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Ebenezer Smith and Co

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of Chesterfield, Iron Masters.

  • NB It seems likely this is a business connected with that of Ebenezer Smith and Co in Manchester, both of which had connections with Joseph Fletcher Smith.

1800 Joseph Read of Read and Lucas in Sheffield married (in London) Elizabeth Smith (b1778 in London), the daughter of Ebenezer Smith (and Elizabeth Cater Smith) of the Smiths Ironworks.

1805 "Notice is hereby given, that all and every the Copartnership Concerns, Dealings and Transactions, subsisting between John Smith, of Chesterfield, Ebenezer Smith, and Benjamin Boothby, as joint Executors of Joseph Fletcher Smith, deceased, and John Smith, of Sheffield, (the surviving Partner of the said Joseph Fletcher Smith,) ceased and were dissolved at and from the 24th of June last. Witness our Hands this 21st of March 1806"[1]

1823 Benjamin Boothby retired from the Partnership with Ebenezer Smith, the elder, Joseph Read, William Cater Smith, Ebenezer Smith, the younger, and the Executors of Joseph Fletcher Smith deceased, Samuel Smith, deceased, and John Smith, deceased, respectively, at Little Brampton and Walton, in the County of Derby, as Iron Founders and Copartners, under the firm of Ebenezer Smith and Company. The business is to be carried on at Little Brampton and Walton by all and every of the remaining Partners in the said firm[2].

1828 Listed under "Iron master and iron and brass founder" and as "steam engine maker" at Adelphi and Calow Works, Chesterfield.

In the 1830s, the Smiths Ironworks, Chesterfield, failed.[3]

Some of the Smiths and their Read connection

1756 Ebenezer Smith was born

1758 Elizabeth Cater was born in Solihull[4]

1777 Ebenezer Smith married Elizabeth Cater in London[5]

1778 Birth of daughter Elizabeth in London[6]

1800 Elizabeth Smith junior married Joseph Read in Old Brampton, Derbys.

1821 Elizabeth Smith, widow of Ebenezer Smith senior, of Chesterfield, was buried in Derby age 63[7]

1827 Ebenezer Smith of Chesterfield, age 71 was buried Old Brampton, Derbyshire[8]

1835 The will of Ebenezer Smith, iron founder, of Chesterfield, was proved by application of his sons Ebenezer Smith, William Cater Smith and Joseph Bright Smith[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 22 Marc 1806
  2. London Gazette 27 Dec 1823
  3. [1] National Archives summary article on Sheffield Smelting Co
  4. Parish record
  5. Parish records
  6. Parish records
  7. Parish record
  8. Parish records
  9. Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills