Seth Smith1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13

M, b. 5 March 1856, d. 15 August 1909
FatherJohn Smith14,15,16,11 b. 10 Dec 1826, d. 23 Sep 1890
MotherMargaret Bromley17,18,19 b. 25 May 1830, d. 2 Oct 1887
Relationship2nd great-grandfather of Taryn Lynn Phelan
ChartsThomas Rigg Descendancy Chart
John Smith Descendancy Chart
           Seth Smith was born on 5 March 1856 at Leyland, Lancashire, England. There is no father's name or even a surname listed for him on the birth certificate, so it falls under his mother's maiden name of Bromley. Was John Smith, who married his mother in July 1856, the biological father? Seth took on the surname of Smith after his mother married John Smith.1,20,21,22,23 A strange story of the construction of the church has been handed down from generation to generation-a mysterious legend-the Legend of the Leyland Cat Creature.
In the small village of Whittle-le Woods (Approximately 4 miles from Leyland), the villagers met and agreed that they would, between them, build a small church to benefit their community.
The local miller donated a plot of land, the Priest was appointed to oversee and organise the workforce in this construction project.
The first day of construction arrived and the builders placed their materials on the site and began to lay the stone.
When the builders arrived the following day, they were stunned to discover that the stone had disappeared.
After much searching, the stone, without explanation, was discovered in the nearby village of Leyland.
Angry, the people of Whittle-le Woods toiled to retrieve the stones; they returned them to their site and continued with the construction work.
Fearful that the materials may again be taken in the night, they appointed two men to stay on site, an overnight vigil.
Unfortunately, tiredness got the better of the two men and they both fell asleep for a short time-they awoke to find that all the stone had again vanished.
Again, the stone was recovered from the same site in Leyland.
Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and prevent the same thing from happening again, the Priest arranged a further night vigil and stayed on himself until midnight. As soon as the priest left-one workman turned around and was terrified to see a huge black cat with enormous eyes and a barbed tail-the cat picked up one of the stones and, fast as lighting, ran off with it-returning almost immediately for another one.
The two workmen watched the cat from the shadows until eventually, one of them gathered enough courage to try to stop the cat-he ran up to it and using all his strength, hit it over the head with a piece of wood-before he could raise the wood to deliver another blow, the cat turned and attacked him...his workmate, terrified, fled to get the priest. However, upon their swift return, the man was dead and the cat and all the stones were gone.
From that point on, it was deemed that the church would be built upon the site in Leyland where the cat had placed the stones....this is the site of Leyland St. Andrew's Church.
Others attributed the movement of the stones to Leyland as the work of an Angel...
"Here I have placed thee,
And here thou shalt stand,
And thou shalt be called
The Church of Leyland."24
     Seth Smith appears as Seth Smith, age 5, in the census of 1861 at Ulverston, Lancashire, England,in the household of John Smith as his son.3 Seth Smith resided in 1861 at 16 Neville Street, Ulverston, Lancashire, England, with his father, his aunt Ellen Smith, and his brother John Henry.3
     Seth Smith appeared on the census of 1871 at 40 St. Vincent Street, Dalton, Lancashire, England, John Hill, his wife, Jane, and son John J. as a boarder.4 He resided in July 1878 at Dalton, Lancashire, England.6
     Seth Smith married Hannah Mary Rigg, daughter of John Rigg and Ruth Pearson, on 8 July 1878 at the Parish Church, Dalton-In-Furness, Lancaster, England; Witnesses were: John Henry Smith, brother of the groom, Elizabeth Jane Rigg, sister of the bride, William Robinson (Jane's future husband), and Dorothy Storey (John Henry's future wife). They were married by the Henry M. Burgess, Minister.6,25,8,26,27,28,29,30 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in June 1879 at Moss Side Barrow, Barrow-In-Furness, England.31 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in January 1881 at Moss Side Farm, Barrow-In-Furness, England.32
     Seth Smith appears as Seth Smith, age 22, in the census of 1881 at Dalton-In-Furness, Lancashire, England,in the household of John Rigg as his son-in-law.7 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1881 at 55 Market Street, Dalton-In-Furness, Lancashire, England, with their daughter, Margaret and Hannah's parents and siblings: Joseph, William, Ruth Ann, Septimus, and Reuben.7
     Seth Smith witnessed the marriage of Dorothy Storey and John Henry Smith on 1 February 1882 at the Parish Church of Cartmel, Cartmel, Lancashire, England; They were married according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church, by Licencia, by W.P. Rigge, Vicar of Yorksburgh. Witnesses to the marriage were:
Seth Smith, nephew of the groom, and Mary Jane Storey.33,34,35,36 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in July 1887 at 54 Sunderland Terrace, Ulverston, England.37 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in September 1888 at 53 Market Street, Dalton, England.38 Seth Smith resided in September 1890 at 25 Marsh Street, Barrow-In-Furness, England.39 He was an informant to the death of John Smith, his father, at 25 Marsh Street, Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, England, on 23 September 1890; from Menier's Disease and heart failure, according to his pension file. His death certificate states that he was suffering from heart and kidney disease.40,41,42
     Seth Smith, age 35, appears as head of household in the census of 1891 in Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, England, with Hannah Mary Rigg, John Bromley Smith, Margaret Ruth Smith, Beatrice Aida Smith, Helen Smith, Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Smith.8 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1891 at 25 Market Street, Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, England, with their children: Margaret, John, Beatrice, Helen, Seth, and Hannah.8
     Seth immigrated on 13 June 1893 to New York on the passenger ship the Arizona departing from Liverpool, England.9,43
     Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1895 at Walnut n. Division, Long Hill, Waterbury, Connecticut.44
     Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1898 at 82 North Riverside, Waterbury, Connecticut.45
     Seth Smith, age 44, appears as head of household in the census of 14 June 1900 in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, with Hannah Mary Rigg, John Bromley Smith, Margaret Ruth Smith, Beatrice Aida Smith, Helen Smith, Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Smith.10 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided on 14 June 1900 at 50 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with their children: John, Margaret, Beatrice, Helen, Seth and Hannah.10,46 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1902 at 50 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.47 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1908 at 50 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.48 Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1909 at 50 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.11,49
     Seth Smith died on 15 August 1909 at Waterbury, Connecticut, at age 53 "while working at his bench at the Farrell Foundry yesterday morning, Seth Smith was affected with heart disease and expired almost immediately.".50,11
     Seth Smith was buried in August 1909 at Hillside Cemetery, Cheshire, Connecticut. The tombstone inscription reads:
Father
Seth Smith
Feb 25, 1857
Aug 17, 1909

