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1 1563 - Purchases Hyde Manor in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire from family of Ellis Ibgrave, deceased

1579 - His father John Webb was mayor of Reading

1581 - listed as sheriff of London (23rd year in the reign of Queen Mary)

1591 - Lord-Mayor of London, salter profession (33rd year in the reign of Queen Mary)

1592 - Knighted.

4 Jul 1599 - Died. From "The Aldermen of the City of London, Temp. Henry III.-1908" Volume 1 by Alfred Beaven Beaven.

From "Analytical index to ... the Remembrancia, preserved among the archives of the city of London [compiled by W.H. and H.C. Overall]." Corp. of Lond., libr. comm, William Henry Overall, Henry Charles Overall, 1878. "William Webbe Salter elected Alderman of Queenhithe June 6th 1581 Sheriff Lord Mayor 1591-92 removed to Cordwainer February 13th 1593 President of and Bethlem Hospitals 1594 till his death July 4th 1599 He was buried at St Dunstan's in the East He was the Son of John Webbe of Reading Berks Clothier where family was seated for many years His sister Lucy by her second marriage with William Clothier of the same town was the mother of Archbishop Laud His Wife Bennet a daughter of Sir Christopher Draper Lord Mayor 1566."

1612 - Hyde Manor sold to Lawrence Greene, grocer of London

Similar details are here: 
Webb, Sir William (I389)
2 A Mrs. Carleton Smithwick is listed in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority publication The Key, Volume 69, Issue 1 from 1952 as residing in Missoula, Montana. Unable to locate more info. Smithwick, Carleton Graham (I1360)
3 Anthony Wall apprenticed with Richard Smethwick in 1584 in the Drapers company. Wall, Anthony (I3372)
4 At death, noted as a widow, Laurence Smithwick present Lane, Margaret (I3921)
5 Attended by son Daniel at death. Leahy, Margaret (I3890)
6 Baptism notes he was born "le meme jour". Roux, Edward Joseph (I3541)
7 Became a freeman in the Drapers Livery in 1558. Master/witness was Edmund Bradshaw.

From -- could this be the same Richard from London whose will is dated 1578? 
Smethwick, Richard (I3268)
8 Believe that he was buried where he was born -- in Barthomley -- Smithwick, Robert (I385)
9 Believe this is the Robert Smethwick listed in the "Letter of attorney" here: Smethwick, Robert (I3288)
10 Birthdate is a suspicion based on marriage certificate birth date of 1836. Proposed parents are John Fitzpatrick and Mary Fenighty possibly of Coomnahorna from parish register. Fitzpatrick, Mary Ann (I3446)
11 Brother Robert Downes was born in 1425, at birth place, to Roger Downes and Agnes Downes (born De Hulme). Downes (I3296)
12 Burke's notes he died without issue, leaving Youghal House to his sisters. Family F204
13 Burke's reports she died unmarried. Smithwick, Annette Victoria (I573)
14 Capt. in Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Smithwick, Major Standish George (I600)
15 Cause of death - 5 years of chronic tuberculosis Bray, Catherine (I4157)
16 Cause of death is whooping cough. Howard, Sarah Ann (I2474)
17 Cause of death: scarlet fever Faller, Baruch Leib (I2024)
18 Census of 1930 notes occupation is mason. Smithwick, Vincent A. (I3186)
19 Could this be the same Mary Kate listed here? Smithwick, Mary Catherine (I1424)
20 Daughter of Ralph and Isabel (Leversage) Vernon of Haslington, Cheshire. Vernon, Ann (I3314)
21 Death certificate notes that he was a bachelor and John Smithwick was present at death.  Grady, Patrick (I3000)
22 Death certificate notes that John Smithwick was present at death. Bradshaw, Joseph (I104)
23 Death certificate was registered on 8 Sep 1891. Cause of death "Asthma and heart disease, 12 months". Listed as "Army pensioner", and wife Kate was present at death. Smithwick, John (I15)
24 Died from diptheria Howard, Sarah Ann (I2474)
25 Died from diptheria Howard, Robert John (I92)
26 Drowned Smithwick, Harold Victor (I1129)
27 Edmond (Rev.), Curate of St. Mary's Kilkenny 1764-1772, Priest of St. Patrick's (with Outrath, Kilferagh and Castleinch) 2 July 1772, drowned in suspicious circumstances in Kilkenny Oct or Nov 1772, unm. [Burke's Irish Family Records] Smithwick, Rev. Edmond (I1411)
28 Fairly certain this is Peter Smithwick of Suirville referred to multiple deeds of the time, married to Mary Gleeson. Smithwick, Peter (I901)
29 Father: John Harlow Harlow, Eliza (I3136)
30 Found 3 Mildreds in New York with this birthdate:
- Mildred V. Campbell - Brooklyn
- Mildred Burte - Manhattan
- Mildred I. Loomis - Paris, NY 
Mildred (I3217)
31 From Alan Smithwick:

