Mrs Elizabeth Smyth

???? - 3rd Dec 1833

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 the elder (almost certainly her husband) in the 1780s, although was in other ownership (Mitchell, Miller & Hinde) by 1811JA.  

  1. The will of Elizabeth Smyth widow of Exeter was proved 08/12/1835. It shows the Rev. John Pike Jones and John Dennis Burdon (the executors), and mentions her daughter Federata [sic] married to James Rodd and her grand-daughters Elizabeth Ann Smith and Emily Lavington Smyth. The witnesses at Federata Smyth's marriage to James Rodd at Topsham Devon on 13/06/1796 were given as as Elizabeth Smyth and Thomas Smyth.

  2. Tentatively, Mrs Elizabeth Smyth has been identified as the widow of Francis George Smyth the elder and step-mother of Francis George Smyth the younger (q.v., the owner in the 1830s of the Goshen estate and father of Harriet Catherine Smyth, who m. Admiral Thomas Bladen Capell in 1816). Francis George Smyth the younger's will refers to the two children of his brother Thomas, Elizabeth and Emily: these are almost certainly the same children as those referred to in the will of Mrs Elizabeth Smyth as her grandchildren. Thomas Smyth is shown as in fact the half-brother of Francis George Smyth the younger in an on-line genealogy, which is consistent with the other evidence here.

  3. Elizabeth, relict of Francis George Smith (sic), esq, of Longhill, Jamaica, died 03/12/1833, aged 89.


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; Parish of Topsham, Devon, Marriages Baptisms and Burials AD 1600 to 1837.

  2., London, England Marriages and Banns 1754-1921 [database online]; [accessed 13/10/2014] - this genealogy shows Elizabeth Smyth nee Rundle (b. 1757) as the second wife of Francis George Smyth (1741-1788).

  3. Exeter Flying Post 12/12/1833.

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Francis George Smyth

Associated Claims (1)

£1,946 9s 10d
Other association

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
- 1834 [LA] → Annuitant

Relationships (6)

Step-mother → Step-son
Mother → Son
Daughter-in-law → Father-in-law
Testator → Executor
Testator → Executor
Wife → Husband

Addresses (1)

Exeter, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England