Category Archives: Smith

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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Thomas Smith Found!

This is exciting news from my recent searches on the internet: I have finally found a picture of the tombstone for Thomas Smith of Blackhall who died in March 1873 aged 40.  He was the first Smith to live at … Continue reading

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The Farm near Cashel

When Lancelot Smith and most of his family moved to Ireland in the 1850s, they rented a farm near Cashel, County Tipperary, in the townland called Rathcoun (also written as Rathcowan, Rathcown or Rathcoon).  The townland is about 2 miles … Continue reading

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Naming Patterns

I have always been interested in the forenames that people are given by their parents.  When I started searching for information on the Smith family, I realized quickly that there were some forenames that occurred frequently.  For boys, there were … Continue reading

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