John Smith jnr


 BORN 27 March 1793 at Edinburgh, Scotland.
 BAPTISED 30 March 1793 St Cuthbert’s Edinburgh.
 DIED 5 March 1854 at Birnam Wood, Singleton, NSW. Link 
 BURIED 10 March 1854 in Old Presbyterian Cemetery, Windsor Rd, Glenriding, NSW.
 FATHER John Smith (1762-1846)
 MOTHER Mary Harley (1766-1835)
 MARRIED Emma Maria Doyle (1804-1868) (his neighbour) on 8 November 1819 at St. Matthew’s, Windsor, NSW.

NSW Marriage Record V18192442 3A/1819

@ St Matthew’s CofE, Windsor
 CHILDREN   Emma Maria Smith (1820-1854)
John Smith 3 (c1822-1866)
Andrew Smith (1824-1861)
Robert Alexander Smith (1826-1850)
William Frederick Smith (b. 1828 m. Sarah Anne Ralston of S Yarra, Vic. in 1855 d.1902, Narrabri)
Cyrus Edmund Smith (1830-1900)
Walter Smith (b. 1833 m. Elizabeth Chapman 1866 d. 1896 Warren)
Leslie Hunter Smith (1835-1891)
Edith Smith (1838-<1846)
[stillborn daughter] Smith (1842)
Clara Louisa Smith (1849-1850)

John Smith was a fairly dour Scot who took to keeping a diary in the last eight years of his life. Life was difficult for him in these years — there was a bad drought, money was tight, there was a depression and the banks were foreclosing. John had gone guarantor for his brother-in-law, Andrew Lewis MacDougall, using his Bundarra property Torryburn as collateral. Andrew didn’t keep up the interest payments John tried unsuccessfully to persuade the Bank of New South Wales to compel Andrew to pay his debts. John found the only course left to him was to sell the Bundarra property in New England.
— Margaret Hardwick

Site of Cockfighters’ Inn near Singleton.

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Web page made 24 June 2006; edited