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[SMTH671] Thomas Smith (born 1839), a labourer, married (at Pilton, 23rd July 1868) [STUB672] Eliza Stubbs (born 1838, see STUBBS), witnessed by John Harris (Eliza's half-brother) and Mary Jane Harris (John's wife).
Eliza was the illegitimate daughter of Mary Stubbs, born in 1838 at (is believed) Oakham. Her mother married George Harris in 1839 but then died in 1841. George almost immediately married again, so that (from the age of 2) Eliza was reared by her step-father and his 2nd wife. At the 1841 Census she was shown as “not born in Northants”, suggesting she was born in Rutland. At the 1851 census George showed his step-daughter Eliza as born at Oakham, Rutland. This information is presumed to have been correct, though it is likely that Eliza herself was never told this. At the 1861 census she was a servant with a family at Seaton, and she said she was born at Harringworth (which would have been the only place she knew from her childhood). In all the later 1871 to 1901 Censuses, she stated she was born at Harringworth. However in the 1911 Census, she stated she was born at Barrowden (see footnotes below).
Eliza in her turn had an illegitimate child before she married, the father of whom was George Goodman, an agricultural labourer of Rockingham who never subsequently married. The child, whilst registered as George Goodman Stubbs, was always referred to as George Smith.
At the 1911 Census it was recorded that Thomas & Eliza had had eight children, of whom 2 had died. The six who had survived, plus Eliza's earlier child were as follows:
George Goodman Stubbs (born at Uppingham, 9th April 1864), married Clara Duxbury;
[SMTH682] Mary Ann (born at Caldecott, 13th January 1869, baptised there 3rd October 1869), married James Shepherd, see later;
John Thomas (born at Caldecott, baptised there 2nd June 1872), married Isabella Adams;
Louisa (born at Farnley, 4th February 1874), married David Boothroyd;
Frederick (born at Farnley, 31st May 1878, baptised at Eleven Lane Ends Chapel, 17th September 1896), married Ann Raistrick;
Sarah Elizabeth (born at Farnley, 21st November 1880, baptised at St. Thomas, 18th June 1893), married Samuel Dockray;
James (born at New Farnley, 6th September 1882, baptised at St. Thomas, 18th June 1893), married Harriet Gibson nee Hall.
There is no way of knowing who the two children were who died young, but possibly twins in 1876.
The family moved from Caldecott to Farnley (c.1872-73), then on to Stanningley in Bramley (1891). Thomas was variously farm labourer and iron foundry labourer.
|Eliza died (age 74, of senility, though it is believed she choked while eating dinner on Christmas Day) at Stanningley (25th December 1912, buried at St. Thomas, 28th December 1912).|
Thomas died (age 76, of bronchitis and heart disease) at Armley Workhouse (5th April 1915, buried at St. Thomas, 7th April 1915).
[SMTH682] Mary Ann Smith (born 1869, daughter of Thomas) married (at Calverley, 4th February 1888) [SHEP681] James Shepherd (born 1868, see SHEPHERD).
Thomas Smith = Eliza Stubbs
1881 Census 4506-118 Farnley, Upper Moor Side Thomas SMITH H M 40 boiler maker (steam) Calcott RUT Eliza SMITH W M 39 Harringworth NTH Mary Ann Smith D - 12 Calcott John Thomas Smith S - 9 Calcott Louisa Smith D - 7 Farnley Frederick Smith S - 2 Farnley Sarah E. Smith D - 5m Farnley 1891 Census 3674-148 Stanningley (Bramley), 6 Churchill Street Thomas SMITH H M 52 iron riveters lab Caldecott RUT Eliza SMITH W M 50 Harringworth NTH John T Smith S S 19 iron markers app New Farnley Louisa Smith D - 17 wstd twister New Farnley Frederick Smith S - 11 wstd spinner New Farnley Sarah E Smith D - 10 scholar New Farnley James Smith S - 3 scholar New Farnley 1901 Census 4206-10 Stanningley (Bramley), 6 Church Hill Street Thomas SMITH H M 59 farm labourer Caldecott RUT Eliza SMITH W M 58 Harringworth NTH Louisa Smith D S 22 weaver woollen Farnley Fred Smith S S 22 soldier K.R.R. Farnley Sarah Smith D S 20 woollen weaver Farnley James Smith S S 18 labourer in foundry Farnley 1911 Census Stanningley, 6 Church Hill Street Thomas SMITH H M 72 old age pensioner Caldecott RUT Eliza SMITH W M 73 Barrowden RUT ** Fred Smith S S 32 Farnley James Smith S S 28 Farnley
** Being an old age pensioner, did she have
to provide a Birth Certificate?
If so, she almost certainly obtained the Birth Certificate for her first-cousin Eliza Stubbs :-
Eliza (daughter of Isaac/Ann) born 3/12/38 Barrowden; buried there 12/7/40 (age 1y6m)
This could also explain her age adjustment by the time of the 1911 census, to agree with a birth around 1838. Unfortunately, it was the wrong Eliza's birth certificate.