Smythson Family History

Frank John Smythson

Frank John Smythson

Male 1847 - 1926  (78 years)

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  • Name Frank John Smythson 
    Born 28 Jun 1847  4 King St, Holborn, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 May 1926  39 Brunswick square, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Buried Brompton Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I173  Smythson Tree
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2015 

    Father Marcus Alfred Smythson,   b. 1818, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1896, 1 Harpur St Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother 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  [9
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Frank John Smythson
    Frank John Smythson
    Hangs at Head Office of Frank Smythson Ltd of Bond Street.
    Frank Smythson
    Frank Smythson
    From Smythson website
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    133 New Bond Street
    133 New Bond Street
    54 Bond Street
    54 Bond Street
    Smythsons from 1932-1988
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    Frank, Mary Louise, William & Ralph Smythson
    Frank, Mary Louise, William & Ralph Smythson
    Taken in Ramsgate or Deal, Kent, part of a series of photographs, just after the death of William's wife Kate.
    Frank Smythson
    Frank Smythson
    Taken in Ramsgate or Deal, Kent, part of a series of photographs, just after the death of his brother William's wife.
    Frank Smythson
    Frank Smythson
    Taken in Ramsgate or Deal, Kent, part of a series of photographs, just after the death of his brother William's wife.
    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 Smythson
    Frank Smythson
    Taken in Ramsgate or Deal, Kent, part of a series of photographs, just after the death of his brother William's wife.
    Frank Smythson
    Frank Smythson
    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.
    Frank John Smythson
    Frank John Smythson
    Elizabeth Ellen Smythson (nee Springett), her husband Alfred G F Smythson & Frank John Smythson
    Elizabeth Ellen Smythson (nee Springett), her husband Alfred G F Smythson & Frank John Smythson
    Unknown couple (Bride & Groom?), prob. Marcus William Corss Smythson, Frank John Smythson &  Mary Louise Corss Smythson
    Unknown couple (Bride & Groom?), prob. Marcus William Corss Smythson, Frank John Smythson & Mary Louise Corss Smythson
    Family gathering, the boy is definitely one of sons of Mary Louise Smythson, and based on his age (in long trousers) he's at least 12 or 13, MWCSmythson was born 1887. White blouses and full soft skirts are very Edwardian, so guessing around 1895-1905
    The family wedding?
    unknown couple (bride & groom?) Marcus William Corss Smythson, Frank Smythson & Mary Louise Smythson
    The family wedding?

    Albums
    Smythson's of Bond Street
    Smythson's of Bond Street (27)

  • Notes 
    • 1851 census: age 3 born London Middx at home with parents & 4 brothers at 1 Harpur St, Finsbury (St George the Martyr).
      1861 census: age 13 scholar born St George the Martyr at home with parents 4 brothers & 1 sister at 1 Harpur St, Finsbury (St George the Martyr).
      1871 census missing pages
      1881 census: age 33 clerk stationer born London with parents and unmarried 2 brothers & sister at 1 Harpur St, Finsbury.
      1891 census: age 43 stationer born Holborn unmarried and living with family at 1 Harpur St.
      1901 census: age 53 stationer employer born Bloomsbury now head of house with unmarried sister Helen at the family home at 1 Harpur Street (his mother died 1894 & father died 1896)
      1911 census: aged 63 stationer (dealer) employer born London at 30 Torrington Sq with sister Helen Jane.

      Birth certificate:
      Frank John Smith born 28 Jun 1847 at 4 King Street, Bloomsbury, father Marcus Alfred Smith, teacher of music, mother Jane Harriet Smith formerly Sallway, informant Marcus Alfred Smith father of 4 King Street, Holborn, Bloomsbury.(Parish of St George Bloomsbury)

      Can't find bapt on IGI or Ancestry, (but some records incl St Martin in Field 1847 are not on Ancestry yet)

      He never married and after his parents died, he lived with his spinster sister Helen.
      Apprenticed to Aspreys of Bond St. - per Heather Smythson, great neice.
      1894: He was present at the death of his mother, Jane, at 1 Harpur St.- informant on death cert.

      London Electoral Roll:
      1904 - 1908 Frank John Smythson qualifying address - 1 Harpur Street, owner occupier.
      1914 - 1915 Frank John Smythson qualifying address - 30 Torrington Square, lodger (7 rooms over 3 floors unfurnished, rented from Miss Sayers of same address).
      1918 Frank J Smythson & Helen J Smythson, Caroline Sayers & Kate Sayers - 30 Torrington Square.
      1921 Frank Smythson - 39 (lower flat) Brunswick Square.

