Descendants of Arthur Smith

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Descendants of Arthur Smith
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Constance Rimington, nee Smith (generation 4) and her mother Margaret, nee Clay, at their Highfield Nurseries home

This tree, originally starting with his great-grandfather, was added by Jerripedia editor Mike Bisson in 2021. It will be accompanied by an article on how research into the Smith family provides a perfect example of how to use a wide variety of resources to research not only the relationships in a family tree, but also the lives of the individuals in the tree's various branches. For this reason the tree departs from our normal practice of only following male lines, to enable the descent of various members to be traced.

Since the tree was first posted details of the parents and grandparents of Arthur Smith (1856- ) now at generatio 3 have been confirmed and the tree has been extended upwards

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  • 1 Nathaniel Smith (1795-bef 1871) [1] m (1817, Uley, Stroud, Gloucestershire) Elizabeth Horwood (1793-1819)
    • 2 Thomas Smith (1817-1862) (Stroud) m 1 (1838, Easington, Gloucestershire) Elizabeth Harris (1818-1845)
      • 3 Ellen Smith (1838-1909) (Uley) m (1862, Dursley, Gloucestershire) Joseph Wyatt (1833-1895)
    • 2nd wife of Thomas Smith (1854, Bristol, Gloucestershire) Charlotte Davis (1818-1891) (Minchinhampton, Stroud) [2]
      • 3 William Smith (1855- ) (Stroud)
      • 3 Arthur Smith (1856-1918) (Stroud, Gloucestershire) [3] m (1879, Chorlton, Lancashire) Margaret Clay (1852-1922) (Wellington Shropshire) daughter of Robert (1815- ) Hanmer, Flintshire, Wales) and Mary Ann Ingham (1818- ) (Cheadle, Cheshire)
        • 4 Constance Annie Smith (1879-1961) (Manchester) m (1908, St H) Jimmy Rimington (1882-1953) (Leeds)
          • 5 Marguerite Constance Rimington (1914-1999) m 1 Arthur Martin; 2 (1947, Nicaragua) Roy Le Cras Bisson (1914-1993), son of Helier Chevalier Bisson (1885-1972) and Lily May, nee Le Cras (1886-1967)
          • 5 Ruth Jasmine Rimington (1917-2014) m George Edward Stanforth Stewart (1911- ) [5]
        • 4 Lily Mauldreth Smith (1881- ) (Stockport)
        • 4 Elsie Jane Smith (1882- ) (Stockport)
        • 4 Arthur Smith (1884-1958) (Gloucester) [6] m 1 (1909, St H) Ethel May Mathew (1884-1917) daughter of William James Arthur Mathew [7]
          • 5 Robert Arthur Smith (1911- ) (St H)
          • 5 Margaret May Smith (1915- ) (St H) [8] m 1 Ronald Francis Le Sueur [9] ; 2 Unknown Veal
        • 2nd wife of Arthur Smith (1921, St S) [10] Maria Angele Mahe (1894-1974) (St Pern, Brittany)
          • 5 Arthur Attala Smith (1922-2005) (St S) [11] m Josette Gontier
          • 5 Harold Smith (1924- ) (St S) [12] m Renee Laffitte
          • 5 Rene Smith (1926-2021) (St S) m (1957, Fouesnant) Jeanine Galerne (1933- ) [13]
          • 5 Viviane Smith (1928- ) (Fr)
        • 4 Philip Theophile Smith (1891-1984) (Gr) m Eva Hilda Journeaux (1891-1973)
          • 5 Constance Eva Smith (1910-2007) m Charles Ambrose Stronell (1908- )
        • 4 Harold Charles Laurence Smith (1895-1919) (St H)
      • 3 Ellen Smith (1858- ) (Stroud)
      • 3 Sarah Smith (1859-1931) (Stroud)

Notes and references

  1. Death date inferred from census returns. Nathaniel is believed to have been the son of Thomas Smith. His occupation is given as 'spinner' in son Thomas' baptism record
  2. Widow of Robert Weakley, with children Eliza (1846- ) and Charlotte (1853- )
  3. Nurseryman. To Jersey with family in 1880s
  4. One other son, also living
  5. Two daughters, one son
  6. Watchmaker
  7. Cycle engineer
  8. Always known as Betty in the family. Adopted by Jimmy and Constance Rimington after death of her mother when she was only two years old
  9. Two sons: 1946, 1948
  10. Civil marriage ceremony also held at French Consulate
  11. To France with mother
  12. To France with mother
  13. Two daughters: 1958 and 1960
Arthur Smith (left) and his family at Highfield Vineries, probably in 1909
A family photograph outside one of the glasshouses at Highfield in abotu 1920. Arthur Smith jnr is is on the right, next to an unknown woman. His sister Constance is pictured holding her younger daughter Ruth, with Marguerite in front, and probably adopted daughters Doris Rimington at the back and Betty Smith in front. It is believed to be Arthur's widowed mother Margaret on the left
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