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Octavius H. Smith

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Octavius Henry Smith (1796-1871)

1796 Born in London the son of William Smith and his wife Frances

1819 August 16th. Married at Sunninghill, Berkshire, to Jane Gaches Cooke

1839 Death of his son in Australia. 'Died, on the 12th or 13th of May last, in his 19th year, on the north-western coast of Australia, while engaged on an expedition of discovery with Lieutenant Gray, Frederick Cooke Smith, a youth of promising talent and the most undaunted courage in danger and enterprise. Mr. F. Smith was the eldest son of Octavius H. Smith, Esq. of Thames-bank, Westminster, and grandson of the late William Smith, Esq. long the representative of the city Norwich.'[1]

1851 Living at 46 Bedford Square, London: Octavius H. Smith (age 34 born Westminster), Maltster. With his wife Jane G. Smith (age 30 born Stratford) and their four children; William Smith (age 24 born St. Geo. Han. Sq.); Gerard B. Smith (age 21 born St. Geo. Han. Sq.); Flora M. Smith (age 16 born St. Geo. Han. Sq.); and Rosalind Smith (age 13 born St. Geo. Han. Sq.). Also his niece Frances A. Wells (age 25 born Bromley). Seven servants.[2] Note: The ages as given in census but cannot be correct for the relationship.

1857 Patent. 'Octavius H. Smith, Thames Bank Distillery, Middlesex, for an improvement in supplying steam to water heat the same, and In preventing what is technically called priming of steam; dated July 28, 1857'[3]

1858 Death of his son. 'Sept. 15, killed while imprudently attempting to cross the line of railway near Wandsworth, Gerard Bayley Smith, Esq., third surviving son of Octavius H. Smith, Esq., of Thames Bank, Westminster.'[4]

1869 Address given as 44 Princes Gardens, Kensington.[5]

1871 February 27th. Died. Of 28 Princes Gate and of Ardtornish and Auchranich, Argyule. Probate to his son Thomas Valentine Smith.

1877 Advertisement. Octavius H. Smith and Co, Distillery, 111 Grosvenor Road, London. S.W.[6]

1893 Married in Cheltenham to Amy Green. Octavius H. Smith of Sandgate.[7]

1900 Mention of Octavius H. Smith of Sandgate as an Auctioneer.[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Monday 23 December 1839
  2. 1851
  3. Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Monday 11 January 1858
  4. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 23 September 1858
  5. Morning Advertiser - Tuesday 02 March 1869
  6. Essex Newsman - Saturday 22 December 1877
  7. Gloucestershire Chronicle - Saturday 11 March 1893
  8. Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Saturday 24 March 1900