John was the first child and born in 1827. He married Catherine. He died before 1879 (likely before 1864 as the Irish Death Index, which began in 1864 does not record his death and Catherine is described as ''widow'' on her 1879 death certificate). Catherine arrived in Australia (Victoria) some time after the death of her son William's first wife in 1874.

It is assumed that this John, who was William's father, is a son of William and Anastasia based on the following circumstantial evidence.

William was born in Tipperary. his parents were John and Catherine Smithwick.

Catherine's death certificate records her as born in Tipperary (as does her newspaper death notice).

William's family grave is beside that of William and Anastasia's son Thomas and backs onto that of William and Anastasia. He was close enough to Thomas to be the witness to his will. Catherine would have been born about the same year as John (son of William and Anastasia) ie 1825/6.

John is described on his son William's death certificate as a farmer. Catherine died at her son's farm at Lauriston near Kyneton, aged 54 on the 5 th of May 1879 and is buried in the same grave as her son's first wife (Ann O' Sullivan).
No other children other than William are mentioned on her death certificate. William married Ann O'Sullivan in Cork on January 17 th 1867, he was aged 17 and she was aged 16 (though his death certificate has him aged 29 at the time of his marriage and Ann aged 17).

(On the evidence it would seem the death certificate was wrong). Ann was a native of Timolegue. Their first son John Joseph was born in about 1868.

William and his family arrived in Melbourne in June 1869 on the ship Gresham (they were then aged 18 and 19). He was described in the ship's register as an agricultural labourer.

In 1870 another son, George Francis was born in Kyneton and then in 1872 a daughter Rose Ann in Melbourne. By 1873 they are recorded (Sands and McDougall) as living at 10 Mc Arthur Place. Carlton.

On the 13 th May 1874, aged 23, Ann died during the birth of another son, James, who also died. They were both buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery in the grave next to that of Thomas (probably his uncle).

It is presumed that his mother, Catherine then came from Ireland to help with his family of three children aged under7 years (though a Catherine Smithwick is recorded as arriving in South Australia in 1870).

At the same time he moved to Lauriston near Kyneton where his mother died in 1879. ( He may have been the William Smithwick recorded living at Staughton Vale as a cooper in 1875). He married the same year, Francis Middlemiss (aged 17). They had a daughter, Catherine, in 1883, then another, Eveline Mary in 1887 in Kyneton and finally a son, William Sarsfield in 1889.

In 1888 the Post Office Directory records that William is a farmer of Lauriston and Francis is at the Kent Hotel. Lauriston

In July 1901, William Sarsfield died aged 12 years. William himself died 9 months later of liver disease aged 52.

William Smithwick b 1850 was described on his death certificate (by his daughter Rose then resident at the Sunbury Asylum [resident or employee?] ) as a mining speculator.

He was resident at the time at 8 Union St.Brunswick. In 1908 his son George is recorded in the electoral roll (er) as living at number 12 Union St.Brunswick, and his daughter Katherine at 5Garden St.

