Benjamin Smith (60) was born in 1803 or thereabouts in High Roothing, Essex. 

 

He married Nancy Day (106), born 1811 from Matching Green in Essex. Her parents were John and Frances Day.

NANCY MUMFORD FOR EARLY MUMFORD LOOK AT BOOK 3 IN AYTHORPE RODING

 

 

 

They were married at the end of 1841 in Ongar, Essex. They had six children.  

 

 

Benjamin Bingham Smith          

Born 4th August, 1842 in White or Abbotts Roothing, Essex

 

Peter Smith  

Born 24th November,1843 in White Roothing

 

Charles Smith        

Born 18th January 1845 in Abbotts Roothing

 

Thomas Smith   

Born 1848 in Abbess / Abbotts Roothing

 

Ann Smith  

Born 17th October, 1849 in White / Abbess Roothing

 

Maria Smith

Born 15th July 1852 in Leaden / White Roothing

 

 

 

 

 

                            Barns at Rookwood Hall 1973

 

By 1861 Benjamin was farming at Leaden Hall, Leaden Roding. He had 340 acres and was employing 9 men and 3 boys. He was still there in 1871 but his business had expanded to 430 acres with 13 labourers, 3 boys and 1 woman.

 

He died in Leaden Roothing on 30th December, 1871 leaving effects worth less than 3000.

 

 

 

  The church of St Michaels and All Angels at Leaden Roothing

 

 

 

Nancy moved, in retirement, to Shellow Hall at Shellow Bowells where her son Thomas was the farmer and his sister Ann kept her company and acted as housekeeper. She died on 17th July, 1894.