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My mother was Margaret Smerdon, and Robart Smerdon was my 10th great grandfather. This page is a forum for information about the surname Smerdon, our ancestry and contacts with other Smerdon families around the world. If you have researched your own Smerdon family tree and would like to share it with others, or would like to trace lost branches of the family, please contact us by clicking here on Contact .
Look forward to hearing from you !!
Subject: The Smerdon Clan
Best wishes Peter Smerdon
Subject: The Smerdon Clan
Many thanks for your email. Since my original message I have explored
the story of Thomas hidden behind your tree. I received from Michael
a copy of his Diary but did not realise the reasons behind the emigration.
I see that you also have a background in London. After the first world
war my father went up to London to seek his fortune. He never managed
to do that but it was where he met my mother so I was born in London
and lived there until 1959 when I moved down to Plymouth. We used to
live in Streatham. When my father retired they moved back to Plymouth
where they spent the rest of their lives. A few years ago 3 of my first
cousins (John, Tim & Peter) emigrated to Canada and all are now in the
Vancouver area where they seem to have multiplied quite rapidly. Another
cousin's (Leslie) widow went to Brisbane with her family after Leslie's
death, so even the current generation have scattered widely. Ever since
I received your email I've been looking in the mirror to see if I can
detect what the "Smerdon features" are, but no real luck!
Best wishes Peter
Subject: Greetings from Down Under
Michael Smerdon - Adelaide Australia
Subject: Smerdon Will
Dear Michael and Peter,
Thanks for your emails. I am sure that Peter is right and has the answer to Thomas Smerdon's Will (see below) that was puzzling my Father back in 1993. It is the Will of Thomas Smerdon (1761-1848) which was signed on 16th January 1848 just 9 days before he was buried on 25th January. His wife Susanna (nee Lear) had died the previous year.
Thomas Smerdon's Will:
There are bequests to all his sons that were then living - Thomas £20, William £20, Elias £25, Richard £20, Elijah £20, Elisha £5, Robert (remaining property), and grandson John (son of Edward) £20. This ties up with Peter's family tree, which I have shown on my webpage Puzzling however are the bequests to his son-in-law Thomas Smerdon £5, his sister Mary £5, and son-in-law Thomas Willocks £1. His only living daughter at that time was Mary who had married Elias Mann in 1821. Was this the Mary referred to and had she remarried another Thomas Smerdon - perhaps a cousin? Or was Thomas Willcocks her husband? Perhaps the Thomas Smerdon referred to was his grandson Thomas (1825-1865) who later married Grace Hamlyn in 1855. In that case it strange that none of his other grandchildren were included in the will. Any ideas?
Subject: Smerdon Family
Hello, I have accessed your home page via Jon Smerdon's website. It seems that both you and my husband Gordon are the 6th greatgrandsons of John Smerdon and Alice Hamlyn. I have attached some info on Gordon's line and would welcome any further information you are able to provide.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Subject: Early Smerdons
Attached herewith is a GEDCOM file which shows details of 4 generations of the family before John & Alice Hamlyn. Nothing nasty has come from this end of the tree - in fact the halo has started to shine because John turned out to have been a churchwarden. It's interesting, and slightly unusual, how the family migrated in those early days with Robert and Isett coming from Widecombe, son Robert marrying Ann from Ilsington, staying there for a generation before Robert & Ruth went back to Widecombe and finally John & Alice started the Buckland family. The series of booklets which I obtained (http://www.dartmoorpress.clara.net/) show our ancestors as the Buckland tree which apparently stayed quite separate from another Buckland tree throughout the generations. The attached tree would appear to show the start our Buckland tree but also it can, I think, be extended to show another branch of the family in Widecombe. Where does one call a halt in these investigations?
Subject: Early Smerdons
I am now trying to work my way through Mike Brown's booklets on the Smerdon family and have come across one of the warts! My great great grandfather (probably yours as well) Thomas who married Susanna Lear found himself in the Courts of Justice undergoing a Bastardy Examination in respect of Susanna Lear's child, Elizabeth, before eventually marrying her and producing 12 more children! I set out below the details and hope that there aren't too many more episodes like that to follow. ..'.
Transcript. The following entries in the 1785 Buckland Overseers Accounts suggest that, although Thomas [7b] (assuming that it was him) did not deny that he was the father of Susanna LEAR's child, he initially disputed the sum(s) which he was order to pay. Also transcribed are the entries recording the costs of taking Susanna LEAR to Denbury to undergo a Bastardy Examination before the Justices, who would then have issued a Bastardy Maintenance Order on Thomas SMERDON
Best wishes Peter
Simon, Hello - I came across your name while surfing the net looking for 'smerdon' info. I can't remember if we've ever met, but our grandfathers, Alec & Ron, were brothers & I know that our respective parents knew eachother well. I'd be interested in seeing the rest of the family tree as I stayed with some of the Australian Smerdons & recently I married a Hutchison who's surname appears in the upper branches of the tree.
Cheers, Jason Smerdon
I hope that you may be able to give me a clue to find details about my great grandfather. I have researched my family in Australia through letters to relatives and by obtaining marriage and death certificates but I am stuck at the moment. My great grandfather was Herbert Andrews Smerdon, apparently born in Devon somewhere on 4th September 1830 to John Smerdon (seaman) and Elizabeth Andrews. I have looked around the Internet a bit and am in contact with Peter Smerdon in Plymouth. I have seen his family tree at www.smerdon.org and www.begent.freeserve.co.uk. I am a bit frustrated at the moment because I know the background to the family history in Devon and I have details of recent generations in Australia but I am perhaps just about to discover that "missing link" which will tie it all together. If you don't have specific information, don't waste your time any more than reading this far (if you did) otherwise I would be pleased to hear from you.
Don Smerdon, Kyabram, Victoria, Australia.
Hello from Yeovil!
I have reseached my partners maiden name of Carlile, and although she moved from london the family originate in Ashburton and i have the family there back to early 1600's. However one Thomas Carlile = Martha Smerdon in 1787 and she was bpt on the 8 May 1764 in Buckland DEV, just wondered if there were any connections?
Bye for now Brian Martin
Martha Smerdon married Thomas Carlile (c 14 03 1766 Ashburton on the 28 03 1787 ) at Ashburton, they had the following children Thomas 1790 born Ashburton (my partners line) Susannah 1787 A, Richard 1790 A, Richard (2) 1792 born Widdecombe in the Moor and Mary 1797 also W in the M. Thomas's Brother Richard c 1763 had a son also Richard 1790 who was the Richard Carlile the "Radical and Free Thinker" who with others is credited with the freedom of the press, he had a printers shop in Fleet Street in the early 1800's he was imprisoned for many years at Dorchester. Thomas 1790 followed his cousin Richard 1790 views in Exeter and lost his business etc the Church and State were not amused! the family go back to 1634 in Ashburton but I have not found their father Thomas Carlell, family legend says they came from the continent having left Scotland. Although impossible to prove they probably originate from the "Reiver" clans in and around Carlisle and the English/Scottish borders. Also the family legend is that they became soldiers of fortune linking up with the Hugenots and landing in Devon in the early 1600's. this is probable as the family name is in Topsham, Brixham etc all clearly linked together I have not attempted to link them as the family names are all pretty well the same! But I did write to the Hugenot society, the name Carlile does not appear in their records, I did not ask that question as they are Christened and married in the Church at Ashburton, but they added that the main place of entry into England was Exeter, Bristol, Plymouth and London but also they had records of Topsham and Brixham.
All the best Brian Martin
Subject: William Smerdon
Hello Simon, My Great, Great, Grandfather William Smerdon emigrated to America in 1872. His son William kept a written record, we all still have copies it was an interesting beginning. He was born in the Devon area in 1831and married Emily Pitts. His children were William, Thomas, John, and a daughter Thirza. There was one more son but I can't remember his name at the moment. We do have good records from William on down its amazing the same names reappear so often. I don't if this the William that appears in your family born 1831 there were obviously many Smerdons in that area. If you have any information that might help finding him we would appreciate it.
