Phoebe Smith

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Born: 17 April 1845 Died: 1921 Married: Henry Carrington Mother: Elizabeth Bertram Father: John Smith Descendant: James Carrington
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921

Phoebe Smith was the mother of James Carrington.


Phoebe Smith was born on the 17th April 1845 Mill Street, Lakenham in Norwich.

1845 BIRTH in the Sub-district of Mancroft in the City & in the County of the City of Norwich
When and where born Name, if any Sex Name and surname of father Name, surname, and maiden name of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When Registered
Seventeenth April 1845
Mill Street, Lakenham.
Phebe Female John Smith Elizabeth Smith formerly Bertram Woolcomber The mark of Elizabeth Smith, Mother
Mill Street Lakenham
Twenty Sixth of May 1845

In 1851 she is living with her parents in Mill Street, Lakenham, Norwich, but is this the right Phoebe Smith? In the later censuses her birthplace is listed as Norwich, so this is likely correct. Her parents were John and Elizabeth Smith. Her father was a gardener, and her mother came from Wymondham.

On the night of 7 April 1861 the Smith family was living at Hall Road, Road Side Pendell or Pendise Row, Lakenham, Norwich. Her parents John Smith and Elizabeth were living with her.

Phoebe worked as a fur dresser.


She was married to Henry Carrington in Norwich in 1863.

1863. Marriage solemnized at the Register Office in the District of Norwich in the Counties of Norfolk
When Married. Name and Surname. Age Condition. Rank or Profession Residence at the Time of Marriage Father's Name and Surname Rank or Profession of Father

Twenty Fourth December 1863

Henry Carrington 20 years Bachelor Gardener Grove Place, Lakenham John Carrington Gardener
Phoebe Smith 20 years Spinster Fur Clipper Holls Brewery John Smith Gardener
Married in the Register Office by certificate before me John Oddin Taylor, Registrar
This marriage was solemnized between us Henry Carrington In the Presence of us John Shearman
P. Smith Harriett Smith

The birth certificate for James Carrington (well actually for Jane, you must see here) gives her maiden name as Smith.


She had nine children - see Henry's page - seven of whom were still alive in 1911.

She was living in Wellington Terrace, Norwich in 1881, and in Foulger's Gap, Norwich in 1891.

By 1901 the census lists her as Widowed and living at 16 Kensington Road (or House?) in Lakenham, Norwich. Her son Henry was living at number 11, and her married daughter Eliza at number 12. Her future daughter in law (also called Phoebe) lived in Lakenham, although her son James at this time was living in Blackburn, with his first wife.

On the night of the 2nd April 1911 she was living at 15 Kensington Row (or Place), Queen's Road, Lakenham. Living with her was her daughter Gertie, who had married a Mr Robert Graves.

From 1904 she was registered to vote, in:

  • 1904,1909,1910,1915 at 15 Kensington Row, Queen's Road.


BMD:D: Phoebe Carrington, registered Jan/Feb/Mar 1921, age 75, Norwich, 4b, p152.

Other Records

A Henry Carrington married a Phoebe Smith in Q4 1863, Norwich, Vol 4B, Page 407. Certificate transcribed above in the marriage section.

BMD:B: Hannah Smith Norwich 1855 Q3 4b 111 BMD:B: Phebe Smith Norwich 1845 june XIII 277 - record listed in Birth section. BMD:D: Phoebe Carrington, death registered Mar 1921, age 75, Norwich, 4b, 152