Smythson Family History

Marcus Alfred Smythson

Marcus Alfred Smythson

Male 1818 - 1896  (78 years)

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  • Name Marcus Alfred Smythson 
    Born 1818  Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Dec 1896  1 Harpur St Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Brompton Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I168  Smythson Tree
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2016 

    Father Benjamin Christian Smythson,   b. 1784,   d. 13 Sep 1841, 11 Little Catherine St, Long Acre, Middx, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth French Pybus,   b. 1788,   d. 31 Dec 1838, 11 Catherine St, Strand, Longacre Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 14 0ct 1811  St Margaret, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F53  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Harriet Sallway,   b. 5 Mar 1814, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1894, 1 Harpur St, Holborn, Middx Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 25 Feb 1841  St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Alfred George Follit Smythson,   b. Dec 1841, Bow Street, The Strand, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1912, 33 Denbigh Street, Belgrave, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     2. Richard Marcus Smythson,   b. 17 Sep 1843, 4 King St, Holborn, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1905, 13 Burbage Road, Herne Hill, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     3. Charles Montague Smythson,   b. 26 Sep 1845, 4 King St, Holborn, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1903, Salford, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     4. Frank John Smythson,   b. 28 Jun 1847, 4 King St, Holborn, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1926, 39 Brunswick square, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. William Benjamin Smythson,   b. Jun 1850, St George the Martyr, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1921, 12 Loxley Road, Wandsworth Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
     6. Helen Jane Smythson,   b. 26 Jun 1852, 1 Harpur St, Holborn, Middx Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1921, Peckham House, Camberwell Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     7. Marcus Henry Smythson,   b. 20 Mar 1856, 1 Harpur St, Holborn, Middx Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun qtr 1920, Pancras Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Sketch in the Theatre magazine
    Sketch in the Theatre magazine
    Marcus Alfred Smythson, Maud Harriet Soward (nee Smythson), probably her daughter Maud Soward born spring 1895, one of the Smythson brothers (possibly Richard or Frank)
    Marcus Alfred Smythson, Maud Harriet Soward (nee Smythson), probably her daughter Maud Soward born spring 1895, one of the Smythson brothers (possibly Richard or Frank)
    Marcus Alfred & Frank Smythson
    Marcus Alfred & Frank Smythson
    Taken in Ramsgate or Deal, Kent, part of a series of photographs, just after the death of William Smythson's wife, Kate.
    Frank & his father Marcus Alfred Smythson
    Frank & his father Marcus Alfred Smythson
    Part of a series of photographs taken around the same time, after 1893 including Ralph, William Benjamin & Mary Louise Smythson.
    Marcus Alfred Smythson
    Marcus Alfred Smythson
    Marcus Alfred Smythson
    Marcus Alfred Smythson
    Marcus Alfred Smythson
    Marcus Alfred Smythson
    Marcus Alfred & Jane Harriet Smythson
    Marcus Alfred & Jane Harriet Smythson
    Whole page from the Album

  • Notes 
    • 1841 census aged 20 (rounded) professor of music with wife Jane 25 also professor of music with wife's mother Elizabeth Sallway 90, and various other persons- assume lodgers at the Salway house at Bow Street.
      1843 Birth cert of son Richard has occupation teacher of music, living 4 King St, Holborn.
      1851 census aged 33 Professor of Music born Ireland , with wife Jane 35 and children Alfred 9, Richard 7, Charles 5, Frank J 3 and William 9 months, all born London, at 1 Harpur Street, Red Lion Square.
      1851 Post Office Commerce has him as Prof of music
      1859 & 1860 Royal English Opera Covent garden playbill has Chorus Master, with managers Louisa Pyne & W Harrison Opera co. [later Carl Rosa Co.]
      1861 census aged 43 Professor of Music born Ireland, with wife Jane 43 professor of music born St Pauls, and children Richard 17 lithographer, Charles 16 litographer, Frank 13 scholar, William 10 scholar, Ellen 9 scholar & Marcus 4 all born St George the Martyr, living at 1 Harpur Street, Red Lion Square.
      1871 Post Office Commerce has him as Prof of music.
      1871 census, first 3 pages of the District 3 of St George the Martyr are missing including the Ennumerators schedule and the beginning of Harpur Street...it starts at no 8 Harpur Street! Unless the TNA have the pages in bad condition then I guess they are lost for ever.
      1881 census aged 63 Prof of singing & piano born Ireland with wife Jane Harriet 66 professor of singing & piano born London with children Frank John 33 clerk-stationer, William Benjamin 30 clerk-stationer, Helen 28, Marcus Henry 25 artist-painter, all born London, all at 1 Harpur Street.
      1885 Marcus witnessed his son Alfred's wedding cert in and gave his profession then as director of music.
      1889 Princes Hall playbill has Alfred Smythson, pianist, Performer.
      1891 aged 73 Professor of Music born Dublin, Ireland, with wife Jane 75 born Strand, London and son Frank J 43 stationer & daughter Helen J 37 teacher of music both born Holborn, at 1 Harpur Street.

