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Mary Ann (Gooding) Smith (abt. 1840 - abt. 1911)

Mary Ann Smith formerly Gooding
Born about in Debenham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdommap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] in Bosmere District, Suffolk, Englandmap
Died about at about age 70 in Debenham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdommap
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Mary Ann (or Marianne) was born between January and March 1840 and baptised at Debenham on the 19th of April 1840. She was the daughter of Amass Gooding and Mary (Knight) Gooding.[1][2][3][4]


She was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene, in Debenham on 19 April 1840. [5]

Mary Ann daughter of Amass & Marianne Gooding of Debenham Tailor baptized by Rev N Wood Off[iciating] Min[ister] 19/4/1840.

A note on the FreeReg transcription says: "Entered from a certificate by the Curate of Wetheringsett following the death of George Smalley. SRO Fiche 16"


Mary Ann Gooding married John Smith at St. Mary Magdalene, Debenham, Suffolk, England on 2 November 1860 [6] This marriage was to last over 50 years and produce at least 12 children.


Mary Ann (Gooding) Smith died between 2 April[7] and 30 June 1911.[8]

Census Records

Mary Gooding appears in the 1841 and 1851 Census returns, which confirms family connections with parents and siblings.

Mary was one year old at the time of the 1841Census. Her father and mother were both 25 years old. Amass was reflected as a tailor. Mary had two sisters, Jane (age 5) and Lucy Gooding (age 3).[9] By 1851, more children had been born to the couple. Amass's wife is now represented as a Dressmaker.[10] There are four new children: Elizabeth (7) Sarah (4) Rebecca (2) andJames (3 months). Mary Knight, a widow aged 62, is also listed, confirming Mary Ann's maternal Grandmother.[11]

The 1861 Census reveals a much reduced Gooding Household household living at Front Street. Amass Gooding is represented as a widow aged 48. [12] Mary Ann's brother Amass (Age 19) is now also shown as a Tailor. All siblings except Rebecca (12) and James (10) are not shown. Amass is listed as being a widower. Mary Gooding passed away on December 1855. Gravestone St Mary Magdalene Churchyard, Debenahm. [13] Recently married Mary Ann and John Smith lived a few house along in the same street, with two year old daughter Emily [14]

In 1871, Mary Ann Smith (31) was living in Church Row Debenham, with her husband, John Smith (30), an agricultural labourer. The family stayed at this address, a four roomed house, for at least forty years (1871 - 1911).[15] The couple had five children by 1871: William (9), Mary (7), Amass (5), Rachael (1) and Samuel (1 month). Rachael Smith (widow, 75) and Jane Smith (granddaughter, 13, a domestic servant) living next door are very likely John's mother and a neice.[16] By 1881 the couple had had more children, Arthur (8), George (6), Ellen J. (3) and Charles (1) [17]. Two more children had joined the large family by 1991, Georgiana (9) and Walter T.(6).[18] William and Arthur, adults by the 1891 census, but still in the household, are reflected as Agricultural Labourers like their father, and George was a brickyard labourer. The 1901 and 1911 census returns reveal a household of adults In 1901 William, Arthur, Charles and Walter were all still present in the home[19], and in 1911, William (49), Arthur (37) and Walter Thomas (27), all still single, were at the Church Row house. [15]Georgiana was a housekeeper/domestic servant for Lucy Page, an elderly widow on High Street.[20] Charles had married and was living in a separate house in Church Row with his wife Florence and two children.[21]

Research Notes

NOTE: Imported family links (husband, children, some siblings) are not yet supported by reliable evidence. Family links are largely based on census returns. Conflicting evidence exists in respect of mother's first name.

  • Her marriage to John Smit is supported by a BMD register entry that does not include any evidence that would support a certainty that this is Mary Anne Gooding the daughter of Amass Gooding (Tailor) and not another Mary Anne Gooding. This union is accepted unless contrary information comes to light.[6]

To do list

  • a profile must be created for Jane Gooding (sibling)
  • a profile for Emily Smith (b 1859) who probably died young.


  1. England & Wales General Register Office, GRO Online Index - Birth ( : accessed 26 Jan 2021), database entry for GOODING, MARY ANN (Mother's maiden surname: KNIGHTS). GRO Reference: 1840 M Quarter in BOSMERE AND CLAYDON UNION Volume 12 Page 326.
  2. Debenham : St Mary : Register of unspecified type : "Parish Register" database, FreeREG ( : viewed 26 Jan 2021) baptism Marianne Gooding 19 Apr 1840
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 November 2017), Mary A Gooding in household of Amass Gooding, Debenham, Suffolk, England; citing Debenham, Suffolk, England, p. 19, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  4. Bosmere and Claydon Union [district], Volume 12, Page 326. Line no. 6. March quarter 1840.
  5. England Baptisms 1813-1864. Bap.19 APR 1840 St Mary Magdalene, Debenham, Suffolk, (FB47/D1/10). Note: this reference is from the original upload and has not yet been verified. Can not be found online.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bosmere, Vol. 4A, Page 1187, Line number 1. December quarter, 1860, confirms a marriage in the period) Oct - Dec, 1860; citing Microfilm of the Baptisms of St. Mary Magdalene, Debenham, 1754 to 1899 (Suffolk Record Office, unknown film number). An image of this record has not been located. The age of the oldest child of Mary Ann and John Smith in 1871 would, however, support and 1860 marriage.
  7. The date of the 1911 Census in which she appears
  8. Bosmere and Claydon Union [district], Volume 4a, Page 461. June quarter 1911.
  9. 1841 England Census. Class: HO107; Piece: 1038; Book: 2; Civil Parish: Debenham; County: Suffolk; Enumeration District: 2; Folio: 35; Page: 9; Line: 8; GSU roll: 474644
  10. There appears to be some confusion of the names of the oldest daughter and the mother. All the ages are ten years advanced on the previous census, and the family is unlikely to have had two living daughters called Mary, so it is safe to assume that the enumerator transposed the names of the mother (Mary) and daughter (Jane).
  11. 1851 England Census. Class: HO107; Piece: 1797; Folio: 96; Page: 19; GSU roll: 207446
  12. It is unclear if the 1851 census is 35 or 38. This could indicate a birth year for Amass of either 1813 or 1816.
  13. Find A Grave: Memorial #48076053 Her mother
  14. 1861 England Census.Class: RG 9; Piece: 1155; Folio: 110; Page: 26; GSU roll: 542764
  15. 15.0 15.1 1911 England Census, Class: RG14; Piece: 10752; Schedule Number: 29
  16. 1871 England Census, Class: RG10; Piece: 1742; Folio: 106; Page: 27; GSU roll: 830776
  17. 1881 England Census, Class: Class: RG11; Piece: 1860; Folio: 92; Page: 4; GSU roll: 1341450
  18. 1891 England Census, Class: RG12; Piece: 1462; Folio: 73; Page: 7; GSU roll: 6096572
  19. 1901 England Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 1768; Folio: 72; Page: 5
  20. 1901England Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 1768; Folio: 89; Page: 7
  21. 1911 England Census. Class: RG14; Piece: 10753; Schedule Number: 41.


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