Smart, Henry (1853-1941)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

For forty-two years Mr. Henry Smart’s parental home was the Primitive Methodist Church at Littleworth, Faringdon Circuit. When the time came to build us a church his mother laid a stone. At about twenty-one he came to Oxford and before long courageously began business in the Market. God’s blessing has signally crowned his exertions.

Though not a member of our Church at the time, it is no wonder that he sought out the “Primitives.” Under the genial ministry of Rev. G. E. Butt he was “folded,” and soon became useful. He is a Local preacher, Class leader, Band of Hope President, and Circuit Steward. He is a regular attendant at the early Sunday morning prayer meeting; a tactful open-air worker and sick visitor. Not least, he and his excellent wife are blessed with a large and promising young family. May they all follow in parental footsteps!


Family and other information

Henry was born abt 1853 at Littleworth, Berkshire, to parents James and Elizabeth. James worked the land.

Census returns give the follow occupations for Henry.

  • 1871 general servant, groom
  • 1881 green grocer
  • 1891 market gardener and fruit salesman
  • 1901 fruit merchant
  • 1911 fruit merchant

Henry married Jane Purbrick (1854-1932) in the summer of 1878 at Faringdon, Berkshire. Census returns identify eleven children.

  • Herbert Thomas (1879-1841) – a fruiterer (1911)
  • Clara Maud (1880-1968) – married Philip James Smart, a signwriter and decorator, in 1906
  • Edith Lily (b1883) – married Ambrose McCall Morgan, a printer compositor, in 1908
  • Kate (1884-1893)
  • Frank Herbert (b1887)
  • Elsie (abt1888-1963) – a milliner (1911); married Ralph J Elsey in 1914
  • Gertrude Nellie (1889-1978) – a shop assistant (1911)
  • Wilfrid Harry (1890-1918) – a clerk (1911); died in WW1
  • Rowland Willie (1892-1956) – a clerk (1911)
  • Walter Reginald (1894-1961) – a chemist (1941)
  • Frederick Charles (1896-1974) – a fruiterer (1941)

Henry died on 22 February 1941 at Bedford House, Cowley, Oxford.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/868

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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