Sydney Frederick Smith (54) This son seems to be fairly elusive in the records.
He was born on 11th April, 1863 in West Hanningfield, near Chelmsford in Essex.
He was left behind when his parents and sister moved to Illinois and he does not appear to have been re-united residentially with his mother on her return.
He shows up in 1871as a boarding student in the Mistrels Private School in Danbury, Chelmsford where the Headmistress, Harriet Barker was a widow, who was born in Woodham Ferrers. Her sister, Emma Forster, is shown as a carpenter employing 3 men as well as being an Infant School Mistress.
The relevance is that in 1881 Sydney is visiting William Main and his family at 4 Osbourn Terrace, Little Ilford, London. William is his uncle and an older brother to Kate Main – see above. Sydney’s occupation is listed as Carpenter – unemployed - but we know where he received his training!
In 1891 Sydney is a boarder with the Tarrant family at 9 Drum Yard, St Mary’s, Whitechapel. He is then employed as a horse keeper / groom. After that I can find no further trace.
It is possible that he was the Sydney Frederick Smith who died in Chelmsford, Essex, in Q2 1898.