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Henry Smith (1815-1859)

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Henry Smith (1815-1859) founded Henry Smith and Co

1815 Possibly the son of William Smith (b.1785)

Married Jane Roe

1857 Birth of son James Henry Smith

1859 Birth of son Arthur Tidman Smith (1859-1927)

1859 October 15th. Died. Probate to his widow Jane and his brother Robert.

1859 Obituary [1]

Death of Mr. Henry Smith. In our obituary, on this day, is recorded the decease of one who during his residence in Stamford, had earned for himself a considerable amount of reputation: we refer to Hy. Smith of the celebrated agricultural implement firm of ‘Smith and Ashby'.

Little more than fourteen years ago, the deceased (assisted by elder brother{presumably this was Nathaniel Smith}) commenced business in Castle Square and brought out and perfected the famed horse-rake, the demand for which soon became so very considerable that in a short time, it was found necessary to employ more capital and hands: the demand led to the permanent establishment of the firm. Subsequently the ‘hay-maker’, of world-wide repute, was brought out and proved equally successful.

By industry and the exercise of a considerable amount of energy, the business shortly after its establishment became so prosperous that larger premises were taken, and the ultimate result was the rise and spread of the present foundry on St. Peter's-hill where upwards of one hundred hands are now employed, and from whence horse-rakes, hay-makers, and other agricultural implements, as well as engines, &c, are now exported to various parts the world - a gratifying instance of what may be accomplished by almost individual perseverance and energy.

Of the deceased, it may truly be said that he was a very kind and considerate master, and was esteemed by those in his employ ; in proof of which may be stated the fact that previous to the funeral, the whole of the men solicited and obtained permission to follow their master's remains to the grave.

Mr. Smith died on Friday morning last: he was only 44 years of age, and has left a widow and three children. It is to be regretted that a career of such usefulness was soon ended; but in this comparatively short space of time he has accomplished much, and his works remain as a worthy memento of the past. The funeral took place in the Cemetery at noon Tuesday last, and a large number of spectators assembled to witness the last solemn rite. Deceased was a member or the Independent church, and his remains were interred in a vault in the dissenters' ground. The corpse was conveyed to the Cemetery in a hearse, followed by three mourning coaches containing the immediate relatives of the deceased and his partner: the pall was borne by six of the clerks in the establishment, and the workmen, numbering above 100, attended on foot. The burial service was very impressively performed by the Rev. B. O. Bendall, and amongst the many spectators assembled there was an air of sadness and feeling of sympathy for the bereaved. It has been intimated that a funeral sermon will be preached at Star-lane chapel next Sunday evening.

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Sources of Information

  1. Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 21 October 1859
  • Ploughs, Chaff Cutters and Steam Engines. Edited by Ken Redmore – Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. Published 2007. ISBN 978 0 903582 308.