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Clara Smith (1891 - 1893)

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Clara Smith
Born in Hartshorne, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Died in Hartshorne, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Clara was born on 28 November 1891 in Hartshorne, Derbyshire.[1][2]She was the second child and eldest daughter of William Smith and Minnie Mackellow.

Sadly, just over one year later on 27 January 1893, Clara passed away having suffered from Measles & Bronchitis.[3][4]

Clara was buried in nearby Blackfordby on 30 January 1893.[5]

Both the birth and death certificates refer to "Burton Road, Hartshorne". There is no road of that name in the village today, but may be the A511 (also known locally as the old A50) which is the main road from Ashby to Burton running near but not through Hartshorne. There is a village on the road known as Boundary which other certificates and census returns for this family refer to.

I have yet to find any of the Smith children's baptisms. Wilkins-1208 12:21, 28 December 2016 (EST)


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Grandma Dot always said she was one of nine children, so I was really surprised to find on the 1911 census that there were 10 children born to William and Minnie, but that one had passed away.

With the very common name of Smith, the fact that the family lived on the borders of Derbyshire and Leicestershire (with Staffordshire only a stones throw away) I was unable to locate the missing child for a number of years.

However, with the release of the GRO indexes allowing the search of births pre-1911 with the mothers maiden name, I found Clara in a single evening. It must be said that this was helped by Minnie's unusual (for that area) maiden name of Mackellow.

Clara may have been named after her mother's sister - the eldest of the Mackellow's to move to Leicestershire and looked after the family after their mother's death.

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  1. Birth Certificate BXCH044143 (Clara Smith)
  2. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Clara Smith, 1892; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England. Although her birth wasn't registered until the New Year
  3. Death Certificate DYE090773 (Clara Smith)
  4. "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 31 December 2014), Clara Smith, 1893; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  5. "England, Leicestershire Parish Registers, 1533-1991," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 June 2018), Clara Smith, 30 Jan 1893; records extracted by findmypast, images digitized by FamilySearch; citing Burial, Blackfordby, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom, page 12, citing the Record Office of Leicestershire, Leicester, and Rutland, Wigston, UK.
  • Clara's birth wasn't registered within the required 42 days (6 weeks) timeframe, even if Christmas and New Year are considered: 28 Nov - 18 Jan.
  • The date of birth given of 28 November 1891 means that when she died on 27 Jan 1893 she had lived only 14 months, not the stated 15.

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