Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Harriet OLDER (1796-1862)
Thomas Smart and Harriet Older married by licence on 3
November 1819 in Brighton, Sussex. Thomas was then a bachelor from
Horsham and Harriet was a spinster of Brighton. (Who were the
witnesses to their marriage?) (They were not my direct ancestors.
Harriet was most probably the sister of my 3x Great Grandmother,
Thomas Smart was baptised on 17 October 1784 in Horsham,
Sussex. He was the son of
Thomas Smart (c1761-1823) and
Elizabeth Older (1753-1817). The death of a Thomas Smart was
registered in the first quarter of 1844 in the Horsham registration
district, although his burial does not appear in a transcript of the Horsham
parish registers. (A tree at Ancestry.co.uk notes he died on 8 March
1844 aged 59 years, which fits nicely with his baptism.)
Harriet Older may have been baptised on 7 August 1796 in Pulborough,
Sussex, and have been the daughter of
(1775-1862). In the 1851 and 1861 census she gave her place of birth
as Billingshurst, Sussex, which borders Pulborough. I have checked a
transcript of the Billingshurst baptism register and could not find a
baptism for her there. Her
death may have been registered in the first quarter of 1862 in the Horsham
registration district, as Harriet Smart, although her
burial does not appear in a transcript of the Horsham parish registers.
(A tree at Ancestry.co.uk notes she died on 28 February 1862, aged 65 years,
which fits nicely with the August 1796 baptism.)
When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and their daughter Elizabeth
were living in North Parade, Horsham. Thomas was then said to be 55
and Harriet 45. His occupation was given as independent.
The 1851 census records that Harriet was a 56 year old widow and proprietor
of houses. Her place of birth was given as Billingshurst. She
was living in North Parade and with her was her son-in-law John
Lawman, daughter Elizabeth, their daughter and 25 year unmarried
house servant, Miriam Hills who had been born in Petworth.
In 1861 Harriet was a 64 year old widow and proprietor of houses, living in
North Parade. Also with her was widower son-in-law John Lawman,
a relieving officer, and 3 granddaughters. Harriet again gave her place
of birth as Billingshurst.
Thomas Smart and Harriet Older had 3 known children:
Eliza Smart was baptised on 4 February 1821 in Horsham.
The baptism register noted that her father was a brazier. She died
between 1855 and 1861. (A tree at Ancestry.co.uk gives that she
died on 22 September 1857 at North Parade. The same tree also
notes that she was the daughter of Thomas (?-1844) and Harriet
(?-1862).) In 1841 she was 20 year old Elizabeth Smart.
John Lawman on 4 November 1843 at St.
Nicholas, Brighton. (Who were the witnesses? Names and
occupations of fathers? John and Elizabeth's addresses and
A tree at Ancestry notes that
John had first married Mary Holland
on 13 October 1836 in Horsham. Mary was born in 1811 and was the
daughter of John Holland and Elizabeth.
She died on 12 March 1837 in Horsham. The same tree notes he was
the son of William Lawman and Elizabeth Ley.
1851 John was 40 years and in 1861 he was 50 years old. At both
times he said he was born in Kislingbury, Northamptonshire and he was a
relieving officer and registrar of births and deaths.
John next married
Ann Smart on 4 August 1863 in Hove.
Their fathers were named as William Lawman and William Smart.
The tree at Ancestry notes John died on 8 August 1884 at 21 Bedford
Place, Bedford Square, Brighton. The same tree also gives that Ann
was born in 1824 in Horsham and was the daughter of
Charlotte Coomber. She also
died at 21 Bedford Place on 24 March 1912.
When the 1871 census was recorded, John was 60 years old and a retired
relieving officer and registrar. He was living in Denne Road,
Horsham with his 46 year old wife Ann, 2 daughters Harriet and Elizabeth
and 4 year old son Arthur John Lawman.
1881, 71 year old John and 56 year old Ann were living at 2 Denne Road,
Horsham along with his 2 daughters and 17 year old general domestic
servant Emily Jupp.
When the 1891 census was recorded, Ann was a 66 year old widow and
living at 2 Denne Road along with her step daughter Elizabeth, son
Arthur who was then an unmarried 24 year old solicitor's clerk and 19
year old domestic servant Ellen M. Muggeridge.
Ann was living on her own means.
John and Elizabeth had the following children:
Harriet Lawman was baptised on 13 September 1846 in
Horsham. The baptism register noted that her father was a
registrar. (A tree at Ancestry notes she died on 22 May 1933
at 205 Elm Grove, Brighton.) She was 5 years old in 1851 and
living with her parents and maternal grandmother. In 1861 she was
a 14 year old scholar. The 1871 census records she was an
unmarried 24 year old annuitant and she was living with her father and
step mother. She was an unmarried 34 year old annuitant in 1881.
In 1901 she was an unmarried 54 year old boarder in the home of 70 year
old widow Harriet Heasman in the High Street,
Margaret Smart Lawman was baptised on 17 April 1853
in Horsham. The baptism register noted that her father was a
relieving officer. She died aged 12 years and was buried on 28
June 1865 in Horsham. In 1861 she was an 8 year old scholar.
Elizabeth Lawman was baptised on 22 July 1855 in
Horsham. The baptism register noted that her father was a
relieving officer. (A tree at Ancestry notes she died on 9 March
1940 at Villa Adastra,
Keymer Road, Hassocks, Brighton.) She was a 4 year old scholar
in 1861. In 1871 she was 15 years old. She was an unmarried
25 year old annuitant in 1881 and living with her father and step
mother. In 1871 she was 35 years old an living with her step
mother. By 1901 she had moved to 17 Castle Street in the parish of
Great Torrington in Devon. She was then said to be an unmarried 40
year old, living on her own means, and with her was 20 year old general
domestic servant Rhoda J. Westaway
Harriet Smart was baptised on 15 September 1822 in
Horsham. The baptism register noted that her father was a tinman.
James Older Smart was baptised on 25 April 1824 in
Horsham. The baptism register noted that his father was a
whitesmith. He died aged 3 years and 4 months and was buried on 22
July 1827 in Horsham. (Might he have been named after his
I have taken information from
P. A. Lawman's
family tree, as found at Ancestry.co.uk.
This page was last updated on 11 July