Smith, James Edward

Birth Name Smith, James Edward 1a
Gender male
Age at Death 76 years, 4 months, 21 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth September 30, 1855 Western Road, Lot 2, Prince Edward Island PEI Baptismal Index - "james E Smith" gave various years on census forms
1b
Death February 21, 1932 Prince Edward Island, Canada find a grave, death record
 
Residence 1881 Prince, Prince Edward Island  
1c

Parents

Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Simmonds, Thomas
Mother Smith, Sarah Maria
         Smith, James Edward
    Brother     Simmonds, John Archibald
    Sister     Simmonds, Sarah Elizabeth
    Brother     Simmonds, Paulinus Bruce Parmines
    Sister     Simmonds, Margaret Jane
    Sister     Simmonds, Emily Emeline Ann
    Sister     Simmonds, Josephine
    Sister     Simmonds, Louisa Edith
    Sister     Simmonds, Rosella Caroline Rosie
 
Father Simmonds, Thomas
Stepmother Murphy, Isabelle

Families

    Family of Smith, James Edward and McLellan, Catherine
Married Wife McLellan, Catherine
   
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage October 27, 1881 Prince Edward Island, Canada  
 
  Children
  1. Smith, George Herbert
  2. Smith, James Bertram Burton Bert
  3. Smith, Annie Christina Maria
  4. Smith, Otto Simpson
  5. Smith, Margaret Ellen
  6. Smith, Lottie May

Media

Narrative

James Edward Smith, age 28, was living with John and Sarah Smith in the 1881 census:
John Smith 82
Sarah Smith 75
James Edward Smith 28
Sarah Elizabeth Simmonds 20 (probably d. Thomas Simmonds and Sarah Maria Smith, b. 1869)

Having a child at age 47 was not unheard of in those days. However, John and Sarah Smith, who had all of their other children baptized in the Church of England, did not record the birth of a son James Edward. According to the PEI Baptismal Index, there was a James Edward Simmonds born 30 September 1855, the son of their daughter Sarah Marie Smith and Thomas Simmons. He wasn't baptized in the Church of England in Alberton until 23 August 1860, possibly because his mother Maria didn't marry Thomas Simmons until 1857.

It is possible that he was adopted by his grandparents after Sarah Maria's death, and it is possible he was also known as Smith when he was young.

In any case, after Sarah Marie's early death, it looks like her parents provided a home to at least two of her children, James Edward and Sarah Elizabeth. If James Edward was Sarah Marie's son, but not Thomas', then that might be why he lived with his grandparents. It is also likely that the couple needed help with the house and farm.

However, the only issue with this theory, is that James Edward Smith gave his birthdate as 28 July 1863 in the 1901 census, which was out by 10 years and a couple of months. In the 1911 and the 1921 census, James gave his year of birth as 1854. His death record said his birthday was July 19 1853; his son Bertram, who filled out his father's death record, said James' mother was Nancy Smith.

In the 1928 Cummins Atlas of PEI, James and Katherine were living in Lot 3 with no children named.

Narrative

Possible that he is the James E. Smith who married Catherine McLellan Oct 27 1881, with William & John Smith and Sarah Simmonds as witnesses. Sarah Simmonds married George McLellan, who was likely Catherine's brother.

Pedigree

  1. Simmonds, Thomas
    1. Smith, Sarah Maria
      1. Smith, James Edward
        1. McLellan, Catherine
          1. Smith, George Herbert
          2. Smith, James Bertram Burton Bert
          3. Smith, Annie Christina Maria
          4. Smith, Otto Simpson
          5. Smith, Margaret Ellen
          6. Smith, Lottie May
      2. Simmonds, John Archibald
      3. Simmonds, Sarah Elizabeth
      4. Simmonds, Paulinus Bruce Parmines
      5. Simmonds, Margaret Jane
      6. Simmonds, Emily Emeline Ann
      7. Simmonds, Josephine
      8. Simmonds, Louisa Edith
      9. Simmonds, Rosella Caroline Rosie

Source References

  1. 1881 Census of Canada
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1853 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1853 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1853 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada