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.
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.
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
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.
Long Ground Pasture 4a. 2r.
7a. 0r. 10p
Far Yellow Furlong Arable 6a. 2r. 2p
Yellow Furlong Arable 10a.
Green Ground Arable 8a. 2r.
Black Hoo Arable 8a.
Little Ground Pasture 1a.
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.
Farrs Orchard Pasture/Orchard 0a. 3r. 10p
Strip adjoining paddock Pasture 0a. 1r. 13p
Upper Orchard Orchard 1a. 1r.
& Culls House Buildings 1a. 0r.
Slatters Meadow Meadow
8a. 1r. 10p
Lap Meadow Meadow
0a. 2r. 8p
Pasture in Foxhill meadow Meadow 0a.
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.
Strip near the river part of Foxhill Pasture 1a. 22r. 0p
Silvesters Meadow Pasture 9a. 2r. 35p
Cow Ground Arable 6a.
Longstances & Pilkingtons Arable 20a. 2r. 5p
7a. 3r. 0p
Far Yellow Furlong Arable 4a. 0r. 0p
Near Yellow Furlong Pasture 2a. 0r. 0p
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
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
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
Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn
Cleeve Prior, July 5th 1887
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
Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn
Cleeve Prior July 12th 1887
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
Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn
Cleeve Prior, July 19th 1888
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
Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn
Cleeve Prior, January 8th 1888
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
Letter from Joseph Smithin To Mr Robert Lunn
Cleeve Prior February 14th 1888
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
Address: Surveyor of Leases, Worcester
By 1887 Joseph was a Churchwarden at St Andrews as the following letter shows.
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
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.
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
Frank Smithin, Dom, single, born 7 Nov 1858, age 42, born England, CofE, Farm
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
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
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
10 & 11 West Square, Southwark St George Martyr, Surrey
Francis Child, Head, Married, Male, Age 47, Wood Carver (Employing 3 Men) Birthplace
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
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
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
Sidney was living at 61 Nottingham Road, Derby; he was probably away working on a
At the 1891 census he was still living at Nottingham road, Derby.
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
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
Marital status: Married
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)
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
E G Righton
Letter from Hubert Smithin to Mr J Martin
Birlingham March 18th 1890
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
Letter from Joseph Smithin to J Martin
To Mr J Martin Esq. Pershore
Cleeve Prior November 13th 1890
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
I am Yours Truly
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
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
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
At the 1891 census Hubert was lodging in Cleeve Prior.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Osbourne, Isle of Wight
Lt. J A Smithin, Age 25
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.
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
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
Secretary of the War Office
From: Capt. Smithin
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
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
Orsova, Orient Line
3 April 1920
Bound for: Australia
Smithin JA, Landing at Freemantle, Farmer, age 27, Intended permanent residence.
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.
Passed on Feb 14 1947 aged 55 years
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
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
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
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
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
Imprimis: The Church, Chancel, grounds about and ye Chuchyard are in order and in
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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  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
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
She may be the Martha Woodward who died in 1839; registered in Pershore in the December
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.
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
At the 1851 census Elizabeth was living at Weston upon Avon.
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