1738 - 1792
Smith, said to be originally of Hinton St. George, Somerset, Wrington, Somerset or from Devonshire. He referred to Wrington as having some significance concerning his lineage. His own father died within days of his birth. Said to have been educated at Harrow. The family story is that he came from a "well to do" background and when he married "beneath" him, he was cut off. By the 1780s he was acting as a personal assistant and was a protege of Charles Rogers (1711-84), a high official in the London Custom House. Rogers was also a collector and Fellow of the Royal Society. Visitors to his house included Horace Walpole, Romney and Sir Joshua Reynolds whom Henry W. Smith must therefore have known. There is an interesting record:"Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch CRETINGHAM PARISH RECORDS Catalogue Ref. FB 51 Creator(s): Church of England, Cretingham Parish, Suffolk REGISTRATION Searches in registers FILE - Copy letter from messrs Rogerson & Ford, solicitors, to Mr. John Kitson, Registrar, Norwich - ref. FB 51/D3/1 - date: 1853 [from Scope and Content] Requesting for searches for the baptism entry of one Henry Walton Smith"
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|Died: 23rd Aug 1792||Buried: |
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