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Benjamin Fletcher Smith (1824 - 1890)

Benjamin Fletcher Smith
Born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, United Kingdommap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 21 Jul 1845 in Polesworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdommap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 66 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Sep 2009
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Biography

Benjamin Fletcher Smith was born on April 3, 1824 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was the son of Thomas and Sarah Smith. He was christened on October 11, 1824 at the Ebenezer Wesleyan church in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. [1]

In 1841, according to the England census, Benjamin was living on George Street in Christchurch, Surrey, England. He was 17 years old and employed as a hatter apprentice. [2]

When he was 21 years old, Benjamin married Mary Ann (Knight) Smith, on July 21, 1845, at the 'Established Church' in Polesworth, Warwickshire, England. Henry Hull and Elizabeth Knight were witnesses to the marriage. [3]

In 1851, according to the England census, Benjamin was 26 years old and living with his wife, their first two children and a domestic servant at their home on John street in Christchurch, Surrey, England. His occupation was 'hat finisher' . [4]

In 1856 he immigrated with his wife and three children to Australia. Both Benjamin and Mary Ann were 32 years old. Thomas was 10, George was 6 and Clara was 9 months old. They arrived in Melbourne, Australia on July 5, 1856. [5]

After arriving in Australia Benjamin had two more children with Mary Ann Knight in Launceston, Tasmania: a son 2 Jun 1857[6] and a daughter 2 Aug 1858[7]. Neither child was named at birth.

Benjamin Fletcher Smith died on April 13, 1890 in Sydney, Australia at the age of 65 years. [8]

SMITH.—On the 13th inst., at Sydney, N.S.W., after a painful illness caused by an internal tumour, Benjamin Fletcher Smith, third son of the late Thomas Smith, currier, of Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, aged 65 years. (The Argus, 16 Apr 1890, p. 1) [9]

Research Notes

two marriages

There are no sources supporting a second marriage to Mary Ann McSweeney. When he married Mary Ann Knight he was a bachelor, so another marriage would have taken place after the birth of their last child in 1858, if it happened at all.

relationship to Fletcher and Nash

There's a bit of doubt about this generation of great great grandparents. It is possible that Benjamin Smith was married to X Fletcher (probably a non-catholic) and X Nash was married to X McSweeney because Jane Nash was said to be Irish Catholic.

Sources

  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J383-6YC : 19 March 2020), Benjamin Fletcher Smith, 1824.
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1841," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQKD-KCH : 4 March 2021), Benjamin Smith in household of Obadiah Williams, Southwark Christchurch, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  3. "England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1963," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXRM-MHP : 26 February 2019), Benjamin Fletcher Smith and Mary Ann Knight, 21 Jul; from parish registers of the Church of England, database and images, citing Marriage, Polesworth, Warwickshire, England, Warwick County Record Office, England.
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGKH-QWG : 9 November 2019), Benjn Smith, Christchurch, Surrey, England; citing Christchurch, Surrey, England, p. 63, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  5. "Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPHC-TF3J : 15 October 2019), Benjamin F Smith, 9 Apr 1856. Ship Mooresfort, Benjamin F Smith, occupation Hatter, 32, traveling with Mary Ann Smith, 32, Thomas Smith, 10, George Smith, 6, and Clara Smith, 9 months., accessed on 14 Aug 2021
  6. "Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27M-X215 : 13 March 2020), Benjamin Fletch Smith in entry for Smith, 2 Jun 1857; citing Birth 2 Jun 1857, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, line #87712, Archives Office of Tasmania, Hobart; FHL microfilm 7,368,115.
  7. "Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27M-F91S : 13 March 2020), Benjamin Fletch Smith in entry for Smith, 2 Aug 1858; citing Birth 2 Aug 1858, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, line #89942, Archives Office of Tasmania, Hobart; FHL microfilm 7,368,115.
  8. "Family Notices" The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912) 19 April 1890: 893. Web. 15 Aug 2021 (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162071786).
  9. "Family Notices" The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) 16 April 1890: 1. Web. 15 Aug 2021 (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8600695).

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