      The Theatre February 1, 1881
      MARCUS ALFRED SMYTHSON is well known in connection with the musical drama, having filled the responsible position of chorus-master at the Royal Italian Opera for many years, and more recently at Her Majesty's Theatre; he was also with the Pyne and Harrison English Opera Company, and latterly with Mr. Carl Rosa. This gentleman has, indeed, been identified with every operatic enterprise of importance in the metropolis during recent years, having been solely responsible for the choral portions in the production of all the great works of the most eminent composers, from the '' Benvenuto Cellini" of Berlioz, to the
      "Mefistofele" of Boito. Mr. Smythson was a pupil of the celebrated "William Michael Rooke, one of the most successful composers of his day. Mr. Smythson is one of the sons of the late Benjamin Christian, Smythson, whose name is doubtless a household word to many of our Readers having been proprietor of the Sang Sans Theatre in Leicester Square, and the Royal Pantheon in Catherine Street, where many of our best-known actors made their debuts.
      Who that has once acted on the boards of the "little Catherine Street playhouse, when Benjamin Smythson was the proprietor, can possibly forget him?-the indescribable costume with which he encased his portly figure, his expansive forehead, his frank and somewhat hand-some open countenance, his expressive laughing eye, his good-humoured smiling mouth, his vivacious ready reply, and, above all, the round, full, sonorous tone, and the dignity of manner with which he rang out the simplest instruction. He was, however, no empiric professor of the art, having been a provincial actor of some repute for many years, and well recognised as a competent exponent of the leading characters in the old standard comedies. He had also, as a youth, played with John Kemble in his starring engagements, and would frequently relate amusing anecdotes of that marvellous tragedian, Edmund Kean, with whom he had on many occasions acted in the provinces some years later in life.
      "Too frequently 'out at elbows,' I now applied," says Mr. Edward Stirling in his Memoirs recently published, " to Ben Smythson. Kind-hearted considerate Ben ! a real Samaritan, ever ready with food and kindly words to cheer and encourage the poor stroller. Every poor player that arrived foot- sore and hungered he styled according to his role-Kemble, Kean, Munden, or Biddons, knowing full well how pleasantly a little flattery tickles the palate. There was always a bed, supper, and breakfast, for them in this Mecca for wanderers."*
      His wife (Mr. M. A. Smythson's mother) was both an accomplished actress (having undertaken, with much success, many of the leading characters in both tragedy and comedy) and a gifted writer.
      I may add that Mr. M. A. Smythson, during his long professional career, has gained the respect and esteem of his colleagues, and the regard -we should perhaps rather say the affection-of all those who have been under his direction.
      ......................

      Marriage certificate:
      25 Feb 1841 at St Martin in the Fields
      Alfred Marcus Smith full age bachelor professor of music of 11 Catherine Street to
      Jane Harriet Sallway full age spinster 30 Rose Street,
      fathers' names; Benjamin Christian Smith, theatrical agent & John Sallway, carver & gilder
      witnessses; William F D Harrison & Montague Portius Smith.

      As well as appearing on lots of play bills advertising musical events, he appears to have written and published some songs and music, one with words by prob. his brother George. Four in Amazon's catalogue:

      " Autumn flowers. Ballad (begins:'Sweet Autumn Flowers') the poetry by H. W. Godfrey" by Alfred Marcus Smythson (unknown binding 1845)
      " Les Delices du bal, a set of quadrilles, etc" by Alfred Marcus Smythson (unknown binding 1845)
      " The Stars of Heaven are bright. Serenade, the poetry by H. W. Daniell" by Alfred Marcus Smythson (unknown binding 1845)
      " Up manly hearts. Song, the poetry by G. Smythson" by Alfred Marcus Smythson (unknown Binding 1845)

      The Times online has many articles and reviews for his appearances with the Sacred Harmonic Society and at various concerts & recitals. He played for the Queen & Prince Albert on many occasiona and at Windsor Castle for the family on Christmas Day!

      Listed in national probate calender (index of Wills and Administrations) 1861-1941:
      SMYTHSON Marcus Alfred of 1 Harpur Street Bloomsbury Middlesex died 25 December 1896 Administration London 4 February to Alfred Smythson muscian. Effects £1143 8s 1d.

      Intestate, Admon only:
      Marcus Alfred Smythson of 1 Harpur Street Bloomsbury in the county of Middlesex deceased died 25th December 1896 at 1 Harpur Street aforesaid a widower and intestate administration granted to Alfred Smythson of 33 Denbigh Street Pimlico in the said county musician the natural and lawful son and one of the next of kin, dated 4 Feb 1897. Gross estate £1143 8s 1d, net £827 11s 2d.

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] 1881 Census, age 63 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S3] 1891 census, (5 Apr 1891), age 73 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S4] 1861 Census, age 43 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S11] 1851 census, age 33 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S12] 1841 census, aged 20 (rounded)doesn't say whether born in county or not (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S15] Death Certificate, age 79 (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S14] IGI, Smith (Reliability: 3).