Isaac SMITH senior (c.1788–1849)
His wife Mrs Sarah SMITH, née Temple (c.1787–1871)
Their sons John SMITH (1813–1824) [buried elsewhere]
and Isaac SMITH junior (1816–1867)
St Paul’s section: Row 15, Grave A7 [St Paul ref E.12]

Isaac Smith grave















St Sepulchre’s Cemetery was consecrated on 23 September 1848, and this grave dating from 2 September 1849 is the third earliest grave that can be identified

Isaac Smith senior was born in c.1788.

Sarah Temple was born at Filkins, Oxfordshire in 1787 and was baptised at Broadwell Church on 13 May. She was the daughter of John Temple and his wife Anne.

On 27 April 1812 at St-Peter-le-Bailey Church, Isaac Smith married Sarah Temple: they were both then living in that parish. Their witnesses were Nathaniel Day Hanks and Hannah Boucher. They had two sons:

  • John Smith (born in Oxford in 1813 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 7 May)
  • Isaac Smith junior (born in Oxford and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 4 August).

At the time that the boys were baptised, the family was living in Chain Alley (which runs off the north-east end of George Street), and Isaac was working as a plasterer.

John Smith, their elder son, died at the age of 11 on 20 September 1824. He is remembered on the grave of his parents and brother in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, but was actually buried in St Mary Magdalen churchyard (on 24 September).

By the time of the 1841 census Isaac Smith senior, described as a slater, was living with his wife Sarah at Walton Close, Oxford. They had one servant, Elizabeth Temple, who was probably Sarah’s niece.

Their son Isaac Smith junior, who would have been 25, was probably working in London at the time of that census. In the third quarter of 1844 in Marylebone, he married Mary Ann Tapp (born at St Giles, Bloomsbury in 1818/19). They had seven children:

  • James Isaac Smith (born at St Anne’s, Westminster (Soho) on 30 June 1845 and baptised at St Martin’s-in-the-Fields on 2 July)
  • Alfred Temple Smith (born at St Anne’s, Westminster (Soho) in 1846/7, reg. Strand district first quarter of 1847)
  • Mary Ann Smith (born at Clerkenwell in 1848, reg. fourth quarter)
  • Sarah Elizabeth Smith (born at Clerkenwell in about August 1850)
  • Edward Mason Smith (born at St Pancras in 1852/3, reg. first quarter of 1853)
  • Walter Tapp Smith (born at St Giles, Bloomsbury in 1854/5)
  • Alice Smith (born at St Giles, Bloomsbury in 1856/7, reg. first quarter of 1857)
  • Louisa Tapp Smith (born at St Giles, Bloomsbury in 1858, reg. first quarter of 1859).

Isaac stated that he was a draper at the time of James’s baptism in 1845, but by the time of the 1851 census he was working as a coachmaker: he and his wife Mary Ann were then living at 11 Southampton Street, Clerkenwell with their first four children, and the family had a 15-year-old servant girl.

Meanwhile the address of Isaac Smith senior back in Oxford was given as 13 Worcester Place in Hunt’s 1846 Directory, where he is listed as a slater & plasterer, but as 14 Worcester Place when he died three years later:

† Isaac Smith senior died at 14 Worcester Place at the age of 61 on 28 August 1849 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 2 September (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).

The following death notice was inserted in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 1 September 1849: “August 28, after a long and severe illness, borne with truly christian fortitude, Mr. Isaac Smith, of Walton-place, aged 61, deservedly respected by all who knew him.”

At the time of the 1851 census Mrs Sarah Smith (61) was living at 14 Worcester Place and working as a laundress. Her unmarried niece Eliza Claridge (25), born in Black Bourton, was living with her and was described as her servant. Part of the house was let out to a separate tenant.

