Walter Smith
(Abt 1821-)
Martha Saunter
(Abt 1827-)
William Smith of Staplecross


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William Smith of Staplecross

  • Born: 1854, Sandhurst, Kent, England
  • Christened: 20 Aug 1854, St. Nicholas, Sandhurst, Kent, England 1
  • Married: 18 May 1872, Sandhurst St. Nicholas, Kent, England 2
  • Died: 4 Jan 1929, Colliers Green, Staplecross, Ewhurst, Sussex, England
  • Buried: 9 Jan 1929, Ewhurst, Sussex, England 3

  Research Notes:

William son of Walter Smith of Sandhurst, labourer, and Martha (baptismal record)


At the time of the 1901 England Census William Smith, age 46, born in Sandhurst Kent, widower, was living on Upper Church Rd., Hollington Sussex. At home were children (born in Ewhurst): Percy A. (12), attends school, Mabel (10), attends school, Arthur J. (7), attends school, Daisy J. (6), attends school, sister-in-law Ann L. Smith (42) of Ewhurst, widow, housekeeper

At the time of the 1911 Census William Smith, age 56, born in Sandhurst, widower, farm labourer, was living at Highlids Bodiam Sussex. At home were sons Percy Alfred (21) of Ewhurst, farm labourer, Arthur John (17) of Sedlescombe, farm labourer, sister-in-law Annie Louisa Smith (52) of Ewhurst, housekeeper, nurse-child Alice Emily Farington Mitchell (9) of Pembury Kent.


William Smith of Staplecross died aged 74 years (burial record).




Mr. William Smith, aged 74, of Colliers Green, Staplecross, a general labourer, was found dead in bed on Friday afternoon, by his daughter, Mrs. Muggridge. Mr. Smith lived alone in his cottage and had been ill for a few days. Mrs. Muggridge called at the cottage about 1 p.m., with a milk pudding, but as she could gain no answer to her knock she called Mr. John Strouts, who resides close by. Admission was gained by forcing a front window, and deceased was then discovered dead in bed.

Dr. J. Kendall held a post-mortem examination, which disclosed death from a natural cause, so that an inquest was not deemed necessary by the Coroner, to whom the facts were communicated.

The funeral took place at the Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon, the Rector (Rev. A. Morrisson) officiating. The mourners were:—Messrs. William, James, Horace, Percy, and Arthur (sons), Mary, Alice, Kate and Daisy (daughters), Mrs. Batehup (sister-in-law), Mr. Newick (brother-in-law), Mr. A. Godden (son-in-law), Mr. T. Godden (grandson), Mr. F. Pierce, Mr. and Mrs. Lavender....

Sussex Agricultural Express, 11 January 1929, p. 6

  Marriage Information:

William married Mary Ann Newick, daughter of William Newick and Mary Ann Wright, on 18 May 1872 in Sandhurst St. Nicholas, Kent, England. (Mary Ann Newick was born in 1852 in Mapesden, Stonegate by Wadhurst, Sussex, England, christened on 2 Jan 1853 in Ticehurst, Sussex, England, and died was buried on 17 Jul 1897 in St. Leonard, Hollington, Sussex, England, aged 44 years.)

  Marriage Notes:

William Smith, minor, age 17, bachelor, labourer, resident of Sandhurst Cross, son of Walter Smith, labourer, and
Mary Ann Newick, minor, age 19, spinster, resident of Bourne Sandhurst, daughter of William Newick, labourer

Married after Banns

Witnesses: Walter Smith, William Newick, Elizabeth Newick, John Oliver


1 Sandhurst St. Nicholas Kent Parish Registers, Baptisms, p. 34, no. 427.

2 Ibid., Marriages, p. 135, no. 269.

3 Ewhurst Sussex Parish Registers, Burials, p. 34, no. 269.

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