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From: J & F Higham <>
Subject: Re: The SMITHs of Exeter
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 11:20:46 +1100
Having seen Gretchen's original message and Brian's reply I must admit to being
I have an Ann Elliott SMITH whose stated brithplace was Exeter in approx 1816.
Father John SMITH, mother Rebecca MITCHELL.
I haven't even bothered with this line yet as I thought there would be a minimal
chance of finding anything with a surname like that. I know this may sound silly
but can someone tell me please whether SMITHs in Exeter in the early 19th C would
have left a decent trail?
What is so significant about the publication "The Smiths of Exeter"? Was this
publication like a lot of the others of that time and based more on fanciful
thinking than sound research or is it reliable?
Dumb questions I'm afraid but finding a 'John Smith' at the end of one of my lines
has left me rather gobsmacked.
Brian Randell < wrote:
> Subject: Re: The Smiths of Exeter
> Hi Gretchen:
> >I am looking for someone who is researching the "Smiths of Exeter",the
> >descendants of Sir George Smith who was mayor of Exeter in 1586 and
> >1597. I already have the book "The Smiths of Exeter" by A.M. Smith. <snip>
> I see I already have a biblographical citation for this book in
> GENUKI/Devon - at http://www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/genuki/DEV/Exeter/ExeterGen.html,
> and that it is evidently out of copyright.
> Brian Randell