† Mrs Mary Ann Smith née Tapp, the wife of Isaac Smith junior, died in early 1859, and the following announcement appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 30 April that year: “Died April 13, at the residence of her father J. Tapp, Esq., Mary Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. Isaac Smith, oil and colour merchant, of 31, Broad Street, Bloomsbury, London, and late of this city [i.e. Oxford].”

In 1861 Isaac Smith junior, who was now working as an oil & colourman, was a widower of 40, still living at 31 Broad Street in Bloomsbury with just three of his eight children: James Isaac (15), who had the same occupation as his father, and Mary Ann (12) and Walter (6), who were at school. They had two female servants, and a 15-year-old male shop servant. Meanwhile Sarah Elizabeth went to live in Oxford with her grandmother Mrs Sarah Smith; Alice went to live with her great-uncle Joseph Tapp and his unmarried sisters Sarah and Mary Ann in Hackney; and Edward and baby Louisa went to live in Hook with their widowed grandfather James Tapp, a retired hosier, and his unmarried daughter Elizabeth. Alfred’s location in 1861 is uncertain.

Mrs Sarah Smith, the widow of Isaac Smith senior, was still at 14 Worcester Place in 1861 with her young granddaughter Sarah, and Eliza Claridge. Her age was now given as 74, and she and Eliza were now both described as laundresses.

At some point between the 1861 census and November 1867, Isaac Smith junior, Sarah Smith’s only surviving son, appears to have married a second wife, Clara. He moved with her to Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, where he worked as a mechanic/engineer. He died there in 1867:

† Isaac Smith junior died at Newport Pagnell at the age of 48 (according to parish register), or 49 (according to newspaper announcement) or 51 (according to gravestone) on 15 November 1867. He was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 20 November (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).

The following death announcement was placed in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 23 November 1867: “Nov. 15, at Newport Pagnell, Isaac, son of Mrs. Sarah Smith, of Worcester Place, in this City, aged 49.” His effects came to under £200, and Letters of Administration were granted at Oxford to Mrs Clara Smith of Newport Pagnell, described as the relict of the deceased.

At the time of the 1871 census Mrs Sarah Smith, who now described herself as an annuitant, was still living at 14 Worcester Place with her granddaughter Sarah (20).

† Mrs Sarah Smith died at 14 Worcester Place at the age of 84 on 18 April 1871 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 22 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).

The following death announcement was placed in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 30 April 1871: “April 19 [sic: gravestone says 18] at her residence, Worcester-place, Oxford, Sarah, widow of Isaac Smith, aged 84.” Her effects came to under £3,000, and her executors were her niece Miss Elizabeth Tapp of Hook (near Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey), and her grandson Alfred Temple Smith, a grocer who lived at 69 Tottenham Court Road.

