Alice Smeed was the fourth child of Edward Smeed & Sarah Ann Hayward christened July 30th, 1865 at St Swithun’s, East Grinstead.
In 1871 Kate was living with her uncle George Smeed & his wife Mary at High St, East Grinstead. George & Mary had no children of their own & brought up Alice as their daughter.
By 1881 George, Mary and niece Alice were living at Belle Vue Cottage, East Grinstead and George was a farmer of 36 acres.
Alice’s aunt Mary died in 1885 & the 1891 census shows her living with widowed Uncle George, now retired, still at Belle Vue Cottage.
On February 13th, 1893 Alice married David Henry Goldsmith, a baker, in East Grinstead. David was born February 5th, 1868 & christened March 29th, 1868 at Tunbridge, Kent, the son of Frances & David Goldsmith, a farm labourer.
In 1901 Alice & David were living in Singlewell Rd, Gravesend, Kent & David was described as a journeyman baker. They had 3 daughters by this time – Isabel R (7), Doris A (3) & Henrietta F (1).
The family were still living at 49 Singlewell Rd in 1911 & David was still a journeyman baker. With them were children Isabel Rosa, a dressmaker, Doris Alberta, Henrietta Frances & another daughter Alice Ida (6). It was noted on the census that Alice had had 6 children, only 4 of whom were still alive.
Alice died in April-June 1931 aged 65, her death being registered at Gravesend.
The 1939 register shows widowed David living with his daughter Isabel (Jan 1st 1894) & her husband George F Turner, banbury operator at rubber factory , at Selbourne Nurstead Avenue, Northfleet, Kent. David was now retired.
The children of Alice Smeed & David Henry Goldsmith were:
sm.11.4.1 Isabel Rosa Goldsmith born Jan-March 1894 at Gravesend, Kent
sm.11.4.2 Doris Alberta Goldsmith born April-June 1897 at Gravesend, Kent
sm.11.4.3 Henrietta Frances A Goldsmith born March 31st, 1900 at Gravesend, Kent; died April-June 1973 at Chatham, Kent
sm.11.4.4 Alice Ida Goldsmith born April-June 1904 at Gravesend, Kent