By 1912 Francis is living at 127Canterbury Rd.Middle Park with her daughter Katherine (sic) Francis Smithwick (a milliner). Francis died on July 1 1942, aged about 80, at the home of her grand daughter, Joan (Mrs. Shapter) in Queenscliff.

She is described in the death notice in the Age as ''relict of the late William Smithwick (formerly of Bendigo and Kyneton) and loving mother of Catherine (sic) (Mrs.O'Grady), Eveleen (sic) (Mrs.T.W.Brook) and the loving grandmother of Mrs. Mellish (Brisbane), Mrs. Keith Bow and Ellie Brook (A.I.F.) and great grandmother of Raul,Paul and Noel Mellish . Diana and Patricia Shapter and Judith Bow''.

Of the children of William's first marriage, John Joseph married Mary Louisa Betts in about 1894 (he would have been aged about 26). She was 36 years old and had one child by a previous marriage. They had no children.
In 1895 John is recorded in the directories as living at Casseldon Little Latrobe Street while Mrs. Louisa Smithwick is at 10 Lonsdale Street. Melbourne. They change addresses regularly in the following years, with only Mrs. Louisa appearing in the directories in 1896 and at 31 Little Latrobe Street in 1897 and John at 205 Latrobe Street in 1899 and Mrs. Louisa at both 32 Little Latrobe Street and 20 David Street.Carlton in 1900. These areas were both poor and to a certain extent disreputable at the time. John's last appearances in the directories are at 21 Nicholas Lane, Melbourne in 1909-1911, while Mrs. Louisa appears at various addresses from 4 Greeves Street, Fitzroy 1903 in 1903 to 1 University Place, Carlton from 1916-1924.

It is not known when John died. Mary Louisa died on July 29 th 1944 and is buried in the Coburg Cemetery.

The second son of William Smithwick, George Francis, married Ellen Agnes Slattery about 1911/12. They had 4 children, John William who died in the year of his birth. George Francis (who married Mary Burden and has children and grandchildren living in Victoria today),

Mary Theresa who married Jack Quirk and who lived in Sydney and Gerald Joseph who married Maureen and had one daughter (and one grand daughter [1982])

Of the daughter, Rose, nothing is known beyond the fact that she was alive and unmarried at the time of her father's death. 
Smithwick, John (I1521)
32 From Alan Smithwick:

The third child, There is some uncertainty about the year of Patrick's birth. By calculating from his death certificate (which states he was aged 51 in 1884) he must have been born in 1832 or 1833 but calculating from his father's death certificate (which states he was aged 42 in 1872) he was born in 1830. The latter date is confirmed by the baptismal record which has him baptised on St. Patrick's day 1830 with sponsors William Ryan and Mary Connors both of Kilbreedy, the townland where his family lived at the time.

Patrick was living in London at the time he married Ellen Shea in about 1855. She had been a parasol maker. They were living at 2 Devenport St. Ratcliff, near Commercial Road in East London when their first son William Patrick was born on the 14th October 1856. He was baptised a little later at their local church, St Mary and St Michael's in Commercial Road.

They were still in London when a second son, George was born in 1858 as is attested by William's first communion at St Boniface's church in May 1860? It is likely that their next two children were also born in London; Ellen in about 1863 and Mary Ann in about 1866.

Their last child Margaret was probably born in Melbourne in about 1869. The family arrived in Melbourne sometime about 1867. The directories of the time first record them in 1872 in Rosslyn Street .West Melbourne and in the same period at Dow Street. Sandridge (Port Melbourne). From 1875 until 1881 (except for 1876 when they are recorded in Arden St) they lived at 182 Wellington Street, Collingwood. Close to their brother Thomas and to the breweries and distilleries which operated in the area, and which would have provided employment for a cooper.

From 1882 until his death in 1884 Patrick lived at 94 Arden St Hotham (North Melbourne). Ellen died soon after their move to North Melbourne on October 25 th 1883. 
Smithwick, Patrick (I1406)
33 From Alan Smithwick:

William Verner Smithwick began his apprenticeship at the Federal Cask Company in 1919 and worked there for 33 years until it closed down. The Federal Cask Company supplied barrels to the Maize Products Company for storing and the carrying of glucose, which is used in the confectionery industry.

