Smith, Henry was born 19th June, 1845 Little Hampton, Longford District [reg600 RGD33] son of William Smith and Ellen Donovan and brother of my ancestor Mary Ann Smith. On Henry's birth registration, father William's occupation is shown as 'farmer'. He appears to have signed this registration with an X [h]
Helen/Ellen Imrie; no birth registration found but probably the daughter of Sarah Appleby and Andrew Imrie, [a convict per Equestrian 1844] who married on 23rd July 1851. Andrew Imrie would later be one of the witnesses at Helen's marriage. Sarah Appleby had previously been given permission to marry William Lamont but it appears the marriage never took place. Note: not Mary Ellen Appleby born on 17th February 1849 and registered at Launceston daughter of Sarah Appleby, convict woman per Emma Eugenia in 1846. This child died on 11th March 1850 in the Female House of Corrections, Launceston.
Marriage: Henry Smith a bachelor, full age married Helen Imrie, minor on 26th March 1870 at Chalmers Manse, Launceston according to the rites of the Church of Scotland. Witnesses were Andrew Imrie and Robina Hall.
Henry, Helen and their family had moved to Fortrose in New Zealand by 1876.
Their Children Include:
Nancy Smith born 1871 - no registration found
Lilian Adeline Smith 1873 ref 1272 Launceston [mother Emery] Marriage as Lilian Adeline Sarah Smith to Archibald Shield in NZ ref 1892/772. Buried Fortrose cemetery 1923 aged 50.
Margaret Selina Smith 1874 - no registration found
Arthur Henry Smith born 1876 ref 1876/4613 Smith Arthur Henry [Mother as Helen] New Zealand
Harriet May Smith born 1880 ref 1880/17603 Smith Harriet May [mother as Helena] New Zealand
Esther Naomi Smith born 1883 ref 1883/9372 Smith Esther Naomi [mother as Helena] New Zealand
Emily Jane Smith born 1885 ref 1885/9022 Smith Emily Jane [mother Helene] New Zealand
Helen Mary Ann Smith born 1886 ref 1886/13761 Smith Helen Mary Ann [mother as Helen] New Zealand
William Andrew Imrie Smith born 1887 ref 1887/3237 Smith William Andrew Imrie [Mother as Helena] New Zealand
Albert Edward John Smith born 1890 ref 1890/8657 Smith Albert Edward John [Mother as Helen] New Zealand
Sarah Lauder Smith born 1893 ref 1893/4905 Smith Sarah Lauder [Mother as Helen] New Zealand
Henry [also known as Harry] died in an accident involving a Steam Engine in a flax mill in Invercargill on 26th February 1903. [i] He is buried in the Fortrose cemetery 118.00 Block I to 120 .
Helen [sic] appears to have died 25th May 1931 and is also buried in the Fortrose cemetery 118.00 Block I to 120
Henry Smith and Helen Imrie
- convict offspring from Tasmania to New Zealand -