Subject: William Smerdon b.1831
John & Simon
The dates that Simon gives for the other William come from the tree put together, I think, by Michael Smerdon from Adelaide. According to information I gleaned from Mike Brown he was baptised on 18.7.1832 at South Brent with no details of his death, but I have no further information.
The following is an extract from the 1851 Census showing William, son
of Thomas and Susanna which was after the death of Susanna:- Head: SMERDON,
Thomas Neighbors 34307
Also shown is the Pitts family from the same Census:-
If this William and Emily are John's great great grandparents, there would have been a 15 year age gap and they could well have married shortly before emigrating. This William is obviously from the Elliotts Hill tree, but unfortunately his marriage is probably after the date when details would have been included in parish registers. Possibly the 1871 census may help, but I don't have that on CD Rom at the moment. In view of the possible link between the Buckland and Elliotts Hill trees I am now in the process of putting more detail on my Elliotts Hill tree.
Good hunting John
Subject: William Smerdon
I did find a little information on my family. My gr, gr, grandmother Emily Pitts was born on June 1, 1846. I wasn't able to find out when or where they were married. A second cousin does have an old family bible. It simply says "our book William & Ann Smerdon 1815", the significance of this date is not known. I am assuming These are gr, gr, grandfather William's parents. My distant cousin who visited England went to Ashburton. I believe there where some old letters that lead her there. But she didn't not make any progress in establishing which family we originated from. According to her brother there were simply to many Smerdons to sort through. Could you possibly tell me the easiest way for me to research my family from abroad. Fortunately for us these churches and villages seem to have kept good records.
Thanks for your interest and assistance.
Subject: William Smerdon b.1831
John please see Peter Smerdon's message re William b. 1831 and Emily Pitts. There are also copies below for Peter of the two messages John has sent since confirming the birthdate of his gggrandfather William as 9 Aug 1831 and of his gggrandmother Emily as 1 June 1846.
This information all fits in with the baptism and census data in Peter's message which, plus the information in Mike's book that by the next census in 1861 William unmarried had taken over as head of the family at Higher Brownshill after his father's death the previous year but by 1871 had moved away, points very strongly to this William and Emily being John's gggrandparents who emigrated after marrying There is also the interesting connection that John Pitts married William's cousin Mary on 5 Feb 1866 and moved to Lower Brownswell.
The "William and Ann Smerdon" in the old family bible would have been William's Grandparents William Smerdon (1750-1815) and Ann nee Ellis (1745-1830) who lived at Elliotts Hill 1764-1780 and Lower Brownswell (1805-1815). John if this is correct - and I think it very likely is - then there is information about William's ancestors (the Elliotts Hill Smerdons) dating back to Richard Smerdon who lived at Elliotts Hill 1639-1668. As Peter mentioned he has been working on this Smerdon tree and I have started (but not completed) putting some of the data from Mike Brown's book into gedcom files. It would be good if any family tree info you have on your family (William's descendants in the US) could be included.
Subject: Smerdons in Mitchell, Queensland
Dear smerdon ancestors,
I'll talk soon , Mitchell Parker
Very attractive page. My own family are mainly still in the Merseyside area, family perceived wisdom is that we are descended from two Smerdon brothers who moved to Liverpool from Devon cica 1835.
Subject: Smerdons in Mitchell, Queensland
Dear Simon, Extreme distant cousin, thanks for the information. I have a bit of the family tree which I will post to you soon. There are quite a lot of us who a descended from Thomas Smerdon of Mitchell. This is only the beginning and so look forward to the search and the contacts.
Regards, Mitchell Parker
Subject: William Smerdon descendants
John Smerdon has been in touch with me and my husband, who is a descendant of William Smerdon. I have seen your webpage and think it is terrific. We know it must have taken years of research! I am attaching a GEDCOM of William Smerdon and Emily Pitt Smerdon's descendants. My husband is descended from William Smerdon, Jr. I noticed that Emily, daughter of William and Emily, was not on your list. She married a Bennett, but there was no issue. I am a novice at making GEDCOMS so I hope I have done this correctly. Hope it can fit into your program. I did send a GEDCOM of just William Smerdon, Jr.'s, descendants to Glenn Smerdon and he said it was good. Hope this works for you. And thanks ever so much for all the research you and Jan have done.
Subject: Canadian Immigrants
I was in Canada two or three months ago searching through ships' passenger lists and came across a Smerdon that someone may be interested in. I wasn't searching for Smerdons, but the name jumped out at me because my grandmother was a Smerdon.
The SS Bavarian, carrying 1226 passengers, sailed from Liverpool on
2 June 1904 and arrived in Montreal at 12:45am, 11 June 1904. The Smerdons
were listed among the steerage class passengers. Unfortunately the list
only showed initials for their given names. F. Smerdon, age 25, and
his wife A. Smerdon, age 21. His occupation "R'way Porter". They came
from Devon and their destination was Sherbrooke, Quebec.
I searched the telephone directories and found there are still some
Smerdons in Sherbrooke today. I looked for F. Smerdon in the 1881 census,
the closest match was Frederick Smeardon, born 1880 in Torquay. I hope
this turns out to be of interest to someone. Please post this message
in your forum and keep up the good work. It's an interesting forum.
Subject: Canadian Immigrants
Simon: Thanks very much for the information! I believe these are my grandparents coming to Canada. Their destination was Sherbrooke and he worked for the railway before coming over, according to my father. This is an interesting piece of information I did not have!
Thanks again. Bob Smerdon
Subject: Could I be related to anyone out there?
I just chanced upon your website while killing time! I come from Buckfastleigh Devon, my father is William James born 1914, his father was W.James and his father was Samuel (bit of a black sheep, never mentioned) who was born in Dean Prior(?).
That's all I know i'm afraid. At least I know there's lots of namesakes out there!
Hello to you all!
Subject: Great Site
Folks, you all have done a great job with constructing the site.
I couldnt see a direct link to my SMERDON line but I did see names from Woodland Parish Register of Baptisms that I have in my own research files. I also noticed some of your visitors to be folks that I have corresponded with -- Peter, Don. It was fun and perhaps I can ultimately find a link with one of the three lines you have displayed.
Thanks, John Milton
Subject: Dot and Andy
Since my first e-mail to you I have traced my relatives back to a James and Margaret Smerdon of about 1750. These Smerdon's lived in Rattery, Devon. The family continued to live there for over 100 years! Does anyone have any links to Rattery? If anyone has any information on a James Smerdon who emmigrated to Lawrence, Mass. in about 1883 I would love to hear from them too!
Subject: Smerdons in Africa
I have received the following chat note on my eboard. You may be interested.
Note: See message below dated July 2015 from Margaret Pascoe.
Subject: Richard Carlile
Hello! I think I'm a descendant of Richard Carlile - the radical one
- and was very interested to find him on your site. I was just wondering
if you have info on any of his descendants? For my part, my mother was
Mary Leathlean (nee Carlile) the daughter of PERCY CARLILE and Maggie
Morrish. Percy's father was another Richard Carlile. Percy and Maggie
lived in Gidleigh. I think the family may have been based in the South
Hams before that. Percy, Maggie and other siblings of Percy were also
based in South London - Croyden and Lewisham. Percy and Maggie returned
to Dartmoor when they retired. Look forward to hearing from you maybe!
Subject: Smerdon Gravemarkers
SMERDON Monument Inscriptions:
These are just a few of the Smerdon gravemarkers that I came across
but I thought I'd send the notes to you on the off chance that they
might mean something to someone out there. Please post this message
on your Contact Forum.
Subject: I just found you
Hi to all,
Subject: Elias Smerdons
Hello - I have been tracing my branch of the Smerdon tree in Devonport (Plymouth U.K) and have reached my great great great grandfather Elias Smerdon who married Dorothy Rendal on 10th. Feb. 1777 at Widecombe in the Moor.Their son (also Eias) was baptised in Devonport on 1st. Jan. 1778 and my direct line has been in this area since then.