William Verner Smithwick died of a heart attack on the job 25 5 1960. 
Smithwick, William Verner (I985)
34 From Andrew Henry:

Parish Priest at Wiatara, Sydney, Australia. Requiem Mass in St. Mary's Cathedral. Buried ? Rockwood Cemetery. Died by drowning in car at Athol Bight, near Taronga Zoo Park warf 
Smithwick, Father Michael Christopher (I755)
35 From Andrew Henry:

Sister Anna Maria CSC.
Saint Mary's Convent . Cemetery: Our Lady of Peace,
Notre Dame, St. Joseph (county) Indiana, USA
Smithwick, Sister Mary (I751)
36 From Burke's - died unmarried.

He died unmarried. He was killed in South Africa at age 17 according to his niece Marjorie. 
Smithwick, Charles Standish (I599)
37 From Burke's, killed in action. Smithwick, Lieut. John David Standish (I607)
38 From Burke's: "commissn'd RA 1935, served in World War II, ret 1957, has American Bronze Star, b 1915 educ Wellington and RMA Woolwich" Smithwick, Major John Standish de Chair (I243)
39 From Burke's: "Henry Smithwick, of Lord Lisburne's Regt of Foot, later Capt in Co Richard Coote's Regt of Foot"

Listed in the English Army Lists in 1692.

Listed also as the district tax collector for Baltimore in County Cork, 1704 in The Antiquities and History of Ireland, Sir James Ware, A. Crook, 1705, page 107. 
Smithwick, Capt. Henry (I366)
40 From Burke's: Rector of Monasterevan and Chancellor of Kildare Cathedral Smithwick, Rev. Standish Poole (I305)
41 From Burke's: Resided in Shandrome, Co. Cork; Ballydarton, Co. Carlow; in Army of Lord Protector Cromwell.

In letter of 8 Aug 1644 from Lords Inchiquin and Broghill of Youghal, Cork to Lord Esmond of the Duncannon garrison, then navy Captain Henry Smithwick is sent to communicate resolutions.

From Patrick Little's book "Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland", Roger Boyle (Lord Broghill) joined forces with Parliament and Oliver Cromwell in August 1649 and commanded the local forces whose aim was to put down Catholic insurgence. Joshua Boyle, Major Francis Foulke, and then Captain Henry Smithwick appear to have been influential in bringing Lord Broghill over.

Smithwick, Lt. Col. Henry (I362)
42 From censuses, Patrick was a shopkeeper and later postmaster Smithwick, Patrick (I3868)
43 From Christine Woods: "I believe my grandmother used to correspond with her. Martha did live in Ireland for a time. I have a report card of hers from St. Mary's Convent School, Ennis.. Unfortunately there's no information as to year. I remember hearing a tale of young Martha playing outside in India, when she was suddenly scooped up in the trunk of an elephant (obviously domesticated) and saved from a poisonous snake of whose presence she was unaware.

Based on her age in this report card, it is my belief (RJS) that her mother passed away between 1862-1867 and that Martha was sent to Ireland to be cared for. 
Smithwick, Martha (I1903)
44 From editor: Burke's makes the suggestion that William was probably the father of John Smithwick, but we can find no affirmation of this in any of the deeds or wills to date.

Current evidence starts the Tipperary tree with Patrick Smithwick. 
Smithwick, William (I792)
45 From Find-a-Grave:

Elbert Johnson was born in Auburn, Kentucky on 5 Sept, 1900 to parents, Mary Leona Rogers and Clarence Johnson.

The oldest of six children, Elbert excelled in baseball and went on to play professionally. He was a pitcher for the New York Yankees organization from 1921-24 and for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1927-29. He was the baseball coach for the Pawling Preparatory Boys School in Pawling, New York.

