Category Archives: Families

Thomas Smith at Blackhall

The story of Thomas Smith is important to our family because he was the first Smith to live at Blackhall, County Meath.  He is not a direct ancestor of ours but he was my grandfather’s Uncle Thomas from whom – … Continue reading

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A Wealth of Williams

This blog is named after my grandfather William Smith of Blackhall, County Meath, in Ireland.  There are plenty of other William Smiths in our family tree.  Following are the Williams I have come across in my searches; there are probably … Continue reading

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William Smith of HM Customs

William Smith was the ninth child and youngest son of Lancelot Smith and Elizabeth Westgarth.  I am referring to this William Smith in association with his place of work in order to distinguish him from all the other William Smiths … Continue reading

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The Life of Lizzie Bouskill

This post is about Lizzie Bouskill, someone I didn’t even know existed until last year when I was in Dublin doing some research on the Smith family. Elizabeth Bouskill (known as Lizzie) was born in Barnane, County Tipperary, on 3 … Continue reading

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Mrs Cowen and the Property in Gamblesby

Mrs Cowen’s maiden name was Sarah Smith; she was born in Gamblesby in 1829, the sixth child and fourth daughter of Lancelot Smith and Elizabeth Westgarth.  You can read more about her life in the “Lancelot Smith 1785-1871” page and … Continue reading

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The Children of Lancelot Smith of Gamblesby

In the “Family Stories” section of this blog, I have now added a page that summarizes the lives of the children of Lancelot Smith of Gamblesby and his wife Elizabeth Westgarth.  Unfortunately I don’t know a lot about most of … Continue reading

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The Great Famine in Ireland

In Ireland, the Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852. It is usually known outside Ireland as the Irish Potato Famine.  This was only one of many famines in the country and … Continue reading

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Melmerby in the 1820s

The following information is extracted mostly from the “History, Directory, Gazetteer, of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland …” by William Parson and William White, published in 1829. The village of Melmerby is in the Parish of the same name.  … Continue reading

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Gamblesby in the 1820s

The following information is extracted mostly from the “History, Directory, Gazetteer, of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland …” by William Parson and William White, published in 1829. Gamblesby is in the Parish of Addingham.  Up to the end of … Continue reading

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The Smiths and Methodism

In many of the pages and posts about the Smiths who lived in the 19th century I have mentioned that they were Methodists.  You might wonder why this matters in a family history blog.  The short answer is because it … Continue reading

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Mrs Smith

So far on this blog I have been posting information almost entirely about the various Mr Smiths and their families.  This is not intended to overlook Mrs Smith!   Of course, it is much harder to find information about Mrs … Continue reading

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Who is This?

There is a photographic puzzle that I hope you will help me solve. Among the old photographs that I have received from family members are these two portrait-style pictures taken around 1868 to 1870.  The one on the left was … Continue reading

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A Jumble of Johns

When I tell people I am researching the family history of people called Smith, they look at me sympathetically and secretly thank their lucky stars they have  a less common name to trace.   Actually it is not so bad … Continue reading

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A Lot of Lancelots

There are a lot of Lancelots in our Smith family tree.  While this name has been useful in helping to identify the right family of Smiths to follow, it can get confusing when none of the early Lancelots was given … Continue reading

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Living in the Cumberland Fells

As far as I know, our Smith ancestors were farmers in Cumberland from at least the early 18th century although early parish records in England do not state the occupations of the parishioners.  They were yeomen, meaning they owned their … Continue reading

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