His wife, Hannah Mae Rigg Smith, shares the same cemetery marker and is buried next to him.11,13

Family

Hannah Mary Rigg b. 12 Oct 1856, d. 16 Mar 1935
Children

Census Records

DateLocationMemo
1861Ulverston, Lancashire, EnglandSeth Smith appears as Seth Smith, age 5, in the census of 1861 at Ulverston, Lancashire, England,in the household of John Smith as his son.3
187140 St. Vincent Street, Dalton, Lancashire, EnglandSeth Smith appeared on the census of 1871 at 40 St. Vincent Street, Dalton, Lancashire, England, John Hill, his wife, Jane, and son John J. as a boarder.4
1881Dalton-In-Furness, Lancashire, EnglandSeth Smith appears as Seth Smith, age 22, in the census of 1881 at Dalton-In-Furness, Lancashire, England,in the household of John Rigg as his son-in-law.7
1891Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, EnglandSeth Smith, age 35, appears as head of household in the census of 1891 in Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, England, with Hannah Mary Rigg, John Bromley Smith, Margaret Ruth Smith, Beatrice Aida Smith, Helen Smith, Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Smith.8
1900Waterbury, New Haven, ConnecticutSeth Smith, age 44, appears as head of household in the census of 14 June 1900 in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, with Hannah Mary Rigg, John Bromley Smith, Margaret Ruth Smith, Beatrice Aida Smith, Helen Smith, Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Smith.10

