Harriet Smith and John King
Smith, Harrie(t)t, born 30th September, 1852, Bishopsbourne, Longford District [reg328
RGD33], daughter of William Smith and Ellen Donovan and sister of my ancestor Mary Ann
Smith. On her birth registration, father William's occupation is shown as 'farmer' [h]
On 25th April 1871, Harriett gave birth to a son named William Henry. William Rockcliffe,
farmers son, was named as father. Grandmother Ellen Speight of Kingsdon was the informant.
Note: Kingsdon was a large property in the Dairy Plains area to the West of Deloraine. It
should also be noted that Harriett's sister Nancy's obituary states she lived for a number of
years with Mrs Henry Rockliff of Wesley Dale [Vale?] and Rockfield.
Marriage: Harriett Smith aged 21, servant married John King, labourer aged 23 on 19th April
1873, in the home of Mr. David King, at Dairy Plains [south west of Deloraine] Harriett signed
with an x. The witnesses were David King and Selina Smith. They were married by the
Wesleyan Minister John S. Green of Deloraine.
Their children include:
Selina King; 1874, Deloraine ref 227
Ada King; 1877 Deloraine ref 27
Albert John King; 1880 Deloraine, ref 814 [father as John William King].
Ellen May King; [as unamed female King] born 1883 Deloraine ref 389
Rhoda Elizabeth King, 1885, Deloraine ref 1065. Married George Stowards 1905 ref 0994
Basil David King; 1887, Deloraine ref 1227. Married Elvie Muriel Johns 1913 ref 1167
Walter King; 1890, Deloraine ref 2220. Possible marriage Lilian Howard 1910 ref 1351
Florence Alice King; 1892, Mersey ref 1445. Married Percy John Flint 1914 ref 1140
Joseph Ralph King born 14th November 1895 Deloraine [mother Harriet Spreight] ref 2840.
Harriet King died 1st January 1933 st Sprent, Tasmania.
The funeral of the late Mrs. Harriett King, wife of Mr. John King, took place yesterday
afternoon at Sprent, and was largely attended. The late Mrs. King was 81 years of age and was
born at Bishopsbourne. She had spent the greater part of her life in the Sprent district, and
was highly respected. Mr. E. J. Delaney (Anglican) conducted the first portion of the service at
deceased's late residence, and it was concluded at the graveside. Chief mourners were for[sic -
four?] sons and other relatives. Four grandsons carried the casket, and pallbearers were
Messrs. J. F Wright (Warden), W. Hingston, A. Beswick and A V Whiteley. Many wreaths were
placed on the grave.