher, age 65

Elizabeth Fincher, age 35

Thomas Smithin, age 60

Thomas is Elizabeth's brother.

Marston Sicca is now part of Long Marston about 5 miles south west of  Stratford in Warwickshire.

At the 1851 census Elizabeth was living at Weston upon Avon.

1851 Census

Weston upon Avon, Warwickshire

Elizabeth Fincher, Head, widow, age 73, born Croom, Worcestershre

Elizabeth Fincher, Daughter, unmarried, age 46,  School mistress, born Hampton Lucy

Benjamin Smithin (1777-1810). The son of Benjamin and Elizabeth. He was christened on the 15th September 1777 at Severn Stoke. He died on October the 23rd 1810 aged 32 years and was buried with his parents in Pershore Abbey.

Mary Smithin (b.1779). The daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth. She was christened on the 2nd February 1779 at Severn Stoke.

William Smithin (b.1780). The son of Benjamin and Elizabeth. He was christened on the 17th September 1780 at Severn Stoke and died only a few months old.

William Smithin (b.1781). The son of Benjamin and Elizabeth. He was christened on 7th February 1781 at Severn Stoke.

Thomas Smithen (1782-1843). Also Smythen. The son of Benjamin and Elizabeth. He was christened on the 21st October 1782 at Stoulton. It looks as though the family had moved from Severn Stoke to Wadborough.

At the 1841 census, age 60, he was living at Marston Sicca, Gloucestershire (near Stratford on Avon) with his sister Elizabeth and her family.

Thomas was mentioned in the Will of his cousin Thomas Osborn (see above) which was proved in 1844. Thomas Osborn was the son of Thomas' Aunt Martha.

He is probably the Thomas Smithin who died in 1843; registered at Stratford in the March quarter.

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