Residence Records

YearLocationDetails
186116 Neville Street, Ulverston, Lancashire, EnglandSeth Smith resided in 1861 at 16 Neville Street, Ulverston, Lancashire, England, with his father, his aunt Ellen Smith, and his brother John Henry.3
July 1878Dalton, Lancashire, EnglandHe resided in July 1878 at Dalton, Lancashire, England.6
June 1879Moss Side Barrow, Barrow-In-Furness, EnglandHe and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in June 1879 at Moss Side Barrow, Barrow-In-Furness, England.31
January 1881Moss Side Farm, Barrow-In-Furness, EnglandSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in January 1881 at Moss Side Farm, Barrow-In-Furness, England.32
188155 Market Street, Dalton-In-Furness, Lancashire, EnglandSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1881 at 55 Market Street, Dalton-In-Furness, Lancashire, England, with their daughter, Margaret and Hannah's parents and siblings: Joseph, William, Ruth Ann, Septimus, and Reuben.7
July 188754 Sunderland Terrace, Ulverston, EnglandSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in July 1887 at 54 Sunderland Terrace, Ulverston, England.37
September 188853 Market Street, Dalton, EnglandSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in September 1888 at 53 Market Street, Dalton, England.38
September 189025 Marsh Street, Barrow-In-Furness, EnglandSeth Smith resided in September 1890 at 25 Marsh Street, Barrow-In-Furness, England.39
189125 Market Street, Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, EnglandHe and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1891 at 25 Market Street, Barrow-In-Furness, Lancashire, England, with their children: Margaret, John, Beatrice, Helen, Seth, and Hannah.8
1895Walnut n. Division, Long Hill, Waterbury, ConnecticutSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1895 at Walnut n. Division, Long Hill, Waterbury, Connecticut.44
189882 North Riverside, Waterbury, ConnecticutSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1898 at 82 North Riverside, Waterbury, Connecticut.45
14 June 190050 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided on 14 June 1900 at 50 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with their children: John, Margaret, Beatrice, Helen, Seth and Hannah.10,46
190250 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1902 at 50 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.47
190850 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1908 at 50 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.48
190950 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutSeth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg resided in 1909 at 50 South Wilson Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.11,49