The problem which I have now is pinpointing the parents of the Elias who married Dorothy Rendal. There are a number of possible candidates who were baptised Elias between 1730 and 1756 in the Moorland villages. I have been in contact with Peter who has been most helpful but unable to come up with a solution to this particular problem.
If anyone is able to offer any further information concerning this
branch of the Smerdons I would be most grateful. Congratulations for
an excellent website.
Subject: Elias Smerdons
Hello Simon and George;
I currently have 13 Elias SMERDONs and 3 Ellis SMERDONs in my database of only three that could perhaps be the Elias who married Dorothy RENDAL in 1777. For all three of these Elias' I do not have any spouse listed.
1. Elias baptised 13 Jan 1749 @ Widecombe, died Dec 1799 Widecombe.
Parents Thomas SMERDON and Jane SMERDON. See attached file Smerdon1.rtf
for ancestor details.
I trust this may be of some use.
Regards Len Heyward
Subject: Smerdons in NY
Thanx for your time
Subject: Smerdon Family
Hi to all the Smerdon gang across the world.
My 3rd great-grandparents were Ann Challice and Daniel Smerdon who moved to Ontario, Canada in the 1850's. Just saying hi and hope Peter Smerdon of Devon connects us all someday! What a great name!
Bev (Trew) Petersen, Mishawaka, Indiana, USA
Subject: Smerdon Geneaology
Subject: Smerdon Tree - Linda
Hi! I have just discovered your web site and I am so excited to know there are so many people doing the Smerdon family tree. Over the years I have been in contact with a few of you by letter but because I am a novice at the computer I have avoided it until now. I am trying to trace my side of the Smerdon family. My grandmother Mary Ann Smerdon married Francis Howe in 1904. Her parents were Frank Francis Smerdon and Elizabeth Page and grandparents John Smerdon and Elizabeth Hall. I hardly have any information on the Smerdon's at all and I would greatly appreciate it if anyone can help me. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Regards, Linda Roehlen
Subject: Captain Madge
I am currently researching the Madge family in India and I have recently come across the names, Major Thomas Madge and Captain E H Madge who were in Madras, India towards the end of the 18th century .
I have noticed from your page "Descendantsof Rev. Thomas Smerdon" that under notes for Thomas Madge Smerdon you mention a Captain Madge, I have read the letters and see that Captain Madge spent quite a while in India. Did he die there ?
I have the following info St Marys English Burial Ground( Formally known as the English Burial Ground) Madras Thomas Madge died 28 Nov 1773. Was this your Captain or my Major? Do you have anymore info on the Captain ?
Please let me know if you do, my g,g,g,great-grandfather James Madge was born in Madras in 1776 and I am trying to trace his parentage.
Subject: Captain Madge
Thank you for the reply. Samulcattah and Elore I have found were on the eastern side of India, north of where todays city of Madras stands.
I have found that the Madge surname has many links with Devon and if Captain Madge knew Robert Palk and Fullwood Smerdon, perhaps they were all from the same area. The Thomas Madge I have found for 1773 cannot be the same man, but we do have to follow up all links in our searches, even if they are dead ends.
I have not managed to get to Kew as yet but I would like to make that my next trip, I have another member of the family researching at the British Library and they are currently reading through the Palk letters so they may turn up something else.
It was nice to hear from you and I will contact you when I get more
Subject: Captain Madge
Since my last message my cousin has seen the will of Major Thomas Madge who died in 1773. He mentions his father who is Reverend Stephen Madge and his sister Elizabeth Smerdon. Could Elizabeth's surname have been Madge before she married John Smerdon ?
That would explain the name of their second son Thomas Madge Smerdon and it would then tell us that Captain Madge was helping the ensign out of obligation to his sisters family.
I have also found a Thomas Madge b.1737 and an Elizabeth b.1738 in Ashburton whose fathers name is Stephen.
Let me know what you think
Subject: James Smerdon
Hello, to all the Smerdon clan.
My Greatgrandfather is James Smerdon who came to America in 1892. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Hayman he had brothers the name of Francis,William, Samuel, Elias, HenryHarry, and two sister named MaryJane, Harriet.He came first to Canada and later journeyed to Edwards Co,Ill. where he made a life for himself. I have old letters from England from the years of 1892-till 1943.Would like to hear from extended family members. Also have old pictures of alot of his family members, and letters from his brother Sam who was a wine servant on a ship that sailed around New Zeland and down under
My name is Marsha J. Stennett I live in Geff,Ill and have alot of information I would like to share.....
Subject: Smerdon Family
Hi,My name is Steve Mortenson.My Grand mother's name was Gwendolyn Smerdon.She was born in Sussex England in 1911 .Her father's name was Richard .She had three younger siblings Ethel,Susan,& Robert.They emigrated to America in the late 20's or early 30's. I was wondering if there is a link to them in your tree.Or if you have any info that would help me find out more about them.
Steve: Richard Smerdon age 24, his wife Beatrice Agnes Smerdon age 28, and daughter Gwendoline May Smerdon less than 1 year old, arrived in New York on 1 Oct 1911 on board the ship St Louis. They had boarded at Southampton, and came from Burgess Hill, Sussex, England. This information can be found at www.ellisislandrecords.org. I can't link then into the other Smerdon lines at the moment, but have put your message on the Smerdon Forum so that others might be able to help.
Regards, Simon Begent
Hi,I found a little more information on Richard Smerdon.He was born on Jan.27,1887 in Newton Abbot,Devon,England.His wife was Beatrice Agnes Whitfeild from Brighton,Cornwall,England.They were married Sept.11,1910 in Sutton by Croydon,Surry,England.His father's name was John Smerdon.I don't have any more info on him yet.Still looking for the link. Steve
Subject: Smerdon Family
Just a quick note to let people know my new email address. I did write a message to you a few months ago and have since changed my address. I would like to personally thank Len Heyward for all his information re: my Smerdon family. I have been tracing my grandmother Mary Ann Smerdon's family being her father Frank Francis Smerdon, g/father John Smerdon and ggfather Richard Smerdon. Thank you Len.
Regards to everyone, Linda Roehlen
Subject: Smerdon / Madge
Peter and Simon,
The two of you appear to be the formost experts on the Smerdons from Devon. I have a link for you that will give you another line of Smerdons/Smardons. I have my own family tree web site for Smardons which was my grandmother. I was born Barbara Jean Foster and you will find me way down on this tree. I have been in touch with quite of few of the still living Smardons on this tree and we have all verified the information. The only problem is that we are still in a quandry about the ancestors of the top level John. If you would like to add this link to list of Smerdons lines you may feel free to do so. I can't find a link from our line into the ones out there but I suspect it will show up someday.
The link is www.buresh.org/family/index.html Anything that you can add would be greatly appreciated.
Subject: Smerdon Family
Subject: Smerdon Family Tree
Just visiting your site for the first time, and I'm quite impressed. Fascinating to see the lineage. I have 1 minor correction for you to make, however. At # 74 in the list, is my family. the birthdates for Patrick John Smerdon and James Manning Smerdon should be September 8th, rather than October 8th. Thanks for putting together such an amazing history of our family.
Thanks for this web-site - I never knew there were so many Smerdons! I've never met any outside my immediate family (the only two I've heard of was a crown bowls player from somewhere in the South West who was expelled from his club for swearing and the other was one of Cherie Blair's favourite teachers at school) I had been told that the Smerdons came from Sweden and were called Smar. They settled in the butterfields/ hills (dun) and become Smardun - I think we used to be called Smeardon, but my grandfather John removed the a. Anyway, interested to find out more now.
Subject: Looking for info on queensland smerdon's
Can any one help me find which branch of the family tree we all come from. My great grandfather was a merchant seaman working on a steam ship from england to australia and on one such trip he jumped over board in the whitsunday island's in North Queensland in Australia.My grandfather's name was ernie? and my father's name is neville d.o.b. 18/09/44
Subject: Smerdons - web page mystery
My search engine (Google) keeps leading me back to your pages in my research on the Smerdon family of Mitchell Queensland, Aust. I wonder if you could supply me with any information on that family?
