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Elizabeth (Mentiplay) Smith (1838 - 1929)

Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith formerly Mentiplay
Born in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1857 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australiamap
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Betsy (Mentiplay) Smith was born in 1838 in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland. Her parents were William Mentiplay (1808 - 1875) and Betsy (Anderson) Mentiplay (~1810 - 1839).

Her siblings were...

  1. William Mentiplay (1831 - 1832)
  2. Janet Mentiplay (1831 - 1836)
  3. Thomas Mentiplay (1835 - 1926)
  4. William Mentiplay Jnr. (1836 - 1906)
  5. David Mentiplay (1841 - 1917)

Betsy's immigration to Australia as an unassisted passenger ... MENTIPLY, ELIZH Ship: ADRIATIC; Arrival Year: 1857; Arrival Month: JUN; Age: 19; Gender: F; Origin: SCOT; Master: SCOTT DAVID; Origin port code: B; Fiche number: 126; Page of list: 1 DATE:1857 SERIES: Unassisted Inward Passengers index

Elizabeth married Duncan Smith (1830 - 1906) in 1857 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.[1]

They had ten children ...

Family name Given name(s) Place of birth Reg. year Reg. number
SMITH Unnamed Female PT.NEPEAN 1858 12625/1858
SMITH David PT NEPEAN 1859 19981/1859
SMITH Amelia MELBOURNE 1868 10648/1868
SMITH Frances MELBOURNE 1869 16887/1869
SMITH Frances Jane MELBOURNE 1870 17498/1870
SMITH Duncan Frazer HOTH 1872 10356/1872
SMITH Isabella Margaret MELB N 1874 10489/1874
SMITH Jessie MELB 1876 10763/1876
SMITH Emery Gould MELB 1878 24299/1878
SMITH Ida Adeline Sherwood MELB 1880 23866/1880

Elizabeth died in 1929 in Moonee Ponds, Victoria aged ~91.[2]

"SMITH.—On the 21st March, at Dunesk, Eglinton street, Moonee Ponds, Betsy, widow of Duncan Fraser Smith, sen. (Privately interred.)"

"SMITH.—On the 21st March, at Dunesk, Moonee Ponds, Betsy, dear mother of Quintin and Annie Tannock, Hartpury, Milton street, Elwood, S.3."

"SMITH.—On the 21st March, at Dunesk, Moonee Ponds, Betsy Smith, dearly loved grandma of Bessie Fraser and Helen Twaddell." [3]

[4] Can you add information or sources?


  1. Registry of BDM, Victoria.
    Marriage certificate
    Record information
    Event: marriages
    Registration number: 4269 / 1857
    Family name: MENTIPLAY
    Given name(s): Betsy
    Personal detail
    Spouse's family name: SMITH
    Spouse's given name(s): Duncan
  2. Registry of BDM, Victoria.
    Death certificate
    Record information
    Event: deaths
    Registration number: 2619 / 1929
    Family name: SMITH
    Given name(s): Betsy
    Place of event: MOONEE PONDS, Australia
    Personal detail
    Mother's name: Betsy
    Mother's family name at birth: ANDERSON
    Father's Name: MENTIPLAY William
  3. 1929 'Family Notices', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 23 March, p. 13. , viewed 17 Nov 2019,
  4. Profile created by Norm Gray through the import of Mentiplay_desc.GED on Feb 18, 2018.

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Mentiplay-89 and Mentiplay-22 appear to represent the same person because: Identical profile, with exception of given name at birth (Betsy is a derivative of Elizabeth). Parents & ancestry confirm a match.
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