Francis Herbert Smith

Sunday’s Obituary – John Smith (1860-1940)

John Smith is my 1st cousin 3x removed. His parents are John Smith and Priscilla Dawson. Our common ancestors are Thomas Dawson and Margaret Snowden – my 3x great grandparents.

John was born on 28 June 1860 at Cowling, West Yorkshire. He was baptised at the age of 15 on 28 December 1875 at Holy Trinity Church, Cowling. Sometime in the September quarter of 1883 John married Sarah Annie Snowden.

I have John in all the census returns from 1861 through to 1911 (together with Sarah after their marriage). In 1881 he was described as a “cotton warp dresser”. In the following two census returns for 1891 and 1901 he is a “butcher and grocer”. And finally in 1911 he is described as a “cotton manufacturer”.

In the 1911 census living with John and Sarah are their three children – Francis Herbert, Lilian and John Melville.

Sometime over the next 28 years the whole family moved to Blackpool, Lancashire. In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) John and Sarah are with their daughter Lilian and her husband John Whitehead at Leicester Road, Blackpool. John is described as a “retired butcher”.

Just over seven months later John passed away on 9 May 1940 at his daughter’s home. His obituary was published in the Barnoldswick & Earby Times on Friday 17 May 1940 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Death at Blackpool.
Cowling people heard with regret of the death at Blackpool, yesterday week, of Mr. John Smith, butcher, of Breek Road, Blackpool, and formerly of Cowling. He was 80 years of age, and he passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Whitehead, in Leicester Road, Blackpool. He was a native of Cowling, and was formerly in business for many years as a butcher at Bradford House, Cowling. It is nearly thirty years since he left the village to take up business as a butcher in Blackpool, where he was president of the Blackpool Butchers’ Association. He was a well-known judge of live stock. He is survived by his widow, two sons and one daughter. His youngest son is Mr. J. Melville Smith, a tenor vocalist who has broadcast on several occasions. The funeral of the deceased gentleman took place at Carlton Cemetery, Blackpool, on Monday.

In his will John left effects valued at £437 10s to his daughter Lilian Whitehead.