Please find attached flyer regarding reunion I am organising:
SMERDON FAMILY REUNION September 15th, 2002
RED HILL BAND HALL, GYMPIE, AUSTRALIA
Richard and Mary Smerdon (Bishop) had the following children Ann , John , William , Jane, Henry, George, James, Elias, Richard, Elizabeth, Eliza Mary Ann, See Woodland Smerdons
William and Fanny (Badcock) had the following children William, Elizabeth
Ann (Tatnell) , Mary Anne , Jane ( Lorensen), Fanny (Jensen), Samuel
George, Richard John, Lily ( Morgan), Thomas
I am looking for sponsors for pages in the book, so if you are interested please contact me I require your family history complete with birth, death, marriage dates and places. Also any anecdotes or family stories and photos
AVAILABLE ON THE DAY :- Book , family name products, photos etc - ORDERS TAKEN PRIOR TO DAY
Subject: Search for help
Simon I am looking for an Alfred Smerdon who emigrated on the ship "Duke of Argyll" 1885 . Bounty of Townsville. Alfred Smerdon 21 yrs , labourer , Cardwell , England. There is Alfred Smerdon b. 1865 Ashburton in your tree under Robart
He settled in Queensland, and married in 1893 to Charlote Russell 93/000185 and had 6 children.One of his children married in Normanton which is very North Queensland and another married in Clomcurry which is west Queensland which could be the connection to the Smerdon's from Mitchell that Don wrote to me about
Subject: Looking for Hugh Smerdon, father of Betty (Elizabeth?)
Smerdon born circa 1560, Ilsington, Devon
Simon, I wonder if you can help. I am looking for the ancestry of Hugh Smerdon who with Phillepp unknown were the parents of Betty Smerdon born in Ilsington, near Newton Abbot, Devon before 1568. Betty married Hugh Degon. Any leads on this branch of the Smerdon tree?
Regards Roger Evans
Reply to Roger:
Subject: Smerdon Family Tree
Hello, My name is Nicola Hammonds. My husband and I are trying to trace our family tree. We are having difficulty with this as my father was adopted and we only have a very small amount of information. My fathers grandmothers name was Lucy Jane Smerdon and was born in Binsted on 5th August 1877, she married an Edward Ernest Capewell. We know Lucy's parents names as William John Smerdon (he was a railway station master) and Lucy Smerdon (formerly Hinks). Edward Ernest Capewells parents were Mary Capewell (formerly Cooper) and William Capewell (school master). Any information you have on this matter or any suggestions on how to look for info on the internet would be gratefully received.
Many thanks Nicola and Jason Hammonds.
Subject: Mising Link
Hi there,I've only just thought about looking up the family name and discovered this site, I'm amazed, I just cant believe how many smerdon's there are. My father, Richard John Smerdon,married Kathleen emily Carpenter, there were 7 children, 6 surviving, they are.... Richard John, Myself John,Peter,Michael Paul,Kathleen, and,Patricia,Carol Ann died in 1942/3 aged about 18mths, and we came from Kentish Town, north west London, My father lived in Tuffnell Park,before He married my mother. We must fit in somewhere!!, I do hope so. hope to hear or read that we do,my brother's and sisters cant stop visiting this web page, it's just great. regards and best wishes to all the smerdons everywhere,
from , John.
Subject: Edward Smerdon
Can someone tell me is there a parish register for Woodland. I have
an Edward Smerdon born abt 1811 who married Mary Walland in Topsham
in 1838. Edward's father was a Richard and on the census from 1851-1871
he said he was born in Woodland. This Edward does not seem to appear
on any of the trees I have yet seen. Unfortunately I was not able to
attend the reunion in Gympie. Mary Walland also appears to be related
to the Murch family. Edward and Mary had only two daughters I can find
Mary Jane Smerdon born 1839 in Topsham and Eliza Smerdon born 1845 in
Bermondsey. Eliza married John Joseph Hall in 1864 and died in 1895
in Bermondsey. Hope someone can shed light on this Smerdon.
Subject: John Smerdon
I am attempting to get more information on John Smerdon (b.c. 22 April 1741 Ashburton) who married my ancestor Elizabeth Madge, daughter of Rev. Stephen Madge, in Devon in 1760-64. Anything about him, other than already on the 'Descendants of Rev. Thomas Smerdon' website would be much appreciated.
Subject: Smerdon Family
From: Edna Fitzgerald
Date: 21 Feb 2004
Does anyone recall my father whose name was Donald Hill Smerdon, he was born in Middlesex and had brothers Jack and Bob,sister Hilda and I thnk there were some more. He was born 16th April, 1916. Await any replies with interest -
Subject: Family Tree
My fathers name was Joseph Smerdon from Bellmawr NJ he has 2 sisters one who's name is Helene Waleker unfortunately I don't know the other sisters name. My parents divorced when I was very young and I did not see my father growing up so I have no information about his background. I was told that his parents gave the children to a family relative to raise which ay or may not be true. Any other NJ Smerdon's out there?????
Subject: Another One
I am interested to know whether i am in any way related to the dartmoor smerdons. I live in stratford upon avon and have a large extended family. My father John Conran changed his surname from smeardon to smerdon, so i'm told, for obvious reasons. That would seem to be the end of that, but i was curious because i heard that the meaning of our family name was butter field and I thought there might be a chance also as i understand our lineage comes from the barnstaple area, not too far away from dartmoor. well this is a longshot, but even if it leads nowhere it is quite interesting to be in contact with another smerdon outside of my family as have never met one.
Subject: Philip Henry Smerdon
Grateful for any information. Natalie
Subject: James Smerdon son of Thomas, bro. of
What a wonderful site. Jill Torti.
Subject: The smeardons and smerdons
I do know for sure that William James Smeardon is a direct ancestor
born in 1840 in Newfoundland to Thomas Smeardon who was a sailor.
Subject: Smerdon Tree.
Hello. Have been trying to grow a "Smerdon"
Tree for my cousin, but it is not looking too good at present. Currently
unable to get back beyond Peter Smerdon Bn.1831 in Bickington,Devon.
His wife was Mary J (Unknown) Bn.1829 in Stonehouse, Devon. Their children
were Margaret Bn.1857,John Bn.1860.William Bn.1867 and Matthew P Smerdon
Bn.1869. The family in the main seem to have originated from the Torquay
Subject: Another Smerdon but this time from South Africa
Name: Sean Smerdon
Date 25 Nov 2005
Great website. I am from South Africa and am actually living and working
in the UK.
My Dad's name is Michael Smerdon and funny enough my second name is William. I find this all so interesting and have actually never met another Smerdon outside of our immediate family. I did hear of some Smerdon's living in Swaziland though.
I will definately try and get our family tree from my folks and send it to you. If you could send me an email address in the meantime that would be great.
Subject: Hermon Smerdon
From: Robynne Lozier
Date: 6 Dec 2005
I have a relative named George Roew (born Ottery st Mary, Devon in 1863. He married Rosina Callow nee Smerdon. (Her first husband was John Callow) Her parents were Hermon & Mary Smerdon. Hermon was born in 1820 in Otterton but seems to have lived in Harpford most of his life. He died in 1896 in Ottery St Mary
Hermon & Mary Ann had 10 children, John b 1846, James b 1850, Eliza bn 1851, Rose (aka Rosina) bn 1856, Georgina (Georgianna) b 1858, Stephen b 1859, Bess b 1861, Alfred (Sarl?) b 1866, Richard b 1869, Charles b 1871. Most of the children were born in the Harpford/Aylesbeare area of Devon.
Details from 1861/71/81 census records
Hermon's parents were Richard and Amy. Richard was born in Harpford in 1785. Richard Smerdon's parents were Thomas Smerdon and Martha Jude.
Does anyone know how this family might connect to one of your three families?
Subject: Smerdon - Challice - Perry links
I have traced my Challice family back through a line of yeomen farmers
in Devon to the mid 1700's and have come across two separate links to
Paul Challice, Daventry, UK
Subject: Joan Smerdon
Please can any of you help me.
