Henry Smith and Ann Maynard

- from Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset -
My Great x 4 Grandparents

Henry Smith was born about 1776. Possible baptism 1st December 1777 at Corscombe son
Christopher Smith or Pierce and Elizabeth Bartlett [information is unconfirmed at
this time]

Ann Maynard was christened 4th May, 1777 at Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset, daughter of
Thomas Maynard and Susannah

Henry and Ann married on 30th April, 1797 at Sydling St Nicholas. Both were of
the parish and both made their mark rather than signed the register. Witnesses were Henry
Roberts [who signed] and Joseph Hopkins a clerk of the church.

Their children were:

Emmanuel Smith
, baptised 13th August, 1797, Sydling St Nicholas. Married Lydia
15th May 1820 at Sidling St Nicholas. Witnesses Mary Hellier and Mary Rodgers
He was an agricultural laborer. Their children include
[d&e] William 1821, Henry 1824,
Emily 1826, Ann Elizabeth 13/6/1828, Mary 5/2/1832, Israel 1835, Selina 26/9/1837,
John 1843, James 1845.

Henry Smith, baptised 8th May 1803, Sydling St Nichols, father a labourer. Henry, son of
Henry and Ann Smith buried 7th April 1807 Bradford Peveral.

William Smith, baptised 28th April 1805, Sydling St Nicholas. Father a labourer My great x
3 grandfather. Convict, transported to Tasmania for stealing a sheep

Edward Smith, baptised 28th June, 1807, Sydling St Nicholas, father a labourer of Up
Sydling.   [In the 1841 census, Edward states his age as 30, 1850 census as 45] He married
Ann Durnford at Sydling St Nicholas on 31st August 1828.  Their children include  [d&e]
Selina 7/2/1831 [dec'd by 1843], Sarah Ann 7/7/1829, William 1833, Edward 1835,
Charlotte 14/10/1836, John 1839, and Mary Jane 21/3/1841, Selina 2/7/1843, Matilda
1846, and Henry 1848.

Henry Smith baptised 29th March 1811 Bradford Peveral. Married Mary Ann Legg on 8th
February 1838 at Nether Cerne. 1841 census residing at Cerne Abbas with children James 2
Henry 3 months and brother Daniel aged 20 a tanners journeyman.

Rebecca Smith baptised 23rd May 1813 Godmanstone. Married George Courtney on 9th
October 1838 at Sydling St Nicholas. Rebecca was a servant. Witnesses Charles Bird and
Selina Smith.

Selina Smith aka Selina Ann baptised 7th August, 1817 Sydling St Nicholas, Hope
Independent, Dorset.  Selina was unmarried and living with her father during the 1841
census. Married: 1)
William Bowring 9th October 1842, Sydling St Nicholas. Witness Emily
Smith. 2)
John Spracklin, 18th April 1852 Winterbourne St Martin, Dorset.

Daniel Smith born about 1821 Sydling St Nicholas. No baptism or birth registration found.
Father Henry as per his marriage registration. Married
Maria Bile 23rd June 1846 at
Sydling St Nicholas.

24th January 1826 Henry Smith aged 50 of Sydling, was brought to the Dorchester Gaol for
the offence of 'Ill behaviour in service' committed the previous day. He was sentenced to one
calender month of hard labour. He is described as being a
married labourer with 7
. He was five foot seven and three quarter inches tall, with brown hair, hazel eyes
and a fair complexion. He was discharged on 23rd February 1826 and his conduct whilst in
prison was described as orderly.

1827/28: Son William Smith, a convict transported to Australia states on his convict indent
that his father was a labourer working for Mr John Devenish, a farmer.  

1841 Census: Henry aged 65 is an ag lab living at Ham [Farm?]. Ann was deceased by then.


Ann aged 60 died and was buried at Sydling St Nicholas on 9th March 1837.

Henry Smith, labourer aged 71, died on 5th April 1847 and was buried at Sydling St
Nicholas on 8th April 1847. Cause of death was influenza. Son Henry Smith of Cerne Abbas
was the informant and was present at the death [certificate viewed]

My Great x 5 Grandparents

Thomas Maynard and Susannah  [d&f]

Thomas Maynard/Mannard: A possible baptism for Thomas is on 7th August 1743 at
Chetnole, Dorset son of
Edward Mannard and Elizabeth Frampton.

No marriage has been found to date.

Their children were:

Edward Mannard [sic] baptised 4th June 1769, Sydling St Nicholas
William Mannard [sic], christened, 3rd March, 1771, Sydling St Nicholas,  Dorset [d]
Mary Mannard [sic], christened, 1773 [d], married William Fry 27th November 1792 Sydling
St Nicholas,
John Maynard baptised 15th Januray 1775, Sydling St Nicholas [h]
Ann Maynard, christened, 4th May, 1777 see above

It appears that Susanna died and was buried on 6th February 1780 at Sydling St Nisholas.
Thomas may have remarried
Ann Green, on 1st August, 1786.[d]

Their children were:
Thomas Maynard,
christened, 21st January, 1787 Sydling St Nicholas, [d]
Ruth Maynard, christened, 21 August, 1792 [d]  married James Warr 28th October 1822,
Sydling St Nicholas.
Sydling St. Nicholas is an unpretentious village straggling along the little Sydling Water with tiny connecting
bridges, to the ancient cottages which line the banks. In the summer the walls are covered with roses and clematis.
There is an old Ham Stone Cross outside the church, which is entered through a gate alongside the Manor House.
The church of St. Nicholas [above] was built in the 15th century and rebuilt in the 18th century, it has a fireplace
inside the porch where once, villagers sat to hold parish meetings. The font is over 1000 years old and thought to
have been carved from an ancient Roman capital. The clock is one of the oldest in England and dates from 1593, it
is faceless but strikes the hours. The school started in 1797, was in use until 1966, and is now a private dwelling.
The 1793 bakery and the old brewery are protected buildings, and, yes, Sydling even has a blacksmith and a
spreading chestnut tree.
Reprinted From: The Dorset Page
a: Colonial Tasmanian Families Links Website
b:  Burgess Family History book by Annette Banks
c:  Tasmanian Pioneers Index 1803-1899 CD Rom
d:  IGI
e: 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses
f: Additional infomration courtesy of John King.
g: Convicts records of William Smith
h: Find My Past Parish records online