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Name: Elizabeth Wenban Smith

Burial Number: 0080

Gender: Female

Born: 31/7/1846

Died: 26/05/1883

Buried: 31/05/1883


In 1851 Elizabeth is just 5 years old and is visiting her Grandmother, Jane Southerton. Jane is a House Servant to Michael Hull in Wisborough Green.

Elizabeth’s Father was Edmund Lephard, he was considered the pioneer of the development of West Worthing. He became associated with a Mr G J Mills and between them purchased lands in West Worthing and opened many new roads and the building of many detached properties in the Heene area. They purchased land on which Rowlands Road, Wordsworth Road, and Byron Road now stand. Some years later they purchased more land to the east side of Heene Road.

Elizabeth married William Wenban Smith on the 25th March 1867 at St. Mary’s Church Ticehurst Sussex

They had 8 children –
Mary born 1868, Emily born 1870, Florence born 1872, Louisa born 1874, William E born 1876, Frederick born 1878, Ethel born 1880, Edith Helen born 1882.

In 1871 they were living at Stanley House, Broadwater Road. William is a Builder employing 17 men and 4 boys.

By 1881 they have moved to Victoria House next to the Norfolk Hotel Worthing. William’s building business has expanded and he is now employing 37 men and 4 boys. They also have a live in general servant and a nurse.

Elizabeth died on the 26th May 1883, whilst living at 96 Chapel Road Worthing. She died of Phthisis (pulmonary Tuberculosis)

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 5 Plot: 32

Exact Location (what3words): storm.split.fats

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of William Wenban Smith who departed this life January 17th 1901 aged 62years. "They rest from their labours and their works do follow them." Also of Elizabeth wife of the above who departed this life May 26th 1883 aged 37years. Her end was peace. And of Mabel, daughter of the above who died July 18th 1883 aged 2 months

Further Information


Name: Elizabeth Wenban Smith

Gender: Female

Born: 31/7/1846

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Lephard

Marriage Date: 25/03/1867

Spouse First Name: William

Spouse Second Name: Wenban

Spouse Last Name: Smith

Town of Marriage: Ticehurst

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: Unknown

Information at Death

Date of Death: 26/05/1883

Cause of death: Phthisis (pulmonary Tuberculosis)

Address line 2: 96

Address line 3: Chapel Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Stanley House, Broadwater Road, Worthing – William and Elizabeth are with Mary E 3yrs and Emily 1yr and a domestic servant Susan Wakeham 13yrs. William in a Builder employing 17men and 4 boys


Living at Victoria House, next to the Norfolk Hotel, Worthing – William and Elizabeth are with Emily 11yrs, Louisa 7 yrs, Willliam E 5 yrs, Frederick W 3 yrs and Ethel 1yr and a general servant Elizabeth Tulet 20yrs and a nurse Harriet Banfield 13yrs. William is a builders merchant employing 37 men and 4 boys


They are living in ?Remenlan? House, Victoria Road with Emily 21yrs, Louise 17yrs, William E 15yrs, Ethel K 11yrs Edith Hellen 9yrs and a general servant Rosa Wheatland 22yrs


William E is head of household at East Mansion, Ground Floor living with Mary E (Streater) 32yrs, Ethel Kate 21 yrs, Edith Ellen 19yrs, Frederick William 22yrs, Kathleen Mary Streater 9yrs, Hilda Louise Streater 7 yrs, John Wenban Streater 5 yrs and a cook Bessie Richards 24 yrs, and two Housemaids Kate Agnes Laker and Sarah Ann Jannary both aged 19yrs

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