I have just found my ancestor Richard Mitchell was married to Joan Smerdon's daughter Mary. Joan's husband was John Smerdon. John was a mariner of Ilsington. Devon and made a several trips to Newfoundland. After that he moved to Woodland Parish Estate and eventually moved to Ilsington where he worked for Charles Wills till he died. I am trying to find some information about Richard and Mary Mitchell. I know Richard must have died between 1801 and 1809. I seem to have hit a blank wall and would be very grateful if anyone could give me some information.
Subject: George Henry Smerdon
I think it might be possible that George Henry came to Ontario with his brother James Weeks. He and his wife Sarah gave birth to a daughter in Thorold before they returned to England. I found the birth announcement. I know he returned to Liverpool with Sarah and lived with Sarah's parents.
Here is some documentation.
The Ontario Birth Index stated that Elizabeth Jane Smerdon was born in Thorold Township on the 29th of November, 1874. Information from George Smerdon. Mother Sarah Green.
Subject: Smerdon Tree
Following my earlier message dated 25th July 2005 I now have traced
a John Smerdon Bn.c1782 in Bickington, Devon and Susanna (Murch?) bn.c1785
also from Bickington. Can anybody help get me earlier links to this
Subject: Hermon Smerdon
To Robynne Lozier...I am also trying to research Hermon Smerdon .his
daughter Elener b.1848 at Newton Poppleford Devon m.1872 at exmouth
Devon as Ann eleanor Smerdon , to William Michael Stuart . Their son
Hermon Michael Stuart m.mary Ann bolt , my gt grandparents .
Subject: smardon family
I'd be grateful for any help you can give me in relation to my family history. I have obtained much of my current information from a document produced by a Barbara Buresh in the US. This was passed on to me via a contact made on "Genes Reunited", but I have not been able to contact Barbara direct myself.
My connection with the Smerdons is via my grandmother, whose maiden name was Caroline Smardon (it seems the spelling of the name probably changed in the 18th century). My grandmother was born in Brixham, Devon, in England. The family background as I understand it is as follows:
Caroline Smardon (born 1881, Brixham)- daughter of:
Hope all this is helpful in my connections to the Smerdon clan. Any further family information you can provide would be much appraciated.
Subject: Hermon Smerdon
Robynne Lozier.....Please get in touch,there is a definate connection.
Subject: Bruce Smerdon
I wonder if you can help me I am trying to contact Bruce Smerdon. Bruce and I share a house in Brisbane Ausralia in 1977, he would have about 24 then so in his early 50s now. Bruce's parents lived nera Noosa Heads and he had a sister called Carol. I returned to England and Bruce came over to visit in 1979. When he returneed to Australia we lost contact. This is a real long shot but if you think you know him and could pass on my email contact details I would be very greatful.
Subject: hermon smerdon
Subject: Mary Smerdon
Subject: Lorna Gladys B Smerdon/Prujean
Subject: Thomas Smerdon
Name: Jane Lewis
Date: 11 May 2007
Subject: Thomas Smerdon of Stepney?
I wonder if you might have information on one of my ancestors.
I realise there were dozens of Thomas Smerdons from Devon, many of
them the right age to be my ancestor - although none I've found quite
fit the bill (none of them seem to have left Devon).
Another small piece of circumstantial evidence I came across is an
Elias Smerdon (age 33) living in Stepney in 1851, next door to an Ann
Crump (36), nee Smerdon. Both were born in Holne, Devon. Ann is not
quite the right age to be the 2nd daughter present in 1841 (when it
said she was 22), but I know census age data can be unreliable (especially
in 1841). And perhaps the "Y" for "born in Middlesex"
is also false?
Any pointers would be appreciated.
thanks (and congratulations on a fascinating site!)
Subject: Richard Carlile
Subject: Smerdons in South Africa
I have been looking at this site with great interest. For as long as
I can remember I have always wondered where the surname , "Smerdon"
comes from. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. There are not many of
us. I am married to a Kulp, my maiden surname was Smerdon. All that
I know is my grandfather, Phillip Henry Smerdon came from Durban, South
Africa and moved to Cape Town when he was still very young. He married
Sarah Elizabeth Smerdon (nee Budgen) who had 1 child, my father, Denzil
Patrick Smerdon. My father is married to my mother, Bernice Elanor Smerdon
(nee Beelders). I have 2 brothers, Wayne & Edwin Smerdon, &
2 sisters , Lynne & Gillian Smerdon. As said before, our surname
is very uncommon here in Cape Town. I do believe we have some family
in Durban & Johannesburg (not too many) . Wow, so I am wondering
if most of the Smerdons originated from England, moved to America and
Australia , who & when did my family move to South Africa. Can someone
give me some leads ?
Subject: An 'in-law' of the Smerdon family
Name: Morwenna Dormer
Date: 31 August 2007
So interested to see your website. I am researching my first cousin's
family history - Bishop of Woodland. I see Richard Smerdon born 1809
Holne married Mary Ann Bishop born 1816 Woodland - Mary Ann was the
sister of my cousin's great grandfather Thomas Bishop. His great great
grandfather William Bishop and his wife Elizabeth were living with Richard
and Mary Ann on the 1841 census.
All good wishes
Subject: Herman Smerdon
I have been amazed to find some distant relatives on this site! I am descended from Herman Smerdon. My great great grandparents were William Stuart and Ann Ellen Smerdon, via their daughter Bessie Stuart. My grandfather was Thomas Tucker, who married my grandmother Dora Cormack, and they went on to have my mother Barbara Tucker.
Fascinating - how do I get in touch with others who have mentioned Herman Smerdon?
Subject: Richard Smerdon born 1809 Holne
I am adding his children to our history as he married Mary Ann Bishop,
who relates to our side of the family. I have two extra children, making
13 in total. Thomas b.c. 1840 and Eliza b.c. 1858.
Subject: Palk Letters
Subject: Thomas Smerdon, 1781-1860
I've received some voluminous correspondence from Jan Wood, a Smerdon descendant and researcher who works for the Devon records office.
One of my ancestors was Thomas Smerdon, born about 1781 in Ashburton, who (Jan informs me) married Susanna Ireland. They moved to London about 1819, and their daughter Elizabeth (b.1820) married George Riley, my great-great-grandfather. Thomas and Susanna had at least 4 other children: William, Thomas (b.1805) Richard (b.1811) and Ann (b.1818)
I'd be interested to hear from any other descendants of Thomas and Susanna. As far as I can tell, this particular Thomas Smerdon is not mentioned on the website. Jan tells me he was the son and grandson of two other Thomas Smerdons.
Susanna died, and Thomas remarried in 1846, to Sarah Mugford, who was
also from Ashburton.
The Smerdon name was handed down the Riley line as a middle name, to at least two offspring: George and Elizabeth's daughter Susan Smerdon Riley, 1851-1908 (who never married), and their granddaughter (my father's aunt) Kathleen Evelyn Smerdon Riley, b.1876, who married Edwin Lorrain.
Subject: Smerdons in South Africa
Dear Simon and Mandy Kulp,
I would like to get in contact with Mandy Kulp nee Smerdon as I notice
that her ancestor Philip Henry Smerdon came from Durban to Cape Town
South Africa, when young. At the moment Peter Smerdon and I are extending
our research on the descendants of John Smerdon of Bowden Farm, Buckland
in the Moor (died 1871) and his wife Mary Julia nee Hosking (who remarried
in 1878). Their oldest son John Edward Smerdon, who was aged 13 when
his father died, later moved to Durban in South Africa. Later he and
his brother George Alfred Smerdon, who had appeared back in Plymouth
at the end of the 19th century after an apparent absence from England,
erected a gravestone over the burial place of their late father John,
in Buckland in the Moor churchyard. They had a third brother, Albert
James Smerdon, whose whereabouts after childhood are also a mystery.
Subject: Smerdon Cornish
I am wondering if in the mant records that you have recorded, whether
you have any reference to Smerdon's marring into a family with the surname
Any assistance in this quest would be gratefully appreciated.
Subject: Nee Smerdon from South Africa
I am a daughter of late Gordon Patrick Smerdon. I find this website very interesting. I am very interested to know more about my family tree.If there is anyone that could provide me with more information, it would be appreciated.
