Nancy Smith, born 17th September 1850, Little Hampton Longford.[reg 1167 RGD33] [h] Daughter of William Smith and Ellen Donovan and sister of my ancestor Mary Ann Smith. Mother's name is difficult to read on birth registration and has been incorrectly transcribed as 'Dawson'. William's occupation is shown as 'farmer'
Ambrose Picket was born about 1850 according to his death registration. Probable birth registration is male child [not named]born to Daniel Picket and Mary Howe on 26th March 1850. Daniel was a labourer of Wesley Dale.
Marriage: Nancy Smith married Ambrose Picket 17th September, 1872, Chudleigh [a] [Deloraine Reg 54 RGD37] Nancy Smith, farmer’s daughter, & spinster aged 22, married Ambrose Picket, farmer, & bachelor aged 33, in the house of Mr. Daniel Picket at Chudleigh. They were married by the Wesleyan Minister John S. Green of Deloraine. Both signed their names, and the witnesses were Gloucester and Alicia Picket.
Their Children Include:
Florence Mary Ethel/Ethel Florence Mary Picket born about 1873 according to her age at time of marriage but no birth registration found. Eldest as per mother Nancy's obituary. Married William Peebles 6th July 1898 at Mole Creek.
Eveleen Ellen Bertha Picket born 1st July 1878 Deloraine ref 289. Married William Julius Nathaniel Flowers 1903. Described as second daughter in her obituary.
Alma Matilda Alicia Picket 1882 Deloraine. Married George Linthorn Flowers 30th December 1903 at Mole Creek.
Lucy Harriet Valaria Picket 1884 Deloraine. Married Leonard Percy Dadson 19th February 1920 at Deloraine.
Hannah Violet Zenobia Picket 1887 Deloraine
Maud Gazell Lesbia Picket 1888 Deloraine. Married Arthur Bertram Flowers 13th October 1909 at Mole Creek.
Recardo/Ricarda Alice Grace Picket 1890 Deloraine. Married Peter Denby Richardson 15th October 1919 Mole Creek.
Ada Gladys Victoria Picket 1895 Deloraine. Married Ralph William Johnson 1917
Nancy Picket died at Mole Creek 13th December 1913 [ref 1914-563]
The Examiner [Launceston] dated 18th December 1913 reported: Our Mole Greek correspondent writes: Our whole district appears to be thrown into mourning by the death of Mrs. Ambrose Picket, on Saturday evening. The deceased lady, who was 64 years of age, was the daughter of the late Mr. J. Smith, of Bishopsbourne and Deloraine. When quite young she came with her parents into the Deloraine district where they lived for many years on a farm quite near to Lemana Junction. Later, she lived for a number of years with Mrs. Henry Rockliff, late of Rockfield, Wesley Dale, and from there she was married to Mr. A. Picket. Mr. and Mrs. Picket spent the first years of their married life on Brookhill, Caveside, but afterwards moved on to their own farm at Mole Creek, where they subsequently resided. The deceased, about 30 years ago, joined the Methodist Church, of which she has been a most energetic worker and a staunch member. She bore a character of which anyone might be proud. It is said of her that she was an affectionate and faithful wife and mother, and a true friend and neighbour. She was always willing at the cry of distress to render any help within her power. She has been known many times to leave her bed and walk long distances in the dark and cold in order to give assistance and Sympathy in cases of illness. She leaves a sorrowing husband and eight daughters, and a number of grandchildren and other friends to mourn for her. Of her daughters, four are married, the eldest to Mr. James Peebles, of Flowerdale; the second to Mr. J. Flowers, of Mole Creek; the fourth and fifth to two brothers, Messrs. Len and Bert. Flowers, of Chudleigh and Caveside respectively. The deceased was visiting her daughter, Mrs. J Flowers, when she was taken ill with pneumonia and after lingering on for a week, passed quietly away. The remains were interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Chudleigh. A short services was conducted at the house by the Rev. 1W. H. Taylor, who also officiated at the graveside, where a hymn "There's a Land that is Fairer than Day" (a special favourite of deceased) was sung. The cortege was else of the most lengthiest seen in Mole Creek. Representatives were present from Castra, Wynyard, Sassafrass, Flowerdale, Devonport, and Deloraine, besides a large number of friends from the adjacent districts of Caveside, Chusdleigh, Gad's Hill, and Circular Ponds. The pall-bearers were-Messrs. Robert Cameron, Walter Wheat, C. Ashdown, and W. Parsons. The coffin was almost entirely covered by beautiful wreaths.