      Passenger Lists:
      March 1902 Southampton to Las Palmas, Spain onboard 'Arundel Castle' with fellow single males L E Course (Leonard Course his cousin) & E A Course. There is also a G R Ackerley but not sure if he is connected.
      Return trip Mar 1902 from Madeira to Southampton with L E & E A Course, onboard 'Kildonan Castle'.

      On his death in 1926 his will was proved on 27 July 1926, and the Public trustee was appointed as executor. Reed and Reed were appointed as solicitors. (source London Gazette 13 Aug 1926).

      Listed in the national probate calendar (index of wills and admins)1861-1941:
      SMYTHSON Frank John of 39 Brunswick Square Middlesex died 18 May 1926 Probate London 27 July to the public trustee.Effects £49,282 2s 11d. Resworn £57, 247 4s 11d.

      «b»Will:
      «/b»Written 19 Feb 1926, proved 27 Jul 1926.
      He must have left money to just about everyone he knew!

      Mary Louise Smythson, my dear sister in law - £3000
      Marcus William Smythson, nephew - £1250
      Queenie Smythson, his wife - £300
      Alfred Frank Smythson, nephew - £1250
      Sydney Smythson, nephew - £600
      Bertie Charles Smythson, nephew son of my brother Charles - £500
      Maud Soward, neice - £1000
      (no name) her daughter - £200
      Frank her son - £100
      Donald her son - £100
      Gertrude Bott, neice - £1000
      Leslie her son - £250
      Daisy Briggs, wife of Dr William Briggs - £250
      Maud Smythson, wife of said Sydney Smythson - £250
      Heather Fletcher, wife of John Fletcher step daughter of my late brother Alfred - £400
      Leonard Course, my cousin - £200
      Nance, his wife - £300
      Ernest, his son - £200
      The following dear old friends,
      Mrs Rosalie Maria Emslie - £1500
      Rosalie, her daughter - £500
      Jane Martin Watson, her sister - £1000
      Miss Florence Asher, friend of Mrs Rosalie Maria Emslie - £100
      Mrs Clara Savage - £500
      Annie Titmas - £250
      Fred Titmas, her brother - £250
      Cecile Batson & - £300
      Gladys Batson, daughters of the late Mrs Kate Batson - £300
      Beatrice Brown, their sister - £1000
      Dora Lizzie Harrison - £400
      Friends,
      Hebe Holt, friend of my sister in law Mary Louise Smythson - £300
      Miss Mary Augusta Page - £400
      Frank Soward senior in recollection of his kindness to my brother Richard - £100
      Elizabeth (Bessie) Ellis - £150
      Netta, her daughter - £100
      Antoinette Fredericka Ellis, sister to said Elizabeth Ellis - £100
      Charlotte Catherine Kanaar - £350
      Mary Ann Hyde - £400
      Alice Maud Jackson - £200
      Claire Amez-Droz - £200
      Mrs Mabel Clive Waller - £150
      Miss Blanche Bloxsidge - £500
      Miss Ellen Bloxsidge, if still in my service at the date of my death in recognition of her kind and constant attention - £1000 and in addition £100 for each complete year she remained in my service after the date hereof.
      Miss Evelyn Hillier - £200
      Bertram Hill - £200
      (no name) his wife - £200
      Philip, & - £100
      Alan, his sons - £100
      Mrs Gertrude Hardy, wife of Dr Hardy of Abingdon - £250
      Marjorie, & - £150
      Joan, her daughters - £150
      John L Hendley, manager at Sir John Bennetts High Street Kensington - £250
      Kate Sayers - £50
      Catherine Sayers - £50
      Miss Alsept, late manageress of Slaters Restaurant 34 & 35 Holborn opposite Chancery Lane - £100
      Miss Tilly Violet Copley, formerly of 89 Yeldham Road Hammersmith, formerly waitress at Slaters Restaurant in Oxford Street - £50
      Miss Clara Tasker Graves, formerly of 19 Shepherds Bush Green Hammersmith, waitress of same - £50
      Friends,
      Auguste J F Alexander, at Messers Klundbye Brothers of 26 Storgarten Oslo Norway - £250
      Frederick Tebay senior - £100
      Marion Hill, friend of Mrs Mary Louise Smythson - £100
      Miss Isabel McCracken of Stamford University California - £100
      Marcus J Smythson - £100
      Herbert Edward Ayres, of Guildhall Chambers Basinghall Street EC2 - £100
      Mr Harris, formerly with Messers Stokes & Ireland - £100
      Mr Thomas Barratt for the New Chesterton Girls Club or for any other purpose he thinks proper - £100
      Sisters of Nazareth - £50
      Metropolitan Nursing Association, Bloomsbury Square - £50
      George William Pearce, faithful friend & assistant - £500
      William Victor Tuckey, faithful friend & assistant -£500
      Herbert F Staff - £200
      Mr Farrant - £100
      Mr Owen Read, gardener of Brunswick Square - £50