Subject: Leslie Smerdon born 1886 Brixham
Jerry Bird has his mother as Sarah...but the census 1891 and 1901 plus
marriage in 1873 show her to be Elizabeth Elson..her father a master
mariner as was her husband Richard Narramore Smerdon.
Subject: Hi people
I'm joe smerdon, found this genealogy by typing my name into google.
I live in somerset and apart from close relatives have not met one smerdon,
where are all you guys? This is a great site by the way, are there any
other famous smerdons?
Subject: Alice Smerdon.
Name: Linda Bamsey
Date: 23 Jan 2008
Subject: Thomas Smerdon
What a great site! My GGGrandfather - Robert Randle, married Harriet Maxwell Smerdon in Marylebone, London in 1875. I can see that a lot of my grandfathers aunts and uncles emigrated to Canada, in about 1904. Are there any Canadian or other Randles, that can help me trace the Randle tree back further than Robert Randle? Also, I can give you the information on more of the children from Charles Randle/Florence (Randle) if that would be helpful - they are my Grandfather, and his siblings.
Subject: Sarah Wellington
I am new to this forum so I hope I am posting this in the correct place.
I am involved with the Devon Smerdons through an Ann Smerdon who married
James Jordan in 1839.Ann's parents were Thomas Smerdon and Sarah Wellington.
They married in East Teignmouth in 1813. I cant find any trace of Sarah
Wellington other than her marriage so would be thrilled if anybody has
any info on her.
Subject: Smedon / Nosworthy connection
Hi there my name is Leigh Decorte and in going through my family tree and researching my Mom's side (Norsworthy or Nosworthy) of the family I have found a connection between our two families. It goes back to a Anne Cleave (daughter of John Smerdon and Alice Hamlyn) Anne married a William Nosworthy and HE is my sixth Great Grandpa. Would love to hear from anyone.
Subject: Any Other Smerdon's in my area (Wolverhampton in the West Midlands - England) ?
Name: Justine Smerdon
Date: 3 May 2008
Hi, my name is Justine and of course I'm one in the 'Smerdon Clan!' My father sadly passed away when I was 12 and I learnt nothing about the 'Smerdon' back ground. It would be fab if there are any family out there who I don't know about for them to get in touch.
Subject: Thomas Smerdon : immigrant to South
Great site! Greetings to all Smerdon's around the globe! My maternal
grandmother grew up in Port Elizabeth,South Africa, daughter of Thomas
and Georgie Smerdon (they married there 1872). Thomas was an immigrant
from England and worked in the wool trade. Her mother was from Boston(USA).
Thomas' father and grandfather were also named Thomas Smerdon. His father
married Charlotte Gunter in London (1832).
Subject: Re: Sarah Harris
If you see this Sarah, here's a message from your newly found 2nd cousin!
I'd love to hear from you. :) I'm the grand daughter of William John
Tucker, another one of Bessie Stuart's sons.
This site has really helped contact family from near and far... who'd have thought?
Subject: Smardon/Smeardon Family
I am researching this family and am back to the Smeardon ancestors in Newfoundland. If the names Richard Smeardon, his wife Marie Rogers, Thomas Smeardon and his wife Mary Hiscock, who were Richard's parents are familiar to you, I would like to get in touch. My Smardon/Smeardon family tree is on Ancestry.com. Please check it out and let me have your comments.
Subject: Nosworthy/ Norsworthy/ Nessworthy
Just a short note to let you know that if you are interested in finding out more information on the Nosworthy/ Norsworthy/ Nessworthy family history there is a excellent website that is set up. You can find it at www.annebrooks.ca . Anne Brooks is a Norsworthy family researcher and she has a lot of information on the family.
Name: Mr. A. Tray
Subject: Jack L. Smerdon born Stanmore Middlesex 1893
Date: 16 December 2008
A small postcard has come into my possession which has been hand painted by Jack Smerdon. It is a pretty riverbank scene. On the reverse is a message which reads "Painted by Jackie on his 14th Birthday 1907".
It would seem to me that Jack was a talented artist as a youth. I have no connection with the Smerdon family and would take pleasure in passing it on to a descendant from the family.
Name: Andrew Smith
Subject: Smerdon, Heyward, Le Messurier
Date: 5th January 2009
just thought you might like to know that there is still a branch descended from Richard of Elliots Hill surviving in Guernsey, Channel Islands- under no.51 vii Ellen Heyward, her second marriage listed to Peter LAMESSURIER should read Peter Le Messurier (also sometimes spelt Le Mesurier) - their daughter Ellen Mary Le Messurier was my great grandmother.
Congratulations on a very fine and extremely useful piece of research. My father was amazed to learn how close he had been to several of his ancestral 'homes' when he spent time evacuated to Chudleigh during WWII.
Name: Keith Young
Hi! Suzanne Fisher, I am interested in your William John TUCKER, I
have William, b.1860, Menheniot, Cornwall, England, and he m. Bessie
Name: Joseph Smerdon
Subject: From N.E. Pennsylvania - England - Scotland ?
Date: 6 February 2009
Grandfather was John Smerdon of (Pittston) Moosic Pa. Father Weston
Name: Anthony Pincott
A bookplate inscribed “Jno. Smerdon, Ashburton” was mentioned in 1891 in an article on West Country Bookplates, and there is an example of this bookplate (No. F.27164) in the Franks Collection of Bookplates in the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings. The attached image will give you an idea of what the bookplate looks like (but this image is indistinct, being taken from microfilm). The bookplate is in a style dating from about 1740-60, and it is signed by the engraver, R Coffin of Exeter.
I would like to be able to identify the owner, John Smerdon. Perhaps he was the John who was b.1741, the eldest son of Rev. Thomas Smerdon (minister of Woodland and master of the Ashburton grammar school), who m. Elizabeth Madge and who was an attorney-at-law in Ashburton. Do you have any means to confirm this ?
The International Genealogical Index gives me two other possible candidates as owner of the bookplate:
(A) Possibly the John Smerdon born 1 Aug 1714 at Widdicombe In The Moor, Devon, son of Edward Smerdon and Catherine Langdon. He married (1) Mary Honeywill (1717 – 10 August 1790) on 14 Jan 1734 at Buckland, Devon and (2) Unrecorded wife on 31 Oct 1740 at Widdicombe In The Moor. He died on 28 May 1783; and
(B) Alternativerly the John Smerdon born c.1712, christened 13 Apr 1712 at Saint Peter's Church, Buckland-in-the-Moor, Devon, son of John Smerdon and Alice Hamlyn. He married Mary Leaman (b.c.1712, christened 10 May 1713 at Throwleigh, Devon) on 16 Apr 1738 at Saint Pancras Church of England, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, and he died 1785.
I’ll try to obtain a better image, but in the meantime would be most grateful for your thoughts.
Name: Peter Smerdon
Dealing first with the two “alternatives”
John (bap 1.8.1714) appeared to spend a large part of his life at Widecombe, and was living at Dunstone when he married. He was born and married there and, as far as we can tell, all of his children were born there. If his wife, Mary, died in 1790 she was buried at Widecombe. Therefore, I think that it unlikely that he was the owner of the Bookplate.
John (bap 13.4.1712) was born at Buckland. He married at Widecombe but was a tenant at Ruddycleave which was owned by Buckland Church. All of his children were baptised at Buckland and he was buried there on 15.9.1785. Again, he seemed to spend all of his life at Buckland and unlikely to have been the Bookplate owner.
I think that John (bap 22.4.1741 at Ashburton) the eldest son of Rev Thos Smerdon is the most likely candidate of those for whom I have some information. However, you say that the Bookplate style was in use between 1740-1760 which would have meant the John would have been quite young if he used it during that period.
I’m afraid that I have nothing more positive to offer, but hope that my comments may be of some help. On another point, do you have any information on the ancestry of the Rev Thomas Smerdon?
I am glad to report that Liverpool City Libraries are happy for me to forward the image of the Smerdon bookplate. If and when reproducing this on your website, please include an acknowledgement to Liverpool City Libraries and The Bookplate Society.
