CFHS code : MC47

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : side 1 In Memory of WILLIAM WRIGHT SMITH b May 7 1822 d Jan 11 1896 side 2 [EMILY] wife of WILLIAM WRIGHT SMITH b Feb 3 1831 d ———- PERCY son of WILLIAM WRIGHT SMITH b [Dec 12 1853] d March [17] 18– [ELIZABETH] wife of WILLIAM WRIGHT SMITH b Sep 12 1830 d ——— [1830]

Monument : Stone cross/Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202646, 0.13782435 – click here for location

Smith monument



William Wright Smith (7 May 1822 – 11 January 1896)

William was born in London and baptised on 21st March 1824 at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch.  By 1851 he was boarding at Jesus Lane in Cambridge and working as a clerk to a bookseller and publisher. He married Emily Earnshaw in York on 13th February 1852.

William and Emily had at least six children together:  Edith Byard [1853-1934], Percy [1853-1857], Alfred Earnshaw [1855-1914], Walter [1857-], Rev Harold [1858-1938] and Mabel [1860-].

In 1861 the family were living at 13 Trinity Street, where William was a book seller employing 2 men and 2 boys.    Emily died in November 1864 when William was 42 years old.  He married for a second time to Eliza Hargreaves in April 1869.  She died less than a year after they were married and he was widowed again in January 1870.

In 1871 he was living at 13 Trinity Street with his former mother-in-law Elizabeth Earnshaw, his three youngest children and two domestic servants. He was working as a book seller and publisher.  He died at Trinity Street aged 73 years old.  He left an estate valued at £14,060, 15s and 8d [c £1.8m at 2018 values]

Emily  Smith  [nee Earnshaw] (3 February 1831 – 29 November 1864)

Emily was born in Rotherham, and was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Earnshaw.  Aged 20 [1851] she was living on the High Street in Rotherham with her widowed mother and brother Edward, who was a draper employing 3 men.  She married William Wright Smith just after her 21st birthday. she died at Trinity Street aged 33 years old.

Percy Smith (12 December 1853 – 17 March 1857)

Percy was the eldest son of William and Emily Smith. He was baptised on 31st October 1855, and died aged 3 years old.

Eliza Ann Smith [nee Hargreaves] (12 September 1830 – 8 January 1870)

Eliza was the second wife of William Wright Smith.  It is believed that she was the daughter of farmer James Hargreaves and his wife Hannah.  She was born in Kildwick in Yorkshire, and baptised there on 17th November 1830.

Aged 21 [1851] she was a governess in Potternewton in Yorkshire. In 1861 she was still a governess, but by then in Thorner in Yorkshire, working for the Skelton family.  She married William in Timperley in Cheshire in April 1869 when she was 38 years old.

She died when they had only been married for 9 months – aged 39 years old at 13 Trinity Street.

Elizabeth Earnshaw (c.1794 – 2 August 1874)

Parish burial records for St Michael’s also show that Elizabeth Earnshaw, mother of Emily Earnshaw is buried in the same grave plot. Elizabeth was born in Rotherham.  She was married to William Earnshaw, a draper but he appears to have died young, and their son Edward took over the draper business in Rotherham.  She lived with William Smith from at least 1871 onwards, and died at 13 Trinity Street on 2nd August 1894 aged 83 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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Elizabeth Smith; Emily Smith; Percy Smith; William Wright Smith