George Henry Smith

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 16/10/2020
© Christine Gambles

George Henry Smith


George Henry was born in Newnham Murren Oxfordshire he was the son of Daniel and Sarah Smith (nee Davy) who were married in Tilehurst Berkshire on the 15th October 1835. Daniel was born c1800 at Ufton Court Berkshire and Sarah was born c1808 in East Stratton Hampshire.

Daniel and Sarah also had the following children:

Elizabeth c1837 born Tilehurst

Harriet c1839 born Tilehurst

Mary Davy 1841 born Tilehurst

Charlotte Maria 1844 born Tilehurst

Emma c1850 born Newnham Murren

In 1841 Daniel (40), Sarah (30) and their children, Elizabeth (4), Harriet (2) and Mary (2 months) were living in Norcot Tilehurst, Sarah’s mother Mary Davy (60) was also living with them.

In 1851 the family were living in Newnham Murren Oxfordshire and Daniel was working as a Farmer’s Bailiff.

In 1861 George (9) ( recorded as Henry)  was living in South End Garsington Oxfordshire with his father Daniel (59) Farm Baliff and his sisters Emma (11) and Mary D (19) (Mary was recorded as a visitor) . His mother Sarah was not at home when this census was taken she was recorded as a visitor in the household of Shadrach Gray at the High Street Chalgrove Oxfordshire. (Shadrach was Daniel and Sarah’s son-in-law he married Harriet Smith in 1860. Harriet gave birth to a daughter 6 days before the census was taken. Sarah was recorded as a Nurse on the census so possibly nursing her daughter and granddaughter).

In the 1871 census George (20) (recorded as Henry) was recorded as an Agricultural Labourer, living at Blackbirds Lodge Littlemore Newnham Courtney with his father Daniel (70), Ag. Shepherd, mother Sarah (63) and his niece Mary A Cuss (7), also recorded in the household, as a visitor, was Susan Sellar (22), Genreral Servant. George joined the Police Force and married Susan Sellar later that year (In 1861 Susan and her family were living next door to the Smith family in Garsington).

Marriage details:

Place: Garsington Oxfordshire

Date: 23rd November 1871

Groom: George Henry Smith, aged 20, Occupation: Police Constable,  Abode: Harwell

Bride: Susan Sellar, aged 22, Abode: Garsington

Fathers: Daniel Smith, occupation: Labourer and William Sellar, Occupation: Shoemaker.

Witnesses: Frances Sarah Jacks and Thomas Richard Sellar


George’s father Daniel died aged 73 in 1872 (death registered in Abingdon)


George and Susan had the following children:

Frances Mary 1872

George William 1873

Charlotte Elizabeth Davy 1876

Herbert c1878

Richard 1879

Ellen Sellar 1881

Edwin c1883

Edith Ann 1885

Victoria Adelaide 1887

Joseph Henry 1888

Beatrice Winifred 1891


In 1881 the family were living in the village of Marcham Berkshire. The 1891 census records the family living on the Main Road in Stanford on the Vale Berkshire. In both census records George was recorded as a Police Constable.

By 1891 the family had moved to Newbury. Both the 1901 and 1911 census records record George as a Pensioned Police Officer living with his family at Malta Cottage King’s Road Newbury.

Susan died aged 63 in 1911 she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 15th July

George died aged 66 in 1918 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 27th August.



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