Richard Smyth was baptized 01 July 1850 in Limerick, Ireland, the son of Richard Smyth. At age 20, living on High St, he married Mary Rice on 29 Sep 1870. The certificate showed Richard and his father, both as lawyers. Interesting since Richard later was a Carpenter for the rest of his life. I just wonder if the occupation might have belonged to his father and in error also shown for son Richard.
Mary and Richard had 14 children from 1871 until 1893, the last of which was my grandfather Peter Andrew. In 1880 they lived at 5 Mungret St according to a school registry record for their son Richard.
In the 1901 census, Richard, a Carpenter Pharsmaker (should be chairmaker?) and Mary are at 9 Mungret St in Limerick with their children Ellen, Jessie, MaryAnn, Peter and Mary's mother Ellen Niel. (I wonder if Niel could be an error in transcription). One of their children died at only 13 years old from a tragic train accident.
While living at 73 Mungret St, wife Mary died on 28 Feb 1911 of bronchitis which she had for 35 days. Their son Patrick, from 37 Mungret St, was in attendance when his mother died. On the 02 April 1911 census, Richard is shown as a widower. Living with him is his daughter Ellen, now Higgins, and her children Margaret, Mary Anne and Richard Higgins. Ellen has also lost her husband.
Richard died just seven months later on 18 Nov 1911. He had a hemorrhagic purpura and died at the Workhouse Hospital in Limerick. His will was probated on 15 December 1911 and his estate was valued at £46 10s which in today's money would be worth a little over £5000 in 2017.
Richard and Mary are both buried in St Patricks Cemetery in Limerick. Their gravestone reads In Loving Memory of Richard Smyth who died 12 Nov 1911aged 68 years and his wife Mary Smyth who died 28 Feb 1911 aged 64 years. On whose soul sweet Jesus have mercy. Erected by their son John of Boston, Ma, U.S.A..
1. 1850 Baptism record is a transcription from the online St Johns parish baptism register from the National Library of Ireland.
2. 1870 Marriage is a copy from entry in the Marriage record book. Given to me by another family member.
3. 05 Nov 1880 school registry record posted at an online site (Limerick council?)
4. 1901 census is an online transcription from the National Archives of Ireland. Also listed at the Family Search site.
5. 1911 census online from the National Archives of Ireland. Also listed at the Family Search site.
6. Hand written Transcription of 12 of their children along with baptism dates and sponsors given me in the early 90's by someone at the Limerick Regional Archives. 1871 birth of their daughter Mary from Family Search site. And abt 1883 birth of their daughter Jessie listed on the 1911 census. Other 12 are on the transcription.
7. 1911 deaths of Richard and Mary were given to me by another family member.
8. 1911 death information from the Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administration, Courtesy of National Archives of Ireland, posted at the Family Search site
9. 1911 Death certificate
10. Picture of gravestone of Richard and Mary given to me by another family member.
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