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John Davison SMITH

Male Abt 1787 - 1871  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name John Davison SMITH 
    Born Abt Jan 1787  Worcester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID BCC2AFE6C8C64C92AE368E3EE15EC99CD39A 
    Died 27 Oct 1871  Lindenow, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • John Davison Smith is the subject of a website
      http://members.speedweb.com.au/thore/smithjdavison.htm
      from which some family details shown here are taken. The site has John's parents as the Rev. Digby Smith and Catherine Charlotte Gray.
      The site also suggests that John may have married Anne STANLEY on 1 Nov 1821 at St John the Baptist, Croydon, Surrey, but has not verified this.

      Richard Palmer has provided information about John Davison Smith's marriage in 1805 to Elizabeth RUESZ. Archives in the Lambeth Palace Library shown that the Rev. Digby SMITH, John's father, promoted "a suit of nullity of marriage by reason of minority". The papers are indexed online but are not themsleves available online. Richard Palmer summarises as follows: "The case appears to have been brought in first instance in the Consistory Court of London, went on appeal to the Court of Arches and then on a further appeal to the High Court of Delegates."

      1841 census, at Clifton House, Norwood (all SMITH), John (50, merchant, not born Surrey), Caroline (40, not born Surrey), James (10, not born Surrey), Theresa (12, not born Surrey), Frances (5, born Surrey), Alexander (3, born Surrey) and William (1, born Surrey). Also 4 servants.

      It's suspected that John went to Australia before the 1851 census, which would explain why Caroline was shown as head of the household.

      1851 census, at No. 6 Grecian Cottages, Crown Hill, Norwood (all SMITH), Caroline B (head, 53, born India, British subject), Frances A (daughter, 14, born Norwood, Surrey), Alex (son, 12, scholar, born Norwood, Surrey) and William H (son, 11, scholar, born Norwood, Surrey). Also James J SMITH (uncle, age unreadable, born Worcester) and 3 servants including Mary A FRY, who was with family 10 years earlier.
    Person ID I1612  Folkestone, Kent
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2020 

    Family 1 Elizabeth RUESZ,   b. Bef 1 Jun 1783, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 13 Nov 1805  St Mary Aldermary, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Type: Annulled 
    • John Smith of the parish of St Mary Aldermary bachelor and Elizabeth Ruesz of this parish a spinster were married in this church by license. Both signed as did witnesses Rich. Taylor and Susanne Taylor.
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F629  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Caroline Birch GRAY,   b. Abt 1795, Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1879, Lindenow, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 19 Apr 1824  Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. George Digby SMITH,   b. 23 Feb 1825, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1827, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     2. Theresa Charlotte SMITH,   b. 12 Apr 1827, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1908, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     3. John Digby SMITH,   b. 31 Mar 1829, Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1916, Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. James Digby SMITH,   b. 18 Aug 1830, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1857, Cashmere Gate, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
     5. Nancy SMITH,   b. 11 Dec 1831, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1832, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Alexander Henry SMITH,   b. 30 Mar 1833,   d. 3 Jun 1833  (Age 0 years)
     7. Frances Anna SMITH,   b. 15 Jan 1837, Norwood, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1916, Malvern, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     8. Alexander SMITH,   b. 12 Apr 1838, Norwood, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1918, Bankside, Waroona, West Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     9. William Henry SMITH,   b. 27 Aug 1839, Norwood, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1900, San Francisco, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F545  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S212] http://members.speedweb.com.au/thore/smithjdavison.htm, July 2015.

    2. [S283] London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 at ancestry.com.