Citations

  1. [S517] Seth Bromley, Birth Certificate Number 172, The birth certificate does not have a surname or the name of his father. It identifies his mother as Margaret Bromley (10 March 1856).
  2. [S616] International Genealogical Index (IGI), Parish Registers For St. Andrews Church, Leyland 1651-1947, shows Seth Bromley.
  3. [S494] 1861 England Census, Lancashire County, Ulverston, England, GSU Roll 543090.
  4. [S471] 1871 England Census, Lancashire County, Dalton, England, GSU Roll 848079.
  5. [S217] England and Wales, Free BMD Marriage Index:1837-1983: Hannah Mary Rigg and Seth Smith, 1878; Volume 8e, Page 1040.
  6. [S229] Certificate, Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg marriage of 8 July 1878.
  7. [S477] 1881 England Census, Lancashire County, Dalton-In-Furness, England, GSU Roll 1342023.
  8. [S387] 1891 England Census, Lancashire County, Barrow-In-Furness, England, GSU Roll 6098598.
  9. [S488] Seth Smith, Arizona Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 13 June 1893; Microfilm Serial M237, Microfilm Roll: M237_611as viewed on Ancestry.com.
  10. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107.
  11. [S235] Seth Smith entry, Death Certificate Deaths in the Town of Waterbury, Volume 5, January 1907-December 1910, Page 158 (16 August 1909).
  12. [S234] The Waterbury Republican, 17 Aug 1909.
  13. [S319] Seth Smith Tombstone, Hillside Cemetery, Cheshire, Connecticut, 1857-1909.
  14. [S494] 1861 England Census, Lancashire County, Ulverston, England, GSU Roll 543090, shows the son of John Smith as Seth Smith.
  15. [S229] Certificate, Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg marriage of 8 July 1878, shows father as John Smith.
  16. [S997] Family Search Website, online www.pilot.familysearch.org, England Marriages, 1700-1900; Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg; shows the groom's father as John Smith.
  17. [S517] Seth Bromley, Birth Certificate Number 172, shows mother as Margaret Bromley (10 March 1856).
  18. [S235] Seth Smith entry, Death Certificate Deaths in the Town of Waterbury, Volume 5, January 1907-December 1910, Page 158, shows Margaret Brownlee as mother (16 August 1909).
  19. [S616] International Genealogical Index (IGI), Parish Registers For St. Andrews Church, Leyland 1651-1947, shows Mother: Margaret Bromley.
  20. [S494] 1861 England Census, Lancashire County, Ulverston, England, GSU Roll 543090, shows age 5 and birthplace as Leyland, Lancashire.
  21. [S471] 1871 England Census, Lancashire County, Dalton, England, GSU Roll 848079, shows age 15 and birthplace as Leyland, Lancashire.
  22. [S387] 1891 England Census, Lancashire County, Barrow-In-Furness, England, GSU Roll 6098598, shows age 35 and birthplace as Leyland, Lancashire.
  23. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107, shows age 44 and birthplace as England.
  24. [S1085] The Legend of the Leyland Cat Creature, online www.socyberty.com/paranormal/the-legend-of-the-leyland-cat-creature/.
  25. [S997] Family Search Website, online www.pilot.familysearch.org, England Marriages, 1700-1900; Seth Smith and Hannah Mary Rigg; Batch Number: M00516-5; Date Range: 1863-1905; Record Group: England VR; Film Number: 1471900.
  26. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107, shows the couple as being married for 22 years.
  27. [S209] Waterbury, Connecticut City Directory, Page 480; shows widow of Seth Smith.
  28. [S233] Hannah Mary Rigg Smith, Hannah Smith's Death Certificate, shows widow of Seth Smith.
  29. [S319] Seth Smith Tombstone, Hillside Cemetery, Cheshire, Connecticut, Feb 25, 1857-Aug 17, 1909.
  30. [S236] The Waterbury Republican-American, 18 Mar 1935, shows widow of Seth Smith.
  31. [S694] John Bromley Smith, Birth Certificate, shows residence of father (7 July 1879).
  32. [S695] Margaret Ruth Smith, Birth Certificate, shows the residence of the father (11 March 1881).
  33. [S646] Certificate, John Henry Smith and Dorothy Storey marriage of 1 February, 1882.
  34. [S479] 1891 England Census, Cumberland County, Drigg, England, GSU Roll 6099430.
  35. [S478] 1901 England Census, Cumberland County, Drigg, England.
  36. [S1089] 1911 England Census, Cumberland County, Drigg Holmrook, England, shows the couple married for 29 years.