Name: Sam Cutler
Name: Helen Smerdon
Hello, I was born a SMERDON, one of 2 daughters of Peter SMERDON who was born in Formby Lancashire in 1923. I have just started researching my famlily tree and wonder where I might fit into the SMERDON line. My Grandfather was Percy Thomas SMERDON born in and his farhter was George Washington SMERDON born in Egremont Cheshire in 1867 and was married to Olive.
I would love to read of anyone else with these particular SMERDONS in their family tree.
Regards Helen S
Name: Chris Broadhurst
Hi - a great site,
Do you know anything about William as I can not find him?
Name: Rosyne Hughes
G'day, in answer to Sam Cutler's question about information on Richard Foster Born Dean Prior married Mary Smerdon, I am a decendant of Richard and Mary's son Thomas Foster. Thomas Born about 1805 married Susannah Lamsin. Thomas and Susannah had only one child listed,a Lydia Foster. Lydia married George Gilding and together they had 14 children. Their third born child Susannah Lamsin Gilding, was my great grandmother. Lydia and George moved to Australia, where Susannah met and married George Butcher. Susannah Gilding and George Butcher had 8 children, Catherine Philp Butcher was my grandmother. Catherine married Alexander Leith Dawson, who came to Australia from Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Together Catherine and Alec had three children, 17 grandchildren and now numerous great grandchildren. My mother Susanna Dawson married Aubrey Hardy McEgan, they had four children and I am Rosyne, second born child. My Eldest Brother Geoffrey passed away six years ago, at the age of 55. I have a sister Jennifer and a brother Robin. I am happy to pass on any further information.
Best wishes, Rosie Hughes.
Name: Dorian Smerdon
Subject: where do we fit in?
Date: 3 March 2010
Hello Smerdons out there, I would like to ask anyone where my family fits in. We are decents of Goerge Smerdon born april 23 1849 in Devonshire England, Died dec 5 1913 Auckland NZ. George Smerdon married Ada Mgnott in Cambridge NZ 1880, My greatgrandfather was George Ernest Smerdon, my grandfather was Ernest Vivian Smerdon died 1969, my father is Ronald John Smerdon living in NZ, I am in Australia Sunshine Coast. My great great grandfather left England for America at the age of 19, then came to Auckland New Zealand 1877 or 78. I know a little more of George Smerdon but would like to know more about him and his parents on so on. hope to here from someone with knowledge, thank you Dorian Smerdon
Name: Ros Dixon
I would like to find information please of my Grandfather, Leslie Thomas and my Great Grandfather , Thomas Smerdon my greatgrandfather is buried in Mitchell any information would be great,
Name: Jim Isaak
Subject: Smerdon roots
Date: 11 Sept 2010
Hello from Canada - I have been resarching for our family roots and have stumbled across your web site. My gr gr grandfather is James Weeks Smerdon bron 1850 who who arrived from England and settled into Thorold Ontario. James married Elizabeth Horton (also from England) in 1871 and they had 3 children. In 1871 just prior to marriage, the census indicates that James was living with James and Grace Weeks and their 5 children. I beleive we are distantly related!
If you would like more info please let me know and I can give you what I have and even dig up some more info from the Canadian sources.
Name: Rosie Drysdale
Name: Mary Riontino
Greetings! I have photos of the Smerdon ancestors of my maternal grandmother.
Name: Fran Banytis
To Jennifer who posted in July 2010: Please contact me, I can supply you with quite a lot of information! Regards, Fran.
Name: Rein A Franz
Subject: Gordon Patrick Smerdon
Date: 16 December 2010
Name: Deb Lord
Hi and Happy New Year!
I wonder if you're able to help me, I'm trying to find my Grandmother Sylvia May Smerton. It is belived that she was born in Victoria Australia around 1911, but I am unable to find her or her parental line....Are you able to help?
In 1929, Sylvia had a baby Lelsie Patrick to a man called Albert Watson, had my mother to an Albert Wadsworth...My mum's sister Thelma Joyce was borne by another unnamed fellow and Sylvia finally married Stewart Munn Colcott.
Name: Danielle Smerdon
Hello, does anybody know anything about GARY SMERDON born in 1966. He's 44. I think he lives in Bodmin. I'm his daughter and haven't seen him in nearly 9 years now. Please email me if you have any information?
Name: Stanley Ridge
Subject: S African Smerdon link
Date: 25 Feb 2011
My grandmother was Bertha Annie Smerdon, b. 14.02.1887,d. 25.04.1941. She married my grandfather, Stanley Herbert Ridge, around 1908 in the UK and they then emigrated to South Africa. Granny died just over a year before I was born, and Grandad when I was two, so I picked up very little of the Smerdon family history. My father was in touch with an Uncle Tom Smerdon who lived in Ashburton. That must have been in the 1950s. Has anyone within the Begent network any information to help me?
Bertha Annie has descendants in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. I can give details of them.
Name: Sally Larkins
Name: Tessa Smith (nee Smerdon)
Subject: Richard Smerdon
Date: 17 March 2011
Hello, I have been doing family history research for some years and
have now traced my Smerdon family back to a Richard Smerdon born in
Dartington around 1784. On a visit to Devon last week, I was very excited
to find his grave in the old churchyard at Dartington Hall. I have found
Richard in the 1841 census described as a farmer at Brooking. His first
wife (my 3 greats-grandmother)was Miriam Hombs (Homes?) and his second
wife was Agnes Nelder.
Name: Joanne Stanbridge
What a wonderful and useful website you've created! It gave me a valuable piece of the puzzle for my own family tree.
Charlotte Smith Stanbridge (who married Frederick Partridge Smerdon in 1893) was my great-great-grandmother. I believe she may be mis-identified in your chart as another Charlotte Stanbridge, from Dorking, who also tripped me up for a while in my own research! I'd be happy to share my findings with you, if that would be of interest to you.
Best wishes from Canada, and thank you again for the terrific website.
Name: Jan Wood
I hope that this message is seen by Stanley, who left a message back
in February about Bertha Smerdon. I have done quite a lot of research
on Bertha's family background over here in England. She was one of the
daughters of John Smerdon, who was originally of Higher Brownshill Farm
in Ashburton, though he later moved to farm at Stubbins in East Ogwell.
John Smerdon was the youngest surviving child of Thomas and Susanna
Smerdon, and he was baptised on 27 September 1833 in Ashburton parish
church. His older brother William Smerdon emigrated to Missouri in the
United States, and a number of William's descendants have visited Devon
in England in recent years. I've visited them in the US as well. Back
in 1894, William Smerdon and his son John and daughter Thirza returned
to Devon and stayed with Bertha's parents, John and Elizabeth. Bertha
and her sister Elsie also wrote to their first cousin Thirza in Missouri,
after she gone back home following her Devon visit in 1894.
Name: Jan Wood
A message for Mary Riontino - I have done a lot of research on your family background - Thomas Smerdon's parents and also his brothers and sisters moved to London as well and I have traced all of their family lines and linked them to a Smerdon family back in Ashburton in the 18th century. I did this after meeting a descendant of the family [not on this contact forum] who had come back to live in Devon and asked for my help. This branch of Smerdons were originally all non-conformists, which has made them harder to trace.
Looking back on this Contact Forum, the messages from Chris Broadhurst in Oct 2009, from Brenda Riontino, and from Jon Riley in June etc., 2007 relate to the same Smerdon family.
If anyone from this family line wants information please contact me.
Name: Pete Webb
Thomas Smerdon Abbot was Portreeve of Ashburton 1915 - 1920. Do you
have any information about him.
