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