Elbert married Lillian Smithwick, daughter of Sarah Larkin and Henry Edward Smithwick Sr.

After retiring in 1960 from the Harlem Valley State Hospital in Wingdale, NY, (he as farm manager and Lillian, as the principal stenographer in the Director's Office), they spent their later years in Sarasota, Venice, Florida.

Elbert was a 50-year member of the Grand Lodge of Louisville, and 50-year member of the Kosair Temple, Louisville, KY; the Oriental Consistory 1, Yankton, SD.

Elbert was secretary of the New York State Trap Shooting Assn. For ten years; a member and director of the Sarasota Gun Club; member of the Skyway Gun Club of St. Petersburg. He won many trophies at the North American Amateur Trap Shooting Singles in 1951; won the handicap event in 1953 at the New York Athletic Club; was a nationally known trap shooter having shot over 114,000 registered 15-yard targets;

Elbert had a big basset hound named, "Adolph." He and the dog were on the cover of Field and Stream in the 1950's for shooting a large number of skeet. 
Johnson, Elbert (I457)
46 From Find-a-Grave:

Lillian Smithwick, daughter of Sarah J Larkin and Henry E Smithwick was born the 18th of Oct, 1903 in Stamford, Fairfield Co, CT.

Her parents immigrated to the U S in 1895 from Ireland. They lived their life in the U. S. primarily in cities in and around New Haven and Hartford CT.

Lillian had one brother, Henry E Smithwick, Jr. who lived in New Milford, CT.

In 1924, Lillian married, Elbert Johnson, son of Leona Rogers Johnson and Clarence Johnson from Auburn, KY.

Lillian and Elbert lived in New York when Elbert played for the New York Yankees, in Pittsburgh when he played for the Pirates and in Pawling, NY. when Elbert coached for the Pawling Prep Boys School.

After retiring in 1960 from the Harlem Valley State Hospital in Wingdale, NY, (he as farm manager and Lillian as the principal stenographer in the Director's Office), they spent their later years in Sarasota, Venice, Florida.  
Smithwick, Lillian Mae (I190)
47 From Historic Graves: "Mystery surrounded the death of Annie Connors ( 1912 -1928 ) at Duncummin, Emly and her father Thomas Connors stood trial in relation to same but was found not guilty. He claimed that she had been attacked and killed by their cow." Connors, Annie (I2420)
48 From history of the Brereton family (

"The monument was originally finished with a shield, which is now lying in the chancel, on which were the arms of Smethwicke, OR, (OR means gold color) three crosses patee-fitche, sable. On the friezes below were originally nine shields, as follows:
(i) Smethwicke, impaling Brereton ; argent, two bars, sable.
(2) Smethwicke, impaling Davenport; argent, a chevron on sable, between three cross crosslets fitchee of the second.
(3) Smethwicke, impaling Ratclyfife ; argent, two bars engrailed, sable, a label of three points, gules.
(4) Smethwicke, impaling Kingsley ; vert, a cross engrailed, ermine.
(5) Smethwicke, impaling Downes ; sable, a hart (deer) lodged, argent.
(6) De-stroyed.
(7) Smethwicke, impaling ____; argent, fretty gules, on a canton azure, a cross patee, argent.
(8) Dexter coat destroyed, impaling Vernon; OR., on a fesse, azure, three garbs, OR.
(9) Destroyed.

For the meaning of the foregoing heraldic terms, see the glossary in the appendix. The term "impaling" signifies the marriage connections with the families of the names mentioned.

