Smith, Emily Deakins (nee Salmon) (1836-1916)

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

On April 9th, 1916, Mrs. John G. Smith entered into rest at the age of eighty years. Fifty years ago she was a teacher in the Sunday school connected with a little church at Kingston, in Canbury Alley. In 1867 she was married to Mr John G. Smith. After a while they removed to Norbiton, and after cottage meetings held in various streets of that town they, with others, started our cause there, and to the time of her death Mrs. Smith was a most devoted worker in our Church. Till within a short time of her death she was able to attend our services. Her devotion and loyalty to her Lord were unfaltering, and the outstanding characteristics of her life were cheerfulness and helpfulness. Her two daughters follow in her footsteps. 

At her funeral there was a large attendance. The writer conducted a memorial service in the Norbiton Church (Victoria Road) on Easter Sunday evening.


Emily was born abt1836 at Islington, Middlesex, to parents Robert Rudd Salmon, an auctioneer (1851), and Mercy Rider.

She married John Gale Smith (1824-1895), a minuting clerk for London Corporation (1871), on 9 August 1865 at Holy Trinity, Islington, Middlesex. Census returns identify three children.

  • Percy Rider (1866-1925) – an architect (1891)
  • Florence Emily (b1872) – living on own means (1911)
  • Gertrude Emmeline (1876-1955) – married Charles Gould Andrews, an insurance clerk (1911), in 1908

Emily died on 9 April 1916 at Norbiton, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/861

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