Jane Smith

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 20/09/2021

Jane Smith



Jane was born on the 20th June 1796 in Newbury Berkshire she was baptised on the 14th September 1796 the daughter of Timothy and Mary Skinner (nee Purdue) who were married on the 19th May 1778 at St Nicolas Church Newbury (both were single).

Her father Timothy was born c1755 in Newbury he died aged 82 in 1837 and was buried on the 31st March at St Nicolas Newbury

Her mother Mary was born c1757 in Newbury. (In 1841 Mary (84) was recorded living in Speen Place Berkshire with her married daughter Sarah Eyles and their family) She died aged 86 in 1843 and was buried on the 19th May at St Mary the Virgin Shaw-cum-Donnington.

The 1815 census of Newbury records Timothy (60) as a Weaver living on the west side of Newtown Lane Newbury with Mary (58), their son Charles (15) and their granddaughter Mary Ann (1).


Jane married Samuel Hooper on the 27th February 1818 at Old Church St Pancras London. Samuel was born c1791. They had at least one child, Samuel born c1822. Jane’s husband Samuel died aged 32 in 1823 he was buried on the 2nd March at St Mary Lambeth (abode recorded as James Street). After his death Jane and her son returned to Newbury. Samuel died aged 1+ in 1823 he was buried on the 4th June at St Nicolas Newbury.

Jane remarried on the 9th August 1824 at St Nicolas Church Newbury. Her 2nd husband was a widower, Joseph Smith, born c1792 in Wantage. (Jane was Joseph’s 3rd wife. 1st wife Martha Maskell, married 27th December 1818 at St Nicolas Newbury. Martha died aged 26, buried 30th November 1819, one child Martha baptised 27th November 1819. 2nd wife Charlotte Hine, married 20th December 1820 at St Nicolas Newbury, Charlotte died aged 35, buried 22nd January 1823)

Joseph and Jane had the following children baptised at St Nicolas Church Newbury:

Margaret baptised 16th January 1825

Joseph baptised 17th December 1826 (died aged 7+ buried 7th May 1834 at St Nicolas Newbury)

William baptised 8th February 1829

John baptised 17th October 1830 (died aged 2 buried 11th January 1833 at St Nicolas Newbury)

Sarah baptised 2nd September 1832 (died aged 10 months buried 11th June 1833 at St Nicolas Newbury)

Charles baptised 18th May 1834 (died aged 3 buried 16th March 1837 at St Nicolas Newbury)

George baptised 28th November 1836 (Abode recorded as Union Workhouse)


The 1841 census records Joseph (45), a Shoemaker, Jane (45), a Shoe Binder, Will (10)) and Geo (3) in the Newbury Workhouse.

The 1851 census records Joseph (59) as a Cordwainer living in Bartholomew Street Newbury with Jane (55) and their son George (15).

Jane died aged 63 in 1859 she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 15th November.

The 1861 census records Joseph (69) (recorded as J Smith) as a Pauper Inmate in the Newbury Workhouse

 He died aged 73 in 1861 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 22nd May.


Sources: as above

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