Children of Isaac Smith junior
  • James Isaac Smith (born 1845) married Esther Elizabeth Griffith at All Saints Church, Southampton on 1 February 1870. At the time of the 1871 census James (25), who was a sapper in the Royal Engineers, was living at North Street, Kingsclere, Hampshire with his wife Esther Elizabeth (18) and their son James Edwin P. Smith (two months). In 1881 he was also a School Board Inspector, and they were living at 1 Norman Villas, Bath Road, Heston, Middlesex, and had four more children: Alfred G. T. Smith (8), who was born in Southampton; Esther E. Smith (5), who was born in Oxford; Alice M. Smith (3), who was born in Croydon; and Walter T. Smith (five months), who was born in Hounslow. By 1911 James was an Inspector of nuisances living at 124 Bath Road, Hounslow with their son William Isaac Smith (15), who was a gas-fitter’s mate, and their granddaughter Gwendoline Violet Augusta Goodenough (12).
  • Alfred Temple Smith (born 1846/7) was a grocer’s shopman in 1871: aged 24, he was lodging over the shop at 69 Tottenham Court Road with the grocer, John Hazelwood. In the fourth quarter of 1882 at West Westbury, Wiltshire, he married Lydia Martha Reeves. By the time of the 1901 census, when he was aged 54, he was a grocer, tea, & hardware dealer, living at 354 Harrow Road, Paddington with his wife Lydia (43) and his five children, all born in Paddington: Mary (17) was a grocer’s assistant; John (16) was a marine engineer; Florence (14) worked at a cash desk; and Alfred (12) and Violet (11) were at school. Alfred and his wife emigrated to Australia, and he died at Chatswood near Sydney on 17 December 1924. Probate was granted to his widow Lydia Temple Smith, and his effects came to £2,774 3s. 8d.
  • Mary Ann Smith (born 1848), who remained in London with her father after her mother’s death, is hard to identify after the 1861 census.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Smith (born 1850), who went to live with her grandmother in Oxford after her mother’s death, is hard to find after 1871. (She is not the Sarah Elizabeth Smith of the right age (27) who married Joseph Richmond at St Frideswide’s Church, Oxford on 27 December 1877, as she was the daughter of Ellis Smith and born in Oxford).
  • Edward Mason Smith (born 1852/3) who was brought up in Hampshire remained in that area. At the time of the 1901 census he was a draper’s assistant aged 48, living in Shirley Warren, Southampton with his wife Georgina and children Rupert Clarence (21), who was also a draper’s assistant; Harold Stockwell Smith (14); and Ethel Blanche Smith (9).
  • Walter Tapp Smith (born c.1855) was a 16-year-old apprentice at the time of the 1871 census, living at 34 Broad Street, St Giles, Bloomsbury in the home of his master, the draper James Tapp (obviously a relation, whose wife Sarah was born in Chipping Norton). In the first quarter of 1908 in Middlesborough Walter Tapp Smith was married in Middlesborough. Walter officially changed his name to Walter Tapp-Smith (with a hyphen) on 7 February 1923, and the following notice appeared in the London Gazette two days later: “I, WALTER TAPP-SMITH, residing at 96, Tennyson-avenue, Scarborough, and carrying on business at 186, Linthorpe-road, Middlesbrough, both in the county of York, Hairdresser and Chiropodist, a natural born British subject, heretofore called and known by the name of Walter Tapp Smith, hereby give notice, that I have renounced and abandoned the name of Walter Tapp Smith, and that I have assumed and intend henceforth on all occasions whatsoever and at all times to sign and use and to be called and known as Walter Tapp-Smith….”
  • Alice Smith (born c.1857), who following her mother’s death was brought up in Hackney by her great-aunt Miss Mary Ann Tapp, was still living there at the time of the 1871 and 1881 censuses. Her aunt died in Hackney at the age of 87 in the fourth quarter of 1882, and Alice probably then moved to Oxford. At the time of her marriage at Ss Philip & James Church in Oxford on 19 September 1883 she was living at Westbury Lodge, Norham Road, Oxford: her husband was George Charles Symonds, a livery stable keeper of Beaumont Street, Oxford, and her brother Alfred Temple Smith was one of the witnesses.
  • Louisa Tapp Smith (born 1858) married Errington Macquire on 26 August 1884 at Hook, where she had been brought up by her maternal grandfather and aunt. At the time of the 1891 census she and Errington, who was a clothing manager, were living at 47 Crescent Lane, Clapham, with their children Henry Owen Errington Macquire (5) and Oswald Errington Macquire (2), plus a general servant. Her husband Errington died in the Wandsworth district at the age of 44 in the first quarter of 1899. At the time of the 1901 census Louisa (42) was still living at the same address with two of her children: Henry Owen Errington Macquire (15), who was working as a solicitor’s clerk, and Marjorie Louise Errington Macquire (6). In 1911 all three of her children were at home: Owen (25) and Oswald (22) were both storekeeper’s clerks for the South Metropolitan Gas Company, and Marjorie (16) was a student. Louisa died at the age of 95 on 21 June 1953 at 47 Crescent Lane and was buried at Norwood Cemetery. Her effects came to £6,242 12s. 4d.



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