      Ralph Marcus Smythson, nephew - 800 6d A preference shares & 600 B shares in Frank Smythson Ltd
      Nellie, his wife - 350 A pref shares
      Marcus William Smythson, nephew - 400 A pref shares & 200 B shares
      Alfred Frank Smythson, nephew - 400 A pref shares & 200 B shares
      Claire Amez-Droz - 100 A pref shares
      Mary Ann Hyde - 100 A pref shares
      George William Pearce - 300 A pref shares
      William Victor Tuckey - 300 A pref shares
      Herbert J Staff - 100 A pref shares

      Rest of Estate to be divided equally between;
      London Hospital Whitechapel
      University College Hospital
      Gower Street Hospital for Sick Children
      Great Ormond Street
      Dr Barnados Homes
      Royal National Lifeboat Institution
      St Dunstans Hospital for Blinded Soldiers & Sailors

      'I wish to buried in Brompton Cemetery in the samr grave as my father and mother and family. It is my particular wish that this grave and the Dollman family grave also in the Brompton Cemetery the grave of Mrs Hannah Maria Bridges at Bathwick Cemetery Bath and of Mr James Bridges in the church yard of Chiswick Old church shall be kept in proper repair and maintenance and I therefore trust that my said nephew Ralph Marcus Smythson will arrange for such maintenance & repair during his life and for the same to be continued as far as possible after his decease but this expression of my confidence shall not be construed so as to create any legal trust.'

      «b»Business References:
      «/b»
      29 Sept 1887: set up as a stationer producing diaries which had thin blue paper rather than the conventional thick white paper. He claimed that his early diaries were inspired by the Nile Blue colour that had entranced him on a visit to Egypt.

      PO Commercial Directory 1891 & 1902:
      -Frank Smythson- Fancy stationer 113 Bond St.

      Business Directory 1921:
      Frank Smythson Ltd stationers 60 New Bond St.

      London Phone Books:
      1905 - 1913 Frank Smythson Stationery, Fancy Leather Goods, 133 New Bond Street, Mayfair 2354.
      1914 - 1921 Frank Smythson Ltd Stationery, Fancy Leather Goods, 60 New Bond Street, Mayfair 2354.
      1922 - 1931 Frank Smythson Ltd Stationery, Leather Goods, 62 New Bond Street, Mayfair 2354.
      1932 - 1947 Frank Smythson Ltd " " " , 54 New Bond Street, whlsl & overseas 7 Brook Street, Mayfair 2354.
      1950 - Frank Smythson Ltd Diaries, Stnry, Leath Goods, 54 New Bond Street, whlsl & overseas 53 New Bond Street, Mayfair 2354.

      5 Nov 1912 Gazette records an Extraordinary General Meeting of Frank Smythson Limited convened on 4 Oct 1912 to pass special resolutions to put the company into voluntary liquidation. His address was given as 30 Torrington Square, W.C.
      Frank as chairman was appointed liquidator.
      On 14 October 1914 there was a follow up meeting to present the accounts and the manner of disposal of the company's property as part of the winding up process.

      nb.
      His brother William Benjamin Smythson was also a stationer in census.
      William's son Ralph Smythson worked for his uncle at Frank Smythson Ltd and carried on after Frank died in 1926.
      The property at 133 New Bond Street was owned by.......

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] 1851 census, age 3 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S4] 1861 Census, age 13 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S7] 1881 Census, age 33 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S3] 1891 census, (5 Apr 1891), age 43 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S2] 1901 census, age 53 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S9] Birth Certificate, Smith (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S36] London Gazette, 13 Aug 1926 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S19] 1837 Online, Jun 1926 Pancras 1b 42 aged 79 (Reliability: 3).

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