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Thomas Smith (1837-1902)

 

 

My great-great grandfather, Thomas Smith, was born on May 25 1837, almost certainly in the village of Milton in the County of Dumbarton in Scotland. (One source confuses things by indicating that he was born in Glasgow; this appears to be an error.) His father, John Smith, was a weaver.

Thomas Smith, his wife Jane (Gilchrist) Smith, and their five children – ages one to ten years old – emigrated to Boston (taking passage on a steamer from Liverpool) in June 1872.

Thomas was a laborer; his occupation was brass finisher. In Boston, he found work at William T. Foster & Company in East Boston, who, in an advertisement in 1886, described their business thusly: “brass founders, ship plumbers, and metal dealers; ship bells, water closets, side lights, steerers, and every description of ship fastenings and trimming.”

Thomas and his family lived on Bennington Street in East Boston. Bennington Street is in the section known as Orient Heights, which is where my grandfather, Thomas Gordon Smith, was born. Orient Heights is on the Blue Line, which goes to Logan Airport, and is quite close to the airport.

The elder Thomas Smith, my great-great grandfather, died in Boston on October 16, 1902 at age 65.

Thomas Smith and Jane Gilchrist were married in Glasgow in 1859. They lived for a couple of years on James Street in the Bridgeton section of Glasgow.

In around 1863, they moved with their two young children to the city of Greenock. One of these children was Thomas Smith, Jr. (b. 1861), my great-grandfather.

The family lived for about ten years on Duncan Street in Greenock before emigrating.

I visited Greenock in 1999. It’s a nice town on a human scale. Its population is around 44,000. Many of the buildings are old. The town does not appear prosperous, quite; on the other hand, it does not seem to be gloomy or run-down.

 

Addendum: One additional fact of some interest. It is noted above that the father of my great-great grandfather Thomas Smith (1837-1902) was John Smith. The maiden name of Thomas Smith’s mother, my great-great-great grandmother, was Gordon. This is noteworthy because people in earlier times were more accustomed than they are now to use family surnames in naming their children. My grandfather, Thomas Gordon Smith’s (1885-1967), middle name was Gordon.

 

— Roger W. Smith

     April 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Smith and Jane (Gilchrist) Smith, from Scotland to Boston, MA, 1872

https://rogersgleanings.com/2015/11/04/smith-1-thomas-smith-1837-1902-from-scotland-to-boston-and-descendants/

 

 

The family of Thomas Smith (1837-1902) and Jane (Gilchrist) Smith (1834-1907) of Boston, MA

https://rogersgleanings.com/2015/11/04/smith-family-2/

The family of Thomas Smith (1837-1902) and Jane (Gilchrist) Smith (1834-1907) of Boston, MA

 
Attached as a downloadable Word document is a genealogical report about the family of my great-grandfather Thomas Smith (1837-1902) of East Boston, Mass. and his wife Jane (Gilchrist) Smith (1834-1907).

 

— Roger W. Smith

 

 

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See also:
Thomas Smith and Jane (Gilchrist) Smith, from Scotland to Boston, MA, 1872

https://rogersgleanings.com/2015/11/04/smith-1-thomas-smith-1837-1902-from-scotland-to-boston-and-descendants/

 

 

Thomas Smith (1837-1902)

https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/04/02/thomas-smith-1837-1902/

 

 

Jane (Gilchrist) Smith (1834-1907)

https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/04/02/jane-gilchrist-smith-1834-1907/

 

 

Thomas Smith, Jr. (1861-1894) and Jennie (Wright) (Smith) Simpson (1863-1948)

https://rogersgleanings.com/2015/11/04/thomas-smith-jr-1861-1894-and-jennie-wright-smith-simpson-1863-1948/

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Smith and Jane (Gilchrist) Smith, from Scotland to Boston, MA, 1872

 

 

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Posted here above as a downloadable Word document is a report about my great-grandparents Thomas Smith (1837-1902) and Jane (Gilchrist) Smith (1834-1907). They emigrated from Scotland with their children in 1872.

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

     February 2017

 

 

 

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ship on Liverpool to Boston route

 

 

 

 

 

Smith gravestone Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA

Smith family gravestone, Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA. Buried here are Thomas Smith, great-great grandfather of Roger W. Smith (he emigrated from Scotland in 1872); his wife Jane (Gilchrist) Smith; their son Thomas Smith, Jr. (Roger W. Smith’s great-grandfather); and their son William G. Smith.

 

 

See also:

 

The family of Thomas Smith (1837-1902) and Jane (Gilchrist) Smith (1834-1907) of Boston, MA

https://rogersgleanings.com/2015/11/04/smith-family-2/

 

 

Thomas Smith, Jr. (1861-1894) and Jennie (Wright) (Smith) Simpson (1863-1948)

https://rogersgleanings.com/2015/11/04/thomas-smith-jr-1861-1894-and-jennie-wright-smith-simpson-1863-1948/

 

 

Thomas Smith (1837-1902)

https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/04/02/thomas-smith-1837-1902/

 

 

Jane (Gilchrist) Smith (1834-1907)

https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/04/02/jane-gilchrist-smith-1834-1907/