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Edward Smith + Jane Christmas

Needs checking https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DEV/Barnstaple/Murray1910

Jane Christmas married Edward Smith [Smyth] (said to be son of John Smith of) Bideford

"England Marriages, 1538–1973 ", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N25H-BMZ : 12 March 2020), Edward Smyth, 1724.

Children said to be baptised in Westleigh, Devon. (register not on IGI or Ancestry may be FMP)
  1. John, bapt. and buried 1726
  2. Margaret, bapt. 1727/8
  3. Edward, bapt. 1728/9
  4. Christian, bapt. 1730.
Edward Smith Gent buried 1741 Westleigh

Children of Edward Smith and Judith Rebecca (Hopkins?)

  1. Elizabeth Christmas Smith "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NBS5-8VF : 21 March 2020), Elisabeth Christmas Smith, 1751.
  2. John Christmas Smith "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J79J-1MR : 21 March 2020), John Christmas Smith, 1753.
  3. Thomas Smith (becomes Town Clerk)"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NBS5-XVH : 21 March 2020), Thomas Smith, 1756.
  4. James Smith "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JM5C-W2X : 21 March 2020), James Smith, 1758.
  5. William Smith (becomes doctor) "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5Q4-K83 : 21 March 2020), William Smith, 1761
  6. Daniel Smith "England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGNC-G2L8 : 11 March 2018), Daniel Smith, Bideford, Devon, England, United Kingdom; citing Baptism, The Devon Record Office, Exeter

Edward Smith's will Probate 19 August 1779

The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 1056

Sharing image https://www.ancestry.co.uk/sharing/21496918?h=84a3e4&utm_campaign=bandido-webparts&utm_source=post-share-modal&utm_medium=copy-url

Very long repetitious will, Just scanned.
Wife Judith Rebecca Smith
Eldest son John Christmas Smith
Son (2nd)Thomas, (3rd) James, (4th) William, (youngest) Daniel
late uncle, John Christmas deceased
friend Thomas Hogg (made a trustee and executor along with Judith)

John Christmas Smith d Sophia Smith

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Christmas-398 ( no parents lnab incorrect)

Has an interesting life involving,Portugal, Denmark and wives who were bigamous in English law +a change of name !


Above link also supplies some evidence for his mother being Judith Rebecca Hopkins.

His daughters included a Sophia. She was according to this account living in Clifton. This appears to be the Sophia Smith who married Philip Protheroe in Clifton.(1808)

'No will has yet been found for Capt. John. However, on November 28, 1816 he did make an application to the king of Denmark (Frederick VI) asking that his three daughters: Sophie Protheroe, Laura Sothebey, and Bertha Duntzfeldt, each be allowed to inherit the same portion of his belongings as his sons John Christmas and George Beresford Christmas. At that time in Danish history, daughters were normally allowed to inherit only half of a share. His application was granted in December of 1818.' from http://christmas.whturner.com/hcc/johnsmithchristmas.htm

John Christmas Smith Marriage and Children.

Name: John Christmas Smith Gender: Male Marriage Date: 24 fev 1776 (24 Feb 1776) Marriage Place: British Factory Chaplaincy,Oporto,Porto,Portugal Spouse: Charlotte Maria Bearsley FHL Film Number: 574493, 574645

  1. Charlotte Maria "Portugal Batismos, 1570-1910", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2H7-8QK : 9 February 2020), Charlotte Maria Smith, 1779.
  2. Sophia: "Portugal Batismos, 1570-1910", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2H7-WKM : 9 February 2020), Sophia Smith, 1780.
  3. Laura: "Portugal Batismos, 1570-1910", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2H7-QX7 : 9 February 2020), Laura Smith, 1781.
  4. Susanna: "Portugal Batismos, 1570-1910", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2H7-4TL : 9 February 2020), Susanna Smith, 1783.
  5. Jane Bearsley: London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P82/AND/A/001/MS06667/013 St Andrew, Holborn, Middlesex:1784 February 3 : Jane Bearsley daught'r of John Christopher(sic) Smith and Charlotte Maria his wife James St
  6. Edward Christmas London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P82/AND/A/001/MS06667/013 St Andrew, Holborn, Middlesex: 1786 14 July Edward Christmas son of John Christmas Smith & CharlottebMariad HattonGarden
  7. William Christmas: London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P82/AND/A/001/MS06667/013 St Andrew Holborn:1788 16 May William Christmas son of John Christmas Smith and Charlotte Maria of Hatton Garden

1820 28 September: Charlotte Maria Smith, Clifton age 63 buried: Bristol Archives; Bristol, England; Bristol Church of England Parish Registers; Reference: P/StA/R/5/a St Andrew Clifton? Gloucestershire, Burial register 1813-1826

Description Year Range: 1813-1826

Other records re John Christmas Smith

Letters (14); Thomas Smith - John Christmas

This record is held by North Devon Record Office (South West Heritage Trust) See contact details Reference: 2008 B/E2 Description: Letters (14); Thomas Smith - John Christmas Date: 1814 - 1820

Reference: 2008 B/F13

Description: Articles of separation and assignment of £8000 on trust.

1. John Christmas, Copenhagen (formerly John Christmas Smith)

2. Charlotte Maria Smith, Bideford

3. William Webb, Middlesex, esq.; Thomas Smith Bideford, gent; James Smith, Middlesex, esq.

Date: 1796

Reference: 2008 B/F19

Description: Release from obligations under articles of separation

1. Philip Protheroe, Cole House, Gloucs, esq. (administrator of estate of Charlotte Maria Smith) and Sophia his wife; Samuel Sotheby, Middlesex, and Laura his wife; Philip Protheroe and Benjamine Currey (trustees under Southeby marriage settlement); Michael Hinton Castle, Clifton, Cloucs. (administrator of the estate of Susanna his late wife).

2. Thomas Smith,

Date: 1821 Held by: North Devon Record Office (South West Heritage Trust), not available at The National Archives

Reference: 2008 B Title: North Devon Deeds Description: This collection consists of that part of Messrs Sitwell, Money and Murdoch's records relating to Devon, and covers properties in several North Devon parishes, in particular West Down, Mortehoe, Northam and Bideford.

The family papers - settlements and wills - relate mainly to the Christmas family of Waterford, Ireland, and Barnstaple, and to the Smiths of Bideford. Philip Protheroe Smith joined the firm in Truro in 1835, and it was through him that these records came into the firm's hands.

Date: 1648 - 1832 Held by: North Devon Record Office (South West Heritage Trust), not available at The National Archives Language: English Physical description: 157 files Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Messrs, Sitwell, Money and Murdoch, solicitors, of Truro, via the Cornwall Record Office.

Subjects: Christmas family of Barnstaple, Devon Smith family of Bideford, Devon Devon

Susan Smith + Michael Hinton Castle


Legacy Slave trade https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/person/view/44364

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