Tag Archives: Cumberland

Mystery Photographs from Penrith

I have several old photographs that are a bit of a mystery. They were taken in Penrith, Cumberland, in formal studio settings.  The photographs have come to me via a cousin, who was given a photograph album belonging to a … Continue reading

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The Melmerby Smiths after 1821

This is a brief summary of the Smiths who lived and farmed in Melmerby, in the Eden Valley of Cumberland, after 1821.  They stayed in Melmerby after my great-great-grandfather Lancelot Smith and most of his children went to farm in … 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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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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