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Joseph Smith (1828-1897)

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1828 Born in Nottinghamshire, son of Sydney Smith

In the early years of Sydney’s business, his two eldest sons Joseph and Samuel greatly helped their father in testing his many inventions, and he soon employed his eldest sons in turn in the business Sydney Smith

1862 The Firm’s name was changed to Smith Brothers and Co

1851 Sydney Smith 47, patent indicator maker, employing 13 men, lived in Hyson Green with Ann Smith 45, Joseph Smith 23, patent indicator maker, Samuel Smith 21, patent indicator maker, John Smith 16, patent indicator maker, Isaac Smith 11, William Smith 9, Mary Ann Smith 19, `Elizabeth Smith 14[1]

1854 Married Sarah Doxey in Basford[2]

1864 Sydney Smith retired from Smith Brothers and Co, handing it onto four of his sons and his son-in-law.

1881 Joseph Smith 53, brass founder, lived in Sherwood with Sarah Smith 49, Joseph Smith 23, book keeper, Edith Smith 21, Kate Smith 20, Ethel Smith 18, Norman Smith 15[3]

1891 Joseph Smith 63, brass founder, employee, lived in Nottingham with Sarah Smith 59, Norman F Smith 25[4]

1897 Died in Nottingham

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. BMD
  3. 1881 census
  4. 1891 census