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Pensford church

St Thomas 'a Becket Church
Pensford, Somerset

Photo taken 1998

Publow church

Publow Church
Pensford, Somerset

Photo taken 1998

Thomas SMITH m 1790 Jemimah JEFFRIES
Thomas SMITH (the Younger) chr 29 Jan 1769 St Thomas, Pensford, Somerset, England s/o Thomas SMITH (the Elder) and Elizth (TURNER) (Submitted to IGI Batch Number 7408410 Sheet 58)
Thomas SMITH (the Younger) m 5 Jan 1790 Somerset, Jemima JEFFERIES (Submitted to IGI no source information) (Jean Crowther)
This marriage in 1790 does not exist in the record of marriages in North Somerset 1754-1837. (Neil Dun)

Jemima JEFFERIES b 1775 Publow, Somerset (?parents) m 5 Jan 1790 (place?) Thomas SMITH (the Younger) (JC) was likely to have been born in 1771 according to her age of 74 at death in 1845.
Jemima SMITH d 15 Nov 1845 aged 74 yrs Pensford, Widow of Thomas SMITH, Jobber. Cause of Death: Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis (Debra Persson)
The Emma SMITH who died in 1845 was aged 10 yrs. Jemima SMITH died 1848 aged 74 yrs. (Neil Dun)
Jemimah SMITH (nee JEFFERIES) could also have been born in 1776, or any time in the 4 years prior to that, according to her rounded down age of 65 in the 1841 British Census. We do believe that she is one and the same in this census and her record of death even though there is a slight mismatch in ages given.

1841 British Census taken at midnight 6/7 June [HO 107/947/13, Folio 10, Page 8 provided by Debra Persson]
Town of Pensford, Parish of Publow, Registration District of Clutton, Sub-registration District of Chew Magna, Hundred of Keynsham, County of Somerset.
Jemima SMITH, Head of Household, 65 yrs, Independent means, born in county (b abt 1776)

Another possibility (but not likely) is Jemima JEFFRIES chr 5 Mar 1770 Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire d/o James/Mary [IGI Batch Number 0031852 extracted from parish registers]
A birth year of 1770 is within one year of age at death, but does not tally with her age of 65 in the 1841 Census. Her age then would have to have been 70 or 71 yrs.
Of more concern is the high probability of a death in childhood for the Jemima JEFFERIES born 1770 as indicated by the subsequent birth of another Jemima JEFFERIES born 1781 to James/Mary.
The birth or christening of Jemima JEFFERIES (or Thomas SMITH) can't be substantiated from the IGI at this stage as there are no extracted entries at Family Search for Publow or Pensford in Somerset.
There were people by the name of JEFFERIS/JEFFERIES living in Publow/Pensford in the 1600s and 1700s so perhaps the birth record of 'our' Jemima who married Thomas SMITH in 1790 is still to be found in that village.

Four known children of Thomas SMITH and Jemima JEFFRIES:

(Prob others b 1791-96)

1. Thomas SMITH chr 26 Nov 1797 Pensford, Somerset, England s/o Thomas SMITH/Jemimah (Submitted to IGI Batch Number 7408410 Sheet 54)
Thomas SMITH d before 1861, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, m abt 1830 Publow, Pensford, Somerset, England, Charlotte (Debra Persson)

2. George SMITH b 7 Apr 1798 Pensford, Somerset, England s/o Thomas SMITH/Emma JEFFRIES, d 15 Sep 1875 (no place) (Submitted to IGI Batch Number 7929030 Sheet 96) (This entry is wrong)
George SMITH d 1 Sep 1876 aged 78 yrs Pensford [R/N 354 provided by Wayne Sinclair] bur 6 Sep 1876 St Thomas 'a Becket Churchyard, Pensford.
George SMITH m 11 Aug 1823 Temple, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Mary FLOWER (IGI extracted marriage record, no source information)
Mary FLOWER chr 7 Mar 1801 Publow, Somerset, England d/o James FLOWER/Mrs Betty FLOWER (Submitted to IGI Film Number 456542 Page - Reference -)
Mary FLOWER b 1801 of Publow, Somerset d/o James FLOWER/Bettie SHAW FLOWER, d 1884 (Submitted to IGI Film Number 179588 Page 229)
Mary SMITH d 10 Sep 1884 aged 84 yrs Stanton Drew, Somerset [R/N 395 provided by WS] bur St Thomas 'a Becket Churchyard, Pensford.

George SMITH m 1823 Mary FLOWER

3. James SMITH chr 26 Apr 1801 Pensford, Somerset, England s/o Thomas SMITH/Jemima (Submitted to IGI Batch Number 7408410 Sheet 54)
James SMITH d 20 Dec 1887 (no place) (Submitted to IGI Film Number 538694)
James SMITH m 8 Apr 1827 Pensford St Thomas, Mary Ann CHILTON (Submitted to IGI Batch Number 7408412 Sheet 54)

James SMITH m 1827 Mary Ann CHILTON

4. Betsy SMITH b 11 Mar 1804, chr 8 Apr 1804 Pensford, Somerset, England d/o Thomas SMITH/Jemmima (Submitted to IGI Batch Number 742311 Sheet 91)

Thomas SMITH m 1765 Elizabeth TURNER

James JERRERIS m 1697 Elizabeth BUCKLAND

James JERRERIS m Mary

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