emma-smith_silhouette1Emma Smith (aka Emma Austen-Leigh; 1801-1876) was the third child of Charles Smith of Suttons and his wife Augusta Smith (yes, she was a Smith who married a Smith!).

Charles Smith (d.1814) was the son of Charles Smith of Stratford Langthorne and Judith Lefevre. Their London-area estate passed to their daughter Judith, know to the Smith siblings as “Aunt”.
Augusta Smith (d.1845) was one of four daughters of Joshua Smith of Erle Stoke Park (Wilts) and Sarah Gilbert. The other Smith sisters were: Maria (married the 1st Marquess of Northampton); Elizabeth (‘Eliza’; married William Chute of The Vyne); and Emma (unmarried).

Augusta and Charles Smith had the following children, the last born days after her father’s death:

Augusta Smith (married Rev. Henry Watson Wilder, 1829); children
Sir Charles Joshua Smith, bart. [succeeded to the title of his great-uncle, Drummond Smith, in 1816] (married Mary Gosling, 1826); children
Emma Smith (married Rev. James-Edward Austen, 1828); children
Frances [‘Fanny’] Smith (married Rev. Richard Seymour, 1834); children
Spencer Smith (married Frances Seymour, 1835); children
Sarah Eliza Smith (married [Sir] Denis Le Marchant, 1835); children
Charlotte Judith Smith (married Arthur Currie, 1833); children
Drummond Smith (died unmarried)
Maria Louisa Smith (married Rev. Sir John Hobart Culme-Seymour, 1844); children

The Smiths resided at Suttons, their Stapleford Tawney estate (near Romford, Essex), until the marriage of eldest son Charles to Mary Gosling. Mrs Smith then moved to her Uncle Drummond’s former estate, Tring Park. Just prior to her daughter Fanny’s marriage with Richard Seymour, Mrs Smith moved to the last house she would inhabit, Mapledurham, near Pangbourne. When in London, Mrs Smith maintained her home at No. 6 Portland-place (like No. 5, not a victim of late nineteenth-century modernization – see the aside at the bottom of the ‘mary gosling’ page).

James Edward Austen Leigh on YouTube:
Jane Austen’s famous quote,
little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory,
was written in a letter to her nephew.

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