Louisa (Unknown) Smith
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Louisa Ann (Unknown) Smith (abt. 1789 - 1872)

Louisa Ann Smith formerly [surname unknown]
Born about in Chelsea, Middlesex, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Mother of
Died in High Street, Godalming, Surrey, England, United Kingdommap
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Louisa Ann was born in about 1789 in Chelsea.

Louisa married Robert M. Smith, who was (or became) a Captain in the Royal Artillery.

Their daughter Hester Smith was born in about 1810 in St Kitts, West Indies.

By 1861, Louisa was widowed and living in Godalming with Hester and their friend Juliana Elizabeth Louisa Panchard. Hester and Juliana were running a Berlin repository together, with Louisa assisting. This was "a shop-cum-warehouse selling Berlin wool work which was cheap machine-made tapestry pictures or patterns in woollen cloth, used to make chair covers, fire screens, etc. It also supplied kits to make them for yourself."[1]

By 1871, the shop was described as a "fancy repository". Such shops sometimes also sold Berlin work, so it may not have represented a complete change of approach. A Fancy Repository in Wales advertised itself as selling "watches, clocks, silver plate, jewellery, china, glass, lamps, cabinet goos, papier machie ditto, electro plate, superb Bohemian glass ornaments, jet goods in endless variety, and every description of fancy articles suitable for presents".[2] This conveys the general idea.

Louisa died on 2 Jun 1872, aged 83, at her home in Godalming High Street. She was buried on 8 Jun 1872 in Nightingale Cemetery, Godalming, in the consecrated section.

Research Notes

Memorial Inscription
  Affectionate Remembrance of
  Mrs. Louisa Ann Smith
  Widow of
  Captain Robert M. Smith
  of the Royal Engineers
  who entered into rest
  June 2nd 1872
  Aged 83
  She is not dead but sleepeth.
  Hester Smith
  Daughter of the above
  Died August 26th 1885
  Aged 75 years.
I found only two possible references to Captain Robert Smith in the Royal Engineers, but it doesn't seem possible that the two can refer to the same man. A Captain Robert Smith, Assistant RE drew a sketch map of the Bay of Lough Swilly dated January 1803;[3] and a First Lieutenant Robert Smith was promoted to Second Captain in the Royal Engineers on 23 Nov 1807.[4]
No probate record found for Louisa on FindAWill, 1872-3.


  1. https://www.architecture.com/image-library/ribapix/image-information/poster/designs-for-a-shop-front-for-garlands-berlin-repository-exterior-and-interior-details/posterid/RIBA82586.html
  2. https://newspapers.library.wales/view/3100671
  3. https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4561370
  4. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/16090/page/1580
  • Memorial Inscription (see photo)
  • "England and Wales Census, 1861," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MG-TB14 : 22 April 2019), J L E Buchard in household of Louisa Smith, Godalming, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

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