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Name: James Smith

Burial Number: 1760

Gender: Male

Occupation: Sheep Farmer

Born: 30/05/1864

Died: 16/05/1943

Buried: 20/05/1943

Mother:
Martha Watson

Father:
David Smith

Family No: 1668

Story

 

James Smith was born on 30th May 1864 in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.

On 24th August 1893, aged 29yrs, he married Hannah Small, 26yrs, (born Bristol) in Port Stanley, where he was a sheep farmer.

In 1899 Hannah’s youngest brother, Albert Edward Small, aged 21yrs, joined them in Port Stanley to work as a shepherd on their sheep farm. In 1908 Albert married Agnes Pitaluga and had a daughter in 1909, Agnes Bessie Small, who was known as Bessie. In 1912 Albert’s wife died and 3-year-old Bessie was apparently taken in by Hannah and James who had no children of their own.

The family of three lived in Port Stanley until 1920, and on their return to England they lived in Bristol, at 246, Fishponds Road, before moving to Worthing, Sussex, where they lived at a property they called The Falklands, 98, St. Lawrence Avenue, West Tarring.

James was widowed when Hannah died, aged 70yrs, on 16th September 1937 but he continued to live in Worthing, and in the 1939 register, 2 nieces, Hannah Lavinia Jefferies, and Agnes Bessie Franks, nee Small, were living with him in St. Lawrence Avenue.

At some point James moved to 74, Park Avenue, Orpington, Kent where he died, aged 78yrs, on 16th May 1943, he was buried at Heene Cemetery on 20th May.

Probate was granted to Humphrey Norman Gwynn, solicitor, and Ainslie Newton Lovell, accountant, effects, £6043 11s 4d. value 2022 – £293,500.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: WB Row: 1 Plot: 52

Exact Location (what3words): oiled.began.drip

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

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Inscription:

In loving memory of Hannah Smith aged 70 "Sweet is the fragrance of remembrance" James Smith died 16th May 1943 aged 78 years.

Further Information

Birth

Name: James Smith

Gender: Male

Born: 30/05/1864

Town: Port Stanley

County: Unknown

Country: Falkland Islands

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 24/08/1893

Spouse First Name: Hannah

Spouse Last Name: Small

Town of Marriage: Port Stanley

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: Falkland Islands

Information at Death

Date of Death: 16/05/1943

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 74

Address line 3: Park Avenue

Town: Orpington

County: Kent

Country: England

Obituary

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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £6043 11 s 4 d

Current value of effects: £293500

Census Information

1921

Living at 246, Fishponds Road, Eastville, Bristol, Gloucestershire. James Smith, 57yrs, Retired Sheep Farmer, wife, Hannah, 54yrs, niece, Bessie Small, 11yrs.

1939

Living at 98, St. Lawrence Avenue, Worthing, Sussex.

James Smith, retired sheep farmer.

Elizabeth Stevens, housekeeper (paid)

Agnes B. Franks, Certified Midwife, retired.

Hannah L. Jefferies, domestic duties, ARP voluntary motor driver.

Miscellaneous Information

Extract from the Falklands Islands Press 1920.

“Mr & Mrs James Smith, late of Great Island, have decided to settle down in Bristol, where they will be near neighbours of Mr & Mrs Wm Atkins, Snr. Many of us have reason to be grateful to Mr & Mrs Smith for acts of kindness displayed without a trace of ostentation. The farmers on the West, in particular, have asked the Editor to record their gratitude to Mr Smith for the help given them on innumerable occasions by placing the “Gleam” at their disposal and thus extricating them from difficulties, when the ordinary means of transport have for various reasons been suspended.” [FIM Sep 1920]