Smith, David (abt1826-1911)

Transcription of obituary In the Christian Messenger

MR. DAVID SMITH entered into the fuller service May 16th, 1911, aged 86 years. He was a useful local preacher of Longworth Society, Faringdon Circuit. Sabbath before he died he walked from his home in Hinton to Longworth, one mile, times, such was his love for the sanctuary, and on the Tuesday following was translated.

Seldom, perhaps, within so short a space of time, has the call been so insistent among the lay preachers of a wide, struggling Circuit, where workers are so few and the demands so clamant, reminding us all that “the night cometh, when no man can work.”


Family and other information

David was born abt 1826 at Ecchinswell, Hampshire, to parents Peter, who worked the land, and Joanna. David was baptised on 12 November 1826 at Kingsclere, Hampshire.

David worked the land more most of his working life although in 1851 his occupation was woodman and in 1881, general servant.

David married Sarah Lanceley (1829-1909) in late 1849 at Kingsclere, Hampshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Silvester (1850-1919) – a bricklayer (1871); later a fruiter’s manager (1911)
  • William (b1851) – a bricklayer’s labourer
  • Ann Sophia (1858-1879) – married Jesse Parker, a baker’s assistant, in 1874
  • Sarah (abt1865-1946) – married Henry John Weston, a farmer, in 1886


Christian Messenger 1912/219

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