The Smith Family

Alfred Edwin Smith

Birth: 1866
Alfred's marriage certificate states his birthplace to be England, but I think this is unlikely. Alfred's father, John, was born in England and emigrated to Natal, marrying Alfred's mother, Eliza Ford, in Pietermaritzburg in 1865.

Father: John Smith

Mother: Eliza (Ford) Smith

Married: Dinah Maria Taljaard on 11 July 1904, in Potchefstroom, Transvaal
Alfred Edwin Smith is recorded as a single man, aged 38, born in England and resident in Potchefstroom. Dinah Maria Taljaard is recorded as a single daughter, aged 27, born in the Transvaal and resident on Potchefstroom.

Alfred and Dina were divorced in 1912.

Occupation: Farmer

Notes:
A manuscript written by Alfred contains his memories of the transport industry in Natal in the 1800s, from wagon taking trade goods to the inland provinces, military transports and early post and bus services before the laying of the railway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The manuscript, Roadside memories: the Reminiscences of A. E. Smith of Thornville has been printed in Natalia vol 12 p7 published by The Natal Society Foundation. There is little biographical detail in the manuscript, but the editorial preface, written by Shelagh Spencer, states:
Alfred trekked to Barberton in the early 1880s, but by 1888 was back at Thornville, farming at Normanby. He later lived in the Transvaal once more, and at the time of writing this manuscript (which is undated), was resident in Bloemfontein.

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Arthur Remmington Smith

Birth: 3 November 1874, at Thornville Park, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: John Smith

Mother: Eliza (Ford) Smith

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Eliza Florence Smith

Birth: 17 September 1870, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: John Smith

Mother: Eliza (Ford) Smith

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Ernest Dickinson Smith

Birth: 27 January 1877, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: John Smith

Mother: Eliza (Ford) Smith

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Frances Eleanor (Smith) Crofton

Birth: 18 October 1872, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: John Smith

Mother: Eliza (Ford) Smith

Married: George Crofton

George died in 1946, in Transvaal, South Africa

Death: 1952, in Transvaal, South Africa

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John Smith

Birth: 1825 in Osgoodby, Yorkshire, England.

Bridge House, Normanby, Yorkshire
Bridge House, Normanby, Yorkshire, in which John was lived as a child.
John is stated to have been "of Normanby, Yorkshire", but this was where he grew up. According to his brother's biography, Memoir of Joseph Smith, of South Holme, Late of Huggate and Riseborough, Wesleyan Local Preacher p2 (R.J. Smithson, 1900), their father married in 1821, then spent three years in Wildon Grange, Yorkshire, followed by four years in Osgoodby, Yorkshire before moving to Normanby, so John should have been born in Osgoodby. Both Wildon Grange and Osgoodby are very close to Thirkleby by Thirsk, where the baptism took place.

Baptism: 2 November 1825 in Thirkleby by Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

Father: John Smith

Mother: Eleanor (Dickinson) Smith

Married: Eliza Ford on 16 March 1865, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Pietermaritzburg, Natal.
John Smith is recorded as a bachelor, aged 38. He is a farmer resident at Thornville Park, Pietermaritzburg. Eliza Ford is recorded as a spinster, aged 24, resident in Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was performed by Rev. G. Blencowe and witnessed by Robert Topham, George Andrews and Selina Ford.

Children: Notes:
Except from the editorial preface (written by Shelagh Spencer) to Roadside memories: the Reminiscences of A. E. Smith of Thornville printed in Natalia vol 12 p7 published by The Natal Society Foundation:
John Smith was a cousin of Mrs Mary Boast, widow of Henry Boast, the originator of the scheme which in 1850 brought to Natal  those Yorkshire immigrants who settled in the area now known as York.
  Alfred states that his father came to Natal in the early 1860s with ample capital, supplied by himself and a syndicate, 'plus a complete outfit' of the most modern farming implements. In his early days in Natal he acted as agent for 'a machine and implement-making establishment' in England. A cousin of Alfred's on his mother's side, Myrtle Foss, wrote that John Smith had been a wealthy man when he emigrated to Natal to farm, but through inexperience, lost nearly all his capital.
  Thornville Park was the name of his farm. It was formed of a consolidation of emigrant allotments on the farm Vaalkop and Dadelfontein, outside Pietermaritzburg. As a settler location the area had proved a failure, being in low rainfall thorn country, with most allotments far removed from any source of water. Thornville, the village laid out for the settlers, had been sited on an outcrop of shale, and apart from a canteen and a house or two, existed more on paper than in reality.
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John Smith and his family remained at Thornville Park until at least the early 1880s. They afterwards went to Pretoria, where he and his wife both died.

Death: 28 August 1893, in Natal

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_____ Smith

Birth: 8 July 1868, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: John Smith

Mother: Eliza (Ford) Smith

Notes: This child was male.

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