Mrs Elizabeth Smyth

???? - 1835

Slave-owner and antecedent of claimant or beneficiary


Absentee annuitant on Vauxhall estate in St Elizabeth Jamaica who died of Exeter, Devon c. 1835, and whose executors were awarded part of the compensation for the Vauxhall estate. Vauxhall had been mortgaged by Francis George Smyth (q.v.) in the 1780s, although was in other ownership (Mitchell, Miller & Hinde) by 1811JA.  

  1. The will of Elizabeth Smyth of Exeter was proved 08/12/1835. It shows the Rev. John Pike Jones and John Dennis Burdon (the executors), and mentions her daughter married to James Rodd or Robb and her grand-daughter Emily Lavington Smyth.

  2. Despite these clues, nothing definitive has yet been established about the family. Tentatively, Mrs Elizabeth Smyth has been identified as connected to Francis George Smyth, owner also of the Goshen estate and father of Harriet Catherine Smyth, who m. Admiral Thomas Bladen Capell in 1816.  Mrs Elizabeth Smyth might be a sister-in-law (conceivably a daughter-in-law) of Francis George Smyth: it appears unlikely that she was the widow, since Francis George Smyth Esq., is shown as marrying Catherine Vanheelen at St Marylebone 22/10/1792, unless there was a second marriage. Elizabeth Smyth's grand-daughter was born c. 1812, implying Elizabeth Smyth herself was born no later than c. 1775.


T71/870 St Elizabeth no. 375A&B.

  1. Elizabeth Smyth of Exeter PROB 11/1855/308. Emily Lavington Smyth is known to have married Arscott Miller Darke in Penzance in 1847.

  2., London, England Marriages and Banns 1754-1921 [database online].

Further Information

Married but no further details

Associated Claims (1)

£1,946 9S 10D
Other association

Addresses (1)

Exeter, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England