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Alice Smeed [sm.11.4]

Alice Smeed was the fourth child of Edward Smeed & Sarah Ann Hayward christened July 30th, 1865 at St Swithun’s, East Grinstead.

In 1871 Alice was living with her uncle George Smeed & his wife Mary at High St, East Grinstead.  George & Mary had no children of their own & brought up Alice as their daughter.

By 1881 George, Mary and niece Alice were living at Belle Vue Cottage, East Grinstead and George was a farmer of 36 acres.

Alice’s aunt Mary died in 1885 & the 1891 census shows her living with widowed Uncle George, now retired, still at Belle Vue Cottage.

On February 13th, 1893 Alice married David Henry Goldsmith, a baker, in East Grinstead.  David was born February 5th, 1868 & christened March 29th, 1868 at Tunbridge, Kent, the son of Frances & David Goldsmith, a farm labourer.

In January 1894 Alice gave birth to twin girls but sadly only one of them survived – Isabel Rosa.

In 1901 Alice & David were living in Singlewell Rd, Gravesend, Kent & David was described as a journeyman baker.  They had 3 daughters by this time – Isabel R (7), Doris A (3) & Henrietta F (1).

The family were still living at 49 Singlewell Rd in 1911 & David was still a journeyman baker.  With them were children Isabel Rosa, a dressmaker, Doris Alberta, Henrietta Frances & another daughter Alice Ida (6).   It was noted on the census that Alice had had 6 children, only 4 of whom were still alive.

Daughter Isabel married Frederick George Adnamus Turner on May 19th, 1915 at St Mary’s, Gravesend.

Daughter Doris married William Albert Harris, a printer, on August 17th, 1925 at St Anne’s, Wandsworth, London.

Daughter Alice married Edgar Radley Tupman, a cable & wireless operator, in 1931 in Holborn, London.

Alice died at 49 Singlewell Rd in 1931 aged 65, & was buried on April 9th  at Gravesend Municipal Cemetery.

The 1939 register shows widowed David living with his daughter Isabel (Jan 1st 1894) & her husband George F Turner,  banbury operator at rubber factory , at Selbourne Nurstead Avenue, Northfleet, Kent.  David was now retired. By 1939 daughter Doris was widowed & living in Battersea, London & described as a manageress, public, & with her was sister Frances Henrietta, a cook.

David died aged 77 at the Clock House, Battersea Park Rd, SW11 & was buried on March 26th, 1945 at the Gravesend Municipal Cemetery.

The children of Alice Smeed & David Henry Goldsmith were:

sm.11.4.1  Isabel Rosa Goldsmith born January 1st 1894 at 20 Cross Lane & christened March 25th  at Milton-next-Gravesend, Christchurch, Kent (twin died in infancy); buried September 3rd, 1940 at Gravesend Municipal Cemetery

sm.11.4.2  Philip George Goldsmith born June 24th, 1895 at 35 Windmill St, & christened August 4th, 1895 at Milton-next-Gravesend, Christchurch, Kent; buried June 26th 1896 at St John the Baptist, Meopham, Kent

sm.11.4.3  Doris Alberta Goldsmith born April 28th, 1897 at Gravesend, Kent; died at 86 Gardner St, Gillingham & was buried on May 12th, 1949 at Gravesend Municipal Cemetery, Kent

sm.11.4.4  Henrietta Frances Annie Goldsmith born March 31st, 1900 at Singlewell Rd Gravesend & christened January 1st, 1905 at St Mary’s, Gravesend, Kent; died June 2nd 1973 at 67 Livingstone Rd, Gillingham & buried June 8th 1973 at Municipal Cemetery, Gravesend, Kent

sm.11.4.5  Alice Ida Goldsmith born May 12th, 1904 at Singlewell Rd, Gravesend & christened January 1st, 1905 at St Mary’s, Gravesend, Kent; died November 17th, 1967 & buried November 23rd at Greenwich, London 



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