Pete Webb (Historian) Ashburton, Devon
Name: Jan Wood
I have researched the family of Thomas Smerdon Abbott because he descends from the Smerdon family of Elliotshill, Buckland in the Moor. Thomas Smerdon Abbott, the son of William Henry and Elizabeth Jane Abbott nee Smerdon was born in Ashburton in about 1878. He grew up at Lower Bowdley but spent some time farming in Cornwood and married a girl from Blackawton. They eventually returned to farm at Bowdley and lived at Waverley, Bowdely in 1911 with his wife, daughters and elderly father. Thomas's mother was the oldest daughter of first cousins William Smerdon and his wife Ann nee Soudon, who farmed at Bowdley, and at other farms in Widecombe and Buckland in the Moor, and who are buried in Ashburton churchyard. There were a number of marriages over several generations between the Abbott family (from Dean Prior), the Smerdon family (from Ashburton and Buckland), the Soudon family (from St Marychurch) and the Pitts family (from Denbury).
Name: Shirley Owens
Hi, I'm Shirley Owens (nee Springall) and I live in Mackay, Qld Aust. Our daughter directed me to this fantastic family tree, and I'm amazed at the research you people have done. Some years ago a member of our "branch" of the Smerdon tree published a book, but it certainly doesn't go back as far as this site does.
I grew up in Gympie - my grandmother was Fanny Smerdon (line 7 - daughter of William Smerdon & Betty Butler) who married Jim O'Farrell and they had 12 children.
In order to keep your records correct, you might like to know that on Line 19 the correct spelling is Springall (not Springhall), and make the change.
My husband Barry and I hope to visit Canada next year, and would be interested in communicating with any Smerdon descendants beforehand, in case there was a chance we might meet whilst over there. I'm happy for my email address to be passed on.
Reading through the lists, I have found many familiar names from my primary school days, and it's interesting to discover that some of us are actually related through our Smerdon ancestors, and didn't even know at the time.
Name: Christine Armsby
I have some additional information of Sophia Ann Smerdon (No.11 on the list) who was my Great-Grandmother. She was born on 30 June 1863 and died on 12 September 1950 in Lancing, Worthing, Sussex. She only had three children William Dudley, Hilda and May and can be found on the 1901 census living with them in North Wimbledon at 259 Park Road (along with a general servant Hannah Douglas). Neither of her daughters married nor had children but William married Helena Ingram and they had two sons - one of whom was my father. I hope this is of interest.
Name: Brian Vallance
Hi we are a local farming family who have just purchased
the adjoining Lower Brownswell Farm Ashburton unfortunately the farm
is now derelict & I was wondering if any of the descendents of
the Smerdon family who farmed there in the 1800s had by any chance
a photo of the old farm house & yard.
Name: Henry Smerdon
I have a copy of an old photo of the Lower Brownswell farm house which was taken we think in the 1930s or 1940s. It was given to me by Mr Fred Daw whose family owned Lower Brownswell from about the 1920s. The house fell into disrepair and eventually largely demolished in the 1950s as I understand it. Lowert Brownswell was farmed by my great grandfather Thomas Smerdon. I am happy to provide a copy of what I have to Mr Vallance.
Name: Norman Full
I would be grateful if someone could fill in the gaps
for these people
Name: David Smerdon
Hi I am wanting to make contact with Marsha Stennett
who posted the comment about James Smerdon. Samuel Smerdon is my great
Name: Emma Smerdon
I come from a big family Palmer Roberts and smerdon
is my favorite it's a unique name and if you come from the smerdon
family message me anytime
Name: Ross Cameron
Name: Allan Moor
I'm busy trying to piece together parts of this illustrius
Name: Sally Larkins
Looking for any info on my Great Grandmother.b. 9th nov 1877 bentely d. 1924 bicester. Her daughter Ena Ethel Capewell b. 1914 henley reg. Her daughter Doreen May Capewell b. 25.08.1936 then Her daughter Me ! My mum was adopted looking for info please.
Name: John Edwards
Subject: Thomas Michael Smerdon of "Merino Ridge" Mitchell Queensland AUS
Date: 21 June 2012
Greetings to distant rellies, It would be cool to see the branch of the family tree which includes the above named Thomas.
Thomas Michael Smerdon married my great Aunt Fenella Edwards in 1914 (from what I can gather). I have seen copies of letters from Thomas to the Red Cross and the War Office (on behalf of my great grandmother - his mother-in-law) asking for news of one of my Great Uncles (John Max Edwards) who died on the western front in 1916. One such letter is written on "Merino Ridge" Mitchell Qld letterhead paper.
From what I can see from the death records, both Thomas Michael Smerdon and his wife Fenella Smerdon nee Edwards, died in 1957, Fenella aged about 67.
There ends what I know about that part of the family. I'm not sure if it's "new information"or part of the bigger picture. Any clues that could be directed my way would be appreciated.
Name: Peter Tucker
I came across Norman Full's note dated 12 Feb 2012 on this site
re his having Smerdons in his family. I also descend from Beaton
Smerdon and husband Hugh Degon married 1602 in Ilsington. Their
daughter Beaton Degon married Richard Crossing 1632 in Ilsington.
Norman descends from their son William born 1644. I descend from
their son Richard Crossing born 1634 who married Barbara Parsons
Name: Norman Full
Hello, I am still researching my Full ancestors & related families
in Devon.Two Smerdons feature at Ilsington, Devon. They are Hugh
Smerdon b. ca. 1580, Ilsington, who married Philippa. Their daughter,
Beaton was born ca. 1582 & married Hugh Degon at Ilsington in
Name: Allan Moor
Thanking you most kindly.
Name: ANN LARCOMBE
Alice Smerdon Ilsington Devon born 22nd March 1779 married
John Derges HOLNE.
Name: DENZIL BUDGEN PATRICK SMERDON
I am about to turn 68 yrs old. The Smerdons of Durban
had a rough time in the apartheid years in S.A. Those who could "pass"
as white tried not to mingle with their darker skinned family in fear
of being 'caught out" After 20 years of democracy, please fellow
Smerdons in Durban, lets hear from you!
Name: Brian Page
I am a descendent of this line from viii William Nosworthy.
He and brothers John iv and Robert ix came to Australia. I have a
good lineage from these lines. Happy to hear from anyone interested
and other kin.
Name: Jane Lewis
Hello, I am trying to trace ancestors of Edmund Wellington
Smerdon. He was a son of Thomas Smerdon and Sarah Wellington who married
22 June 1813.
Name: Margaret Pascoe
Subject: Violet and Joyce Cheales
Date: 08 July 2015
Hi, are you still looking for information about these beautiful ladies? I am Joyce's grand daughter.
Name: Katherine Bailey
I descend from the South Brent Smerdons.We have farmed in Ivybridge for 125 years. My great grandparents John and Mary Smerdon are buried in South Brent graveyard,their son John died in 1960 and his son John (my father) born 1927, died 1998. I have 2 brothers, John and Andrew. Can anyone tell me what family tree we descend from
Name: Judith Smerdon
Name: Alyson Mower
My great great great grandfather was John Pitts, father
of Emily Pitts. I do have quite a bit of information on that family..
Name: Sandra Brodwin
I found one message regarding a Joan Smerdon on the
website. It notes she was married to a John Smerdon. My family tree
- Soper - indicates a Joan Smerdon married to my great grandfather
(6x) John Soper & had children, one of whom was William Soper
(christend 18 Oct 1583 Stoke St. Gregory Somerset, Eng died 17 Sep
1624)who married Ann Hobbs; one of their children was Thomas Soper
who married Joan Avery; one of their children was Henry Soper who
married Sarah Wattles.
Name: Alan Slatford
He was born in Ashburton, Devon I believe and was married to a
Susanna living in the Higher Brownhill area.
Name: MARTIN SMERDON
Subject: Smerdons in Africa
Date: 2 Jan 2017
Hello all smerdons. Happy new year. I am married to a kenyan.just interested any more smerdons in Aarica. My dad is jack. We have family in Australia and Canada.as far asIi know. At the moment we live in essex.england.but hope to go back to Kenya to grow old in the sun.
Name: Kym Morwood
I am the granddaughter of Gordon Bray Smerdon son Jessie Parkyn & Jack Smerdon. Margaret Pascoe I remember visiting the beautiful Violet & Joyce often with my mum Robyn Smerdon at Gympie when I was a child. If anyone needs any further info, let me know. Thanks Kym
Fernley and Alice Smerdon.
I still have the pocket watch.
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