  37. [S689] Seth Smith, Birth Certificate, shows residence of parents (7 September 1887).
  38. [S690] Hannah Mary Smith, Birth Certificate, shows residence of parents (29 September 1888).
  39. [S667] John Smith, John Smith Death Certificate, shows residence of informant.
  40. [S645] Lancashire Police Department, John Smith's Pension Record, Lancashire, England, Reference PLA 14/19/2, Page 232.
  41. [S388] England and Wales, Free BMD Death Index:1837-1983: John Smith, 1890 (Jul-Aug-Sep Quarter); Volume 8e, Page 530.
  42. [S667] John Smith, John Smith Death Certificate, shows died from heart and kidney disease.
  43. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107, shows 1893.
  44. [S209] Waterbury, Connecticut City Directory, Page 363.
  45. [S209] Waterbury, Connecticut City Directory, Page 443.
  46. [S209] Waterbury, Connecticut City Directory, Page 452.
  47. [S209] Waterbury, Connecticut City Directory, Page 483.
  48. [S209] Waterbury, Connecticut City Directory, Page 329.
  49. [S234] The Waterbury Republican, 17 Aug 1909, shows Wilson Street as residence.
  50. [S234] The Waterbury Republican, 17 Aug 1909, newpaper dated August 17, 1909 stated that Seth succumbed yesterday which would have been August 16.
  51. [S694] John Bromley Smith, Birth Certificate (7 July 1879).
  52. [S387] 1891 England Census, Lancashire County, Barrow-In-Furness, England, GSU Roll 6098598, shows the son of Seth Smith as John R. Smith.
  53. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107, shows the son of Seth Smith as John B. Smith.
  54. [S1359] John B. and Beatrice Smith's Marriage Certificate: shows Bromley's father as Seth Smith.
  55. [S695] Margaret Ruth Smith, Birth Certificate (11 March 1881).
  56. [S387] 1891 England Census, Lancashire County, Barrow-In-Furness, England, GSU Roll 6098598, shows the daughter of Seth Smith as Margaret R. Smith.
  57. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107, shows the daughter of Seth Smith as Margaret R. Smith.
  58. [S841] Beatrice Ada Smith; christening date: 14 May 1882; FHL Film 1471899, Dates 1692-1890; shows father as Seth Smith, British Isles Vital Records Index, Beatrice Ada Smith; christening date: 14 May 1882; FHL Film 1471899, Dates 1692-1890; shows father as Seth Smith.
  59. [S983] England Births and Christenings: Beatrice Ada Smith, 14 May 1882; Dalton-In-Furness; shows father as Seth Smith, Ancestry.com.
  60. [S387] 1891 England Census, Lancashire County, Barrow-In-Furness, England, GSU Roll 6098598, shows the daughter of Seth Smith as Beatrice A. Smith.
  61. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107, shows the daughter of Seth Smith as Beatrice A. Smith.
  62. [S200] Certificate, Percy Mahony and Beatrice Aida Smith marriage of 29 May 1905.
  63. [S490] International Genealogical Index (IGI) Helen Smith,Shows father as Seth Smith.
  64. [S387] 1891 England Census, Lancashire County, Barrow-In-Furness, England, GSU Roll 6098598, shows the daughter of Seth Smith as Helen Smith.
  65. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107, shows the daughter of Seth Smith as Helen Smith.
  66. [S302] Ellen Cronan's Death Certificate.
  67. [S387] 1891 England Census, Lancashire County, Barrow-In-Furness, England, GSU Roll 6098598, shows the son of Seth Smith as Seth Smith.
  68. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107, shows the son of Seth Smith as Seth Smith.
  69. [S689] Seth Smith, Birth Certificate (7 September 1887).
  70. [S690] Hannah Mary Smith, Birth Certificate (29 September 1888).
  71. [S841] Hannah Mary Smith; christening date: 7 October 1888; Recorded in Dalton-In-Furness; FHL Film 1471899, Dates 1692-1890; shows father as Seth Smith, British Isles Vital Records Index, Hannah Mary Smith; christening date: 7 October 1888; Recorded in Dalton-In-Furness; FHL Film 1471899, Dates 1692-1890; shows father as Seth Smith.
  72. [S983] England Births and Christenings: Hannah Mary Smith, 7 October 1888; Dalton-In-Furness; shows father as Seth Smith, Ancestry.com.
  73. [S387] 1891 England Census, Lancashire County, Barrow-In-Furness, England, GSU Roll 6098598, shows the daughter of Seth Smith as Hannah M. Smith.
  74. [S283] Seth Smith household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 431, sheet 5, dwelling 58, family 107, shows the daughter of Seth Smith as Hannah M. Smith.