Introduction
Smith ~ First Generation

  The first known generation of the Smith family commences in Bristol.

The first named couple are James SMITH and Elizabeth JAMES. The death certificate of daughter Elizabeth gives the information that James was a Shoemaker and Elizabeth's surname was James.

James was born c1812 (ref death).
Elizabeth was bap 21 Mar 1819 at St John, Bedminster, Somerset, dau of James & Elizabeth James (ref FamilySearch).

James and Elizabeth's marriage was on 9 Nov 1835 at Bedminster, Somerset, when she was probably still 16 (ref FamilySearch I02622-8).
[Bedminster is very close to Bristol and is in Somerset; the boundary between Somerset and Gloucestershire is at Bristol so sometimes the area is called Somerset and sometimes Gloucestershire.]

Ref 1841 census. Gloucestershire, England. Civil Parish of St James. Registration district of Bristol. Address: Eugene Street, St James, Bristol.
Together with children Elizabeth (4), Mary Ann (3), Emma (1):
James Smith. Age 25. Shoe M. Not born in Gloucestershire
Elizabeth Smith. Age 20. Born in Gloucestershire.

In 1845 they were living in Eugene St at the birth of Clara, and in 1846 they were living in Frog Lane near the Bristol Cathedral (ref T.Burton 2012).
Between 1847 and 1849 Elizabeth and James moved to Chatham, Kent, and due to this, were able to be traced through census records.

James died 4th Sep 1849 at Military Road, Chatham, Kent, aged 37, Bootmaker, of "Inflam't of Brain/Abscess of Brain" (ref Thomas Burton 2012 from DC).

Ref 1851 census. Kent, England. Civil Parish of Chatham. Registration district of Medway. Address: Globe Lane, Chatham.
Together with children Clara (6), Albert (4), and journeyman shoe maker Henry Tucker, servant (31):
Elizabeth Smith. Head. Widow. Age 31. Shoe Maker. Born Bristol St James'.

Elizabeth died in St Margaret's Parish Rochester in 1861 and was buried 24 Mar 1861 at St Mary's Chatham aged 42 (ref T. Burton 2012).

FROM WHOM LIBBY SHADE AND THOMAS BURTON ARE DESCENDED.












1841 census









1851 census


See photopage for grave
  Children:  
1. Elizabeth SMITH born 1836 at Bristol, Gloucestershire  
2. Mary Ann SMITH born 1838 at Bristol, Gloucestershire  
3. Emma SMITH born c1840 at Bristol, Gloucestershire  
4. William Henry SMITH born 1841 at Bristol, Gloucestershire  
5. Clara Jane SMITH born 1844 at Bristol, Gloucestershire  
6. Albert SMITH born 1846 at Bristol, Gloucestershire  

Updated 1 Nov 2015