The name Downes refers to the Knights of Donnybrook Castle, Kildare, with whom the Colclough family were probably connected. Those of the Vernons and Davenports were the same as those with whom the Breretons, of Brereton, also married." 
de Smethwick, Thurstan (I3280)
49 From

Master Flesher. Assigned over unto him, by vertue of a note under the hand & seale of Francis Smethwick & subscribed by both the wardens, all the estate, right, title & interest which the said Francis hath in these copies hereafter following the which did lately belong unto Mr John Smethwick his father deceased

SMETHWICK FRANCIS bookseller in London Saint Dunstans Churchyard in Fleet Street under the Dyall 1642. Son of John Smethwick one of the publishers of Shakespeare's plays who died before July 15th 1641. His father bequeathed him his shop and all the books in it and the copyrights including Hamblett a play The tameing of a shrew Romeo 6 Juliett and Love's Labour Lost were assigned over to him on August 24th 1642. In the same year he published an edition of T Lodge's Euphues golden legacy but a few days after receiving the copyrights he re assigned them to Miles Fletcher or Flesher [Stationers Registers Liber D]

Smethwick, Francis (I3327)
50 From Laura Stewart Civey:

He was born July 25, 1892 in New Albany, Floyd Co., IN. He graduated high school from New Albany, IN. in 1916. He was in the U.S. Army from May 1917 - Sept. 1919. He was attached to the 33rd Infantry Division, 131st Regiment, Company "M" from Chicago. He was a Sergeant in WWI. He was in the Battle of Meuse-Argonne in France. About one of every ten was killed or wounded in this battle. From The World Book 1963, World War I p.376 he had underlined certain sections and wrote "I was there HHS." The underlined sections were: On August 8, the Allies, led by Canadian and Australian troops, attacked the Germans fiercely at A miens. and the Allies swept toward Saint Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne region. American soldiers took over a large portion of the battle line. He was wounded and received 3 Purple Heart medals ( 2 shell shots & 1 for being gassed with mustard gas); also received the WWI Victory Medal with three battle clasps: Somme Defensive March 21 - April 6, 1918, Somme Offensive August 8 - November 11, 1918, & Meuse - Argonne September 26 - November 1918. The soldiers that carried him out of the battlefield used him as a human shield to get out. He was stationed in France. On March 14, 1919 he was at Camp Lee, VA., after he was wounded in the Battle of Argonne. He also received a silver lapel button for being wounded in action.
He used to love to tell old war stories about how the Germans would abandon a tank that would get stuck and they would come along and use the law of leverage to get them out. ( I wish I had paid more attention to these stories.) He returned home from the war to Chicago, IL. where he went to college at the Armour Institute of Technology where he received his Mechanical Engineering Degree (B.S.M.E. in 1924).
He was Supt. of Steel Mills of which U. S. Steel was one. The plant in Chicago was known as South Works. He worked for the Atomic Energy Commission during WWII and also War Assets Administration. He lived in New Albany, IN., Chicago., IL., Birmingham, AL, Fontana, CA, Provo, UT., Idaho Falls, ID., Pontiac, MI., Waverly, OH., Paducah, KY. and later where he retired with his wife on her family land in Glasgow, KY. Part of his wife's family land was sold in 1963 and he bought a tract and subdivided it, known as Beaver Creek Subdivision. It was located off of Lexington Drive; the road is named after him, Stewart Drive in Glasgow.
During his retirement he loved to fish and hunt. He owned a boat dock, Dale Hollow Marina, which he changed the name to Sulphur Creek Marina in Burkesville, KY. It is now known as Sulphur Creek Resort. He was founder of Barren River Rod and Gun Club in Barren Co., KY. He was a 32nd degree Mason, belonged to the Windsor-Blackstone Lodge No. 1124 in Chicago, IL. He was also a Shriner, but in later years he wasn't as active. He attained the 33rd degree, but dropped it make to 32nd because of obilgations to it, that he didn't have time to commit to. He was a very intelligent man and very congenial. He was 83 when he died and had only immediate family, but the funeral home was filled with flowers from everywhere. He never met a stranger.
I remember one time when we were going to Louisville, he picked up a hitch hiker (this would have been in the 60's when you didn't consider it as dangerous). He drove this man 30 minutes out of our way and then when he let the man out, he handed the man some money. My father was always kind to everyone, and he always had time to speak to people. At the time of his death on April 19, 1976 he was the oldest living veteran in Barren Co., Ky. He was a very active member in the D.A.V. 
Stewart, Homer Harland (I1828)

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