Smythson Family History

Elizabeth French Pybus

Female 1788 - 1838  (50 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth French Pybus  [1
    Born 1788 
    Gender Female 
    Died 31 Dec 1838  11 Catherine St, Strand, Longacre Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 4 Jan 1839  St Martin in the Fields at Camden Town burial ground Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I1782  Smythson Tree
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2016 

    Family 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) 
    Married 14 0ct 1811  St Margaret, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ferdinand Weston Smith,   b. 5 Aug 1809, Buxton, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. George John Horatio Smythson,   b. Mar 1814, Devonport, Devonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1883, Cornet Street, Guernsey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     3. 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)
     4. Helen Eliza Smith,   b. 1819, Buxton, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1886, 69 Hornsey Park Road, Hornsey, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     5. Montague Porcius Smythson,   b. 21 Jan 1823, Rochdale, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1891, Cheshire County Lunatic Asylum, Parkside, Macclesfield. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     6. Elizabeth Isabella Smythson,   b. 24 Oct 1827,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. William Frederick Deering Smythson,   b. 7 Jul 1829,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 27 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F53  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Name on son William Frederick Deering's baptism; Elizabeth F???ch Smith.

      Death Cert:
      Elizabeth Smythson, died 31 Dec 1838 at No 11 Catherine Street, Strand, age 50, wife of Benjamin Smythson theatrical agent. Cause of death Dropsy, informant Henry Whittle of No 45 Augustus Street, Regents Park, friend of the deceased & present at the death.

      Parish Burial Record for St Martin in the Fields at Camden Town Burial Ground (Ancestry):
      Elizabeth French Smythson of Catherine Street, Strand, St Martins, buried 4th Jan 1839, age 50.

      Mentioned in obit of her son Marcus Alfred Smythson as a noted actress and playwright.
      Mentioned in obit of her son George Montague Smythson as a talented actress.
      But neither give her name.

      Morning Post 1827 (findmypast):
      Tuesday 9 January 1827, following an article in the Theatre section, about the great actor Kean returning to the stage from retirement (who Benjamin boasted of acting with in his younger days), there is a poem entitled;
      'Original Poetry, Impromptu, On Hearing Of Mr Kean's Return'. It is dated 6th Jan 1827 and signed E. F. Smythson. It can only be Elizabeth French Smythson. Full copy on file and saved to 'Richard pdfs..'


      The Proceedings of the Old Bailey Ref: t18280221-156 (TNA):
      ELIZA HARRISON, theft : simple grand larceny, 21st February, 1828.
      Trial Summary:

      * Crime(s): theft : simple grand larceny,
      * Punishment Type: transportation,
      * Verdict: Guilty,
      * Crime Location: Catherine-street

      637. ELIZA HARRISON was indicted for stealing, on the 23d of January, 2 pillows, value 2s.; 3 pillow-cases, value 3s.; 5 sheets, value 10s.; 14 towels, value 5s; 5 handkerchiefs, value 2s.; 5 night-caps, value 2s.; 1 shirt, value, 1s.; 1 rule, value 6d.; 1 pen-knife, value 6d.; 1 pair of scissors and 1 comb, value 3d. , the goods of Benjamin Smythson .

      ELIZABETH SMYTHSON . I am the wife of Benjamin Smythson; he keeps a tavern in Catherine-street. The prisoner lived with me, and left me about a month since - I missed many articles while she was with me, but they were attributed to other persons - we parted on the best of terms - I afterwards missed other things - I knew where she was gone, and I found the articles stated, which are my husband's, three weeks ago, yesterday, at her lodging in Little James's-street; I told her, circumstances had arisen which excited my suspicion, and if she had nothing of mine she could not object to let me see her boxes; she was much confused, and said she had not the key; I said I would send for an officer; she then opened a box, where I found a number of articles, and another trunk was full of my property - she wished me to take them, and said, she intended to return them on the morrow.

      Cross-examined by MR. BARRY. Q. How long have you kept this tavern? A. About three years; some single gentlemen lodge there - no other persons. We took it of Mr. Ireland; my husband is a theatrical agent, and our house is mostly frequented by theatrical persons; there was a pair of tongs and a shovel found which I said were mine - the prisoner said they were Mr. Ireland's; I said she might as well say so of all the other articles; she is married, and I have often seen her husband there - he has frequently stopped all night, and gone from the house before we were up; my husband's name is Benjamin Christian Smythson.

      PATRICK MURRAY . I am a patrol. I went to take up the prisoner, and produce part of the property.

      BENJAMIN SCHOFIELD . I am an officer. I produce part of the property.

      GEORGE SMYTHSON . I went with my mother, and we got the prisoner to let us search her boxes; we found this property there.

      Prisoner's Defence. I bought them with my own money.

      GUILTY . Aged 30.

      Transported for Seven Years .
    • (Medical):Informant Henry Whittle, friend of the deceased, present at the death, 45 Augustus St Regents park

      Dropsy (or Dropsey) «tab»

      Contraction of hydropsy, which means oedema (fluid retention), often due to

      * Heart failure
      * Kidney disease

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] IGI, Surname from son Williams baptism (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S15] Death Certificate, age 50 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S5] Parish Record.