Smith, Anne Elizabeth (nee Smallman) (1851-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by M.T. Pickering

On February 19th, 1916, aged sixty-four years, Anne Elizabeth Smith, the beloved wife of Mr. Joel Smith, passed home. Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the Rev. Charles Smallman. 

At Cheltenham, at Tenbury, and at Bury Court Farm our sister gave herself and her substance for all good causes, showing especial devotion to our Church. The atmosphere of Tenbury was not too favourable to Methodism, but this she heeded not. It would be difficult to place on record how much our Church owes to her devotion. As organist for long, as a ceaseless  toiler amongst old and young, as deeply interested in our missionary work, she served whole-heartedly. Everything which helped the advance of Primitive Methodism and the enlargement of God’s Kingdom had her willing service.

Her home-life was her primary charge and care, and to-day a stricken husband and a sorrowing family mourn her loss. She has left them the imperishable legacy of a good life. We have gracious memories of her kind hospitality. She was laid to rest at Leominster. The world is richer by her living.


Ann was born in the spring of 1851 at Bromyard, Herefordshire, to parents Charles Smallman, a PM minister, and Ann Taylor.

She married Joel Smith (1853-1934), a tea dealer (1881), in late 1876 in the Clun Registration District, Shropshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Joel Charles (1877-1949) – a farmer (1911); journeyman butcher (1921)
  • Ann Taylor (b1879)  
  • Gaius Arthur (1880-1952) – emigrated to Australia
  • Charlotte Mary (1882-1964) – married George William Cooke, a farmer (1911), in 1902
  • Elizabeth Rhoda (1884-1973) – married William Frank Coomber, a bank cashier (1911), in 1910
  • William Gladstone (1885-1940) – a dairy farmer (1939)
  • Henry James (1887-1968) – emigrated to Canada in 1905; making mirrors (1921)
  • Frank Herbert Spurgeon (1892-1952) – a tailor’s apprentice (1911); actor & costume designer (1939)

Ann died on 19 February 1916 at Tenbury, Worcestershire


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/416

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